JMP Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

JMP Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JMP Group Inc. (NYSE: JMP), an investment banking and alternative asset management firm, reported financial results today for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013.

  • Operating net income was $3.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $3.0 million, or $0.13 per share, for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, operating net income was $6.9 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to $7.5 million, or $0.33 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. For more information on operating net income, including a reconciliation to net loss attributable to JMP Group, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
  • Excluding a one-time, after-tax expense of $0.03 per share related to the initial public offering of Harvest Capital Credit Corporation (NAS: HCAP) in May, operating net income would have been $0.18 per share and $0.34 per share for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively.
  • The net loss attributable to JMP Group under generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, was $1.4 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.07 per share, for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the net loss was $3.2 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.06 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
  • Adjusted net revenues, which exclude certain non-cash items and non-controlling interests, were $38.1 million, compared to $27.7 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, adjusted net revenues were $70.1 million, compared to $62.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. For more information on adjusted net revenues, including a reconciliation to net revenues, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
  • Total net revenues on a GAAP basis were $30.9 million and $54.2 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $26.9 million and $58.5 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.

"JMP Group had a great second quarter," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Jolson. "Excluding an after-tax expense of $0.03 relating to the successful IPO of Harvest Capital Credit in May, operating EPS increased by 38% from a year ago to $0.18, driven by a similar year-over-year increase of 37% in adjusted net revenues. JMP Securities produced record revenues for the quarter, as our market share gains since 2009 positioned us to benefit from an improving capital markets environment and more than offset a decline in net investment income and incentive fees during the period. We were particularly pleased to see that positive client reaction to management changes recently made in our institutional equities business led to improved results more quickly than we had expected."


Segment Results of Operations

At JMP Securities, adjusted net revenues excluding net investment income (which consists of principal transactions, net dividend income and net interest income) were $28.3 million, an increase of 93.5% from the second quarter of 2012 as a result of very strong investment banking results and materially improved institutional commissions. JMP Securities' operating margins on adjusted net revenues were 16.8% and 14.1% for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, comparing favorably to 9.2% for the full year of 2012.

At Harvest Capital Strategies, adjusted net revenues of $4.1 million excluding net investment income fell 35.9% from the second quarter of 2012, when a fee of $1.7 million was received from New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. upon the termination of its advisory agreement with Harvest Capital Strategies. Operating net income at Harvest Capital Strategies would have been $0.02 per share for the quarter in the absence of a one-time, after-tax expense of $0.03 per share associated with the IPO of Harvest Capital Credit. JMP Group's return on the capital it had invested in hedge funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies was 1.0% for the quarter and 4.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2013.

At JMP Credit, adjusted net revenues totaled $4.8 million, a decrease of 5.2% from $5.1 million for the second quarter of 2012. Included in the aforementioned $4.8 million is a valuation write-down of $0.4 million related to a loan acquired by JMP Credit in April 2009. For the second quarter of 2012, the net gain on acquired loans was $0.8 million.

A summary of JMP Group's operating net income by segment for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

    Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
($ as shown) June 30, 2013   Mar. 31, 2013   June 30, 2012 June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012
 
JMP Securities $0.13 $0.05 $0.01 $0.18 $0.10
Harvest Capital Strategies (0.01 ) 0.04 0.05 0.02 0.08
JMP Credit 0.13 0.15 0.14 0.29 0.29
Corporate (0.10 ) (0.08 ) (0.07 ) (0.18 ) (0.14 )
Operating EPS $0.15   $0.16   $0.13   $0.31   $0.33  

For more information on segment reporting; adjusted net revenues, including a reconciliation to net revenues; and operating net income, including a reconciliation to net income, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Composition of Revenues

Investment Banking

Investment banking revenues were a record $21.1 million, an increase of 130.6% from $9.1 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, investment banking revenues were $33.2 million, an increase of 28.6% from $25.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

A summary of the company's investment banking revenues and transaction counts for the quarter and six months ended June, 2013 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30, 2013   Mar. 31, 2013   June 30, 2012 June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012
($ in thousands) Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues
 
Public equity 37 $9,517 33 $8,914 16 $6,728 70 $18,431 39 $15,752

Debt and convertible securities

8 4,890 10 1,648 5 642 18 6,538 10 2,101

Private capital markets and other

2 2,830 - 145 3 1,047 2 2,975 5 3,247
Strategic advisory 4 3,820 1 1,400 1 716 5 5,220 6 4,692
 
Total 51 $21,057 44 $12,107 25 $9,133 95 $33,164 60 $25,792

Brokerage

Net brokerage revenues were $7.0 million, an increase of 29.0% from $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2012, representing the company's best quarterly total since the fourth quarter of 2010. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, net brokerage revenues were $12.2 million, an increase of 11.6% from $10.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, representing the company's best six-month total since the second half of 2011.

Asset Management

Asset management fees and other related revenues were $4.1 million, a decrease of 33.9% from $6.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, such fees and revenues were $12.0 million, an increase of 11.1% from $10.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. For more information on asset management-related fee revenues, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Client assets under management at June 30, 2013 totaled $1.6 billion, including $819.3 million of funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies and $800.6 million par value of loans and cash underlying the two collateralized loan obligations managed by JMP Credit Advisors. Client assets under management were $1.2 billion at March 31, 2013 and $1.1 billion at June 30, 2012. Including sponsored funds, client assets under management totaled $1.8 billion at June 30, 2013, compared to $1.4 billion at March 31, 2013 and $1.6 billion at June 30, 2012.

At June 30, 2013, private capital, including corporate credit, small business lending, venture capital and REIT advisory services, represented 62.6% of client assets under management including sponsored funds.

Principal Transactions

Principal transactions generated net realized and unrealized gains of $2.3 million and $4.2 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $7.8 million and $14.3 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.

A summary of the company's principal transaction revenues for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

 

Quarter Ended

 

Six Months Ended

(in thousands) June 30, 2013   Mar. 31, 2013   June 30, 2012 June 30, 2013  

June 30, 2012

 
Hedge fund investments $908   $1,898   ($248 ) $2,806   $2,496
 
Principal investments:
Investment in Harvest Capital Credit (136 ) - - (136 ) -
Other principal investments 55   85   901   140   582
Total principal investments (81 ) 85   901   4   582
 
Venture investments:

Investment in Harvest Growth Capital funds

86 (19 ) 328 67 525
Other venture investments and warrants 485   553   279   1,038   781
Total venture investments 571   534   607   1,105   1,306
 

Principal transaction revenues net of non-controlling interests in Harvest Growth Capital funds

1,398   2,517   1,260   3,915   4,384
 

Non-controlling interests in Harvest Growth Capital funds

895   (599 ) 6,520   296   9,880
 
Total principal transaction revenues $2,293   $1,918   $7,780   $4,211   $14,264

Included in the net gain of $2.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was a gain of $0.9 million attributable to non-controlling interests in net realized and unrealized losses at Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II, venture capital funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies that are consolidated under GAAP. GAAP accounting requires that JMP Group consolidate both funds due to Harvest Capital Strategies' role as the funds' manager and managing member, despite the company's ownership of just 4.4% of Harvest Growth Capital and 1.9% of Harvest Growth Capital II. The presentation of adjusted net revenues elsewhere in this press release excludes JMP Group's non-controlling interests in these funds; and, accordingly, the aforementioned gain of $0.9 million is not included in adjusted net revenues. Net of its non-controlling interests, JMP Group had a net realized and unrealized gain of $86,000 on its investments in Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II for the quarter. For more information on adjusted net revenues, including a reconciliation to net revenues, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Gain on Sale, Payoff and Mark-to-Market of Loans and Loan Loss Provision

Together, JMP Credit Corporation and Harvest Capital Credit generated net realized and unrealized gains of $0.3 million and $1.4 million from the sale, payoff or mark-to-market of loans for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $1.4 million and $2.5 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, JMP Credit Corporation realized a net gain of $0.3 million due to the sale or payoff of 34 of the loans in its portfolio, compared to $1.4 million in connection with 19 loans for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the net realized gain amounted to $1.3 million due to the sale or payoff of 67 loans, compared to $2.4 million in connection with 39 loans for the six months ended June 30, 2012. For the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, net realized gains of $23,000 and $0.2 million, respectively, resulted from the sale or payoff of loans acquired by JMP Credit in April 2009, compared to net realized gains of $0.8 million and $1.5 million, respectively, for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

At June 30, 2013, discounts and reserves (including liquidity discounts, allowances for loan losses and deferred loan fees) equaled $10.1 million, or 1.6% of gross performing loans outstanding at JMP Credit. There were no impaired loans and no associated discounts or reserves at June 30, 2013; while, at June 30, 2012, discounts and reserves (including credit discounts, liquidity discounts, and allowances for loan losses) with regard to impaired loans equaled $3.3 million, or 0.8% of gross loans outstanding.

A net loan loss provision of $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was recorded at JMP Credit, which is consolidated under GAAP, of which $1.1 million was a general reserve in connection with the loan portfolio underlying recently closed JMP Credit Advisors CLO II. At June 30, 2013, general loan loss reserves equaled 0.5% of gross performing loans at JMP Credit, in line with 0.5% at June 30, 2012.

Other Income

Other income was $26,000 and $0.3 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $2.4 million and $3.1 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively. The year-over-year comparisons are uneven primarily because, in the second quarter of 2012, New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. paid a one-time fee of $1.7 million upon termination of its advisory agreement with Harvest Capital Strategies.

Net Interest Income

Interest income was $7.7 million, and interest expense was $10.1 million, resulting in net interest expense of $2.4 million, compared to net interest expense of $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2012. Excluding net amortization expense related to liquidity discounts, net interest income was $3.8 million, compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2012. Further excluding the financial impact of the deconsolidation of Harvest Capital Credit upon its IPO, net interest income would have been $5.1 million, compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, net interest expense was $5.5 million, compared to net interest expense of $3.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012; excluding net interest expense due to net amortization of liquidity discounts, net interest income was $9.4 million and $10.4 million, respectively, for the same periods.

Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense was $24.8 million, compared to $16.7 million for the second quarter of 2012. Non-cash compensation expense attributable to stock-based awards such as stock options and restricted stock units, or RSUs, was $1.0 million, compared to $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. The aforementioned compensation and benefits expense of $24.8 million excludes $1.1 million of net deferred compensation, which is composed of (a) amortization expense tied to deferred compensation awarded at year-end 2012 though recognized as a GAAP expense in 2013 and 2014 less (b) one quarter of the compensation assumed to be awarded at year-end 2013 and deferred into 2014 and 2015.

For the six months ended June 30, 2013, compensation and benefits expense was $44.4 million, compared to $38.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Non-cash compensation expense attributable to stock-based awards such as stock options and restricted stock units, or RSUs, was $1.7 million, compared to $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The aforementioned compensation and benefits expense of $44.4 million excludes $2.3 million of net deferred compensation, which is composed of (a) amortization expense tied to deferred compensation awarded at year-end 2012 though recognized as a GAAP expense in 2013 and 2014 less (b) two quarters of the compensation assumed to be awarded at year-end 2013 and deferred into 2014 and 2015.

Excluding the cost of stock-based awards but accelerating and recognizing the cost of net deferred compensation for the period, compensation and benefits expense was 65.6% of adjusted net revenues for the quarter, compared to 59.5% for the second quarter of 2012, and was 64.1% for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to 60.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

Non-Compensation Expense

Non-compensation expense was $9.0 million, compared to $6.0 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, non-compensation expense was $15.1 million, compared to $11.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The year-over-year increases for both periods are largely due to one-time expenses totaling $2.5 million incurred by JMP Group in connection with Harvest Capital Credit's May 2013 initial public offering.

As a percentage of adjusted net revenues, non-compensation expense was 23.6% for the quarter, compared to 21.6% for the second quarter of 2012, and was 21.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to 18.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Excluding the aforementioned expense of $2.5 million, non-compensation expense would have been 17.0% for the quarter and 18.1% for the six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively.

Personnel

At June 30, 2013, the company had 218 full-time employees, in line with 218 at March 31, 2013 and up from 214 at June 30, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the GAAP financial results presented in this press release, JMP Group presents the non-GAAP financial measures discussed below. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the company's current financial performance. Furthermore, company management believes that this presentation enables more meaningful comparison of JMP Group's financial performance in various periods. However, the non-GAAP financial results presented should not be considered a substitute for results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP. A limitation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented is that the adjustments concern gains, losses or expenses that JMP Group generally expects to continue to recognize; the adjustment of these items should not be construed as an inference that these gains or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Therefore, both GAAP measures of JMP Group's financial performance and the respective non-GAAP measures should be considered together. The non-GAAP measures presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

Adjusted Net Revenue

Adjusted net revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure that (i) includes asset management fees, net interest income or expense, and other revenues eliminated upon the consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital, Harvest Growth Capital II and Harvest Capital Credit (until its IPO on May 2, 2013), (ii) excludes the net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans held and asset-backed securities issued by JMP Credit Advisors CLO I, (iii) reverses the general loan loss provision taken in connection with the origination of JMP Credit Advisors CLO II, (iv) adjusts for unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses recorded at Harvest Capital Credit, (v) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants, and (vi) excludes the non-controlling interest in net unrealized gains and losses on Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II. In particular, adjusted net revenue adjusts for:

  • base management and incentive fees earned by Harvest Capital Strategies as manager of Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II, both venture capital funds, and Harvest Capital Credit, a small business lending strategy; Harvest Capital Strategies is managing member of Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II and is the external manager of Harvest Capital Credit, and, as a result of its ownership of each (until the IPO of Harvest Capital Credit on May 2, 2013), JMP Group has consolidated the three entities (for the appropriate periods) in accordance with GAAP accounting standards and has eliminated the fees in consolidation; presenting these fees as though Harvest Growth Capital, Harvest Growth Capital II and Harvest Capital Credit were deconsolidated presents the entities' results in a manner similar to those of the other investment funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies;
  • the non-cash net amortization of liquidity discounts associated with JMP Credit Advisors CLO I, due to scheduled contractual principal repayments, of $6.2 million and $15.0 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively;
  • the non-specific, non-cash loan loss provision recorded with regard to the loan portfolio underlying JMP Credit Advisors CLO II, which is required by GAAP;
  • unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses on the investment portfolio at Harvest Capital Credit by reversing them; then, reflecting the company's IPO, recognizing those previously reversed gains or losses as of May 2, 2013;
  • unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses on the company's strategic equity investments as well as certain warrant positions; and
  • non-controlling interests in net unrealized gains and losses generated by Harvest Growth Capital and Harvest Growth Capital II, of which Harvest Capital Strategies is manager and managing member; under GAAP, JMP Group consolidates the two funds; however, as presented, unrealized gains and losses that do not accrue to the company are reversed.

A reconciliation of JMP Group's net revenues to its adjusted net revenues for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.


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  Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
(in thousands) June 30, 2013   Mar. 31, 2013   June 30, 2012 June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012
 
Revenues:
Non-interest revenues $34,273 $27,338 $29,620 $61,611 $63,497
Net interest expense (2,394 ) (3,141 ) (1,618 ) (5,535 ) (3,768 )
Loan loss provision (975 ) (949 ) (1,107 ) (1,924 ) (1,200 )
Total net revenues 30,904 23,248 26,895 54,152 58,529

Asset management fees earned on Harvest Growth Capital funds and Harvest Capital Credit (1)

522 858 353 1,379 685

Dividend distribution from Harvest Capital Credit (1)

421 257 - 678 77

Less: Net interest income and other revenues from Harvest Capital Credit (1)

(789 ) (1,327 ) (476 ) (2,116 ) (815 )

Total net revenues including fee revenues from consolidated entities

31,058   23,036   26,772   54,093   58,476  
 
Add back/(subtract):

Net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans and asset-backed securities issued

6,239 8,740 7,000 14,979 14,175

Loan loss provision - JMP Credit Advisors CLO II

1,128 - - 1,128 -

Unrealized mark-to-market (gain)/loss - Harvest Capital Credit

- (516 ) 44 257
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