FBR & Co. Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Pre-Tax Income of $5.2 Million on Net Revenues of $40.2 Million

Declares $0.20 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend

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ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FBR & Co. (NASDAQ:FBRC) ("FBR" or the “Company"), a leading investment bank serving the middle market, today reported pre-tax income of $5.2 million on revenues of $40.2 million, and a 12.8 percent pre-tax operating margin, for the fourth quarter of 2016.  This compares to a pre-tax loss of $10.0 million on revenues of $23.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, and a pre-tax loss of $11.6 million on revenues of $19.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. Net after-tax income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $5.0 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.59 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, and a net loss of $57.3 million, or $7.88 per share for the third quarter of 2016. 

For the year ended December 31, 2016, the pre-tax operating loss was $27.8 million on revenues of $98.3 million, compared to a pre-tax operating loss of $15.8 million on revenues of $120.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The net after-tax loss for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $66.0 million, or $8.89 per share, compared to a net after-tax loss of $7.5 million, or $0.92 per share for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in year-over-year net loss was primarily driven by a $38.3 million tax provision recorded in 2016 related to the establishment of a full valuation reserve against the Company’s deferred tax assets.    

“In the fourth quarter we generated revenue more in line with our historical averages and our results reflected more closely our expected margins and profitability. As capital markets activity picked up in the energy sector we were able to execute a large, sole-managed offering which significantly impacted our results,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard J. Hendrix. “Looking forward, we have an active banking pipeline of engaged transactions and have already generated more banking revenue in first quarter than we did in any of the first three quarters of 2016.”

2016 Composition of Revenues

Investment Banking

Investment banking revenue was $28.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $14.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $9.2 million for the third quarter of 2016.  During the quarter, FBR completed 21 client engagements representing $1.7 billion in transaction value including one large sole-managed equity private placement. This compares to 16 engagements representing $1.8 billion in transaction value for the same period in 2015, and 13 engagements representing $1.6 billion in transaction value in the third quarter of 2016.   

For the year ended December 31, 2016, investment banking revenue was $50.5 million compared to $71.1 million in 2015. Full year revenues were generated by 63 client engagements representing a total of $5.9 billion in transaction volume, compared to 51 client engagements representing $9.3 billion in transaction volume in 2015. The decline in year-over-year revenue primarily reflects the completion of fewer sole-managed private transactions – one in 2016, compared to four in 2015, related to the contraction in the small cap IPO market as activity declined by over 35 percent from 2015 levels.

Institutional Brokerage

Net revenue generated in institutional brokerage was $11.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $12.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $10.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2016, net revenues generated in institutional brokerage were $47.7 million in 2016, compared to $53.5 million in 2015. This decrease in 2016 resulted from lower industry-wide cash equities trading volumes. 

2016 Expenses

Non-compensation fixed expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 totaled $9.1 million, compared to $11.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $9.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, excluding the one-time goodwill impairment charge. For the year ended December 31, 2016, non-compensation fixed expenses totaled $38.4 million, excluding the goodwill impairment charge, down eight percent compared to $41.9 million in 2015.

Compensation and benefits expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $22.1 million, which resulted in a more normalized compensation-to-net revenue ratio of 55 percent. This compares to $17.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $16.5 million for the third quarter of 2016.  For the year ended December 31, 2016, compensation and benefits expense totaled $73.3 million, compared to $77.5 million in 2015. 

Employees

At December 31, 2016, the Company had 259 full-time employees, compared to 273 at September 30, 2016 and 303 at December 31, 2015.

Share Repurchase Activity

For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company repurchased approximately 756 thousand shares of its common stock in the open market at an aggregate price of $13.1 million, or an average of $17.34 per share. No shares were repurchased in the open market during the fourth quarter of 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 722 thousand shares remaining under its repurchase authorization.

Additionally, for the year ending December 31, 2016, FBR acquired 548 thousand shares outside of the share repurchase program as a result of netting of shares for tax withholding purposes on employee share vesting for $9.3 million. 

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share to be paid March 3, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 20, 2017.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2016, FBR continued to maintain an unlevered and highly liquid balance sheet, with cash and cash equivalents of $75.0 million, compared to $70.1 million as of December 31, 2015. Over the last twelve months, FBR has significantly reduced its investment positions in order to fund repurchase activity and add to overall firm liquidity.  The Company ended 2016 with net investment positions of approximately $27 million, down from $87 million at the end of 2015.

Shareholders’ equity as of December 31, 2016 was $117 million, and tangible book value per share was $15.51, based on 7.28 million shares outstanding, compared to shareholders’ equity of $211 million and tangible book value per share of $27.83 as of December 31, 2015. The decline in shareholders’ equity and tangible book value per share resulted from the combination of the operating loss for the year and the recording of a full valuation allowance against the Company’s deferred tax assets in 2016.

Conference Call

Investors wishing to listen to the earnings call at 9:00 A.M. U.S. EST, Friday, February 10, 2017, may do so via the Web or conference call at:

Webcast link:  http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/8oq5i6qw 

Conference call dial-in number (domestic, toll-free):  855.425.4204

Conference call dial-in number (international):  484.756.4245

Access code:  47777301

About FBR

FBR & Co. (Nasdaq:FBRC) provides investment banking, merger and acquisition advisory, institutional brokerage, and research services through its subsidiaries FBR Capital Markets & Co. and MLV & Co. FBR focuses capital and financial expertise on the following industry sectors: consumer; energy & natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; insurance; industrials; real estate; and technology, media & telecom. FBR is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with offices throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.fbr.com.

Statements in this release concerning future performance, developments, events, market forecasts, revenues, expenses, earnings, run rates and any other guidance on present or future periods constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations or current circumstances. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of demand for public and private securities offerings, activity in the secondary securities markets, interest rates, the risks associated with merchant banking investments, the realization of gains and losses on principal investments, available technologies, competition for business and personnel, and general economic, political and market conditions. Financial results may fluctuate substantially from quarter-to-quarter depending on the number, size and timing of completed transactions. We have experienced, and expect to experience in the future, significant variations in our revenues and results of operations and, as a result, are unlikely to achieve steady and predictable earnings on a quarterly basis. For a discussion of these and other risks and important factors that could affect FBR's future results and financial condition, see "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Part II, Item 7 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015; and other items throughout the Company's Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Financial data follows.

           
FBR & CO.          
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS        
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)         
(Unaudited)          
           
   Quarter Ended  Year Ended
   December 31,  December 31,
           
    2016  2015    2016   2015 
REVENUES:         
Investment banking:         
Capital raising $  24,661 $  9,820   $43,092  $61,508 
Advisory    3,942    4,141    7,453   9,583 
Institutional brokerage    9,373    9,533    39,213   45,442 
Interest     6,051    8,387    29,977   31,774 
Net investment income (loss)    298    (2,373)   (557)  5,433 
Dividends & other    25    1,061    527   1,692 
Total revenues    44,350    30,569    119,705   155,432 
Interest expense    4,140    7,105    21,388   35,037 
Revenues, net of interest expense    40,210    23,464    98,317   120,395 
           
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:         
Compensation and benefits    22,116    17,628    73,313   77,463 
Occupancy and equipment   2,809    3,350    12,318   12,680 
Professional services    2,916    3,640    9,798   13,287 
Communications   2,112    2,746    9,119   10,865 
Business development    2,392    2,995    8,382   9,819 
Clearing and brokerage fees   1,233    1,331    5,180   5,328 
Impairment of goodwill -  -    1,259   - 
Other operating expenses   1,476    1,778    6,700   6,711 
Total non-interest expenses    35,054    33,468    126,069   136,153 
           
Income (loss) before income taxes    5,156    (10,004)   (27,752)  (15,758)
           
Income tax provision (benefit)    167    (5,594)   38,252   (8,297)
           
Net income (loss) $  4,989 $  (4,410)  $(66,004) $(7,461)
           
Basic income (loss) per share $  0.69 $  (0.59)  $(8.89) $(0.92)
Diluted income (loss) per share $  0.68 $  (0.59)  $(8.89) $(0.92)
           
Weighted average shares  - basic  7,275  7,482    7,428   8,069 
Weighted average shares  - diluted  7,311  7,482    7,428   8,069 
Cash dividends per common share $  0.20 $  0.20   $0.80  $0.40 


       
 FBR & CO.    
 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS    
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)   
 (Unaudited)    
       
    December 31, December 31,
 ASSETS   2016   2015 
       
 Cash and cash equivalents $  75,019  $  70,067 
 Receivables:    
 Securities borrowed    897,343     685,037 
 Due from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   4,828     5,513 
 Customers    2,805     1,429 
 Other     4,297     5,895 
 Financial instruments owned, at fair value   32,401     94,923 
 Other investments, at cost    -     6,539 
 Goodwill and intangibles    4,490     6,273 
 Furniture, equipment, software and leasehold improvements, net   12,624     15,071 
 Deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowance   -     37,497 
 Prepaid expenses and other assets   4,134     5,172 
   Total assets $  1,037,941   $  933,416  
       
       
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
       
 Liabilities:    
 Securities loaned $  892,309  $  687,443 
 Financial instruments sold, not yet purchased, at fair value   -     1,934 
 Accrued compensation and benefits   12,291     13,325 
 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   15,923     19,947 
   Total liabilities    920,523     722,649 
       
       
       
 Shareholders' equity:    
 Common stock    7     7 
 Additional paid-in capital    252,311     259,011 
 Restricted stock units    14,771     35,929 
 Accumulated deficit    (149,671)    (84,180)
   Total shareholders' equity    117,418     210,767 
       
   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$  1,037,941   $  933,416  
       
       
 Book Value per Share $16.13   $28.69  
       
 Tangible Book Value per Share$15.51   $27.83  
       
 Shares Outstanding (in thousands) 7,279    7,347  


FBR & CO.            
Financial & Statistical Supplement - Operating Results           
(Dollars in thousands)           
(Unaudited)           
            
  Q-4 16 Q-3 16 Q-2 16 Q-1 16 Q-4 15 
Revenues, net of interest expense$  40,210  $  19,320  $  20,887  $  17,900  $  23,464  
            
Expenses:           
Variable    14,008     6,964     6,728     6,436     7,467  
Fixed    21,046     23,989     23,349     23,549     26,001  
            
Income (loss) before income taxes   5,156     (11,633)    (9,190)    (12,085)    (10,004) 
Income tax provision (benefit)   167     45,698     (982)    (6,631)    (5,594) 
            
Net income (loss) $  4,989  $  (57,331) $  (8,208) $  (5,454) $  (4,410) 
            
Return on equity (trailing twelve months) -40.2%  -44.8%  -10.6%  -4.8%  -3.2% 
            
Fixed expenses $  21,046  $  23,989  $  23,349  $  23,549  $  26,001  
Less:  Non-cash expenses1   573     1,510     582   -     1,701  
Core fixed costs2 $  20,473  $  22,479  $  22,767  $  23,549  $  24,300  
            
            
Statistical Data           
Revenues per employee (annualized)$  621  $  283  $  288  $  249  $  310  
            
Employee count    259     273     290     287     303  
            
            
            
Non-cash expenses include compensation costs associated with stock-based awards, amortization of intangibles and impairment of goodwill.
            
2  Core fixed costs is a non-GAAP measurement used by management to analyze and assess the Company’s fixed operating 
  costs. Management believes that this non-GAAP measurement assists investors in understanding the impact of the items noted in
  footnote 1 on the performance of the Company.         
            
  A limitation of utilizing this non-GAAP measure is that the GAAP accounting effects of these items do in fact reflect the 
  underlying financial results of the Company and these effects should not be ignored in evaluating and analyzing the 
  Company's financial results. Therefore, management believes fixed expenses on a GAAP basis and core fixed costs 
  on a non-GAAP basis should be considered together.         
            


Contacts: 
Media and Investors:  Linda E. Eddy at 703.312.9715 or leddy@fbr.com