Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. Reports Results For Third Quarter 2015 and Announces Special Dividend

Company Release - 10/28/2015 4:15 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (the "Company," "we," "our") (NASDAQ: DHIL) today reported unaudited results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and filed its Form 10-Q.


Three Months Ended September 30,




2015


2014


Change

Revenue

$

31,423,925



$

27,458,493



14%

    Net operating income

14,141,017



10,983,500



29%

    Operating margin

45%



40%




Investment loss

(3,512,134)



(1,005,915)




Net income

6,728,460



6,350,580



6%

Earnings per share - diluted

$

1.99



$

1.94



3%








Nine Months Ended September 30,




2015


2014


Change

Revenue

$

92,124,519



$

76,087,802



21%

    Net operating income

41,457,110



29,228,890



42%

    Operating margin

45%



38%




Investment income (loss)

(1,710,111)



832,527




Net income

25,419,204



19,028,213



34%

Earnings per share - diluted

$

7.59



$

5.84



30%

 


As Of


September 30, 2015


December 31, 2014


September 30, 2014

Assets under management (millions)

$

15,914



$

15,656



$

14,474


Book value per share (a)

$

31.71



$

22.40



$

22.06


Total outstanding shares

3,407,269



3,317,728



3,314,167


(a) - A $4 per share special dividend was paid in December 2014.


Change in Assets Under Management


For the Three Months Ended September 30,

(in millions)

2015


2014

AUM at beginning of the period

$

16,734



$

14,204


Net cash inflows (outflows)




    proprietary funds

701



597


    sub-advised funds

16



62


    institutional accounts

(357)



(92)



360



567


Net market appreciation (depreciation) and income

(1,180)



(297)


Increase (decrease) during the period

(820)



270


AUM at end of the period

$

15,914



$

14,474







Change in Assets Under Management


For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in millions)

2015


2014

AUM at beginning of the period

$

15,656



$

12,186


Net cash inflows (outflows)




    proprietary funds

1,529



1,434


    sub-advised funds

41



161


    institutional accounts

(487)



145



1,083



1,740


Net market appreciation (depreciation) and income

(825)



548


Increase during the period

258



2,288


AUM at end of the period

$

15,914



$

14,474


Special Dividend:
The Company today announced that its board of directors has approved a $5.00 per share special cash dividend to shareholders of record on December 4, 2015 payable December 14, 2015.  The company will finalize the tax characterization of the dividend in February 2016 and expects 100% of the distribution to be classified as a qualified dividend.

While this is the eighth consecutive year that the company has paid a special dividend, there can be no assurance that the Company will pay a dividend in the future.  The Board of Directors and management continually review various factors to determine whether the company has capital in excess of that required for the business and the appropriate use of any excess capital.  The factors considered include the Company's investment opportunities, the company's risks, and future dividend and capital gain tax rates.  We believe that we should retain a larger portion of our operating profits so that we can adequately seed new strategies and support existing strategies, which we believe will help us to continue to grow the Company's intrinsic value per share over the long term.

Evaluating management's stewardship of capital for shareholders is a central part of our intrinsic value investment discipline that we practice for our clients.  We hold ourselves to the same standard that we look for when evaluating investments for our clients.

About Diamond Hill:
We are an independent investment management firm with significant employee ownership and $15.9 billion in assets under management as of  September 30, 2015.  We provide investment management services to institutions and individuals through mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, an exchange traded fund, and private investment funds.  Our entire investment team shares the same intrinsic value investment philosophy focused on absolute returns, and our interests are firmly aligned with our clients through significant investment in its strategies.  For more information visit www.diamond-hill.com.

Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measure
Net Operating Income After Tax

As supplemental information, we provide performance measures that are based on methodologies other than generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") for "Net Operating Income After Tax" that management uses as a benchmark in evaluating and comparing the period-to-period operating performance of the Company and subsidiaries.

The Company defines "net operating income after tax" as our net operating income less income tax provision, excluding investment related activity and the tax impact related to the investment related activity. We believe that "net operating income after tax" provides a good representation of our operating performance, as it excludes the impact of investment related activity on financial results. The amount of the investment portfolio and market fluctuations on the investments may change significantly from one period to another, which can distort the underlying earnings of a company. We also believe "net operating income after tax" is an important metric in estimating the value of an asset management business. This non-GAAP measure is provided in addition to net income and net operating income and is not a substitute for net income or net operating income and may not be comparable to non-GAAP performance measures of other companies.


Three Months Ended September 30,

 (in thousands, except per share data)


2015


2014


% Change

 Net operating income, GAAP basis

$

14,141


$

10,984


29%

 Non-GAAP adjustments:






    Tax provision excluding impact of investment loss

(5,189)


(3,993)


30%

 Net operating income after tax, non-GAAP basis

$

8,952


$

6,991


28%







 Net operating income after tax per diluted share, non-GAAP basis

$

2.65


$

2.13


24%










Nine Months Ended September 30,

 (in thousands, except per share data)


2015


2014


% Change

 Net operating income, GAAP basis

$

41,457


$

29,229


42%

 Non-GAAP adjustments:






    Tax provision excluding impact of investment income (loss)

(14,944)


(10,728)


39%

 Net operating income after tax, non-GAAP basis

$

26,513


$

18,501


43%







 Net operating income after tax per diluted share, non-GAAP basis

$

7.92


$

5.68


39%

The tax provision excluding impact of investment income is calculated by applying the tax rate calculated from the income statement to net operating income.

Our management does not promote that investors consider the above non-GAAP financial measures alone, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Throughout this press release, the Company may make forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to such matters as anticipated operating results, prospects and levels of AUM, technological developments, economic trends (including interest rates and market volatility), expected transactions and similar matters. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "could," "would," "should," "hope," "seek," "plan," "intend" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date thereof. While we believe that the assumptions underlying our forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and, accordingly, our actual results and experiences could differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in our forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results referred to in the forward-looking statements we make in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in our press releases are discussed under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the 2014 Annual Report and include: the adverse effect from a decline in the securities markets; a decline in the performance of our products; changes in interest rates; changes in national and local economic and political conditions including the  continuing economic uncertainty in various parts of the world; changes in government policy and regulation, including monetary policy; changes in our ability to attract or retain key employees; unforeseen costs and other effects related to legal proceedings or investigations of governmental and self-regulatory organizations; and other risks identified from time-to-time in other public documents on file with the SEC.

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SOURCE Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc.

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