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WisdomTree Announces First Quarter 2010 Results

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

WisdomTree (Pink Sheets: WSDT - News), an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) sponsor and asset manager, today reported a GAAP net loss of $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to $5.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Proforma operating net loss, which excludes stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, and interest and investment income, was just below $1.0 million in the first quarter, a 34.3% improvement from a proforma operating net loss of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter.

WisdomTree CEO Jonathan Steinberg commented, “WisdomTree garnered more than 7% of the ETF industry market share in the first quarter and continued to raise assets in emerging market equities and currencies. We continued to build awareness of emerging market currencies as an asset class, led by the WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund (CYB). CYB is now our second largest fund and is poised to benefit from the potential appreciation of the Chinese yuan, a trend many investors are watching.”

Mr. Steinberg continued, “We are off to a strong start in the second quarter with an impressive $423 million in net inflows already captured as of April 29, 2010. On the back of this progress, the Company has further strengthened its financial position and is now generating positive cash-flow. We continue to balance prudent cost management while still investing in important growth initiatives and we believe we are positioned to see significant operating leverage in the business going forward.”

Assets Under Management and Performance

As of March 31, 2010, assets under management (“AUM”) managed by WisdomTree or against WisdomTree Indexes was $7.4 billion, up 11% and ETF AUM was $6.7 billion, up 12% from December 31, 2009. Net inflows into WisdomTree ETFs were $582 million in the first quarter, primarily in emerging market currency and emerging market equity ETFs. Included in this amount was $152 million of outflows related to previously announced fund liquidations which occurred on March 29, 2010.

WisdomTree’s fundamentally weighted ETFs experienced relatively strong investment performance through the first quarter. Approximately 78% of the $5.4 billion invested in WisdomTree’s 34 equity ETFs on March 31, 2010 were in funds that, since their respective inceptions, have outperformed their comparable benchmarks through that date. 22 of WisdomTree’s 34 equity ETFs have outperformed their comparable benchmarks since inception and through the first quarter of 2010. For more information about WisdomTree ETFs, please click here or visit www.wisdomtree.com.

Recent Business Activity

On March 29, 2010, WisdomTree completed the planned closure and liquidation of 10 ETFs.

On April 1, 2010, the WisdomTree Japan Total Dividend Fund (DXJ) was renamed the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund and began to hedge its Japanese yen exposure. Since the change was made, DXJ has taken in approximately $38 million.

On April 27, 2010, nine of WisdomTree’s ETFs were cross-listed in Mexico on the Bolsa Mexicana De Valores.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Comparison to the fourth quarter of 2009

Revenues

Total revenues for the quarter increased 13.7% to a record $8.7 million as compared to $7.6 million in the fourth quarter. Average ETF assets under management increased 16% in the first quarter as compared to the fourth quarter primarily due to $582 million of net inflows as well as $152 million of market appreciation. Included in the quarter were fund liquidations of $152 million which occurred on March 29, 2010. The average advisory fee earned during the first quarter and fourth quarter was 0.54%.

Expenses

Total expenses decreased to $12.3 million from $12.8 million in the fourth quarter primarily due to lower stock issuance costs, marketing and business development and fund management and administration expenses. Partly offsetting these decreases were higher compensation and benefits and professional fees. Excluding stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization charges, proforma operating expenses increased 5.7% to $9.7 million from $9.2 million in the fourth quarter.

  • Compensation and benefits expenses increased 10.1% to $5.3 million from $4.8 million in the first quarter primarily due to an increase in accrued incentive compensation due to higher levels of inflows, as well as payroll taxes associated with vesting of restricted stock.
  • Fund management and administration expenses decreased 7.8% to $3.4 million from $3.7 million in the fourth quarter. Included in the first quarter was a one-time reduction adjustment of $0.2 million related to the Company’s previously announced fund closures. In addition, fund administration related expenses decreased due to cost efficiency changes initiated in the Company’s fund operations as well as lower index calculation fees as a result of consolidating vendors. Partly offsetting these decreases was an increase in fund related legal expenses.
  • Marketing and business development expenses decreased 22.9% to $1.6 million from $2.1 million in the fourth quarter. This expense was higher in the fourth quarter of last year due to increased levels of television advertising to support the Company’s emerging market currency and emerging market equity sales efforts as compared to the first quarter of this year. In addition, the fourth quarter included a one-time charge of $0.2 million to write off an intangible asset.
  • Professional fees increased 62.3% to $1.0 million in the first quarter as compared $0.6 million in fourth quarter primarily due to strategic corporate consulting.
  • Occupancy, communications and equipment expenses increased 7.2% to $0.3 million in the first quarter from $0.2 million in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter of last year included a one-time reduction of overhead costs related to the Company’s sub-leased space.
  • Other expenses decreased 66.7% to $0.4 million in the first quarter from $1.3 million in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter of last year included an expense of $1.0 million related to the Company’s final issuance of common stock to Treasury Equity LLC as a result of the satisfaction of certain conditions related to the Company’s Currency ETFs.
  • Partner sharing arrangements increased to $0.2 million in the first quarter from ($0.04) million in the fourth quarter. Net revenue sharing represents the amount paid to (or received from) the Bank of NY Mellon, after netting revenues and costs, for its collaboration with the Company’s Currency ETFs. This amount increased primarily due to significantly higher average AUM as a result of the Company’s currency sales efforts.
  • Stock based compensation expenses decreased 27.6% to $2.5 million in the first quarter from $3.5 million in the fourth quarter. As referred to above, the fourth quarter of last year included an expense of $1.0 million related to the Company’s final issuance of common stock to Treasury Equity LLC as a result of the satisfaction of certain conditions related to the Company’s Currency ETFs.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2010, WisdomTree had total assets of $24.6 million, which consisted primarily of cash and cash equivalents of $11.2 million and investments of $7.9 million. WisdomTree has no debt. There were approximately 114.9 million shares issued as of March 31, 2010. Fully diluted shares issued and outstanding were approximately 136.9 million as of March 31, 2010.

First Quarter 2010 Earnings Call Information

WisdomTree will discuss its results and operational highlights during a conference call on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The call-in number will be (888) 679-8037 passcode 45913077. Anyone outside the U.S. or Canada should call (617) 213-4849, passcode 45913077. The slides used during the presentation will be available at www.wisdomtree.com/ir. For those unable to join the conference call at the scheduled time, an audio replay will be available on www.wisdomtree.com/ir.

About WisdomTree

WisdomTree® is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) sponsor and asset manager using its own fundamentally weighted index methodology. WisdomTree also licenses its indexes to third parties for proprietary products and offers a platform to promote the use of WisdomTree ETFs in 401(k) plans. Approximately $7.8 billion in assets currently are managed by WisdomTree or are managed against WisdomTree Indexes. For more information, please visit www.wisdomtree.com. WisdomTree is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and WisdomTree Retirement Services, Inc.

WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. is a registered investment advisor and is the investment advisor to the WisdomTree Trust and the WisdomTree ETFs. The WisdomTree Trust is a registered open-end investment company. Each WisdomTree ETF is a series of the WisdomTree Trust. WisdomTree Retirement Services, Inc. supports the use of the WisdomTree ETFs in retirement plans by financial professionals.

 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2010 2009 2009
 
Revenues
Advisory fees $ 8,467 $ 7,428 $ 3,558
Other income   217     208     137  
 
Total revenues 8,684 7,636 3,695
 
Expenses
Compensation and benefits 5,255 4,775 4,751
Fund management and administration 3,389 3,674 3,191
Marketing and business development 1,620 2,101 910
Professional fees 1,024 631 303
Occupancy, communication and equipment 267 249 274
Depreciation and amortization 77 88 90
Other 426 1,281 386
Partner sharing arrangements   248     (36 )   23  
 
Total expenses   12,306     12,763     9,928  
 
Operating loss (3,622 ) (5,127 ) (6,233 )
 
Interest and investment income   30     95     222  
 
Net loss $ (3,592 ) $ (5,032 ) $ (6,011 )
 
 
 
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.03 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.06 )
 
Weighted average common shares - basic and diluted   110,820     108,374     101,561  
 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC
NON-GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2010 2009 2009
Revenues
Advisory fees $ 8,467 $ 7,428 $ 3,558
Other income   217     208     137  
 
Total revenues 8,684 7,636 3,695
 
Operating expenses
Compensation and benefits 3,250 2,807 2,732
Fund management and administration 3,389 3,674 3,191
Marketing and business development 1,620 2,101 910
Professional fees 532 130 230
Occupancy, communication and equipment 267 249 274
Other 376 231 334
Partner sharing arrangements   248     (36 )   23  
 
Total operating expenses   9,682     9,156     7,694  
 
Operating loss (998 ) (1,520 ) (3,999 )
 
Stock-based compensation 2,547 3,519 2,144
Depreciation and amortization 77 88 90
Interest and investment income   (30 )   (95 )   (222 )
 
Net loss $ (3,592 ) $ (5,032 ) $ (6,011 )
 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
   
March 31, December 31,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,153 $ 11,476
Investments 2,470 2,627
Accounts receivable 3,223 2,884
Other current assets   1,308     961  
 
Total current assets 18,154 17,948
 
Fixed assets, net 920 977
Investments 5,457 6,693
Other noncurrent assets   55     85  
 
Total assets $ 24,586   $ 25,703  
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities:
Fund management and administration payable $ 6,360 $ 5,055
Compensation and benefits payable 1,124 2,587
Accounts payable and other liabilities   1,710     1,603  
 
Total current liabilities 9,194 9,245
 
Other noncurrent liabilities   407     430  
 
Total liabilities 9,601 9,675
 
 
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Common stock, par value $0.01; 250,000 shares authorized:
issued: 114,988 and 114,535 1,149 1,145
outstanding: 111,162 and 110,106
Additional paid-in capital 152,032 149,487
Accumulated deficit   (138,196 )   (134,604 )
 
Total stockholders' equity   14,985     16,028  
 
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 24,586   $ 25,703  
 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2010 2009
 
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss $ (3,592 ) $ (6,011 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and other 77 90
Stock-based compensation 2,547 2,144
Deferred rent (23 ) (106 )
Accretion to interest income (9 ) (61 )
Net change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (338 ) 170
Other assets (317 ) (316 )
Fund management and administration payable 1,305 1,661
Compensation and benefits payable (1,463 ) (1,277 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities   107     8  
 
Net cash used in operating activities   (1,706 )   (3,698 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of fixed assets (20 ) (8 )
Purchase of investments (966 ) (2,786 )
Proceeds from the redemption of investments   2,368     3,780  
 
Net cash provided by investing activities   1,382     986  
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   1     --  
 
Net cash provided by financing activities   1     --  
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (323 ) (2,712 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   11,476     13,275  
 
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 11,153   $ 10,563  
 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
 
Cash paid for income taxes $ 4   $ 3  
 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Cashless exercise of stock options $ 28   $ --  
       
WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
Key Operating Statistics (Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2010   2009   2009
Total assets under management (in thousands)
ETFs 6,712,983 5,978,605 2,775,647
Non-ETFs 709,048     689,103     399,110  
End of period assets 7,422,031     6,667,708     3,174,757  
 
Total ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 5,978,605 4,901,755 3,180,133
Inflows/(Outflows) 582,239 910,989 22,512
Market appreciation/(depreciation) 152,139     165,861     (426,998 )
End of period assets 6,712,983     5,978,605     2,775,647  
 
Average assets during the period 6,311,374 5,438,756 2,885,250
 
International Developed Markets ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 1,953,363 1,794,248 1,339,002
Inflows/(Outflows) 26,262 135,791 (30,953 )
Market appreciation/(depreciation) 15,011     23,324     (188,399 )
End of period assets 1,994,636     1,953,363     1,119,650  
 
Average assets during the period 2,168,987 1,896,356 1,181,812
 
International Emerging Markets ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 1,430,965 1,118,413 384,242
Inflows/(Outflows) 229,591 232,308 27,800
Market appreciation/(depreciation) 77,236     80,244     (6,395 )
End of period assets 1,737,792     1,430,965     405,647  
 
Average assets during the period 1,307,976 1,297,459 390,576
 
Sector ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 358,187 322,145 246,501
Inflows/(Outflows) (124,240 ) 34,154 (19,625 )
Market appreciation/(depreciation) (5,591 )   1,888     (36,778 )
End of period assets 228,356     358,187     190,098  
 
Average assets during the period 345,023 338,336 211,554
 
US ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 1,329,597 1,271,172 986,568
Inflows/(Outflows) 71,963 (2,514 ) 81,037
Market appreciation/(depreciation) 66,719     60,939     (201,381 )
End of period assets 1,468,279     1,329,597     866,224  
 
Average assets during the period 1,405,777 1,272,642 896,404
 
Currency ETFs (in thousands)
Beginning of period assets 906,493 395,777 223,820
Inflows/(Outflows) 378,663 511,250 (35,747 )
Market appreciation/(depreciation) (1,236 )   (534 )   5,955  
End of period assets 1,283,920     906,493     194,028  
 
Average assets during the period 1,083,611 633,963 204,904
 
Average ETF assets during the period
International Developed Markets ETFs 34 % 35 % 41 %
International Emerging Markets ETFs 21 % 24 % 14 %
Sector ETFs 5 % 6 % 7 %
US ETFs 22 % 23 % 31 %
Currency ETFs 18 % 12 % 7 %
 
Average ETF advisory fee during the period
International Developed Markets ETFs 0.55 % 0.55 % 0.54 %
International Emerging Markets ETFs 0.76 % 0.76 % 0.74 %
Sector ETFs 0.58 % 0.58 % 0.58 %
US ETFs 0.34 % 0.34 % 0.33 %
Currency ETFs 0.47 %   0.46 %   0.42 %
Blended Total 0.54 %   0.54 %   0.50 %
 
Number of ETFs - end of the period
International Developed Markets ETFs 14 15 14
International Emerging Markets ETFs 4 4 4
Sector ETFs 4 11 11
US ETFs 12 13 13
Currency ETFs 8     9     8  
Total 42     52     50  
 
Note: Previously issued statistics may be restated due to trade adjustments
 
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
 
In an effort to provide additional information regarding our results as determined by GAAP, we also disclose certain non-GAAP information which we believe provides useful and meaningful information. Our management reviews this non-GAAP financial measurement when evaluating our financial performance and results of operations; therefore, we believe it is useful to provide information with respect to these non-GAAP measurements so as to share this perspective of management. Non-GAAP measurements do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in the context with our GAAP results.
 
We have disclosed our results excluding certain non-operating items. We consider stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and interest and investment income as non-operating items. Management excludes these costs when measuring our financial performance as they are non-cash charges or not directly related to our business of being an index developer and ETF sponsor. As the company is currently incurring net losses, management focuses on its cash related expenses of being an index developer and ETF sponsor in measuring the financial health of its business and making related decisions. However, stock-based compensation has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense in our business and stock-based compensation is an important part of our employees' compensation and impacts their performance.
 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
GAAP to NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2010 2009 2009
 
 
GAAP expenses as reported $ 12,306 $ 12,763 $ 9,928
 
Less stock-based compensation included in
Compensation and benefits (2,005 ) (1,968 ) (2,019 )
Professional fees (492 ) (501 ) (73 )
Other   (50 )   (1,050 )   (52 )
 
Total stock-based compensation expenses (2,547 ) (3,519 ) (2,144 )
 
Less depreciation and amortization   (77 )   (88 )   (90 )
 
Proforma operating expenses $ 9,682   $ 9,156   $ 7,694  
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP net loss, as reported $ (3,592 ) $ (5,032 ) $ (6,011 )
 
Add back stock-based compensation 2,547 3,519 2,144
Add back depreciation and amortization 77 88 90
Less interest and investment income   (30 )   (95 )   (222 )
 
Proforma net loss $ (998 ) $ (1,520 ) $ (3,999 )

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this Press Release regarding WisdomTree Investments, Inc. that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, each of which speaks only as of the date made. We have no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect unanticipated events or circumstances occurring after the date of such statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, some of which are listed below, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In assessing the forward-looking statements contained herein, readers are urged to carefully read the following risks and considerations:

  • We have a limited operating history in our investment management business upon which you may evaluate us and we have experienced significant losses to date.
  • Our ability to become profitable is dependent upon our ability to increase our assets under management and to control our expenses.
  • Changes in the equity markets have a direct impact on our assets under management. A downturn in the equity markets can result in a significant reduction in assets under management, which, in turn, directly reduces our revenues.
  • The mix of our assets under management could be subject to significant fluctuations and could adversely affect our revenues.
  • Poor investment performance of our ETFs is likely to lead to a reduction in our assets under management and a reduction in our revenues.
  • If our reputation is harmed we could suffer losses in revenue.
  • The asset management industry is highly competitive and most of our competitors are larger companies with greater resources.
  • We rely very heavily on third-party vendors, such as BNY Mellon, Standard & Poor’s, and Bloomberg, to provide us with services that are very important to our business. If any of those vendors decided to terminate their relationship with us, we might experience a disruption in our ability to do business while we retain an alternative vendor.
  • A failure in our operational systems or infrastructure, or those of the third-party vendors, could disrupt our operations, damage our reputation, and reduce our revenues.
  • Our business is subject to extensive regulation, and compliance failures and changes in regulation could adversely affect us.
  • We depend on key personnel and the loss of such personnel could disrupt our ability to develop new product and conduct our business.
  • Our principal stockholders, including our directors and officers, control a large percentage of our shares of common stock and can control our corporate actions.

Past performance is no indication of future results.

Media Contact:
Stuart Bell
WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
(917) 267-3702
sbell@wisdomtree.com
or
WisdomTree Investor Relations Contacts:
KCSA Strategic Communications
Jeffrey Goldberger / Todd Fromer
+1 212-896-1249 / +1 212-896-1215
jgoldberger@kcsa.com / tfromer@kcsa.com

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