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Houlihan Lokey Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

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First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Revenues of $220 million

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Diluted EPS of $0.45

Adjusted First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Diluted EPS of
$0.55

Announces Dividend of $0.27 per Share for Second
Quarter Fiscal 2019

Announces $100 million Share Buyback Program

Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) ("Houlihan Lokey", or the "Company")
today reported financial results for its first quarter ended June 30,
2018. For the first quarter, revenues increased to $220 million,
compared with $217 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Net income decreased 24% to $30 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for
the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared with $39 million, or
$0.59 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.
Adjusted net income for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018 grew 10%
to $36 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared with $33 million,
or $0.50 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

"We achieved solid first quarter revenues and earnings as we kick off
our fiscal 2019 with strong momentum in our business. We are excited
about two recent strategic announcements that we believe will contribute
to the long term growth of the firm: the acquisition of BearTooth
Advisors, which establishes a new Private Funds Group practice; and the
formation of HL Finance, LLC to arrange leveraged loans for our
financial sponsor-backed, privately held and public company clients. Our
management team remains committed to increasing shareholder value by
building a highly diversified business model that can be opportunistic
in any business environment." stated Scott Beiser, Chief Executive
Officer of Houlihan Lokey.

 

Selected Financial Data

 

(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)

 
U.S. GAAP

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017
Revenues $ 220,002 $ 217,491
Operating expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits 139,181 145,509
Non-compensation expenses   40,693     25,109  
Operating income 40,128 46,873
Other (income) expense, net   (1,606 )   (1,506 )
Income before provision for income taxes 41,734 48,379
Provision for income taxes   12,052     9,135  
Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc. $ 29,682 $ 39,244
 
Diluted net income per share of common stock $ 0.45 $ 0.59
 

Revenues

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, revenues increased to $220
million, compared with $217 million for the first quarter ended June 30,
2017. For the quarter, Corporate Finance ("CF") revenues increased 7%,
Financial Restructuring ("FR") revenues decreased 14%, and Financial
Advisory Services ("FAS") revenues increased 6% when compared with the
first quarter ended June 30, 2017. Revenues for the quarter ended June
30, 2018 included $11.1 million in reimbursable expenses as a result of
the adoption of ASC 606 effective April 1, 2018 that now clarifies that
reimbursements of out-of-pocket expenses should be included in revenues,
whereas prior to adoption we had been reporting non-compensation
expenses net of such reimbursements.

Expenses

The Company's employee compensation and benefits and non-compensation
expenses during the periods presented and described below are on a GAAP
and an adjusted basis, as appropriate.

 

(Unaudited and in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,
U.S. GAAP   Adjusted (Non-GAAP)*
2018   2017 2018   2017
Expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits $ 139,181 $ 145,509 $ 133,105 $ 139,196
% of Revenues 63.3 % 66.9 % 60.5 % 64.0 %
Non-compensation expenses $ 40,693 $ 25,109 $ 36,946 $ 25,109
% of Revenues 18.5 % 11.5 % 16.8 % 11.5 %
Provision for Income Taxes $ 12,052 $ 9,135 $ 14,681 $ 20,429
% of Pre-Tax Income 28.9 % 18.9 % 28.9 % 38.3 %
 

*Note: The adjusted figures represent non-GAAP information. See
"Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables at the end of this release
for an explanation of the adjustments and reconciliations to the
comparable GAAP numbers.

Employee compensation and benefits expenses were $139 million for the
first quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared with $146 million for the
first quarter ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in employee compensation
and benefits expenses was primarily a result of lower fee revenues and a
lower adjusted compensation ratio for the quarter when compared with the
same quarter last year.

Adjusted employee compensation and benefits expenses were $133 million
for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared with $139 million
for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in adjusted
employee compensation and benefits expenses was primarily a result of
lower fee revenues and a lower adjusted compensation ratio for the
quarter when compared with the same quarter last year. This resulted in
an adjusted compensation ratio of 60.5% for the first quarter ended
June 30, 2018, versus 64.0% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Non-compensation expenses were $41 million for the first quarter ended
June 30, 2018 and $25 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.
The increase in non-compensation expenses was primarily driven by (i)
the recognition of reimbursements of out-of-pocket expenses as revenues,
and (ii) costs associated with our recent acquisitions and secondary
offering which did not exist in the same period last fiscal year.

Adjusted non-compensation expenses were $37 million for the first
quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $25 million for the first quarter ended
June 30, 2017. The increase in adjusted non-compensation expenses was
primarily due to the increase in expenses associated with the
recognition of reimbursements of out-of-pocket expenses as revenues.

The provision for income taxes was $12 million, representing an
effective tax rate of 28.9% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018,
compared with $9 million, representing an effective tax rate of 18.9%
for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

The adjusted provision for income taxes was $15 million, representing an
adjusted effective tax rate of 28.9% for the first quarter ended
June 30, 2018, compared with $20 million, representing an adjusted
effective tax rate of 38.3% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.
The decrease in the adjusted effective tax rate was a result of a lower
statutory federal tax rate per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts (the "Tax
Act") that was enacted into law in December 2017.

Segment Reporting for the First Quarter

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, Corporate Finance revenues
grew 7% to $133 million, compared with $124 million during the first
quarter ended June 30, 2017. The growth in revenues was primarily a
result of (i) an increase in the number of transactions that closed
during the quarter, and (ii) the recognition of reimbursements of
out-of-pocket expenses as revenues. CF closed 69 transactions in the
first quarter ended June 30, 2018, versus 52 transactions in the first
quarter ended June 30, 2017. The increase in revenues was partially
offset by a decrease in the average transaction fee for the quarter
versus the same period last year.

 

(Unaudited and $ in thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017
Corporate Finance
Revenues $ 132,871 $ 123,999
# of MDs 105 92
# of Closed Transactions 69 52
 

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, Financial Restructuring
revenues decreased 14% to $50 million, compared with $59 million during
the first quarter ended June 30, 2017. FR closed 13 transactions in the
first quarter ended June 30, 2018, versus 18 transactions in the first
quarter ended June 30, 2017 and FR's average transaction fee for the
quarter was lower when compared with the same period last year.

 

(Unaudited and $ in thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017
Financial Restructuring
Revenues $ 50,476 $ 59,029
# of MDs 45 41
# of Closed Transactions 13 18
 

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, Financial Advisory Services
revenues increased 6% to $37 million, compared with $34 million in the
first quarter ended June 30, 2017. The growth in revenues was primarily
a result of the recognition of reimbursements of out-of-pocket expenses
as revenues.

 

(Unaudited and $ in thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017
Financial Advisory Services
Revenues $ 36,655 $ 34,463
# of MDs 37 39

# of Fee Events1

504 550
 

1.

 

A Fee Event includes any engagement that involves revenue
activity during the measurement period based on a revenue minimum
of $1,000 (one thousand dollars).

 

Balance Sheet and Capital Allocation

The Board of Directors of the Company declared a regular quarterly cash
dividend of $0.27 per share of Class A and Class B common stock. The
dividend will be payable on September 15, 2018 to stockholders of record
as of the close of business on September 3, 2018. In July 2018, the
board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $100 million of
the Company's common stock.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had $160 million of cash and cash
equivalents and investment securities, and loans payable aggregating $12
million.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast at 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time on Thursday, July 26, 2018, to discuss its first quarter
fiscal 2019 results. The number to call is 1-800-239-9838 (domestic) or
1-323-794-2551 (international). A live webcast will be available in the
Investor Relations section of the Company's website. A replay of the
conference call will be available from July 26, 2018 through August 2,
2018, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671
(international) and entering the passcode 7508811#. A replay of the
webcast will be archived and available on the Company's website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the federal securities laws. You can identify these
statements by our use of the words "assumes," "believes," "estimates,"
"expects," "guidance," "intends," "plans," "projects," and similar
expressions that do not relate to historical matters. You should
exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking
statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties,
and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control
and could materially affect actual results, performance, or
achievements. For a further description of such factors, you should read
the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The
Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,
future events, or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income, total and on a per share basis, and adjusted
operating expenses are presented and discussed in this earnings press
release and are non-GAAP measures that management believes, when
presented together with comparable GAAP measures, are useful to
investors in understanding the Company's operating results. Adjusted net
income and adjusted operating expenses remove the significant accounting
impact of one-time or non-recurring charges associated with the
Company's one-time/non-recurring matters, as set forth in the tables at
the end of this release.

Adjusted net income as calculated by the Company is not necessarily
comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
Additionally, adjusted net income is not a measurement of financial
performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an
alternative to the Company's financial information determined under
GAAP. For a description of the Company's use of adjusted net income and
a reconciliation with net income, as well as a reconciliation of the
specific line items in adjusted net income, see the section of this
press release titled "Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial
Information." Please refer to our financial statements, prepared in
accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating our financial
condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in
mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring,
valuation, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations,
institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United
States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm's
commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan
Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions, the
No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness
opinion advisor over the past 20 years, according to Thomson Reuters.
For more information, please visit www.HL.com.

Appendix

Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
Consolidated Statement of
Income (Unaudited)
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial
Information (Unaudited)

 

Houlihan Lokey, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheet

(In thousands, except share data and par value)

   

June 30,
2018

March 31,
2018

(unaudited) (audited)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 144,244 $ 206,723
Restricted cash 366 93,500
Investment securities 15,657 209,319
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 84,800 77,259
Unbilled work in process 32,890 45,862
Receivable from affiliates 8,762 8,732
Property and equipment – net of accumulated depreciation 31,871 32,146
Goodwill and other intangibles, net 802,071 723,310
Other assets   26,616     21,990  
Total assets   1,147,277     1,418,841  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Liabilities:
Accrued salaries and bonuses 189,688 377,901
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 41,247 40,772
Deferred income 31,153 3,620
Income taxes payable 17,239 9,967
Deferred income taxes 16,112 22,180
Forward purchase liability 93,500
Loans payable to former shareholders 2,896 3,036
Loan payable to non-affiliate 8,862 8,825
Other liabilities   20,725     6,227  
Total liabilities   327,922     566,028  
Redeemable noncontrolling interest
 
Stockholders' equity:
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000
shares; issued and outstanding 33,509,497 and 30,604,405 shares as
of June 30 and March 31, 2018, respectively
34 31
Class B common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000
shares; issued and outstanding 32,678,476 and 37,187,932 shares as
of June 30 and March 31, 2018, respectively
33 37
Treasury stock, at cost; 0 and 2,000,000 shares as of June 30 and
March 31, 2018, respectively
(93,500 )
Additional paid-in capital 644,125 753,077
Retained earnings 201,702 207,124
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (26,539 )   (13,956 )
Total stockholders' equity   819,355     852,813  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   1,147,277     1,418,841  
 
 
Houlihan Lokey, Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Income

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
Three Months Ended June 30,
2018   2017
Revenues $ 220,002 $ 217,491
 
Operating expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits 139,181 145,509
Travel, meals, and entertainment 9,587 5,678
Rent 8,188 7,190
Depreciation and amortization 3,468 1,974
Information technology and communications 5,589 4,276
Professional fees 6,277 2,387
Other operating expenses, net   7,584     3,604  

Total operating expenses

179,874 170,618
 
Operating income 40,128 46,873
 
Other (income) expense, net   (1,606 )   (1,506 )
Income before provision for income taxes 41,734 48,379
 
Provision for income taxes   12,052     9,135  
Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc. $ 29,682 $ 39,244
 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 62,985,084 62,343,589
Fully Diluted 66,154,212 66,370,249
Net income per share of common stock:
Basic $ 0.47 $ 0.63
Fully Diluted $ 0.45 $ 0.59
 
 
Houlihan Lokey, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial Information

(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2018   2017
Revenues $ 220,002 $ 217,491
 
Employee Compensation and Benefits        
Employee Compensation and Benefits (GAAP) $ 139,181 $ 145,509
Less/Plus: Adjustments1   (6,076 )   (6,313 )
Employee Compensation and Benefits (Adjusted) 133,105 139,196
 
Non-Compensation Expenses        
Non-Compensation Expenses (GAAP) $ 40,693 $ 25,109
Less/Plus: Adjustments2   (3,747 )    
Non-Compensation Expenses (Adjusted) 36,946 25,109
 
Operating Income        
Operating Income (GAAP) $ 40,128 $ 46,873
Less/Plus: Adjustments3   9,823     6,313  
Operating Income (Adjusted) 49,951 53,186
 
Other (Income) Expenses, net        
Other (Income) Expenses, net (GAAP) ($1,606 ) ($1,506 )
Less/Plus: Adjustments4   719     1,386  
Other (Income) Expenses, net (Adjusted) (887 ) (120 )
 
Provision for Income Taxes        
Provision for Income Taxes (GAAP) $ 12,052 $ 9,135
Less/Plus: Adjustments5   2,629     11,294  
Provision for Income Taxes (Adjusted) 14,681 20,429
 
Net Income        
Net Income (GAAP) $ 29,682 $ 39,244
Less/Plus: Adjustments6   6,476     (6,367 )
Net Income (Adjusted) 36,158 32,877
   
Diluted adjusted net income per share of common stock $ 0.55 $ 0.50
 

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Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding.
1.   Consists of pre-IPO grant vesting, including grants re-awarded
following forfeiture, if any.
2. Includes costs associated with Houlihan Lokey's secondary offering
of stock (($498) in Q1 FY19), completed acquisitions (($1,929) in Q1
FY19), and acquisition-related amortization (($1,321) in Q1 FY19).
3. Includes adjustments from (1) and (2) above.
4. Includes the reduction of an earnout liability ($719 in Q1 FY19 and
$1,386 in Q1 FY18).
5. Includes adjustments relating to the following: (i) the tax impact
as a result of the adoption of ASU No. 2016-09, Compensation - Stock
Compensation due to the acceleration of vesting of share awards
($9,406 in Q1 FY18) and (ii) the tax impact, using the adjusted
effective tax rate, of the adjustments described in footnotes 1, 2,
and 4 ($2,629 for Q1 FY19 and $1,888 in Q1 FY18).
6. Consists of the adjustments described above net of the tax impact of
described adjustments.

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