TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Sprott Inc. (TSX: SII) ("Sprott" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011.
Q3 2011 Highlights
"During the third quarter, we continued to build and diversify our organization to offer our clients a broader range of investment opportunities," said Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott Inc. "In October, we launched our first Sprott-branded products through Sprott USA, with the introduction of a new managed accounts platform that offers US investors access to the combined expertise of Rick Rule, Eric Sprott and the Sprott investment team."
"The ongoing climate of global economic uncertainty has taken a toll on the markets, with most major indices in negative territory for the year," added Mr. Grosskopf. "While we have positioned our portfolios defensively, in line with our well-stated views on the weaknesses inherent in the financial system, we were disappointed not to have delivered better performance through the recent turmoil. We remain confident in our physical metals positions and believe the current market environment presents unique opportunities to invest in precious metals-related equities, many of which are trading at historically wide spreads to bullion prices."
|$ millions|| For the three |
| For the three |
| For the nine |
| For the nine |
|AUM, beginning of period||9,292||5,546||8,545||4,774|
| Market value appreciation |
(depreciation) of portfolios
|AUM, end of period||9,881||6,513||9,881||6,513|
Assets Under Management
At September 30, 2011, AUM increased by 51.7% to $9.9 billion, from $6.5 billion at September 30, 2010. When compared to AUM of $9.3 billion at June 30, 2011, AUM increased by 6.3% during the third quarter. The $0.6 billion increase in AUM at the end of the third quarter of 2011, when compared to the second quarter of 2011, resulted from $0.7 billion in net sales, offset by $0.1 billion in market depreciation of portfolios. The majority of the net sales for the quarter came from the launch of the Sprott Strategic Fixed Income Fund, which raised net proceeds of $213 million, and the completion of a $281 million (net) follow-on offering of Sprott Physical Gold Trust Units. During the quarter, market value depreciation from most Mutual Funds and Managed Accounts, more than offset the positive investment performance of the Domestic Hedge Funds, Offshore Funds and Bullion Funds.
Average AUM for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $10.4 billion, compared with $5.7 billion for the third quarter of last year.
Total revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 increased by 52.4% to $44.3 million, from $29.1 million in the third quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, total revenue increased by 51.2% to $123.1 million from $81.4 million in the first nine months of 2011.
Management fees increased by 63.4% during the quarter to $40.4 million, from $24.7 million in the third quarter of 2011, as average AUM increased by approximately 82.4% over the same period last year. Management fee margins fell to 1.6% from 1.7% in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease is mainly due to the significant growth in bullion funds, which have a lower management fee than the majority of the other Sprott Funds. For the first nine months of 2011, management fees increased by 56.8% to $113.1 million from $72.1 million in the first three quarters of 2011.
Losses from proprietary investments, which include investments in funds that Sprott manages, an investment in Sprott Resource Lending Corp, certain other resource-related stocks and warrants, and gold and silver bullion, totaled $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared with a gain of $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, losses from proprietary investments totaled $6.0 million, compared with a gain of $3.4 million during the first nine months of 2010.
Commission revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, was $3.4 million compared to $0.3 million during the prior year period. In the third quarter of 2011, commission revenue was mainly due to commissions generated by Global Resource Investments, Ltd. ("GRIL") and, to a lesser extent, Sprott Private Wealth LP. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, commission revenue increased by $8.0 million to $11.3 million from $3.3 million during the prior year period, primarily due to the addition of GRIL in February 2011.
Other income decreased by $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $1.0 million from $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, other income increased by $0.3 million to $2.0 million from $1.7 million during the prior year period.
Total expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were $30.3 million, an increase of $14.5 million or 92.1%, compared with $15.8 million for the third quarter of 2010. Total expenses for the first nine months of 2011 were $83.0 million, an increase of 72.8% from $48.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase during the quarter and nine months of 2011 is primarily due to the acquisition of the Global Group of Companies (including the amortization of the related intangible assets and earn out shares) and higher costs associated with the growth of the business, including higher compensation and benefits expenses.
Base EBITDA, which excludes the impact of income taxes and certain non-cash expenses and gains or losses on proprietary investments, increased by 76.6% to $18.3 million ($0.11 per share) for the third quarter of 2011, compared with $10.4 million ($0.07 per share) in the third quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Base EBITDA increased by 72.2% to $53.3 million from $31.0 million in the first nine months of 2010.
Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 increased 4.1% to $10.4 million ($0.06 per share) from $10.0 million ($0.07 per share) in the third quarter of 2010. During the quarter, despite an increase in net income, net income per share decreased by $0.01, compared to the third quarter of 2010. The decrease resulted primarily from the issuance of common shares in relation to the acquisition of the Global Companies. For the first nine months of 2011, net income was $28.4 million ($0.17 per share), a 17.7% increase over the $24.1 million ($0.16 per share) earned during the first nine months of 2010.
On August 9, 2011, a dividend of $0.03 per common share was declared for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. This dividend was paid on September 2, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 18, 2011.
In November 2011, a dividend of $0.03 per common share was declared for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and webcast will be held today, Thursday November 10, 2011, at 10:00am ET to discuss the Company's financial results. To access the call, please dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A taped replay of the conference call will be available until Thursday, November 17, 2011 by calling 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056, reference number 24801373.
*Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This press release includes financial terms (including AUM, EBITDA, Base EBITDA, Cash Flow from Operations and net sales) that the Company utilizes to assess the financial performance of its business that are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). These non-IFRS measures should not be considered alternatives to performance measures determined in accordance with IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For additional information regarding the Company's use of non-IFRS measures, including the calculation of these measures, please refer to the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section of the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis and its financial statements available on the Company's website at www.sprottinc.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" which reflect the current expectations of the Company. These statements reflect management's current beliefs with respect to future events and are based on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including, without limitation, those listed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual information form dated March 22, 2011. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements could vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release are based upon what the Company believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results, performance or achievements will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.
About Sprott Inc.
Sprott Inc. is a leading independent asset manager dedicated to achieving superior returns for its clients over the long term. The Company currently operates through four business units: Sprott Asset Management LP, Sprott Private Wealth LP, Sprott Consulting LP, and Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc. Sprott Asset Management is the investment manager of the Sprott family of mutual funds and hedge funds and discretionary managed accounts; Sprott Private Wealth provides wealth management services to high net worth individuals; and Sprott Consulting provides management, administrative and consulting services to other companies, including Sprott Resource Corp. (TSX: SCP), Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (TSX: SIL) (NYSE AMEX: SILU) and Sprott Power Corp. (TSX: SPZ). Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc. includes Global Resource Investments Ltd, Sprott Asset Management USA Inc., and Resource Capital Investments Corporation. Sprott Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SII". For more information on Sprott Inc., please visit www.sprottinc.com.