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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

 

[x] QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

Or

 

[  ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                         to                          

Commission File Number 1-34457

 

LOGO

Artio Global Investors Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware     13-6174048
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
    (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
330 Madison Ave.
New York, NY
      10017
(Address of principal executive offices)       (Zip Code)

(212) 297-3600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant is required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

xYes   ¨No

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).   xYes  ¨ No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer     ¨    Accelerated filer    x  
Non-accelerated filer     ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company    ¨  

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

¨ Yes x No

As of April 30, 2012, there were 59,476,952 shares outstanding of the registrant’s Class A common stock, par value $0.001 per share, and no shares outstanding of the registrant’s Class B common stock, par value $0.001 per share, or Class C common stock, par value $0.01 per share.

 

 

 


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Artio Global Investors Inc.

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Financial Statements (unaudited)

  

  Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as of March 31, 2012, and December 31, 2011

     2   

  Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

     3   

  Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

     4   

  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

     5   

  Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     6   

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     23   

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     37   

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

     38   

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

     39   

Item 1A. Risk Factors

     39   

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     39   

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

     39   

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

     39   

Item 5. Other Information

     39   

Item 6. Exhibits

     40   

Signatures

     41   

 

1  Artio Global Investors Inc. First Quarter 2012 Form 10-Q


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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTORS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 
     As of  

 (in thousands, except for share amounts)

       March 31, 2012         December 31, 2011  

 ASSETS

    

 Cash

        $ 49,719                   $  110,252             

 Investments, at fair value:

    

 Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     10,801                 10,211             

 Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products, and other
 seed money investments (including $27,873 in 2012 and $0 in 2011
 pledged as collateral for debt)

     77,973                 59,510             

 Fees receivable and accrued fees, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

     28,217                 32,219             

 Deferred taxes

     190,795                 195,700             

 Income taxes receivable

     14,718                 12,756             

 Other assets

     19,496                 13,121             
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total assets

       $  391,719                   $  433,769             
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    

 Debt:

    

 Term loan

       $  —                    $  37,500             

 The Consolidated Investment Products

     14,034                 3,412             

 Accrued compensation and benefits

     9,999                 35,530             

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     5,372                 5,958             

 Investments sold, not yet purchased by the Consolidated Investment
 Products, at fair value

     5,298                 3,048             

 Due to brokers by the Consolidated Investment Products

     11,175                 1,582             

 Accrued income taxes payable

     4,101                 4,114             

 Due under tax receivable agreement

     155,080                 162,061             

 Other liabilities

     1,977                 2,296             
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total liabilities

     207,036                 255,501             
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)

    

 Common stock:

    

 Class A common stock (500,000,000 shares authorized, 2012 -
 58,276,952 shares issued and outstanding; 2011 – 58,051,113 shares
 issued and outstanding)

     58                58           

 Class B common stock (50,000,000 shares authorized, 2012 and 2011 –
 1,200,000 shares issued and outstanding)

     1                1           

 Class C common stock (210,000,000 shares authorized, 2012 and 2011 –
 no shares issued and outstanding)

     —                —           

 Additional paid-in capital

     634,310                629,553           

 Accumulated deficit

     (465,894)               (466,782)          
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total stockholders’ equity

     168,475                162,830           

 Non-controlling interests in Holdings

     1,798                1,857           

 Non-controlling interests in the Consolidated Investment Products

     14,410                13,581           
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total equity

     184,683                178,268           
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total liabilities and equity

        $  391,719                  $  433,769           

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

Artio Global Investors Inc. First Quarter 2012 Form 10-Q   2


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ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTORS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

 (in thousands, except per share information)

   2012        2011    

 Revenues and other operating income:

         

 Investment management fees

     $42,771           $81,776     

 Net gains on funds held for deferred compensation

     1,160           419     

 Foreign currency losses

     (1        (18  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Total revenues and other operating income

     43,930           82,177     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Expenses:

         

 Employee compensation and benefits

     22,334           28,018     

 Shareholder servicing and marketing

     3,624           4,865     

 General and administrative

     9,738           10,172     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Total expenses

     35,696           43,055     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Operating income before income tax expense

     8,234           39,122     

 Non-operating income (loss):

         

 The Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money
 investments:

         

 Interest income

     934           567     

 Net gains

     2,081           532     

 Expenses

     (13        (9  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Total

     3,002           1,090     

 Interest expense

     (435        (526  

 Other income (loss)

     (11        1     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Total non-operating income

     2,556           565     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Income before income tax expense

     10,790           39,687     

 Income taxes

     5,322           16,751     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net income

     5,468           22,936     

 Net income attributable to non-controlling interests in Holdings

     190           769     

 Net income attributable to non-controlling interests in the Consolidated
 Investment Products

     678           135     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net income attributable to Artio Global Investors

     $ 4,600           $22,032     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Per share information:

         

 Basic net income attributable to Artio Global Investors

     $    0.08           $    0.38     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Diluted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors

     $    0.08           $    0.38     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Weighted average shares used to calculate per share information:

         

 Basic

     58,193           58,354     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Diluted

     58,475           58,404     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Dividends per basic share declared

   $     0.06         $     0.06     

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTORS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 (in thousands, except
 per share information)

   Class A
Common
Stock

(par value
    $0.001)    
   Class B
Common
Stock

(par value
    $0.001)    
   Class C
Common
Stock

(par value
  $0.01)  
   Additional
Paid-in
Capital
     Accum-
ulated
  (Deficit)  
     Stock-
holders’
    Equity    
     Non-
controlling
Interests  in
  Holdings  
     Non-
controlling
Interests in
the Consoli-
dated
Investment
  Products  
     Total
    Equity    
 

 Balance as of
 January 1, 2011

     $  42           $1                $ 168        

 

$613,065  

  

     $(509,629)           $103,647           $1,505            $1,131            $106,283     

 Net income

                                   —           22,032            22,032           769            135            22,936     

 Share-based

 payments:

                                

 Directors’ awards

                                   71           —            71           —            —            71     

 Amortization

                                   4,470           —            4,470           —            —            4,470     

 Dividend
 equivalents

                                   119           (119)           —           —            —            —     

 Capital contributions
 from non-
 controlling
 interests

                                   —           —            —           —            2,375            2,375     

 Distribution to non-
 controlling
 interests

                                   —           —            —           (530)           —            (530)    

 Cash dividends paid
 ($0.06 per share)

                                   —           (3,503)           (3,503)          —            —            (3,503)    
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 Balance as of
 March 31, 2011

     $  42           $  1           $ 168           $617,725           $(491,219)           $126,717           $1,744            $3,641            $132,102     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 Balance as of
 January 1, 2012

     $  58           $  1           $ —           $629,553           $(466,782)           $162,830           $1,857            $13,581            $178,268     

 Net income

                                   —           4,600            4,600           190            678            5,468     

 Share-based

 payments:

                                

 Amortization

                                   4,542           —            4,542           —            —            4,542     

 Dividend
 equivalents

                                   215           (215)           —           —            —            —     

 Capital contributions
 from non-
 controlling
 interests

                                   —           —            —           —            151            151     

 Distribution to non-
 controlling
 interests

                                   —           —            —           (249)           —            (249)    

 Cash dividends paid
($0.06 per  share)

                                   —           (3,497)           (3,497)          —            —            (3,497)    
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 Balance as of
 March 31, 2012

     $58           $  1           $  —           $634,310         $(465,894)           $168,475           $1,798            $14,410            $184,683     

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

Artio Global Investors Inc. First Quarter 2012 Form 10-Q  4


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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 

 

       Three Months Ended March 31,  

 (in thousands)

   2012    2011

 Cash flows from operating activities:

         

 Net income

     $    5,468           $ 22,936     

 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in)
 operating activities:

         

 Depreciation and amortization

     598           629     

 Deferred compensation

     1,905           1,723     

 Share-based compensation

     4,542           4,541     

 Deferred income taxes

     4,905           2,710     

 Interest accrued on investments and accretion and amortization of premium
 and discount

               (268  

 Gains on investments and derivatives

     (3,241        (951  

 Changes in assets and liabilities:

         

 Purchases by the Consolidated Investment Products and of other seed
 money investments

     (32,300        (30,279  

 Proceeds from sales or maturities by the Consolidated Investment
 Products and from other seed money investments

     18,170           22,285     

 Fees receivable and accrued fees, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

     4,002           2,433     

 Income taxes receivable

     (1,962        (2,728  

 Other assets

     (6,783        (2,041  

 Debt of the Consolidated Investment Products

     10,622           3,446     

 Accrued compensation and benefits

     (27,436        (28,282  

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     (585        (1,515  

 Due to broker by the Consolidated Investment Products

     9,593           2,481     

 Accrued income taxes payable

     (13        9,369     

 Due under tax receivable agreement

     (6,981        (4,966  

 Other liabilities

     (321        (247  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     (19,817        1,276     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Cash flows from investing activities:

         

 Purchase of Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     (4,401        (7,700  

 Proceeds from redemptions of Artio Global funds held for deferred
 compensation

     4,971           5,070     

 Purchase of fixed assets

     (190        (739  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

     380           (3,369  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Cash flows from financing activities:

         

 Repayments of borrowing under term credit facility

     (37,500        (4,500  

 Distributions paid to non-controlling interests in Holdings

     (249        (530  

 Contributions from non-controlling interests in the Consolidated Investment
Products

     151           2,375     

 Cash dividends paid

     (3,497        (3,503  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net cash used in financing activities

     (41,095        (6,158  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Effect of exchange rates on cash

     (1        (18  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net decrease in cash

     (60,533        (8,269  

 Cash:

         

 Beginning of period

     110,252           80,043     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 End of period

     $  49,719           $ 71,774     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Cash paid during period for:

         

 Income taxes, net of refunds

     $   2,392           $  7,412     

 Interest expense

     310           808     

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTORS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

Note 1. Background and Basis of Presentation

Artio Global Investors Inc. (“Investors” or the “Company”) and subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us” or “our”) comprises Investors and its subsidiaries, including Artio Global Holdings LLC (“Holdings”), an intermediate holding company that owns Artio Global Management LLC (“Investment Adviser”), a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended; Artio Global Institutional Services LLC, which is licensed as a limited-purpose broker-dealer; and certain investment vehicles we consolidate because we have a controlling financial interest in them (the “Consolidated Investment Products”). As of March 31, 2012, Holdings was approximately 98% owned by Investors, 1% owned by Richard Pell, our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer (“Pell”), and 1% owned by Rudolph-Riad Younes, our Head of International Equity (“Younes,” together with Pell, the “Principals”). The Principals’ interests are reflected in the consolidated financial statements as Non-controlling interests in Holdings. The Consolidated Investment Products have investors whose interests are reflected as Non-controlling interests in the Consolidated Investment Products. In April 2012, the Principals exchanged their interests in Holdings for shares of Investors’ Class A common stock, leaving Holdings as a wholly owned subsidiary (see Note 13. Subsequent Events).

Investment Adviser is our primary operating entity and provides investment management services to institutional and mutual fund clients. It manages and advises the Artio Global Funds (the “Funds”), which are U.S. registered investment companies; commingled institutional investment vehicles; separate accounts; sub-advisory accounts; and a hedge fund. A substantial portion of our assets under management (“AuM”) are invested outside of the U.S., while our clients are primarily U.S.-based.

For select new product initiatives, we invest in the related investment vehicles in order to provide critical asset mass. We refer to these investments as “seed money investments.” If a seed money investment is required to be consolidated, it is reflected within the Consolidated Investment Products. In order to maintain consistency of accounting among all seed money investments, we elect the fair value option if a seed money investment is required to be carried under the equity method.

The consolidated financial statements are prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”). These principles require management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities (including contingent liabilities), revenues and expenses at the date of the consolidated financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates and may have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Certain comparative amounts for prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period’s presentation.

Our interim consolidated financial statements are unaudited. Interim results reflect all normal recurring adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the results. Revenues and other operating income, Total non-operating income and Net income can vary significantly from quarter to quarter due to the nature of our business activities. The financial results of interim periods may not be indicative of the financial results for the entire year.

As part of the preparation of the interim consolidated financial statements, we performed an evaluation of subsequent events occurring after the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position date of March 31, 2012, through to the date the interim consolidated financial statements were issued.

These statements should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes as of December 31, 2011, and for the three years then ended, included in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 2. Stockholders’ Equity

The table below sets forth the number of shares of Class A, Class B and Class C common stock issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011, and March 31, 2012.

 

  (in thousands)

   Class A
 Common Stock 
   Class B
 Common Stock 
   Class C
 Common Stock 
 

  As of December 31, 2011

                58,051                         1,200              —       

  Restricted stock units vested

     226             —              —       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

  As of March 31, 2012(a)

     58,277               1,200                —       

 

(a) The table does not reflect 2.5 million unvested restricted stock units and restricted stock and 2.0 million unvested restricted stock units subject to market- or performance-based conditions awarded to certain employees as of March 31, 2012 (see Note 8. Share-Based Payments). Each restricted stock unit or share of restricted stock represents the right to receive one share of unrestricted Class A common stock upon vesting.

In December 2010, our Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of up to 3.0 million shares of our common stock. This authority expires on December 31, 2013. As of March 31, 2012, we may purchase up to an aggregate of 2,226,061 shares of our Class A common stock through December 31, 2013.

Note 3. Consolidated Investment Products

From time to time, we make seed money investments in the investment vehicles we manage. We evaluate these investment vehicles for consolidation. They are consolidated if they are (i) variable interest entities, and we are the primary beneficiary, or (ii) voting rights entities, and we have a controlling financial interest.

We have a controlling financial interest in the Consolidated Investment Products, which are therefore included in our consolidated financial statements. The assets and liabilities of the Consolidated Investment Products are included in their respective accounts in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, and the results of operations are included in Non-operating income (loss) in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

A condensed consolidating statement of financial position as of March 31, 2012, including balances attributable to the Consolidated Investment Products, is as follows:

 

(in thousands)

   Before
  Consolidation (a)  
      Consolidated   
Investment
Products
       Eliminations         Artio Global 
Investors Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated

Assets:

                       

Cash

     $  46,935                $  2,784            $        —                $    49,719       

Investments, at fair value

     14,246                74,528            —                88,774       

Investment in the Consolidated Investment Products

     41,970                      (41,970)              —       

Other assets

     243,408                9,818            —                253,226       
  

 

 

  

 

 

       

 

 

  

 

 

Total assets

     $346,559                $87,130            $(41,970)              $391,719       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Liabilities and Equity:

                       

Debt

     $         —                $14,034            $        —                $    14,034       

Investments sold, not yet purchased by the Consolidated
Investment Products, at fair value

     —                5,298            —                5,298       

Other liabilities

     176,286                11,418            —                187,704       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total liabilities

     176,286                30,750            —                207,036       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Members’ equity

           32,015            (32,015)              —       

Net asset value

           24,365            (24,365)              —       

Common stock

     59                      —                59       

Additional paid-in capital

     634,310                      —                634,310       

Accumulated deficit

     (465,894)                     —                (465,894)      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     168,475                56,380            (56,380)              168,475       

Non-controlling interests

     1,798                      14,410               16,208       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total equity

     170,273                56,380            (41,970)              184,683       
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

     $346,559                  $87,130              $(41,970)                $391,719         

 

(a) Represents Artio Global Investors Inc. and subsidiaries with the investment in the Consolidated Investment Products accounted for under the equity method.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

A condensed consolidating statement of financial position as of December 31, 2011, including balances attributable to the Consolidated Investment Products, is as follows:

 

(in thousands)

   Before
  Consolidation (a)  
       Consolidated    
Investment
Products
       Eliminations        Artio Global
Investors Inc.
  and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated

Assets:

                    

Cash

     $ 108,518           $  1,734            $        —           $ 110,252     

Investments, at fair value

     13,199           56,522                      69,721     

Investment in the Consolidated Investment Products

     40,088                      (40,088            

Other assets

     250,075           3,721                      253,796     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total assets

     $ 411,880           $61,977            $(40,088        $ 433,769     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Liabilities and Equity:

                    

Debt

     $   37,500           $  3,412            $        —           $   40,912     

Investments sold, not yet purchased by the Consolidated
Investment Products, at fair value

               3,048                      3,048     

Other liabilities

     209,693           1,848                      211,541     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total liabilities

     247,193           8,308                      255,501     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Members’ equity

          30,567            (30,567            

Net asset value

          23,102            (23,102            

Common stock

     59                           59     

Additional paid-in capital

     629,553                           629,553     

Accumulated deficit

     (466,782                        (466,782  
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     162,830           53,669            (53,669        162,830     

Non-controlling interests

     1,857                 13,581           15,438     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total equity

     164,687           53,669            (40,088        178,268     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

     $ 411,880             $61,977              $(40,088          $ 433,769       

 

(a) Represents Artio Global Investors Inc. and subsidiaries with the investment in the Consolidated Investment Products accounted for under the equity method.

 

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A condensed consolidating statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, including amounts attributable to the Consolidated Investment Products, is as follows:

 

(in thousands)

  Before
  Consolidation (a)  
    Consolidated  
Investment
Products
      Eliminations       Artio Global
Investors Inc.
  and  Subsidiaries  
Consolidated

For the three months ended March 31, 2012:

               

Total revenues and other operating income

    $43,904          $      —          $      26          $43,930     

Total expenses

    35,696                            35,696     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income before income tax expense

    8,208                   26          8,234     

Non-operating income (loss):

               

Equity in earnings of the Consolidated Investment
Products

    1,883              (1,883           

Other

    21          2,561          (26       2,556     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non operating income (loss)

    1,904          2,561          (1,909       2,556     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

    10,112          2,561          (1,883       10,790     

Income taxes

    5,322                            5,322     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

    4,790          2,561          (1,883       5,468     

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

    190                   678          868     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income, excluding non-controlling interests

    $ 4,600          $2,561          $(2,561       $4,600     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2011:

               

Total revenues and other operating income

    $82,168          $  —          $     9          $82,177     

Total expenses

    43,055                            43,055     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income before income tax expense

    39,113                   9          39,122     

Non-operating income (loss):

               

Equity in earnings of the Consolidated Investment
Products

    783                   (783           

Other

    (344       918          (9       565     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non operating income (loss)

    439          918          (792       565     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

    39,552          918          (783       39,687     

Income taxes

    16,751                            16,751     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

    22,801          918          (783       22,936     

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

    769                   135          904     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income, excluding non-controlling interests

    $22,032            $918            $(918         $22,032       

 

(a) Represents Artio Global Investors Inc. and subsidiaries with the investment in the Consolidated Investment Products accounted for under the equity method.

 

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Note 4. Related Party Activities

We engage in transactions with various related parties, including affiliates of our former sole stockholder, GAM Holding AG (“GAM”), a Swiss corporation.

Affiliate Transactions – Mutual and Offshore Funds

We earn management fees from the Funds, as Investment Adviser provides investment management services to the Funds pursuant to investment management agreements with the Funds. The investment management agreements are subject to annual review and approval by their boards. Investment Adviser also derives investment management revenue from sub-advising certain offshore funds sponsored by affiliates of GAM. Revenues related to these services are included in Investment management fees on the Consolidated Statement of Operations as follows:

 

 

       Three Months Ended March 31,  

 (in thousands)

   2012    2011

 Funds’ investment management fees

     $24,837             $46,470       

 Sub-advisory investment management fees on GAM-sponsored funds

     367               641         

Fees receivable related to investment management fees are included in Fees receivable and accrued fees, net of allowance for doubtful accounts in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as follows:

 

 

     As of

 (in thousands)

   March 31,
       2012      
     December 31,
      2011      

 Funds’ investment management fees

     $8,138           $8,919        

 Sub-advisory investment management fees on GAM-sponsored funds

     412           397          

Tax Receivable Agreement

We have a tax receivable agreement that requires us to share certain tax benefits with our Principals.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we made an aggregate payment of approximately $7.0 million to the Principals pursuant to this agreement towards the liability relating to the 2011 tax returns.

Other Related Party Transactions

Investors sponsors the non-contributory qualified defined contribution retirement plan (which covers most employees) and the supplemental non-qualified defined contribution plan, and manages the assets of those plans at no cost to the plans.

 

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Note 5. Investments, at Fair Value and Investments Sold, Not Yet Purchased by the Consolidated Investment Products, at Fair Value

In 2012, one of our consolidated investment vehicles entered into a total return swap with an external counterparty. We account for the swap as a financing transaction. Accordingly, the investments subject to the swap are included in Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products, and other seed money investments and the cash collateral we received under the terms of the swap is included as a collateralized loan in Debt: The Consolidated Investment Products in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

Investments, at fair value, as of March 31, 2012, and December 31, 2011, consist of the following:

 

 

     As of

(in thousands)

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
    2011    

Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation:

         

Artio Global funds

         $10,801           $10,211     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     $10,801           $10,211     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products, and other seed money investments:

         

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

         

Equity securities

     $ 3,141           $ 1,979     

Fixed income investments:

         

Corporate bonds

     17,667           23,205     

Government and organization debt

     17,867           14,207     

Term loans(a)

     31,612           13,961     

Warrants

     159           111     

Resell agreements

     4,082           3,059     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products

     74,528           56,522     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Other seed money investments:

         

Equity fund

     2,066           1,822     

Equity securities

     1,379           1,166     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total other seed money investments

     3,445           2,988     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products, and other
seed money investments

     $77,973           $59,510     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Investments sold, not yet purchased by the Consolidated Investment Products:

         

Corporate bonds

     $(5,298        $(3,048  
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments sold, not yet purchased by the Consolidated Investment Products

     $(5,298          $(3,048    

 

(a) Includes $27.9 million of investments, of which $9.1million are unsettled, that are held by a counterparty to a total return swap. The counterparty to the swap is not obligated to hold the investments and may dispose of them. In determining the fair values of the assets subject to the swap, we consider the creditworthiness of the counterparty to the swap. The collateralized loan associated with the swap outstanding as of March 31, 2012, was $11.6 million and is included in Debt: The Consolidated Investment Products.

 

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Net gains (losses) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, are as follows:

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

   2012        2011    

Net gains on Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     $ 1,160           $ 419     

Less: Net gains on redeemed Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     553           829     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Unrealized gains (losses) on Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

     $    607           $(410  
  

 

 

  

 

 

Net gains (losses) – the Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments:

         

Net gains on investments of the Consolidated Investment Products

     $ 1,615           $ 351     

Less: Net gains (losses) on investments of the Consolidated Investment
Products sold or matured

     (1,148        582     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Unrealized gains (losses) on investments of the Consolidated Investment Products

     $ 2,763           $(231  
  

 

 

  

 

 

Net gains on other seed money investments

     $    466           $ 181     

Less: Net gains on other seed money investments sold, matured or redeemed

     15           122     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Unrealized gains on other seed money investments

     $    451           $  59     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total net gains – the Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments

     $ 2,081           $ 532     

Less: Total net gains (losses) on the Consolidated Investment Products and other
seed money investments sold, matured or redeemed

     (1,133        704     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total unrealized gains (losses) on the Consolidated Investment Products and
other seed money investments

     $ 3,214             $(172    

The Consolidated Investment Products’ investment income, including income from derivative contracts, is recorded in Non-operating income (loss): The Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments: Net gains in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and is derived from the following investment categories:

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

   2012    2011

Equity securities

     $ 198           $ 94     

Fixed income investments:

         

Corporate bonds

     895           405     

Government and organization debt

     908               

Term loans

     420           23     

Warrants

     47               

Credit default swaps

     (521        (148  

Foreign exchange contracts

     (136        (20  

Options

     (190        (1  

Other

     (6        (2  
  

 

 

  

 

 

Total net gains – the Consolidated Investment Products

     $1,615             $ 351       

Fair Value

We carry our investments portfolio at fair value using a valuation hierarchy based on the transparency of the inputs to the valuation techniques used to measure fair value. Classification within the hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The valuation hierarchy contains three levels: (i) valuation inputs comprising unadjusted quoted market prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets (“Level 1”); (ii) valuation inputs comprising quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not

 

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active, quoted market prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, and other observable inputs directly or indirectly related to the asset or liability being measured (“Level 2”); and (iii) valuation inputs that are unobservable and are significant to the fair value measurement (“Level 3”). Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect our own assumptions about the assumptions participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.

Our investments as of March 31, 2012, are valued using prices as follows:

 

(in thousands)

      Total       Level 1
    Quoted Prices    
  Level 2
Other
    Observable    
Inputs
  Level 3
Significant
  Unobservable  
Inputs

Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation:

               

Artio Global funds

        $10,801                $10,801              $          $     —     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

    $10,801                $10,801              $          $     —     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment
Products, and other seed money investments:

               

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

               

Equity securities

    $  3,141                $  2,326              $ 779          $     36     

Fixed income investments:

               

Corporate bonds

    17,667                   17,631          36     

Government and organization debt

    17,867                   17,867              

Term loans

    31,612                   29,710          1,902     

Warrants

    159          159                       

Repurchase agreements

    4,082                   4,082              
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated
Investment Products

    74,528          2,485          70,069          1,974     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other seed money investments:

               

Equity fund

    2,066          2,066                       

Equity securities

    1,379          1,379                       
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other seed money investments

    3,445          3,445                       
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated Investment
Products, and other seed money investments

    $77,973                $  5,930              $ 70,069          $1,974     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments sold, not yet purchased by the
Consolidated Investment Products:

               

Fixed income investments:

               

Corporate bonds

    $ (5,298             $       —              $ (5,298       $     —     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total investments sold, not yet purchased by
the Consolidated Investment Products

    $ (5,298               $       —                $  (5,298         $     —       

 

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Our investments as of December 31, 2011, are valued using prices as follows:

 

(in thousands)

   Total    Level 1
Quoted Prices
   Level 2
Other
Observable
Inputs
   Level 3
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs

Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation:

                    

Artio Global funds

         $10,211                   $10,211           $      —           $     —      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total Artio Global funds held for deferred compensation

         $10,211           $10,211           $      —           $     —      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment
Products, and other seed money investments:

                    

Investments owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

                    

Equity securities

     $  1,979           $  1,927           $      —           $     52      

Fixed income investments:

                    

Corporate bonds

     23,205           279           22,513           413      

Government and organization debt

     14,207                     14,207                

Term loans

     13,961                     13,014           947      

Warrants

     111           111                          

Resell agreements

     3,059                     3,059                
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated
Investment Products

     56,522           2,317           52,793           1,412      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Other seed money investments:

                    

Equity fund

     1,822           1,822                          

Equity securities

     1,166           1,166                          
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total other seed money investments

     2,988           2,988                          
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments owned by the Consolidated Investment
Products, and other seed money investments

     $59,510           $  5,305                 $52,793           $1,412      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Investments sold, not yet purchased by the
Consolidated Investment Products:

                    

Corporate bonds

     $ (3,048        $   (810             $ (2,238        $     —      
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

Total investments sold, not yet purchased by
the Consolidated Investment Products

     $ (3,048          $   (810                $ (2,238          $     —        

Derivative contracts, which are included in Other assets and Other liabilities in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, are valued using Level 2 inputs.

There were no transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 securities.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Significant changes during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, in Level 3 securities are as follows:

 

 

        As of

(in thousands)

     March 31, 2012        March 31, 2011  

Equity securities owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

         

Beginning of period

     $     52           $146     

Net gains (losses) during the period

     (16        9     
  

 

 

  

 

 

End of period

     $     36           $155     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Equity securities – total gains (losses) for the period attributable to the change in
unrealized gains or losses relating to assets still held as of end of period

     $    (39        $    9     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Corporate bonds owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

         

Beginning of period

     $   413          

Transfers to Level 2

     (159       

Net losses during the period

     (218       
  

 

 

    

End of period

     $     36          
  

 

 

    

Corporate bonds – total losses for the period attributable to the change in
unrealized gains or losses relating to assets still held as of end of period

     $      (5       
  

 

 

    

Term loans owned by the Consolidated Investment Products:

         

Beginning of period

     $   947           $955     

Purchases

     1,919           571     

Sales

     (966        (758  

Transfers to level 2

               (118  

Net gains (losses) during the period

     2           (17  
  

 

 

  

 

 

End of period

     $1,902           $633     
  

 

 

  

 

 

Term loans – total gains (losses) for the period attributable to the change in unrealized
gains or losses relating to assets still held as of end of period

     $    (15        $    6     

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, $0.2 million in corporate bonds were transferred from Level 3 to Level 2, and during the three months ended March 31, 2011, $0.1 million in term loans were transferred from Level 3 to Level 2, due to the availability of an additional external observable pricing source.

Unrealized gains are included in Non-operating income (loss): The Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments: Net gains in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Valuation techniques and inputs used in the fair value measurement of Level 3 securities are as follows:

 

 

 (in millions)

    Fair Value as  
of 3/31/12
   

    Valuation Technique    

 

  Unobservable Input  

 

Range
(Weighted
Average)

 Equity securities

          $ 36       

Market adjusted

last available

trade(a)

  Market adjustments   N/A

 Corporate bonds

    36        Internal model(b)   Stock price correlation   Correlation range of 80% to 120%

 Term loans

    1,902        Yield analysis(c)   Market yield   N/A

 

N/A – Not applicable

(a) Valuation provided by a third party, based upon last available price for the security and compared with market price movements observed for comparable companies.
(b) The corporate bond no longer has an active market. Fair value is estimated based upon the last available price, adjusted for subsequent changes in the associated company’s stock and assuming 100% correlation. A 10% increase or decrease in the value of the associated company’s stock would result in a 10% increase or decrease in the estimated fair value of the corporate bond. During the first quarter of 2012, the associated company’s stock price increased approximately 20%.
(c) Valuation provided by a pricing service based upon an indicative quote from one broker. Market yields used are based upon comparable loans with observable market trades.

Note 6. Derivative Contracts

The Consolidated Investment Products employ credit default swaps, foreign exchange contracts, options and futures contracts as part of their trading strategies and are accounted for as trading products.

 

 

 
     Notional/Nominal Amount as of     Average Notional/Nominal Amount
Outstanding For the

Three Months Ending
 

(in thousands)

     March 31, 2012         December 31,  
2011
      March 31, 2012         March 31, 2011    

Credit default swaps

         $16,660                  $14,450                $15,187              $5,033         

Foreign exchange contracts

     12,526              27,250              16,486              8,511         

Option contracts

     2,666              5,957              6,120              —         

 

 

Fair value of derivative contracts as of March 31, 2012, and December 31, 2011, is as follows:

 

       Assets     Liabilities  

(in thousands)

  Statement of
  Financial Position  
Location
      Fair Value         Statement of
  Financial Position  
Location
        Fair Value      

As of March 31, 2012:

       

Credit default swaps

  Other assets     $627               

Foreign exchange contracts

  Other assets     2                Other liabilities        $70           

Option contracts

  Other assets     17               

As of December 31, 2011:

       

Credit default swaps

  Other assets     $993               

Foreign exchange contracts

  Other assets     272                Other liabilities        $80           

Option contracts

  Other assets     93                           

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Please see Note 5. Investments, at Fair Value and Investments Sold, Not Yet Purchased by the Consolidated Investment Products, at Fair Value for income from derivative contracts that is included in investment income by investment categories.

Note 7. Debt

Credit Facilities

On March 29, 2012, Holdings prepaid the outstanding balance of $37.5 million borrowed under a $60.0 million term credit facility and terminated both the term credit facility and a $100.0 million revolving credit facility. Both the term credit facility and the revolving credit facility would have matured in October 2012.

Consolidated Investment Products

Certain Consolidated Investment Products employ leverage to finance their investments. The leverage takes the form of a prime brokerage arrangement or is provided by a total return swap on selected assets. Interest on the prime brokerage arrangement is payable at the Fed Funds rate plus a range of 40 to 125 basis points; and interest under the total return swap includes an implicit interest rate based on LIBOR plus a range of 115 to 125 basis points with a maximum portfolio book value of $100.0 million. The designated maturity of the total return swap is monthly and has a scheduled ramp-down after 18 months. Both borrowing arrangements are collateralized by investments held by the borrowing entity. In the case of the total return swap, the counterparty to the swap is not obligated to retain the collateral. Accordingly, our pricing procedures consider the effect of counterparty risk when assigning fair values to our investments.

Note 8. Share-Based Payments

Activity under the Artio Global Investors Inc. 2009 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) was as follows:

 

 

 

    

               Units/Shares               

Available for grant at inception

     9,700,000           

Restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and restricted stock awards (“RSAs”) granted, including
dividend equivalents

     (5,938,708)          

Fully-vested restricted stock granted to independent directors

     (43,867)          

RSUs forfeited, including dividend equivalents

     238,851           
  

 

 

 

Available for grant as of March 31, 2012

     3,956,276           

 

 

Certain of the RSUs we have granted have only service conditions, while others have performance or market conditions.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Awards Having Only Service Conditions

 

 

 

    

  Weighted-
Average Grant
  Date Fair Value  
     Number of RSUs 
and RSAs
      RSU and RSA  
Dividend
Equivalents
 

Granted and unvested as of December 31, 2011

    $22.02               1,822,079             66,562         

Grants:

     

RSUs and RSAs

    4.42               875,143          

Dividend equivalents

        30,708         

Vesting:

     

RSUs

    17.63               (219,296)         

Dividend equivalents

        (6,594)        

Forfeitures:

     

RSUs

    22.87               (33,928)         

Dividend equivalents

        (1,541)        
   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Granted and unvested as of March 31, 2012

    16.94               2,443,998             89,135         
   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Granted and unvested as of December 31, 2010

    $25.70               1,856,997             27,225         

Grants:

     

RSUs

    14.81               450,976          

Dividend equivalents

        8,789         

Vesting:

     

RSUs

    23.58               (70,974)         

Dividend equivalents

        (1,044)        

Forfeitures:

     

RSUs

    25.48               (3,029)         

Dividend equivalents

        (57)        
   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Granted and unvested as of March 31, 2011

    19.45               2,233,970             34,913         

 

 

Compensation expense related to awards with only service conditions is recognized using a straight-line method over the requisite service period (generally a three- or five-year period from the date of the grant for the entire award), unless an award meets retirement eligibility requirements. Compensation expense related to the amortization of RSU and RSA grants is included in Employee compensation and benefits in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and was $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

Awards Having Performance or Market Conditions

Awards issued pursuant to the long-term incentive program (the “LTIP”) are in the form of RSUs and granted pursuant to the overall Plan. The LTIP awards are subject to either performance- or market-based conditions. The conditions of the performance-based awards correspond with the responsibilities of the recipients and are linked to either investment performance or sales targets, while the condition associated with the market-based awards relates to increasing the price/earnings multiple of our Class A common stock as compared to our peer group. The LTIP awards have three-year cliff vesting. The fair value of the awards with performance conditions is based on the probable outcome of the performance target and is amortized over the vesting period. In some cases, performance targets may be set on an annual basis and communicated to employees after the initial grant date. In such cases, grant date (for purposes of determining fair value and commencement of amortization) is when the performance targets are set and communicated. The assumptions used to derive the fair value of the performance-based awards are reviewed by management on a quarterly basis. Changes to the fair value of such awards are reflected in Employee compensation and benefits in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. The fair value of the awards with market conditions was determined at the initial grant date and is being amortized over the three-year vesting period. The entire expense will be recognized unless the service condition is not met.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

 

    

    Weighted-Average  
Grant Date Fair
Value(a)
    Number of
         LTIP RSUs        
  LTIP RSU Dividend
Equivalents

 LTIP RSUs as of December 31, 2011

      1,938,363          48,879     

 Forfeitures:

         

RSUs

    $14.81                (49,883      

Dividend equivalents

          (1,888  

 Dividend equivalents

          24,097     
   

 

 

 

 

 

 LTIP RSUs as of March 31, 2012(b)

      1,888,480          71,088     
   

 

 

 

 

 

 LTIP RSUs as of December 31, 2010

                   

 Grants:

         

LTIP RSUs

    $14.81                1,863,772         

Awarded LTIP RSUs with a future grant date

      178,695         

 Dividend equivalents

          7,932     
   

 

 

 

 

 

 LTIP RSUs as of March 31, 2011

      2,042,467          7,932     

 

 

(a) Weighted-average grant date fair value for grants is based on the closing price on the grant date. Market-based grants do not use the weighted-average grant date fair value to calculate amortization expense, but a fair value using a Monte Carlo pricing model. The model requires management to develop estimates regarding certain input variables. If we used different methods to estimate our variables for the Monte Carlo model, or if we used a different type of pricing model, the fair value of our grants might differ.
(b) Includes 73,462 awarded LTIP RSUs for which performance targets have not yet been set, as they are set on an annual basis.

Compensation expense related to the LTIP RSU grants is included in Employee compensation and benefits in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and was $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

Note 9. Income Taxes

A summary of the provisions for income taxes is as follows:

 

 

         Three Months Ended March 31,    

 (in thousands)

           2012           2011

 Current:

         

Federal

     $   154           $10,746     

State and local

     263           3,295     
  

 

 

 

 

 

Total

     417           14,041     
  

 

 

 

 

 

 Deferred:

         

Federal

     3,898           1,672     

State and local

     1,007           1,038     
  

 

 

 

 

 

Total

     4,905           2,710     
  

 

 

 

 

 

 Income tax expense

     $5,322           $16,751     

 

Tax years 2008 to the present are open for examination by Federal, state and local tax authorities. We are currently under examination by New York State tax authorities for the years 2006 through 2008 and by New York City tax authorities for Investment Adviser for the years 2006 and 2007. There are waivers extending our New York State 2006 and 2007 tax years to September 2012 and our New York City 2006 and 2007 tax years to December 2012.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

A reconciliation between the Federal statutory tax rate of 35% and the effective tax rates is as follows:

 

 

         Three Months Ended March 31,    

 (in percentages)

   2012   2011

 Federal statutory rate

      35%     35%

 State and local, net of Federal benefit, and other

    5   6

 Non-controlling interests

    (3)   (1)

 Permanent differences:

    

Vesting of RSUs

   10   1

Other

     2   1
  

 

 

 

 Total

       49%     42%

 

Our deferred tax asset includes $3.6 million related to amortization of RSU awards granted at prices between $4.42 and $26.25 per share, which vest from September 2012 to February 2015.

The actual benefit received upon vesting will be based on our stock price on the date the awards vest, which typically occurs in February and September of each year. Deferred tax assets of $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2012 and $0.2 million during the first quarter of 2011 were written off due to the vesting of RSU awards at a price less than their grant-date price.

Note 10. Earnings Per Share (“EPS”)

Basic and diluted EPS were calculated using the following:

 

 

 
         Three Months Ended March 31,      

(in thousands)

   2012     2011  

Net income attributable to Artio Global Investors – Basic

     $4,600             $22,032       
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(a)

     —             —       

Income tax related to non-controlling interests(a)

     —             —       
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income - Diluted

     $4,600             $22,032       
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares for basic EPS

     58,193             58,354       

Dilutive potential shares from exchange of New Class A Units by the Principals(a)

     —             —       

Dilutive potential shares from grants of RSUs(b)

     282             50       
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares for diluted EPS

     58,475             58,404       

 

 

 

(a) The potential impact of the exchange of non-voting Class A member interests in Holdings (“New Class A Units”) by the Principals, and cancelation of corresponding shares of Class B common stock, for Class A common stock of 1.2 million weighted average shares for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, was antidilutive.
(b) The potential impact of an additional 1.9 million granted RSUs and RSAs for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and an additional 2.1 million granted RSUs for the three months ended March 31, 2011, was antidilutive.

On April 23, 2012, our Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.02 per share to be paid on May 23, 2012, to holders of record of our Class A common stock as of the close of business on May 9, 2012. To provide funding for the dividend payable to the holders of record of our Class A common stock, a distribution by Holdings of $0.02 per New Class A Unit will be paid to all members of Holdings.

Note 11. Commitments and Contingencies

There are no claims against us that are considered probable or reasonably possible of having a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

Although we may not have an explicit legal obligation to do so, we have, at our discretion, reimbursed client accounts for certain operational losses incurred.

 

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Note 12. Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) to ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement, which clarifies the FASB’s intent about the application of existing fair value measurement and disclosure requirements. We have included the expanded disclosures requirements, when applicable, in Note 5. Investments, at Fair Value and Investments Sold, Not Yet Purchased by the Consolidated Investment Products, at Fair Value.

Note 13. Subsequent Events

On April 24, 2012, the Principals each exchanged their remaining 600,000 New Class A Units for 600,000 shares of Investors’ Class A common stock. At the time of the exchanges, an equivalent number of shares of Class B common stock were surrendered by the Principals and canceled.

On April 26, 2012, we filed a shelf registration statement relating to 16,755,844 shares of Investors’ Class A common stock held by our former parent, GAM Holdings AG, a Swiss holding company, and 1,200,000 shares of Investors’ Class A common stock held by the Principals, as required by the registration rights agreement that we entered into in connection with our IPO in 2009.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”).

Introduction

Artio Global Investors Inc. (“Investors” or the “Company”) and subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us” or “our”) comprises Investors and its subsidiaries, including Artio Global Holdings LLC (“Holdings”), an intermediate holding company that owns Artio Global Management LLC (“Investment Adviser”), a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended; Artio Global Institutional Services LLC, which is licensed as a limited-purpose broker-dealer; and certain investment vehicles we consolidate because we have a controlling financial interest in them (the “Consolidated Investment Products”). As of March 31, 2012, Holdings was approximately 98% owned by Investors, 1% owned by Richard Pell, our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer (“Pell”), and 1% owned by Rudolph-Riad Younes, our Head of International Equity (“Younes,” together with Pell, the “Principals”). The Principals’ interests are reflected in the consolidated financial statements as Non-controlling interests in Holdings. The Consolidated Investment Products have investors whose interests are reflected as Non-controlling interests in the Consolidated Investment Products. In April 2012, the Principals exchanged their interests in Holdings for shares of Investors’ Class A common stock, leaving Holdings as a wholly owned subsidiary (see Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 13. Subsequent Events).

Our MD&A is provided in addition to the accompanying consolidated financial statements and footnotes to assist readers in understanding our results of operations and liquidity and capital resources. The MD&A is organized as follows:

 

 

General Overview. Beginning on page 24, we provide a summary of our overall business and the economic environment.

 

 

Key Performance Indicators. Beginning on page 25, we discuss the operating and financial indicators that guide management’s review of our performance.

 

 

Assets Under Management. Beginning on page 27, we provide a detailed discussion of our assets under management (“AuM”), which is a major driver of our operating revenues and key performance indicators.

 

 

Revenues and Other Operating Income. Beginning on page 32, we compare our revenue and other operating income to the corresponding period a year ago.

 

 

Operating Expenses. Beginning on page 32, we compare our operating expenses to the corresponding period a year ago.

 

 

Non-operating Income (Loss). Beginning on page 33, we compare our non-operating income (loss) to the corresponding period a year ago.

 

 

Income Taxes. Beginning on page 33, we compare our effective tax rates to the corresponding period a year ago.

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources. Beginning on page 34, we discuss our working capital as of March 31, 2012, and December 31, 2011, and cash flows for the first three months of 2012 and 2011. Also included is a discussion of the financial capacity available to help fund our future activities.

 

 

New Accounting Standards. Beginning on page 36, we discuss new accounting pronouncements that may apply to us.

 

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements. Beginning on page 36, we describe the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements set forth in this Form 10-Q relating to our financial results, operations, business plans and prospects. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations about future events, which are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances.

 

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General Overview

Business

We are an asset management company that provides investment management services to institutional and mutual fund clients. We manage and advise proprietary (mutual) funds; commingled institutional investment vehicles; institutional separate accounts; sub-advisory accounts; and a hedge fund. While our operations and clients are primarily U.S.-based, a substantial portion of our AuM is invested outside of the U.S. Historically, our distribution activities were primarily focused within North America. In 2011, we opened offices in London, England, to expand our distribution activities to Europe and the Middle East, and in Sydney, Australia, to expand our distribution activities in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Our revenues are primarily billed in U.S. dollars and are calculated based on the U.S. dollar value of the investment assets we manage for clients. Our managed portfolios have exposures to currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which can affect our revenues. As of March 31, 2012, 55% of our AuM were exposed to currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Consequently, changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect our revenues. Our expenses are primarily billed and paid in U.S. dollars and not significantly impacted by foreign currency exchange rates, although our shareholder servicing expenses are driven by average daily market value of proprietary fund AuM and therefore, indirectly impacted by foreign currency exchange rates.

For select new product initiatives, we invest in the related investment vehicles in order to provide critical mass. We refer to these investments as “seed money investments.” Income from seed money investments is included in non-operating income. This income is, by nature, variable. Since the third quarter of 2010 through March 31, 2012, we have made aggregate seed money investments of $44 million.

Economic Environment

As an investment manager, we derive substantially all of our operating revenues from providing investment management services to our institutional and mutual fund clients. Such revenues are driven by the amount and composition of our AuM, as well as by our fee structure, making our business results sensitive to the prevailing global economic climate and its impact on investor sentiment and capital markets.

In response to more encouraging economic data from the U.S., equity markets around the world rallied in the first quarter of 2012. Volatility levels also declined, providing a much improved backdrop for investors than witnessed over the past year. High yield bonds also provided solid returns amid a more “risk on” environment while investment grade bonds had a lackluster quarter.

This period of relative market calm is likely to be tested as the rest of the year unfolds. Ahead is the U.S. Presidential election, a pending decision on healthcare by the U.S. Supreme Court, the European Central Bank balancing the sovereign debt crisis with potential inflationary threats, and the Federal Reserve dampening expectations for additional monetary stimulus. These important factors will likely play an important role in shaping investor sentiment in the months ahead.

Overall, equity markets trended upwards during the first quarter of 2012. Our International Equity strategies, which comprise 56% of our total AuM as of March 31, 2012, are measured against the MSCI AC World ex USA Index, which increased 11.2% during the first quarter of 2012.

 

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Key Performance Indicators

Our management reviews our performance on a monthly basis, focusing on the indicators described below.

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

 (in millions, except basis points, percentages and per share amounts)

           2012                    2011        

 Operating indicators

         

 AuM at end of period

     $26,645           $51,328     

 Average AuM for period(a)

     28,551           52,659     

 Net client cash flows

     (5,995        (3,230  

 Market appreciation

     2,281           1,151     

 Financial indicators

         

 Investment management fees

     43           82     

 Effective fee rate (basis points)(b)

     60.3           63.0     

 Adjusted operating income(c)

     11           42     

 Adjusted operating margin(d)

     24.5        50.8  

 Adjusted EBITDA(c)

     14           44     

 Adjusted EBITDA margin(d)

     31.0        53.9  

 Adjusted compensation ratio(c)(e)

     45.3        30.9  

 Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors(c)

     6           24     

 Diluted earnings per share

     $    0.08           $    0.38     

 Adjusted diluted earnings per share(f)

     $    0.11           $    0.41     

 

 

(a) Average AuM for a period is computed on the beginning-of-first-month balance and all end-of-month balances within the period.
(b) The effective fee rate is computed by dividing annualized investment management fees (normalized for the number of days in the period) by average AuM for the period.
(c) See the “Adjusted Performance Measures” section of this MD&A for reconciliations of Employee compensation and benefits to Adjusted compensation; Operating income before income tax expense to Adjusted operating income; Net income to adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”); and Net income attributable to Artio Global Investors to Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors.
(d) Adjusted operating and Adjusted EBITDA margins are calculated by dividing Adjusted operating income and Adjusted EBITDA by Total revenues and other operating income.
(e)

Calculated as Adjusted compensation(c) divided by Total revenues and other operating income.

(f) Adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors by Adjusted weighted average diluted shares (see the “Adjusted Performance Measures” section of this MD&A).

Operating Indicators

Our revenues are driven by the amount and composition of our AuM, as well as by our fee structure. As a result, management closely monitors our AuM. We believe average AuM is more useful than quarter-end AuM in analyzing performance during a period, as most of our fees are calculated based on daily or monthly AuM, rather than quarter-end balances of AuM.

Net client cash flows represent purchases by new or existing clients, less redemptions. Our net client cash flows are driven by the performance of our investment strategies relative to their respective benchmark and/or peers, absolute levels of performance, competitiveness of our fee rates, the success of our marketing and client service efforts, as well as clients’ appetite for risk and the state of equity and fixed income markets overall. Net client cash outflows were $6.0 billion in the three months ended March 31, 2012, and $3.2 billion in the three months ended March 31, 2011. In our view, this reflects a variety of contributing factors, with underperformance in our International Equity strategies during 2009 through 2011 being the primary factor driving net client cash outflows.

Net client outflows for the first quarter of 2012 were partially offset by market appreciation of $2.3 billion, of which the International Equity strategies represented $1.8 billion.

 

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Financial Indicators

Management reviews certain financial ratios to monitor progress with internal forecasts, monitor our business drivers and compare our firm with others in the asset management industry. The effective fee rate represents the amount of investment management fees we earn divided by the average dollar value of AuM we manage. This information can be used as an indicator of the contribution of our products to revenues. Adjusted operating and Adjusted EBITDA margins are important indicators of our profitability and the efficiency of our business model. (See the “Adjusted Performance Measures” section of this MD&A for a discussion of financial indicators not prepared in conformity with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).) Other ratios shown in the table on page 25 allow us to review expenses in comparison with our revenues.

Investment management fees are earned from managing clients’ assets and fluctuate based on the total value of AuM, composition of AuM among our investment vehicles and among our investment strategies, and changes in the investment management fee rates on our products. Fees from our International Equity strategies are our primary revenue source and as a percentage of Investment management fees were approximately 74% in the first quarter of 2012 and 86% in the first quarter of 2011. The decrease in revenue percentage from our International Equity strategies primarily reflects net client cash outflows in 2011 and the first quarter of 2012.

Our effective fee rate of 60.3 basis points has declined in recent quarters due primarily to a greater proportion of fixed income assets, which typically have average fee rates lower than our equity strategies, within our overall average AuM.

Our Adjusted operating and Adjusted EBITDA margins in the first quarter of 2012 decreased compared to the first quarter of 2011, as revenues declined faster than expenses. We expect our margins to be under pressure throughout 2012, given the significant decline in AuM.

Adjusted Performance Measures

Certain of our financial indicators are adjusted versions of balances in our consolidated financial statements and are not prepared in conformity with GAAP. We believe these adjusted financial indicators are meaningful as they are more representative of our ongoing expense base than their GAAP counterparts. We exclude the amortization expense associated with equity awards granted to employees at the time of our initial public offering (“IPO”) in 2009, severance costs associated with our staff reduction program initiated in 2011 and the accelerated amortization of debt expense associated with the termination of our revolving credit facility in the first quarter of 2012. We also present Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors per diluted share, which assumes the full exchange of our Principals’ non-controlling interests for Class A common stock at the beginning of each period presented. (This adjustment does not conform with GAAP, for those periods in which the shares are antidilutive. In such periods, the adjustment has the effect of increasing earnings per share.) These adjustments are reflected in Adjusted operating income, Adjusted operating margin, Adjusted compensation ratio, Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted diluted earnings per share. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin also exclude non-operating income. We have adjusted Income taxes to reflect the appropriate effective tax rate for each period after taking into consideration these non-GAAP adjustments.

 

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The following table reconciles Employee compensation and benefits to Adjusted compensation, Operating income before income tax expense to Adjusted operating income, Net income to Adjusted EBITDA, and Net income attributable to Artio Global Investors to Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors.

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

 (in thousands)

   2012    2011

 Employee compensation and benefits

       $22,334             $28,018     

 Less compensation adjustments:

         

 Staff reduction costs

     213               

 Amortization expense of IPO-related restricted stock unit grants

     2,209           2,624     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Total compensation adjustments

     2,422           2,624     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Adjusted compensation

     $19,912           $25,394     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Operating income before income tax expense

     $  8,234           $39,122     

 Add: total compensation adjustments

     2,422           2,624     

 Add: write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs

     122               
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Adjusted operating income

     $10,778           $41,746     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net income

     $  5,468           $22,936     

 Less: interest income

     (934        (567  

 Add: interest expense

     435           526     

 Add: income taxes

     5,322           16,751     

 Add: depreciation and amortization

     5,066           5,170     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 EBITDA

     15,357           44,816     

 Less: other non-operating (income) loss(a)

     (2,057        (524  

 Add: Compensation adjustments, excluding amortization

     213               

 Add: write off of unamortized debt issuance costs

     122               
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Adjusted EBITDA

     $13,635           $44,292     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Net income attributable to Artio Global Investors

     $  4,600           $22,032     

 Add: total compensation adjustments

     2,422           2,624     

 Add: write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs

     122               

 Add: Non-operating income related to unamortized debt issuance costs

     71               

 Add: Non-controlling interests in Holdings

     190           769     

 Tax impact of adjustments

     (944        (1,245  
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Adjusted net income attributable to Artio Global Investors

     $  6,461           $24,180     
  

 

 

  

 

 

 Weighted average diluted shares

     58,475           58,404     

 Adjusted weighted average diluted shares(b)

     59,675           59,604     

 

 

(a) Other non-operating income (loss) represents primarily gains and losses on investments of the Consolidated Investment Products.
(b) Adjusted weighted average diluted shares assumes that the Principals had exchanged all of their non-voting Class A membership interests in Holdings (“New Class A Units”) for Class A common stock. The additional shares are antidilutive in accordance with GAAP.

Assets under Management (“AuM”)

Changes to our AuM, the distribution of our AuM among our investment products and investment strategies, and the effective fee rates on our products, all affect our operating results from one period to another.

The amount and composition of our AuM are influenced by a variety of factors including, among other things:

 

 

investment performance, including our investment decisions and fluctuations in both the financial markets and foreign currency exchange rates;

 

client cash flows into and out of our investment products;

 

the mix of AuM among our various strategies; and

 

our introduction or closure of investment strategies and products.

 

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We manage assets across 10 different strategies, within six asset classes, including:

 

 

International Equity;

 

Global Equity;

 

U.S. Equity;

 

High Grade Fixed Income;

 

High Yield; and

 

Local Emerging Markets Debt.

Investors invest in our strategies through the investment vehicles set forth in the following table.

The following table sets forth a summary of our AuM by investment vehicle type as of March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

 

     As of March 31,    As a % of AuM as of March 31,

 (in millions, except percentages)

   2012    2011    2012    2011

 Proprietary Funds(a)

                     

 A shares

          $  3,922                 $  7,073                

 I shares(b)

     8,940            15,781                
  

 

 

  

 

 

         

 Total

     12,862            22,854            48.3        44.5  

 Institutional commingled funds

     4,346            9,374            16.3           18.3     

 Separate accounts

     7,858            14,768            29.5           28.8     

 Sub-advisory accounts

     1,579            4,332            5.9           8.4     
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 Ending AuM

     $26,645              $51,328              100.0          100.0    

 

(a) Proprietary Funds include both SEC-registered funds and private offshore funds. SEC-registered mutual funds within our proprietary funds are: Artio International Equity Fund; Artio International Equity Fund II; Artio Total Return Bond Fund; Artio Global High Income Fund; Artio Global Equity Fund Inc.; Artio U.S. Microcap Fund; Artio U.S. Midcap Fund; Artio U.S. Multicap Fund; Artio U.S. Smallcap Fund; and Artio Local Emerging Markets Debt Fund.
(b) Amounts invested in private offshore funds and in the hedge fund are categorized as “I” shares.

The different fee structures associated with each type of investment vehicle make the composition of our AuM an important determinant of the investment management fees we earn. We typically earn higher effective investment management fee rates from our proprietary funds and institutional commingled funds as compared to our separate and sub-advised accounts.

 

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The following table sets forth the changes in AuM by investment vehicle type.

 

 

       Three Months Ended March 31,

 (in millions, except percentages)

          2012                    2011             % Change 

 Proprietary Funds:

           

 Beginning AuM

    $13,366          $23,013          (42 )%   

 Gross client cash inflows

    1,235          1,788          (31  

 Gross client cash outflows

    (2,712       (2,473       (10  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Net client cash flows

    (1,477       (685       (116  

 Transfers between investment vehicles

    52                   *     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total client cash flows

    (1,425       (685       (108  

 Market appreciation

    921          526          75     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Ending AuM

    12,862          22,854          (44  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Institutional Commingled Funds:

           

 Beginning AuM

    4,912          9,236          (47  

 Gross client cash inflows

    32          153          (79  

 Gross client cash outflows

    (1,107       (424       (161  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Net client cash flows

    (1,075       (271       *     

 Transfers between investment vehicles

    13          210          (94  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total client cash flows

    (1,062       (61       *     

 Market appreciation

    496          199          149     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Ending AuM

    4,346          9,374          (54  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Separate Accounts:

           

 Beginning AuM

    9,799          16,801          (42  

 Gross client cash inflows

    101          135          (25  

 Gross client cash outflows

    (2,694       (2,240       (20  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Net client cash flows

    (2,593       (2,105       (23  

 Transfers between investment vehicles

    (65       (210       69     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total client cash flows

    (2,658       (2,315       (15  

 Market appreciation

    717          282          154     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Ending AuM

    7,858          14,768          (47  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Sub-advisory Accounts:

           

 Beginning AuM

    2,282          4,357          (48  

 Gross client cash inflows

    39          151          (74  

 Gross client cash outflows

    (889       (320       (178  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Net client cash flows

    (850       (169       *     

 Transfers between investment vehicles

                          
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total client cash flows

    (850       (169       *     

 Market appreciation

    147          144          2     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Ending AuM

    1,579          4,332          (64  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total AuM:

           

 Beginning AuM

    30,359          53,407          (43  

 Gross client cash inflows

    1,407          2,227          (37  

 Gross client cash outflows

    (7,402       (5,457       (36  
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Net client cash flows

    (5,995       (3,230       (86  

 Transfers between investment vehicles

                          
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Total client cash flows

    (5,995       (3,230       (86  

 Market appreciation

    2,281          1,151          98     
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Ending AuM

    $26,645          $51,328          (48  

 

* Calculation not meaningful.

 

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Market appreciation for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, was primarily attributable to the following strategies:

 

        Three Months Ended March 31,

 (in millions, except percentages)

   2012    2011     % Change 

 Market appreciation (depreciation):

              

 International Equity I

           $   767                  $   347              121%   

 International Equity II

       1,038              451              130     

 Other strategies

       476              353              35     
    

 

 

      

 

 

      

 Total market appreciation (depreciation)

       $2,281              $1,151              98     

The MSCI AC World ex USA Index (the “Index”) increased 11.2% during the three months ended March 31, 2012, and by 3.4% during the three months ended March 31, 2011. In the three months ended March 31, 2012, the gross performance of our International Equity I strategy outperformed the Index by 0.7%, and our International Equity II strategy outperformed the Index by 0.3%. In the three months ended March 31, 2011, the gross performance of our International Equity I and International Equity II strategies each trailed the Index by 1.2%.

Absolute returns for the three months ended March 31, 2012, for our International Equity strategies and the Index were decidedly positive. Largely in response to encouraging economic data from the U.S., as well as less negative news generally, equity markets rallied strongly for the quarter. Despite retreating in March, most developed and emerging markets produced double-digit gains for the quarter.

Relative returns versus the Index for the first quarter of 2012 were positive largely due to stock selection within developed market sectors. In developed markets outside of Japan, returns benefited from stock selection in the energy and industrials sectors, the consumer discretionary sector saw returns outpace the benchmark and our overweight positioning had a positive impact. Also, healthcare stock selection had a positive effect, which was offset by our overweight to this sector, one of the benchmark’s weaker performers. Additionally, in developed markets outside of Japan, the materials sector detracted. Detracting from relative performance was our cash/currency positioning during an up market period. Returns also benefited from an overweight and stock selection in Russia, while the underweight stance to Brazil detracted.

Net client cash flows across all investment vehicles decreased $2.8 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, mainly as a result of:

 

 

a $1.9 billion increase in our International Equity II strategy’s net client cash outflows;

 

a $1.1 billion increase in our International Equity I strategy’s net client cash outflows; and

 

a $0.1 billion decrease in our Global Equity strategy’s net client cash flows, as the three months ended March 31, 2012, had net client cash outflows compared to net client cash inflows in the corresponding period in 2011,

partially offset by:

 

 

a $0.3 billion increase in our High Yield strategy’s net client cash inflows; and

 

a $0.2 billion increase in our High Grade Fixed Income strategies net client cash flows, as the first quarter of 2012 had net client cash inflows compared to net client cash outflows in the first quarter of 2011.

Proprietary Funds

Net client cash flows related to proprietary funds decreased $0.8 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, mainly as a result of:

 

 

a $0.8 billion increase in our International Equity II Fund’s net client cash outflows; and

 

a $0.4 billion increase in our International Equity I Fund’s net client cash outflows,

 

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partially offset by:

 

 

a $0.2 billion increase in our Total Return Bond Fund’s net client cash flows, as the three months ended March 31, 2012, had net client cash inflows compared to net client cash outflows in the corresponding period in 2011; and

 

a $0.2 billion increase in our Global High Income Fund’s net client cash inflows.

Institutional Commingled Funds

Net client cash flows related to institutional commingled funds decreased $0.8 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, mainly as a result of:

 

 

a $0.7 billion increase in our International Equity II strategy’s net client cash outflows; and

 

a $0.1 billion decrease in our Global Equity strategy’s net client cash flows, as the three months ended March 31, 2012, had net client cash outflows compared to net client cash inflows in the corresponding period in 2011.

Separate Accounts

Net client cash flows related to separate accounts decreased $0.5 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, mainly as a result of:

 

 

a $0.8 billion increase in our International Equity I strategy’s net client cash outflows,

partially offset by:

 

 

a $0.2 billion decrease in our International Equity II strategy’s net client cash outflows; and

 

a $0.1 billion increase in our High Yield strategy’s net client cash flows, as the three months ended March 31, 2012, had net client cash inflows compared to net client cash outflows in the corresponding period in 2011.

Sub-advisory Accounts

Net client cash flows related to sub-advised accounts decreased $0.7 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, mainly as a result of:

 

 

a $0.6 billion increase in our International Equity II strategy’s net client cash outflows.

 

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Revenues and Other Operating Income

Our revenues are driven by investment management fees earned from managing clients’ assets. Investment management fees fluctuate based on the total value of AuM, composition of AuM among our investment vehicles and among our investment strategies, and changes in the investment management fee rates on our products.

The following table sets forth average AuM, the effective fee rate and Total revenues and other operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except for Average AuM, effective fee rate and percentages)

           2012                    2011                % Change    

Average AuM (in millions)

     $28,551           $52,659           (46 )%   
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Effective fee rate (basis points)

     60.3           63.0           (2.7 )bp   
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Investment management fees

     $42,771           $81,776           (48 )%   

Net gains on funds held for deferred compensation

     1,160           419           177     

Foreign currency losses

     (1        (18        94     
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total revenues and other operating income

     $43,930             $82,177             (47    

Total revenues and other operating income decreased by $38.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, due primarily to a 46% decline in average AuM.

Operating Expenses

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except percentages)

           2012                    2011              % Change  

Employee compensation and benefits

     $22,334            $28,018            (20 )%   

Shareholder servicing and marketing

     3,624            4,865            (26  

General and administrative

     9,738            10,172            (4  
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total operating expenses

     $35,696              $43,055              (17    

Operating expenses decreased by $7.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, due to lower employee compensation, shareholder servicing and marketing, and general and administrative costs.

Employee Compensation and Benefits

Employee compensation and benefits decreased $5.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, due primarily to a decrease in current year incentive compensation awards, lower sales incentives and salaries, partially offset by higher amortization of deferred incentive compensation awards.

Approximately 20% of Employee compensation and benefits for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and 16% of Employee compensation and benefits for the three months ended March 31, 2011, represents share-based compensation, which does not require an outlay of cash.

Shareholder Servicing and Marketing

Shareholder servicing and marketing expenses decreased $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011, due primarily to a decline in platform charges associated with lower average mutual fund assets. Shareholder servicing expenses are driven by average daily market value of proprietary fund AuM.

 

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General and Administrative

General and administrative expenses decreased $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.

Non-operating Income (Loss)

Non-operating income (loss) primarily results from income related to seed money investments, including the results from the Consolidated Investment Products, and interest expense incurred on borrowings under our term credit facility. The following table sets forth Non-operating income (loss).

 

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except percentages)

           2012                    2011              % Change  

The Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments:

              

Interest income

     $   934           $   567           65  

Net gains

     2,081           532           *     

Expenses

     (13        (9        (44  
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total(a)

     3,002           1,090           175     

Interest expense

     (435        (526        17     

Other income (loss)

     (11        1           *     
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total non-operating income

     $2,556             $  565             *       

 

* Calculation not meaningful.
(a) Includes aggregate non-operating income of $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and of $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, related to non-controlling interests in the Consolidated Investment Products.

Non-operating income increased $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the corresponding period in 2011, due to an increase in gains in 2012 by the Consolidated Investment Products and other seed money investments, and lower interest expense resulting from principal payments on our debt.

Income Taxes

Investors is organized as a Delaware corporation, and therefore is subject to U.S. Federal, state and local income taxes. As a member of Holdings, Investors incurs U.S. Federal, state and local income taxes on its allocable share of income of Holdings, including Holdings’ subsidiaries.

Our effective tax rates were 49% for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and 42% for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The write-off of the deferred tax asset associated with the vesting of restricted stock units at a price lower than their grant-date price increased our effective tax rate by 10% for the first quarter of 2012 and 1% for the first quarter of 2011.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Working Capital

Below is a table showing our working capital, excluding the Consolidated Investment Products.

 

 

     As of March 31,    As of December 31,           

(in thousands, except percentages)

   2012    2011      % Change  

Cash

     $  46,935           $108,518           (57 )%   

Investments, fair value – Artio Global funds held for
deferred compensation

     10,801           10,211           6     

Fees receivable and accrued fees, net of allowance for
doubtful accounts

     28,217           32,219           (12  

Income tax receivable

     14,718           12,756           15     
  

 

 

  

 

 

    
     100,671           163,704           (39  

Less:

              

Term loan due within one year

               (37,500        100     

Accrued compensation and benefits

     (9,999        (35,530        72     

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     (5,372        (5,958        10     

Accrued income taxes payable

     (4,101        (4,114            
  

 

 

  

 

 

    

Working capital

     $  81,199             $  80,602