BlackRock Reports First Quarter 2014 Diluted EPS of $4.40, or $4.43 as adjusted

  • 12% AUM growth from the first quarter of 2013
  • $26.7 billion of long-term net inflows for the first quarter of 2014
  • 16% operating income growth (15% as adjusted) from the first quarter of 2013
  • 39.4% operating margin (41.4% as adjusted) for the first quarter of 2014 improved 230 basis points (140 basis points as adjusted) from the first quarter of 2013
  • 22% diluted EPS growth (21% as adjusted) from the first quarter of 2013
  • 15% quarterly dividend increase to $1.93 per share and consistent capital management with $250 million of quarterly share repurchases

NEW YORK--()--BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK):

FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

 
(Amounts in millions except per share data), (unaudited)     Q1

2014

  Q1

2013

  Change     Q4

2013

  Change
               
AUM $ 4,400,925 $ 3,936,409 12 % $ 4,324,088 2 %

GAAP basis:

Revenue $ 2,670 $ 2,449 9 % $ 2,777 (4 %)
Operating income $ 1,051 $ 909 16 % $ 1,133 (7 %)
Operating margin 39.4 % 37.1 % 230 bps 40.8 % (140 bps)
Net income(1) $ 756 $ 632 20 % $ 841 (10 %)
Diluted EPS $ 4.40 $ 3.62 22 % $ 4.86 (9 %)
Weighted average diluted shares 171.9 174.6 (2 %) 173.0 (1 %)

As Adjusted:

Operating income(2) $ 1,062 $ 921 15 % $ 1,143 (7 %)
Operating margin(2) 41.4 % 40.0 % 140 bps 42.7 % (130 bps)
Net income(1) (2) $ 762 $ 637 20 % $ 851 (10 %)
Diluted EPS(2)     $ 4.43     $ 3.65     21 %     $ 4.92     (10 %)  
(1)   Net income represents net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc.
(2)

See notes (1) through (5) to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Supplemental Information for more information on as adjusted items and the reconciliation to GAAP.

 

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

“The strength and stability of our diversified platform again drove our results, with first quarter revenue up 9% and as adjusted operating income up 15% year-over-year,” commented Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock. “Our $26.7 billion in long-term net inflows for the quarter reflect positive flows across all asset classes, client types and regions, and our focus on long-term strategic themes continued to resonate, as clients look to us for investment solutions.

“BlackRock’s retail business continued to build on the strength exhibited in 2013, with $14.0 billion of net inflows, led by further acceleration in our international franchise, which contributed $9.8 billion of net inflows. U.S. Retail flows were driven by investor demand for top-tier non-traditional income solutions, led by our Strategic Income Opportunities fund, which raised $2.7 billion in the quarter and has generated $10 billion of flows in the last five quarters. Additionally, we saw strong client interest in our retail alternatives offerings, with $2.1 billion of net new flows in the quarter, highlighting the momentum BlackRock is seeing across our alternatives platform.

“The fixed income landscape is undergoing significant change, driving both institutional and retail clients to re-examine their fixed income strategies. We continue to witness a shift towards unconstrained fixed income and increased usage of liability driven investing as large pension plans take advantage of strong equity markets and improved funding ratios to immunize their portfolios. The depth and breadth of our solutions offering, coupled with strong relative fixed income investment performance, position us to gain market share as the landscape evolves.

“We are pleased with continued strong investment performance across active fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives. In our U.S. active equity business, where we’ve invested in new managers, we are seeing improved performance, though we recognize that it will take time to build long-term track records.

“We are encouraged by the quality of conversations we are having with clients and the subsequent momentum we are seeing in our business. Clients increasingly have an appreciation for our focus on integrating technology and risk management into our investment approach and our ability to harness our collective intelligence across the firm – both of which differentiate BlackRock as an active manager.

“The recently announced management repositioning reflects the focus we’ve had for several years now to ensure we are building a strong and deep bench of executive talent across the company. We will continue to nurture our homegrown talent and supplement it by attracting top leaders from outside the firm. Finally, I want to once again express my gratitude to BlackRock employees for their commitment to delivering excellence for our clients and the firm.”

RESULTS BY CLIENT TYPE

 

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)    

Q1 2014
Net flows

 

March 31, 2014
AUM

 

Q1 2014
Base Fees(1)

   

March 31, 2014
AUM
% of Total

 

Q1 2014
Base Fees(1)
% of Total

Retail    

$

14,002

  $ 508,717   $ 785     12 %   35 %
iShares 7,759 930,380 765 23 % 35 %
Institutional:
Active (12,611 ) 939,654 455 23 % 20 %
Index     17,577       1,726,855     212     42 %   10 %
Total institutional     4,966       2,666,509     667     65 %   30 %
Total long-term     $ 26,727     $ 4,105,606   $ 2,217     100 %   100 %
 

RESULTS BY PRODUCT

 

(Dollar amounts in millions),

(unaudited)

   

Q1 2014

Net flows

 

March 31, 2014

AUM

 

Q1 2014

Base Fees(1)

   

March 31, 2014

AUM

% of Total

 

Q1 2014

Base Fees(1)

% of Total

Equity     $ 3,824   $ 2,347,934   $ 1,255     57 %   57 %
Fixed income 15,642 1,289,014 495 31 % 22 %
Multi-asset 4,989 353,231 286 9 % 13 %
Alternatives     2,272     115,427     181     3 %   8 %
Total long-term     $ 26,727   $ 4,105,606   $ 2,217     100 %   100 %
  (1)   Base fees include investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue.
 

Long-Term Business Highlights

Long-term net inflows were positive across all regions, with net inflows of $7.5 billion, $6.0 billion and $13.2 billion from clients in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, respectively. At March 31, 2014, BlackRock managed 60% of long-term AUM for investors in the Americas and 40% for international clients.

A discussion of the Company’s net flows by client type for the first quarter of 2014 is presented below.

  • Retail long-term net inflows of $14.0 billion included net inflows of $4.2 billion in the United States and $9.8 billion internationally. Long-term net inflows were diversified across all asset classes, led by fixed income net inflows of $6.1 billion, which reflected strong interest in unconstrained fixed income offerings, including $2.7 billion of net inflows into our Strategic Income Opportunities fund. Multi-asset class net inflows of $3.6 billion demonstrated demand for our flagship Global Allocation and Multi-Asset Income funds. Equity net inflows of $2.2 billion were driven by flows into our European Equities suite. Alternative mutual funds generated more than $1 billion in net inflows for the fourth straight quarter, with our Global Long/Short Credit and Global Long/Short Equity funds each gathering more than $0.7 billion in assets.
  • iShares long-term net inflows of $7.8 billion included U.S. and European iShares net inflows of $3.2 billion and $4.8 billion, respectively. Fixed income net inflows of $6.6 billion represented a leading share of fixed income industry ETF flows for the quarter. Equity net inflows totaled $0.9 billion, with strength in developed market equity flows largely offset by outflows from emerging markets products.
  • Institutional active long-term net outflows of $12.6 billion included equity and fixed income net outflows of $8.0 billion and $7.0 billion, respectively. Scientific active equity outflows of $4.1 billion were primarily due to a redemption from a single client while fundamental equity outflows of $3.9 billion were focused in the United States and driven by a large subadvisory client. Fundamental fixed income outflows of $7.5 billion were primarily driven by the acquisition of a client by the affiliate of a competing asset manager. Net inflows of $2.9 billion into multi-asset class products reflected ongoing demand for our LifePath® target-date suite.
  • Institutional index long-term net inflows of $17.6 billion were driven by fixed income net inflows of $10.0 billion, which included strong liability driven investment activity. Equity net inflows of $8.7 billion reflected flows into developed market mandates. Commodities contributed additional inflows of $0.5 billion. Long-term net inflows were partially offset by multi-asset class net outflows of $1.6 billion.

Cash management AUM decreased 4% to $263.5 billion.

Advisory AUM decreased 12% to $31.8 billion due to portfolio liquidations. The execution of these liquidations contributed to BlackRock Solutions® and advisory revenue in the quarter.

 

INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE AT MARCH 31, 2014(1)


 

    One-year period   Three-year period   Five-year period
Fixed Income:

Actively managed products above benchmark or peer median

Taxable 77 % 89 % 86 %
Tax-exempt 57 % 68 % 70 %
Passively managed products within or above applicable tolerance     93 %   98 %   89 %
Equity:

Actively managed products above benchmark or peer median

Fundamental 55 % 43 % 47 %
Scientific 89 % 95 % 93 %
Passively managed products within or above applicable tolerance     97 %   98 %   97 %
(1)  

Past performance is not indicative of future results. The performance information shown is based on preliminary available data. Please refer to "Performance Notes" for performance disclosure detail.

 

Teleconference, Webcast and Presentation Information

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Laurence D. Fink, and Chief Financial Officer, Gary S. Shedlin, will host a teleconference call for investors and analysts on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public who are interested in participating in the teleconference should dial, from the United States, (800) 374-0176, or from outside the United States, (706) 679-8281, shortly before 8:30 a.m. and reference the BlackRock Conference Call (ID Number 22292360). A live, listen-only webcast will also be available via the investor relations section of www.blackrock.com.

Both the teleconference and webcast will be available for replay by 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, April 17, 2014 and ending at midnight on Thursday, May 1, 2014. To access the replay of the teleconference, callers from the United States should dial (800) 585-8367 and callers from outside the United States should dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the Conference ID Number 22292360. To access the webcast, please visit the investor relations section of www.blackrock.com.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At March 31, 2014, BlackRock’s AUM was $4.401 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2014, the firm had approximately 11,500 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(Dollar amounts in millions, except per share data), (unaudited)

 
                Three Months    
Three Months Ended Ended
March 31, December 31,
  2014     2013   Change   2013   Change
Revenue
Investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue $ 2,291 $ 2,129 $ 162 $ 2,280 $ 11
Investment advisory performance fees 158 108 50 268 (110 )
BlackRock Solutions and advisory 154 126 28 157 (3 )
Distribution fees 19 17 2 19 -
Other revenue   48     69     (21 )   53     (5 )
 
Total revenue   2,670     2,449     221     2,777     (107 )
 
Expenses
Employee compensation and benefits 982 905 77 925 57
Distribution and servicing costs 89 91 (2 ) 87 2
Amortization of deferred sales commissions 15 12 3 14 1
Direct fund expenses 179 161 18 167 12
General and administration 313 331 (18 ) 410 (97 )
Amortization of intangible assets   41     40     1     41     -  
 
Total expenses   1,619     1,540     79     1,644     (25 )
 
Operating income 1,051 909 142 1,133 (82 )
 
Nonoperating income (expense)
 
Net gain (loss) on investments 76 62 14 70 6
Net gain (loss) on consolidated variable interest entities (16 ) 27 (43 ) 2 (18 )
Interest and dividend income 10 6 4 4 6
Interest expense   (53 )   (54 )   1     (52 )   (1 )
 
Total nonoperating income (expense)   17     41     (24 )   24     (7 )
 
Income before income taxes 1,068 950 118 1,157 (89 )
Income tax expense   324     284     40     307     17  
 
Net income 744 666 78 850 (106 )
Less:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (12 )   34     (46 )   9     (21 )
 
Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc. $ 756   $ 632   $ 124   $ 841     ($85 )
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
Basic 169,081,421 171,301,800 (2,220,379 ) 169,010,606 70,815
Diluted 171,933,803 174,561,132 (2,627,329 ) 172,999,529 (1,065,726 )
Earnings per share attributable to BlackRock, Inc. common stockholders (5)
Basic $ 4.47 $ 3.69 $ 0.78 $ 4.98 ($0.51 )
Diluted $ 4.40 $ 3.62 $ 0.78 $ 4.86 ($0.46 )
Cash dividends declared and paid per share $ 1.93 $ 1.68 $ 0.25 $ 1.68 $ 0.25
 

Supplemental information:

 
AUM (end of period) $ 4,400,925 $ 3,936,409 $ 464,516 $ 4,324,088 $ 76,837
Shares outstanding (end of period) 169,138,109 171,102,532 (1,964,423 ) 168,724,763 413,346
GAAP:
Operating margin

39.4

%

37.1

%

230 bps

40.8

%

(140) bps
Effective tax rate

30.0

%

31.0

%

(100) bps

26.7

%

330 bps
As adjusted:
Operating income (1) $ 1,062 $ 921 $ 141 $ 1,143 ($81 )
Operating margin (1) 41.4 % 40.0 % 140 bps 42.7 % (130) bps
Nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (2) $ 26 $ 3 $ 23 $ 13 $ 13
Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc. (3) (4) $ 762 $ 637 $ 125 $ 851 ($89 )
Diluted earnings attributable to BlackRock, Inc. common stockholders per share (3) (4) (5) $ 4.43 $ 3.65 $ 0.78 $ 4.92 ($0.49 )
Effective tax rate       30.0 %       31.0 %     (100) bps       26.5 %     350 bps
 

 See the reconciliation to GAAP and notes (1) through (5) for more information on as adjusted items.

 
 

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 

Current Quarter Component Changes by Client Type and Product

 
        Net    

 

           
December 31, subscriptions

Market

 

March 31,
  2013 (redemptions)

change

FX impact (1)

  2014 Average AUM (2)
Retail:
Equity $ 203,035 $ 2,183 $ 2,715 $ 305 $ 208,238 $ 204,108
Fixed income 151,475 6,058 2,854 61 160,448 156,082
Multi-asset 117,054 3,636 765 93 121,548 118,893
Alternatives   16,213   2,125     131   14     18,483   17,278
 
Retail subtotal 487,777 14,002 6,465 473 508,717 496,361
iShares:
Equity 718,135 934 5,774 (870 ) 723,973 711,373
Fixed income 178,835 6,624 2,860 (297 ) 188,022 185,214
Multi-asset 1,310 110 23 (6 ) 1,437 1,374
Alternatives   16,092   91     777   (12 )   16,948   16,692
 
iShares subtotal 914,372 7,759 9,434 (1,185 ) 930,380 914,653
Institutional:
Active:
Equity 138,726 (8,032 ) 1,508 172 132,374 135,369
Fixed income 505,109 (7,023 ) 10,768 838 509,692 508,127
Multi-asset 215,276 2,850 5,660 79 223,865 220,506
Alternatives   73,299   (406 )   676   154     73,723   73,550
 
Active subtotal 932,410 (12,611 ) 18,612 1,243 939,654 937,552
Index:
Equity 1,257,799 8,739 14,818 1,993 1,283,349 1,257,400
Fixed income 406,767 9,983 12,646 1,456 430,852 417,821
Multi-asset 7,574 (1,607 ) 346 68 6,381 6,662
Alternatives   5,510   462     278   23     6,273   5,972
 
Index subtotal   1,677,650   17,577     28,088   3,540     1,726,855   1,687,855
 
Institutional subtotal   2,610,060   4,966     46,700   4,783     2,666,509   2,625,407
 
Long-term   4,012,209   26,727     62,599   4,071     4,105,606 $ 4,036,421
 
Cash management 275,554 (12,432 ) 126 285 263,533
Advisory (3)   36,325   (3,773 )   235   (1,001 )   31,786
 
Total $ 4,324,088 $ 10,522   $ 62,960 $ 3,355   $ 4,400,925
 
 
 

Current Quarter Component Changes by Product

 
        Net    

 

           
December 31, subscriptions

Market

 

March 31,
  2013 (redemptions)

change

FX impact (1)

  2014 Average AUM (2)
Equity:
Active $ 317,262 $ (6,916 ) $ 4,117 $ 387 $ 314,850 $ 314,522
iShares 718,135 934 5,774 (870 ) 723,973 711,373
Fixed income:
Active 652,209 (1,458 ) 13,530 870 665,151 659,491
iShares 178,835 6,624 2,860 (297 ) 188,022 185,214
Multi-asset 341,214 4,989 6,794 234 353,231 347,435
Alternatives:
Core 85,026 1,934 807 98 87,865 86,402
Currency and commodities (4)   26,088   338     1,055   81     27,562   27,090
 
Subtotal 2,318,769 6,445 34,937 503 2,360,654 2,331,527
Non-ETF Index:
Equity 1,282,298 9,806 14,924 2,083 1,309,111 1,282,355
Fixed income   411,142   10,476     12,738   1,485     435,841   422,539
 
Subtotal Non-ETF Index   1,693,440   20,282     27,662   3,568     1,744,952   1,704,894
 
Long-term $ 4,012,209 $ 26,727   $ 62,599 $ 4,071   $ 4,105,606 $ 4,036,421
 
(1)   Foreign exchange reflects the impact of converting non-U.S. dollar denominated AUM into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes.
(2) Average AUM is calculated as the average of the month-end spot AUM amounts for the trailing four months.
(3)

Advisory AUM represents long-term portfolio liquidation assignments.

(4) Amounts include commodity iShares.
 
 

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 

Year-over-Year Component Changes by Client Type and Product

 
        Net            

 

           
March 31, subscriptions

Market

 

March 31,
  2013 (redemptions) Adjustments (1) Acquisitions (2)

change

FX Impact(3)

  2014 Average AUM (4)
Retail:
Equity $ 169,402 $ 6,434 $ 13,066 $ - $ 16,430 $ 2,906 $ 208,238 $ 182,265
Fixed income 143,711 14,819 3,897 - (2,592 ) 613 160,448 147,871
Multi-asset 97,373 15,569 2,663 - 5,790 153 121,548 108,386
Alternatives   10,655   7,190     -     136   218     284     18,483   14,366
 
Retail subtotal 421,141 44,012 19,626 136 19,846 3,956 508,717 452,888
iShares:
Equity 588,694 48,773 - 13,021 71,236 2,249 723,973 653,926
Fixed income 189,501 189 - 1,294 (4,655 ) 1,693 188,022 185,498
Multi-asset 1,035 336 - - 79 (13 ) 1,437 1,218
Alternatives   23,546   (3,164 )   -     1,645   (5,125 )   46     16,948   18,327
 
iShares subtotal 802,776 46,134 - 15,960 61,535 3,975 930,380 858,969
Institutional:
Active:
Equity 130,138 (18,893 ) - - 19,130 1,999 132,374 132,312
Fixed income 505,391 (2,808 ) - - 2,846 4,263 509,692 503,606
Multi-asset 175,524 25,973 3,335 - 13,229 5,804 223,865 196,969
Alternatives   67,688   (7,513 )   -     10,836   2,626     86     73,723   69,168
 
Active subtotal 878,741 (3,241 ) 3,335 10,836 37,831 12,152 939,654 902,055
Index:
Equity 1,104,361 3,096 (18,238 ) - 184,591 9,539 1,283,349 1,191,932
Fixed income 406,930 17,529 (4,723 ) - (2,651 ) 13,767 430,852 408,955
Multi-asset 9,634 (3,620 ) - - 375 (8 ) 6,381 8,173
Alternatives   5,672   485     -     -   (145 )   261     6,273   5,656
 
Index subtotal   1,526,597   17,490     (22,961 )   -   182,170     23,559     1,726,855   1,614,716
 
Institutional subtotal   2,405,338   14,249     (19,626 )   10,836   220,001     35,711     2,666,509   2,516,771
 
Long-term   3,629,255   104,395     -     26,932   301,382     43,642     4,105,606 $

3,828,628

 
 
Cash management 261,329 (2,541 ) - - 419 4,326 263,533
Advisory (5)   45,825   (12,105 )   -     -   (241 )   (1,693 )   31,786
 
Total $ 3,936,409 $ 89,749   $ -   $ 26,932 $ 301,560   $ 46,275   $ 4,400,925
 
 
 

Year-over-Year Component Changes by Product

 
        Net            

 

           
March 31, subscriptions

Market

 

March 31,
  2013 (redemptions) Adjustments (1) Acquisitions (2)

change

FX impact (3)

  2014 Average AUM (4)
Equity:
Active $ 291,759 $ (15,418 ) $ - $ - $ 33,913 $ 4,596 $ 314,850 $ 301,043
iShares 588,694 48,773 - 13,021 71,236 2,249 723,973 653,926
Fixed income:
Active 648,865 11,364 - - 164 4,758 665,151 649,856
iShares 189,501 189 - 1,294 (4,655 ) 1,693 188,022 185,498
Multi-asset 283,566 38,258 5,998 - 19,473 5,936 353,231 314,746
Alternatives:
Core 69,943 3,127 - 10,972 3,020 803 87,865 77,901
Currency and commodities (6)   37,618   (6,129 )   -     1,645   (5,446 )   (126 )   27,562   29,616
 
Subtotal 2,109,946 80,164 5,998 26,932 117,705 19,909 2,360,654 2,212,586
Non-ETF Index:
Equity 1,112,142 6,055 (5,172 ) - 186,238 9,848 1,309,111 1,205,466
Fixed income   407,167   18,176     (826 )   -   (2,561 )   13,885     435,841   410,576
 
Subtotal Non-ETF Index   1,519,309   24,231     (5,998 )   -   183,677     23,733     1,744,952   1,616,042
 
Long-term $ 3,629,255 $ 104,395   $ -   $ 26,932 $ 301,382   $ 43,642   $ 4,105,606 $ 3,828,628
 
(1)   Amounts include $19.6 billion of AUM related to fund ranges reclassed from institutional to retail and $6.0 billion of AUM reclassed from non-ETF index equity and fixed income to multi-asset.
(2) Amounts represent $16.0 billion of AUM acquired in the Credit Suisse ETF acquisition in July 2013 and $11.0 billion of AUM acquired in the MGPA acquisition in October 2013.
(3) Foreign exchange reflects the impact of converting non-U.S. dollar denominated AUM into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes.
(4) Average AUM is calculated as the average of the month-end spot AUM amounts for the trailing thirteen months.
(5)

Advisory AUM represents long-term portfolio liquidation assignments.

(6) Amounts include commodity iShares.
 
 

SUMMARY OF REVENUES

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended
March 31,

    $

 Change

   

Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2013

   

$

 Change

  2014       2013
Investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue:
Equity:
Active $ 463 $ 433 $ 30 $ 451 $ 12
iShares 634 571 63 646 (12 )
Fixed income:
Active 324 312 12 321 3
iShares 113 116 (3 ) 115 (2 )
Multi-asset 286 248 38 276 10
Alternatives:
Core 159 136 23 162 (3 )
Currency and commodities   22   30   (8 )   25   (3 )
 
Subtotal 2,001 1,846 155 1,996 5
Non-ETF Index:
Equity 158 140 18 148 10
Fixed income   58   57   1     59   (1 )
 
Subtotal Non-ETF Index   216   197   19     207   9  
 
Long-term 2,217 2,043 174 2,203 14
Cash management   74   86   (12 )   77   (3 )
 
Total base fees 2,291 2,129 162 2,280 11
 
Investment advisory performance fees:
Equity 22 17 5 46 (24 )
Fixed income 8 1 7 13 (5 )
Multi-asset 3 7 (4 ) 10 (7 )
Alternatives   125   83   42     199   (74 )
 
Total 158 108 50 268 (110 )
 
BlackRock Solutions and advisory 154 126 28 157 (3 )
Distribution fees 19 17 2 19 -
Other revenue   48   69   (21 )   53   (5 )
 
Total revenue $ 2,670 $ 2,449 $ 221   $ 2,777   ($107 )
 
 

Highlights

 

    Investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue increased $162 million from the first quarter of 2013 due to growth in long-term average AUM. Securities lending fees of $105 million in the current quarter decreased $7 million from the first quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting lower spreads, partially offset by an increase in average balances of securities on loan.
 
Investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue increased $11 million from the fourth quarter of 2013 due to growth in long-term average AUM, partially offset by the effect of two fewer days in the quarter.
 

Performance fees increased $50 million from the first quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting a large fee associated with the planned final liquidation of the closed-end mortgage fund that was partially liquidated in the fourth quarter of 2013.
 
Performance fees declined $110 million from the fourth quarter of 2013 due to the seasonally higher number of funds with performance measurement locks in the fourth quarter.
 

BlackRock Solutions and advisory revenue increased $28 million from the first quarter of 2013, due to higher revenue from advisory assignments and higher revenue from Aladdin® mandates. BlackRock Solutions and advisory revenue included $109 million in Aladdin business revenues in the current quarter compared with $99 million in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Other revenue decreased $21 million from the first quarter of 2013 due to lower transition management service fees and lower earnings from certain strategic investments.
 
 

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 
   

Three
Months Ended
March 31,

       

Three
Months Ended

   
    2014       2013 $

 Change

December 31, 2013

$

 Change

Operating Expenses
Employee compensation and benefits $ 982 $ 905 $ 77 $ 925 $ 57
Distribution and servicing costs 89 91 (2 ) 87 2
Amortization of deferred sales commissions 15 12 3 14 1
Direct fund expenses 179 161 18 167 12
General and administration 313 331 (18 ) 410 (97 )
Amortization of intangible assets   41   40   1     41   -  
Total Operating Expenses $ 1,619 $ 1,540 $ 79   $ 1,644   ($25 )
 
Income tax expense     $ 324     $ 284     $ 40       $ 307     $ 17  
 

Highlights

 

   

Employee compensation and benefits increased $77 million from the first quarter of 2013, reflecting higher headcount and higher incentive compensation driven by higher operating income.

 

Employee compensation and benefits increased $57 million from the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting higher seasonal employer payroll taxes.

 

General and administration expenses decreased $18 million from the first quarter of 2013, primarily related to the impact of closed-end fund launch costs in the first quarter of 2013, a one-time benefit from the reversal of a real estate-related retirement obligation which is no longer required to be funded and lower other expenses, partially offset by foreign currency exchange movements.

 
General and administration expenses decreased $97 million from the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting the timing of marketing and promotional spend and professional expenses, and lower other expenses. The current quarter also reflected the previously mentioned one-time real estate benefit while the fourth quarter of 2013 reflected various lease exit costs.
 

The first quarter GAAP effective income tax rate was 30.0% compared with 31.0% for the first quarter of 2013. The fourth quarter of 2013 GAAP effective income tax rate was 26.7% and benefited from certain nonrecurring items.

 
 

SUMMARY OF NONOPERATING INCOME (EXPENSE)

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 
       

Three Months
Ended
March 31,

       

Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2013

   
             

2014

       

2013

     

$

 Change

       

$

 Change

Nonoperating income (expense), GAAP basis $ 17     $ 41 ($24 ) $ 24 ($7 )
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to NCI   (12 )   34     (46 )   9     (21 )
 
Nonoperating income (expense)(1) $ 29   $ 7   $ 22   $ 15   $ 14  
 

Estimated
economic
investments at
March 31,
2014(2)

Three Months
Ended
March 31,

Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2013

           

2014

       

2013

     

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 Change

       

$

 Change

Net gain (loss) on investments(1)
Private equity 20-25% $ 44 $ 19 $ 25 $ 17 $ 27
Real estate 5-10% 2 3 (1 ) 7 (5 )

Distressed credit/mortgage funds/opportunistic funds

10-15% 10 19 (9 ) 12 (2 )
Hedge funds/funds of hedge funds 20-25% 11 3 8 20 (9 )
Other investments(3) 35-40%   2     7     (5 )   5     (3 )
 
Subtotal 69 51 18 61 8
Investments related to deferred compensation plans   3     4     (1 )   2     1  
 
Total net gain (loss) on investments(1) 72 55 17 63 9
Interest and dividend income 10 6 4 4 6
Interest expense   (53 )   (54 )   1     (52 )   (1 )
 
Net interest expense   (43 )   (48 )   5     (48 )   5  
 
Total nonoperating income (expense)(1) 29 7 22 15 14
Compensation expense related to (appreciation) depreciation on deferred compensation plans   (3 )   (4 )   1     (2 )   (1 )
 
Nonoperating income (expense), as adjusted(1) $ 26   $ 3   $ 23   $ 13   $ 13  
 
(1)   Net of net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (“NCI”).
(2) Percentages represent estimated percentages of BlackRock’s corporate economic investment portfolio at March 31, 2014. Economic investment amounts at December 31, 2013 for private equity, real estate, distressed credit/mortgage funds/opportunistic funds, hedge funds/funds of hedge funds and other investments were $328 million, $125 million, $148 million, $348 million and $634 million, respectively. See the 2013 Form 10-K for more information.
(3) Amounts include net gains (losses) related to equity and fixed income investments, and BlackRock’s seed capital hedging program.
 

Highlights

    Net gains on investments for the current quarter were positively impacted by the monetization of a non-strategic, opportunistic private equity investment.
 

ECONOMIC TANGIBLE ASSETS

(Dollar amounts in billions), (unaudited)

The Company presents economic tangible assets as additional information to enable investors to eliminate gross presentation of certain assets that have equal and offsetting liabilities or noncontrolling interests that ultimately do not have an impact on stockholders’ equity (excluding appropriated retained earnings related to consolidated collateralized loan obligations) or cash flows. In addition, goodwill and intangible assets are excluded from economic tangible assets.

Economic tangible assets include cash, receivables, seed and co-investments, regulatory investments and other assets.

 
    March 31,     December 31,
2014 (Est.)   2013  

Total balance sheet assets

$

216

$ 220
Separate account assets and separate account collateral held under securities lending agreements

(173

) (177 )
Consolidated VIEs/sponsored investment funds (3 ) (3 )
Goodwill and intangible assets, net   (30 )   (30 )
Economic tangible assets $

10

  $ 10  
 
 
 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP OPERATING INCOME AND OPERATING MARGIN TO OPERATING INCOME AND OPERATING MARGIN, AS ADJUSTED

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,
  2014         2013     2013  
Operating income, GAAP basis $ 1,051 $ 909 $ 1,133
Non-GAAP expense adjustments:
PNC LTIP funding obligation 8 8 8
Compensation expense related to appreciation (depreciation) on deferred compensation plans   3     4     2  
 
Operating income, as adjusted 1,062 921 1,143
Closed-end fund launch costs - 16 -
Closed-end fund launch commissions   -     2     -  
 
Operating income used for operating margin measurement $ 1,062   $ 939   $ 1,143  
 
Revenue, GAAP basis $ 2,670 $ 2,449 $ 2,777
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Distribution and servicing costs (89 ) (91 ) (87 )
Amortization of deferred sales commissions   (15 )   (12 )   (14 )
 
Revenue used for operating margin measurement $ 2,566   $ 2,346   $ 2,676  
 
Operating margin, GAAP basis   39.4 %   37.1 %   40.8 %
 
Operating margin, as adjusted   41.4 %   40.0 %   42.7 %
 

See note (1) to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Supplemental Information for more information on as adjusted items and the reconciliation to GAAP.

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NONOPERATING INCOME NET OF NCI TO NONOPERATING INCOME NET OF NCI, AS ADJUSTED

(Dollar amounts in millions), (unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,
  2014         2013     2013  
Nonoperating income (expense), GAAP basis $ 17 $ 41 $ 24
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to NCI   (12 )   34     9  
 
Nonoperating income (expense), net of NCI 29 7 15
Compensation expense related to (appreciation) depreciation on deferred compensation plans   (3 )   (4 )   (2 )
 
Nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to NCI, as adjusted $ 26   $ 3   $ 13  
 

See note (2) to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Supplemental Information for more information on as adjusted items and the reconciliation to GAAP.

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO BLACKROCK TO NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO BLACKROCK, AS ADJUSTED

(Dollar amounts in millions, except per share data), (unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,
  2014       2013   2013  
Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., GAAP basis $ 756 $ 632 $ 841
Non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax:(4)
PNC LTIP funding obligation 6 5 6
Amount related to the Charitable Contribution - - 9
Income tax changes   -   -   (5 )
 
Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., as adjusted $ 762 $ 637 $ 851  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding(5) 171.9 174.6 173.0
Diluted earnings per common share, GAAP basis(5) $ 4.40 $ 3.62 $ 4.86
Diluted earnings per common share, as adjusted(5) $ 4.43 $ 3.65 $ 4.92
 

See notes (3) through (5) to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Supplemental Information for more information on as adjusted items and the reconciliation to GAAP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (unaudited)

BlackRock reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”); however, management believes evaluating the Company’s ongoing operating results may be enhanced if investors have additional non-GAAP basis financial measures. Management reviews non-GAAP financial measures to assess ongoing operations and, for the reasons described below, considers them to be effective indicators, for both management and investors, of BlackRock’s financial performance over time. BlackRock’s management does not advocate that investors consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Computations for all periods are derived from the condensed consolidated statements of income as follows:

(1) Operating income, as adjusted, and operating margin, as adjusted:

Operating income, as adjusted, equals operating income, GAAP basis, excluding certain items management deems nonrecurring, recurring infrequently or transactions that ultimately will not impact BlackRock’s book value. Management believes operating income, as adjusted, and operating margin, as adjusted, are effective indicators of BlackRock’s financial performance over time and, therefore, provide useful disclosure to investors.

       

   

Operating income, as adjusted, includes non-GAAP expense adjustments. The portion of compensation expense associated with certain long-term incentive plans (“LTIP”) funded, or to be funded, through share distributions to participants of BlackRock stock held by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ("PNC") has been excluded because it ultimately does not impact BlackRock’s book value. Compensation expense associated with appreciation (depreciation) on investments related to certain BlackRock deferred compensation plans has been excluded as returns on investments set aside for these plans, which substantially offset this expense, are reported in nonoperating income (expense).

 
Management believes operating income exclusive of these items is a useful measure in evaluating BlackRock’s operating performance and helps enhance the comparability of this information for the reporting periods presented.
 

Operating margin, as adjusted, allows BlackRock to compare performance from period to period by adjusting for items that may not recur, recur infrequently or may have an economic offset in nonoperating income (expense). BlackRock also uses operating margin, as adjusted, to monitor corporate performance and efficiency and as a benchmark to compare its performance with other companies. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating BlackRock’s financial performance. The non-GAAP measure by itself may pose limitations because it does not include all of BlackRock’s revenues and expenses.

 
Operating income used for measuring operating margin, as adjusted, is equal to operating income, as adjusted, excluding the impact of closed-end fund launch costs and related commissions. Management believes the exclusion of such costs and related commissions is useful because these costs can fluctuate considerably and revenues associated with the expenditure of these costs will not fully impact BlackRock’s results until future periods.
 
Revenue used for operating margin, as adjusted, excludes distribution and servicing costs paid to related parties and other third parties. Management believes the exclusion of such costs is useful because it creates consistency in the treatment for certain contracts for similar services, which due to the terms of the contracts, are accounted for under GAAP on a net basis within investment advisory, administration fees and securities lending revenue. Amortization of deferred sales commissions is excluded from revenue used for operating margin measurement, as adjusted, because such costs, over time, substantially offset distribution fee revenue the Company earns. For each of these items, BlackRock excludes from revenue used for operating margin, as adjusted, the costs related to each of these items as a proxy for such offsetting revenues.

(2) Nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, as adjusted: The compensation expense offset is recorded in operating income. This compensation expense has been included in nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to NCI, as adjusted, to offset returns on investments set aside for these plans, which are reported in nonoperating income (expense), GAAP basis.

Management believes nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to NCI, as adjusted, provides comparability of information among reporting periods and is an effective measure for reviewing BlackRock’s nonoperating contribution to results. As compensation expense associated with (appreciation) depreciation on investments related to certain deferred compensation plans, which is included in operating income, substantially offsets the gain (loss) on the investments set aside for these plans, management believes nonoperating income (expense), less net income (loss) attributable to NCI, as adjusted, provides a useful measure, for both management and investors, of BlackRock’s nonoperating results that impact book value.

(3) Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., as adjusted:

Management believes net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., as adjusted, and diluted earnings per common share, as adjusted, are useful measures of BlackRock’s profitability and financial performance. Net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., as adjusted, equals net income attributable to BlackRock, Inc., GAAP basis, adjusted for significant nonrecurring items, charges that ultimately will not impact BlackRock’s book value or certain tax items that do not impact cash flow.

See note (1) Operating income, as adjusted, and operating margin, as adjusted, for information on the PNC LTIP funding obligation.

The fourth quarter of 2013 reflected an amount recognized in connection with the Charitable Contribution. For more information on the Charitable Contribution, see the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

(4) For each period presented, the non-GAAP adjustments, related to the PNC LTIP funding obligation were tax effected at the respective blended rates applicable to the adjustments.

(5) Nonvoting participating preferred stock is considered to be a common stock equivalent for purposes of determining basic and diluted earnings per share calculations.

Forward-looking Statements

This earnings release, and other statements that BlackRock may make, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to BlackRock’s future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “trend,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “pipeline,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “current,” “intention,” “estimate,” “position,” “assume,” “outlook,” “continue,” “remain,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” and similar expressions.

BlackRock cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

In addition to risk factors previously disclosed in BlackRock’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reports and those identified elsewhere in this earnings release, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives and strategies; (2) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for products or services or in the value of assets under management; (3) the relative and absolute investment performance of BlackRock’s investment products; (4) the impact of increased competition; (5) the impact of future acquisitions or divestitures; (6) the unfavorable resolution of legal proceedings; (7) the extent and timing of any share repurchases; (8) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes and the adequacy of intellectual property, information and cyber security protection; (9) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to BlackRock or “PNC”; (10) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (11) the ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (12) fluctuations in the carrying value of BlackRock’s economic investments; (13) the impact of changes to tax legislation, including income, payroll and transaction taxes, and taxation on products or transactions, which could affect the value proposition to clients and, generally, the tax position of the Company; (14) BlackRock’s success in maintaining the distribution of its products; (15) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time and any potential liabilities related to securities lending or other indemnification obligations; and (16) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions.

BlackRock’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and BlackRock’s subsequent filings with the SEC, accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com, discuss these factors in more detail and identify additional factors that can affect forward-looking statements. The information contained on the Company’s website is not a part of this earnings release.

Performance Notes

Past performance is not indicative of future results. Except as specified, the performance information shown is as of March 31, 2014 and is based on preliminary data available at that time. The performance data shown reflects information for all actively and passively managed equity and fixed income accounts, including U.S. registered investment companies, European-domiciled retail funds and separate accounts for which performance data is available, including performance data for high net worth accounts available as of February 28, 2014. The performance data does not include accounts terminated prior to March 31, 2014 and accounts for which data has not yet been verified. If such accounts had been included, the performance data provided may have substantially differed from that shown.

Performance comparisons shown are gross of fees for U.S. retail, institutional and high net worth separate accounts as well as EMEA institutional separate accounts, and net of fee for European domiciled retail funds. The performance tracking shown for institutional index accounts is based on gross-of-fee performance and includes all institutional accounts and all iShares funds globally using an index strategy. AUM information is based on AUM available as of March 31, 2014 for each account or fund in the asset class shown without adjustment for overlapping management of the same account or fund. Fund performance reflects the reinvestment of dividends and distributions.

Source of performance information and peer medians is BlackRock, Inc. and is based in part on data from Lipper Inc. for U.S. funds and Morningstar, Inc. for non-U.S. funds.

Contacts

BlackRock, Inc.
Investor Relations
Tom Wojcik, 212-810-8127
or
Media Relations
Brian Beades, 212-810-5596

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BlackRock, Inc.
Investor Relations
Tom Wojcik, 212-810-8127
or
Media Relations
Brian Beades, 212-810-5596