“We are pleased with Siebert’s financial performance this quarter and we continue to see substantial year over year revenue and earnings growth due to the acquisition of the retail assets from StockCross, the increase in interest rates, and our efforts to drive operational efficiency,” said Gloria E. Gebbia, controlling shareholder and board member of Siebert Financial Corp. “We joined the Russell 3000® Index last quarter and through our outstanding results, we continue to prove that we have earned our place in the index.”
“We are very excited about the recent acquisition of robo technology company KCA Technologies, LLC,” said Mark Malek, Chief Investment Officer of Siebert AdvisorNXT. “This acquisition enhances our AdvisorNXT product as we further develop our platform and expand key functionalities. This product will increase the breadth of our total offering aimed at customers within new demographics and complements our goal of new client acquisition.”
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
|Three Months||Nine Months|
|Ended September 30,||Ended September 30,|
|Financial Highlights||2018||2017||% Change||2018||2017||% Change|
|Earnings per share (rounded)||$||0.11||$||0.05||120||%||$||0.24||$||0.06||300||%|
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Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2018 increased to $7,884,000 from $3,089,000 for the corresponding period in 2017, primarily driven by an increase in revenue related to our acquisition of the retail assets from StockCross and an increase in interest bearing earnings.
Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2018 increased to $3,119,000 or $0.11 per share from $1,001,000 or $0.05 per share for the corresponding period in 2017.
As of September 30, 2018, we had $7,341,000 in highly liquid cash and cash equivalents. Total stockholders' equity was $11,824,000 as of September 30, 2018 as compared to $5,212,000 as of December 31, 2017.
For additional information please refer to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2018 filed with the SEC on November 14, 2018. You may also access the Form 10-Q through our website at www.siebertnet.com.
Acquisition of KCA Technologies, LLC (KCAT)
On August 21, 2018, Siebert acquired all the issued and outstanding membership interests of KCA Technologies, LLC (KCAT) from Kennedy Cabot Acquisition, LLC (KCA), a certain related party of Siebert, for approximately $690,000. KCAT is a robo technology company initially tasked with developing a sophisticated Robo Platform product for Siebert AdvisorNXT. The Robo Platform provides clients with an automated wealth management solution intended to maximize portfolio returns based on the client’s specific risk tolerance. The Robo Platform utilizes Modern Portfolio Theory to create optimal portfolios for each client by selecting low-cost, well-managed exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs), and automatically rebalances portfolios in light of prevailing market conditions. Within the Robo Platform, the client has the option of using a pure robo track, or can opt for a hybrid approach, which combines the robo track with a traditional wealth manager to help manage their portfolio and make investment recommendations.
About Siebert Financial Corp.
Siebert Financial Corp. is a holding company that conducts its retail discount brokerage business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., which became a member of the NYSE in 1967 when Ms. Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the Exchange and the first to head one of its member firms. The company conducts its investment advisory business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert AdvisorNXT, Inc., a registered investment advisor, its insurance business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Park Wilshire Companies Inc., a licensed insurance agency, and KCA Technologies, LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary and owner of certain intellectual property and related computer software for optimizing investment portfolios. Siebert Financial Corp. is based in New York City with 12 retail branches throughout the continental United States. More information is available at www.siebertnet.com.
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