Houlihan Lokey Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Revenues of $250 million
First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Diluted EPS of $0.65
Adjusted First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Diluted EPS of $0.67
Announces Dividend of $0.31 per Share for Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK--()--Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) (“Houlihan Lokey” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended June 30, 2019. During the first quarter, revenues increased by 14% to $250 million, compared with $220 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Net income increased 44% to $43 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $30 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. Adjusted net income for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019 grew 22% to $44 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, compared with $36 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

"We are pleased to report record first quarter results as we kick-off our fiscal year 2020. We remain optimistic about our ability to provide long term shareholder value through our balanced business model, especially in light of current business and market conditions," stated Scott Beiser, Chief Executive Officer of Houlihan Lokey.

Selected Financial Data

 

(In thousands, except per share data)

U.S. GAAP

Three Months Ended June 30,

2019

 

2018

Revenues

$

250,349

 

 

$

220,002

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

163,311

 

 

139,181

 

Non-compensation expenses

39,096

 

 

40,693

 

Operating income

47,942

 

 

40,128

 

Other (income)/expense, net

(1,483

)

 

(1,606

)

Income before provision for income taxes

49,425

 

 

41,734

 

Provision for income taxes

6,649

 

 

12,052

 

Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc.

$

42,776

 

 

$

29,682

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.65

 

 

$

0.45

 

Revenues

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, revenues increased by 14% to $250 million, compared with $220 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. For the quarter, Corporate Finance ("CF") revenues increased 1%, Financial Restructuring ("FR") revenues increased 57%, and Financial Advisory Services ("FAS") revenues increased 2% when compared with the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Expenses

The Company’s employee compensation and benefits, non-compensation expenses, and provision for income taxes during the periods presented and described below are on a GAAP and an adjusted basis.

 

U.S. GAAP

 

Adjusted (Non-GAAP) *

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

$

163,311

 

 

$

139,181

 

 

$

152,715

 

 

$

133,105

 

% of Revenues

65.2

%

 

63.3

%

 

61.0

%

 

60.5

%

Non-compensation expenses

$

39,096

 

 

$

40,693

 

 

$

37,129

 

 

$

36,946

 

% of Revenues

15.6

%

 

18.5

%

 

14.8

%

 

16.8

%

Provision for Income Taxes

$

6,649

 

 

$

12,052

 

 

$

17,877

 

 

$

14,681

 

% of Pre-Tax Income

13.5

%

 

28.9

%

 

28.8

%

 

28.9

%

*

Adjusted figures represent non-GAAP information. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables at the end of this release for an explanation of the adjustments and reconciliations to the comparable GAAP numbers.

Employee compensation and benefits expenses were $163 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $139 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. Adjusted employee compensation and benefits expenses were $153 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $133 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. This resulted in an adjusted compensation ratio of 61.0% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, versus 60.5% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. The increases in GAAP and adjusted employee compensation and benefits expenses were primarily a result of an increase in fee revenues for the quarter when compared with the same quarter last year.

Non-compensation expenses were $39 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $41 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. The decrease in non-compensation expenses was primarily driven by a reduction in Professional fees and Other operating expenses, net. Adjusted non-compensation expenses were approximately $37 million for the both the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. Adjusted non-compensation expenses remained relatively flat when compared with the same quarter last year.

The provision for income taxes was $7 million, representing an effective tax rate of 13.5% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $12 million, representing an effective tax rate of 28.9% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. The decrease in the effective tax rate was a result of the tax benefit related to shares vested in April and May 2019, with no corresponding amount for the same quarter last year. The adjusted provision for income taxes was $18 million, representing an adjusted effective tax rate of 28.8% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $15 million, representing an adjusted effective tax rate of 28.9% for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. The adjusted effective tax rate remained relatively flat when compared to the same quarter last year.

Segment Reporting for the First Quarter

Corporate Finance

CF revenues increased 1% to $134 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $133 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. Revenues increased primarily due to an increase in the average transaction fee for closed transactions, partially offset by a decrease in the number of closed transactions. CF closed 61 transactions in the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, versus 69 transactions in the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2019

 

2018

Corporate Finance

 

 

 

Revenues

$

133,589

 

 

$

132,871

 

# of MDs (1)

115

 

 

105

 

# of Closed transactions

61

 

 

69

 

  1. As of June 30, 2019; excludes MDs in our Milan office. The Italian JV was consolidated as of June 30, 2019, and employee metrics will be consolidated beginning in Q2 fiscal 2020.

Financial Restructuring

FR revenues increased 57% to $79 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $50 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018. Revenue increased primarily as a result of an increase in the number of closed transactions, partially offset by a reduction in the average transaction fee.

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2019

 

2018

Financial Restructuring

 

 

 

Revenues

$

79,354

 

 

$

50,476

 

# of MDs

45

 

 

45

 

# of Closed Transactions

25

 

 

13

 

Financial Advisory Services

FAS revenues increased 2% to $37 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 when compared to the same period last year. The number of Fee Events increased to 509 in the first quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with 504 for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2019

 

2018

Financial Advisory Services

 

 

 

Revenues

$

37,406

 

 

$

36,655

 

# of MDs

32

 

 

37

 

# of Fee Events (1)

509

 

 

504

 

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

Balance Sheet and Capital Allocation

The Board of Directors of the Company declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.31 per share of Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 16, 2019 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 5, 2019.

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had $245 million of Cash and cash equivalents and Investment securities, and loans payable and Other liabilities aggregating $40 million.

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). We adopted the standard effective April 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach applied as of the beginning of the period of adoption. As of June 30, 2019, the Company's Operating right-of-use assets and Operating lease liabilities were $132 million and $147 million, respectively.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 25, 2019, to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2020 results. The number to call is 1-800-239-9838 (domestic) or 1-323-794-2551 (international). A live webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. A replay of the conference call will be available from July 25, 2019 through August 1, 2019, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the passcode 7833831#. A replay of the webcast will be archived and available on the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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

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

About Houlihan Lokey

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

Appendix

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial Information (Unaudited)

HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

 

(In thousands, except share data and par value)

June 30, 2019

 

March 31, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$211,731

 

 

$285,746

 

Restricted cash

371

 

 

369

 

Investment securities

33,040

 

 

125,258

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

67,918

 

 

70,830

 

Unbilled work in process, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

71,997

 

 

71,891

 

Receivable from affiliates

 

 

8,631

 

Property and equipment, net

36,450

 

 

31,034

 

Operating right-of-use assets

131,554

 

 

 

Goodwill and other intangibles, net

803,841

 

 

794,604

 

Other assets

35,998

 

 

34,695

 

Total assets

$

1,392,900

 

 

$

1,423,058

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

Accrued salaries and bonuses

$

232,532

 

 

$

404,717

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

41,414

 

 

55,048

 

Deferred income

29,219

 

 

27,812

 

Income taxes payable

3,410

 

 

7,759

 

Deferred income taxes

6,057

 

 

5,204

 

Loans payable to former shareholders

1,958

 

 

2,047

 

Loan payable to non-affiliate

15,447

 

 

6,610

 

Operating lease liabilities

147,426

 

 

 

Other liabilities

22,118

 

 

22,532

 

Total liabilities

499,581

 

 

531,729

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
40,858,563 and 38,200,802 shares, respectively

41

 

 

38

 

Class B common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
25,308,293 and 27,197,734 shares, respectively

25

 

 

27

 

Treasury stock, at cost: 55,164 and 0 shares, respectively

(2,502

)

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

631,189

 

 

645,090

 

Retained earnings

298,831

 

 

276,468

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)

(34,265

)

 

(30,294

)

Total stockholders' equity

893,319

 

 

891,329

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,392,900

 

$

1,423,058

 

HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

2019

 

2018

Revenues

$

250,349

 

 

$

220,002

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

163,311

 

 

139,181

 

Travel, meals, and entertainment

9,617

 

 

9,587

 

Rent

10,001

 

 

8,188

 

Depreciation and amortization

3,963

 

 

3,468

 

Information technology and communications

5,324

 

 

5,589

 

Professional fees

4,456

 

 

6,277

 

Other operating expenses, net

5,735

 

 

7,584

 

Total operating expenses

202,407

 

 

179,874

 

Operating income

47,942

 

 

40,128

 

Other (income)/expense, net

(1,483

)

 

(1,606

)

Income before provision for income taxes

49,425

 

 

41,734

 

Provision for income taxes

6,649

 

 

12,052

 

Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc.

$

42,776

 

 

$

29,682

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

61,670,617

 

 

62,985,084

 

Fully diluted

65,621,103

 

 

66,154,212

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.69

 

 

$

0.47

 

Fully diluted

$

0.65

 

 

$

0.45

 

HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO ADJUSTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(In thousands, except per share data)

2019

 

2018

Revenues

$

250,349

 

 

$

220,002

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits (GAAP)

$

163,311

 

 

$

139,181

 

Less/plus: adjustments (1)

(10,596

)

 

(6,076

)

Employee compensation and benefits (adjusted)

152,715

 

 

133,105

 

 

 

 

 

Non-compensation expenses

 

 

 

Non-compensation expenses (GAAP)

$

39,096

 

 

$

40,693

 

Less/plus: adjustments (2)

(1,967

)

 

(3,747

)

Non-compensation expenses (adjusted)

37,129

 

 

36,946

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

 

Operating income (GAAP)

$

47,942

 

 

$

40,128

 

Less/plus: adjustments (3)

12,563

 

 

9,823

 

Operating income (adjusted)

60,505

 

 

49,951

 

 

 

 

 

Other (income)/expense, net

 

 

 

Other (income)/expense, net (GAAP)

$

(1,483

)

 

$

(1,606

)

Less/plus: adjustments (4)

 

 

719

 

Other (income)/expense, net (adjusted)

(1,483

)

 

(887

)

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes (GAAP)

$

6,649

 

 

$

12,052

 

Less/plus: adjustments (5)

11,228

 

 

2,629

 

Provision for income taxes (adjusted)

17,877

 

 

14,681

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

Net income (GAAP)

$

42,776

 

 

$

29,682

 

Less/plus: adjustments (6)

1,335

 

 

6,476

 

Net income (adjusted)

44,111

 

 

36,158

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted adjusted net income per share of common stock

$

0.67

 

 

$

0.55

 

Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding

  1. Consists of pre-IPO grant vesting, including grants re-awarded following forfeiture, if any (($6,112) in Q1 FY20 and ($6,076) in Q1 FY19), and acquisition-related retention pools (($4,484) in Q1 FY20 and $0 in Q1 FY19).
  2. Includes costs associated with Houlihan Lokey, Inc.'s secondary offering of stock (($414) in Q1 FY20 and ($498) in Q1 FY19), completed acquisitions ($0 in Q1 FY20 and ($1,929) in Q1 FY19), and acquisition-related amortization (($1,553) in Q1 FY20 and ($1,321) in Q1 FY19).
  3. Includes adjustments from (1) and (2) above.
  4. Includes the reduction of an earnout liability ($0 in Q1 FY20 and $719 in Q1 FY19).
  5. Includes adjustments relating to the tax impact, using the adjusted effective tax rate, of the adjustments described in footnotes 1, 2, and 4 above ($3,623 in Q1 FY20 and $2,629 in Q1 FY19). Additionally, includes an adjustment of ($7,605 in Q1 FY20 and $0 in Q1 FY19) relating to shares vested during the first quarter of the applicable fiscal year.
  6. Consists of the adjustments described above net of the tax impact of described adjustments.

 

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212.331.8225
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or
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212.331.8223
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