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Jul 27, 2018

WisdomTree Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

$16.7 million net income, or $14.3 million as adjusted

$0.10 diluted EPS for the quarter, or $0.09 as adjusted

Declares $0.03 quarterly dividend

NEW YORK, July 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager today reported net income of $16.7 million or $0.10 diluted EPS in the second quarter.  Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure1) was $14.3 million1 or $0.09 diluted EPS1.  This compares to net income of $12.1 million or $0.09 diluted EPS (as adjusted, $7.8 million1 or $0.06 diluted EPS1) in the second quarter of last year and net income of $9.4 million or $0.07 diluted EPS (as adjusted, $11.3 million1 or $0.08 diluted EPS1) in the first quarter of 2018.  

WisdomTree CEO and President Jonathan Steinberg said, “Technology and data investments made over the past several years are driving growing cost efficiencies across our organization and allowing us to better serve our existing clients and prospects, leading the firm towards our next wave of growth. Over the past several months we signed distribution agreements with notable third parties, pointing to the strength of our innovative product suite and differentiated technology and advisor solutions offerings, both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Steinberg continued, “The second quarter was a busy quarter for our international operations. Early in the quarter, we completed our acquisition of ETF Securities, transforming our European platform. We have achieved the cost savings we identified ahead of schedule and continue to work towards leveraging the expanded distribution reach and enhanced resources. Additionally, in Canada we continued to generate strong organic growth and further establish ourselves in that growing market. Lastly, we are restructuring our Japan distribution strategy which in addition to reducing our cost base, we believe will drive stronger growth in the region.”

    
 Three Months Ended Change From
 June 30,
2018

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

Consolidated Operating Highlights ($, in billions):                   
AUM$60.0  $45.0  $44.7   33.4%  34.1%
Assets acquired$17.6   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a 
Net inflows/(outflows)$(1.3) $(2.2) $0.8   (43.2%)  n/a 
Average AUM$61.3  $47.7  $44.4   28.4%  38.0%
Average advisory fee 0.48%  0.50%  0.50%  (0.02)  (0.02)
                    
                    
Consolidated Financial Highlights ($, in millions, except per share amounts):                   
Operating revenues$74.8  $58.9  $56.2   26.9%  33.0%
Net income$16.7  $9.4  $12.1   77.5%  38.2%
Diluted earnings per share$0.10  $0.07  $0.09  $0.03  $0.01 
Operating income margin 19.4%  22.4%  26.7%  -3.0   -7.3 
Non-GAAP1:                   
Net income, as adjusted$14.3  $11.3  $7.8   27.0%  82.4%
Diluted net income per share, as adjusted$0.09  $0.08  $0.06  $0.01  $0.03 
Operating income margin, as adjusted 30.0%  25.9%  n/a   4.1   n/a 
      

Recent Business Developments

Company News

  • In June 2018, the Company announced the addition of Chris Gardner, author of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” as a Senior Advisor.
  • In July 2018, the Company announced that it entered into an ETF Program Agreement with Cetera Financial Group to be the only ETF sponsor with ETFs available through the no-transaction fee platform; Oranj announced that the Company’s model portfolios and products are now available on Oranj’s free end-to-end wealth management platform; and WisdomTree and AdvisorEngine were selected by a large independent broker-dealer to digitize and optimize their wealth management platform, with WisdomTree providing model portfolios.                

U.S. Listed Product News

  • In July 2018, the Company announced that it expanded its offering on Schwab ETF OneSourceTM, a commission-free ETF program, with the addition of the WisdomTree Floating Rate Treasury Fund (USFR) and the WisdomTree Yield Enhanced U.S. Short-Term Aggregate Bond Fund (SHAG).

European Listed Product News

  • In May 2018, the Company announced the launch of two new funds.  The WisdomTree AT1 CoCo Bond UCITS ETF is the first ETF globally to provide investors with access to the Additional Tier 1 (AT1) Contingent Convertible (CoCo) bond market while the WisdomTree Cboe S&P 500 PutWrite UCITS ETF replicates a strategy that is already successful for the Company in the U.S.  Both funds were listed on the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and Deutsche Börse Xetra.
  • In July 2018, the Company announced the launch of two new smart beta fixed income ETFs which seek to provide enhanced yields on core European investment grade bonds and treasuries, without potentially riskier exposures.  The WisdomTree EUR Aggregate Bond Enhanced Yield UCITS ETF (WTDP) and the WisdomTree EUR Government Bond Enhanced Yield UCITS ETF (WTDR) are both listed on the Deutsche Börse Xetra and Borsa Italiana; and the Company announced the launch of two smart beta equity ETFs, offering multifactor exposure to U.S. equities and exposure to Japanese small cap equities.  The WisdomTree US Multifactor UCITS ETF (USMF) and the WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend UCITS ETF (DFJ) are both listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Canadian Listed Product News

  • In May 2018, the Company announced the launch of the Digital Portfolio Developer (DPD), an on-demand tool for Canadian advisors that focuses on providing deep data analytics to evaluate client and prospect portfolios.

Assets Under Management and Net Inflows

U.S. listed ETF assets under management (“AUM”) was $41.3 billion at June 30, 2018, down 3.6% from March 31, 2018 primarily due to net outflows.  International listed ETPs’ AUM was $18.6 billion at June 30, 2018, up $16.6 billion from March 31, 2018 primarily due to the $17.6 billion of AUM acquired in connection with the completion of our acquisition on April 11, 2018 of the European exchange-traded commodity, currency and short-and-leveraged business (“ETFS”) of ETFS Capital Limited (“ETFS Capital,” formerly known as ETF Securities Limited) partly offset by market depreciation.  We refer to the acquisition throughout this press release as the ETFS Acquisition.

Performance

In evaluating the performance of our U.S. listed equity, fixed income and alternative ETFs against actively managed and index based mutual funds and ETFs, 76.5% of the $40.7 billion invested in our ETFs and 62.9% (44 of 70) of our ETFs covered by Morningstar outperformed their comparable Morningstar average since inception as of June 30, 2018.

For more information about WisdomTree ETFs including standardized performance, please click here or visit www.wisdomtree.com

Second Quarter Financial Discussion

On April 11, 2018, we completed the ETFS Acquisition.  Our financial results for the second quarter of 2018 include the recognition of certain items directly associated with the acquisition, including contractual gold payments expense, a gain on revaluation of deferred consideration and interest expense, each of which are described in further detail below. 

In addition, the presentation of our Consolidated Statements of Operations has changed to include operating revenues and operating expenses, as well as other income/(expenses) not included in operating income.  Prior period amounts previously disclosed within our Consolidated Statements of Operations have been reclassified to conform with our current presentation.  These reclassifications had no effect on previously reported net income.

The primary reason for the increase in our revenues, expenses and net income this quarter compared to prior periods is the inclusion of the ETFS Acquisition.

Operating Revenues

Advisory Fees

Advisory fees of $73.8 million increased 32.1% and 26.2% from the second quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018, respectively, due to an increase in our average global AUM.  Our average global AUM increased from the second quarter of 2017 primarily due to the $17.6 billion of AUM acquired in connection with the ETFS Acquisition as well as market appreciation and net inflows into certain of our ETFs.  These increases were partly offset by outflows from our two largest U.S. listed ETFs. 

Our average global AUM increased from the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to the $17.6 billion of AUM acquired, partly offset by net outflows from our two largest U.S. listed ETFs and market depreciation.  

Our average global advisory fee was 0.48% during the second quarter of 2018.

Other Income

Other income of $1.0 million increased 158.3% and 122.5% from the second quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018, respectively, primarily due to creation/redemption fees earned from the ETFS exchange-traded products. 

Margins

Gross margin for our U.S. Business segment was 83.4%1 in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to 83.7%1 2 in the second quarter of 2017 and 83.9%1 2 in the first quarter of 2018.  Gross margin for our International Business segment was 73.2%1 in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to 46.2%1 in the second quarter of 2017 and 40.1%1 in the first quarter of 2018.  Gross margins of the International Business segment for prior quarters were not meaningful as the business was not scaled.  The change in gross margin  from the prior quarters is due to the ETFS Acquisition.

Operating income margin on a consolidated basis was 19.4% in the second quarter of 2018 (as adjusted 30.0%1) as compared to 26.7% in the second quarter of 2017 and 22.4% in the first quarter of 2018 (as adjusted 25.9%1).

Pre-tax margin on a consolidated basis was 29.7% in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to 39.5% in the second quarter of 2017  and 23.6% in the first quarter of 2018. 

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses were $60.2 million for the second quarter of 2018, up 46.2% and 31.9% from the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, respectively.  Operating expenses increased primarily due to the ETFS Acquisition.  In addition, included in the second quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2018 were acquisition-related costs of $7.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively. 

  • Compensation and benefits expense increased 4.8% from the second quarter of 2017 to $19.3 million due to the ETFS Acquisition, partly offset by lower accrued incentive compensation in our U.S. Business segment.  Compensation and benefits expense increased 2.5% from the first quarter of 2018 due to the ETFS Acquisition, partly offset by lower payroll taxes and benefits expense.  Payroll taxes and benefits expense in the first quarter of 2018 are seasonally higher due to bonus payments made during that period.  Headcount of our U.S. Business segment was 155, 157 and 166 and our International Business segment was 76, 34 and 46 at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively. 

  • Fund management and administration expense increased 44.6% from the second quarter of 2017 and 34.0% from the first quarter of 2018 to $14.6 million due to higher average AUM of our International Business segment primarily associated with the ETFS Acquisition.  We had 81 U.S. listed ETFs and 445 International listed ETPs at the end of the quarter.

  • Marketing and advertising expense was essentially unchanged from the second quarter of 2017.  This expense increased 18.2% from the first quarter of 2018 to $3.8 million due to higher levels of spending globally.

  • Sales and business development expense increased 32.9% from the second quarter of 2017 to $4.5 million primarily due to higher spending on sales related activities globally.  This expense increased 18.1% from the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to higher spending in our International Business segment.

  • Contractual gold payments expense represents an ongoing obligation of ETFS Capital that we assumed in connection with the ETFS Acquisition.  This ongoing obligation requires us to pay 9,500 ounces of gold annually from the advisory fee income we earn for managing physically backed gold ETPs.  During the second quarter of 2018, we recognized $2.7 million of contractual gold payments expense associated with the payment of 2,085 ounces of gold at an average daily spot price of $1,302 per ounce. 
     
  • Professional and consulting fees increased 27.8% from the second quarter of 2017 to $1.6 million due to higher professional and corporate consulting-related expenses globally.  These expenses were essentially unchanged from the first quarter of 2018. 

  • Occupancy, communications and equipment expense increased 14.8% from the second quarter of 2017 and 15.5% from the first quarter of 2018 to $1.6 million primarily due to higher headcount associated with the ETFS Acquisition.

  • Third-party distribution fees increased 148.7% from the second quarter of 2017 to $1.7 million primarily due to a new distribution relationship announced in the fourth quarter of 2017 and higher fees paid to our third-party marketing agent in Latin America.  These expenses were essentially unchanged from the first quarter of 2018.

  • Acquisition-related costs increased $5.9 million from the first quarter of 2018 to $7.9 million and included professional advisor fees payable upon completion of the ETFS Acquisition, a write-off of our office lease and compensation and other integration costs.  Costs incurred in the prior quarter were principally severance, professional fees and other integration costs. 

  • Other expenses increased 22.7% from the second quarter of 2017 and 26.3% from the first quarter of 2018 to $2.3 million primarily due to higher International Business segment office expenses associated with an increase in headcount from the ETFS Acquisition.

Other Income/(Expenses)

  • Interest expense for the second quarter of 2018 of $2.4 million was incurred principally in connection with a newly raised term loan to facilitate the ETFS Acquisition.  Our effective interest rate during the period was 4.9% and includes our cost of borrowing and amortization of issuance costs.

  • Gain on revaluation of deferred consideration of $9.9 million arose from the ongoing contractual gold payment obligation described above that we assumed from ETFS Capital in connection with the ETFS Acquisition.  The present value of the ongoing obligation to pay 9,500 ounces of gold until March 2058, which is then reduced to 6,333 ounces into perpetuity, is recorded on our Consolidated Balance Sheet as deferred consideration, which is re-measured each quarter based upon forward-looking gold prices.  A gain was recognized during the second quarter of 2018 as the price of gold had declined when compared to the price on April 11, 2018, the date on which the deferred consideration was originally measured.

  • Interest income was essentially unchanged from the second quarter of 2017.  Interest income decreased 36.4% from the first quarter of 2018 to $0.6 million due to lower interest income on our short-term investment grade bond portfolio which has matured, partly offset by paid-in-kind (“PIK”) interest on a note receivable from AdvisorEngine Inc.

  • Other net losses increased 37.6% from the second quarter of 2017 and 92.0% from the first quarter of 2018 to $0.5 million primarily due to realized losses arising from the sale of gold earned from management fees paid by physically-backed gold ETPs associated with the ETFS Acquisition, as well as miscellaneous foreign exchange losses.

Income Taxes

Our estimated effective income tax rate for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 of 24.6% (as adjusted 29.2%1) resulted in income tax expense of $5.5 million.  Our tax rate differs from the federal statutory tax rate of 21% primarily due to non-deductible acquisition-related costs, a valuation allowance on foreign net operating losses and state and local income taxes, partly offset by the gain on revaluation of deferred consideration and a lower tax rate on foreign earnings.  The gain on revaluation of deferred consideration is not adjusted for income taxes as the obligation was assumed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours that is based in Jersey, a region where we are subject to a zero percent tax rate.

Six Month Results

Total operating revenues increased 22.0% to $133.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 primarily due to higher average global AUM, including the $17.6 billion of AUM acquired in connection with the ETFS Acquisition.  Total operating expenses increased 30.8% to $105.9 million primarily due to expenses associated with the ETFS acquired business.  In addition, operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018 include acquisition-related costs of $10.0 million.

Other income/(expenses) for the six months ended June 30, 2018 includes $2.4 million of interest expense incurred principally in connection with a newly raised term loan to facilitate the ETFS Acquisition, as well as a gain on revaluation of deferred consideration of $9.9 million associated with the ETFS Acquisition.  Interest income increased 28.5% to $1.6 million, primarily due to PIK interest on a note receivable from AdvisorEngine, Inc., partly offset by lower interest income on our short-term investment grade bond portfolio which has matured.  In addition, the prior year period includes a settlement gain of $6.9 million as well as a reimbursement of fund-related costs of $0.8 million classified within other gains and losses, net.

Balance Sheet

In connection with the ETFS Acquisition, at April 11, 2018 we recognized goodwill of $84.1 million, intangible assets of $601.2 million, deferred consideration of $172.7 million, long-term debt, net of issuance costs of $192.9 million, preferred stock of $132.6 million and common stock of $137.2 million.

As of June 30, 2018, we had total assets of $902.1 million which consisted primarily of intangible assets of $613.2 million, goodwill of $85.9 million, cash and cash equivalents of $70.7 million, investments of $35.2 million, securities held-to-maturity of $20.2 million, accounts receivable of $27.3 million and a note receivable of $24.6 million.  There were approximately 153.1 million shares of our common stock outstanding as of June 30, 2018. Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 163.3 million for the quarter.  

Quarterly Dividend

Our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share of our common stock. The dividend will be paid on August 22, 2018 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 8, 2018.

Conference Call

WisdomTree will discuss its results and operational highlights during a conference call on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The call-in number will be (877) 303-7209. Anyone outside the U.S. or Canada should call (970) 315-0420. The slides used during the presentation will be available at http://ir.wisdomtree.com. For those unable to join the conference call at the scheduled time, an audio replay will be available on http://ir.wisdomtree.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements relate to future events or our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could materially affect results. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the risks described below. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties occur, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual events or results may vary significantly from those implied or projected by the forward-looking statements. No forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future performance. You should read this press release completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

In particular, forward-looking statements in this press release may include statements about:

  • anticipated trends, conditions and investor sentiment in the global markets and ETPs;

  • anticipated levels of inflows into and outflows out of our ETPs;

  • our ability to deliver favorable rates of return to investors;

  • our ability to develop new products and services;

  • our ability to maintain current vendors or find new vendors to provide services to us at favorable costs;

  • our ability to successfully expand our business into non-U.S. markets;

  • competition in our business; and

  • the effect of laws and regulations that apply to our business.

Our business is subject to many risks and uncertainties, including without limitation:

Net outflows in our two largest ETFs – the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund – have had, and in the future could continue to have, a negative impact on our revenues.

Over the last few years, we have expanded our business globally. This expansion subjects us to increased operational, regulatory, financial and other risks.

The ETFS Acquisition is significant in size relative to our assets and operations and may result in significant changes in our business. Our failure to integrate and manage ETFS successfully could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Declining prices of securities, precious metals and other commodities can adversely affect our business by reducing the market value of the assets we manage or causing customers to sell their fund shares and trigger redemptions.

Fluctuations in the amount and mix of our AUM, whether caused by disruptions in the financial markets or otherwise, may negatively impact revenues and operating margins, and may impede our ability to refinance our debt upon maturity, increase the cost of borrowing or result in our debt being called prior to maturity.

We derive a substantial portion of our revenues from a limited number of products, and as a result, our operating results are particularly exposed to the performance of these products and our ability to maintain the AUM of these products, as well as investor sentiment toward investing in the funds’ strategies and market-specific and political and economic risk.

Much of our AUM is held in our U.S. listed ETFs that invest in foreign securities and we therefore have substantial exposure to foreign market conditions and are subject to foreign currency exchange rate risks.

Many of our ETPs and ETFs have a limited track record, and poor investment performance could cause our revenues to decline.

We depend on third parties to provide many critical services to operate our business and our ETPs and ETFs. The failure of key vendors to adequately provide such services could materially affect our operating business and harm our customers.

Other factors, such as general economic conditions, including currency exchange rate fluctuations, also may have an effect on the results of our operations. For a more complete description of the risks noted above and other risks that could cause our actual results to differ from our current expectations, please see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

The forward-looking statements in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we have no current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law. Therefore, these forward-looking statements do not represent our views as of any date other than the date of this press release.

About WisdomTree

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan (collectively, “WisdomTree”), is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager headquartered in New York. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. WisdomTree currently has approximately $60.2 billion in assets under management globally.

WisdomTree® is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

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1  See “Non-GAAP Financial Measurements.”

2  Gross margin is now calculated as total operating revenues, less fund management and administration expenses.  Gross margin percentage is calculated as gross margin divided by total operating revenues.  See “Non-GAAP Financial Measurements” below for additional information.  Amounts previously reported as gross margin for the U.S. Business segment have been restated to conform with our current presentation.     

Contact Information:

Investor Relations   
WisdomTree Investments, Inc.    
Jason Weyeneth, CFA  
+1.917.267.3858 
jweyeneth@wisdomtree.com   

Media Relations
WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
Jessica Zaloom
+1.917.267.3735
jzaloom@wisdomtree.com 

WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

      
 Three Months Ended % Change From
 Six Months Ended
 June 30,
2018
 Mar. 31,
2018
 June 30,
2017
 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 June 30,
2018
 June 30,
2017
 %
Change

Operating Revenues:                            
Advisory fees$73,778  $58,456  $55,856    26.2 %   32.1 % $132,234  $108,884    21.4 %
Other income  997   448   386   122.5 %  158.3 %  1,445   725    99.3 %
Total revenues  74,775   58,904   56,242    26.9 %   33.0 %  133,679   109,609    22.0 %
Operating Expenses:                            
Compensation and benefits 19,301   18,832   18,421    2.5 %   4.8 %  38,133   36,295    5.1 %
Fund management and administration 14,621   10,912   10,112    34.0 %   44.6 %  25,533   19,712    29.5 %
Marketing and advertising 3,778   3,195   3,825    18.2 %   -1.2 %  6,973   7,362    -5.3 %
Sales and business development  4,503   3,813   3,389    18.1 %   32.9 %  8,316   6,351    30.9 %
Contractual gold payments 2,715           n/a     n/a   2,715        n/a 
Professional and consulting fees  1,560   1,636   1,221    -4.6 %   27.8 %  3,196   2,779    15.0 %
Occupancy, communications and equipment 1,574   1,363   1,371    15.5 %   14.8 %  2,937   2,724    7.8 %
Depreciation and amortization 337   355   352    -5.1 %   -4.3 %  692   689    0.4 %
Third-party distribution fees  1,666   1,725   670    -3.4 %  148.7 %  3,391   1,602   111.7 %
Acquisition-related costs 7,928   2,062      284.5 %    n/a   9,990        n/a 
Other 2,261   1,790   1,842    26.3 %   22.7 %  4,051   3,466    16.9 %
Total expenses 60,244   45,683   41,203    31.9 %   46.2 %  105,927   80,980    30.8 %
Operating income 14,531   13,221   15,039    9.9 %   -3.4 %  27,752   28,629    -3.1 %
Other Income/(Expenses):                            
Interest expense (2,356)          n/a     n/a   (2,356)       n/a 
Gain on revaluation of deferred consideration – gold payments 9,898           n/a     n/a   9,898        n/a 
Interest income 612   962   641    -36.4 %   -4.5 %  1,574   1,225    28.5 %
Settlement gain       6,909     n/a     n/a      6,909     n/a 
Other gains and losses, net (501)  (261)  (364)   92.0 %   37.6 %  (762)  284     n/a 
Income before taxes 22,184   13,922   22,225    59.3 %   -0.2 %  36,106   37,047    -2.5 %
Income tax expense  5,460   4,498   10,120    21.4 %   -46.0 %  9,958   18,062    -44.9 %
Net income$16,724  $9,424  $12,105    77.5 %   38.2 % $26,148  $18,985    37.7 %
Net income per share – basic$0.10  $0.07  $0.09        $0.17  $0.14    
Net income per share – diluted$0.10  $0.07  $0.09        $0.17  $0.14    
Weighted average common shares – basic 149,056   135,329   134,557         142,230   134,472    
Weighted average common shares – diluted 163,346   136,468   135,574         149,979   135,613    
                             
                             

WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

The following table sets forth the pre-tax operating results for the Company’s U.S. Business and International Business segments.  The U.S. Business segment represents the results of the Company’s U.S. operations and Japan sales office.  The results of the Company’s European and Canadian operations are reported as the International Business segment. 

U.S. Business Segment

      
 Three Months Ended
 % Change From
 Six Months Ended
 June 30,
2018

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 June 30,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 %
Change

Operating Revenues:                            
Advisory fees $52,931  $55,518  $53,641    -4.7 %   -1.3 % $108,449  $104,667    3.6 %
Other income  162   147   128    10.2 %   26.6 %  309   231    33.8 %
Total revenues  53,093   55,665   53,769    -4.6 %   -1.3 %  108,758   104,898    3.7 %
Operating Expenses:                            
Compensation and benefits 14,526   16,371   15,910    -11.3 %   -8.7 %  30,897   30,980    -0.3 %
Fund management and administration  8,802   8,973   8,782    -1.9 %   0.2 %  17,775   17,109    3.9 %
Marketing and advertising 2,987   2,843   3,253    5.1 %   -8.2 %  5,830   6,322    -7.8 %
Sales and business development  3,446   3,455   2,824    -0.3 %   22.0 %  6,901   5,434    27.0 %
Professional and consulting fees 1,134   1,325   1,013    -14.4 %   11.9 %  2,459   2,335    5.3 %
Occupancy, communications and equipment  1,309   1,225   1,232    6.9 %   6.3 %  2,534   2,460    3.0 %
Depreciation and amortization 314   339   339    -7.4 %   -7.4 %  653   670    -2.5 %
Third-party distribution fees  1,621   1,649   670    -1.7 %   141.9 %  3,270   1,597    104.8 %
Acquisition-related costs 6,773   1,197       465.8 %   n/a   7,970       n/a 
Other 1,726   1,653   1,725    4.4 %   0.1 %  3,379   3,271    3.3 %
Total expenses  42,638   39,030   35,748    9.2 %   19.3 %  81,668   70,178    16.4 %
Operating income  10,455   16,635   18,021    -37.2 %   -42.0 %  27,090   34,720    -22.0 %
Other Income/(Expenses):                            
Interest expense (173)         n/a    n/a   (173)      n/a 
Interest income  612   962   641    -36.4 %   -4.5 %  1,574   1,225    28.5 %
Settlement gain        6,909    n/a    n/a      6,909    n/a 
Other gains and losses, net (66)  (226)  (261)   -70.8 %   -74.7 %  (292)  364    n/a 
Income before taxes $10,828  $17,371  $25,310    -37.7 %   -57.2 % $28,199  $43,218    -34.8 %
Operating income margin 19.7%  29.9%  33.5%        24.9%  33.1%   
                             
                             

International Business Segment

         
 Three Months Ended  
 % Change From  
 Six Months Ended  
 June 30,
2018

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 June 30,
2018

 June 30,
2017

 %
Change

Operating Revenues:                            
Advisory fees$20,847  $2,938  $2,215    609.6 %   841.2 % $23,785  $4,217    464.0 %
Other income 835   301   258    177.4 %   223.6 %  1,136   494    130.0 %
Total revenues 21,682   3,239   2,473    569.4 %   776.7 %  24,921   4,711    429.0 %
Operating Expenses:                            
Compensation and benefits 4,775   2,461   2,511    94.0 %   90.2 %  7,236   5,315    36.1 %
Fund management and administration 5,819   1,939   1,330    200.1 %   337.5 %  7,758   2,603    198.0 %
Marketing and advertising 791   352   572    124.7 %   38.3 %  1,143   1,040    9.9 %
Sales and business development 1,057   358   565    195.3 %   87.1 %  1,415   917    54.3 %
Contractual gold payments 2,715          n/a    n/a   2,715       n/a 
Professional and consulting fees 426   311   208    37.0 %   104.8 %  737   444    66.0 %
Occupancy, communications and equipment 265   138   139    92.0 %   90.6 %  403   264    52.7 %
Depreciation and amortization 23   16   13    43.8 %   76.9 %  39   19    105.3 %
Third-party distribution fees  45   76       -40.8 %   n/a   121   5    n/a  
Acquisition-related costs 1,155   865       33.5 %    n/a    2,020       n/a  
Other 535   137   117    290.5 %   357.3 %  672   195    244.6 %
Total expenses 17,606   6,653   5,455    164.6 %   222.7 %  24,259   10,802    124.6 %
Operating income/(loss) 4,076   (3,414)  (2,982)   n/a     n/a    662   (6,091)   n/a  
Other Income/(Expenses):                            
Interest expense  (2,183)         n/a    n/a   (2,183)      n/a 
Gain on revaluation of deferred consideration – gold payments   9,898     —     —    n/a    n/a     9,898     —    n/a 
Other gains and losses, net    (435)    (35)    (103)   n/a    322.3 %    (470 )    (80)   487.5 %
Income/(loss) before taxes $  11,356  $  (3,449) $  (3,085)   n/a    n/a  $  7,907  $  (6,171)   n/a  
Operating income margin      18.8%   n/a     n/a            2.7%    n/a    
                             
                             

WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

        
 June 30,
2018

 December 31,
2017

 (Unaudited)
  
ASSETS     
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$70,744  $54,193 
Securities owned, at fair value 3,719   66,294 
Securities held-to-maturity    1,000 
Accounts receivable 27,329   21,309 
Income taxes receivable    6,978 
Prepaid expenses 6,545   3,550 
Other current assets 194   1,007 
Total current assets 108,531   154,331 
Fixed assets, net 10,028   10,693 
Note receivable 24,588   18,748 
Securities held-to-maturity 20,229   20,299 
Deferred tax assets, net 2,024   1,050 
Investments, carried at cost 35,187   35,187 
Goodwill 85,856   1,799 
Intangible assets 613,227   12,085 
Other noncurrent assets 2,428   793 
Total assets$902,098  $254,985 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY       
LIABILITIES       
Current liabilities:       
Fund management and administration payable $22,002  $20,099 
Compensation and benefits payable 13,664   28,053 
Deferred consideration – gold payments 11,378    
Income taxes payable 1,252    
Securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value  2,026   950 
Payable to ETFS Capital 7,033    
Accounts payable and other liabilities 9,366   8,246 
Total current liabilities 66,721   57,348 
Long-term debt 193,407    
Deferred consideration – gold payments 151,470    
Deferred rent payable 4,608   4,686 
Total liabilities  416,206   62,034 
Preferred stock – Series A Non-Voting Convertible, par value $0.01; 14,750 shares authorized,
  issued and outstanding
 132,569    
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY       
Common stock, par value $0.01; 250,000 shares authorized:       
Issued and outstanding: 153,142 and 136,996 at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017,
 respectively
 1,531   1,370 
Additional paid-in capital 359,066   216,006 
Accumulated other comprehensive income 461   291 
Accumulated deficit (7,735)  (24,716)
Total stockholders’ equity 353,323   192,951 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$902,098  $254,985 
        
        

WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

   
 Six Months Ended
 June 30,
2018
 
 June 30,
2017
 
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net income $26,148  $18,985 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:       
Advisory fees paid in gold and other precious metals  (11,033)   
Contractual gold payments  2,715    
Gain on revaluation of deferred consideration – gold payments  (9,898)   
Stock-based compensation  6,838   6,951 
Deferred income taxes  (1,055)  5,890 
Paid-in-kind interest income  (839)   
Settlement gain     (6,909)
Amortization of credit facility issuance costs 637    
Depreciation and amortization  692   689 
Other  834   301 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Securities owned, at fair value  (2,028)  1,148 
Accounts receivable  2,871   (1,671)
Income taxes receivable/payable 8,109   2,217 
Prepaid expenses (1,669)  (1,405)
Gold and other precious metals 8,930    
Other assets  975   143 
Acquisition payable     (3,542)
Fund management and administration payable (380)  (729)
Compensation and benefits payable  (21,170)  (3,958)
Securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value 1,077   (1,222)
Payable to ETFS Capital  222    
Accounts payable and other liabilities  (2,962)  395 
Net cash provided by operating activities 9,014   17,283 
Cash flows from investing activities:       
Purchase of fixed assets (34)  (220)
Purchase of securities held-to-maturity    (759)
Purchase of debt securities available-for-sale    (38,680)
Purchase of investments    (5,000)
Funding of AdvisorEngine note receivable  (5,000)   
Proceeds from held-to-maturity securities maturing or called prior to maturity  1,063   2,102 
Proceeds from sales and maturities of debt securities available-for-sale 64,498   46,065 
Cash paid – ETFS Acquisition, net of cash acquired (233,172)   
Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities  (172,645)  3,508 
Cash flows from financing activities:       
Dividends paid (9,167)  (21,872)
Shares repurchased  (1,006)  (3,693)
Credit facility issuance costs (8,690)   
Preferred stock issuance costs (181)   
Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt 200,000    
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  139   42 
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities 181,095   (25,523)
(Decrease)/increase in cash flows due to changes in foreign exchange rate (913)  624 
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  16,551   (4,108)
Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period  54,193   92,722 
Cash and cash equivalents – end of period $70,744  $88,614 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:       
Cash paid for taxes $2,841  $9,708 
Cash paid for interest $1,241  $ 
        
        


WisdomTree Investments, Inc.   
Key Operating Statistics (Unaudited)   
 Three Months Ended
 June 30,
2018

 Mar. 31,
2018

 June 30,
2017

U.S. LISTED ETFs (in millions)           
            
Beginning of period assets $42,886  $46,827  $41,940 
Inflows/(outflows)  (1,231)  (2,167)  605 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (315)  (1,774)  638 
End of period assets$41,340  $42,886  $43,183 
Average assets during the period $43,464  $45,618  $42,961 
Average ETF advisory fee during the period 0.49%  0.49%  0.50%
Revenue days 91   90   91 
Number of ETFs – end of the period  81   81   90 
            
INTERNATIONAL LISTED ETPs (in millions)           
Beginning of period assets $2,075  $2,110  $1,424 
Assets acquired  17,641       
Inflows/(outflows)  (25)  (45)  163 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (1,062)  10   (40)
End of period assets$18,629  $2,075  $1,547 
Average assets during the period $17,837  $2,106  $1,446 
Average ETP advisory fee during the period 0.47%  0.57%  0.61%
Revenue days  91   90   91 
Number of ETPs – end of the period 445   99   93 
            
PRODUCT CATEGORIES (in millions)           
            
International Developed Market Equity           
Beginning of period assets$22,432  $25,950  $24,057 
Inflows/(outflows) (1,502)  (2,705)  125 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (599)  (813)  465 
End of period assets$20,331  $22,432  $24,647 
Average assets during the period$22,455  $24,435  $24,794 
            
Commodity & Currency           
Beginning of period assets $416  $445  $519 
Assets acquired 16,778       
Inflows/(outflows)  (99)  (28)  (44)
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (928)  (1)  (11)
End of period assets$16,167  $416  $464 
Average assets during the period$15,316  $426  $488 
            
U.S. Equity           
Beginning of period assets $13,359  $14,234  $12,516 
Inflows/(outflows)  114   48   248 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  828   (923)  124 
End of period assets$14,301  $13,359  $12,888 
Average assets during the period$14,021  $14,122  $12,629 
            
Emerging Market Equity           
Beginning of period assets $6,289  $5,887  $4,563 
Inflows/(outflows)  (120)  425   191 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (526)  (23)  74 
End of period assets$5,643  $6,289  $4,828 
Average assets during the period $6,116  $6,259  $4,742 
            
Leveraged & Inverse           
Beginning of period assets $872  $930  $773 
Assets acquired  863       
Inflows/(outflows)  (71)  (133)  101 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (133)  75   (65)
End of period assets$1,531  $872  $809 
Average assets during the period $1,592  $877  $733 
            
Fixed Income           
Beginning of period assets $1,101  $862  $572 
Inflows/(outflows)  349   253   43 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  (39)  (14)  5 
End of period assets$1,411  $1,101  $620 
Average assets during the period$1,230  $1,014  $604 
            
Alternatives           
Beginning of period assets $492  $582  $276 
Inflows/(outflows)  66   (70)  122 
Market appreciation/(depreciation)  20   (20)  6 
End of period assets$578  $492  $404 
Average assets during the period$564  $547  $348 
            
Closed ETPs           
Beginning of period assets $  $47  $88 
Inflows/(outflows)  7   (2)  (18)
Market appreciation/(depreciation)     (45)   
End of period assets$7  $  $70 
Average assets during the period $7  $44  $69 
            
Headcount – U.S. Business segment  155   157   166 
Headcount – International Business segment  76   34   46 

Note: Previously issued statistics may be restated due to trade adjustments
Source: WisdomTree

Non-GAAP Financial Measurements

In an effort to provide additional information regarding our results as determined by GAAP, we also disclose certain non-GAAP information which we believe provides useful and meaningful information. Our management reviews these non-GAAP financial measurements when evaluating our financial performance and results of operations; therefore, we believe it is useful to provide information with respect to these non-GAAP measurements so as to share this perspective of management. Non-GAAP measurements do not have any standardized meaning, do not replace nor are superior to GAAP financial measurements and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measurements should be considered in the context with our GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial measurements contained in this release include:

  • Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income per share.  We disclose adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income per share as non-GAAP financial measurements in order to report our results exclusive of items that are non-recurring or not core to our operating business.  These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following:

    • Unrealized gains or losses on the revaluation of deferred consideration:  Deferred consideration is an obligation we assumed in connection with the ETFS Acquisition that is carried at fair value.  This item represents the present value of an obligation to pay fixed ounces of gold into perpetuity and is measured using forward-looking gold prices.  Changes in the price of gold may have a material impact on the carrying value of the deferred consideration and our reported net income.  We exclude this item when arriving at adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income per share as it is not core to our operating business.  The item is not adjusted for income taxes as the obligation was assumed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours that is based in Jersey, a jurisdiction where we are subject to a zero percent tax rate.

    • Non-recurring items:  The following non-recurring items are excluded when arriving at adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (i) acquisition-related costs of $7.9 million (or $7.5 million after-tax) and $2.1 million (or $1.9 million after-tax) for the second quarter and first quarter of 2018, respectively and (ii) a settlement gain of $6.9 million (or $4.3 million after-tax) for the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted effective income tax rate.  We disclose our adjusted effective income tax rate as a non-GAAP financial measurement in order to report our effective income tax rate exclusive of items that are non-recurring or not core to our operating business.  We believe reporting our adjusted effective income tax rate provides investors with a consistent way to analyze our income taxes.  Our adjusted effective income tax rate is calculated by dividing adjusted income tax expense by adjusted income before income taxes.  See “adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income per share” above for information regarding the items that are excluded.  

  • Gross margin and gross margin percentage.  We disclose our gross margin and gross margin percentage as non-GAAP financial measurements for our U.S. Business segment and International Business segment because we believe they provide investors with a consistent way to analyze the amount we retain after paying third-party service providers to operate our ETPs.  These ratios also assist us in analyzing the profitability of our products.  We define gross margin as total operating revenues less fund management and administration expenses.  Gross margin percentage is calculated as gross margin divided by total operating revenues.   

  • Adjusted operating income margin.  We disclose adjusted operating income margin as a non-GAAP financial measurement on a consolidated basis, as well as for our U.S. Business segment and International Business segment in order to report our operating income margin exclusive of items that are non-recurring or not core to our operating business.    
 
WISDOMTREE INVESTMENTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
GAAP to NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION 
 
(in thousands) 
(Unaudited) 
Consolidated
  Three Months Ended
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Adjusted Net Income and Diluted Net Income per Share: 2018 2018 2017
Net income, as reported  $16,724  $9,424  $12,105 
Add back: Acquisition-related costs, net of income taxes   7,489   1,851    
Less: Unrealized gain on revaluation of deferred consideration  (9,898)      
Less:  Settlement gain, net of income taxes         (4,256)
Adjusted net income  $14,315  $11,275  $7,849 
Weighted average common shares - diluted  163,346   136,468   135,574 
Adjusted net income per share - diluted  $0.09  $0.08  $0.06 
             
  Three Months Ended
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Adjusted Operating Income Margin: 2018 2018 2017
Operating revenues  $74,775  $58,904   n/a 
Operating income $14,531  $13,221   n/a 
Add back: Acquisition-related costs, before income taxes  7,928   2,062   n/a 
Adjusted operating income  $22,459  $15,283   n/a 
Adjusted operating income margin  30.0%  25.9%  n/a 
             


  Three Months Ended
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate: 2018 2018 2017
Income before income taxes  $22,184  $13,922  $22,225 
Add back: Acquisition-related costs, before income taxes  7,928   2,062    
Less: Unrealized gain on revaluation of deferred consideration  (9,898)      
Less:  Settlement gain, before income taxes         (6,909)
Adjusted income before income taxes $20,214  $15,984  $15,316 
Income tax expense  $5,460  $4,498  $10,120 
Add back: Tax benefit arising from acquisition-related costs   439   211    
Less: Tax expense arising from revaluation of deferred consideration         
Less: Tax expense arising from settlement gain        (2,653)
Adjusted income tax expense $5,899  $4,709  $7,467 
Adjusted effective income tax rate  29.2%  29.5%  48.8%
             


U.S. Business Segment    
  Three Months Ended  
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Gross Margin and Gross Margin Percentage:    2018    2018   2017
Operating revenues  $  53,093  $  55,665     53,769 
Less: Fund management and administration     (8,802)    (8,973)   (8,782)
Gross margin $  44,291  $  46,692     44,987 
Gross margin percentage    83.4%    83.9%   83.7%
            
  Three Months Ended  
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Adjusted Operating Income Margin:    2018    2018   2017  
Operating revenues  $  53,093  $  55,665  n/a 
Operating income $  10,455  $  16,635   n/a 
Add back: Acquisition-related costs, before income taxes    6,773     1,197   n/a 
Adjusted operating income  $  17,228  $  17,832   n/a 
Adjusted operating income margin    32.4%    32.0% n/a 
            

International Business Segment

     
  Three Months Ended
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Gross Margin and Gross Margin Percentage: 2018 2018 2017
Operating revenues  $21,682  $3,239  $2,473 
Less: Fund management and administration   (5,819)  (1,939)  (1,330)
Gross margin $15,863  $1,300  $1,143 
Gross margin percentage  73.2%  40.1%  46.2%
             
  Three Months Ended
  June 30,
 Mar. 31,
 June 30,
Adjusted Operating Income Margin: 2018 2018 2017
Operating revenues  $21,682   n/a   n/a 
             
Operating income $4,076   n/a   n/a 
Add back: Acquisition-related costs, before income taxes  1,155   n/a   n/a 
Adjusted operating income  $5,231   n/a   n/a 
Adjusted operating income margin  24.1%  n/a   n/a 
             
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