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Apr 29, 2016

WisdomTree Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

$0.09 diluted EPS for the quarter

Declares $0.08 quarterly dividend

Buyback authorization increased by $60 million to $100 million

NEW YORK, April 29, 2016 (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 $12.1 million or $0.09 diluted EPS in the first quarter.  This compares to $12.1 million in the first quarter of last year and $20.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

WisdomTree CEO and President Jonathan Steinberg said, "Against a backdrop of equity and currency market headwinds, our largest Japan and European based exposures experienced outflows in the first quarter, in line with market sentiment.  However, despite this difficult operating environment we achieved solid financial results underscoring the efficiency and durability of our business model. As a reflection of our financial strength, WisdomTree's Board approved a $60 million increase to our share repurchase program to a total amount of $100 million." 

Mr. Steinberg added, "We are continuing to build on our market leadership position and invest in initiatives for future growth, including expanding our product footprint with 29 new U.S. ETF listings across equities, fixed income, commodities and alternatives since the start of 2015.  Not only are we competing in new categories like Liquid Alts and U.S. Fixed Income, we are deepening our distribution capabilities while expanding and diversifying the client channels and markets in which we compete."

Summary Operating and Financial Highlights

 Three Months Ended
 Change From
  Mar. 31,  Dec. 31,  Mar. 31,  Dec. 31,  Mar. 31, 
Operating Highlights 2016  2015  2015  2015  2015 
U.S. listed ETFs ($, in billions):     
AUM$44.3 $51.6 $55.8  (14.3%) (20.6%)
Net inflows/(outflows)$(5.4)$(2.6)$13.5  n/a  n/a 
Average AUM$45.5 $56.6 $46.4  (19.7%) (2.0%)
Average advisory fee 0.52% 0.52% 0.52% -  - 
Market share of industry inflows n/a  n/a  24.4% n/a  n/a 
European listed ETPs ($, in millions):     
AUM$885.0 $773.9 $334.6  14.4% 164.4%
Net inflows$193.3 $205.3 $174.2  (5.8%) 11.0%
Average advisory fee 0.68% 0.70% 0.75% -0.02  -0.07 
Financial Highlights ($, in millions, except per share amounts):
Consolidated Results     
Total revenues$60.9 $76.5 $60.1  (20.4%) 1.2%
Pre-tax income$21.7 $35.7 $21.0  (39.3%) 3.1%
Net income$12.1 $20.5 $12.1  (41.2%) 0.1%
Diluted earnings per share$0.09 $0.15 $0.09 $-0.06  - 
Pre-tax margin 35.6% 46.7% 35.0% -11.1  +0.6 
U.S. listed ETFs     
Gross margin1 (non-GAAP) 82.9% 85.6% 83.2% -2.7  -0.03 
Pre-tax margin 40.7% 52.1% 38.3% -11.4  +2.4 


1 Gross margin is defined as total revenues less fund management and administration expenses and third-party sharing arrangements.

Recent Business Developments

  • On February 15, 2016, the Company announced it commenced operations in Japan
  • On February 24, 2016, the Company announced the launch of the WisdomTree CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Strategy Fund (PUTW)
  • On March 1, 2016, the Company announced it won six Fund Action ETF Performance Awards
  • On March 24, 2016, the Company announced CEO Jonathan Steinberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award
  • On March 29, 2016, the Company named Joseph Grogan Head of U.S. Institutional Distribution
  • On April 7, 2016, the Company announced the launch of the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Dividend Fund (DVEM) and the WisdomTree International Quality Dividend Growth Fund (IQDG)
  • On April 22, 2016, the Company announced plans to launch ETFs in Canada
  • On April 27, 2016, the Company announced the launch of its Fundamental U.S. Corporate Bond ETF Suite:  the WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. Corporate Bond Fund (WFIG), the WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. Short-Term Corporate Bond Fund (SFIG), the WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (WFHY) and the WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. Short-Term High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (SFHY)
  • WisdomTree Europe:
    • Launched the WisdomTree Emerging Asia Equity Income UCITS ETF (DEMA) and multiple currency hedged share classes of flagship global funds: DXJ, HEDJ and DXGP, in Switzerland on the SIX Swiss Exchange on February 4, 2016
    • Announced it was named Best Smart Beta Provider and Most Innovative European ETN Provider by etfexpress on February 29, 2016
    • Announced the Boost short & leveraged ETP range hits new trading volume record in February of $1.5 billion on March 7, 2016
    • Celebrated 1st anniversary of European UCITS ETF platform launch in Germany on February 25, 2016 and in Switzerland on March 10, 2016
    • Launched one volatility and two emerging markets Boost ETPs in Italy on the Borsa Italiana on March 17, 2016

Assets Under Management and Net Inflows

U.S. listed ETF assets under management ("AUM") were $44.3 billion at March 31, 2016, down 14.3% from December 31, 2015 primarily due to $5.4 billion of net outflows and $2.2 billion of negative market movement.  U.S. listed AUM was down 20.6% from March 31, 2015 primarily due to net outflows.

European listed AUM was $885.0 million at March 31, 2016, up 14.4% from December 31, 2015 primarily due to $193.3 million of net inflows.  European listed AUM was up 164.4% from March 31, 2015 primarily due to net inflows.


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, 94% of the $43.3 billion invested in our ETFs and 67% (47 of 70) of our ETFs outperformed their comparable Morningstar average since inception as of March 31, 2016.

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First Quarter Financial Discussion


Total revenues increased 1.2% to $60.9 million as compared to the first quarter of 2015 primarily due to inflows in European listed products, partly offset by lower revenues in our U.S.-listed ETFs. Revenues decreased 20.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 due to net outflows, primarily in our two largest ETFs, as well as negative market movement from the extreme volatility the markets experienced at the beginning of the year.  Our average advisory fee remained at 0.52% during these periods.


Gross margin for our U.S. listed ETFs, which is our total revenues less fund management and administration expenses and third party sharing arrangements, was 82.9% in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to 83.2% in the first quarter of 2015 and 85.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The decline over these periods was due to lower average AUM as well the costs due to additional ETF launches.

Pre-tax margin was 35.6% in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to 35.0% in the first quarter of 2015 and 46.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Pre-tax margin for our U.S. listed ETF business was 40.7% in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to 38.3% in the first quarter of 2015 and 52.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015.


Total expenses increased slightly from the first quarter of 2015 as lower compensation almost entirely offset increases in our other operating expenses.  Total expenses declined 3.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 as lower operating expenses were partly offset by higher marketing costs.

  • Compensation and benefits expense declined 22.3% from the first quarter of 2015 to $15.2 million due to lower accrued incentive compensation relating to outflows we experienced in the quarter partly offset by higher headcount related expenses to support our growth, higher stock based compensation due to equity awards we granted as part of 2015 incentive compensation and seasonally higher payroll taxes due to bonus payments.  Our headcount was 146 in the U.S. and 191 globally at the end of the quarter.      

    This expense declined 2.1% from the fourth quarter of 2015 as lower accrued incentive compensation was partly offset by higher seasonal taxes due to bonus payments in the quarter and higher headcount related expenses.    
  • Fund management and administration expense decreased 1.2% from the first quarter of 2015 primarily due to lower fund costs for our U.S. listed ETF business partly offset by additional fund launches by our European business.  This expense declined 7.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 due to one-time related fund costs for our European business in the fourth quarter of last year as well as lower U.S. listed fees due to lower average AUM. We had 93 U.S. listed ETFs and 89 ETPs at the end of the quarter. 
  • Marketing and advertising expense increased 24.6% from the first quarter of 2015 and 23.9% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to $3.8 million primarily due to higher levels of advertising related activities to support our growth.
  • Sales and business development expense increased 28.8% from the first quarter of 2015 to $2.4 million primarily due to higher spending for sales and product development related initiatives. This expense declined 11.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 due to lower product development related expenses.
  • Professional and consulting fees increased 93.8% from the first quarter of 2015 and 16.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 to $2.8 million due to higher corporate consulting related services and fees associated with our acquisition of the GreenHaven family of commodity ETFs. 
  • Occupancy, communications and equipment expense increased 33.1% from the first quarter of 2015 to $1.2 million primarily due to technology equipment initiatives and higher costs for our office space in London.  This expense was relatively unchanged compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  
  • Depreciation and amortization expense increased 43.6% from the first quarter of 2015 to $0.3 million primarily due to higher amortization for leasehold improvements to our office space.   This expense was essentially unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Third-party sharing arrangements expense increased to $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 due to higher fees to our third party marketing agent in Latin America.  This expense declined 23.0% from the fourth quarter of 2015 due to one-time expenses in the previous quarter for our Latin America marketing agent.
  • Acquisition contingent payment expense was $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.  This expense represents the change in the fair value of the buyout obligation we have to the former shareholders of our European ETP business, which we acquired in April 2014.  The buyout obligation is based on a formula that takes into account the AUM in the business, its profitability levels and the trading multiple of our common stock. 
  • Other expense increased 32.1% from the first quarter of 2015 to $1.6 million due to higher general and administrative expenses.  This expense decreased 10.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 due to lower travel related costs.
  • Income tax expense was $9.6 million for the first quarter of 2016.  The effective tax rate on our U.S. listed ETF business was approximately 40% and our overall effective tax rate was approximately 44% due to the non-deductibility of losses in our European ETP business.  These losses may be recognized in the future after the European business is profitable. 

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had total assets of $237.7 million which consisted primarily of cash and cash equivalents of $159.8 million and investments of $22.6 million.  There were approximately 134.1 million shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2016. Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 138.4 million for the first quarter.

Quarterly Dividend and Buyback

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share of the Company's common stock.  The dividend will be paid on May 25, 2016 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2016. 

During the first quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased 3.4 million shares of its common stock for $35.6 million under its share repurchase program.  On April 27, 2016, the Board approved a $60 million increase to the share repurchase program and extended the term through April 27, 2019.   The total authorized repurchase amount is now $100 million. Purchases under this program will include purchases to offset future equity grants made under the Company's equity plans and will be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions.  This authority may be exercised from time to time and in such amounts as market conditions warrant, and subject to regulatory considerations.  The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, market conditions, and other corporate liquidity requirements and priorities.  The repurchase program may be suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice. 

Conference Call 

WisdomTree will discuss its results and operational highlights during a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2016 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  For those unable to join the conference call at the scheduled time, an audio replay will be available on

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;

  • timing of payment of our cash income taxes;

  • 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:

  • Financial growth in recent years may not provide an accurate representation of the financial growth we may experience in the future, which may make it difficult to evaluate our future prospects.

  • Declining prices of securities 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 may negatively impact revenues and operating margins.

  • We derive a substantial portion of our revenues from two products — the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund — and, as a result, our operating results are particularly exposed to the performance of these funds and our ability to maintain the AUM of these funds, as well as investor sentiment toward investing in the funds' strategies and market-specific and political and economic risk.

  • Most of our AUM are 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 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, 2015.

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 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 $44.9 billion in assets under management globally. 

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

(in thousands, except per share amounts)  
 Three Months Ended % Change From  
 Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31,  
  2016   2015   2015  2015
Advisory fees$60,615  $76,235  $59,869   -20.5%  1.2%  
Other income 263   254   272   3.5%  -3.3%  
Total revenues 60,878   76,489   60,141   -20.4%  1.2%  
Compensation and benefits 15,226   15,551   19,601   -2.1%  -22.3%  
Fund management and administration 10,044   10,887   10,168   -7.7%  -1.2%  
Marketing and advertising 3,832   3,094   3,076   23.9%  24.6%  
Sales and business development 2,447   2,775   1,900   -11.8%  28.8%  
Professional and consulting fees 2,835   2,430   1,463   16.7%  93.8%  
Occupancy, communications and equipment 1,222   1,255   918   -2.6%  33.1%  
Depreciation and amortization 316   310   220   1.9%  43.6%  
Third party sharing arrangements 907   1,178   283   -23.0%  220.5%  
Acquisition contingent payment 745   1,492   257   -50.1%  189.9%  
Other 1,632   1,823   1,235   -10.5%  32.1%  
Total expenses 39,206   40,795   39,121   -3.9%  0.2%  
Income before taxes 21,672   35,694   21,020   -39.3%  3.1%  
Income tax expense 9,600   15,164   8,958   -   -   
Net income$12,072  $20,530  $12,062   -41.2%  0.1%  
Net income per share - basic$0.09  $0.15  $0.09       
Net income per share - diluted$0.09  $0.15  $0.09       
Weighted average common shares - basic 137,599   136,772   134,075       
Weighted average common shares - diluted 138,424   138,224   137,311       

(in thousands)     
  ListedListed  U.S. Listed Business     
  BusinessBusinessTotal     % Change From     
  Q1/16Q1/16Q1/16 Q1/16Q4/15Q1/15 Q4/15 Q1/15     
Advisory fees $59,092 $1,523 $60,615  $59,092 $74,791 $59,346   -21.0%  -0.4%     
Other income  221  42  263   221  229  234   -3.5%  -5.6%     
Total revenues  59,313  1,565  60,878   59,313  75,020  59,580   -20.9%  -0.4%     
Compensation and benefits  13,677  1,549  15,226   13,677  14,302  18,475   -4.4%  -26.0%     
Fund management and administration  9,260  784  10,044   9,260  9,647  9,733   -4.0%  -4.9%     
Marketing and advertising  3,510  322  3,832   3,510  2,757  2,952   27.3%  18.9%     
Sales and business development  2,362  85  2,447   2,362  2,708  1,865   -12.8%  26.6%     
Professional and consulting fees  2,493  342  2,835   2,493  2,228  1,298   11.9%  92.1%     
Occupancy, communications and equipment  1,116  106  1,222   1,116  1,141  847   -2.2%  31.8%     
Depreciation and amortization  311  5  316   311  305  219   2.0%  42.0%     
Third party sharing arrangements  907  -  907   907  1,178  283   -23.0%  220.5%     
Acquisition contingent payment  -  745  745   -  -  -   n/a   n/a      
Other  1,537  95  1,632   1,537  1,691  1,091   -9.1%  40.9%     
Total expenses  35,173  4,033  39,206   35,173  35,957  36,763   -2.2%  -4.3%     
Income/(loss) before taxes  24,140  (2,468) 21,672   24,140  39,063  22,817   -38.2%  5.8%     
Income tax expense/(benefit)  9,651  (51) 9,600   9,651  15,206  8,987   -36.5%  7.4%     
Net income/(loss) $14,489 $(2,417)$12,072  $14,489 $23,857 $13,830   -39.3%  4.8%     
Pretax margin  40.7%  35.6%             
Gross margin  82.9%  82.0%             

(in thousands, except per share amounts) 
 March 31, December 31, 
  2016   2015  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents$159,761  $210,070  
Accounts receivable 20,701   27,576  
Other current assets 3,651   2,899  
Total current assets 184,113   240,545  
Fixed assets, net 12,051   11,974  
Investments 22,581   23,689  
Deferred tax asset, net 4,717   14,071  
Goodwill 3,475   1,676  
Intangible assets 9,953   -  
Other noncurrent assets 763   738  
Total assets$237,653  $292,693  
Current liabilities:    
Fund management and administration payable$12,812  $12,971  
Compensation and benefits payable 5,075   28,060  
Accounts payable and other liabilities 6,093   8,063  
Total current liabilities 23,980   49,094  
Other noncurrent liabilities:    
Acquisition payable 4,687   3,942  
Deferred rent payable 5,071   5,155  
Total liabilities 33,738   58,191  
Common stock, par value $0.01; 250,000 shares authorized:    
issued: 136,465 and 138,415; 1,365   1,384  
outstanding: 134,085 and 136,794;    
Additional paid-in capital 225,860   257,960  
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) 247   (126) 
Accumulated deficit (23,557)  (24,716) 
Total stockholders' equity 203,915   234,502  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$237,653  $292,693  

(in thousands) 
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31,   March 31,  
   2016   2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:     
Net income $12,072  $12,062  
Non-cash items included in net income:     
Income tax expense  9,219   8,608  
Depreciation and amortization  316   220  
Stock-based compensation  3,503   2,344  
Deferred rent  (68)  (48) 
Accretion to interest income and other  9   3  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
Accounts receivable  7,055   (6,356) 
Other assets  (774)  (359) 
Acquisition contingent payment  745   257  
Fund management and administration payable  (199)  2,640  
Compensation and benefits payable  (22,973)  (3,230) 
Accounts payable and other liabilities  (2,128)  796  
Net cash provided by operating activities  6,777   16,937  
Cash flows from investing activities:     
Purchase of fixed assets  (336)  (20) 
Purchase of investments  -   (8,449) 
Acquisition less cash acquired  (11,818)  -  
Proceeds from the redemption of investments  1,113   808  
Net cash used in investing activities  (11,041)  (7,661) 
Cash flows from financing activities:     
Dividends paid  (10,913)  (10,799) 
Shares repurchased  (35,555)  (14,070) 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  75   2,125  
Net cash used in financing activities  (46,393)  (22,744) 
Increase/(decrease) in cash flows due to changes in foreign exchange rate  348   (115) 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (50,309)  (13,583) 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period  210,070   165,284  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $159,761  $151,701  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:     
Cash paid for taxes $3,594  $356  

 WisdomTree Investments, Inc.      
 Key Operating Statistics (Unaudited)      
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, December 31, March 31, 
    2016   2015   2015  
 U.S. LISTED ETFs      
 Total ETFs (in millions) 
  Beginning of period assets 51,639   53,047   39,281  
  Assets acquired 225   -   -  
  Inflows/(outflows) (5,359)  (2,601)  13,520  
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) (2,249)  1,193   2,957  
  End of period assets 44,256   51,639   55,758  
  Average assets during the period 45,475   56,603   46,391  
  Revenue Days 91   92   90  
 ETF Industry and Market Share (in billions)      
  ETF industry net inflows 31.9   90.8   55.5  
  WisdomTree market share of industry inflows n/a   n/a   24.4% 
 International Hedged Equity ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 33,311   34,608   17,760  
  Inflows/(outflows) (5,396)  (1,997)  13,440  
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) (2,775)  700   2,725  
  End of period assets 25,140   33,311   33,925  
  Average assets during the period 27,846   37,577   24,559  
 U.S. Equity ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 8,603   8,247   9,390  
  Inflows/(outflows) (8)  (14)  294  
  Market appreciation 371   370   64  
  End of period assets 8,966   8,603   9,748  
  Average assets during the period 8,225   8,733   9,770  
 International Developed Equity ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 4,525   4,394   3,988  
  Inflows/(outflows) 160   (56)  188  
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) (32)  187   147  
  End of period assets 4,653   4,525   4,323  
  Average assets during the period 4,304   4,592   4,111  
 Emerging Markets Equity ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 3,825   4,288   6,187  
  Outflows (171)  (418)  (165) 
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) 149   (45)  46  
  End of period assets 3,803   3,825   6,068  
  Average assets during the period 3,476   4,264   6,147  
 Fixed Income ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 799   794   1,152  
  Inflows/(outflows) (14)  9   (210) 
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) 43   (4)  (38) 
  End of period assets 828   799   904  
  Average assets during the period 788   810   1,018  
 Alternative Strategy ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 208   211   205  
  Assets acquired 225   -   -  
  Inflows/(outflows) 5   (4)  17  
  Market appreciation 2   1   3  
  End of period assets 440   208   225  
  Average assets during the period 432   207   215  
 Currency ETFs (in millions)      
  Beginning of period assets 368   505   599  
  Inflows/(outflows) 65   (121)  (44) 
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) (7)  (16)  10  
  End of period assets 426   368   565  
  Average assets during the period 404   420   571  
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, December 31, March 31, 
    2016   2015   2015  
 Average ETF assets during the period      
  International hedged equity ETFs 61%  66%  53% 
  U.S. equity ETFs 18%  15%  21% 
  International developed equity ETFs 9%  8%  9% 
  Emerging markets equity ETFs 8%  8%  14% 
  Fixed income ETFs 2%  2%  2% 
  Currency ETFs 1%  1%  1% 
  Alternative strategy ETFs 1%  0%  0% 
  Total 100%  100%  100% 
 Average ETF advisory fee during the period      
  Alternative strategy ETFs 0.88%  0.94%  0.95% 
  Emerging markets equity ETFs 0.71%  0.71%  0.71% 
  International developed equity ETFs 0.56%  0.56%  0.56% 
  International hedged equity ETFs 0.54%  0.54%  0.53% 
  Currency ETFs 0.50%  0.50%  0.50% 
  Fixed income ETFs 0.49%  0.51%  0.52% 
  U.S. equity ETFs 0.35%  0.35%  0.35% 
  Blended total 0.52%  0.52%  0.52% 
 Number of ETFs - end of the period      
  International hedged equity ETFs 23   19   13  
  International developed equity ETFs 20   20   17  
  U.S. equity ETFs 15   15   13  
  Fixed income ETFs 13   13   11  
  Emerging markets equity ETFs 9   9   8  
  Alternative strategy ETFs 7   4   2  
  Currency ETFs 6   6   6  
  Total 93   86   70  
 Total ETPs (in thousands) 
  Beginning of period assets 437,934   431,259   165,018  
  Inflows 123,461   153,023   145,381  
  Market depreciation (73,326)  (146,348)  (21,598) 
  End of period assets 488,069   437,934   288,801  
  Average assets during the period 428,857   445,162   220,479  
 Average ETP advisory fee during the period 0.84%  0.85%  0.81% 
 Number of ETPs - end of the period 67   64   57  
 Total UCITS ETFs (in thousands) 
  Beginning of period assets 335,938   264,452   16,179  
  Inflows 69,878   52,271   28,851  
  Market appreciation/(depreciation) (8,915)  19,215   816  
  End of period assets 396,901   335,938   45,846  
  Average assets during the period 356,814   277,128   29,708  
 Average ETP advisory fee during the period 0.47%  0.45%  0.40% 
 Number of ETPs - end of the period 22   19   6  
 U.S. headcount 146   137   109  
 Non-U.S. headcount 45   40   27  
 Note: Previously issued statistics may be restated due to trade adjustments   
 Source: Investment Company Institute, Bloomberg, 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.  The non-GAAP financial measurements included in this release include gross margin, gross margin percentage and our operating results for our U.S. and European listed ETF businesses. 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. We disclose gross margin as a non-GAAP financial measurement to allow investors to analyze our revenues less the direct costs paid to third parties attributable to those revenues.  We disclose the results of our U.S. listed ETF business to allow investors to better compare our results to the prior year as in April 2014, we acquired Boost ETP, a UK based ETP sponsor.

(in thousands)   
  Three Months Ended    
  Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31,    
   2016   2015   2015     
GAAP total revenue $60,878  $76,489  $60,141     
Fund management and administration  (10,044)  (10,887)  (10,168)    
Third party sharing arrangements  (907)  (1,178)  (283)    
Gross margin $49,927  $64,424  $49,690     
Gross margin percentage  82.0%  84.2%  82.6%    
U.S. listed ETFs:          
GAAP total revenue $59,313  $75,020  $59,580     
Fund management and administration  (9,260)  (9,647)  (9,733)    
Third party sharing arrangements  (907)  (1,178)  (283)    
Gross margin $49,146  $64,195  $49,564     
Gross margin percentage  82.9%  85.6%  83.2%    
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