Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Highlights
- Increased revenues by approximately 60% to $52.7 million, compared with revenues of $32.9 million in the prior year period
- Generated net income of $3.2 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share for the same period last year
- Reported Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with $1.2 million for the same period last year
First Half of Fiscal 2014 Highlights
- Increased revenues by 59% to $94.5 million, compared with revenues of $59.4 million in the prior year period
- Generated net income of $3.9 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared with net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share for the same period last year
- Reported Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $5.9 million for the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared with $1.6 million for the same period last year
Mark D. Klein, National Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer and Co-Executive Chairman, commented, “Our strong financial results reflect significant growth in revenues and earnings in the quarter and year-to-date. For the quarter, we achieved net income and adjusted EBITDA that exceeded our totals recorded in the entire previous fiscal year. This growth demonstrates continued momentum across all business units, including investment banking, retail brokerage and contributions from tax and financial planning. These results are a testament to management’s focused operating philosophy and ability to manage costs in a volatile macro environment. With a debt-free balance sheet and simplified capital structure, we remain well positioned to continue our growth initiatives by strengthening our existing platforms while identifying potential new opportunities that complement our business model.”
Mark Goldwasser, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s broker-dealer subsidiary, National Securities, added, “Our investment banking business continues to serve as a significant contributor to total company revenue, with revenue growth of 141% to $5.6 million in the quarter. During the quarter, our investment banking group participated in 16 transactions with emerging growth companies across our target sectors. In line with expectations, we benefitted from the Gilman Ciocia tax and accounting business, and of additional significance, the legacy National Holdings business increased 27%.”
Fiscal Second Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 Financial Review
National Holdings reported fiscal second quarter 2014 revenue of $52.7 million, an increase of approximately 60% over revenue of $32.9 million reported in the fiscal second quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues reflects growth across all major business lines and the merger with Gilman Ciocia, which diversified the Company’s business to include financial planning and tax preparation services and expanded the team of registered representatives and investment advisors, insurance sales representatives, and accountants.
In comparison with the approximately 60% increase in total revenues, total expenses increased 53%, or $17.1 million, to $49.3 for the fiscal second quarter 2014 compared to $32.2 in the fiscal second quarter 2013. The increase in total expenses is primarily a result of higher levels of commissions – where National Holdings is experiencing revenue increases versus the industry trend of revenue compression – compensation and fees. These expenses were partially offset by a reduction in interest expense. Interest expense decreased significantly due to the recapitalization, which allowed the Company to repay all of its debt in 2013. While total expenses increased, which included the assumption of real estate leases as part of the Gilman Ciocia transaction, the Company recorded a quarter over quarter improvement in net profit margin of approximately 430 basis points.
Adjusted EBITDA increased to $4.3 million in the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million in the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2013.
On a GAAP basis, net income for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $3.2 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
Six Months Ended March 31, 2014 Financial Review
National Holdings reported fiscal 2014 year-to-date revenue of $94.5 million, an increase of 59% over revenue of $59.4 million reported in fiscal 2013. The increase in revenues reflects growth across all major business lines and the merger with Gilman Ciocia.
Total expenses increased 54%, or $31.6 million, to $90.3 for the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared to $58.7 in the six months ended March 31, 2013. The increase in total expenses is consistent with the factors outlined above. For the six month period, the Company recorded an improvement in net profit margin of approximately 330 basis points.
Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.9 million in the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared with $1.6 million in the six months ended March 31, 2013.
On a GAAP basis, net income for the six months ended March 31, 2014 was $3.9 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share in 2013.
As of March 31, 2014, National Holdings had $26.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.
National Holdings will host a conference call to discuss its fiscal second quarter 2014 earnings results on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the teleconference, please dial (706) 902-2067 (domestic and international) approximately ten minutes before the teleconference’s scheduled start time and reference ID # 40300645.
If you are unable to access the live teleconference, a replay will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call’s completion and available through May 23, 2014. The teleconference replay can be accessed by dialing (404) 537-3406 (domestic and international) and entering the ID# 40300645. An audio file replay will also be available on the investor relations portion of National Holding’s website at http://www.nhldcorp.com/investors.aspx.
About National Holdings Corporation
National Holdings Corporation is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that provides a range of services, including independent retail brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, institutional sales and trading and equity research, financial planning, market making, tax preparation, insurance and annuities, to corporations, institutional investors and high-net-worth clients. With over 1,100 Independent advisors, brokers, traders and sales associates, the Company is a leading Independent Advisor and Broker services company. National Holdings operates through five subsidiaries: National Securities Corporation, vFinance Investments, Inc., National Insurance Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc. and Gilman Ciocia, Inc. The Company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in New York and Florida. For more information, visit www.nhldcorp.com.
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