2014

SWS Group, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

DALLAS, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SWS Group, Inc. (NYSE: SWS) ("SWS" or the "Company") today reported net income of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for its second quarter of fiscal 2014 on net revenues of $68.5 million, as compared to net income of $10.4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, on net revenues of $75.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The fiscal 2014 second quarter financial results include a $2.1 million unrealized pre-tax loss from the change in value of the Company's outstanding warrants, as compared to an $11.8 million unrealized pre-tax gain in the second quarter of last fiscal year.

"Our results this quarter demonstrate our continued progress on the execution of our strategy to improve operating results through a combination of cost-cutting and revenue initiatives," said James H. Ross, Chief Executive Officer of SWS Group, Inc. "While much work remains ahead of us, we are pleased that each of our operating segments reported pre-tax profits in our second quarter, with our Clearing, Retail and Banking segments showing improvement over last year. As we enter our second half of fiscal 2014, we remain focused on continuing this momentum and returning SWS Group to consistent profitability for the benefit of our shareholders."

The $6.9 million decrease in net revenues in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to the same period last fiscal year, was primarily due to a $3.7 million decline in net gains on principal transactions and a $3.0 million decline in net interest revenue, as well as decreases in commissions revenue and investment banking, advisory and administrative fees. The decline in fiscal 2014 second quarter net gains on principal transactions, as compared to the same quarter last fiscal year, was primarily driven by a $3.5 million decrease in the Other segment which realized a $3.6 million gain on investments from the sale of its shares of U.S. Home Systems common stock in the prior year quarter. The decrease in fiscal 2014 second quarter net interest revenue, as compared to the same quarter last fiscal year, was primarily due to a $2.2 million decrease in net interest revenues in the Banking segment due to a 32 percent decrease in average loan balances and a 70 basis point decrease in net interest yield at the Company's banking subsidiary, Southwest Securities, FSB (the "Bank").

Fiscal 2014 second quarter operating expenses increased 12.5 percent, or $7.5 million, as compared to the same period last fiscal year, primarily due to a $13.8 million increase in the change in value of the Company's outstanding warrants with Hilltop and Oak Hill. The increase was partially offset by a $3.2 million decrease in commissions and other employee compensation expense, a $1.9 million decrease in other expenses and a $1.4 million increase in the Bank's loan loss recapture in the fiscal 2014 second quarter.

For the first half of fiscal 2014, the Company reported net income of $2.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, on net revenues of $137.5 million, as compared to net income of $4.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, on net revenues of $149.5 million for the first half of fiscal 2013.

Clearing Segment

The Clearing segment reported pre-tax income of $1.3 million on net revenues of $5.3 million in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to a pre-tax loss of $115,000 on net revenues of $4.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The increase in net revenues was driven by a $483,000 increase in other revenues, primarily due to a $502,000 increase in servicing fee income received from a third party administrator in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to the same period last year. Net interest revenue in the Clearing segment increased 4 percent, while clearing revenue increased 2 percent. Revenue per ticket increased to $12.21 in the fiscal 2014 second quarter from $8.43 in the fiscal 2013 second quarter due to a change in the mix of tickets processed. Tickets processed for high-volume trading firms declined 89 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2013, as compared to the same period last fiscal year, while tickets processed for general securities broker-dealers increased by 9 percent. One half of the decline in high-volume tickets processed was due to the loss of one correspondent through a broker-dealer withdrawal.

Clearing segment operating expenses decreased 18 percent to $4.0 million in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, from $4.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, primarily due to a 19 percent decrease in operations and information technology expense.

Retail Segment

For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Retail segment reported pre-tax income of $3.0 million on net revenues of $28.1 million, as compared to pre-tax income of $528,000 on net revenues of $26.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The 7 percent increase in net revenues was driven by the Company's Private Client Group ("PCG"), primarily due to increased retail client activity and success in retaining key producers. Advisory fees increased in all areas of the segment due to a 27 percent increase in assets under management, while total customer assets increased to $14.8 billion at December 31, 2013, from $13.6 billion at December 31, 2012. In addition, other revenues increased $510,000, primarily due to a $403,000 increase in servicing fee income received from a third party administrator.

Institutional Segment

The Institutional segment reported pre-tax income of $5.9 million on net revenues of $27.3 million in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to pre-tax income of $9.3 million on net revenues of $32.6 million in the fiscal 2013 second quarter. The largest contributors to the decrease in net revenues were a $2.2 million decrease in commission revenues and a $2.2 million decrease in investment banking, advisory and administrative fees. The decrease in commission revenues was driven by a $1.7 million decrease in portfolio trading, which executed fewer shares during the three months ended December 31, 2013, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2012. The decline in investment banking, advisory and administrative fees in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to the same period last fiscal year, was primarily due to a $1.5 million decrease in taxable fixed income underwriting fees and a $1.2 million decrease in the corporate finance business, which the Company exited in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. These decreases were partially offset by a $552,000 increase in municipal finance fees due to a more favorable mix in public finance deal flow.

Institutional segment operating expenses in the fiscal 2014 second quarter decreased 8 percent to $21.3 million from $23.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, primarily due to a $2.4 million decrease in compensation expense as a result of weaker segment revenues.

Banking Segment

The Banking segment reported pre-tax income of $5.3 million on net revenues of $10.5 million in the fiscal 2014 second quarter, as compared to net income of $3.0 million on net revenues of $11.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The decline in net revenues was primarily due to a $2.2 million decrease in net interest revenues, driven by a 32 percent decrease in average loan balances and a 70 basis point decrease in the net yield on interest earning assets. The decrease in net interest revenues was partially offset by an $898,000 increase in operating revenues, primarily due to a $722,000 increase in net gains on real estate owned (REO) sales, a $703,000 increase in gains on interest rate swap transactions and a $281,000 increase on gains from sales of Small Business Administration loans. These increases were partially offset by a $738,000 decrease in gains recognized on the valuation of the Bank's equity method investments.

The Bank's operating expenses in the fiscal 2014 second quarter decreased $3.7 million, or 42 percent, to $5.1 million from $8.8 million in the fiscal 2013 second quarter. Other operating expenses decreased $1.4 million, primarily due to decreases in REO related expenses, regulatory fees and outside services, while commissions and other employee compensation decreased $797,000. In addition, the Bank's loan loss recapture increased to $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, from $1.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012.

At December 31, 2013, the Bank's allowance for loan losses was $9.4 million, or 2.29 percent of loans held for investment, excluding purchased mortgage and fair value loans, as compared to $18.6 million, or 4.10 percent of loans held for investment, excluding purchased mortgage and fair value loans, at December 31, 2012.

Non-performing assets decreased 48 percent to $26.9 million at December 31, 2013, from $51.9 million at December 31, 2012. Total classified assets at December 31, 2013, were $48.0 million, or 27.2 percent of capital plus allowance for loan losses, as compared to $81.4 million, or 42.9 percent of capital plus allowance for loan losses, at December 31, 2012.

At December 31, 2013, the Bank's Tier 1 (core) capital ratio was 13.8 percent and total risk-based capital ratio was 27.4 percent, as compared to a Tier 1 (core) capital ratio of 13.0 percent and total risk-based capital ratio of 19.3 percent at December 31, 2012.

Conference Call

SWS Group will hold a conference call to discuss its results for the fiscal 2014 second quarter on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time). The conference call will be broadcast live over the internet:  http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=97606. An archive of the webcast will also be posted to the Company's website at www.swst.com.

About SWS Group

SWS Group, Inc. is a Dallas-based holding company offering a broad range of investment and financial services through its subsidiaries.  The Company's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWS.  SWS Group, Inc. subsidiaries include Southwest Securities, Inc., SWS Financial Services, Inc., and Southwest Securities, FSB.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements.  Readers are cautioned that any forward-looking statements, including those predicting or forecasting future events or results, which depend on future events for their accuracy, embody projections or assumptions, or express the intent, belief or current expectations of the company or management, are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially as a result of various factors, some of which are out of the Company's control, including, but not limited to, volume of trading in securities, volatility of securities prices and interest rates, liquidity in capital and credit markets, availability of lines of credit, customer margin loan activity, creditworthiness of the Company's correspondents, trading counterparties and customers, demand for housing, general economic conditions, especially in Texas and New Mexico, changes in the commercial lending and regulatory environments and other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's other reports filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission.                                                        

Segment Results

(In thousands)












 Net Revenues


 Pre-Tax Income



Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



 Dec. 31, 2013


Dec. 31, 2012


 Dec. 31, 2013


Dec. 31, 2012










Clearing


$   5,301


$    4,721


$   1,339


$        (115)

Retail


28,071


26,124


3,003


528

Institutional


27,265


32,558


5,949


9,339

Bank


10,464


11,771


5,324


2,972

Other consolidated entities


(2,615)


171


(14,346)


2,886

Consolidated


$ 68,486


$  75,345


$   1,269


$     15,610

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

SWS has included the presentation of Adjusted Pre-tax Income, which is Income before income tax expense (benefit), excluding the impact of the valuation adjustment for the warrants held by Hilltop and Oak Hill and the impact of the loan loss recapture for the banking segment. Adjusted Pre-tax Income is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Securities and Exchange Commission rules.  SWS believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information by excluding these items, which may not be indicative of the Company's core operating results. While management believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful in evaluating SWS, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.                                                          



Three Months Ended

(In thousands)


Dec. 31, 2013


 Dec. 31, 2012






Income before income tax expense (benefit) 


$       1,269


$       15,610

Loan loss recapture


(2,825)


(1,450)

Valuation adjustment for warrants


2,058


(11,761)

Adjusted pre-tax income (non-GAAP)


$          502


$         2,399

 

 

SWS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013

(In thousands, except par values and share amounts)



December 31,

   2013


June 30, 2013

Assets

 (Unaudited)



Cash and cash equivalents

$         121,130


$         111,046

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

30,049


30,047

Assets segregated for regulatory purposes

174,614


164,737

Receivable from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations

1,807,189


1,698,474

Receivable from clients, net of allowances

266,573


286,446

Loans, net

528,217


608,583

Securities owned, at fair value

236,202


209,633

Securities held to maturity

14,595


17,423

Securities purchased under agreements to resell

73,381


51,996

Goodwill

7,552


7,552

Securities available for sale

580,291


503,276

Other assets

90,869


91,160

     Total assets

$     3,930,662


$     3,780,373





Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Short-term borrowings

$         75,000


$         131,500

Payable to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations

1,675,572


1,532,971

Payable to clients

366,569


335,655

Deposits

994,765


993,719

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase

62,314


37,012

Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value

155,103


134,735

Drafts payable

26,445


28,889

Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank

98,251


97,565

Long-term debt, net

85,350


83,102

Warrants

24,288


24,197

Other liabilities

53,541


65,742

     Total liabilities

3,617,198


3,465,087





Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock of $1.00 par value.  Authorized 100,000 shares; none issued


Common stock of $0.10 par value.  Authorized 60,000,000 shares, issued 33,312,140 and outstanding 32,747,990 shares at December 31, 2013; issued 33,312,140 and outstanding 32,629,213 shares at June 30, 2013

3,331


3,331

    Additional paid-in capital

323,963


325,030

Accumulated deficit

(1,377)


(3,361)

Accumulated other comprehensive income – unrealized holding loss, net of tax

(9,391)


(5,334)

   Deferred compensation, net

3,203


3,352

   Treasury stock (564,150 shares at December 31, 2013 and 682,927 shares at June 30, 2013, at cost)

(6,265)


(7,732)

           Total stockholders' equity

313,464


315,286

     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$     3,930,662


$     3,780,373

 

 

SWS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income

For the three and six-months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

(In thousands, except per share and share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months

Ended

December 31, 2013

Three Months

Ended

December 31, 2012

Six Months

Ended

December 31, 2013

Six Months

Ended

December 31, 2012

Revenues:





     Net revenues from clearing operations

$             2,213

$           2,177

$             4,506

$             4,316

     Commissions

29,788

31,367

60,311

63,690

     Interest

22,054

23,271

43,228

49,896

     Investment banking, advisory and administrative fees

10,084

11,495

21,399

22,165

     Net gains on principal transactions

7,465

11,170

15,640

19,652

     Other

8,331

5,577

14,894

11,762

Total revenue

79,935

85,057

159,978

171,481






     Interest expense

11,449

9,712

22,497

22,027

          Net revenues

68,486

75,345

137,481

149,454






Non-interest expenses:





     Commissions and other employee compensation

48,766

52,002

101,329

106,261

     Occupancy, equipment and computer service costs

7,729

7,563

15,481

15,260

     Communications

3,362

3,335

6,710

6,554

     Floor brokerage and clearing organization charges

1,073

939

2,185

1,962

     Advertising and promotional

612

737

1,262

1,405

     Loan loss recapture

(2,825)

(1,450)

(3,291)

(1,450)

     Other

6,442

8,370

12,290

16,460

Total non-interest expenses

65,159

71,496

135,966

146,452






Other gains (losses):





Unrealized (loss) gain on warrants valuation

(2,058)

11,761

(91)

3,576

Income before income tax (benefit) expense

1,269

15,610

1,424

6,578

Income tax (benefit) expense

(391)

5,241

(559)

1,853

Net income

1,660

10,369

1,983

4,725

Net loss recognized in other comprehensive (loss) income

(3,300)

(2,833)

(4,057)

(535)

Comprehensive (loss) income

$        (1,640)

$          7,536

$           (2,074)

$        4,190

 Earnings per share – basic





   Net income

$            0.05

$            0.32

$              0.06

$           0.14

   Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

32,955,629

32,827,652

32,943,875

32,813,910






 Earning per share – diluted





   Net income

$             0.05

$            0.09

$             0.06

$          0.13

   Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

32,955,629

50,218,956

32,943,875

50,205,214

SOURCE SWS Group, Inc.



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