JMP Group LLC
Feb 15, 2012

JMP Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JMP Group Inc. (NYSE: JMP), an investment banking and alternative asset management firm, reported financial results today for the quarter and full fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

"2011 turned out to be a much more difficult year for U.S. financial markets than originally expected," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Jolson. "Nevertheless, JMP produced record adjusted operating EPS, a metric which excludes acquired loan sale profits, of $0.56 for the full year—up over 40% from the $0.39 earned for 2010 and representing a return on adjusted tangible book value of 11.8%, well above our stated goal of 10%. JMP Credit enjoyed another record year, generating earnings of $0.59 per share excluding acquired loan sale profits. Harvest Capital Strategies earned $0.11 per share, an increase of 57% from $0.07 for 2010, thanks to growth of almost 21% in hedge fund assets under management and good performance from our largest fund, Harvest Small Cap Partners. JMP Securities had a challenging year due to severe industry-wide headwinds, contributing $0.08 of operating EPS, versus $0.13 last year. However, underlying this result was a substantial increase in equity underwriting market share as well as the stabilization of commission revenues in the second half of 2011."

Revenues

Investment Banking

Investment banking revenues were $5.8 million for the quarter, a decrease of 66.3% from $17.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, investment banking revenues were $46.1 million, an increase of 1.2% from $45.6 million for 2010.

The company executed 11 investment banking transactions during the quarter, compared to 26 during the fourth quarter of 2010. Public equity underwriting revenues amounted to $0.9 million, down from $9.5 million, as the company executed three public equity offerings, versus 16 in the fourth quarter of 2010. Private capital markets and other revenues were less than $0.1 million, down from $2.9 million, with the company executing no transactions, versus four in the fourth quarter of 2010. Strategic advisory revenues totaled $4.9 million, up from $4.7 million, with the company acting as a strategic advisor on eight completed transactions, compared to six during the fourth quarter of 2010.

Over the course of the full year, the company executed 86 investment banking transactions, compared to 74 during 2010. Public equity underwriting revenues totaled $26.5 million, up from $22.3 million, as the company executed 56 public equity offerings, versus 44 the year before. Private capital markets and other revenues came to $9.5 million, down from $11.0 million, with the company executing 11 transactions, compared to 14 in 2010. Strategic advisory revenues were $10.1 million, down from $12.2 million, with the company acting as a strategic advisor on 19 completed transactions, versus 16 in 2010.

Brokerage

Net brokerage revenues were $6.1 million, a decrease of 13.0% from $7.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, net brokerage revenues were $25.5 million, a decrease of 9.9% from $28.3 million for 2010. However, during the second half of 2011, net brokerage revenues rose 4.1% from the first half of 2011, suggesting market share gains, given the decrease in overall U.S. equity trading volumes over the course of the year.

Asset Management

Asset management fees and other related revenues totaled $6.8 million, an increase of 27.1% from $5.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, asset management fees and other related revenues were $24.9 million, an increase of 56.0% from $16.0 million for 2010. For more information on asset management-related fee revenues, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Client assets under management at December 31, 2011 totaled $1.2 billion, including $584.7 million of funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies and $575.4 million par value of loans and cash underlying two collateralized loan obligations managed by JMP Credit Advisors. Client assets under management were $1.3 billion at both September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010. Including sponsored funds, client assets under management totaled $2.1 billion at December 31, 2011, compared to $2.4 billion at September 30, 2011 and $1.9 billion at December 31, 2010. Private capital, including corporate credit, small business lending, REIT advisory services, venture capital and distressed mortgage investments, represented 46.0% of total sponsored assets under management at December 31, 2011, compared to 46.5% at December 31, 2010.

Principal Transactions

Principal transactions generated net revenues of $1.7 million for the quarter, compared to $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, principal transactions generated net revenues of $1.6 million, compared to $3.4 million for 2010.

A statement of the company's principal transaction revenues for the quarter and year ended December 30, 2011 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(in thousands) Dec. 31, 2011   Sept. 30, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010 Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Hedge fund investments $1,244   ($1,758 ) $831   $1,765   $2,459  
 
Principal investments:
Investment in New York Mortgage Trust 344 (689 ) 779 359 226
Other principal investments (39 ) (68 ) (2,271 ) (389 ) (2,282 )
Total principal investments 305   (757 ) (1,492 ) (30 ) (2,056 )
 
Venture investments:
Investment in Harvest Growth Capital (53 ) (149 ) (10 ) (102 ) 150
Other venture investments and warrants (89 ) (642 ) 752   (113 ) 1,316  
Total venture investments (142 ) (791 ) 742   (215 ) 1,466  
 

Principal transaction revenues net of noncontrolling interest in Harvest Growth Capital

1,407   (3,306 ) 81   1,520   1,869  
 

Noncontrolling interest in Harvest Growth Capital

314   (2,984 ) 453   95   1,552  
 
Total principal transaction revenues $1,721   ($6,290 ) $534   $1,615   $3,421  
 

Of the $1.7 million of principal transaction revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011, $0.3 million was attributable to noncontrolling interests in net realized and unrealized gains at Harvest Growth Capital, a venture capital fund managed by Harvest Capital Strategies that is consolidated under GAAP. GAAP accounting requires that JMP Group consolidate Harvest Growth Capital due to Harvest Capital Strategies' role as the fund's manager and managing member, despite the company's ownership of just 5.0% of the fund. The presentation of adjusted net revenues elsewhere in this press release excludes noncontrolling interests in Harvest Growth Capital; and, accordingly, the aforementioned $0.3 million of net realized and unrealized gains for the fourth quarter of 2011 is not included in adjusted net revenues. Net of noncontrolling interests, JMP Group had net realized and unrealized losses of $0.1 million on its investment in Harvest Growth Capital for the quarter. For more information on adjusted net revenues, including a reconciliation to net revenues, please see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Gain on Sales and Payoffs of Loans and Loan Loss Provision

JMP Credit Corporation realized gains of $2.0 million due to the sale or payoff of 21 of the loans in its portfolio during the quarter, compared to $13.1 million on 32 loans during the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, realized gains amounted to $17.0 million as a result of the sale or payoff of 110 loans, compared to $39.4 million on 81 loans for 2010. For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, realized gains of $0.2 million and $2.2 million, respectively, were due to the sale or payoff of loans that had been purchased subsequent to the acquisition of JMP Credit in April 2009. At December 31, 2011, 10 loans with an aggregate par value of $47.3 million and an associated liquidity discount of $15.7 million remained from the portfolio acquired in April 2009.

A loan loss provision of $1.5 million was recorded for the quarter, of which $1.7 million was with regard to a legacy impaired loan at JMP Credit and $0.3 million was as a general reserve in connection with performing loans at JMP Credit and Harvest Capital Credit, the company's small business lending strategy, both of which are currently consolidated under GAAP. Partially offsetting those amounts was a recovery of $0.5 million on a loan charged off in the third quarter of 2010. At December 31, 2011, general loan loss reserves equaled 0.5% of gross performing loans, compared to 0.3% at December 31, 2010.

At December 31, 2011, gross impaired loans totaled $10.5 million, or 2.4% of gross loans outstanding, compared to $13.9 million, or 3.1% of gross loans outstanding, at December 31, 2010. With regard to impaired loans at December 31, 2011, discounts and reserves (including credit discounts, liquidity discounts, allowances for loan losses and deferred loan fees) equaled $9.6 million, or 91.0% of gross impaired loans outstanding. With regard to performing loans at December 31, 2011, discounts and reserves (including liquidity discounts, allowances for loan losses and deferred loan fees) equaled $16.6 million, or 3.9% of gross performing loans outstanding.

Net Interest and Net Dividend Income

Interest income was $7.6 million for the quarter, and interest expense was $9.3 million, resulting in net interest expense of $1.7 million, compared to net interest income of $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Excluding net interest expense due to net amortization of liquidity discounts, net interest income was $4.9 million for the quarter, in line with $4.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010. For the year, net interest expense was $2.4 million, compared to net interest income of $11.5 million for 2010; excluding net interest expense due to net amortization of liquidity discounts, net interest income was $21.1 million and $21.3 million, respectively, for the same periods.

Net dividend income equaled $0.5 million for the quarter, compared to $0.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, and totaled $1.4 million for the year, compared to $2.2 million for 2010.

Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense was $22.8 million for the quarter, compared to $30.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, compensation and benefits expense was $89.0 million, compared to $95.7 million for 2010. Of the amount recorded for 2011, non-cash compensation expense attributable to restricted stock units, or RSUs, granted in connection with JMP Group's May 2007 initial public offering was $0.8 million, none of which was incurred in the fourth quarter, as the remaining expense completely amortized in the first half of the year with the vesting of the final tranche of IPO-related RSUs. Non-cash compensation expense attributable to performance-related and other RSUs granted subsequent to the company's IPO was $9.2 million for the quarter, versus $4.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, and $9.5 million for the year, versus $5.0 million for 2010.

To ensure that vesting of performance-related RSUs is reflective of the company's core operating results, performance targets exclude the GAAP accounting impact of the vesting. Thus, vesting of performance-related RSUs is triggered by the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives. As discussed in the company's 2011 proxy statement, there were two vintages of performance-related RSUs that were eligible to vest during the year, with each vintage vesting upon the attainment of a separate goal. In 2011, JMP Group exceeded both annual goals: (i) a return of more than 10% on adjusted tangible book value per share and (ii) adjusted operating EPS of $0.55. Vesting of performance-related RSUs granted in 2012 could be triggered by the achievement of a new adjusted operating EPS objective during the year, a target which will be disclosed in the company's 2012 proxy statement.

As a percentage of adjusted net revenues, compensation and benefits expense was 88.7% for the quarter, compared to 64.8% for the fourth quarter of 2010, and was 65.8% for the year, compared to 62.7% for 2010. Excluding the cost of RSU grants, compensation and benefits expense was 53.0% of adjusted net revenues for the quarter, compared to 55.1% for the fourth quarter of 2010, and was 58.2% for the year, compared to 57.8% for 2010.

Non-Compensation Expense

Non-compensation expense was $6.6 million for the quarter, compared to $5.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, non-compensation expense was $26.8 million, compared to $28.0 million for 2010. As a percentage of adjusted net revenues, non-compensation expense was 25.6% for the quarter, compared to 12.5% for the fourth quarter of 2010, and was 19.8% for the year, compared to 18.4% for 2010.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the GAAP financial results presented in this press release, JMP Group presents the non-GAAP financial measures discussed below. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the company's current financial performance. Additionally, company management believes that this presentation enables meaningful comparison of JMP Group's financial performance in various periods. However, the non-GAAP financial results presented should not be considered a substitute for results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP. A limitation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented is that the adjustments concern gains, losses or expenses that JMP Group expects to continue to recognize; the adjustment of these items should not be construed as an inference that these gains or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Therefore, company management believes that both JMP Group's GAAP measures of its financial performance and the respective non-GAAP measures should be considered together. The non-GAAP measures presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

Adjusted Net Revenue

Adjusted net revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure that (i) includes management fees eliminated upon the consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital, (ii) excludes the net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans held and asset-backed securities issued by JMP Credit Corporation, (iii) excludes amortization expense related to an intangible asset, (iv) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants and (v) excludes noncontrolling interests in net unrealized gains and losses on Harvest Growth Capital. In particular, adjusted net revenue adjusts for:

Additionally, management considers it instructive to further adjust the company's adjusted net revenues to exclude the financial contribution of gains recognized by JMP Credit Corporation due to the sale or payoff of loans originally included in the portfolio acquired by JMP Group in April 2009, a volatile source of revenue that cannot be expected to recur indefinitely.

A reconciliation of JMP Group's net revenues to the company's adjusted net revenues for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(in thousands)

Dec. 31, 2011

  Sept. 30, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010 Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Revenues:
Non-interest revenues $21,353 $18,948 $43,510 $113,752 $133,238
Net interest income (1,730 ) (1,573 ) 481   (2,391 ) 11,475  
Total net revenues 19,623 17,375 43,991 111,361 144,713

Management fees earned on Harvest Growth Capital

150   203   97   759   254  

Total net revenues including fees on Harvest Growth Capital

19,773   17,578   44,088   112,120   144,967  
 
Add back/(subtract):

Net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans and asset-backed securities issued

6,619 6,363 4,452 23,522 9,783
Amortization of intangible asset - - 100 200 100

Net unrealized (gain)/loss on strategic equity investments and warrants

(361 ) 1,141 (1,544 ) (441 ) (757 )

Noncontrolling interest in net unrealized (gain)/loss on Harvest Growth Capital

(314 ) 2,984   (453 ) (95 ) (1,552 )
Adjusted net revenues 25,717   28,066   46,643   135,306   152,541  
 
Subtract:
Net gain on loan portfolio acquired 143   995   12,736   13,101   38,203  

Adjusted net revenues excluding net gain on loan portfolio acquired

$25,574   $27,071   $33,907   $122,205   $114,338  
 

Company management has utilized adjusted net revenue, adjusted in the manner described above, as an additional device to aid in understanding and analyzing JMP Group's financial results for the periods presented. Management believes that adjusted net revenues provide useful information by excluding non-cash additions to and deductions from total net revenues as well as noncontrolling interests and loan sale gains that may otherwise obscure the company's operating revenues and complicate an assessment of the company's core business activities. Management believes that adjusting net revenue in these ways is useful in that it allows for a better evaluation of the performance of JMP Group's ongoing business and facilitates a meaningful comparison of the company's results in a given period to those in prior and future periods.

Asset Management-Related Fee Revenues

Asset management-related fee revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure that sums asset management fees with certain fee revenues (in particular, asset management fundraising fees generated by JMP Securities, loan fees, and revenues from fee-sharing arrangements with other asset managers) that are reported in JMP Group's financial statements as other income. In addition, asset management-related fee revenues incorporate management fees earned by Harvest Capital Strategies as manager of Harvest Growth Capital. JMP Group consolidates Harvest Growth Capital in accordance with GAAP accounting standards; however, management fees generated by the fund are included in asset management-related fee revenues as though deconsolidated.

A statement of the company's asset management-related fee revenues for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

      Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(in thousands) Dec. 31, 2011   Sept. 30 2011   Dec. 31, 2010 Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Base management fees:
Fees reported as asset management fees $2,600 $2,519 $2,171 $9,708 $9,278
Fees reported as other income 924 937 318 2,848 772
Fees earned at Harvest Growth Capital 150 203 97 759 254
Total base management fees 3,674 3,659 2,586 13,315 10,304
 
Incentive fees:
Fees reported as asset management fees 2,292 3,175 744 10,077 2,952
Fees reported as other income - 29 1,907 381 2,170
Total incentive fees 2,292 3,204 2,651 10,458 5,122
 
Fundraising fees reported as other income 876 60 146 1,107 524
 
Asset management-related fee revenues:
All fees reported as asset management fees 4,892 5,694 2,915 19,785 12,231
All fees reported as other income 1,800 1,026 2,371 4,336 3,466
All fees earned at Harvest Growth Capital 150 203 97 759 254
Total asset management-related fee revenues $6,842 $6,923 $5,383 $24,880 $15,951
 

Company management has utilized asset management-related fee revenue as a means of assessing the performance of JMP Group's combined asset management activities, including its fundraising and other services for third parties. Management believes that asset management-related fee revenues, as presented above, provide useful information by indicating the relative contributions of base management fees and performance-related incentive fees, thus facilitating a comparison of those fees in a given period to those in prior and future periods. Management also believes that asset management-related fee revenue is a more meaningful measure than standalone asset management fees as reported, because asset management-related fee revenues represent the combined impact of JMP Group's various asset management activities on the company's total net revenues.

Operating Net Income

Operating net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that (i) reverses stock-based compensation expense related to equity awards granted both at the time of JMP Group's May 2007 initial public offering and thereafter, (ii) excludes the net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans held and asset-backed securities issued by JMP Credit Corporation, (iii) excludes amortization expense related to an intangible asset, (iv) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants, and (v) assumes an effective tax rate of 42%. In particular, operating net income adjusts for:

Reconciliations of JMP Group's net income to the company's operating net income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and for comparable prior periods are set forth below.

        Quarter Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Dec. 31, 2011 Sept. 30, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Net (loss)/income attributable to JMP Group Inc. ($5,944 ) ($1,623 ) $3,854
 
Add back:
Income tax (benefit)/expense (4,024 ) (1,410 ) 3,551  
Income before taxes (9,968 ) (3,033 ) 7,405
 
Add back/(subtract):
Compensation expense — IPO-related RSUs - - 339
Compensation expense — post-IPO RSUs 9,166 112 4,189

Net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans and asset-backed securities issued

6,619 6,363 4,452
Amortization of intangible asset - - 100

Unrealized (gain)/loss on strategic equity investments and warrants

(361 ) 1,141   (1,544 )
Operating income before taxes 5,456 4,583 14,941
 
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 2,292   1,925   6,275  
Operating net income $3,164   $2,658   $8,666  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $0.14 $0.12 $0.40
Diluted $0.14

(1)

$0.12 $0.38
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 22,016 22,354 21,734
Diluted 22,174

(1)

22,493 22,537
 

(1) Weighted average diluted share count indicated is a non-GAAP measure. Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that not only the related compensation expense but also the increase in diluted shares be reflected as fourth quarter 2011 events, irrespective of the fact that the vesting does not take place until the first quarter of 2012, at which time it increases the weighted average number of basic shares outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was 22,796,939, and operating net income per diluted share using this denominator would be $0.14. Alternately, management prefers to present a non-GAAP share count for the period, which is in keeping with the calculation of the weighted average number of diluted shares in quarters not impacted by the vesting of performance-related RSUs.

    Year Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 31, 2010
 
Net income attributable to JMP Group Inc. ($2,511 ) $9,603
 
Add back:
Income tax expense (1,670 ) 8,577  
Income before taxes (4,181 ) 18,180
 
Add back/(subtract):
Compensation expense — IPO-related RSUs 778 2,576
Compensation expense — post-IPO RSUs 9,526 4,998

Net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans and asset-backed securities issued

23,522 9,783
Amortization of intangible asset 200 100

Unrealized (gain) on strategic equity investments and warrants

(441 ) (757 )
Operating income before taxes 29,404 34,880
 
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 12,350   14,650  
Operating net income $17,054   $20,230  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $0.77 $0.93
Diluted $0.76

(1)

$0.90
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 22,118 21,646
Diluted 22,504

(1)

22,396
 

(1) Weighted average diluted share count indicated is a non-GAAP measure. Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that not only the related compensation expense but also the increase in diluted shares be reflected as fourth quarter 2011 events, irrespective of the fact that the vesting does not take place until the first quarter of 2012, at which time it increases the weighted average number of basic shares outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the year ended December 31, 2011 was 23,069,186, and operating net income per diluted share using this denominator would be $0.74. Alternately, management prefers to present a non-GAAP share count for the period, which is in keeping with the calculation of the weighted average number of diluted shares in quarters not impacted by the vesting of performance-related RSUs.

Company management has utilized operating net income on a total and per share basis, adjusted in the manner described above, as an additional device to aid in understanding and analyzing JMP Group's financial results for the periods presented. Management believes that operating net income provides useful information by excluding certain items that may not be representative of the company's core operating results or core business activities. Management also believes that operating net income is a useful measure because it allows for a better evaluation of the performance of JMP Group's ongoing business and facilitates a meaningful comparison of the company's results in a given period to those in prior and future periods.

Adjusted Operating Net Income

Adjusted operating net income excludes from operating net income the financial contribution of gains recognized by JMP Credit Corporation due to the sale or payoff of loans originally included in the portfolio acquired by JMP Group in April 2009. Management believes that this metric can be instructive to investors who wish to assess the company's core earnings over time without regard to a relatively volatile revenue stream. By excluding profits from sales and payoffs of acquired loans, management intends to represent the earnings power of the company's core business strategy and ongoing operations. Moreover, the company utilizes adjusted operating net income as a threshold for the vesting of its performance-related RSUs.

Reconciliations of the company's operating net income to its adjusted operating net income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and for comparable prior periods are set forth below.

    Quarter Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Dec. 31, 2011 Sept. 30, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Operating net income $3,164 $2,658 $8,666
 
Add back:
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 2,292 1,925 6,275
Operating income before taxes 5,456 4,583 14,941
 
Subtract:
Earnings contribution from gains on loan portfolio acquired 87 597 7,642
Adjusted operating income before taxes 5,369 3,986 7,299
 
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 2,255 1,674 3,066
Adjusted operating net income $3,114 $2,312 $4,233
 
Adjusted operating net income per share:
Basic $0.14 $0.10 $0.19
Diluted $0.14

(1)

$0.10 $0.19
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 22,016 22,354 21,734
Diluted 22,174

(1)

22,493 22,537
 

(1) Weighted average diluted share count indicated is a non-GAAP measure. Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that not only the related compensation expense but also the increase in diluted shares be reflected as fourth quarter 2011 events, irrespective of the fact that the vesting does not take place until the first quarter of 2012, at which time it increases the weighted average number of basic shares outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was 22,796,939, and adjusted operating net income per diluted share using this denominator would be $0.14. Alternately, management prefers to present a non-GAAP share count for the period, which is in keeping with the calculation of the weighted average number of diluted shares in quarters not impacted by the vesting of performance-related RSUs.

      Year Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 31, 2010
 
Operating net income $17,054 $20,230
 
Add back:
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 12,350 14,650
Operating income before taxes 29,404 34,880
 
Subtract:
Earnings contribution from gains on loan portfolio acquired 7,859 19,977
Adjusted operating income before taxes 21,545 14,903
 
Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%) 9,049 6,259
Adjusted operating net income $12,496 $8,644
 
Adjusted operating net income per share:
Basic $0.56 $0.40
Diluted $0.56

(1)

$0.39
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 22,118 21,646
Diluted 22,504

(1)

22,396
 

(1) Weighted average diluted share count indicated is a non-GAAP measure. Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that not only the related compensation expense but also the increase in diluted shares be reflected as fourth quarter 2011 events, irrespective of the fact that the vesting does not take place until the first quarter of 2012, at which time it increases the weighted average number of basic shares outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the year ended December 31, 2011 was 23,069,186, and adjusted operating net income per diluted share using this denominator would be $0.54. Alternately, management prefers to present a non-GAAP share count for the period, which is in keeping with the calculation of the weighted average number of diluted shares in quarters not impacted by the vesting of performance-related RSUs.

Segment Reporting

In order to demonstrate the contribution to the company's results of each of its primary businesses on a standalone basis, JMP Group presents the operating net income generated by each segment in the table that follows. Management believes that this presentation enables investors to better understand the separate but interrelated financial operations of the company's various business lines and to more accurately assess the contribution of each to JMP Group's aggregate results.

Total net revenues have been adjusted, in part, as detailed above in the section titled "Adjusted Net Revenue," and the resulting adjusted net revenues (i) include management fees eliminated upon consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital, (ii) exclude the net amortization of liquidity discounts on loans held and asset-backed securities issued by JMP Credit Corporation, (iii) exclude amortization expense related to an intangible asset, (iv) reverse net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants and (v) exclude noncontrolling interests in net unrealized gains and losses on Harvest Growth Capital. Total non-interest expenses have been adjusted, in part, as detailed above in the section titled "Operating Net Income," and the resulting adjusted non-interest expense reverses stock-based compensation expense related to equity awards granted both at the time of JMP Group's May 2007 initial public offering and thereafter. For the purposes of calculating operating net income, an effective tax rate of 42% is assumed.

Basic per share amounts are based on GAAP measures of weighted average basic shares outstanding. Diluted per share amounts are based on non-GAAP measures of weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that not only the related compensation expense but also the increase in diluted shares be reflected as fourth quarter 2011 events, irrespective of the fact that the vesting does not take place until the first quarter of 2012, at which time it increases the weighted average number of basic shares outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding was 22,796,939 and 23,069,186 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, respectively. Management prefers to utilize a non-GAAP share count for these periods, which is in keeping with the calculation of the weighted average number of diluted shares in quarters not impacted by the vesting of performance-related RSUs.

Statements of JMP Group's operating net income on a segment basis for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 are set forth below.

 

Quarter Ended December 31, 2011

               

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

JMP
Securities

Harvest
Capital
Strategies

JMP
Credit
Corp.

Corporate

Elimin-
ations

Operating
JMP
Group

HGC
Consolid-
ation

Consolid-
ated JMP
Group

 
Revenues:
Investment banking $5,803 - - - ($21 ) $5,782 - $5,782
Brokerage 6,091 - - - - 6,091 - 6,091

Asset management-related fees (1)

181 $5,676 $1,145 - (160 ) 6,842 ($150 ) 6,692

Principal transactions (2)

777 541 (89 ) ($182 ) - 1,047 313 1,360
Gain on sale and payoff of loans - - 2,039 - - 2,039 - 2,039
Net dividend income 289 - - 206 - 495 - 495

Net interest income (3)

45 65 4,824 (45 ) - 4,889 - 4,889
Provision for loan losses -   - (1,945 ) 478   -   (1,467 ) -   (1,467 )
Adjusted net revenues 13,186 6,282 5,974 457 (181 ) 25,718 163 25,881
 
Expenses:

Non-interest expenses (4)

15,273 4,829 (1,147 ) 1,387 (160 ) 20,182 26 20,208
 

Less: Noncontrolling interest (5)

-   - 80   -   -   80   137   217  
Operating income before taxes (2,087 ) 1,453 7,041 (930 ) (21 ) 5,456 - 5,456
 

Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%)

(876 ) 610 2,958   (391 ) (9 ) 2,292   -   2,292  
Operating net income ($1,211 ) $843 $4,083   ($539 ) ($12 ) $3,164   -   $3,164  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic ($0.06 ) $0.04 $0.18 ($0.02 ) ($0.00 ) $0.14 - $0.14
Diluted ($0.05 ) $0.04 $0.17 ($0.02 ) ($0.00 ) $0.14 - $0.14
 
Reconciliation to Adjusted Operating Net Income
 
Operating income before taxes $7,041 $5,456 $5,456

Less: Earnings contribution from gain on loan portfolio acquired

87   87   87  

Adjusted operating income before taxes

6,954 5,369 5,369
 

Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%)

2,921   2,255   2,255  
Adjusted operating net income $4,033   $3,114   $3,114  
 

Adjusted operating net income per share:

Basic ($0.06 ) $0.04 $0.18 ($0.02 ) ($0.00 ) $0.14 - $0.14
Diluted ($0.05 ) $0.04 $0.17 ($0.02 ) ($0.00 ) $0.14 - $0.14
 

(1) Reflects revenues detailed in section above titled "Asset Management-Related Fee Revenues;" management fees of $0.2 million are eliminated upon consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital.

(2) Reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants and excludes noncontrolling interests in net realized and unrealized gains and losses related to Harvest Growth Capital; net realized and unrealized gains of $0.3 million are recognized upon consolidation of the fund.

(3) Excludes expense related to the non-cash net amortization of liquidity discounts at JMP Credit Corporation and amortization expense related to an intangible asset.

(4) Reverses stock-based compensation expense and excludes fund-related expenses of $26,000 that are recognized upon consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital.

(5) Excludes noncontrolling interests of $0.1 million in the net realized and unrealized gains of Harvest Growth Capital that are recognized upon consolidation of the fund.

  Year Ended December 31, 2011
             

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

JMP
Securities

Harvest
Capital
Strategies

JMP
Credit
Corp.

Corporate

Elimin-
ations

Operating
JMP
Group

HGC
Consolid-
ation

Consolid-
ated JMP
Group

 
Revenues:
Investment banking $46,135 - - - ($21 ) $46,114 - $46,114
Brokerage 25,461 - - - - 25,461 - 25,461

Asset management-related fees (1)

337 $23,068 $1,908 $130 (563 ) 24,880 ($759 ) 24,121

Principal transactions (2)

1,101 741 (409 ) (353 ) - 1,080 95 1,175
Gain on sale and payoff of loans - - 17,021 - - 17,021 - 17,021
Net dividend income 776 - - 590 - 1,366 - 1,366

Net interest income (3)

174 254 21,347 (446 ) - 21,329 - 21,329
Provision for loan losses - - (2,423 ) 478   -   (1,945 ) -   (1,945 )
Adjusted net revenues 73,984 24,063 37,444 399 (584 ) 135,306 (664 ) 134,642
 
Expenses:

Non-interest expenses (4)

70,953 19,634 6,608 8,787 (563 ) 105,419 78 105,497
 

Less: Noncontrolling interest (5)

- - 483   -   -   483   (742 ) (259 )
Operating income before taxes 3,031 4,429 30,353 (8,388 ) (21 ) 29,404 - 29,404
 

Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%)

1,273 1,860 12,749   (3,523 ) (9 ) 12,350   -   12,350  
Operating net income $1,758 $2,569 $17,604   ($4,865 ) ($12 ) $17,054   -   $17,054  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $0.08 $0.11 $0.80 ($0.22 ) ($0.00 ) $0.77 - $0.77
Diluted $0.08 $0.11 $0.79 ($0.22 ) ($0.00 ) $0.76 - $0.76
 
Reconciliation to Adjusted Operating Net Income
 
Operating income before taxes $30,353 $29,404 $29,404

Less: Earnings contribution from gain on loan portfolio acquired

7,859   7,859   7,859  

Adjusted operating income before taxes

22,494 21,545 21,545
 

Income tax expense (assumed rate of 42%)

9,447   9,049   9,049  
Adjusted operating net income $13,047   $12,496   $12,496  
 

Adjusted operating net income per share:

Basic $0.08 $0.11 $0.59 ($0.22 ) ($0.00 ) $0.56 - $0.56
Diluted $0.08 $0.11 $0.59 ($0.22 ) ($0.00 ) $0.56 - $0.56
 

(1) Reflects revenues detailed in section above titled "Asset Management-Related Fee Revenues;" management fees of $0.8 million are eliminated upon consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital.

(2) Reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants and excludes noncontrolling interests in net realized and unrealized gains and losses related to Harvest Growth Capital; net realized and unrealized gains of $0.1 million are recognized upon consolidation of the fund.

(3) Excludes expense related to the non-cash net amortization of liquidity discounts at JMP Credit Corporation and amortization expense related to an intangible asset.

(4) Reverses stock-based compensation expense and excludes fund-related expenses of $78,000 that are recognized upon consolidation of Harvest Growth Capital.

(5) Excludes noncontrolling interests of $0.7 million in the net realized and unrealized losses of Harvest Growth Capital that are recognized upon consolidation of the fund.

Adjusted Tangible Book Value per Share

At December 31, 2011, JMP Group's tangible book value per share was $5.74, compared to $5.80 at September 30, 2011 and $5.97 at December 31, 2010. Adjusting book value to reflect the net benefit of vesting of performance-related RSUs as well as the net liquidity discount on JMP Credit Corporation's loan portfolio and asset-backed securities issued, JMP Group's adjusted tangible book value per share at December 31, 2011 would have been $4.85, as indicated by the table below.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)   Dec. 31, 2011   Sept. 30, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Total JMP Group stockholders' equity $129,706 $128,448 $130,596

Less: Net benefit of vesting of performance-related RSUs (1)

(3,642 ) -   -  
JMP Group stockholders' equity, net of RSU benefit 126,064 128,448 130,596

Less: Goodwill and intangible assets

-   -   (900 )
Tangible stockholders' equity 126,064 128,448 129,696
 
Liquidity discount on loans 15,738 18,392 35,594
Liquidity discount on asset-backed securities issued (49,447 ) (57,284 ) (79,681 )
Net liquidity discount (33,709 ) (38,892 ) (44,087 )
Income tax benefit (assumed rate of 42%) 14,158   16,335   18,517  
Net after-tax liquidity discount (19,551 ) (22,557 ) (25,570 )
 
Adjusted tangible stockholders' equity $106,513   $105,891   $104,126  
 
Adjusted tangible book value per share $4.85   $4.78   $4.79  
 
Basic shares outstanding 21,947 22,147 21,737
 

Quarterly operating ROATE (2)

11.9%

 

10.0%

 

33.8%

 

LTM operating ROATE (2)

16.1%

 

21.5%

 

18.9%

 

Quarterly operating ROATE (2) excluding the financial impact of gains on acquired loans

11.7%

 

8.7%

 

16.5%

 

LTM operating ROATE (2) excluding the financial impact of gains on acquired loans

11.8%

 

13.0%

 

8.1%

 

 

(1) Due to the vesting in the first quarter of 2012 of performance-related RSUs resulting from the achievement of adjusted operating EPS objectives for 2011, GAAP requires that the related compensation expense be reflected in the fourth quarter of 2011, the period in which the objectives were met and the vesting was triggered. The increased expense lowers pre-tax earnings and creates a tax benefit, which adds to net income and, consequently, to stockholders' equity. JMP Group opts to reverse the net benefit of the vesting for the purposes of calculating tangible stockholders' equity in order to exclude the financial impact of an event that is not core to the company's operating activities.

(2) Return on adjusted tangible equity equals annualized operating net income divided by average adjusted tangible stockholders' equity.

Share Repurchase Activity

During the quarter, JMP Group repurchased 202,871 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average price of $6.49 per share, or $1.3 million in total. At year-end, approximately 1.1 million shares remained eligible for repurchase under the company's existing repurchase authorization.

Cautionary Note Regarding Quarterly Financial Results

Due to the nature of its business, JMP Group's quarterly revenues and net income may fluctuate materially depending on: the size and number of investment banking transactions on which it advises; the timing of the completion of those transactions; the size and number of securities trades which it executes for brokerage customers; the performance of its asset management funds and inflows and outflows of assets under management; gains stemming from sales of or prepayments on, or losses stemming from defaults on, loans underlying the company's collateralized loan obligation or in its small business lending portfolio; and the effect of the overall condition of the securities markets and economy as a whole. Accordingly, revenues and net income in any particular quarter may not be indicative of future results. Furthermore, JMP Group's compensation expense is generally based upon revenues and can fluctuate materially in any particular quarter depending upon the amount and sorts of revenue recognized as well as other factors. The amount of compensation and benefits expense recognized in any particular quarter may not be indicative of such expense in a future period. As a result, the company suggests that annual results may be the most meaningful gauge for investors in evaluating the performance of its business.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements provide JMP Group's current expectations or forecasts about future events, including beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. The company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements for many reasons, including the factors described in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2011, as well as in the similarly captioned sections of other periodic reports filed by the company under the Exchange Act. The Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and all other periodic reports are available on JMP Group's website at www.jmpg.com and on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov. Unless required by law, JMP Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this press release.

Conference Call

JMP Group will hold a conference call to discuss the results detailed herein at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. To participate in the call, dial (888) 566-6060 (domestic) or (973) 200-3100 (international). The conference identification number is 50735220.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and will be accessible via a link in the investor relations section of the company's website, at investor.jmpg.com/events.cfm. The Internet broadcast will be archived and will remain available on the website for future replay.

About JMP Group

JMP Group Inc. is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that provides investment banking, sales and trading, and equity research services to corporate and institutional clients and alternative asset management products to institutional and high-net-worth investors. JMP Group operates through three subsidiaries: JMP Securities, Harvest Capital Strategies and JMP Credit Advisors. For more information, visit www.jmpg.com.

JMP GROUP INC.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

(Unaudited)

 
(in thousands)   Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Assets
 
Cash and cash equivalents $69,613 $71,114
Restricted cash and deposits 48,440 47,718
Receivable from clearing broker 1,138 1,331
Marketable securities owned, at fair value 24,309 23,748
Other investments 51,706 38,702
Loans held for sale 2,957 -
Loans held for investment, net of allowance for loan losses - 813

Loans collateralizing asset-backed securities issued, net of purchase discounts and allowance for loan losses

410,770 400,763
Small business loans, net of allowance for loan losses 7,477 -
Deferred tax assets 26,221 33,430
Other assets 17,616 21,169
Total assets $660,247 $638,788
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 
Liabilities:
Marketable securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value $10,921 $10,669
Accrued compensation 38,143 37,424
Asset-backed securities issued, net of purchase discounts 381,556 351,322
Note payable 19,222 26,209
Deferred tax liability 23,214 37,099
Other liabilities 30,707 34,013
Total liabilities 503,763 496,736
 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 50 -
 
Stockholders' Equity:
Total JMP Group Inc. stockholders' equity 129,705 130,596
Noncontrolling interest 26,729 11,456
Total equity 156,434 142,052
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $660,247 $638,788

 

JMP GROUP INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010 Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2010
 
Revenues:
Investment banking $5,782 $17,141 $46,114 $45,577
Brokerage 6,091 7,004 25,461 28,259
Asset management fees 4,892 2,915 19,785 12,231
Principal transactions 1,721 534 1,615 3,421
Gain on sale and payoff of loans 2,039 13,132 17,020 39,363
Net dividend income 495 776 1,365 2,248
Other income 1,800   2,371   4,336   3,466  
Non-interest revenues 22,820   43,873   115,696   134,565  
 
Interest income 7,557 9,079 33,356 45,162
Interest expense (9,287 ) (8,598 ) (35,747 ) (33,687 )
Net interest (expense)/income (1,730 ) 481   (2,391 ) 11,475  
 
Provision for loan losses (1,467 ) (363 ) (1,944 ) (1,327 )
Total net revenues 19,623   43,991   111,361   144,713  
 
Non-interest expenses:
Compensation and benefits 22,799 30,234 89,017 95,708
Administration 1,589 1,428 6,649 5,752
Brokerage, clearing and exchange fees 1,183 1,358 4,735 5,110
Travel and business development 1,113 815 3,681 3,447
Communications and technology 1,059 833 3,988 3,969
Occupancy 711 672 2,927 2,666
Professional fees 644 474 2,955 3,080
Depreciation 192 140 721 635
Impairment loss on intangible asset - - 700 2,750
Other 83   132   426   611  
Total non-interest expenses 29,373   36,086   115,799   123,728  
 
(Loss)/income before income tax expense (9,750 ) 7,905 (4,438 ) 20,985
Income tax (benefit)/expense (4,024 ) 3,551   (1,670 ) 8,577  
Net (loss)/income (5,726 ) 4,354 (2,768 ) 12,408
Less: Net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest 218   500   (257 ) 2,805  
Net (loss)/income attributable to JMP Group Inc. ($5,944 ) $3,854   ($2,511 ) $9,603  
 
Net (loss)/income attributable to JMP Group Inc. per share:
Basic ($0.27 ) $0.18 ($0.11 ) $0.44
Diluted ($0.26 ) $0.17 ($0.11 ) $0.43
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 22,016 21,734 22,118 21,646
Diluted 22,797 22,537 23,069 22,396

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