JMP Group LLC
Oct 25, 2016

JMP Group Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JMP Group LLC (NYSE:JMP), an investment banking and alternative asset management firm, reported financial results today for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

"JMP Group produced better-than-expected operating net income of $0.13 per share for the third quarter, helped again by strong returns on our principal investment activities," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Jolson. "JMP Securities returned to profitability with net income of $0.02 per share, as equity capital markets fee revenues improved from depressed second-quarter levels. The year-over-year growth of our M&A revenues continues to impress, increasing by more than 200% thus far in 2016 and already setting a new annual record with one quarter still to go. Our focus on broadening our M&A efforts since ECM activity was at peak levels during 2013 and 2014 has enabled JMP Securities to manage through the current down cycle and invest in growth initiatives while still maintaining modest profitability this year.

"Going into 2016, we had anticipated the need to fund our cash distributions to shareholders solely through our investing activities. In the third quarter, we benefitted from improved corporate loan pricing and from a return of roughly 7% on our real estate investments. Net corporate income for the quarter was $0.11 per share, including a contribution of $0.18 per share from the publicly traded partnership that doubled our cash distribution of $0.09 per share. As a result, we were able to cover our current cash distributions and grow our adjusted book value per share, which increased to $5.94 at period-end.

"Shortly after quarter-end, Workspace Property Trust closed a materially accretive acquisition of nearly $1 billion of high-quality suburban office and flex properties. As a founding investor in Workspace, we expect to benefit from an estimated 30% increase in its adjusted book value per share as well as higher returns on our $10 million of invested capital and our ownership interest in the manager going forward. At this juncture, without pro forma financial statements, our best estimate is that the transaction could add upwards of $0.05 to our fourth quarter operating EPS on a one-time basis."

Segment Results of Operations

At JMP Securities, the broker-dealer segment, adjusted net revenues were $20.1 million, an increase of 11.7% from $18.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. JMP Securities' operating margin on adjusted net revenues was 3.7%, compared to 4.9% for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the margin was 1.7%, compared to 13.8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

The asset management segment produced adjusted net revenues of $5.3 million, a decrease of 30.4% from $7.6 million for third quarter of 2015. JMP Group earned 1.9% for the quarter on the capital invested by the company in hedge funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies, compared to gains of 4.7% and 9.1% by the HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) and Russell 2000 indices, respectively. JMP Group's net return on invested capital managed by JMP Credit Advisors was 5.8%, compared to 4.5% for the third quarter of 2015.

A summary of JMP Group's operating net income per share by segment for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
($ as shown) Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
Broker-dealer $ 0.02 ($0.06 ) $ 0.02 $ 0.03 $ 0.28
Asset management   0.00   0.01   $ 0.04   0.04   0.07
Operating platform EPS 0.02 (0.05 ) 0.06 0.06 0.35
Net corporate income   0.11   0.17     0.00   0.29   0.16
Operating EPS (diluted) $ 0.13 $ 0.12   $ 0.06 $ 0.35 $ 0.50

Note: Due to rounding, numbers in columns above may not sum to totals presented.

For more information about segment reporting; adjusted net revenues, including a reconciliation to net revenues; and operating net income, including a reconciliation to net income, see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Composition of Revenues

Investment Banking

Investment banking revenues were $15.0 million, an increase of 26.3% from $11.9 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, investment banking revenues were $41.7 million, a decrease of 22.7% from $53.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

A summary of the company's investment banking revenues and transaction counts for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
($ in thousands) Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues Count   Revenues
Public equity 12 $ 6,243 8 $ 2,750 11 $ 9,876 30 $ 15,217 72 $ 41,404
Debt and convertible securities 3 1,355 7 769 3 190 10 2,174 14 4,549
Private capital markets and other 2 1,531 1 600 - 290 3 2,136 1 911
Strategic advisory 6   5,919 5   4,256 3   1,562 15   22,192 9   7,079
Total 23 $ 15,048 21 $ 8,375 17 $ 11,918 58 $ 41,719 96 $ 53,943

Brokerage

Net brokerage revenues were $5.0 million, a decrease of 17.1% from $6.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net brokerage revenues were $16.9 million, a decrease of 8.6% from $18.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Asset Management

Asset management fees were $4.0 million, compared to $7.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, asset management fees were $19.0 million, compared to $16.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Asset management-related fee revenues reflect asset management fees net of non-controlling interests in HCAP Advisors as well as certain fee revenues reported in the company's financial statements as other income. Asset management-related fee revenues were $3.9 million, a decrease of 36.1% from $6.1 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, asset management-related fee revenues were $17.8 million, an increase of 17.1% from $15.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. For more information about asset management-related fee revenues, see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Client assets under management at September 30, 2016, totaled $2.3 billion, including $1.2 billion of funds managed by Harvest Capital Strategies, JMP Asset Management and HCAP Advisors and $1.1 billion par value of loans and cash managed by JMP Credit Advisors. Client assets under management were also $2.3 billion at June 30, 2016, and at September 30, 2015. Including sponsored funds in which JMP Group owns an economic interest, client assets under management totaled $2.7 billion at September 30, 2016.

At September 30, 2016, private capital, including corporate credit, small business lending, venture capital and real estate-related investments, represented 69.7% of client assets under management, including sponsored funds.

Principal Transactions

Principal transactions generated a net realized and unrealized gain of $2.8 million, compared to a net realized and unrealized loss of $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, principal transactions generated a net realized and unrealized gain of $10.3 million, compared to $5.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Adjusted principal transaction revenues reverse certain unrealized market-to-market gains or losses, including those on JMP Group's investment in Harvest Capital Credit Corporation, as well as depreciation and amortization expenses related to real estate investment properties. Adjusted principal transaction revenues were $3.3 million, compared to losses totaling $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, adjusted principal transaction revenues were $12.4 million, an increase of 117.0% from $5.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. For more information about adjusted principal transaction revenues, including a reconciliation to principal transaction revenues, see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $3.3 million and $11.7 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively, compared to $5.2 million and $16.1 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively. The year-over-year declines were due to lower average loan balances during 2016 and to a lower net interest margin resulting from an increase in three-month Libor and the continued repayment of the AAA-rated debt issued by JMP Credit Advisors CLO I.

Collateralized Loan Obligations

At September 30, 2016, discounts and reserves (including liquidity discounts, allowances for loan losses and deferred loan fees) equaled $13.6 million, or 1.6% of gross performing loans managed by JMP Credit Advisors. At September 30, 2015, such discounts and reserves equaled $13.5 million, or 1.3% of gross performing loans outstanding. With regard to impaired loans, discounts and reserves (including credit discounts, allowances for loan losses, and deferred loan fees) equaled $0.9 million, or 30.0% of gross impaired loans outstanding, at September 30, 2016. There were no impaired loans at September 30, 2015.

There was no net loan loss provision related to collateralized loan obligations for the quarter. Instead, there was a reversal of the general loan loss reserve in the amount of $0.1 million, primarily due to a decrease in the loan portfolio balance. At September 30, 2016, general loan loss reserves equaled 0.63% of gross performing loans managed by JMP Credit Advisors.

Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense was $22.2 million, compared to $21.9 million for the third quarter of 2015. With regard to annually awarded compensation, a concept which excludes amortization expense from share-based awards but accelerates and recognizes the cost of net deferred compensation related to the period, compensation and benefits expense was 68.4% of adjusted net revenues, compared to 70.3% for the third quarter of 2015. Further excluding compensation expense related to hedge fund incentive fees, the compensation ratio remains 68.4% for the third quarter of 2016 but decreases to 67.8% for the third quarter of 2015.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compensation and benefits expense was $70.3 million, compared to $76.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. With regard to annually awarded compensation, compensation and benefits expense was 70.9% of adjusted net revenues, compared to 66.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Further excluding compensation expense related to hedge fund incentive fees, the compensation ratio was 69.2%, compared to 65.6% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

For more information about compensation ratios, see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Non-Compensation Expense

Non-compensation expense was $7.5 million and $23.3 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively, compared to $7.7 million and $22.9 million for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively.

Share Repurchase Activity

During the quarter ended September 30, 2016, JMP Group repurchased 29,348 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $0.2 million, or $5.38 per share. At quarter-end, 1.2 million shares remained eligible for repurchase under the company's repurchase authorization.

Personnel

At September 30, 2016, the company had 228 full-time employees, compared to 233 at June 30, 2016, and 245 at September 30, 2015.

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. Furthermore, company management believes that this presentation enables a more 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 generally expects to continue to recognize. The adjustment of these non-GAAP items should not be construed as an inference that these gains or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Therefore, both GAAP measures of JMP Group's 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) reverses the general loan loss provision taken with regard to certain CLOs, (ii) excludes real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, (iii) reverses net unrealized gains or losses on strategic equity investments and warrants, (iv) reverses net unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses on investments related to deferred compensation, and (v) excludes non-controlling interests in various sources of revenue that are consolidated according to GAAP. In particular, adjusted net revenue adjusts for:

A reconciliation of JMP Group's net revenues to its adjusted net revenues for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Revenues:
Non-interest revenues $ 27,311 $ 26,162 $ 23,501 $ 88,233 $ 93,518
Net interest income 3,260 4,014 5,152 11,700 16,056

Reversal of/(provision for) loan losses

  104     (453 )   (563 )   (980 )   (75 )
Total net revenues 30,675 29,723 28,090 98,953 109,499
 
Add back/(subtract):
General loan loss (reversal)/provision - collateralized loan obligations (76 ) (440 ) 327 (109 ) 542
Depreciation and amortization - commercial real estate 123 2,070 - 2,523 -
Net unrealized loss/(gain) - strategic equity investments and warrants 435 (435 ) 1,479 (329 ) 648
Net unrealized mark-to-market loss/(gain) - deferred compensation 21 (50 ) (292 ) (106 ) (90 )
Non-controlling interests   (1,529 )   (2,465 )   (2,539 )   (6,264 )   (7,657 )
 
Adjusted net revenues $ 29,649   $ 28,403   $ 27,065   $ 94,668   $ 102,942  

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 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 (i) excludes the non-controlling interest in asset management subsidiary HCAP Advisors and (ii) includes 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.

A statement of JMP Group's asset management-related fee revenues for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Base management fees:
Fees reported as asset management fees $ 4,160 $ 4,139 $ 4,131 $ 12,434 $ 11,260
Less: Non-controlling interest in HCAP Advisors   (355 )   (362 )   (350 )   (1,081 )   (969 )
Total base management fees   3,805     3,777     3,781     11,353     10,291  
 
Incentive fees:
Fees reported as asset management fees (116 ) 1,448 2,832 6,523 5,087
Less: Non-controlling interest in HCAP Advisors   (73 )   (287 )   (267 )   (623 )   (711 )
Total incentive fees   (189 )   1,161     2,565     5,900     4,376  
 
Other fee income:
Total fundraising and other fees   261     46     (279 )   534     523  
 
Asset management-related fee revenues $ 3,877   $ 4,984   $ 6,067   $ 17,787   $ 15,190  

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.

Adjusted Principal Transaction Revenues

Adjusted principal transaction revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure that (i) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants and on investments related to deferred compensation and (ii) excludes real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, in keeping with the calculation of adjusted net revenue, as detailed above.

A summary of the company's principal transaction revenues for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Hedge fund investments $ 939 ($266 ) ($238 ) $ 73 $ 1,759

Investment in Harvest Capital Credit Corporation

(435 ) 435 (1,479 ) 314 256

Investment in Harvest Growth Capital funds

(21 ) (156 ) (284 ) (184 ) (42 )
Other principal investments   2,281     6,619   561     10,122     3,188  
Total principal transaction revenues   2,764     6,632   (1,440 )   10,325     5,161  
 
Add back/(subtract):

Unrealized mark-to-market loss/(gain) - strategic equity investments and warrants

435 (435 ) 1,479 (329 ) 648
Unrealized mark-to-market loss/(gain) - net deferred compensation 20 (51 ) (292 ) (107 ) (89 )
Depreciation and amortization - commercial real estate   123     2,070   -     2,523     -  
Total operating adjustments   578     1,584   1,187     2,087     559  
 
Total adjusted principal transaction revenues $ 3,342   $ 8,216   ($253 ) $ 12,412   $ 5,720  

Company management utilizes adjusted principal transaction revenue because it is a component of adjusted net revenue. The exclusion of certain elements of principal transaction revenues, as presented above, results in an adjusted measure that is included as "Principal transactions" among JMP Group's revenues in the non-GAAP presentation of segment results of operations that appears below. Management believes that adjusting principal transaction revenues and total revenues in these ways is useful in that it allows for a clearer understanding and comparison of JMP Group's financial results for the periods presented.

Compensation Ratio

A compensation ratio expresses compensation expense as a percentage of net revenues in a given period. As utilized by JMP Group, an adjusted compensation ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure that employs adjusted net revenues as the denominator in its calculation. Furthermore, this ratio adjusts the financial impact of certain compensation-related and transaction-related expenses that are or are not recognized under GAAP. In particular, the adjusted compensation ratio reverses compensation expense and unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses related to share-based awards, deferred compensation and non-controlling interests (so that the compensation expenses used in the numerator correspond to the adjusted net revenues generated in the periods presented). In addition, the company presents a further adjusted compensation ratio that excludes any compensation related to incentive fees generated by hedge funds, a majority of which is passed through to the funds' investment teams if earned.

A statement of JMP Group's compensation ratio for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
($ in thousands) Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept 30, 2016   Sept 30, 2015
 
Compensation Ratio
 
Adjusted net revenues $ 29,649   $ 28,403   $ 27,065   $ 94,668   $ 102,942  
 
Compensation and benefits $ 22,167 $ 20,681 $ 21,949 $ 70,273 $ 76,537
Subtract/(add back):
Compensation expense - stock options and SARs 274 281 329 770 1,818
Compensation expense - RSUs 309 (48 ) 236 513 1,018
Compensation expense - deferred compensation 1,126 435 1,801 1,046 4,540
Unrealized mark-to-market (loss)/gain - deferred compensation (21 ) 50 292 106 90
Compensation expense - non-controlling interest   207     271     253     756     782  
Adjusted compensation and benefits $ 20,272   $ 19,692   $ 19,038   $ 67,082   $ 68,289  
 
Adjusted ratio of compensation expense to revenues 68.4 % 69.3 % 70.3 % 70.9 % 66.3 %
 
Compensation Ratio Excluding Hedge Fund Incentive Fees
 
Adjusted net revenues $ 29,649 $ 28,403 $ 27,065 $ 94,668 $ 102,942
Subtract:
Compensation expense - hedge fund incentive fees   -     879     2,165     5,107     2,263  
Adjusted net revenues, excluding hedge fund incentive fees $ 29,649   $ 27,524   $ 24,900   $ 89,561   $ 100,679  
 
Adjusted compensation and benefits $ 20,272 $ 19,692 $ 19,038 $ 67,082 $ 68,289
Subtract:
Compensation expense - hedge fund incentive fees   -     879     2,165     5,107     2,263  
Adjusted compensation and benefits, excluding hedge fund incentive fees $ 20,272   $ 18,813   $ 16,873   $ 61,975   $ 66,026  
 

Adjusted ratio of compensation expense to revenues, excluding hedge fund incentive fees

68.4 % 68.4 % 67.8 % 69.2 % 65.6 %

Company management has utilized compensation ratios, adjusted in the manners described above, to assess JMP Group's personnel expenses as they relate to its revenues for the periods presented. Management believes that adjusted compensation ratios provide useful information by including or excluding certain expenses as a means of representing the company's ongoing personnel costs resulting from its core business activities. Management also believes that compensation ratios are useful measures because they allow and facilitate meaningful comparisons of the company's personnel expenses in a given period to those in prior and future periods.

Operating Net Income

Operating net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that (i) reverses compensation expense related to share-based awards and deferred compensation, (ii) reverses the general loan loss provision taken with regard to certain CLOs, (iii) excludes real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, (iv) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants, and (v) assumes an effective tax rate. In particular, operating net income adjusts for:

A reconciliation of JMP Group's net income to its operating net income for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and for comparable prior periods is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Net income/(loss) attributable to JMP Group $ 661 ($327 ) ($2,991 ) $ 2,137 $ 943
 
Add back:
Income tax (benefit)/expense   (597 )   (246 )   (343 )   (793 )   3,793
Income/(loss) before taxes 64 (573 ) (3,334 ) 1,344 4,736
 
Add back/(subtract):
Compensation expense - stock options and SARs 274 281 329 770 1,818
Compensation expense - RSUs 309 (48 ) 236 513 1,018
Compensation expense - net deferred compensation 1,126 435 1,801 1,046 4,539
General loan loss (reversal)/provision - collateralized loan obligations (76 ) (440 ) 327 (109 ) 542
Depreciation and amortization - commercial real estate 123 2,070 - 2,523 -
Unrealized mark-to-market loss/(gain) - strategic equity investments and warrants   435     (435 )   1,479     (329 )   648
Operating income before taxes 2,255 1,290 838 5,758 13,301
 
Income tax (benefit)/expense   (641 )   (1,278 )   (420 )   (1,864 )   2,062
Operating net income $ 2,896   $ 2,568   $ 1,258   $ 7,622   $ 11,239
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $ 0.14 $ 0.12 $ 0.06 $ 0.36 $ 0.53
Diluted (1) $ 0.13 $ 0.12 $ 0.06 $ 0.35 $ 0.50
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 20,946 21,058 21,241 21,117 21,230
Diluted (1) 21,844 21,703 22,665 21,687 22,438

(1)

In 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, JMP Group issued restricted share units, or RSUs, bearing non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights. GAAP requires RSUs with non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights to be included in the diluted share count (without applying the treasury method). Management presents a non-GAAP diluted share count for the period, in keeping with the presentation for quarters not impacted by this GAAP requirement for such RSUs. The non-GAAP diluted share count reflects the impact of such RSUs under the treasury method, which is consistent with the calculation of the dilutive impact of all other RSUs outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016, was 21,900,893 and 21,796,338, respectively.

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.

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 tables that follow. 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 presentation of adjusted net revenues (i) reverses the general loan loss provision taken with regard to certain CLOs, (ii) reverses net unrealized gains and losses on strategic equity investments and warrants, (iii) excludes real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, (iv) excludes non-controlling interests in various sources of revenue that are consolidated according to GAAP, and (v) reverses unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses on investments related to deferred compensation. 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 compensation expense related to share-based awards and deferred compensation. Expenses derived from non-controlling interests in entities that are consolidated according to GAAP have also been reversed. For the purposes of calculating operating net income, an effective tax rate of 38% is assumed for JMP Group's taxable subsidiary, based on the company's best estimation of the subsidiary's average rate of taxation over the long term.

A statement of JMP Group's operating net income on a segment basis for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, is set forth below.

  Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Broker-
Dealer
  Asset
Mgmt.
  Operating
Platforms
  Net
Corporate
Income
  Elimin-
ations
  JMP
Group
 

Revenues:

Investment banking $ 15,048 - $ 15,048 - - $ 15,048
Brokerage 5,015 - 5,015 - - 5,015
Asset management-related fees 3 $ 5,296 5,299 - ($1,422 ) 3,877
Principal transactions - - - 3,342 - 3,342
Gain on sale and payoff of loans - - - 32 - 32
Net dividend income - - - 261 - 261
Net interest income - - - 2,057 - 2,057
Reversal of loan losses   -   -   -   17   -     17  
Adjusted net revenues 20,066 5,296 25,362 5,709 (1,422 ) 29,649
 

Expenses:

Non-interest expense/(income)   19,332   5,176   24,508   4,308   (1,422 )   27,394  
Operating income before taxes 734 120 854 1,401 - 2,255
 
Income tax expense/(benefit)   279   46   325   (966 ) -     (641 )
Operating net income $ 455 $ 74 $ 529 $ 2,367   -   $ 2,896  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $ 0.02 $ 0.00 $ 0.03 $ 0.11 - $ 0.14
Diluted (1) $ 0.02 $ 0.00 $ 0.02 $ 0.11 - $ 0.13
(1) In 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, JMP Group issued restricted share units, or RSUs, bearing non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights. GAAP requires RSUs with non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights to be included in the diluted share count (without applying the treasury method). Management presents a non-GAAP diluted share count for the period, in keeping with the presentation for quarters not impacted by this GAAP requirement for such RSUs. The non-GAAP diluted share count reflects the impact of such RSUs under the treasury method, which is consistent with the calculation of the dilutive impact of all other RSUs outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, was 21,900,893.

A statement of JMP Group's operating net income on a segment basis for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, is set forth below.

  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Broker-
Dealer
  Asset
Mgmt.
  Operating
Platforms
  Net
Corporate
Income
  Elimin-
ations
  JMP
Group
 
Revenues:
Investment banking $ 41,719 - $ 41,719

-

- $ 41,719
Brokerage 16,921 - 16,921 - - 16,921
Asset management-related fees 3 $ 21,718 21,721 $ 123 ($4,057 ) 17,787
Principal transactions - - - 12,412 - 12,412

Gain/(loss) on sale and payoff of loans

- - - (635 ) - (635 )
Net dividend income - - - 828 - 828
Net interest income - - - 6,431 - 6,431
Provision for loan losses   -   -   -   (795 ) -     (795 )
Adjusted net revenues 58,643 21,718 80,361 18,364 (4,057 ) 94,668
 
Expenses:
Non-interest expense/(income)   57,637   20,473   78,110   14,857   (4,057 )   88,910  
Operating income before taxes 1,006 1,245 2,251 3,507 - 5,758
 
Income tax expense/(benefit)   383   473   856   (2,720 ) -     (1,864 )
Operating net income $ 623 $ 772 $ 1,395 $ 6,227   -   $ 7,622  
 
Operating net income per share:
Basic $ 0.03 $ 0.04 $ 0.07 $ 0.29 - $ 0.36
Diluted (1) $ 0.03 $ 0.04 $ 0.06 $ 0.29 - $ 0.35
(1) In 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, JMP Group issued restricted share units, or RSUs, bearing non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights. GAAP requires RSUs with non-forfeitable distribution equivalent rights to be included in the diluted share count (without applying the treasury method). Management presents a non-GAAP diluted share count for the period, in keeping with the presentation for quarters not impacted by this GAAP requirement for such RSUs. The non-GAAP diluted share count reflects the impact of such RSUs under the treasury method, which is consistent with the calculation of the dilutive impact of all other RSUs outstanding. On a GAAP basis, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, was 21,796,338.

Book Value per Share

At September 30, 2016, JMP Group's book value per share was $5.82. Adding back accumulated real-estate related depreciation and amortization expense resulting from commercial real estate investments reflects the reversal of these expenses in the calculation of adjusted net revenues, adjusted principal transaction revenues and operating net income and results in an adjusted book value per share of $5.94, as set forth below.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)   Sept. 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Shareholders' equity $ 121,801   $ 120,379   $ 131,373  
 
Accumulated depreciation and amortization   2,586     2,463     -  
Adjusted shareholders' equity $ 124,387   $ 122,842   $ 131,373  
 
Book value per share $ 5.82   $ 5.75   $ 6.19  
Adjusted book value per share $ 5.94   $ 5.87   $ 6.19  
 
Basic shares outstanding 20,939 20,945 21,211
 
Quarterly operating ROE (1) 9.6 % 8.5 % 3.8 %
LTM operating ROE (1) 7.0 % 5.5 % 11.8 %
 
Quarterly adjusted operating ROE (1) 9.4 % 8.4 % 3.8 %
LTM adjusted operating ROE (1) 6.9 % 5.5 % 11.8 %
(1) Operating return on equity (ROE) equals operating net income divided by average shareholders' equity. Adjusted operating ROE equals operating net income divided by average adjusted shareholders' equity. For more information about operating net income, including a reconciliation to net income attributable to JMP Group, see the section below titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Company management utilizes adjusted book value on a total and per share basis, adjusted in the manner described above, as an additional means of evaluating JMP Group's efforts to retain earnings and build shareholders' equity. Management believes that adjusted book value per share provides useful information by excluding non-cash expenses related to real estate investments that otherwise obscure the company's increases and decreases in net worth as a result of its core business activities. Management also believes that adjusted book value allows for a better comparison of shareholder's equity and the return on that equity in a given period to those in prior and future periods.

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 or losses stemming from sales of or prepayments on, or losses stemming from defaults on, loans underlying the company's collateralized loan obligations; 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 quarter, depending upon the amount and sorts of revenue recognized as well as other factors. The amount of compensation and benefits expense recognized in a particular quarter may not be indicative of such expense in any future period. As a result, the company suggests that its 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, 2015, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2016, 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, 2015, and all other periodic reports are available on JMP Group's website at www.jmpg.com and on the SEC'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. EDT on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. To participate in the call, dial (888) 566-6060 (domestic) or (973) 200-3100 (international). The conference identification number is 53367715.

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 LLC is an investment banking and asset management firm that provides investment banking, equity research, and sales and trading services to corporate and institutional clients as well as alternative asset management products and services to institutional and high-net-worth investors. JMP Group conducts its investment banking and research, sales and trading activities through JMP Securities; its hedge fund and other investment activities though Harvest Capital Strategies; the underwriting and management of investments in senior secured debt through JMP Credit Advisors; and the management of Harvest Capital Credit Corporation (NASDAQ: HCAP), a business development company that finances small and midsized businesses, through HCAP Advisors. For more information, visit www.jmpg.com.

JMP GROUP LLC

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)   Sept. 30, 2016   Dec. 31, 2015
 
Assets
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 88,668 $ 68,551
Restricted cash and deposits 124,046 52,572
Marketable securities owned, at fair value 21,553 28,493
Other investments 41,340 68,859
Loans held for investment, net of allowance for loan losses 2,153 2,595
Loans collateralizing asset-backed securities issued, net of allowance for loan losses 823,694 969,665
Cash collateral posted for total return swap 25,240 25,000
Deferred tax assets 11,059 8,315
Other assets   29,226   46,808
Total assets $ 1,166,979 $ 1,270,858
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
 
Liabilities:
Marketable securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value $ 8,886 $ 13,284
Accrued compensation 23,161 39,470
Asset-backed securities issued, net of issuance costs 857,444 930,224
Bond payable, net of issuance costs 91,680 91,825
Deferred tax liability 5,192 14,693
Other liabilities   42,547   28,468
Total liabilities   1,028,910   1,117,964
 
Shareholders' Equity:
Total JMP Group LLC shareholders' equity 121,801 125,112
Non-redeemable non-controlling interest   16,268   27,782
Total equity   138,069   152,894
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,166,979 $ 1,270,858

JMP GROUP LLC

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

  Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015 Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 30, 2015
 
Revenues:
Investment banking $ 15,048 $ 11,918 $ 41,719 $ 53,943
Brokerage 5,015 6,046 16,921 18,515
Asset management fees 4,044 6,963 18,958 16,346
Principal transactions 2,764 (1,440 ) 10,326 5,161
(Loss)/gain on sale, payoff and mark-to-market of loans (52 ) 30 (961 ) (1,680 )
Net dividend income 230 263 736 710
Other income   262     (279 )   534     523  
Non-interest revenues   27,311     23,501     88,233     93,518  
 
Interest income 11,472 12,675 35,997 38,253
Interest expense   (8,212 )   (7,523 )   (24,297 )   (22,197 )
Net interest income   3,260     5,152     11,700     16,056  
 
Reversal of/(provision for) loan losses   104     (563 )   (980 )   (75 )
Total net revenues   30,675     28,090     98,953     109,499  
 
Non-interest expenses:
Compensation and benefits 22,167 21,949 70,273 76,537
Administration 1,808 1,719 5,640 5,704
Brokerage, clearing and exchange fees 734 842 2,308 2,454
Travel and business development 1,019 1,101 3,548 3,334
Communications and technology 1,033 964 3,093 2,916
Occupancy 987 945 2,853 2,719
Professional fees 1,119 1,252 3,245 3,266
Depreciation 312 390 968 831
Other   491     465     1,652     1,693  
Total non-interest expense   29,670     29,627     93,580     99,454  
 

Net income/(loss) before income tax expense

1,005 (1,537 ) 5,373 10,045
Income tax (benefit)/expense   (597 )   (343 )   (793 )   3,793  

Net income/(loss)

1,602 (1,194 ) 6,166 6,252
Less: Net income attributable to non-redeemable non-controlling interest   941     1,797     4,029     5,309  

Net income/(loss) attributable to JMP Group

$ 661     ($2,991 ) $ 2,137   $ 943  
 

Net income/(loss) attributable to JMP Group per share:

Basic $ 0.03 ($0.14 ) $ 0.10 $ 0.04
Diluted $ 0.03 ($0.14 ) $ 0.10 $ 0.04
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 20,946 21,241 21,117 21,230
Diluted 21,901 21,241 21,796 22,864

Investor Relations Contact
JMP Group LLC
Andrew Palmer, 415-835-8978
apalmer@jmpg.com
or
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Source: JMP Group LLC

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