Waddell & Reed Financial Inc.
) fell 4.2% on concerns regarding rising expenses following the
second-quarter 2014 earnings release. The company reported earnings
per share of 98 cents, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 92
cents and marking the eighth consecutive earnings beat. The
reported figure was also up 60.7% from 61 cents earned in the
Waddell & Reed's top-line growth continued, aided by strong
inflows. Consistent rise in assets under management (AUM), a strong
balance sheet position and steady capital deployment activities
were the quarterly tailwinds. However, rising expenses acted as a
Net income for the quarter came in at $83.0 million, up 59.7% year
Waddell & Reed's operating revenues grew 20.8% from the
prior-year quarter to $400.6 million. However, it missed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $406.0 million.
Gross sales were $7.5 billion, up 10.3% year over year. Redemptions
were $6.3 billion, up 7.4% from the prior-year quarter. Moreover,
net inflows were $1.2 billion at the quarter-end, increasing 28.6%
year over year.
At the Advisors channel, gross sales climbed 3.8% year over year to
$1.5 billion. Net inflows were $271 million, rising 4.6% from the
At the Wholesale channel, gross sales decreased 3.3% from the
prior-year quarter to $4.9 billion. Net inflows were $104 million,
plunging 90.6% year over year.
Gross sales at the Institutional channel came in at $1.2 billion,
up significantly from $379 million in the year-ago quarter.
Further, the segment witnessed net inflows of $827 million versus
outflows of $432 million as of Jun 30, 2013.
Operating expenses rose 12.3% year over year to $277.0 million.
This was primarily due to increase in underwriting and distribution
expenses, compensation and related costs, general and
administrative expenses as well as depreciation costs.
Operating margin was 30.9%, up from 25.6% in the prior-year
As of Jun 30, 2014, AUM totaled $135.6 billion, up 30.0% from Jun
At the end of the reported quarter, cash and cash equivalents as
well as investment securities were $725.1 million. Moreover,
long-term debt totaled $190.0 million and stockholders' equity was
recorded at $772.3 million.
In the reported quarter, Waddell & Reed bought back 628.0
million shares for $44.0 million.
Overall, the company returned $73.0 million to its shareholders in
the form of dividends and share repurchases.
Waddell & Reed has recorded consistent inflows in the reported
quarter. Going forward, we expect this trend to continue, backed by
improvement in the overall market scenario. However, rising
expenses and a competitive landscape will tend to challenge the
company's top-line growth.
At present, Waddell & Reed has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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