Invesco’s (first-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of 68 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 62 cents. Also, the bottom line grew 100% from the prior-year quarter. IVZ Quick Quote IVZ - Free Report) Shares of Invesco rallied nearly 1.8% in pre-market trading as investors cheered solid quarterly performance. Results reflect improvement in revenues and solid growth in assets under management (AUM) balance. However, rise in operating expenses was a headwind. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to common shareholders was $267.8 million or 58 cents per share, up substantially from $81.5 million or 18 cents per share a year ago. Revenues & Expenses Rise
GAAP operating revenues were $1.66 billion, which increased 3.8% year over year. Also, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.21 billion. Adjusted net revenues grew 9.2% to $1.25 billion.
Adjusted operating expenses were $748 million, up 2% from the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating margin was 40.2%, up from 36% a year ago. As of Mar 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $1.16 billion, down 18% sequentially. Further, long-term debt amounted to $2.08 billion. AUM Balance Improves
As of Mar 31, 2021, AUM was $1.41 trillion, which surged 33.3% year over year. Average AUM at first-quarter end totaled $1.40 trillion, up 18.6%.
The company witnessed long-term net inflows of $24.5 billion during the quarter. Dividend Hike
Concurrent with the earnings release, Invesco announced a quarterly cash dividend of 17 cents per share, representing a 10% hike from the prior payout. The dividend will be paid out on Jun 3 to shareholders on record as of May 11.
Invesco remains well poised to benefit from its global footprint, product offerings and strategic buyouts. However, elevated expenses and high debt level remain major concerns.
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