SEI Investments Co. (SEIC - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2017 earnings of 55 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 52 cents. Also, the bottom line improved 20% from the prior-year quarter.
Better-than-expected results were driven by a rise in revenues, partly offset by higher operating expenses. Further, improvement in assets under management (AUM) aided the results.
Net income for the quarter came in at $88.7 million, up 15% from the year-ago period.
Revenues and AUM Rise, Expenses Jump
Total revenue grew 8% year over year to $360 million. The rise mainly reflected an increase in asset management, administration and distribution fees as well as higher information processing and software servicing fees. Further, the figure lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $363.8 million.
Total expenses amounted to $251.9 million, up 7% year over year. Components other than software royalties & other information processing costs, and brokerage commissions recorded an upside.
Operating income rose 8% year over year to $93.5 million.
As of Mar 31, 2017, AUM rose 12% year over year to $297.1 billion. Total client AUM was $478.1 billion, up 14% year over year. Note that client AUM does not include $10.1 billion related to Funds of Funds assets that were reported on Mar 31, 2017.
In the reported quarter, SEI Investments bought back 1.1 million shares of its common stock for $55.4 million.
SEI Investments’ innovative and diverse global investment products and services position it well to grow organically. Also, robust asset inflows are likely to be accretive to the company’s overall growth. Further, impressive capital deployment activities should enhance shareholder value.
However, elevated expenses, increased reliance on fee-based revenues and regulatory constraints remain primary concerns for the company.
Currently, SEI Investments carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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