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Federated (FII) Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenues Rise

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Federated Investors FII delivered a positive earnings surprise of 14.1% in fourth-quarter 2019. Earnings per share of 81 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 71 cents. Moreover, the figure compared favorably with the prior-year quarter earnings of 61 cents.

Higher revenues and improved assets under management (AUM) were positives. Also, the company’s liquidity position was strong. However, elevated expenses were on the downside.

Net income was $82.1 million compared with $61.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

In 2019, the company reported net income of $272.3 million or $2.69 per share compared with $220.3 million or $2.18 in 2018.

Revenues Rise, Costs Escalate

Fourth-quarter total revenues climbed 17% year over year to $358 million. Also, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $350 million.

In full-year 2019, the company generated revenues of $1.33 billion, up 17% from the previous year. The figure beat the consensus estimate of $1.32 billion.

The top-line growth mainly stemmed from higher average money market and equity assets along with an increase in revenues from assets acquired from PNC Bank, N.A during the quarter.

Also, net investment advisory fees jumped 14% year over year to $243.6 million. In addition, administrative service fees surged 34% to $69.6 million. Further, net service fees (other) jumped 9% to $44.8 million.

During the fourth quarter, Federated derived 42% of its revenues from money-market assets, 52% from equity and fixed-income assets, 5% from alternative/private markets and multi-asset, and remaining 1% from sources other than managed assets.

With support from higher net investment income and lower debt expenses, the company recorded non-operating income of $8.88 million in the quarter against expenses of $6.16 million a year ago.

Total operating expenses escalated 16% year over year to $255.2 million. The rise was primarily due to higher office and occupancy, systems and communications and compensation and related expenses.

Steady Asset Position

As of Dec 31, 2019, total AUM was a record $575.9 billion — up 25% year over year. Average managed assets were $550.1 billion, up 24%.

Federated witnessed equity assets of $89 billion, rising 23% year over year. Also, money market mutual fund assets came in at $286.6 billion, up 37%.

Further, fixed-income assets grew 9% year over year to $69 billion. Additionally, money-market assets increased 31% to $395.5 billion.

As of Dec 31, 2019, cash and other investments were $340.6 million and total long-term debt totaled $100 million compared with $190.5 million and $135 million, respectively, as of Dec 31, 2018.

Our Viewpoint

Federated displays substantial growth potential supported by its diverse asset and product mix as well as a solid liquidity position. In addition, acquisitions are anticipated to be beneficial for the company. Though elevated expenses pose a concern, higher revenues could aid the company’s bottom-line performance.

Federated Investors, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Currently, Federated carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Competitive Landscape

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