TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprott Inc. (NYSE/TSX: SII) (“Sprott” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020. As previously disclosed, all financial figures are now reported in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.
"Sprott's AUM increased by 88% in 2020 to a record high of $17.4 billion," said Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott. "This strong AUM growth translated into substantial improvements in our key financial metrics. Adjusted base EBITDA was $44.2 million for 2020, up $15.2 million or 52% from the prior year. Sprott’s strong financial performance and track record of creating shareholder value resulted in the company’s addition to the S&P/TSX Composite Index in 2020 and our inclusion in the annual TSX30 program. During the second quarter of 2020, Sprott began trading on the New York Stock Exchange and subsequently increased its dividend in November 2020."
"Investor interest in precious metals has remained strong in the early months of 2021. Our exchange listed products are generating new inflows, particularly the Sprott Physical Silver Trust, and our managed equities team continues to deliver excellent performance. Looking ahead, we remain committed to extending our reach into new markets and expanding our client base by launching new strategies in all of our key segments."
Key AUM highlights
Key revenue highlights
Key expense highlights
Effective March 15, 2021, Rick Rule will retire from his roles as Senior Managing Director, Sprott Inc.; President & CEO, Sprott U.S. Holdings. Mr. Rule will continue to serve as a Director of Sprott and will play an ongoing role in the management of certain Sprott investment strategies.
“Rick has been a key part for the evolution of Sprott into one of the world’s leading natural resource focused asset managers and we wish him the best as he steps back from his day-to-day responsibilities,” said Mr. Grosskopf. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Rick as a Director of Sprott, an adviser to some of our investment vehicles, and in an ongoing marketing capacity.”
“After more than four decades of investing in the natural resource sector, more than 10 years of which have been spent as part of the Sprott organization, I’m looking forward to slowing down,” said Rick Rule. “I will remain a director of Sprott, as well as the Company’s largest shareholder. I am excited to continue supporting the investment team on certain strategies and would like to extend my sincere thanks to Sprott’s clients and shareholders and all of my colleagues in the Sprott organization.”
Normal course issuer bid
The Company’s board of directors has approved the purchase of up to 2.5% percent of the Company’s outstanding common shares pursuant to a normal course issuer bid. Purchases under the normal course issuer bid are expected to commence on or about March 3, 2021 and will be subject to acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Supplemental financial information
Please refer to the 2020 annual audited consolidated financial statements of the company and the related management discussion and analysis filed earlier this morning for further details into the company's financial position as at December 31, 2020 and the company's financial performance for the 12 months ended December 31, 2020.
Schedule 1 - AUM continuity
|3 months results|
|(In millions $)||AUM|
Sep. 30, 2020
Dec. 31, 2020
fee rate (3)
|Exchange listed products|
|- Physical trusts||11,131||201||519||-||11,851||0.39||%|
|- Precious metals strategies||2,447||(9||)||41||-||2,479||0.79||%|
|- Other (4)||312||-||40||-||352||0.92||%|
|12 months results|
|(In millions $)||AUM|
Dec. 31, 2019
Dec. 31, 2020
fee rate (3)
|Exchange listed products|
|- Physical trusts||6,579||2,752||2,520||-||11,851||0.39||%|
|- Precious metals strategies||601||(658||)||795||1,741||2,479||0.79||%|
|- Other (4)||350||16||(14||)||-||352||0.92||%|
|(1) See 'Net inflows' in the key performance indicators (non-IFRS financial measures) section of the MD&A|
|(2) Includes new AUM from fund acquisitions and lost AUM from fund divestitures and capital distributions of our lending LPs.|
|(3) Management fee rate represents the net amount received by the Company.|
|(4) Includes institutional managed accounts.|
|(5) $1.1 billion of committed capital remains uncalled, of which $0.4 billion earns a commitment fee (AUM), and $0.7 billion does not (future AUM).|
|(6) Includes Sprott Korea Corp., private equity strategy in Sprott Asia and high net worth discretionary managed accounts in the U.S.|
|(7) No performance fees are earned on exchange listed products. Performance fees are earned on all precious metals strategies (other than bullion funds) based on returns above relevant benchmarks. Other managed equities strategies primarily earn performance fees on flow-through products. Lending funds earn carried interest calculated as a pre-determined net profit over a preferred return.|
Schedule 2 - Summary financial information
|(In thousands $)||Q4|
|Summary income statements|
|Carried interest and performance fees||10,075||-||-||-||1,811||-||-||-|
|less: Trailer and sub-advisor fees||371||291||326||154||966||50||67||-|
|less: Carried interest and performance fee payouts||5,529||-||-||-||86||-||-||-|
|less: Commission expense||2,788||3,789||2,377||1,870||2,658||2,654||1,356||1,386|
|Finance income (1)||1,629||757||656||914||2,481||2,561||3,435||2,946|
|Gain (loss) on investments||(3,089||)||4,408||8,142||(4,352||)||(1,252||)||600||(408||)||5|
|Total net revenues||29,669||31,319||28,338||14,955||16,978||17,181||14,952||15,152|
|less: Carried interest and performance fee payouts||5,529||0||0||0||86||0||0||0|
|less: Commission expense||2,788||3,789||2,377||1,870||2,658||2,654||1,356||1,386|
|less: Severance and new hire accruals||65||210||358||667||157||168||650||109|
|Severance and new hire accruals||65||210||358||667||157||168||650||109|
|Placement and referral fees||191||522||246||86||434||114||251||58|
|Selling, general and administrative||2,439||2,523||3,049||3,544||2,986||3,175||3,256||3,062|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,023||992||1,049||988||1,254||893||819||829|
|Other expenses (gain)||4,528||4,154||2,893||(1,081||)||2,117||(167||)||3,051||1,038|
|Net Income per share (2)||0.27||0.36||0.43||0.04||0.06||0.18||0.06||0.12|
|Adjusted base EBITDA||14,751||12,024||9,204||8,187||7,441||7,612||7032||6,918|
|Adjusted base EBITDA per share (2)||0.60||0.49||0.38||0.33||0.31||0.31||0.29||0.28|
|Summary balance sheet|
(1) Finance income includes: (1) co-investment income from lending LP units; (2) ancillary income earned directly or indirectly from lending activities; and (3) interest income from on-balance sheet loans and brokerage client accounts.
(2) Per share amounts for periods before May 28, 2020 reflect retrospective treatment of the 10:1 share consolidation.
Schedule 3 - EBITDA reconciliation
|3 months ended||12 months ended|
|(in thousands $)||Dec. 31, 2020||Dec. 31, 2019||Dec. 31, 2020||Dec. 31, 2019|
|Net income for the periods||6,720||1,445||26,978||10,209|
|Provision for income taxes||2,561||948||7,684||2,741|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,023||1,254||4,052||3,795|
|(Gain) loss on investments (1)||3,089||1,422||(5,109||)||1,055|
|Non-cash stock-based compensation||1,307||648||2,835||3,863|
|Other expenses (2)||4,266||2,274||11,035||7,123|
|Carried interest and performance fees||(10,075||)||(1,811||)||(10,075||)||(1,811||)|
|Carried interest and performance fee related expenses||5,529||992||5,529||992|
|Adjusted base EBITDA||14,751||7,441||44,166||29,003|
|Operating margin (3)||51||%||38||%||49||%||38||%|
(1) This adjustment removes the income effects of certain gains or losses on short-term investments, co-investments, and digital gold strategies to ensure the reporting objectives of our EBITDA metric as described above are met.
(2) In addition to the items outlined in Note 5 of the annual financial statements, Other expenses also include severance and new hire accruals of $0.1 million for the 3 months ended (3 months ended December 31, 2019 - $0.2 million) and $1.3 million for the 12 months ended (12 months ended December 31, 2019 - $1.1 million) and excludes income attributable to non-controlling interests of $0.3 million for the 3 months ended (3 months ended December 31, 2019 - $Nil) and $0.8 million for the 12 months ended (12 months ended December 31, 2019 - $Nil) (see Other expenses in Note 5 of the financial statements).
(3) Calculated as adjusted base EBITDA inclusive of depreciation and amortization, and excluding income related to legacy balance sheet loans. This figure is then divided by revenues before gains (losses) on investments, net of direct costs as applicable.
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and webcast will be held today, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 am ET to discuss the Company's financial results. To participate in the call, please dial (855) 458-4215 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call and provide conference ID 7372646. A taped replay of the conference call will be available until Friday, March 5, 2021 by calling (855) 859-2056, reference number 7372646. The conference call will be webcast live at www.sprott.com and https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/nnqnfedr
*Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This press release includes financial terms (including AUM, net revenues, net commissions, net fees, expenses, adjusted base EBITDA, net compensation and net sales) that the Company utilizes to assess the financial performance of its business that are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). These non-IFRS measures should not be considered alternatives to performance measures determined in accordance with IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For additional information regarding the Company's use of non-IFRS measures, including the calculation of these measures, please refer to the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section of the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis and its annual financial statements available on the Company's website at www.sprott.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements (collectively referred to herein as the "Forward-Looking Statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify Forward-Looking Statements. In particular, but without limiting the forgoing, this press release contains Forward-Looking Statements pertaining to: (i) market outlook and future metal prices, which are generating new inflows and excellent performance in our Exchange Listed Products and Managed Equities segments; (ii) our commitment to extending our reach into new markets and expanding our client base by launching new strategies in all of our key segments; (iii) the continued pay-for-performance aspect of the compensation program; (iv) Mr. Rule’s continued role with the company; (v) the acceptance of our normal course issuer bid by the Toronto Stock Exchange and the timing thereof; (vi) the declaration, payment and designation of dividends and confidence that our business will support the dividend level without impacting our ability to fund future growth initiatives.
Although the Company believes that the Forward-Looking Statements are reasonable, they are not guarantees of future results, performance or achievements. A number of factors or assumptions have been used to develop the Forward-Looking Statements, including, without limitation: (i) the impact of increasing competition in each business in which the Company operates will not be material; (ii) quality management will be available; (iii) the effects of regulation and tax laws of governmental agencies will be consistent with the current environment; and (iv) the impact of COVID-19; and (v) those assumptions disclosed under the heading "Critical Accounting Estimates, Judgments and Changes in Accounting Policies" in the Company’s MD&A for the period ended December 31, 2020. Actual results, performance or achievements could vary materially from those expressed or implied by the Forward-Looking Statements should assumptions underlying the Forward-Looking Statements prove incorrect or should one or more risks or other factors materialize, including: (i) difficult market conditions; (ii) poor investment performance; (iii) failure to continue to retain and attract quality staff; (iv) employee errors or misconduct resulting in regulatory sanctions or reputational harm; (v) performance fee fluctuations; (vi) a business segment or another counterparty failing to pay its financial obligation; (vii) failure of the Company to meet its demand for cash or fund obligations as they come due; (viii) changes in the investment management industry; (ix) failure to implement effective information security policies, procedures and capabilities; (x) lack of investment opportunities; (xi) risks related to regulatory compliance; (xii) failure to manage risks appropriately; (xiii) failure to deal appropriately with conflicts of interest; (xiv) competitive pressures; (xv) corporate growth which may be difficult to sustain and may place significant demands on existing administrative, operational and financial resources; (xvi) failure to comply with privacy laws; (xvii) failure to successfully implement succession planning; (xviii) foreign exchange risk relating to the relative value of the U.S. dollar; (xix) litigation risk; (xx) failure to develop effective business resiliency plans; (xxi) failure to obtain or maintain sufficient insurance coverage on favorable economic terms; (xxii) historical financial information being not necessarily indicative of future performance; (xxiii) the market price of common shares of the Company may fluctuate widely and rapidly; (xxiv) risks relating to the Company’s investment products; (xxv) risks relating to the Company's proprietary investments; (xxvi) risks relating to the Company's lending business; (xxvii) risks relating to the Company’s brokerage business; (xxviii) those risks described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s annual information form dated February 25, 2021; and (xxix) those risks described under the headings "Managing Risk: Financial" and "Managing Risk: Non-Financial" in the Company’s MD&A for the period ended December 31, 2020. In addition, the payment of dividends is not guaranteed and the amount and timing of any dividends payable by the Company will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company and will be established on the basis of the Company’s earnings, the satisfaction of solvency tests imposed by applicable corporate law for the declaration and payment of dividends, and other relevant factors. The Forward-Looking Statements speak only as of the date hereof, unless otherwise specifically noted, and the Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update any Forward-Looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be expressly required by applicable securities laws.
Sprott is a global asset manager and a leader in precious metal investments. With offices in Toronto, New York, and London, Sprott is dedicated to providing investors with specialized investment strategies that include Exchange Listed Products, Managed Equities, Lending, and Brokerage. Sprott’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE:SII) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol (TSX:SII). For more information, please visit www.sprott.com.
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