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Virtu Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Feb 7, 2019

NEW YORK, Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT), a leading technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the global financial markets, today reported results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Selected Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2018:

  • Net income of $147.9 million, Normalized Adjusted Net Income* of $127.2 million
  • Basic earnings per share of $0.75, and diluted earnings per share of $0.74; Normalized Adjusted EPS* of $0.67
  • Total revenues of $442.2 million; Trading income, net of $366.2 million; Adjusted Net Trading Income* of $299.2 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $195.1 million; Adjusted EBITDA Margin* of 65.2%
  • Quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share payable on March 15, 2019

Full Year 2018:

  • Net income of $620.2 million, Normalized Adjusted Net Income* of $375.0 million
  • Basic earnings per share of $2.82, and diluted earnings per share of $2.78; Normalized Adjusted EPS* of $1.96
  • Total revenues of $1,878.7 million; Trading income, net of $1,266.7 million; Adjusted Net Trading Income* of $1,020.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $620.0 million; Adjusted EBITDA Margin* of 60.8%
  • Made $750 million total payments on the term loan to-date
  • $65.9 million repurchased to-date out of $100 million in previously approved share buyback program;

* Non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Items" for more information.

The Virtu Financial, Inc. Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share. This dividend is payable on March 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as of March 1, 2019.

“The benefits of Virtu’s scale and the fruits of our multi-asset class global business, as well as continued benefits from our acquisition of KCG all contributed to the outstanding performance in our business against a positive backdrop for our market making services.  Our customer as well as non-customer facing market making platforms performed very well in the fourth quarter as volatility persisted.  For the full year 2018, we demonstrated once again the durability of our model and the ability to generate strong earnings and cash flows even in less than ideal environments, and outperform when market conditions are more favorable,” said Douglas Cifu, Chief Executive Officer of Virtu Financial.

Acquisition of Investment Technology Group, Inc.

On November 6, 2018, the Company and Investment Technology Group, Inc. ("ITG") entered into a definitive agreement (the “ITG Merger Agreement”) whereby the Company will acquire ITG in a cash transaction valued at $30.30 per ITG share, or a total of approximately $1.0 billion (the “ITG Acquisition”). ITG announced that all proposals submitted to a vote of ITG’s stockholders that are necessary for the completion of the ITG Acquisition were approved at ITG’s special meeting of stockholders on January 24, 2019. The ITG Acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019 after receipt of all required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. In connection with the ITG Acquisition and the refinancing of the Company's existing term loan, allocations have been completed for a new $1.5 billion, seven year first lien term loan with indicative pricing of LIBOR + 350 basis points, subject to the completion and execution of definitive documentation. ​

Form of Presentation

The Company completed its acquisition of KCG Holdings, Inc. on July 20, 2017 and the reported financial results of the Company for the periods following the acquisition reflect KCG's and the Company's balances, and reflect the impact of purchase accounting adjustments.

Financial Results

Fourth Quarter 2018:

Total revenues decreased 4.8% to $442.2 million for this quarter, compared to $464.5 million for the same period in 2017. Trading income, net, increased 27.9% to $366.2 million for this quarter, compared to $286.4 million for the same period in 2017. Net income increased 342.9% to $147.9 million for this quarter, compared to $33.4 million for the same period in 2017.  

Basic and diluted earnings per share for this quarter were $0.75 and $0.74, respectively, compared to earnings per share of $0.12 each for the same period in 2017.

Adjusted Net Trading Income increased 26.1% to $299.2 million for this quarter, compared to $237.3 million for the same period in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased 81.0% to $195.1 million for this quarter, compared to $107.8 million for the same period in 2017. Normalized Adjusted Net Income increased 207.2% to $127.2 million for this quarter, compared to $41.4 million for the same period in 2017.

Assuming all non-controlling interests had been exchanged for common stock, and the Company’s Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes was subject to corporation taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS was $0.67 for this quarter, compared to $0.22 for the same period in 2017.

Full Year 2018:

Total revenues increased 82.8% to $1,878.7 million, compared to $1,028.0 million in 2017. Trading income, net, increased 65.4% to $1,266.7 million, compared to $766.0 million in 2017. Net income increased to $620.2 million, compared to $18.9 million in 2017. 

Basic and Diluted earnings per share for this year were $2.82 and $2.78, respectively, compared to $0.03 each in 2017.

Adjusted Net Trading Income increased 83.4% to $1,020.3 million, compared to $556.3 million in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased 146.6% to $620.0 million, compared to $251.4 million in 2017. Normalized Adjusted Net Income increased 307.2% to $375.0 million, compared to $92.1 million in 2017. 

Assuming all non-controlling interests had been exchanged for common stock, and the Company’s Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes was subject to corporation taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS was $1.96 for the full year 2018, compared to $0.57 for the full year 2017.

Operating Segment Information

Prior to the acquisition of KCG, the Company was managed and operated as one business, and, accordingly, operated under one reportable segment.  As a result of the acquisition of KCG, beginning in the third quarter of 2017 the Company has three operating segments: (i) Market Making; (ii) Execution Services; and (iii) Corporate.

Market Making principally consists of market making in the cash, futures and options markets across global equities, options, fixed income, currencies and commodities. As a market maker, the Company commits capital on a principal basis by offering to buy securities from, or sell securities to, broker dealers, banks and institutions.

Execution Services comprises agency-based trading and trading venues, offering execution services in global equities, options, futures and fixed income on behalf of institutions, banks and broker dealers.

Corporate contains the Company's investments, principally in strategic trading-related opportunities, and maintains corporate overhead expenses.

The following tables show the trading income, net, total revenues and Adjusted Net Trading Income by operating segment for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

Total revenues by operating segment
(in thousands, unaudited)

    Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 365,964   $ 264     $ -     $ 366,228
  Commissions, net and technology services   6,927     38,581       -       45,508
  Interest and dividends income   26,060     105       7       26,172
  Other, net   923     454       2,961       4,338
                 
  Total Revenues $   399,874   $   39,404     $   2,968     $   442,246
                 
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 287,275   $ (2,052 )   $ 1,160     $ 286,383
  Commissions, net and technology services   12,126     55,140       -       67,266
  Interest and dividends income   21,263     515       (2,304 )     19,474
  Other, net   1,170     540       89,688       91,398
                 
  Total Revenues $   321,834   $   54,143     $   88,544     $   464,521
                 
    Year Ended December 31, 2018
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 1,265,866   $ 816     $ -     $ 1,266,682
  Commissions, net and technology services   28,813     155,526       -       184,339
  Interest and dividends income   86,741     705       62       87,508
  Other, net   3,055     339,286       (2,152 )     340,189
                 
  Total Revenues $   1,384,475   $   496,333     $   (2,090 )   $   1,878,718
                 
    Year Ended December 31, 2017
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 769,556   $ (5,394 )   $ 1,865     $ 766,027
  Commissions, net and technology services   13,689     102,814       -       116,503
  Interest and dividends income   51,822     619       (2,034 )     50,407
  Other, net   1,640     1,096       92,309       95,045
                 
  Total Revenues $   836,707   $   99,135     $   92,140     $   1,027,982


Reconciliation of trading income, net to Adjusted Net Trading Income by operating segment
(in thousands, unaudited)

    Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 365,964     $ 264     $ -     $ 366,228  
  Commissions, net and technology services   6,927       38,581       -       45,508  
  Interest and dividends income   26,060       105       7       26,172  
  Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (59,676 )     (14,154 )     -       (73,830 )
  Payments for order flow   (24,234 )     (30 )     -       (24,264 )
  Interest and dividends expense   (40,118 )     (497 )     -       (40,615 )
                 
  Adjusted Net Trading Income $   274,923     $   24,269     $   7     $   299,199  
                 
                 
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2017        
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 287,275     $ (2,052 )   $ 1,160     $ 286,383  
  Commissions, net and technology services   12,126       55,140       -       67,266  
  Interest and dividends income   21,263       515       (2,304 )     19,474  
  Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (66,715 )     (19,958 )     -       (86,673 )
  Payments for order flow   (15,586 )     (70 )     -       (15,656 )
  Interest and dividends expense   (34,295 )     (347 )     1,105       (33,537 )
                 
  Adjusted Net Trading Income $   204,068     $   33,228     $   (39 )   $   237,257  
                 
                 
    Year Ended December 31, 2018
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 1,265,866     $ 816     $ -     $ 1,266,682  
  Commissions, net and technology services   28,813       155,526       -       184,339  
  Interest and dividends income   86,741       705       62       87,508  
  Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (242,847 )     (58,932 )     -       (301,779 )
  Payments for order flow   (74,518 )     (127 )     -       (74,645 )
  Interest and dividends expense   (140,120 )     (1,694 )     -       (141,814 )
                 
  Adjusted Net Trading Income $   923,935     $   96,294     $   62     $   1,020,291  
                 
                 
    Year Ended December 31, 2017
    Market   Execution        
    Making   Services   Corporate   Total
                 
  Trading income, net $ 769,556     $ (5,394 )   $ 1,865     $ 766,027  
  Commissions, net and technology services   13,689       102,814       -       116,503  
  Interest and dividends income   51,822       619       (2,034 )     50,407  
  Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (224,706 )     (32,220 )     -       (256,926 )
  Payments for order flow   (28,038 )     311       -       (27,727 )
  Interest and dividends expense   (92,871 )     1,215       (337 )     (91,993 )
                 
  Adjusted Net Trading Income $   489,452     $   67,345     $   (506 )   $   556,291  


Reconciliation of trading income, net to Adjusted Net Trading Income by category – Market Making segment

(in thousands, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
  Americas   ROW   Global FICC,       Total
  Equities   Equities   Options and Other   Unallocated   Market Making
                   
Trading income, net $ 259,866     $ 49,776     $ 54,562     $ 1,760     $ 365,964  
Commissions, net and technology services   6,883       -       44       -       6,927  
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (27,854 )     (17,825 )     (12,878 )     (1,119 )     (59,676 )
Payments for order flow   (24,234 )     -       -       -       (24,234 )
Interest and dividends, net   (9,914 )     (2,487 )     (2,312 )     655       (14,058 )
                   
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   204,747     $   29,464     $   39,416     $   1,296     $   274,923  
                   
                   
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
  Americas   ROW   Global FICC,       Total
  Equities   Equities   Options and Other   Unallocated   Market Making
                   
Trading income, net $ 186,710     $ 57,589     $ 45,022     $ (2,046 )   $ 287,275  
Commissions, net and technology services   12,121       -       5       -       12,126  
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (36,266 )     (19,298 )     (11,976 )     825       (66,715 )
Payments for order flow   (15,586 )     -       -       -       (15,586 )
Interest and dividends, net   (5,857 )     (3,502 )     (2,447 )     (1,226 )     (13,032 )
                   
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   141,122     $   34,789     $   30,604     $   (2,447 )   $   204,068  
                   
                   
                   
  Year Ended December 31, 2018
  Americas   ROW   Global FICC,       Total
  Equities   Equities   Options and Other   Unallocated   Market Making
                   
Trading income, net $ 846,090     $ 167,638     $ 250,521     $ 1,617     $ 1,265,866  
Commissions, net and technology services   28,583       -       230       -       28,813  
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (120,840 )     (61,703 )     (56,633 )     (3,671 )     (242,847 )
Payments for order flow   (74,518 )     -       -       -       (74,518 )
Interest and dividends, net   (31,031 )     (9,517 )     (11,326 )     (1,505 )     (53,379 )
                   
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   648,284     $   96,418     $   182,792     $   (3,559 )   $   923,935  
                   
                   
  Year Ended December 31, 2017
  Americas   ROW   Global FICC,       Total
  Equities   Equities   Options and Other   Unallocated   Market Making
                   
Trading income, net $ 404,113     $ 175,840     $ 192,563     $ (2,960 )   $ 769,556  
Commissions, net and technology services   12,184       342       (79 )     1,242       13,689  
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   (97,832 )     (70,180 )     (55,910 )     (784 )     (224,706 )
Payments for order flow   (27,600 )     -       -       (438 )     (28,038 )
Interest and dividends, net   (15,151 )     (13,770 )     (8,825 )     (3,303 )     (41,049 )
                   
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   275,714     $   92,232     $   127,749     $   (6,243 )   $   489,452  

 

The following tables show our Adjusted Net Trading Income and average daily Adjusted Net Trading Income by category for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017:

(In thousands except percentages , unaudited)

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
Adjusted Net Trading Income by Category: 2018   2017   % Change   2018   2017   % Change
                       
Market Making:                      
Americas Equities $ 204,747   $ 141,122     45.1 %   $ 648,284     $ 275,714     135.1 %
ROW Equities   29,464     34,789     -15.3 %     96,418       92,232     4.5 %
Global FICC, Options and Other   39,416     30,604     28.8 %     182,792       127,749     43.1 %
Unallocated1   1,296     (2,447 )   NM     (3,559 )     (6,243 )   NM
                       
Total Market Making $ 274,923   $ 204,068     34.7 %   $ 923,935     $ 489,452     88.8 %
                       
Execution Services   24,269     33,228     -27.0 %     96,294       67,345     43.0 %
                       
Corporate   7     (39 )   NM     62       (506 )   NM
                       
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   299,199   $   237,257     26.1 %   $   1,020,291     $   556,291     83.4 %
                       
                       
Average Daily Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
Adjusted Net Trading Income by Category: 2018   2017   % Change   2018   2017   % Change
                       
Market Making:                      
Americas Equities $ 3,250   $ 2,240     45.1 %   $ 2,583     $ 1,098     135.1 %
ROW Equities   468     552     -15.3 %     384       367     4.5 %
Global FICC, Options and Other   626     486     28.8 %     728       509     43.1 %
Unallocated1   20     (39 )   NM     (14 )     (25 )   NM
                       
Total Market Making $ 4,364   $ 3,239     34.7 %   $ 3,681     $ 1,949     88.8 %
                       
Execution Services   385     527     -27.0 %     384       268     43.0 %
                       
Corporate   0     (1 )   NM     0       (2 )   NM
                       
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   4,749   $   3,765     26.1 %   $   4,065     $   2,215     83.4 %
                       
                       
                       
1 Under our methodology for recording ‘‘trading income, net’’ in our condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income, we recognize    
revenues based on the exit price of assets in accordance with applicable U.S. GAAP rules, and when we calculate Adjusted Net Trading    
Income for corresponding reporting periods, we start with trading income, net. By contrast, when we calculate Adjusted Net        
Trading Income by category, we recognize revenues on a daily basis, and as a result prices used in recognizing revenues may differ.    
Because we provide liquidity on a global basis, across asset classes and time zones, the timing of any particular Adjusted Net Trading Income    
calculation can defer or accelerate the amount in a particular asset class from one day to another, and, at the end of a reporting period, from one    
reporting period to another. The purpose of the Unallocated category is to ensure that Adjusted Net Trading Income by category sums to    
total Adjusted Net Trading Income, which can be reconciled to Trading Income, Net, calculated in accordance with GAAP.        
We do not allocate any resulting differences based on the timing of revenue recognition.                


Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2018, Virtu had $736.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, and total long-term debt outstanding in an aggregate principal amount of $930.8 million.

Share Repurchase Program

The Virtu Financial, Inc. Board of Directors approved the share repurchase program for $50 million Class A common stock and common units of Virtu Financial LLC in February 2018 and subsequently expanded the program to $100 million in July 2018.  Since the inception of the program, the Company has repurchased approximately 2.56 million shares and units for approximately $65.9 million.  The Company now has approximately $34.1 million remaining capacity for future purchases of common stock and common units under the plan.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Items

To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we use the following non-GAAP measures of financial performance:

  • "Adjusted Net Trading Income", which is the amount of revenue we generate from our market making activities, or trading income, net, plus commissions, net and technology services, plus interest and dividends income and expense, net, less direct costs associated with those revenues, including brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net and payments for order flow. Management believes that this measurement is useful for comparing general operating performance from period to period. Although we use Adjusted Net Trading Income as a financial measure to assess the performance of our business, the use of Adjusted Net Trading Income is limited because it does not include certain material costs that are necessary to operate our business. Our presentation of Adjusted Net Trading Income should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by revenues or expenses that are not directly associated with our market making activities.
  • "EBITDA", which measures our operating performance by adjusting Net Income to exclude financing interest expense on our long-term borrowings, debt issue cost related to debt refinancing, depreciation and amortization, amortization of purchased intangibles and acquired capitalized software, and income tax expense, and "Adjusted EBITDA", which measures our operating performance by further adjusting EBITDA to exclude severance, reserve for legal matter, transaction advisory fees and expenses, termination of office leases, acquisition related retention bonus, trading related settlement income, gain on sale of business, connectivity early termination, other, net, write-down of assets, share based compensation, charges related to share based compensation at IPO, 2015 Management Incentive Plan, and charges related to share based compensation at IPO, and “Adjusted EBITDA Margin”, which compares Adjusted EBITDA to Adjusted Net Trading Income.
  • “Normalized Adjusted Net Income”, “Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes”, “Normalized provision for income taxes”, and “Normalized Adjusted EPS”, which we calculate by adjusting Net Income to exclude certain items and other non-cash items, assuming that all vested and unvested Virtu Financial LLC units have been exchanged for Class A Common Stock, and applying a corporate tax rate, which was between 35.5% and 37% for periods prior to January 1, 2018 and decreasing to approximately 23% beginning January 1, 2018 as a result of the Tax Act.
  • “Adjusted Operating Expenses”, which we calculate by adjusting total operating expenses to exclude severance, share based compensation, reserve for legal matters, connectivity early termination and write-down of assets.

Total Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Expenses are non-GAAP financial measures used by management in evaluating operating performance and in making strategic decisions. Additional information provided regarding the breakdown of Total Adjusted Net Trading Income by category is also a non-GAAP financial measure but is not used by the Company in evaluating operating performance and in making strategic decisions. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures or similar non-GAAP measures are used by research analysts, investment bankers and lenders to assess our operating performance. Management believes that the presentation of Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Expenses provide useful information to investors regarding our results of operations because they assist both investors and management in analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of our business. Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Expenses provide indicators of general economic performance that are not affected by fluctuations in certain costs or other items. Accordingly, management believes that these measurements are useful for comparing general operating performance from period to period. Furthermore, our credit agreement contains covenants and other tests based on metrics similar to Adjusted EBITDA. Other companies may define Adjusted Net Trading Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS  and Adjusted Operating Expenses differently, and as a result our measures of Adjusted Net Trading Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Expenses may not be directly comparable to those of other companies. Although we use these non-GAAP financial measures as financial measures to assess the performance of our business, such use is limited because they do not include certain material costs necessary to operate our business.
                   
Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Normalized Adjusted Net Income should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, Net Income in accordance with U.S. GAAP as a measure of performance. Our presentation of Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Expenses should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or nonrecurring items. Adjusted Net Trading Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income, Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted EPS and our EBITDA-based measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • they do not reflect every cash expenditure, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • our EBITDA-based measures do not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payment on our debt;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced or require improvements in the future, and our EBITDA-based measures do not reflect any cash requirement for such replacements or improvements;
  • they are not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in our statements of cash flows;
  • they do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations; and
  • they do not reflect limitations on our costs related to transferring earnings from our subsidiaries to us.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Normalized Adjusted Net Income are not intended as alternatives to Net Income as indicators of our operating performance and should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as measures of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations. We compensate for these limitations by using Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Normalized Adjusted Net Income along with other comparative tools, together with U.S. GAAP measurements, to assist in the evaluation of operating performance. These U.S. GAAP measurements include Net Income, cash flows from operations and cash flow data. See below a reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.


Virtu Financial, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except share and per share data) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
               
Revenues:              
Trading income, net $ 366,228     $ 286,383     $ 1,266,682     $ 766,027  
Commissions, net and technology services   45,508       67,266       184,339       116,503  
Interest and dividends income   26,172       19,474       87,508       50,407  
Other, net   4,338       91,398       340,189       95,045  
               
Total revenues   442,246       464,521       1,878,718       1,027,982  
               
Operating Expenses:              
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net   73,830       86,673       301,779       256,926  
Communication and data processing   38,327       48,316       176,120       131,506  
Employee compensation and payroll taxes   64,833       66,436       215,556       177,489  
Payments for order flow   24,264       15,656       74,645       27,727  
Interest and dividends expense   40,615       33,537       141,814       91,993  
Operations and administrative   13,100       25,302       64,749       61,466  
Depreciation and amortization   13,596       18,170       61,154       47,327  
Amortization of purchased intangibles and              
acquired capitalized software   6,081       8,901       26,123       15,447  
Termination of office leases   57       1,860       23,357       3,671  
Debt issue cost related to debt refinancing   -       1,109       11,727       10,460  
Transaction advisory fees and expenses   2,502       950       11,487       25,270  
Reserve for legal matters   -       2,833       2,020       657  
Charges related to share based compensation at IPO   -       227       24       772  
Financing interest expense on long-term borrowings   16,264       23,966       71,800       64,107  
               
Total operating expenses   293,469       333,936       1,182,355       914,818  
               
Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest   148,777       130,585       696,363       113,164  
Provision for income taxes   841       97,184       76,171       94,266  
               
Net income $ 147,936     $ 33,401     $ 620,192     $ 18,898  
               
Noncontrolling interest   (67,068 )     (22,425 )     (330,751 )     (15,959 )
               
               
Net income available for common stockholders $ 80,868     $ 10,976     $ 289,441     $ 2,939  
               
Earnings per share:              
Basic $ 0.75     $ 0.12     $ 2.82     $ 0.03  
Diluted $ 0.74     $ 0.12     $ 2.78     $ 0.03  
            0      
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding              
Basic   106,309,194       89,362,838       100,875,793       62,579,147  
Diluted   106,970,415       89,362,838       102,089,138       62,579,147  
               
Comprehensive income:              
Net income $ 147,936     $ 33,401     $ 620,192     $ 18,898  
Other comprehensive income (loss)              
Foreign exchange translation adjustment, net of taxes   1,037       817       (2,677 )     9,117  
               
Comprehensive income $ 148,973     $ 34,218     $ 617,515     $ 28,015  
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (67,517 )     (22,847 )     (329,756 )     (21,833 )
               
Comprehensive income available for common stockholders $ 81,456     $ 11,371     $ 287,759     $ 6,182  

 

Virtu Financial, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Operating Data (Unaudited)

The following tables reconcile Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income to arrive at Adjusted Net Trading Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and selected Operating Margins.

               
  Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except percentages) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
               
Reconciliation of Trading income, net to Adjusted Net Trading Income            
Trading income, net $   366,228     $   286,383     $   1,266,682     $   766,027  
Commissions, net and technology services     45,508         67,266         184,339         116,503  
Interest and dividends income     26,172         19,474         87,508         50,407  
Brokerage, exchange and clearance fees, net     (73,830 )       (86,673 )       (301,779 )       (256,926 )
Payments for order flow     (24,264 )       (15,656 )       (74,645 )       (27,727 )
Interest and dividends expense     (40,615 )       (33,537 )       (141,814 )       (91,993 )
               
Adjusted Net Trading Income $   299,199     $   237,257     $   1,020,291     $   556,291  
               
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA              
Net income $   147,936     $   33,401     $   620,192     $   18,898  
Financing interest expense on long-term borrowings     16,264         23,966         71,800         64,107  
Debt issue cost related to debt refinancing     -          1,109         11,727         10,460  
Depreciation and amortization     13,596         18,170         61,154         47,327  
Amortization of purchased intangibles and acquired capitalized software     6,081         8,901         26,123         15,447  
Provision for income taxes     841         97,184         76,171         94,266  
               
EBITDA $   184,718     $   182,731     $   867,167     $   250,505  
               
Severance     1,901         4,739         10,974         14,911  
Reserve for legal matters     -          2,833         2,020         657  
Transaction advisory fees and expenses     2,502         950         11,487         25,270  
Termination of office leases     57         1,860         23,357         3,671  
Acquisition related retention bonus     -          -          -          23,050  
Trading related settlement income     -          (628 )       -          (628 )
Connectivity early termination     -          -          7,062         -   
Loss (gain) on sale of businesses     -          -          (335,210 )       -   
Other, net     (4,338 )       (91,398 )       (4,979 )       (95,045 )
Write-down of assets     -          672         3,239         1,216  
Share based compensation     8,852         4,723         29,065         21,825  
Charges related to share based compensation at IPO, 2015 Management Incentive Plan     1,425         1,091         5,781         5,225  
Charges related to share based compensation awards at IPO     -          223         24         740  
               
Adjusted EBITDA $   195,117     $   107,796     $   619,987     $   251,397  
               
               
Selected Operating Margins              
Net Income Margin1   49.4 %     14.1 %     60.8 %     3.4 %
EBITDA Margin2   61.7 %     77.0 %     85.0 %     45.0 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin3   65.2 %     45.4 %     60.8 %     45.2 %
               
1 Calculated by dividing net income by Adjusted Net Trading Income.              
2 Calculated by dividing EBITDA by Adjusted Net Trading Income.              
3 Calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by Adjusted Net Trading Income.              

        

Virtu Financial, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Operating Data (Unaudited)
(Continued)

The following tables reconcile Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income to arrive at Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes, Normalized provision for income taxes, Normalized Adjusted Net Income and Normalized Adjusted EPS.

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except per share data) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
               
Reconciliation of Net Income to Normalized Adjusted Net Income              
Net income $   147,936     $   33,401     $   620,192     $   18,898  
Provision for income taxes     841         97,184         76,171         94,266  
               
Income before income taxes $   148,777     $   130,585     $   696,363     $   113,164  
               
Amortization of purchased intangibles and acquired capitalized software     6,081         8,901         26,123         15,447  
Financing interest expense related to KCG transaction     -          -          -          4,626  
Debt issue cost related to debt refinancing     -          1,109         11,727         10,460  
Severance     1,901         4,739         10,974         14,911  
Reserve for legal matters     -          2,833         2,020         657  
Transaction advisory fees and expenses     2,502         950         11,487         25,270  
Termination of office leases     57         1,860         23,357         3,671  
Connectivity early termination     -          -          7,062         -   
Write-down of assets     -          672         3,239         2,849  
Acquisition related retention bonus     -          -          -          23,050  
Trading related settlement income     -          (628 )       -          (628 )
Loss (gain) on sale of businesses     -          -          (335,210 )       -   
Other, net     (4,338 )       (91,398 )       (4,979 )       (95,045 )
Share based compensation     8,852         4,723         29,065         21,825  
Charges related to share based compensation at IPO, 2015 Management Incentive Plan     1,425         1,091         5,781         5,225  
Charges related to share based compensation awards at IPO     -          223         24         740  
               
Normalized Adjusted Net Income before income taxes $   165,257     $   65,660     $   487,033     $   146,222  
               
Normalized provision for income taxes1     38,009         24,295         112,018         54,102  
               
Normalized Adjusted Net Income $   127,248     $   41,365     $   375,015     $   92,120  
               
Weighted Average Adjusted shares outstanding2     191,174,005         188,248,614         190,959,477         161,464,923  
               
Normalized Adjusted EPS $   0.67     $   0.22     $   1.96     $   0.57  
               
1 Reflects U.S. federal, state, and local income tax rate applicable to corporations of approximately 23% for 2018 and 37% for 2017        
2 Assumes that (1) holders of all vested and unvested Virtu Financial LLC Units (together with corresponding shares of Class C common stock),    
have exercised their right to exchange such Virtu Financial LLC Units for shares of Class A common stock on a one-for-one basis,  (2) holders    
of all Virtu Financial LLC Units (together with corresponding shares of Class D common stock), have exercised their right to exchange such      
Virtu Financial LLC Units for shares of Class B common stock on a one-for-one basis, and subsequently exercised their right to convert        
the shares of Class B common stock into shares of Class A common stock on a one-for-one basis.            
               

 

Virtu Financial, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (Unaudited)

  December 31   December 31,
  2018   2017
       
  (in thousands, except share data)
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $   736,047   $   532,887  
Securities borrowed     1,399,684       1,471,172  
Securities purchased under agreements to resell     15,475       -   
Receivables from broker-dealers and clearing organizations     1,101,449       972,018  
Trading assets, at fair value     2,639,921       2,712,622  
Property, equipment and capitalized software, net     113,322       137,018  
Goodwill     836,583       844,883  
Intangibles (net of accumulated amortization)     83,989       111,224  
Deferred taxes     200,359       125,760  
Assets of business held for sale     -        55,070  
Other assets     254,149       357,352  
Total assets $   7,380,978   $   7,320,006  
       
Liabilities and equity      
Liabilities      
Short-term borrowings, net $   15,128   $   27,883  
Securities loaned     1,130,039       754,687  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     281,861       390,642  
Payables to broker-dealers and clearing organizations     567,441       716,205  
Trading liabilities, at fair value     2,475,395       2,384,598  
Tax receivable agreement obligations     214,403       147,040  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses and other liabilities     294,975       358,825  
Long-term borrowings, net     907,037       1,388,548  
Total liabilities $   5,886,279   $   6,168,428  
       
Total equity     1,494,699       1,151,578  
       
       
Total liabilities and equity $   7,380,978   $   7,320,006  
       
       
  As of December 31, 2018
Ownership of Virtu Financial LLC Interests: Interests   %
       
Virtu Financial, Inc. - Class A Common Stock and Restricted Stock Units     108,155,199   56.6%
Non-controlling Interests (Virtu Financial LLC)     82,841,626   43.4%
       
Total Virtu Financial LLC Interests     190,996,825   100.0%
       


About Virtu Financial, Inc.

Virtu is a leading financial firm that leverages cutting edge technology to deliver liquidity to the global markets and innovative, transparent trading solutions to our clients. As a market maker, Virtu provides deep liquidity that helps to create more efficient markets around the world. Our market structure expertise, broad diversification, and execution technology enables us to provide competitive bids and offers in over 25,000 securities, at over 235 venues, in 36 countries worldwide.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The foregoing information and certain oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company contain certain forward-looking statements that reflect the company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance, including with respect to integration of KCG and synergy realization and with respect to the acquisition of ITG and related integration and synergy realization. These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment which may cause the company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the company on the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any statements expressed or implied therein will not be realized. Additional information on risk factors that could potentially affect the Company's financial results may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT              

Investor Relations
Andrew Smith
Virtu Financial, Inc.
(212) 418-0195
investor_relations@virtu.com

Media Relations
media@virtu.com

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