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IGM Financial Inc. Reports Record High First Quarter Earnings

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Readers are referred to the disclaimer regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Additional IFRS Measures at the end of this Release.

WINNIPEG, MB, May 6, 2021 /CNW/ - IGM Financial Inc. (IGM or the Company) (TSX: IGM) today announced earnings results for the first quarter of 2021.

IGM Financial Inc. (CNW Group/IGM Financial Inc.)
IGM Financial Inc. (CNW Group/IGM Financial Inc.)

IGM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net earnings of $202.2 million or 85 cents per share compared to $160.9 million or 68 cents per share in the first quarter 2020. This represents a 25.0% increase in earnings per share and is the highest first quarter result in the Company's history.

  • Record high first quarter net inflows of $2.2 billion, compared to net inflows of $821 million in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Record high assets under management and advisement of $248.5 billion, up 3.6% in the quarter and 47.6% from March 31, 2020 (including $30.3 billion in net business acquisitions in 2020).

  • Wealthsimple Financial Corp. (Wealthsimple) announcement of a further equity fundraising increasing the value of IGM's investment in Wealthsimple by $900 million ($3.78 per IGM share) to $1.45 billion.

"Record high client net inflows in the quarter and continued positive investment returns for our clients resulted in all time high assets under management and advisement," said James O'Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc. "Our first quarter earnings per share of 85 cents is the highest first quarter result in IGM's history and reflects strong momentum across our businesses."

WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Reflects the activities of operating companies that are principally focused on providing financial planning and related services to Canadian households and includes the activities of IG Wealth Management and Investment Planning Counsel.

Net earnings in the first quarter of 2021 was $114.8 million and represented 56.8% of IGM's net earnings. This was an increase of 8.7% compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Record high assets under advisement at March 31, 2021 of $136.9 billion, an increase of 3.2% from $132.6 billion at December 31, 2020 and an increase of 24.2% from $110.2 billion at March 31, 2020.

IG Wealth Management

Record high assets under advisement at March 31, 2021 of $107.0 billion, an increase of 3.6% from $103.3 billion at December 31, 2020 and an increase of 24.7% from $85.8 billion at March 31, 2020.

Highest quarterly net client inflows in over two decades of $1.0 billion, an increase of $634 million from net client inflows of $381 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Record high quarter of gross client inflows of $3.6 billion, up 21.0% from gross inflows of $3.0 billion in 2020.

ASSET MANAGEMENT (MACKENZIE INVESTMENTS)
Reflects the activities of operating companies primarily focused on providing investment management services, and represents the operations of Mackenzie Investments.

Net earnings in the first quarter of 2021 was $48.0 million and represented 23.7% of IGM's net earnings. This was an increase of 48.6% compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Total assets under management were at an all-time high of $191.6 billion, an increase of 3.5% from $185.1 billion at December 31, 2020 and an increase of 53.3% from $125.0 billion at March 31, 2020. The increase from last year included $30.3 billion or 24.2% from the net business acquisitions in the fourth quarter of 2020 of GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. (GLC) and Greenchip Financial Corp. (Greenchip). Assets under management excluding sub-advisory to the Wealth Management segment were $115.5 billion at March 31, 2021, an increase of 4.1% from December 31, 2020 and 89.7% from March 31, 2020. The net business acquisitions represented 49.8% of the increase from the prior year.

Record high investment fund net sales in the quarter of $1.9 billion,1 compared to $437 million2 in 2020.

Record high gross mutual fund sales in the quarter of $4.5 billion,1 an increase of 23.4% from $3.7 billion2 in the first quarter of 2020. Mutual fund net sales for the first quarter were $1.5 billion2 compared to net sales of $355 million in 2020.

ETF business - ETF assets under management totalled $9.5 billion at March 31, 2021, up from $5.3 billion at March 31, 2020. Excluding investment in ETFs by IGM mutual funds, ETF assets under management were $4.2 billion at March 31, 2021, compared to $2.3 billion at March 31, 2020.

STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS AND OTHER
Represents the key strategic investments made by the Company, including China Asset Management Co., Ltd., Great-West Lifeco Inc., Northleaf Capital Group Ltd., Wealthsimple Financial Corporation, and Portag3 Ventures LPs, as well as unallocated capital.

Wealthsimple – On May 3, 2021, Wealthsimple announced a $750 million equity fundraising which increases the value of IGM's investment in Wealthsimple to $1.45 billion. The transaction consists of a $250 million primary offering, as well as a $500 million secondary offering by the Power Corporation of Canada group. As a result of the secondary offering, IGM will dispose of a portion of its investment for proceeds of approximately $295 million ($260 million after-tax), and will continue to hold a 23% interest valued at $1.15 billion.

Great-West Lifeco Inc. (Lifeco) – The Company's proportionate share of Lifeco's first quarter earnings was $28.1 million, an increase of 96.4% from $14.3 million in the first quarter of 2020.

China Asset Management Co., Ltd. (China AMC) – The Company's proportionate share of China AMC's first quarter earnings was $12.5 million, an increase of 40.4% from $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 and was the highest quarterly result since IGM's investment in China AMC.

DIVIDENDS
The Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 56.25 cents per share on the Company's common shares which is payable on July 30, 2021 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2021.

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1

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, institutional clients which include Mackenzie mutual funds within their investment offerings, made fund allocation changes which resulted in gross sales of $367 million and net redemptions of $411 million.

2

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, institutional clients, which include Mackenzie mutual funds within their investment offerings, made fund allocation changes which resulted in gross sales of $373 million and net sales of $181 million.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements in this Release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect IGM Financial's current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided to assist the reader in understanding the Company's financial position and results of operations as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Company, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies, for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "seeks", "intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".

This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking statements, including the perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, they may prove to be incorrect.

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved.

A variety of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company's and its subsidiaries' control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company, and its subsidiaries, and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, operational and reputational risks, business competition, technological change, changes in government regulations and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, outbreaks of disease or pandemics (such as COVID-19), the Company's ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Company's and its subsidiaries' success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.

The reader is cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. The reader is also cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Other than as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statements are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Company's business and material factors or assumptions on which information contained in forward-looking statements is based is provided in its disclosure materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, available at www.sedar.com.

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES AND ADDITIONAL IFRS MEASURES
This release contains non-IFRS financial measures and additional IFRS measures. Net earnings available to common shareholders, which is an additional measure in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), may be subdivided into two components consisting of:

  • Adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders; and

  • Other items, which include the after-tax impact of any item that management considers to be of a non-recurring nature or that could make the period-over-period comparison of results from operations less meaningful.

Terms by which non-IFRS financial measures are identified include but are not limited to "adjusted net earnings available to common shareholders", "adjusted earnings per share", "adjusted return on average common equity" and other similar expressions used to provide management and investors with additional measures to assess earnings performance. However, non-IFRS financial measures do not have standard meanings prescribed by IFRS and are not directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Please refer to the attached Financial Highlights for the appropriate reconciliations of these non-IFRS financial measures to measures prescribed by IFRS.

Terms by which additional IFRS measures are identified include "earnings before income taxes" and "net earnings available to common shareholders". Additional IFRS measures are used to provide management and investors with additional measures to assess earnings performance. These measures are considered additional IFRS measures as they are in addition to the minimum line items required by IFRS and are relevant to an understanding of the entity's financial performance.

FIRST QUARTER WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL
IGM Financial Inc.'s First Quarter 2021 results conference call and webcast will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET. The webcast and conference call can be accessed respectively through www.igmfinancial.com or by phone at 1-800-319-4610 or 1-416-915-3239.

The most recent Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of operating results are available on IGM Financial Inc.'s website at www.igmfinancial.com.

ABOUT IGM FINANCIAL INC.
IGM Financial Inc. is one of Canada's leading diversified wealth and asset management companies with approximately $253 billion in total assets under management and advisement at April 30, 2021. The company provides a broad range of financial planning and investment management services to help more than two million Canadians meet their financial goals. Its activities are carried out principally through IG Wealth Management, Mackenzie Investments and Investment Planning Counsel. IGM Financial is a member of the Power Corporation group of companies.

IGM FINANCIAL INC.








Consolidated Statements of Earnings








(unaudited)

Three months ended March 31

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

2021

2020





Revenues




Wealth management

$

603,451

$

562,733

Asset management

232,990


198,442

Dealer compensation expense

(80,709)


(71,381)

Net asset management

152,281


127,061

Net investment income and other

3,134


(1,899)

Proportionate share of associates' earnings

41,589


20,045


800,455


707,940





Expenses




Advisory and business development

284,026


259,114

Operations and support

206,539


195,107

Sub-advisory

19,729


17,502

Interest

28,120


27,307


538,414


499,030

Earnings before income taxes

262,041


208,910

Income taxes

59,671


48,034

Net earnings

202,370


160,876

Non-controlling interest

(190)


-

Net earnings available to common shareholders

$

202,180

$

160,876





Earnings per share (in dollars)




- Basic

$

0.85

$

0.68

- Diluted

$

0.85

$

0.68

IGM FINANCIAL INC


















Financial Highlights
















As at and for the three months ended March 31








(unaudited)



2021

2020

Change










Net earnings available to common shareholders ($ millions)



$

202.2

$

160.9

25.7%










Diluted earnings per share



0.85

0.68

25.0










Return on equity



14.8%

14.1%











Dividends per share



0.5625

0.5625

-

Total assets under management and advisement (1)($ millions)



$

248,474

$

168,356

47.6%

Total assets under management (1)



221,577

147,497

50.2


Wealth Management









Assets under advisement (1)


136,876

110,199

24.2



IG Wealth Management









Assets under management (2)


100,745

81,901





Other assets under advisement


6,250

3,933





Assets under advisement



106,995

85,834

24.7



Investment Planning Counsel









Assets under management (2)


5,308

4,698





Other assets under advisement


24,583

19,674





Assets under advisement



29,891

24,372

22.6


Asset Management (Mackenzie Investments)








Mutual funds (3)



58,137

54,288





ETFs (4)



4,174

2,335





Investment funds



62,311

56,623





Institutional SMA (3)



53,213

4,275





Total excluding subadvisory to Wealth Management



115,524


60,898





Sub-advisory to Wealth Management (3)




76,041


64,068





Total assets under management




191,565


124,966

53.3

Net Flows



Asset



($ millions)

Wealth Management

Management







IG Wealth
Management

Investment
Planning Counsel

Mackenzie Investments

Intersegment
Eliminations

Total (1)


For the three months ended March 31, 2021








Mutual fund net sales (2)

$

501

$

(109)

$

1,461

$

-

$

1,853



ETF net creations

-

-

405

-

405



Investment fund net sales

501

(109)

1,866

-

2,258



Institutional SMA net sales

-

-

(414)

-

(414)



Managed asset net sales

501

(109)

1,452

-

1,844



Other dealer net flows

514

100

-

(279)

335



Total net flows

1,015

(9)

1,452

(279)

2,179











(1)

Consolidated results eliminate double counting where business is reflected within multiple segments.

(2)

Includes separately managed accounts.

(3)

The change in mutual fund assets under management includes a net decrease of $13.2 billion due to the divestiture of Quadrus Group of Funds and Greenchip acquisition in the fourth quarter of 2020. The increase in institutional assets under managment includes $43.5 billion due to the GLC Asset Management Group Ltd. acqusition in the fourth quarter of 2020.

(4)

Total ETFs in the Asset Management section including ETFs held within IGM investment funds were $9.5 billion at March 31, 2021 compared to $5.3 billion at March 31, 2020.

SOURCE IGM Financial Inc.

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