Canada Markets closed

Sprott Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results

·20 min read
Sprott, Inc.
Sprott, Inc.

TORONTO, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprott Inc. (NYSE/TSX: SII) (“Sprott” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

Management commentary
“Assets Under Management (“AUM”) were $21.9 billion as at June 30, 2022, down $1.7 billion (7%) from March 31, 2022 and up $1.5 billion (7%) from December 31, 2021. While our AUM was negatively impacted on both a three and six months ended basis by market value depreciation across our fund products, we are pleased to have maintained strong sales momentum, reporting approximately $0.8 billion in net sales during the second quarter, and $2.2 billion in net sales for the first half of 2022," said Whitney George, CEO of Sprott.

“Our resilient business model allows us to invest through the cycles irrespective of market conditions. We are actively developing new products in all of our asset management businesses. Notably, we continue to build scale in our ETF business through the completion of the previously announced acquisition of the North Shore Global Uranium Miners ETF (“URNM”) and, the recently announced launch of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF, the world’s first ETF to exclusively source and refine gold from globally recognized leaders in ESG based on special criteria developed by Sprott. Sprott is pleased to have partnered with Agnico Eagle, Yamana Gold and the Royal Canadian Mint on this new initiative," concluded Mr. George.

Financial highlights1

Key AUM highlights

  • AUM was $21.9 billion as at June 30, 2022, down $1.7 billion (7%) from March 31, 2022 and up $1.5 billion (7%) from December 31, 2021. Our AUM was negatively impacted on both a three and six months ended basis by market value depreciation across our fund products. However, on a six months ended basis, our cumulative market value declines were offset by strong inflows to our physical trusts, private strategies and the onboarding of AUM from the URNM acquisition that added over $1 billion to our AUM in the quarter.

Key revenue highlights

  • Management fees were $30.6 million in the quarter, up $5.6 million (22%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $57.8 million on a year-to-date basis, up $10.3 million (22%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Carried interest and performance fees were nil in the quarter and $2 million on a year-to-date basis, down $5.9 million (74%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Net fees were $28.1 million in the quarter, up $4.9 million (21%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $53.6 million on a year-to-date basis, up $6.7 million (14%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Our revenue performance was primarily due to strong net inflows to our exchange listed products segment (primarily our physical uranium and gold trusts) and higher average AUM from the URNM acquisition. We also benefited from inflows to our private strategies segment. These increases were partially offset by lower carried interest crystallization in our private strategies segment on a year-to-date basis.

  • Commission revenues were $6.5 million in the quarter, down $0.9 million (12%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $19.5 million on a year-to-date basis, down $0.3 million (2%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Net commissions were $3.4 million in the quarter, down $0.8 million (20%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $10.1 million on a year-to-date basis, down $1.1 million (10%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Lower commissions were due to weaker mining equity origination activity in our brokerage segment that was partially offset by commissions earned on the purchase of uranium in our exchange listed products segment.

  • Finance income was $1.2 million in the quarter, up $0.3 million (27%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $2.6 million on a year to date basis, up $0.4 million (20%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. Our results were primarily driven by higher income generation in co-investment positions we hold in LPs managed in our private strategies segment.

Key expense highlights

  • Net compensation expense was $13.9 million in the quarter, up $3.1 million (29%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $29.7 million on a year-to-date basis, up $7 million (31%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher long-term incentive plan ("LTIP") amortization and higher salaries on new hires that were partially offset by lower annual incentive compensation ("AIP").

  • SG&A was $4.2 million in the quarter, up $0.7 million (21%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $7.7 million on a year-to-date basis, up $0.8 million (12%) from the six months ended June 30, 2021. The increase was mainly due to higher marketing and technology costs.

1 See “non-IFRS financial measures” section on this press release and schedule 2 and 3 of "Supplemental financial information"

Earnings summary

  • Net income was $0.8 million ($0.03 per share) in the quarter, down 93%, or $10.3 million ($0.41 per share) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $7.2 million on a year-to-date basis ($0.29 per share), down 49%, or $7.1 million ($0.28 per share) from the six months ended June 30, 2021.

    Adjusted base EBITDA was $17.9 million ($0.71 per share) in the quarter, up 19%, or $2.9 million ($0.11 per share) from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $36.1 million ($1.44 per share) on a year-to-date basis up 22%, or $6.4 million ($0.25 per share) from the six months ended June 30, 2021.

    Net income on both a three and six months ended basis was negatively impacted by net market value depreciation of our co-investments as a result of the recent pull back in market valuations across most global asset classes as well as unrealized market value declines on the mark-to-market of certain digital gold strategies. On a quarterly and year-to-date basis, Adjusted base EBITDA benefited from strong net inflows into our physical trusts (primarily our physical uranium and gold trusts), the URNM acquisition and inflows to our private strategies products. These increases were only partially offset by weaker mining equity origination activity in our brokerage segment.

Subsequent events

  • On August 1, 2022, the Sprott Board of Directors announced a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share.

Supplemental financial information

Please refer to the June 30, 2022 interim 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 June 30, 2022 and the company's financial performance for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

Schedule 1 - AUM continuity

3 months results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In millions $)

AUM
Mar. 31, 2022

Net inflows (1)

Market value changes

Other (2)

AUM
Jun. 30, 2022

 

Blended
net management
fee rate (3)

Exchange listed products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Physical trusts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Physical Gold Trust

5,887

219

 

(415

)

-

 

5,691

 

0.35%

- Physical Gold and Silver Trust

4,302

(14

)

(462

)

-

 

3,826

 

0.40%

- Physical Silver Trust

3,942

59

 

(734

)

-

 

3,267

 

0.45%

- Physical Uranium Trust

3,144

210

 

(425

)

-

 

2,929

 

0.30%

- Physical Platinum & Palladium Trust

164

5

 

(22

)

-

 

147

 

0.50%

- Exchange Traded Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Uranium ETFs

-

12

 

(296

)

1,042

 

758

 

0.68%

- Gold ETFs

430

(1

)

(124

)

-

 

305

 

0.35%

 

17,869

490

 

(2,478

)

1,042

 

16,923

 

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managed equities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Precious metals strategies

2,364

(14

)

(636

)

-

 

1,714

 

0.88%

- Other (4)(5)

1,239

15

 

(289

)

-

 

965

 

1.14%

 

3,603

1

 

(925

)

-

 

2,679

 

0.97%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private strategies

1,441

302

 

(14

)

(118

)

1,611

 

0.77%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-core AUM (6)

766

-

 

(34

)

-

 

732

 

0.51%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (7)

23,679

793

 

(3,451

)

924

 

21,945

 

0.49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In millions $)

AUM
Dec. 31, 2021

Net inflows (1)

Market value changes

Other (2)

AUM
Jun. 30, 2022

 

Blended
net management
fee rate (3)

Exchange listed products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Physical trusts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Physical Gold Trust

5,008

809

 

(126

)

-

 

5,691

 

0.35%

- Physical Gold and Silver Trust

4,094

(48

)

(220

)

-

 

3,826

 

0.40%

- Physical Silver Trust

3,600

182

 

(515

)

-

 

3,267

 

0.45%

- Physical Uranium Trust

1,769

849

 

311

 

-

 

2,929

 

0.30%

- Physical Platinum & Palladium Trust

132

24

 

(9

)

-

 

147

 

0.50%

- Exchange Traded Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Uranium ETFs

-

12

 

(296

)

1,042

 

758

 

0.68%

- Gold ETFs

356

15

 

(66

)

-

 

305

 

0.35%

 

14,959

1,843

 

(921

)

1,042

 

16,923

 

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managed equities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Precious metals strategies

2,141

(7

)

(420

)

-

 

1,714

 

0.88%

- Other (4)(5)

1,141

43

 

(219

)

-

 

965

 

1.14%

 

3,282

36

 

(639

)

-

 

2,679

 

0.97%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private strategies

1,426

310

 

(7

)

(118

)

1,611

 

0.77%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-core AUM (6)

776

-

 

(44

)

-

 

732

 

0.51%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (7)

20,443

2,189

 

(1,611

)

924

 

21,945

 

0.49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) See 'Net inflows' in the key performance indicators and non-IFRS and other 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 private strategies LPs.

(3) Management fee rate represents the weighted average fees for all funds in the category.

(4) Includes institutional managed accounts and high net worth discretionary managed accounts in the U.S.

(5) Prior year figures have been restated to confirm with current year presentation. See the "Business overview" section of the MD&A.

(6) Previously called Other, this AUM is related to our legacy asset management business in Korea, which accounted for less than 1% of consolidated net income and EBITDA.

(7) No performance fees are earned on exchange listed products. Performance fees are earned on all precious metals strategies (other than bullion funds) and are based on returns above relevant benchmarks. Other managed equities strategies primarily earn performance fees on flow-through products. Private strategies LPs earn carried interest calculated as a pre-determined net profit over a preferred return.

Schedule 2 - Summary financial information

(In thousands $)

Q2
2022

Q1
2022

Q4
2021

Q3
2021

Q2
2021

Q1
2021

Q4
2020

Q3
2020

Summary income statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fees

30,620

 

27,172

 

27,783

 

28,612

 

25,062

 

22,452

 

22,032

 

19,934

 

Trailer, sub-advisor and fund expense

(1,258

)

(853

)

(872

)

(637

)

(552

)

(599

)

(583

)

(527

)

Direct payouts

(1,272

)

(1,384

)

(1,367

)

(1,892

)

(1,198

)

(890

)

(695

)

(476

)

Carried interest and performance fees

-

 

2,046

 

4,298

 

-

 

-

 

7,937

 

10,075

 

-

 

Carried interest and performance fee payouts - internal

-

 

(1,029

)

(2,516

)

-

 

(126

)

(4,580

)

(5,529

)

-

 

Carried interest and performance fee payouts - external (1)

-

 

(476

)

(790

)

-

 

-

 

(595

)

-

 

-

 

Net fees

28,090

 

25,476

 

26,536

 

26,083

 

23,186

 

23,725

 

25,300

 

18,931

 

Commissions

6,458

 

13,077

 

14,153

 

11,273

 

7,377

 

12,463

 

6,761

 

9,386

 

Commission expense - internal

(2,034

)

(3,134

)

(4,128

)

(3,089

)

(3,036

)

(5,289

)

(2,093

)

(3,313

)

Commission expense - external (1)

(978

)

(3,310

)

(3,016

)

(2,382

)

(49

)

(253

)

(98

)

(344

)

Net Commissions

3,446

 

6,633

 

7,009

 

5,802

 

4,292

 

6,921

 

4,570

 

5,729

 

Finance income

1,186

 

1,433

 

788

 

567

 

932

 

1,248

 

1,629

 

757

 

Gain (loss) on investments

(7,884

)

(1,473

)

(43

)

310

 

2,502

 

(4,652

)

(3,089

)

4,408

 

Other income

170

 

208

 

313

 

529

 

438

 

303

 

949

 

914

 

Total net revenues

25,008

 

32,277

 

34,603

 

33,291

 

31,350

 

27,545

 

29,359

 

30,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation

19,364

 

21,789

 

20,632

 

18,001

 

15,452

 

22,636

 

20,193

 

16,280

 

Direct payouts

(1,272

)

(1,384

)

(1,367

)

(1,892

)

(1,198

)

(890

)

(695

)

(476

)

Carried interest and performance fee payouts - internal

-

 

(1,029

)

(2,516

)

-

 

(126

)

(4,580

)

(5,529

)

-

 

Commission expense - internal

(2,034

)

(3,134

)

(4,128

)

(3,089

)

(3,036

)

(5,289

)

(2,093

)

(3,313

)

Severance, new hire accruals and other (2)

(2,113

)

(514

)

(187

)

(207

)

(293

)

(44

)

(65

)

(210

)

Net compensation

13,945

 

15,728

 

12,434

 

12,813

 

10,799

 

11,833

 

11,811

 

12,281

 

Severance, new hire accruals and other

2,113

 

514

 

187

 

207

 

293

 

44

 

65

 

210

 

Selling, general and administrative

4,221

 

3,438

 

4,172

 

3,682

 

3,492

 

3,351

 

2,320

 

2,465

 

Interest expense

483

 

480

 

239

 

312

 

260

 

350

 

331

 

320

 

Depreciation and amortization

959

 

976

 

1,136

 

1,134

 

1,165

 

1,117

 

1,023

 

992

 

Other expenses

868

 

1,976

 

2,910

 

3,875

 

876

 

4,918

 

4,528

 

4,154

 

Total expenses

22,589

 

23,112

 

21,078

 

22,023

 

16,885

 

21,613

 

20,078

 

20,422

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

757

 

6,473

 

10,171

 

8,718

 

11,075

 

3,221

 

6,720

 

8,704

 

Net Income per share

0.03

 

0.26

 

0.41

 

0.35

 

0.44

 

0.13

 

0.27

 

0.36

 

Adjusted base EBITDA

17,909

 

18,173

 

17,705

 

16,713

 

15,050

 

14,605

 

14,751

 

12,024

 

Adjusted base EBITDA per share

0.71

 

0.73

 

0.71

 

0.67

 

0.60

 

0.59

 

0.60

 

0.49

 

Operating margin

55%

 

57%

 

55%

 

52%

 

52%

 

51%

 

51%

 

47%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

376,128

 

380,843

 

365,873

 

375,819

 

361,121

 

356,986

 

377,348

 

358,300

 

Total liabilities

89,264

 

83,584

 

74,654

 

84,231

 

64,081

 

67,015

 

86,365

 

81,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total AUM

21,944,675

 

23,679,354

 

20,443,088

 

19,016,313

 

18,550,106

 

17,073,078

 

17,390,389

 

16,259,184

 

Average AUM

23,388,568

 

21,646,082

 

20,229,119

 

19,090,702

 

18,343,846

 

17,188,205

 

16,719,815

 

16,705,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) These amounts are included in the "Trailer, sub-advisor and fund expenses" line on the consolidated statements of operations.

(2) The majority of the Q2 2022 amount is compensation and other transition payments to the former CEO that will be paid out over 3 years.

Schedule 3 - EBITDA reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 months ended

6 months ended

(in thousands $)

Jun. 30, 2022

Jun. 30, 2021

Jun. 30, 2022

Jun. 30, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Net income for the periods

757

 

11,075

 

7,230

 

14,296

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

483

 

260

 

963

 

610

 

Provision for income taxes

1,662

 

3,390

 

4,354

 

6,101

 

Depreciation and amortization

959

 

1,165

 

1,935

 

2,282

 

EBITDA

3,861

 

15,890

 

14,482

 

23,289

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other adjustments:

 

 

 

 

(Gain) loss on investments (1)

7,884

 

(2,502

)

9,357

 

2,150

 

Amortization of stock based compensation

3,101

 

423

 

7,278

 

796

 

Other expenses (2)

3,063

 

1,113

 

5,506

 

6,056

 

Adjusted EBITDA

17,909

 

14,924

 

36,623

 

32,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Carried interest and performance fees

-

 

-

 

(2,046

)

(7,937

)

Carried interest and performance fee payouts - internal

-

 

126

 

1,029

 

4,706

 

Carried interest and performance fee payouts - external

-

 

-

 

476

 

595

 

Adjusted base EBITDA

17,909

 

15,050

 

36,082

 

29,655

 

Operating margin (3)

55

%

52

%

56

%

51

%

(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 below are met.

(2) In addition to the items outlined in Note 5 of the interim financial statements, this reconciliation line also includes $2.1 million severance, new hire accruals and other for the three months ended June 30, 2022 (three months ended June 30, 2021 - $0.3 million) and $2.6 million for the six months ended (six months ended June 30, 2021 - $0.3 million). This reconciliation line excludes income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest of ($0.1) million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and a nominal loss for the six months ended June 30, 2022 (three and six months ended June 30, 2021 - $0.1 million).

(3) Calculated as adjusted base EBITDA inclusive of depreciation and amortization. This figure is then divided by revenues before gains (losses) on investments, net of direct costs as applicable.

Conference Call and Webcast

A webcast will be held today, August 2, 2022 at 10:00 am ET to discuss the Company's financial results. To listen to the webcast, please register at

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/nnm2fbz4.

Please note, analysts who cover the company should register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI3a8f92db523d446294ec50bcf3e57349 to participate in the live Q&A session.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release includes financial terms (including AUM, net revenues, net commissions, net fees, expenses, adjusted base EBITDA, net compensation) 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. Non-IFRS financial measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Our key performance indicators and non-IFRS and other financial measures are discussed below. For quantitative reconciliations of non-IFRS financial measures to their most directly comparable IFRS financial measures please see schedule 2 and schedule 3 of the "Supplemental financial information" section of this press release.

Net fees

Management fees, net of trailer, sub-advisor, fund expenses and direct payouts, and carried interest and performance fees, net of carried interest and performance fee payouts (internal and external), are key revenue indicators as they represent the net revenue contribution after directly associated costs that we generate from our AUM.

Net commissions

Commissions, net of commission expenses (internal and external), arise primarily from transaction-based service offerings of our brokerage segment and purchases and sales of uranium in our exchange listed products segment.

Net compensation

Net compensation excludes commission expenses paid to employees, other direct payouts to employees, carried interest and performance fee payouts to employees, which are all presented net of their related revenues in the MD&A, and severance, new hire accruals and other which are non-recurring.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted base EBITDA

EBITDA in its most basic form is defined as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is a measure commonly used in the investment industry by management, investors and investment analysts in understanding and comparing results by factoring out the impact of different financing methods, capital structures, amortization techniques and income tax rates between companies in the same industry. While other companies, investors or investment analysts may not utilize the same method of calculating EBITDA (or adjustments thereto), the Company believes its adjusted base EBITDA metric, in particular, results in a better comparison of the Company's underlying operations against its peers and a better indicator of recurring results from operations as compared to other non-IFRS financial measures.

Forward Looking Statements
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: (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; (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 June 30, 2022. 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 favourable 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 24, 2022; and (xxix) those risks described under the headings "Managing Financial Risks" and "Managing Non-Financial Risks" in the Company’s MD&A for the period ended June 30, 2022. 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.

About Sprott

Sprott is a global leader in precious metal and real asset investments. We are specialists. Our in-depth knowledge, experience and relationships separate us from the generalists. Our investment strategies include Exchange Listed Products, Managed Equities, Private Strategies and Brokerage. Sprott has offices in Toronto, New York and London and the company’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol (SII). For more information, please visit www.sprott.com.

Investor contact information:

Glen Williams
Managing Director
Investor and Institutional Client Relations;
Head of Corporate Communications
(416) 943-4394
gwilliams@sprott.com