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Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results


Record quarterly revenues driven by strong trading and new issue activities
Excluding significant items, first quarter earnings per common share of $0.25 (1)

La version française du présent communiqué sera déposée sur SEDAR. / A French-language version of this communication will be made available on SEDAR

TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (Canaccord Genuity Group, the Company) (TSX: CF) today announced its financial results for the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30, 2020.

"Our performance for the fiscal first quarter reflects our agile and defensive business mix that allows us to shift resources where needed to ensure excellent client experiences in any environment," said Dan Daviau, President & CEO of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. "We achieved record quarterly revenues, with all businesses contributing to our profitability, and, in keeping with our commitment to increase shareholder returns, we increased our quarterly common share dividend by ten percent."

First fiscal quarter highlights:
(All dollar amounts are stated in thousands of Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated)


Three months ended June 30

Year-over-year
change

Three months
ended March 31

Quarter-over-
quarter change


Q1/21

Q1/20


Q4/20


Revenue

$377,728

$325,508

16.0%

$319,648

18.2%

First fiscal quarter highlights- adjusted1

Expenses - excluding significant items1

$335,965

$286,978

17.1%

$294,703

14.0%

Earnings per common share ? diluted, excluding significant items1

$0.25

$0.23

8.7%

$0.17

47.1%

Net Income - excluding significant items1

$32,897

$30,654

7.3%

$21,451

53.4%

Net Income attributable to common shareholders ? excluding significant items1,3

$29,065

$28,218

3.0%

$19,142

51.8%

First fiscal quarter highlights- IFRS

Expenses

$340,674

$294,156

15.8%

$289,430

17.7%

Earnings per common share ? diluted

$0.22

$0.18

22.2%

$0.21

4.8%

Net Income2

$28,964

$24,290

19.2%

$26,246

10.4%

Net Income attributable to common shareholders,3

$25,132

$21,854

15.0%

$23,937

5.0%

1. Figures excluding significant items are non-IFRS measures. See Non-IFRS measures on page 6 of the MD&A
2. Before non-controlling interests and preferred share dividends
3. Net income attributable to common shareholders is calculated as the net income adjusted for non-controlling interests and preferred share dividends

Core business performance highlights:

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

The Company's combined global wealth management operations earned revenue of $137.9 million for the first fiscal quarter, a year-over-year increase of 6.3%. Excluding significant items1, the pre-tax net income contribution from this segment increased by 4.4% year-over-year to $24.3 million.

First quarter revenue in the Company's UK & Europe wealth management business decreased by 5.5% compared to Q1/20, mainly driven by a decline in fee-based revenue resulting from slightly lower market values for client assets due to current market conditions and reduced interest income due to lower rates.  Despite the decline in revenue, pre-tax income excluding significant items 1 increased by 14.2% compared to the three months ended June 30, 2019 due to a decrease in overhead expenses. On an adjusted1 basis, the pre-tax profit margin was 23.6%, an increase of 4.1 percentage points year over year and an increase of 3.2 percentage points from the average for fiscal 2020.

Revenue in the Company's North American wealth management business decreased slightly by 1.5% in Q1/21 compared to the same period in the prior year.  The pre-tax profit margin was 13.3%, a decline of 2.7 percentage points from Q1/20 although an increase of 2.5 percentage points from the average for fiscal 2020.

Our Australian wealth management operations earned revenue of $13.0 million and pre-tax income excluding significant items1 of $0.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, reflecting contributions from the acquisition of Patersons Securities Limited in Q3/20.

Total client assets in the Company's global wealth management businesses at the end of the first fiscal quarter amounted to $68.9 billion.

Canaccord Genuity Capital Markets

Excluding significant items1, this segment contributed pre-tax net income of $34.4 million for the quarter, an improvement of 68.4% compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. Globally, Canaccord Genuity Capital Markets earned first fiscal quarter revenue of $234.9 million, an increase of 23.6% compared to the same period a year ago.

Revenue in the Company's US capital markets business increased by 20.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to Q1/20.  This included an increase of $32.3 million in principal trading revenue over Q1/20 and an increase of $10.4 million in commissions and fees revenue, both increases attributable to the increased levels of trading volumes during the quarter. Investment banking revenue in this business increased by 4.6% year-over-year reflecting robust new-issue activity, particularly in in the healthcare and technology sectors. These increases were partially offset by a decline in advisory fees of $24.1 million from Q1/20.

Revenue in our Australia operations increased from $9.2 million in Q1/20 to $42.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.  The significant increase in the current quarter was largely driven by increased investment banking activity in our focus sectors, including mining and resource companies, and includes unrealized gains in certain inventory and warrant positions earned in respect of investment banking activity. 

First quarter revenue in our Canadian capital markets operation increased by 41.1% when compared to the most recent fiscal quarter but decreased by $9.0 million or 14.1% year-over-year, when compared to the exceptionally strong performance in Q1/20.  Investment banking revenue for the three-month period was 122.8% higher than in the most recent fiscal quarter.

Our UK & Europe capital markets business achieved a revenue increase of 4.8% year-over-year. Despite a softer environment for advisory activities in the region, investment banking and principal trading revenues increased by 205.6% and 52.1% respectively. Pre-tax profit was $1.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to a loss of $0.2 million in the same period a year ago. 

Summary of Corporate Developments:

On June 11, 2020, the Company announced that Gene McBurney has been appointed to lead the firm's Investment Banking efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean and enhance our market leading mining franchise.

Total compensation expense as a percentage of revenue increased from 59.9% in Q1/20 and 60.3% in fiscal 2020 to 66.9% in Q1/21. The increase in the compensation ratio for the current quarter was due to an increase in the fair value of performance share units (PSUs) granted in prior periods as a component of the Company's overall executive compensation program. The fair value of the PSUs is based upon progress against certain pre-determined three-year performance metrics, including share price relative to the market, as measured at the time of vesting. The PSUs are awarded annually and vest after three years and are paid in cash at the time of vesting in an amount calculated with reference to the share price at the time of vesting and, accordingly, the value will vary with share price performance.  Changes to the fair value of the PSUs as measured in future periods may increase or decrease from the fair value as recorded at June 30, 2020 and such changes will be recorded through compensation expense.

 Results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were impacted by the following significant items:

In addition, the Company's effective tax rate returned to a normalized level of 22%, following the recognition of deferred tax assets in fiscal 2020 that had previously been unrecognized due to historical losses.

Summary of results for Q1 fiscal 2021 and selected financial information excluding significant items1


Three months ended June 30

Year-over-year
change

(C$ thousands, except per share and % amounts)

2020

2019

Total revenue per IFRS

$377,728

$325,508

16.0%

Total expenses per IFRS

$340,674

$294,156

15.8%

Revenue




Total revenue excluding significant items

$377,728

$325,508

16.0%

Expenses

Significant items recorded in Canaccord Genuity Capital Markets




Amortization of intangible assets

$748

$2,471

(69.7)%

Restructuring costs 

-

-

-

Acquisition- related costs

-

$177

(100)%

Significant items recorded in Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management


Amortization of intangible assets

$3,326

$3,043

9.3%

Acquisition-related costs

-

$335

(100)%

Incentive-based costs related to acquisition

$635

$1,152

(44.9)%

Total significant items

$4,709

$7,178

(34.4)%

Total revenue excluding significant items

$377,728

$325,508

16.0%

Total expenses excluding significant items

$335,965

$286,978

17.1%

Net income before taxes ? adjusted

$41,763

$38,530

8.4%

Income taxes ? adjusted

$8,866

$7,876

12.6%

Net income - adjusted

$32,897

$30,654

7.3%

Net income attributable to common shareholders, adjusted

$29,065

$28,218

3.0%

1Figures excluding significant items are non-IFRS measures. See Non-IFRS measures in page 6 of the MD&A

Financial condition at the end of first quarter fiscal 2021 vs. fourth quarter of fiscal 2020

Common and Preferred Share Dividends: 

On August 5, 2020, the Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.055 per common share, payable on September 10, 2020, with a record date of August 28, 2020. 

On August 5, 2020, the Board approved a cash dividend of $0.24281 per Series A Preferred Share payable on September 30, 2020 to Series A Preferred shareholders of record as at September 18, 2020.   

On August 5, 2020, the Board approved a cash dividend of $0.31206 per Series C Preferred Share payable on September 30, 2020 to Series C Preferred shareholders of record as at September 18, 2020.  

ACCESS TO QUARTERLY RESULTS INFORMATION  

Interested investors, the media and other stakeholders may review the earnings release and supplementary financial information at www.cgf.com/investor-relations/investor-resources/financial-reports/

QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST PRESENTATION

Interested parties are invited to listen to Canaccord Genuity's first quarter fiscal 2021 results conference call via live webcast or a toll-free number. The conference call is scheduled for Thursday August 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time, 5:00 a.m. Pacific time, 1:00 p.m. UK time, 8:00 p.m. China Standard Time, and 10:00 p.m. Australia EST. During the call, senior executives will comment on the results and respond to questions from analysts and institutional investors.

The conference call may be accessed live and will also be archived on a listen-only basis at:
www.cgf.com/investor-relations/news-and-events/conference-calls-and-webcasts/

Analysts and institutional investors can call in via telephone at:

Please ask to participate in the Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Q1/21 results call. If a passcode is requested, please use 5558518.

A replay of the conference call will be made available from approximately two hours after the live call on August 6, 2020 until October 6, 2020 at 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056 by entering passcode 5558518 followed by the (#) key.

ABOUT CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC.:

Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (the "Company") is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Since its establishment in 1950, the Company has been driven by an unwavering commitment to building lasting client relationships. We achieve this by generating value for our individual, institutional and corporate clients through comprehensive investment solutions, brokerage services and investment banking services. The Company has Wealth Management offices located in Canada, the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Australia. The Company's international capital markets division operates in North America, UK & Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol CF on the TSX. Canaccord Genuity Series A Preferred Shares are listed on the TSX under the symbol CF.PR.A. Canaccord Genuity Series C Preferred Shares are listed on the TSX under the symbol CF.PR.C. The Company's 6.25% Convertible Unsecured Senior Subordinated Debentures are listed on the TSX under the symbol CF.DA.A.  

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1 Figures excluding significant items are non-IFRS measures. See Non-IFRS measures on page 6 of the MD&A

Investor and media relations inquiries: Christina Marinoff, Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications, Phone: 416-687-5507, Email: cmarinoff@cgf.com, www.cgf.com/investor-relations


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