U.S. Global Investors, Inc. Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2015 Company Continues to be Challenged by a Strong Dollar, Weak Emerging Markets and Slumping Commodity Prices

Author: Frank Holmes
Date Posted: September 16, 2015 Read time: 12 min

SAN ANTONIO—September 16, 2015U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW), a boutique registered investment advisory firm with longstanding experience in global markets and specialized sectors, today reported a net loss of $4.0 million, or $(0.26) per share, on operating revenues of $9.4 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015. For the fiscal year 2014, U.S. Global Investors recorded a net loss of $970,000, or $(0.06) per share, on operating revenues of $11.4 million. In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, the company had a net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.13) per share, on operating revenues of $1.9 million.

The fiscal 2015 results include the impact of a non-cash tax expense of $1.9 million, or $(0.12) per share, of which $1.2 million, or $(0.08) per share, was included in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. 

On June 30, 2015, total assets under management as of period end were $792 million compared to $1.23 billion on June 30, 2014, a decrease of 36 percent. The decrease in total assets under management was primarily due to market depreciation in resource related assets and redemptions in mutual funds. On a positive note, the decrease in assets was partially offset by the launch of the company’s first exchange traded fund (ETF), the U.S Global Jets ETF. During fiscal 2015, U.S. Global Investors’ average assets under management were $931 million, compared to $1.08 billion in fiscal 2014.

Transforming Through a Year Challenged by a Strong Dollar and Slowing Global Growth

The challenges of a prolonged decline in emerging markets, gold and natural resources have dramatically impacted GROW’s revenues for the past four years. “The company will weather this storm by continuing a lean and reflexive cost structure and streamlining operations, while building for the future with innovative and competitive products,” says Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. “We study global purchasing managers index (PMI) numbers as leading indicators of the future health of the global economy. Until PMIs are positive and constructive, odds favor commodity prices will remain flat or get worse. The cascading effect of the strong dollar and slow global growth is a headwind for natural resource and emerging markets investments as well as many American multinational companies.”

Company’s First Smart Beta ETF “JETS” Took Flight

U.S. Global Investors expanded its product mix with the launch of its first ETF on April 30, 2015. U.S. Global Jets ETF trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker JETS. As the only airline-focused ETF presently available to investors, the product positions the company to grow assets under management.  Out of all the equity ETFs launched in the first half of 2015, JETS ranked in the top 10 funds in assets under management, according to data from ETF.com.

Short-Term Municipal Bonds—A Solution to Choppy Markets

“As investors continued to experience the pains of volatile equity markets and apprehension over the timing of potential interest rate increases, our Near-Term Tax Free Fund (NEARX) remained a calming solution. It has demonstrated positive returns every year for the past two decades, providing investors and financial advisors steady past performance, through bull and bear markets and rising and falling interest rate environments. Out of 25,000 equity and bond mutual funds, only 30 of them have had positive returns for 20 years in a row,” says Holmes. NEARX is the company’s second largest mutual fund and invests in short-term high quality municipal bonds.

Share Repurchase Program

U.S. Global Investors continued purchasing outstanding stock. Since the program began in January 2013, the company has purchased shares totaling 243,654 class A shares using cash of approximately $755,000. The company uses an algorithm to purchase shares on down days, following the rules and regulations that restrict the amounts and times when shares can be purchased on any given day. The share repurchase plan expires at the end of the calendar year 2015 but may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

Continued Strong Balance Sheet

The company had net working capital of approximately $19.8 million at the end of fiscal year 2015. With approximately $3.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and $19.9 million in securities recorded at fair value, which together comprise approximately 76 percent of total assets, U.S. Global Investors has adequate liquidity and is in a position to pursue potential investment opportunities. The company has had no long-term debt since 2004 and owns its headquarters building.

U.S. Global Continues GROW Dividends

The company has continued to pay monthly dividends for more than seven years and will continue dividend payments in the fourth calendar quarter of 2015.

The company’s board of directors approved the payment of the $0.0025 per share per month dividend beginning in October 2015 and continuing through December 2015. The company plans to use the cash from the lower dividend payment in the launching of new ETFs.

The dividend record dates are October 13, November 9 and December 14, and the payment dates will be October 27, November 23 and December 28.

At the end of this period, the company will have paid monthly dividends for more than eight years. At the September 14, 2015, closing price of $2.05, the current $0.005 monthly dividend equals a 2.9 percent yield on an annualized basis.

The continuation of future cash dividends will be determined by U.S. Global’s board of directors, at its sole discretion, after review of the company’s financial performance and other factors, and is dependent on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the company and general business conditions.

Earnings Webcast Information

The company has scheduled a webcast for 7:30 a.m. Central time on Thursday, September 17, 2015, to discuss the company’s key financial results for the fiscal year. Frank Holmes, CEO and chief investment officer, will be accompanied on the webcast by Susan McGee, president and general counsel, and Lisa Callicotte, chief financial officer. Click here to register or visit www.usfunds.com. Please log in at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Selected Financial Data (unaudited):
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
  Three months ended
  6/30/2015 3/31/2015 6/30/2014
Operating Revenues $1,872 $1,831 $2,905
Operating Expenses 3,034 3,049 3,350
Operating Loss (1,162) (1,218) (445)
Total Other Income (Loss) (89) 249 667
Tax Expense (Benefit) 801 25 (51)
Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations (2,052) (994) 273
Net Loss from Discontinued Operations (6)
Net Income (Loss) $(2,052) $(994) $267
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest 1 13 7
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to U.S. Global Investors $(2,053) $(1,007) $260
Earnings (Loss) per share (basic and diluted) $(0.13) $(0.07) $0.02
Avg. common shares outstanding (basic) 15,380,689 15,379,365 15,437,165
Avg. common shares outstanding (diluted) 15,380,689 15,379,365 15,437,165
Avg. assets under management (millions) $819 $818 $1,023


Selected Financial Data for Fiscal Year:
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
  2015   2014
Operating Revenues $9,371   $11,439
Operating Expenses 12,959   14,841
Operating Loss (3,588)   (3,402)
Total Other Income 434   2,165
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 822   (517)
Loss from Continuing Operations (3,976)   (720)
Loss from Discontinued Operations   (243)
Net Loss (3,976)   (963)
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest 54   7
Net Loss Attributable to U.S. Global Investors $(4,030)   $(970)
Loss per share (basic and diluted) $(0.26)   $(0.06)
Avg. common shares outstanding (basic) 15,399,831   15,459,022
Avg. common shares outstanding (diluted) 15,399,831   15,459,022
Avg. assets under management (millions) $931   $1,078

About U.S. Global Investors, Inc.

The story of U.S. Global Investors goes back more than 40 years when it began as an investment club. Today, U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (www.usfunds.com) is a registered investment adviser that focuses on profitable niche markets around the world. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the company provides money management and other services to U.S. Global Investors Funds, the U.S. Global Jets ETF and other international clients.

Forward-Looking Statements and Disclosure

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Total Annualized Returns as of 6/30/15
  One-Year Five-Year Ten-Year Gross Expense Ratio Expense Cap
Near-Term Tax Free Fund 0.90% 2.27% 2.98% 1.08% 0.45%


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