FRMO Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Conference Call

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FRMO Corp. (the “Company” or “FRMO”) (OTC Pink: FRMO) today reported its financial results for the 2020 third quarter, which ended February 29, 2020 (May fiscal year).

Financial Highlights

FRMO’s book value as of February 29, 2020 was $175.4 million ($3.98 per share on a fully diluted basis), including $51.6 million of non-controlling interests. The figure from the prior fiscal year-end as of May 31, 2019 was $175.0 million ($3.98 per share), including $48.6 million of non-controlling interests. Current assets, comprised primarily of cash and equivalents and equity securities, amounted to $120.0 million as of February 29, 2020, and $118.3 million as of May 31, 2019. Total liabilities were $19.9 million as of February 29, 2020, and $16.7 million as of May 31, 2019, comprised primarily of securities sold, not yet purchased and deferred taxes.

FRMO’s net (loss) income attributable to the Company for the three months ended February 29, 2020 was $(4,532,007) (($0.10) per share basic and diluted) compared to $686,989 ($0.02 per share) for the quarter ended February 28, 2019.

FRMO’s net (loss) income attributable to the Company for the nine months ended February 29, 2020 was $(5,232,587) (($0.12) per share basic and diluted) compared to $3,108,131 ($0.07 per share) for the nine months ended February 28, 2019.

FRMO’s net (loss) income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities net of taxes for the three months ended February 29, 2020 was $(1,156,465) (($0.03) per diluted share) compared to $587,901 ($0.01 per diluted share) for the three months ended February 28, 2019. For the nine months ended February 29, 2020, it was $(1,392,553) ((0.03) per diluted share) compared to $5,628,657 ($0.13 per share) for the same period in the previous year. Net (loss) income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities net of taxes is a measure not based on GAAP and is defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in “Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures” at the end of this release.

As of February 29, 2020 and May 31, 2019, the Company held an 18.86% and 15.49% equity interest in Horizon Kinetics Hard Assets LLC (“HKHA”), a company formed by Horizon Kinetics LLC and certain officers, principal stockholders and directors of FRMO Corp.(“the Company”). Due to the common control and ownership between HKHA and the Company’s principal stockholders and directors, HKHA has been consolidated within the Company’s financial statements. The noncontrolling interest of 81.14% and 84.51% in HKHA has been eliminated from results of operations for the periods ended February 29, 2020 and May 31, 2019.

Further details are available in the Company’s Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the quarter ended February 29, 2020. These statements have been filed on the OTC Markets Group Disclosure and News Services, which may be accessed at www.otcmarkets.com/stock/FRMO/filings. These documents are also available on the FRMO website at www.frmocorp.com.

Conference Call

Murray Stahl, Chairman and CEO, and Steven Bregman, President and CFO, will host a conference call on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. ET. Only questions submitted to info@frmocorp.com before 1:00 p.m. on the day of the call will be considered. The call can be accessed by dialing 800-263-0877 (domestic toll free), or +1 323-794-2094 (international toll) and entering the following conference ID: 2844813. A replay will be available from 7:15 p.m. on the day of the teleconference until. To listen to the archived call, dial 888-203-1112 (domestic toll free) or +1 719-457-0820 (international toll), and enter conference ID number 2844813.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

February 29,

 

May 31,

2020

 

2019

(Unaudited)

 

 

Assets
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

51,116

$

53,081

Equity securities, at fair value

 

67,907

 

63,565

Other current assets

 

934

 

1,639

Total Current Assets

 

119,957

 

118,285

Investment in limited partnerships and other equity investments, at fair value

 

46,260

 

47,513

Investments in securities exchanges

 

5,061

 

3,641

Other assets

 

1,858

 

547

Investment in Horizon Kinetics LLC

 

11,988

 

11,488

Participation in Horizon Kinetics LLC revenue stream

 

10,200

 

10,200

Total Assets

$

195,324

$

191,674

 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities:
Securities sold, not yet purchased

$

9,825

$

8,133

Other current liabilities

 

1,560

 

161

Total Current Liabilities

 

11,385

 

8,294

Deferred Tax Liability

 

7,742

 

8,383

Mortgage payable

 

766

 

Total Liabilities

 

19,893

 

16,677

 
Stockholders’ Equity:
Stockholders’ Equity Attributable to the Company

 

123,782

 

126,384

Noncontrolling interests

 

51,649

 

48,613

Total Stockholders’ Equity

 

175,431

 

174,997

 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

195,324

$

191,674

 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(amounts in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

February 29,

 

February 28,

 

February 29,

 

February 28,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

Revenue:
Consultancy and advisory fees

$

650

 

$

462

 

$

1,697

 

$

1,505

Equity earnings (loss) from partnerships and limited liability companies

 

777

 

 

(1,463

)

 

1,870

 

 

200

Unrealized (losses) gains from investments recorded at fair value

 

(249

)

 

(2,658

)

 

(2,462

)

 

2,556

Other

 

5

 

 

3,256

 

 

1,780

 

 

3,551

Total revenue before unrealized gains (losses) from equity securities

 

1,183

 

 

(403

)

 

2,885

 

 

7,812

Unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities recorded at fair value

 

(2,907

)

 

(7,228

)

 

(6,349

)

 

10,101

Total Revenue

 

(1,724

)

 

(7,631

)

 

(3,464

)

 

17,913

Total Expenses

 

314

 

 

282

 

 

1,014

 

 

987

 
(Loss) Income from Operations

 

(2,038

)

 

(7,913

)

 

(4,478

)

 

16,926

Provision for (Benefit from) Income Taxes

 

1,204

 

 

(1,254

)

 

3,267

 

 

365

Net (Loss) Income

 

(3,242

)

 

(6,659

)

 

(7,745

)

 

16,561

Less net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

1,290

 

 

(5,972

)

 

(2,512

)

 

13,453

Net (Loss) Income Attributable to FRMO Corporation

$

(4,532

)

$

(687

)

$

(5,233

)

$

3,108

 
Diluted Net Income (Loss) per Common Share

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.02

)

$

(0.12

)

$

0.07

 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding
Basic

 

44,032,781

 

 

43,975,414

 

 

44,015,741

 

 

43,974,319

Diluted

 

44,032,781

 

 

43,975,414

 

 

44,015,741

 

 

43,974,319

 

About FRMO Corp.

FRMO Corp. invests in and receives revenues based upon consulting and advisory fee interests in the asset management sector.

FRMO had 44,032,781 shares of common stock outstanding as of February 29, 2020.

For more information, visit our website at www.frmocorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 – With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words like “believe,” “expect” and “anticipate” mean that these are our best estimates as of this writing, but that there can be no assurances that expected or anticipated results or events will actually take place, so our actual future results could differ significantly from those statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our ability to maintain our competitive advantages, the general economics of the financial industry, our ability to finance growth, our ability to identify and close acquisitions on terms favorable to the Company, and a sustainable market.

Further information on our risk factors is contained in our quarterly and annual reports as filed on our website www.frmocorp.com and on www.otcmarkets.com/stock/FRMO/filings.

Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities is net income (loss) attributable to the Company exclusive of unrealized gains or losses from equity securities, net of tax. Net income (loss) attributable to the Company is the GAAP measure most closely comparable to net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities.

Management uses net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities, along with other measures, to gauge the Company’s performance and evaluate results, which can be skewed when including unrealized gains (losses) from equity securities, which may vary significantly between periods. Net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities are provided as supplemental information, and are not a substitute for net income (loss) attributable to the Company and do not reflect the Company’s overall profitability.

The following table reconciles the net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities to net income (loss) attributable to the Company for the periods indicated:

Three Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

Diluted

earnings

per

common

share

 

Amount

 

Diluted

earnings

per

common

share

 

Amount

 

Diluted

earnings

per

common

share

 

Amount

 

Diluted

earnings

per

common

share

(000’s except per common share amounts and percentages)
Net Income Attributable to the Company Excluding the Effect of Unrealized Gain (Loss) from Equity Securities and Diluted Earnings per Common Share Reconciliation:
 
Net (loss) income attributable to the Company

$

(4,532

)

$

(0.10

)

$

(687

)

$

(0.02

)

$

(5,233

)

$

(0.12

)

$

3,108

 

$

0.07

 

 
Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities

 

(2,907

)

 

(7,228

)

 

(6,349

)

 

10,101

 

Unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

1,283

 

 

(5,969

)

 

(2,519

)

 

13,454

 

Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities attributable to the Company

 

(4,190

)

 

(1,259

)

 

(3,830

)

 

(3,353

)

Tax benefit on unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities attributable to the company

 

814

 

 

(16

)

 

(11

)

 

832

 

Unrealized (loss) from equity securities attributable to the Company, net of taxes

 

(3,376

)

$

(0.08

)

 

(1,275

)

$

(0.03

)

 

(3,841

)

$

(0.09

)

 

(2,521

)

$

(0.06

)

 
Net (loss) income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities

$

(1,156

)

$

(0.03

)

$

588

 

$

0.01

$

(1,392

)

$

(0.03

)

$

5,629

 

$

0.13

 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

 

44,032,781

 

 

43,975,414

 

 

44,015,741

 

 

43,974,319

 

 
(Earnings per share components may not sum to totals due to rounding)
 

 

Contacts

Thérèse Byars

Corporate Secretary

Email: tbyars@frmocorp.com
Telephone: 646-495-7337

www.frmocorp.com

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