false 0001642122 0001642122 2023-11-08 2023-11-08


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) November 8, 2023
 
ASSOCIATED CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
1-37387
47-3965991
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
     
191 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT
 
06830
     
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code (203) 629-9595
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):
 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
AC
New York Stock Exchange
 


 
 

 
Item 2.02
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
The following information is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02, “Results of Operations and Financial Condition.”
 
On November 8, 2023, Associated Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE: AC) (“Associated Capital”), announced its results of operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. A copy of the related press release is being filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
 
The information furnished under Item 2.02, including the exhibit attached hereto, is not deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, except otherwise as expressly stated in such filing.
 
 
Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
 
(d)
Exhibits
 
 
99.1
 
 
104
Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
 
 

 
SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Associated Capital Group, Inc.
 
By: /s/ Ian J. McAdams
Ian J. McAdams         
Chief Financial Officer
 
Date: November 13, 2023
 
 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

 For Immediate Release:

 

Ian J. McAdams

Chief Financial Officer

(914) 921 5078

Associated-Capital-Group.com

ASSOCIATED CAPITAL GROUP, INC.

Reports Third Quarter Results

 

 

-

Book Value per share ended the quarter at $41.43 per share vs $39.96 at September 30, 2022

 

-

AUM: $1.59 billion at September 30, 2023 compared to $1.75 billion at September 30, 2022

 

-

Approved $4.3 million shareholder designated charitable contribution for registered shareholders, bringing total to $38 million since our spin-off in 2015

 

Greenwich, CT, November 8, 2023 – Associated Capital Group, Inc. (“AC” or the “Company”), a diversified financial services company, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

 

Financial Highlights - GAAP Basis

($ in 000's except AUM and per share data)

 

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

   

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 
   

2023

   

2022

   

2023

   

2022

 

AUM - end of period (in millions)

  $ 1,588     $ 1,752     $ 1,588     $ 1,752  

AUM - average (in millions)

    1,580       1,807       1,686       1,820  
                                 

Revenues

    2,200       2,562       7,047       7,690  

Operating loss before management fee (Non-GAAP)

    (3,533 )     (3,129 )     (9,050 )     (8,646 )

Investment and other non-operating income/(loss), net

    3,794       (17,789 )     37,140       (68,753 )

Income/(loss) before income taxes

    273       (20,918 )     25,015       (77,399 )
                                 

Net income/(loss)

    (16 )     (16,498 )     21,109       (62,571 )

Net income/(loss) per share-diluted

    0.00       (0.75 )     0.97       (2.84 )
                                 

Class A shares outstanding (000's)

    2,672       3,041       2,672       3,041  

Class B "                "

    18,951       18,963       18,951       18,963  

Total     "                "

    21,623       22,004       21,623       22,004  

Book Value per share

  $ 41.43     $ 39.96     $ 41.43     $ 39.96  
                                 

 

Giving Back to Society - (Y)our "S" in ESG

 

AC seeks to be a good corporate citizen by supporting our community through sponsoring local organizations. On August 9, 2023, the Board of Directors approved a $0.20 per share shareholder designated charitable contribution ("SDCC") for registered shareholders as of October 16, 2023. Based on the program created by Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway, our corporate charitable giving is unique in that the recipients of AC's charitable contributions are chosen directly by our shareholders, rather than by our corporate officers. Since our spin off as a public company, the shareholders of AC have donated approximately $38 million, including the most recent SDCC, to over 190 501(c)(3) organizations that address a broad range of local, national and international concerns.

 

 

1

 

 

Third Quarter Financial Data

 

 

-

Assets under management ended the quarter at $1.59 billion versus $1.75 billion at September 30, 2022

 

 

-

Book value was $41.43 per share compared to $39.96 per share at September 30, 2022

 

 

-

For the first nine months, Investment and other non-operating income was $37.1 million versus a loss of $68.8 million in the year-ago period. The $105.9 million year to date positive change reflects market appreciation in the current period versus a decline in the first nine months of 2022.

 

 

Third Quarter Results

 

Third quarter revenues were $2.2 million compared to $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2022. Total operating expenses, excluding management fee, were $5.7 million in the third quarter 2023 and $5.7 million in the third quarter 2022.  

 

Net investment and other non-operating income was $3.8 million for the third quarter, a $21.6 million change from the $17.8 million loss in the third quarter of 2022. The primary drivers of this quarter's results included gains from our GAMCO holdings and merger arbitrage partnerships. Interest income reflected higher interest rates in the 2023 quarter as compared to 2022

 

There was no management fee in the third quarter of 2023 or 2022. Year to date management fee was $3.1 million versus none in the prior year.

 

Our income tax expense of $0.2 million for the quarter compares to a benefit of $4.9 million in the year ago quarter. The income tax expense in the 2023 quarter is primarily driven by a deferred tax expense from a foreign investment.

 

Assets Under Management (AUM)

 

Assets under management at September 30, 2023 were $1.59 billion, $254 million lower than year-end 2022 reflecting net outflows of $259 million, the impact of currency fluctuations in non-US dollar denominated classes of investment funds ($11 million), offset partially by market appreciation of $16 million. 

 

   

September 30,

   

December 31,

   

September 30,

 
   

2023

   

2022

   

2022

 

($ in millions)

                       

Merger Arbitrage(a)

  $ 1,322     $ 1,588     $ 1,518  

Long/Short Value(b)

    233       222       203  

Other

    33       32       31  

Total AUM

  $ 1,588     $ 1,842     $ 1,752  

 

(a) Includes $613, $856, and $775 of sub-advisory AUM related to GAMCO International SICAV - GAMCO Merger Arbitrage, and $148, $206 and $74 of 100% U.S. Treasury Fund managed by GAMCO at September 30, 2023, December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2022, respectively.

(b) AUM represents the assets invested in this strategy that are attributable to Associated Capital Group, Inc.

 

 

2

 

 

Alternative Investment Management

 

The alternative investment strategy offerings center around our merger arbitrage strategy which has an absolute return focus of generating returns independent of the broad equity and fixed income markets. We also offer strategies utilizing fundamental, active, event-driven and special situations investments.

 

Merger Arbitrage

 

b01.jpg
b02.jpg
b03.jpg
b04.jpg

 

For the third quarter 2023, the longest continuously offered fund in the merger arbitrage strategy generated gross returns of 2.88% (2.33% net of fees). A summary of the performance is as follows:

 

                                   

Full Year

                 

Performance%(a)

 

3Q '23

   

3Q '22

   

YTD '23

   

YTD '22

   

2022

   

2021

   

2020

   

2019

   

5 Year(b)

   

Since 1985(b)(c)

 

Merger Arb

                                                                               

Gross

    2.88       3.07       2.23       0.07       4.47       10.81       9.45       8.55       7.20       10.07  

Net

    2.33       2.10       1.17       -0.68       2.75       7.78       6.70       5.98       4.92       7.12  

 

(a) Net performance is net of fees and expenses, unless otherwise noted. Performance shown for an actual fund in this strategy. The performance of other funds in this strategy may vary. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

(b) Represents annualized returns through September 30, 2023

(c) Inception Date: February 1985

 

Merger and acquisitions activity increased 16% from the second quarter's levels, reaching $2 trillion for the year, a decline of 27% compared to 2022 levels but continuing a trend of higher M&A activity in recent quarters. The U.S. remained the dominant geography for deal making as U.S. targets accounted for 44% of deals, an increase compared to 42% in 2022. Deal making has been most vibrant in the Energy & Power industry totaling $290 billion, and accounting for 14.5% overall, followed by Technology and Healthcare, which accounted for 14.4% and 13.4%, respectively. We believe that despite recent mark-to-market volatility, we remain well positioned to earn absolute returns for our clients. 

 

The Merger Arbitrage strategy is offered by mandate and client type through partnerships and offshore corporations serving accredited as well as institutional investors. The strategy is also offered in separately managed accounts, a Luxembourg UCITS and a London Stock Exchange listed investment company, Gabelli Merger Plus + Trust Plc (GMP-LN).

 

3

 

 

Acquisitions

 

Associated Capital Group's plan is to accelerate the use of its capital. We intend to leverage our research and investment capabilities by pursuing acquisitions and alliances that will broaden our product offerings and add new sources of distribution. In addition, we may make direct investments in operating businesses using a variety of techniques and structures to accomplish our objectives.

 

Shareholder Dividends and Buybacks

 

On November 8, 2023, the Board of Directors declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.10 per share which is payable on December 14, 2023 to shareholders of record on December 1, 2023.         

 

During the third quarter, AC repurchased 103,169 Class A shares, for $3.8 million, at an average price of $36.98 per share.

 

Since our spin-off from GAMCO on November 30, 2015, AC has returned $169.5 million to shareholders through share repurchases, exchange offers and dividends of $34.3 million.

 

At September 30, 2023, there were 2.672 million Class A shares and 18.951 million Class B shares outstanding.

 

About Associated Capital Group, Inc.

 

Associated Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:AC), based in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a diversified global financial services company that provides alternative investment management through Gabelli & Company Investment Advisers, Inc. (“GCIA”). We have also earmarked proprietary capital for our direct investment business that invests in new and existing businesses. The direct investment business is developing along several core pillars including Gabelli Private Equity Partners, LLC (“GPEP”), formed in August 2017 with $150 million of authorized capital as a “fund-less” sponsor. We also created Gabelli Principal Strategies Group, LLC (“GPS”) in December 2015 to pursue strategic operating initiatives.

 

 

4

 

 

Operating Loss Before Management Fee

 

Operating loss before management fee expense represents a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to evaluate its business operations. We believe this measure is useful in illustrating the operating results of the Company as management fee expense is based on pre-tax income before management fee expense, which includes non-operating items including investment gains and losses from the Company’s proprietary investment portfolio and interest expense.

 

   

Year-to-date

 

($ in 000's)

 

2023

   

2022

 
                 

Operating loss - GAAP

  $ (12,125 )   $ (8,646 )
                 

Add: management fee expense (1)

    3,075       -  
                 

Operating loss before management fee - Non-GAAP

  $ (9,050 )   $ (8,646 )

 

(1) Management fee expense is incentive-based and is equal to 10% of Income before management fee and income taxes and excludes the impact of consolidating entities. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, Income before management fee, income taxes and excluding consolidated entities was income of $30,747 and loss of $80,369, respectively. As a result, $3,075 was accrued for the 10% management fee expense in 2023. There was no management fee accrual in 2022 due to the loss in that period. 

 

 

5

 

 

Table I

ASSOCIATED CAPITAL GROUP, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

(Amounts in thousands)

 

   

September 30,

   

December 31,

   

September 30,

 
   

2023

   

2022

   

2022

 

ASSETS

                       
                         

Cash, cash equivalents and US Treasury Bills

  $ 384,214     $ 404,463     $ 421,933  

Investments in securities and partnerships

    433,480       435,610       468,702  

Investment in GAMCO stock

    48,031       36,683       41,218  

Receivable from brokers

    16,295       12,072       18,163  

Receivable from brokers (cash held for real estate purchase)

    13,059       -       -  

Income taxes receivable, including deferred tax assets, net

    7,804       10,320       13,170  

Other receivables

    1,616       6,324       1,428  

Other assets

    21,883       22,218       22,147  

Total assets

  $ 926,382     $ 927,690     $ 986,761  
                         

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

                       
                         

Payable to brokers

  $ 5,618     $ 7,784     $ 56,356  

Compensation payable

    10,915       13,936       7,662  

Securities sold short, not yet purchased

    5,090       2,874       3,181  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

    1,957       2,707       1,528  

Tendered redeemable noncontrolling interests payable

    -       -       29,001  

Total liabilities

  $ 23,580     $ 27,301     $ 97,728  
                         

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

    7,133       10,193       9,778  
                         

Total Associated Capital Group, Inc. equity

    895,669       890,196       879,255  
                         

Total liabilities and equity

  $ 926,382     $ 927,690     $ 986,761  

 

 

(1) Certain captions include amounts related to consolidated variable interest entities ("VIEs") and voting interest entities ("VOEs"), refer to footnote 4 of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included in the 10-Q report to be filed for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 for more details on the impact of consolidating these entities.

(2) Investment in GAMCO stock: 2,397,974, 2,407,000 and 2,417,500 shares, respectively.

 

6

 

 

Table II

ASSOCIATED CAPITAL GROUP, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

   

Three Months Ended September 30,

   

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 
   

2023

   

2022

   

2023

   

2022

 
                                 

Investment advisory and incentive fees

  $ 2,098     $ 2,472     $ 6,789     $ 7,409  

Other revenues

    102       90       258       281  

Total revenues

    2,200       2,562       7,047       7,690  
                                 

Compensation

    4,078       3,591       11,437       10,531  

Other operating expenses

    1,655       2,100       4,660       5,805  

Total expenses

    5,733       5,691       16,097       16,336  
                                 

Operating loss before management fee

    (3,533 )     (3,129 )     (9,050 )     (8,646 )
                                 

Investment gain/(loss)

    (2,173 )     (19,314 )     21,635       (72,727 )

Interest and dividend income from GAMCO

    96       96       288       369  

Interest and dividend income, net

    6,106       2,635       16,821       5,019  

Shareholder-designated contribution

    (235 )     (1,206 )     (1,604 )     (1,414 )

Investment and other non-operating income/(loss), net

    3,794       (17,789 )     37,140       (68,753 )
                                 

Income/(loss) before management fee and income taxes

    261       (20,918 )     28,090       (77,399 )

Management fee

    (12 )     -       3,075       -  

Income/(loss) before income taxes

    273       (20,918 )     25,015       (77,399 )

Income tax expense/(benefit)

    166       (4,914 )     3,586       (17,798 )

Income/(loss) before noncontrolling interests

    107       (16,004 )     21,429       (59,601 )

Income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

    123       494       320       2,970  

Net income/(loss) attributable to Associated Capital Group, Inc.

  $ (16 )   $ (16,498 )   $ 21,109     $ (62,571 )
                                 

Net income/(loss) per share attributable to Associated Capital Group, Inc.:

                               

Basic

  $ 0.00     $ (0.75 )   $ 0.97     $ (2.84 )

Diluted

  $ 0.00     $ (0.75 )   $ 0.97     $ (2.84 )
                                 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

                               

Basic

    21,672       22,010       21,836       22,033  

Diluted

    21,672       22,010       21,836       22,033  
                                 

Actual shares outstanding - end of period

    21,623       22,004       21,623       22,004  

 

 

7

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

 

The financial results set forth in this press release are preliminary. Our disclosure and analysis in this press release, which do not present historical information, contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements convey our current expectations or forecasts of future events. You can identify these statements because they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. They also appear in any discussion of future operating or financial performance. In particular, these include statements relating to future actions, future performance of our products, expenses, the outcome of any legal proceedings, and financial results. Although we believe that we are basing our expectations and beliefs on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of what we currently know about our business and operations, the economy and other conditions, there can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from what we expect or believe. Therefore, you should proceed with caution in relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance.

 

Forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, some of which are listed below, that are difficult to predict and could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations or beliefs include a decline in the securities markets that adversely affect our assets under management, negative performance of our products, the failure to perform as required under our investment management agreements, and a general downturn in the economy that negatively impacts our operations. We also direct your attention to the more specific discussions of these and other risks, uncertainties and other important factors contained in our Form 10 and other public filings. Other factors that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We do not undertake to update publicly any forward-looking statements if we subsequently learn that we are unlikely to achieve our expectations whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

 

 

 

8
v3.23.3
Document And Entity Information
Nov. 08, 2023
Document Information [Line Items]  
Entity, Registrant Name ASSOCIATED CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Document, Type 8-K
Document, Period End Date Nov. 08, 2023
Entity, Incorporation, State or Country Code DE
Entity, File Number 1-37387
Entity, Tax Identification Number 47-3965991
Entity, Address, Address Line One 191 Mason Street
Entity, Address, City or Town Greenwich
Entity, Address, State or Province CT
Entity, Address, Postal Zip Code 06830
City Area Code 203
Local Phone Number 629-9595
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
Pre-commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Entity, Emerging Growth Company false
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock
Trading Symbol AC
Security Exchange Name NYSE
Amendment Flag false
Entity, Central Index Key 0001642122

Associated Capital (NYSE:AC)
Historical Stock Chart
From Jan 2024 to Feb 2024 Click Here for more Associated Capital Charts.
Associated Capital (NYSE:AC)
Historical Stock Chart
From Feb 2023 to Feb 2024 Click Here for more Associated Capital Charts.