B. Riley Financial Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

B. Riley Financial Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results


  • Quarterly Revenue of $21.3 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $3.1 million and Net Income of $1.5 million or $0.09 per Diluted Share
  • Sept. 2015 YTD Revenue of $92.8 million, up 29% from Proforma Sept. 2014 YTD Period
  • Sept. 2015 YTD Adjusted EBITDA of $23.4 million, up $16.7 million from Proforma Sept. 2014 YTD Period
  • Dividend of $0.06 per Share Declared for Stockholders of Record as of Nov. 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES - November 9, 2015 - B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY), a diversified provider of financial and business advisory services, reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Auction and liquidation segment revenue increased to $5.8 million, representing a 72% increase over the prior-year period. The increase was due in part to the completion of an auction for Big Eagle Services (Canada) with assets sold in excess of C$23 million to bidders across 11 countries.
  • Capital management business successfully closed fundraising for direct lending fund, GACP I, L.P. Total commitments of approximately $156 million were received from institutional and high net worth investors, including affiliates of KKR Credit Advisors and Tennenbaum Capital Partners.
  • GACP I, L.P. closed its second investment, acting as lead investor and administrative agent for $25 million Term Loan for General Wireless Operations Inc. (dba as RadioShack).
  • B. Riley & Co. served as financial advisor to Hoffman Southwest Corporation in connection with its sale to Sterling Partners.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Total revenues for the third quarter of 2015 increased 3% to $21.3 million from $20.7 million in the same year-ago period. The improvement was primarily attributable to an increase in revenues from the company's auction and liquidation segment, offset by a decrease in revenues from its capital markets segment.


  • Auction and Liquidation Segment: Revenue increased 72% to $5.8 million from $3.4 million in the same year-ago period. Segment income for the quarter totaled $2.8 million, an improvement from a loss of $2.8 million in the same year-ago period.
  • Valuation and Appraisal Segment: Revenue increased 2% to $7.9 million from $7.8 million in the same year-ago period. Segment income for the quarter increased 23% to $2.4 million from $2.0 million in the same year-ago period.
  • Capital Markets Segment: B. Riley & Co.'s investment banking, wealth management, and sales and trading revenue totaled $7.5 million, a decrease of $2 million from $9.5 million in the same year-ago period. Segment income for the quarter was $34,000, a decrease from $2.9 million in the same year-ago period.

Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and amortization of non-cash stock-based compensation) for the third quarter of 2015 totaled $3.1 million compared to $3.7 million in the same year-ago period (see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," below for further discussion of this non-GAAP term).

Net income for the third quarter of 2015 totaled $1.5 million or $0.09 per diluted share, an improvement from a net loss of $868,000 or $(0.05) per diluted share in the same year-ago period.

At September 30, 2015, the company had $45.9 million of unrestricted cash, $124,000 of restricted cash, and $11.1 million of net investments in securities. Shareholder equity totaled $111.2 million at September 30, 2015.

Declaration of Dividend

On November 9, 2015, the company's board of directors approved a dividend of $0.06 per share, which will be paid on or about December 9, 2015 to stockholders of record on November 24, 2015.

Management Commentary

"In many ways, Q3 was our most rewarding quarter since the combination of B. Riley and Great American Group last year," commented Bryant Riley, chairman and CEO of B. Riley Financial. "We undertook several initiatives last year that reduced our fixed operating costs by about $9 million. As a result, we were able to generate more than $3 million in adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter this year, despite a slower environment in our capital markets and retail liquidation divisions." Mr. Riley continued, "Our ability to continue to pay out a portion of our profits in the form of dividends is also gratifying. Including today's announcement of a $0.06 dividend, we will have paid out $0.32 per share this year which is approximately 22% of our September 2015 YTD Adjusted EBITDA."

Conference Call

B. Riley Financial will host an investor conference call today (November 9, 2015) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time). The company's chairman and CEO, Bryant Riley, President, Tom Kelleher, and CFO and COO, Phillip Ahn, will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.

Toll-Free Number: 877-407-0789
International Number: 201-689-8562

The conference call will be broadcasted live and available for replay via the investor relations section of the company's website at

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time through November 16, 2015.

Toll-Free Replay Number: 877-870-5176
International Replay Number: 858-384-5517
Replay ID: 13624323

About B. Riley Financial, Inc.

B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) provides collaborative financial services and solutions through several subsidiaries, including: B. Riley & Co. LLC, a leading investment bank which provides corporate finance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients; Great American Group, LLC, a leading provider of advisory and valuation services, asset disposition and auction solutions, and commercial lending services; B. Riley Capital Management, LLC, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which includes B. Riley Asset Management, a provider of investment products to institutional and high net worth investors, and B. Riley Wealth Management (formally MK Capital Advisors), a multi-family office practice and wealth management firm focused on the needs of ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and Great American Capital Partners, a provider of senior secured loans and second lien secured loan facilities to middle market public and private U.S. companies.

B. Riley Financial is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in major financial markets throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on B. Riley Financial, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements by B. Riley Financial that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions and statements. Such forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, express or implied statements regarding future financial performance, as well as statements regarding how management sees opportunities to grow and broaden the firm. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include our ability to successfully integrate recent acquisitions, loss of key personnel, our ability to manage growth, the potential loss of financial institution clients, the timing of completion of significant engagements, and those risks described from time to time in B. Riley Financial's filings with the SEC, including, without limitation, the risks described in B. Riley Financial's (f/k/a Great American Group, Inc.) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and B. Riley Financial undertakes no duty to update this information.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain of the information set forth herein, including adjusted EBITDA, pro forma financial information and proforma adjusted EBITDA, may be considered non-GAAP financial measures. B. Riley Financial believes this information is useful to investors because it provides a basis for measuring the Company's available capital resources, the operating performance of its business and its cash flow, excluding net interest expense, provisions for income taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation that would normally be included in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). In addition, the Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating the Company's operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies. The non-GAAP measures are described above and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements portion of this release under the headings "Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma EBITDA Reconciliation" and "Pro Forma Financial Information."

Investor Contact:
Scott Liolios or Matt Glover
Liolios Group, Inc.

Note: The unaudited Pro forma financial information in the table above summarizes the combined results of operations of the company and B. Riley and Co., LLC and the related impact of the new employment agreements with Bryant Riley, Andrew Gumaer and Harvey Yellen that became effective upon the acquisition of B. Riley and Co., LLC, as though they had occurred as of January 1, 2014. The Pro forma financial information presented includes the effects of adjustments related to the amortization charges from the acquired intangible assets. The Pro forma financial information as presented above is for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that would have been achieved if the acquisition had taken place at the beginning of the earlier period presented, nor does it intend to be a projection of future results.