TORONTO, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
AGF Management Limited (AGF or the Company) (TSX: AGF.B) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2022.
AGF reported total assets under management and fee-earning assets1 of $40.3 billion compared to $42.0 billion as at February 28, 2022 and $40.8 billion as at May 31, 2021.
"This quarter marked AGF's 65th anniversary, a testament to our disciplined investment approach, our unwavering commitment to our clients and our history of innovation," said Kevin McCreadie, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, AGF. "We are pleased to report our seventh consecutive quarter of positive net mutual fund sales and continued strong investment performance, outperforming our one-year and three-year targets in an environment marked by significant market volatility, demonstrating our ability to navigate regulatory change and further diversify our investments."
AGF's mutual fund gross sales were $818 million for the quarter compared to $1,060 million in the comparative period, while net sales were $132 million compared to $408 million in the comparative period. AGF's sales have continued to outpace the industry. During the quarter the industry2 reported net redemptions, while AGF retail mutual funds3 remained in net sales.
"This quarter we struck new relationships with key platforms and further diversified our distribution strategy to meet the unique needs of our clients in different markets," said Judy Goldring, President and Head of Global Distribution, AGF. "And we continue to see the results of this approach reporting another quarter of net positive mutual fund sales."
Key Business Highlights:
|Three months ended||Six months ended|
|May 31,||February 28,||May 31,||May 31,||May 31,|
|(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data)||2022||2022||2021||2022||2021|
|Management, advisory, administration fees|
|and deferred sales charges||$||113.1||$||114.1||$||108.6||$||227.2||$||211.5|
|Share of profit (loss) of joint ventures||(0.2)||(0.6)||0.1||(0.8)||0.9|
|Other income from fee-earning arrangements||0.7||0.8||0.4||1.5||0.4|
|Fair value adjustments and other income||3.9||10.6||0.4||14.5||3.9|
|Selling, general and administrative||47.3||49.3||47.1||96.6||95.1|
|Deferred selling commissions||17.8||19.3||17.7||37.1||33.3|
|EBITDA before commissions1||35.4||40.0||28.2||75.4||54.7|
|Diluted earnings per share||0.14||0.18||0.07||0.32||0.15|
|Free cash flow1||12.3||13.3||10.4||25.6||20.9|
|Dividends per share||0.10||0.09||0.08||0.19||0.16|
|(end of period)||Three months ended|
|May 31,||February 28,||November 30,||August 31,||May 31,|
|(in millions of Canadian dollars)||2022||2022||2021||2021||2021|
|Mutual fund assets under management (AUM)2||$||22,849||$||23,625||$||24,006||$||23,792||$||22,290|
|Institutional, sub-advisory and ETF accounts AUM||8,372||9,059||9,371||10,302||9,713|
|Private client AUM||6,946||7,102||7,077||7,073||6,689|
|Private alternatives AUM||58||69||73||99||134|
|Private alternatives fee-earning assets3||2,052||2,100||2,108||2,094||1,983|
|Total AUM and fee-earning assets3||$||40,277||$||41,955||$||42,635||$||43,360||$||40,809|
|Net mutual fund sales2||132||330||352||288||408|
|Average daily mutual fund AUM2||23,183||24,075||23,896||23,104||22,011|
|1||EBITDA before commissions (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and deferred selling commissions), adjusted EBITDA before commissions, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and Free Cash Flow are not standardized measures prescribed by IFRS. The Company utilizes non-IFRS measures to assess our overall performance and facilitate a comparison of quarterly and full-year results from period to period. They allow us to assess our investment management business without the impact of non-operational items. These non-IFRS measures may not be comparable with similar measures presented by other companies. These non-IFRS measures and reconciliations to IFRS, where necessary, are included in the Management's Discussion and Analysis available at www.agf.com.|
|2||Mutual fund AUM includes retail AUM, pooled fund AUM and institutional client AUM invested in customized series offered within mutual funds.|
|3||Fee-earning assets represents assets in which AGF has carried interest ownership and earns recurring fees but does not have ownership interest in the managers.|
For further information and detailed financial statements for the second quarter ended May 31, 2022, including Management's Discussion and Analysis, which contains discussions of non-IFRS measures, please refer to AGF's website at www.agf.com under ?About AGF' and ?Investor Relations' and at www.sedar.com.
AGF will host a conference call to review its earnings results today at 11 a.m. ET.
The live audio webcast with supporting materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of AGF's website at www.agf.com or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/k7tb88zf. Alternatively, the call can be accessed toll-free in Canada by dialing 1 (866) 455-3403 (PIN: 27114683#), or in the United States by dialing 1 (866) 374-5140 (PIN: 27114683#).
A complete archive of this discussion along with supporting materials will be available at the same webcast address within 24 hours of the end of the conference call.
About AGF Management Limited
Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited (AGF) is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, alternative and high-net-worth businesses focused on providing an exceptional client experience. AGF's suite of investment solutions extends globally to a wide range of clients, from financial advisors and individual investors to institutional investors including pension plans, corporate plans, sovereign wealth funds and endowments and foundations.
AGF has investment operations and client servicing teams on the ground in North America, Europe and Asia. With over $40 billion in total assets under management and fee-earning assets, AGF serves more than 800,000 investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.
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|1||Fee-earning assets represents assets in which AGF has carried interest ownership and earns recurring fees but does not have ownership interest in the managers.|
|3||Retail mutual fund net sales are calculated as reported mutual fund net sales less non-recurring institutional net sales in excess of $5 million invested in our mutual funds.|
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