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Jefferies Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

NEW YORK, March 28, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: JEF):

Q1 Financial Highlights

  • Net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $134 million, or $0.54 per diluted share

  • Annualized return on adjusted tangible equity of 7.1%1

  • Total net revenues of $1.28 billion

    • Investment Banking net revenues of $568 million, slightly above the fourth quarter, with increases in both equity and debt underwriting offsetting a decline in advisory

    • Capital Markets net revenues of $639 million, our fourth highest quarter ever

    • Asset Management net revenues (before allocated net interest2) of $82 million, including $70 million of asset management fees and revenues and investment return, and $12 million of merchant banking revenue

  • On January 13, 2023, we completed the distribution of all the outstanding shares of common stock of Vitesse Energy, Inc. held by us, resulting in a distribution of capital of $527 million

  • Repurchased 2.6 million shares of common stock for $98 million, at an average price of $38.01 per share, in connection with net-share settlements under our equity compensation plan

"We are pleased with our first quarter results. Despite the significant decline in M&A activity and a continued lull in the IPO and leveraged finance markets, our Investment Banking business continues to build on our momentum and growing market position. The capital markets continue to be challenging and we are continuing to serve our clients in the best ways possible and they are rewarding us with increased market share. Our team has never been stronger and we continue to attract top talent who increasingly view Jefferies as the firm of choice. We do not know when the capital markets will return to some version of normalcy, but our plan is to be well positioned to gain even further market share and take advantage of the dislocations affecting our industry.

"Our Capital Markets business achieved the fourth highest all-time quarterly revenues of $639 million, which is an increase of $160 million, or 33%, versus the prior year comparable quarter, driven by strength across our diversified Fixed Income and Equities businesses. Fixed Income net revenues increased 63% from the prior year comparable quarter reflecting strong results from our credit businesses. Equities net revenues increased 11% from the prior year comparable quarter with strong performance in our global convertibles and cash businesses. Asset Management also generated consistent revenues versus our prior year quarter after adjusting for the revenues attributable to our interests in Idaho Timber and Vitesse which were disposed of over the course of 2022.

"While our overall return on adjusted tangible equity of 7.1% for the quarter is lower than we would like, we believe the results are reasonable given the current environment. We remain optimistic about our ability to deliver much better results when the capital markets return to some version of normalcy."

Richard Handler, CEO, and Brian Friedman, President

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Jefferies Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend equal to $0.30 per Jefferies common share, payable on May 26, 2023 to record holders of Jefferies common shares on May 15, 2023. We currently have a $250 million authorization for future share repurchases.

Financial Summary

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
February 28,

2023

202214

% Change

Net revenues:

Investment Banking and Capital Markets

$

1,207,291

$

1,462,365

(17

)%

Asset Management

78,296

226,832

(65

)%

Other

(2,095

)

3,645

N/M

Net revenues

1,283,492

1,692,842

(24

)%

Net earnings before income taxes

158,018

392,332

(60

)%

Income tax expense

28,694

64,357

(55

)%

Net earnings

129,324

327,975

(61

)%

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(6,055

)

(969

)

525

%

Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests

(256

)

(573

)

(55

)%

Preferred stock dividends

2,016

2,070

(3

)%

Net earnings attributable to Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

$

133,619

$

327,447

(59

)%

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.56

$

1.26

(56

)%

Weighted average shares

239,101

257,552

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.54

$

1.23

(56

)%

Weighted average diluted shares

248,095

266,571

Annualized return on adjusted tangible equity1

7.1

%

16.2

%

N/M — Not Meaningful

Highlights

Three Months Ended February 28, 2023

  • Net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $134 million, or $0.54 per diluted share.

  • Repurchased 2.6 million shares of common stock for $98 million, at an average price of $38.01 per share, in connection with net-share settlements related to our equity compensation plans.

  • We had 233.5 million shares outstanding and 253.8 million shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis3 at February 28, 2023. Our book value per share was $41.77 and tangible book value per fully diluted share4 was $31.51 at February 28, 2023.

  • Effective tax rate of 18.2%, lower than normal due to excess tax benefits from restricted stock unit conversions.

Investment Banking and Capital Markets

  • Investment Banking net revenues were $568 million, as global mergers and acquisitions volume and deal value declined across most sectors. Our debt and equity underwriting net revenues were lower than the same quarter last year, consistent with a reduction in industry-wide deal activity.

  • Capital Markets net revenues of $639 million were significantly higher as compared to the prior year quarter. Equities and Fixed Income net revenues benefitted from a more stable trading environment than in the prior year period and a strong contribution from our international businesses.

Asset Management

  • Asset Management net revenues reflect improved investment returns due to better overall performance across our strategies as compared to the prior year period. Management fees and revenues were modestly lower reflecting a more challenging trading environment in 2022, which impacted performance fees recognized during the first quarter of 2023 as compared to the recognition of 2021 performance in the prior year comparable quarter.

  • Revenues from our merchant banking activities have declined substantially primarily as a result of the sale of our interests in Idaho Timber in 2022 and the January spin-off of our interests in Vitesse, as the results of those activities are no longer included in our results.

* * * *

Amounts herein pertaining to February 28, 2023 represent a preliminary estimate as of the date of this earnings release and may be revised upon filing our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). More information on our results of operations for the three months ended February 28, 2023 will be provided upon filing our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the SEC, which we expect to file on or about April 10, 2023.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current views and include statements about our future and statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are usually preceded by the words "should," "expect," "intend," "may," "will," "would," or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements may contain expectations regarding revenues, earnings, operations, and other results, and may include statements of future performance, plans, and objectives. Forward-looking statements may also include statements pertaining to our strategies for future development of our businesses and products. Forward-looking statements represent only our belief regarding future events, many of which by their nature are inherently uncertain. It is possible that the actual results may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results indicated in these forward-looking statements. Information regarding important factors, including Risk Factors that could cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from those in our forward-looking statements is contained in reports we file with the SEC. You should read and interpret any forward-looking statement together with reports we file with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent circumstances.

Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk. Therefore, it should not be assumed that future performance of any specific investment or investment strategy will be profitable or equal the corresponding indicated performance level(s).

Selected Financial Information

(Amounts in Thousands) (Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

February 28, 2023

November 30, 2022

February 28, 202214

Net revenues by source:

Advisory

$

297,178

$

381,412

$

543,769

Equity underwriting

125,445

109,439

156,100

Debt underwriting

80,175

61,731

245,178

Total underwriting

205,620

171,170

401,278

Other investment banking

65,132

15,892

37,470

Total Investment Banking

567,930

568,474

982,517

Equities

308,661

251,280

277,047

Fixed income

330,700

226,680

202,801

Total Capital Markets

639,361

477,960

479,848

Total Investment Banking and Capital Markets Net revenues5

1,207,291

1,046,434

1,462,365

Asset management fees and revenues6

39,097

13,440

44,502

Investment return2

31,033

156,613

8,889

Merchant banking

11,608

231,805

185,791

Allocated net interest2

(3,442

)

(6,630

)

(12,350

)

Total Asset Management Net revenues

78,296

395,228

226,832

Other

(2,095

)

(3,580

)

3,645

Total Net revenues by source

$

1,283,492

$

1,438,082

$

1,692,842

Non-interest expenses:

Compensation and benefits

$

703,058

$

659,121

$

790,752

Floor brokerage and clearing fees

80,474

85,143

83,961

Underwriting costs

13,207

9,076

8,128

Technology and communications

113,385

114,957

107,016

Occupancy and equipment rental

27,315

28,420

26,965

Business development

36,838

42,610

26,872

Professional services

62,161

71,042

52,741

Depreciation and amortization

33,292

43,471

45,937

Cost of sales

2,168

91,281

95,671

Other

53,576

98,121

62,467

Total Non-interest expenses

$

1,125,474

$

1,243,242

$

1,300,510

Financial Data and Metrics

(Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

February 28,
2023

November 30,
2022

February 28,
2022

Other Data:

Number of trading days

60

63

61

Number of trading loss days7

3

3

8

Average VaR (in millions)8

$

12.85

$

10.62

$

12.12

(Amounts in Millions, Except Other Data) (Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

February 28,
2023

November 30,
2022

February 28,
2022

Financial position9:

Total assets15

$

52,033

$

51,058

$

55,467

Total assets less goodwill and intangible assets for the period15

50,160

49,182

53,572

Cash and cash equivalents

7,509

9,703

8,501

Financial instruments owned15

21,083

18,666

19,581

Level 3 financial instruments owned10, 15

819

791

636

Goodwill and intangible assets

1,873

1,876

1,895

Total equity

9,811

10,295

10,549

Total shareholders' equity

9,755

10,233

10,490

Tangible shareholders' equity11

7,882

8,357

8,595

Other data and financial ratios:

Leverage ratio9, 12, 15

5.3

5.0

5.3

Tangible gross leverage ratio9, 13, 15

6.4

5.9

6.2

Number of employees, at period end

5,401

5,381

5,625

Components of Denominator for Earnings Per Share

The denominators used to calculate basic and diluted earnings per share are as follows (in thousands):

Three Months Ended
February 28, 2023

Weighted average common shares outstanding

227,543

Weighted average shares of restricted stock with future service

(2,128)

Weighted average restricted stock units outstanding with no future service

13,686

Denominator for basic earnings per share

239,101

Stock options and other share based awards

2,303

Senior executive compensation plan restricted stock unit awards

2,917

Mandatorily redeemable convertible preferred shares

3,774

Denominator for diluted earnings per share

248,095

Notes

  1. Annualized return on adjusted tangible equity (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as annualized adjusted net earnings (a non-GAAP financial measure) divided by our beginning of period adjusted tangible shareholders' equity (a non-GAAP financial measure). Refer to schedule on page 7 for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP amounts.

  2. Allocated net interest represents an allocation to Asset Management of certain of our long-term debt interest expense, net of interest income on our Cash and cash equivalents and other sources of liquidity. Allocated net interest has been disaggregated to increase transparency and to present direct Asset Management revenues. We believe that aggregating Allocated net interest would obscure the revenue results by including an amount that is unique to our credit spreads, debt maturity profile, capital structure, liquidity risks and allocation methods. Refer to Selected Financial Information on page 4 .

  3. Shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as common shares outstanding plus restricted stock units, stock options and other shares. Refer to schedule on page 8 for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP amounts.

  4. Tangible book value per fully diluted share (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as adjusted tangible book value (a non-GAAP financial measure) divided by shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis (a non-GAAP financial measure). Refer to schedule on page 8 for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP amounts.

  5. Allocated net interest is not separately disaggregated for Investment Banking and Capital Markets. This presentation is aligned to our Investment Banking and Capital Markets internal performance measurement.

  6. Includes management and performance fees from funds and accounts managed by us as well as our share of fees received by affiliated asset management companies with which we have revenue and profit share arrangements, as well as earnings on our ownership interest in affiliated asset managers.

  7. Number of trading loss days is calculated based on trading activities in our Investment Banking and Capital Markets and Asset Management business segments.

  8. VaR estimates the potential loss in value of trading positions due to adverse market movements over a one-day time horizon with a 95% confidence level. For a further discussion of the calculation of VaR, see "Value-at-Risk" in Part II, Item 7A "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended November 30, 2022.

  9. Amounts pertaining to February 28, 2023 represent a preliminary estimate as of the date of this earnings release and may be revised in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended February 28, 2023.

  10. Level 3 financial instruments represent those financial instruments classified as such under Accounting Standards Codification 820, accounted for at fair value and included within Financial instruments owned.

  11. Tangible shareholders' equity (a non-GAAP financial measure), is defined as shareholders' equity less Intangible assets and goodwill. We believe that tangible equity is meaningful for valuation purposes, as financial companies are often measured as a multiple of tangible equity, making these ratios meaningful for investors.

  12. Leverage ratio equals total assets divided by total equity.

  13. Tangible gross leverage ratio (a non-GAAP financial measure) equals total assets less goodwill and intangible assets divided by tangible equity. The tangible gross leverage ratio is used by rating agencies in assessing our leverage ratio.

  14. On November 1, 2022, we completed our merger with Jefferies Group LLC. In connection with the merger, we transferred our legacy merchant banking investments to our Investment Banking and Capital Markets or Asset Management segment and reorganized the presentation of our segments and Net revenues to align with the way we are now managing our business. In addition, we have reclassified the presentation of certain line items within our Net revenues by source to streamline our financial statements to better align the presentation of our firm with the strategy of building our investment banking and capital markets and asset management businesses as we continue to reduce our legacy merchant banking portfolio. Historical periods have been recast to conform to these reclassification and presentation changes.

  15. As of November 30, 2022, we have changed the accounting for our secondary trading activity related to the purchases and sales of corporate loans. Historically, we have accounted for purchases and sales of corporate loans on trade date recognizing the total amount of purchased loans within Financial instruments owned and a corresponding liability within Payables - brokers, dealers and clearing organizations and the total amount of loans sold within Financial instruments sold, not yet purchased and a corresponding asset within Receivables - brokers, dealers and clearing organizations on the Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition for the cash to be paid or received upon settlement. We have determined that it is more preferable to recognize this trading activity on a settlement date basis and recognize firm commitments to purchase and/or sell loans on the date of trade execution due to the extended settlement period for this trading activity. There was no impact to net earnings or total equity as a result of this change in accounting policy. Historical periods have been recast to conform to this change in accounting policy.

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

The following tables reconcile our non-GAAP measures to their respective U.S. GAAP measures. Management believes such non-GAAP measures are useful to investors as they allow them to view our results through the eyes of management, while facilitating a comparison across historical periods. These measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Annualized Return on Adjusted Tangible Equity Reconciliation

The table below reconciles our Net earnings attributable to common shareholders to adjusted net earnings and our Shareholders' equity to adjusted tangible shareholders' equity (in thousands):

Three Months Ended
February 28,

2023

2022

Net earnings attributable to Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (GAAP)

$

133,619

$

327,447

Intangible amortization and impairment expense, net of tax

2,027

2,949

Adjusted net earnings (non-GAAP)

$

135,646

$

330,396

Annualized adjusted net earnings (non-GAAP)

$

542,584

$

1,321,584

November 30,

2022

2021

Shareholders' equity (GAAP)

$

10,232,846

$

10,553,755

Less: Intangible assets, net and goodwill

(1,875,576

)

(1,897,500

)

Less: Deferred tax asset

(387,862

)

(327,547

)

Less: Weighted average impact of dividends and share repurchases

(327,445

)

(154,005

)

Adjusted tangible shareholders' equity (non-GAAP)

$

7,641,963

$

8,174,703

Annualized return on adjusted tangible equity (non-GAAP)

7.1

%

16.2

%

Adjusted Tangible Book Value and Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding GAAP Reconciliation

The table below reconciles our book value (shareholders' equity) to adjusted tangible book value and our common shares outstanding to fully diluted shares outstanding (in thousands, except per share amounts):

February 28, 2023

Book value (GAAP)

$

9,755,244

Stock options(1)

115,161

Intangible assets, net and goodwill

(1,872,850

)

Adjusted tangible book value (non-GAAP)

$

7,997,555

Common shares outstanding (GAAP)

233,528

Restricted stock units ("RSUs")

13,931

Stock options(1)

5,075

Other

1,290

Fully diluted shares outstanding (non-GAAP)(2)

253,824

Book value per share outstanding

$

41.77

Tangible book value per fully diluted share outstanding (non-GAAP)

$

31.51

(1)

Stock options added to book value are equal to the total number of stock options outstanding as of February 28, 2023 of 5,074,740 multiplied by the weighted average exercise price of $22.69 on February 28, 2023. Stock options added to fully diluted shares are equal to the total stock options outstanding on February 28, 2023.

(2)

Fully diluted shares outstanding include vested and unvested RSUs as well as the target number of RSUs issuable under the senior executive compensation plans until the performance period is complete. Fully diluted shares outstanding also include all stock options.

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