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Revenue of $18.9 million, up $4.1 million or 28% from the prior year
Operating income of $3.0 million compared to $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2020
Operating income on track to outpace the entire 2020 fiscal year by the second quarter of 2021
Earnings per share of $0.07, an increase of approximately 133%
Securities Finance Group achieved revenue of $1.8 million, its highest quarterly revenue
Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: SIEB) ("Siebert"), a provider of financial services, today announced great results for the first quarter of 2021, reporting revenue of $18.9 million, an increase of 28% from the first quarter of 2020. In addition, operating income was $3.0 million and basic and diluted earnings per share was $0.07.
Gloria E. Gebbia, controlling shareholder and board member of Siebert, commented on the results of the quarter saying, "We are incredibly excited about such a strong start to 2021. Our strategic acquisitions and initiatives have been driving growth and continue to impact our bottom line. Our investments in personnel and key areas of the business have yielded positive results and have more than offset any reduction in revenue associated with lower interest rates. We are seeing this play out in a huge way with our Securities Finance Group and market making division. We are on path towards a great year and are well-positioned to achieve even greater success going forward."
Andrew Reich, CFO of Siebert, commented on Siebert’s performance during the quarter saying, "We had stellar results this quarter as operating income is on track to outpace the entire 2020 fiscal year by the second quarter of 2021. Despite the lower interest rate environment, our revenue increased by $4.1 million, or 28% from the prior year.
Our Securities Finance Group achieved revenue of $1.8 million, again beating its highest quarterly revenue due to the onboarding of key personnel and expansion of the stock loan functions. In addition, we have implemented cost saving measures such as reducing our occupancy expenses which are just starting to impact our bottom line."
Expansion of Clearing Operations
Siebert has also implemented initiatives to enhance its clearing capabilities and provide additional services to clients, corporate services companies, and counterparties. By the fourth quarter of 2021, Siebert is planning to offer clearing services to introducing firms to clear their business through MSCO.
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About Siebert Financial Corp.
Siebert Financial Corp. is a holding company that conducts its retail brokerage business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., which became a member of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") in 1967 when Ms. Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE and the first to head one of its member firms. Siebert conducts its investment advisory business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert AdvisorNXT, Inc., a registered investment advisor, and its insurance business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Park Wilshire Companies, Inc., a licensed insurance agency. Siebert conducts operations through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert Technologies, LLC., a developer of robo-advisory technology. Siebert also offers prime brokerage services through its fifth wholly-owned subsidiary, WPS Prime Services, LLC, a broker-dealer registered with the SEC. Siebert is headquartered in New York City with offices throughout the continental U.S. More information is available at www.siebert.com.
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Siebert Financial Corp.
John T. Gebbia