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February 18, 2021 at 7:00 AM EST

Focus Financial Partners Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

Record Financial Performance Demonstrates Benefits of Industry-Leading Scale and Resilient Business Model

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 18, 2021 / Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:FOCS) ("Focus Inc.", "Focus", the "Company", "we", "us" or "our"), a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Total revenues of $379.7 million, 11.6% growth year over year
  • Organic revenue growth(1) rate of 7.3% year over year
  • GAAP net income of $7.7 million
  • GAAP basic and diluted net income per share attributable to common shareholders of $0.07
  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments(2) of $57.0 million and Tax Adjustments of $9.9 million
  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) of $0.72 and Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) of $0.12
  • Net Leverage Ratio(3) of 3.89x

Full Year 2020 Highlights

  • Total revenues of $1.36 billion, 11.7% growth year over year
  • Organic revenue growth(1) rate of 7.0% year over year
  • GAAP net income of $49.0 million
  • GAAP basic and diluted net income per share attributable to common shareholders of $0.58 and $0.57, respectively
  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments(2) of $195.6 million and Tax Adjustments of $37.3 million
  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) of $2.46 and Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) of $0.47
  • Net cash provided by operating activities for the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2020 of $211.4 million, 8.5% higher than the prior year period
  • LTM Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation(2) for the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2020 of $200.5 million, 22.6% higher than the prior year period

Growth and Leverage Guidance

  • Establishing 2021 annual revenue and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share growth targets in excess of 20%
  • Establishing 2021 annual organic revenue growth rate target in excess of 10%
  • Reaffirming Net Leverage Ratio(3) target range of 3.5x - 4.5x
  1. Please see footnote 2 under "How We Evaluate Our Business" later in this press release.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" later in this press release for a reconciliation and more information on these measures.
  3. Please see footnote 8 under "How We Evaluate Our Business" later in this press release.

"2020 was an unprecedented year and I am extremely proud of what we accomplished. We delivered record financial and operating results despite the pandemic-related challenges. Our business demonstrated its resiliency and consistently outperformed relative to our expectations," said Rudy Adolf, Founder, CEO and Chairman. "In many ways, the story of 2020 was that scale matters. Our unique scale was instrumental in helping us not just weather the storm but move past it and thrive, positioning us for what we believe will be an even stronger year in 2021. We are establishing 2021 growth targets in excess of 20% for revenue and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share, as well as a return to double-digit annual organic revenue growth. We are also reaffirming our strategic vision for the growth and scale that we believe Focus can achieve by 2025. Our differentiated model of entrepreneurship, value-added services and permanent growth capital will continue to make us the partner of choice, in turn creating superior value for shareholders."

"Our 2020 fourth quarter and full-year financial results amplify our well-designed financial model and the outstanding job our partners did in managing their businesses in a year with many uncertainties. The breadth and diversification of our partnership, combined with our strong M&A momentum and high-quality value-added services, were all instrumental to this outcome," said Jim Shanahan, Chief Financial Officer. "The ongoing stability of our revenue base and high proportion of fee-based and recurring revenues continued to drive strong growth in our cash flow generation. In January of this year, we took advantage of the outsized demand for our credit to increase our Term Loan by $500 million. With fire power of about $1 billion, we are well positioned to capitalize on future acquisition opportunities while remaining within our targeted net leverage ratio range of 3.5x - 4.5x."

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
Total revenues were $379.7 million, 11.6%, or $39.4 million higher than the 2019 fourth quarter. The primary driver of this increase was revenue growth from our existing partner firms of approximately $24.6 million. The majority of this growth was driven by higher wealth management fees, which includes the effect of mergers completed by our partner firms. The balance of the increase of $14.8 million was due to revenues from new partner firms acquired during 2020. Our year-over-year organic revenue growth rate(1) was 7.3%, ahead of our expected flat outlook for the quarter.

An estimated 74.7%, or $283.8 million, of total revenues in the quarter were correlated to the financial markets. Of this amount, 63.1%, or $179.0 million, were generated from advance billings generally based on market levels in the 2020 third quarter. The remaining 25.3%, or $95.9 million, were not correlated to the markets. These revenues typically consist of family office type services, tax advice and fixed fees for investment advice, primarily for high and ultra-high net worth clients.

GAAP net income was $7.7 million compared to a net loss of $12.7 million in the prior year quarter. GAAP basic and diluted net income per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.07, as compared to ($0.25) for both basic and diluted loss per share in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $90.7 million, 9.3%, or $7.7 million, higher than the prior year period, and our Adjusted EBITDA margin(3) was 23.9%, ahead of our outlook of 23.5% for the quarter.

Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments(2) was $57.0 million and Tax Adjustments(2) were $9.9 million. Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) was $0.72, up 14.3% compared to the prior year period, and Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) were $0.12, unchanged from the prior year period.

  1. Please see footnote 2 under "How We Evaluate Our Business" later in this press release.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" later in this press release for a reconciliation and more information on these measures.
  3. Calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenues.

2020 Full Year Financial Highlights
Total revenues were a record $1.36 billion, 11.7%, or $143.0 million higher than the prior year. The primary driver of this increase was revenue growth from our existing partner firms of approximately $121.2 million. The majority of this growth was driven by higher wealth management fees, which includes the effect of mergers completed by our partner firms, as well as a full period of revenues recognized during 2020 for partner firms that were acquired in 2019. The balance of the increase of $21.8 million was due to revenues from new partner firms acquired during 2020. Our year-over-year organic revenue growth rate(1) for the year-to-date period was 7.0%.

GAAP net income was $49.0 million compared to a net loss of $12.0 million in the prior year. GAAP basic and diluted net income per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.58 and $0.57, respectively, compared to $(0.28) for both basic and diluted in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $321.8 million, 19.2%, or $51.9 million, higher than the prior year. Our Adjusted EBITDA margin(3) was 23.6%, 150 basis points higher than the prior year primarily reflecting lower levels of SG&A expenses relative to revenue as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments(2) was $195.6 million and Tax Adjustments(2) were $37.3 million. Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) was $2.46, up 25.5% compared to the prior year, and Tax Adjustments Per Share(2) were $0.47, up 11.9% from the prior year.

  1. Please see footnote 2 under "How We Evaluate Our Business" later in this press release.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measures. Please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" later in this press release for a reconciliation and more information on these measures.
  3. Calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenues.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $65.9 million and debt outstanding under the Company's credit facilities was approximately $1.5 billion.

Of our total debt outstanding as of December 31, 2020, approximately $1.13 billion were borrowings under our Term Loan and $380.0 million were borrowings under our Revolver. Our Net Leverage Ratio(1) at December 31, 2020 was 3.89x. We remain committed to maintaining our Net Leverage Ratio(1) between 3.5x to 4.5x and believe this is the appropriate range for our business given our highly acquisitive nature.

Our net cash provided by operating activities for the trailing four quarters ended December 31, 2020 increased 8.5% to $211.4 million from $194.8 million for the comparable period ended December 31, 2019. Our Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation(2) for the trailing four quarters ended December 31, 2020 increased 22.6% to $200.5 million from $163.5 million for the comparable period ended December 31, 2019. These increases reflect the earnings growth of our partner firms, the addition of new partner firms and the increase in our Adjusted EBITDA margin. In the 2020 fourth quarter, we paid $7.7 million of earn-out obligations and $2.9 million of required amortization under our Term Loan.

As of December 31, 2020, $850 million, or approximately 75%, of our Term Loan had been swapped from a floating rate to a weighted average fixed rate of 2.62%. The residual amount of approximately $277.6 million under the Term Loan as well as all Revolver borrowings remain at floating rates.

  1. Please see footnote 8 under "How We Evaluate Our Business" later in this press release.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measure. See ‘‘Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures-Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation" later in this press release.

Teleconference, Webcast and Presentation Information
Founder, CEO and Chairman, Rudy Adolf, and Chief Financial Officer, Jim Shanahan, will host a conference call today, February 18, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's 2020 fourth quarter and full year results and outlook. The call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-407-0989 (inside the U.S.) or +1-201-389-0921 (outside the U.S.).

A live, listen-only webcast, together with a slide presentation titled "Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2020 Earnings Release Supplement" dated February 18, 2021 will be available under "Events" in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website, www.focusfinancialpartners.com. A webcast replay of the call will be available shortly after the event at the same address. Registration for the call will begin 20 minutes prior to the start of the call, using the following link.

About Focus Financial Partners Inc.
Focus Financial Partners is a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms. Focus provides access to best practices, resources, and continuity planning for its partner firms who serve individuals, families, employers and institutions with comprehensive wealth management services. Focus partner firms maintain their operational independence, while they benefit from the synergies, scale, economics and best practices offered by Focus to achieve their business objectives.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
The foregoing information contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment, including the impact and duration of the outbreak of Covid-19, which may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any statements expressed or implied therein will not be realized. Additional information on risk factors that could potentially affect the Company's financial results may be found in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 filed and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor and Media Contact
Tina Madon
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Tel: (646) 813-2909
tmadon@focuspartners.com

How We Evaluate Our Business
We focus on several key financial metrics in evaluating the success of our business, the success of our partner firms and our resulting financial position and operating performance. Key metrics for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2020 include the following:

 
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
 
  December 31,     December 31,  
 
  2019     2020     2019     2020  
 
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)  
Revenue Metrics:
                       
Revenues
  $ 340,231     $ 379,673     $ 1,218,341     $ 1,361,319  
Revenue growth (1) from prior period
    37.5 %     11.6 %     33.8 %     11.7 %
Organic revenue growth (2) from prior period
    25.2 %     7.3 %     15.1 %     7.0 %
 
                               
Management Fees Metrics (operating expense):
                               
Management fees
  $ 87,331     $ 102,381     $ 304,701     $ 349,475  
Management fees growth (3) from prior period
    37.8 %     17.2 %     30.9 %     14.7 %
Organic management fees growth (4)
                               
from prior period
    22.6 %     10.0 %     10.2 %     7.8 %
 
                               
Net Income (Loss) Metrics:
                               
Net income (loss)
  $ (12,691 )   $ 7,674     $ (12,025 )   $ 48,965  
Net income (loss) growth from prior period
    *       *       70.7 %     *  
Income (loss) per share of Class A common stock:
                               
Basic
  $ (0.25 )   $ 0.07     $ (0.28 )   $ 0.58  
Diluted
  $ (0.25 )   $ 0.07     $ (0.28 )   $ 0.57  
Income (loss) per share of Class A common stock growth from prior period:
                               
Basic
    *       *       *       *  
Diluted
    *       *       *       *  
 
                               
Adjusted EBITDA Metrics:
                               
Adjusted EBITDA (6)
  $ 83,003     $ 90,700     $ 269,834     $ 321,763  
Adjusted EBITDA growth (6) from prior period
    53.1 %     9.3 %     32.7 %     19.2 %
 
                               
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Metrics:
                               
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments (5)(6)
  $ 47,224     $ 56,991     $ 146,718     $ 195,562  
Adjusted Net Income Excluding
                               
Tax Adjustments growth (5)(6) from prior period
    55.1 %     20.7 %     43.1 %     33.3 %
 
                               
Tax Adjustments
                               
Tax Adjustments (5)(6)(7)
  $ 8,760     $ 9,856     $ 31,860     $ 37,254  
Tax Adjustments growth from prior period (5)(6)(7)
    38.9 %     12.5 %     39.6 %     16.9 %
 
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
 
  December 31,     December 31,  
 
  2019     2020     2019     2020  
 
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)  
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share and Tax Adjustments Per Share Metrics:
                       
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments
                       
Per Share (5)(6)
  $ 0.63     $ 0.72     $ 1.96     $ 2.46  
Tax Adjustments Per Share (5)(6)(7)
  $ 0.12     $ 0.12     $ 0.42     $ 0.47  
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments
                               
Per Share growth (5)(6) from prior period
    50.0 %     14.3 %     38.0 %     25.5 %
Tax Adjustments Per Share growth
                               
from prior period (5)(6)(7)
    33.3 %     0.0 %     31.3 %     11.9 %
 
                               
Adjusted Shares Outstanding
                               
Adjusted Shares Outstanding (6)
    75,072,782       79,584,887       75,039,357       79,397,568  
 
                               
Other Metrics:
                               
Net Leverage Ratio (8) at period end
    4.00 x     3.89 x     4.00 x     3.89 x
Acquired Base Earnings (9)
  $ -     $ 17,886     $ 35,138     $ 22,121  
Number of partner firms at period end (10)
    63       71       63       71  
 
                               

* Not meaningful

  1. Represents period-over-period growth in our GAAP revenue.
  2. Organic revenue growth represents the period-over-period growth in revenue related to partner firms, including growth related to acquisitions of wealth management practices and customer relationships by our partner firms, including Connectus, and partner firms that have merged, that for the entire periods presented, are included in our consolidated statements of operations for each of the entire periods presented. We believe these growth statistics are useful in that they present full-period revenue growth of partner firms on a "same store" basis exclusive of the effect of the partial period results of partner firms that are acquired during the comparable periods.
  3. The terms of our management agreements entitle the management companies to management fees typically consisting of all Earnings Before Partner Compensation ("EBPC") in excess of Base Earnings up to Target Earnings, plus a percentage of any EBPC in excess of Target Earnings. Management fees growth represents the period-over-period growth in GAAP management fees earned by management companies. While an expense, we believe that growth in management fees reflect the strength of the partnership.
  4. Organic management fees growth represents the period-over-period growth in management fees earned by management companies related to partner firms, including growth related to acquisitions of wealth management practices and customer relationships by our partner firms and partner firms that have merged, that for the entire periods presented, are included in our consolidated statements of operations for each of the entire periods presented. We believe that these growth statistics are useful in that they present full-period growth of management fees on a "same store" basis exclusive of the effect of the partial period results of partner firms that are acquired during the comparable periods.
  5. In disclosures, including filings with the SEC, made prior to the quarter ended September 30, 2020, "Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments" and "Tax Adjustments" were presented together as "Adjusted Net Income." Additionally, "Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share" and "Tax Adjustments Per Share" were presented together as "Adjusted Net Income Per Share."
  6. For additional information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments, Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share, Tax Adjustments, Tax Adjustments Per Share and Adjusted Shares Outstanding, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please read "-Adjusted EBITDA" and "-Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share."
  7. Tax Adjustments represent the tax benefits of intangible assets, including goodwill, associated with deductions allowed for tax amortization of intangible assets in the respective periods based on a pro forma 27% income tax rate. Such amounts were generated from acquisitions completed where we received a step-up in basis for tax purposes. Acquired intangible assets may be amortized for tax purposes, generally over a 15-year period. Due to our acquisitive nature, tax deductions allowed on acquired intangible assets provide additional significant supplemental economic benefit. The tax benefit from amortization is included to show the full economic benefit of deductions for acquired intangible assets with the step-up in tax basis. As of December 31, 2020, estimated Tax Adjustments from intangible asset related income tax benefits from closed acquisitions based on a pro forma 27% income tax rate for the next 12 months is $41,718.
  8. Net Leverage Ratio represents the First Lien Leverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Facility), and means the ratio of amounts outstanding under the First Lien Term Loan and First Lien Revolver plus other outstanding debt obligations secured by a lien on the assets of Focus LLC (excluding letters of credit other than unpaid drawings thereunder) minus unrestricted cash and cash equivalents to Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Credit Facility).
  9. The terms of our management agreements entitle the management companies to management fees typically consisting of all future EBPC of the acquired wealth management firm in excess of Base Earnings up to Target Earnings, plus a percentage of any EBPC in excess of Target Earnings. Acquired Base Earnings is equal to our retained cumulative preferred position in Base Earnings. We are entitled to receive these earnings notwithstanding any earnings that we are entitled to receive in excess of Target Earnings. Base Earnings may change in future periods for various business or contractual matters. For example, from time to time when a partner firm consummates an acquisition, the management agreement among the partner firm, the management company and the principals is amended to adjust Base Earnings and Target Earnings to reflect the projected post acquisition earnings of the partner firm.
  10. Represents the number of partner firms on the last day of the period presented.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
  For the three months ended     For the twelve months ended  
 
  December 31,     December 31,  
 
  2019     2020     2019     2020  
REVENUES:
                       
Wealth management fees
  $ 323,927     $ 360,603     $ 1,149,655     $ 1,286,130  
Other
    16,304       19,070       68,686       75,189  
Total revenues
    340,231       379,673       1,218,341       1,361,319  
OPERATING EXPENSES:
                               
Compensation and related expenses
    112,657       129,748       431,465       476,208  
Management fees
    87,331       102,381       304,701       349,475  
Selling, general and administrative
    62,253       63,593       232,911       236,377  
Management contract buyout
    -       -       1,428       -  
Intangible amortization
    35,858       39,024       130,718       147,783  
Non-cash changes in fair value of estimated
                               
contingent consideration
    13,101       19,818       38,797       19,197  
Depreciation and other amortization
    3,140       3,320       10,675       12,451  
Total operating expenses
    314,340       357,884       1,150,695       1,241,491  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS
    25,891       21,789       67,646       119,828  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):
                               
Interest income
    337       41       1,164       453  
Interest expense
    (15,156 )     (9,112 )     (58,291 )     (41,658 )
Amortization of debt financing costs
    (969 )     (709 )     (3,452 )     (2,909 )
Loss on extinguishment of borrowings
    -       -       -       (6,094 )
Other expense-net
    (354 )     (239 )     (1,049 )     (214 )
Income from equity method investments
    59       52       755       219  
Impairment of equity method investment
    (11,749 )     -       (11,749 )     -  
Total other expense-net
    (27,832 )     (9,967 )     (72,622 )     (50,203 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX
    (1,941 )     11,822       (4,976 )     69,625  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE
    10,750       4,148       7,049       20,660  
NET INCOME (LOSS)
    (12,691 )     7,674       (12,025 )     48,965  
Non-controlling interest
    692       (4,076 )     (847 )     (20,920 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO
                               
COMMON SHAREHOLDERS
  $ (11,999 )   $ 3,598     $ (12,872 )   $ 28,045  
Income (loss) per share of Class A
                               
common stock:
                               
Basic
  $ (0.25 )   $ 0.07     $ (0.28 )   $ 0.58  
Diluted
  $ (0.25 )   $ 0.07     $ (0.28 )   $ 0.57  
Weighted average shares of Class A
                               
common stock outstanding:
                               
Basic
    47,203,578       50,723,913       46,792,389       48,678,584  
Diluted
    47,203,578       51,051,481       46,792,389       48,796,613  

FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.
Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
  December 31,     December 31,  
 
  2019     2020  
ASSETS
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 65,178     $ 65,858  
Accounts receivable less allowances of $684 at 2019 and $2,178 at 2020
    129,337       169,220  
Prepaid expenses and other assets
    58,581       65,581  
Fixed assets-net
    41,634       49,209  
Operating lease assets
    180,114       229,748  
Debt financing costs-net
    9,645       6,950  
Deferred tax assets-net
    75,453       107,289  
Goodwill
    1,090,231       1,255,559  
Other intangible assets-net
    1,003,456       1,113,467  
TOTAL ASSETS
  $ 2,653,629     $ 3,062,881  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
               
LIABILITIES
               
Accounts payable
  $ 8,077     $ 9,634  
Accrued expenses
    41,442       53,862  
Due to affiliates
    58,600       66,428  
Deferred revenue
    7,839       9,190  
Other liabilities
    215,878       222,911  
Operating lease liabilities
    196,425       253,295  
Borrowings under credit facilities (stated value of $1,279,188 and $1,507,622
               
at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020, respectively)
    1,272,999       1,507,119  
Tax receivable agreements obligations
    48,399       81,563  
TOTAL LIABILITIES
    1,849,659       2,204,002  
EQUITY
               
Class A common stock, par value $0.01, 500,000,000 shares authorized;
               
47,421,315 and 51,158,712 shares issued and outstanding at
               
December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020, respectively
    474       512  
Class B common stock, par value $0.01, 500,000,000 shares authorized;
               
22,075,749 and 20,661,595 shares issued and outstanding at
               
December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020, respectively
    221       207  
Additional paid-in capital
    498,186       526,664  
Retained earnings (deficit)
    (13,462 )     14,583  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (1,299 )     (2,167 )
Total shareholders' equity
    484,120       539,799  
Non-controlling interest
    319,850       319,080  
Total equity
    803,970       858,879  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
  $ 2,653,629     $ 3,062,881  
 
               

FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS INC.
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows
(in thousands)

 
  For the twelve months ended  
 
  December 31,  
 
  2019     2020  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
           
Net income (loss)
  $ (12,025 )   $ 48,965  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating
               
activities-net of effect of acquisitions:
               
Intangible amortization
    130,718       147,783  
Depreciation and other amortization
    10,675       12,451  
Amortization of debt financing costs
    3,452       2,909  
Non-cash equity compensation expense
    18,329       22,285  
Non-cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration
    38,797       19,197  
Income from equity method investments
    (755 )     (219 )
Impairment of equity method investment
    11,749       -  
Distributions received from equity method investments
    751       231  
Deferred taxes and other non-cash items
    3,555       2,618  
Loss on extinguishment of borrowings
    -       6,094  
Changes in cash resulting from changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable
    (29,562 )     (37,913 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets
    3,796       74  
Accounts payable
    (1,172 )     606  
Accrued expenses
    8,276       10,876  
Due to affiliates
    18,989       7,650  
Other liabilities
    (10,487 )     (29,683 )
Deferred revenue
    (312 )     (2,563 )
Net cash provided by operating activities
    194,774       211,361  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
               
Cash paid for acquisitions and contingent consideration-net of cash acquired
    (532,513 )     (348,674 )
Purchase of fixed assets
    (25,472 )     (19,349 )
Investment and other
    1,530       (4,950 )
Net cash used in investing activities
    (556,455 )     (372,973 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
               
Borrowings under credit facilities
    969,125       555,000  
Repayments of borrowings under credit facilities
    (529,796 )     (326,566 )
Contingent consideration paid
    (22,040 )     (49,891 )
Payments of debt financing costs
    (3,743 )     (634 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
    838       6,912  
Restricted stock units withholding
    -       (386 )
Payments on finance lease obligations
    (176 )     (147 )
Distributions for unitholders
    (20,641 )     (22,457 )
Net cash provided by financing activities
    393,567       161,831  
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    79       461  
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    31,965       680  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:
               
Beginning of period
    33,213       65,178  
End of period
  $ 65,178     $ 65,858  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) excluding interest income, interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), amortization of debt financing costs, intangible amortization and impairments, if any, depreciation and other amortization, non-cash equity compensation expense, non-cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration, loss on extinguishment of borrowings, other expense/income, net, impairment of equity method investment, management contract buyout and other one-time transaction expenses, if any. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of, our reported GAAP results, provides additional useful information to investors regarding our performance and overall results of operations for various reasons, including the following:

  • non-cash equity grants made to employees or non-employees at a certain price and point in time do not necessarily reflect how our business is performing at any particular time; stock-based compensation expense is not a key measure of our operating performance;
  • contingent consideration or earn outs can vary substantially from company to company and depending upon each company's growth metrics and accounting assumption methods; the non-cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration is not considered a key measure in comparing our operating performance; and
  • amortization expenses can vary substantially from company to company and from period to period depending upon each company's financing and accounting methods, the fair value and average expected life of acquired intangible assets and the method by which assets were acquired; the amortization of intangible assets obtained in acquisitions are not considered a key measure in comparing our operating performance.

We use Adjusted EBITDA:

  • as a measure of operating performance;
  • for planning purposes, including the preparation of budgets and forecasts;
  • to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of our business; and
  • to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies.

Adjusted EBITDA does not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities. The term Adjusted EBITDA is not defined under GAAP, and Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income (loss), operating income or any other performance or liquidity measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect all cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense on our debt or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments.

In addition, Adjusted EBITDA can differ significantly from company to company depending on strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments. We compensate for these limitations by also relying on the GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2020:

 
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
 
  December 31,     December 31,  
 
  2019     2020     2019     2020  
 
  (in thousands)  
Net income (loss)
  $ (12,691 )   $ 7,674     $ (12,025 )   $ 48,965  
Interest income
    (337 )     (41 )     (1,164 )     (453 )
Interest expense
    15,156       9,112       58,291       41,658  
Income tax expense
    10,750       4,148       7,049       20,660  
Amortization of debt financing costs
    969       709       3,452       2,909  
Intangible amortization
    35,858       39,024       130,718       147,783  
Depreciation and other amortization
    3,140       3,320       10,675       12,451  
Non-cash equity compensation expense
    4,954       6,697       18,329       22,285  
Non-cash changes in fair value of estimated
                               
contingent consideration
    13,101       19,818       38,797       19,197  
Loss on extinguishment of borrowings
    -       -       -       6,094  
Other expense, net
    354       239       1,049       214  
Impairment of equity method investment
    11,749       -       11,749       -  
Management contract buyout
    -       -       1,428       -  
Other one-time transaction expenses
    -       -       1,486       -  
Adjusted EBITDA
  $ 83,003     $ 90,700     $ 269,834     $ 321,763  
 
                               

Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share
We analyze our performance using Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share. Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share are non‑GAAP measures. We define Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments as net income (loss) excluding income tax expense (benefit), amortization of debt financing costs, intangible amortization and impairments, if any, non‑cash equity compensation expense, non‑cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration, loss on extinguishment of borrowings, management contract buyout, if any, and other one‑time transaction expenses. The calculation of Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments also includes adjustments to reflect a pro forma 27% income tax rate reflecting the estimated U.S. Federal, state, local and foreign income tax rates applicable to corporations in the jurisdictions we conduct business.

Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share is calculated by dividing Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments by the Adjusted Shares Outstanding. Adjusted Shares Outstanding includes: (i) the weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding during the periods, (ii) the weighted average incremental shares of Class A common stock related to stock options outstanding during the periods, (iii) the weighted average incremental shares of Class A common stock related to unvested Class A common stock outstanding during the periods, (iv) the weighted average incremental shares of Class A common stock related to restricted stock units outstanding during the periods, (v) the weighted average number of Focus LLC common units outstanding during the periods (assuming that 100% of such Focus LLC common units have been exchanged for Class A common stock), (vi) the weighted average number of Focus LLC unvested restricted common units outstanding during the periods (assuming that 100% of such Focus LLC unvested restricted common units have been exchanged for Class A common stock) and (vii) the weighted average number of common unit equivalents of Focus LLC vested and unvested incentive units outstanding during the periods based on the closing price of our Class A common stock on the last trading day of the periods (assuming that 100% of such Focus LLC common units have been exchanged for Class A common stock).

We believe that Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of, our reported GAAP results, provide additional useful information to investors regarding our performance and overall results of operations for various reasons, including the following:

  • non‑cash equity grants made to employees or non‑employees at a certain price and point in time do not necessarily reflect how our business is performing at any particular time; stock‑based compensation expense is not a key measure of our operating performance;
  • contingent consideration or earn outs can vary substantially from company to company and depending upon each company's growth metrics and accounting assumption methods; the non‑cash changes in fair value of estimated contingent consideration is not considered a key measure in comparing our operating performance; and
  • amortization expenses can vary substantially from company to company and from period to period depending upon each company's financing and accounting methods, the fair value and average expected life of acquired intangible assets and the method by which assets were acquired; the amortization of intangible assets obtained in acquisitions are not considered a key measure in comparing our operating performance.

Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share do not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities. The terms Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share are not defined under GAAP, and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share are not a measure of net income (loss), operating income or any other performance or liquidity measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share do not reflect all cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and
  • Other companies in the financial services industry may calculate Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In addition, Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share can differ significantly from company to company depending on strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments. We compensate for these limitations by relying also on the GAAP results and use Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share as supplemental information.

Tax Adjustments and Tax Adjustments Per Share
Tax Adjustments represent the tax benefits of intangible assets, including goodwill, associated with deductions allowed for tax amortization of intangible assets in the respective periods based on a pro forma 27% income tax rate. Such amounts were generated from acquisitions completed where we received a step-up in basis for tax purposes. Acquired intangible assets may be amortized for tax purposes, generally over a 15-year period. Due to our acquisitive nature, tax deductions allowed on acquired intangible assets provide additional significant supplemental economic benefit. The tax benefit from amortization is included to show the full economic benefit of deductions for acquired intangible assets with the step-up in tax basis.

Tax Adjustments Per Share is calculated by dividing Tax Adjustments by the Adjusted Shares Outstanding.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments and Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2020:

 
  Three Months Ended December 31,     Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
 
  2019     2020     2019     2020  
 
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)  
Net income (loss)
  $ (12,691 )   $ 7,674     $ (12,025 )   $ 48,965  
Income tax expense
    10,750       4,148       7,049       20,660  
Amortization of debt financing costs
    969       709       3,452       2,909  
Intangible amortization
    35,858       39,024       130,718       147,783  
Non-cash equity compensation expense
    4,954       6,697       18,329       22,285  
Non-cash changes in fair value of estimated
                               
contingent consideration
    13,101       19,818       38,797       19,197  
Loss on extinguishment of borrowings
    -       -       -       6,094  
Impairment of equity method investment
    11,749       -       11,749       -  
Management contract buyout
    -       -       1,428       -  
Other one time transaction expenses (1)
    -       -       1,486       -  
Subtotal
    64,690       78,070       200,983       267,893  
Pro forma income tax expense (27%) (2)
    (17,466 )     (21,079 )     (54,265 )     (72,331 )
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments
  $ 47,224     $ 56,991     $ 146,718     $ 195,562  
 
                               
Tax Adjustments (3)
  $ 8,760     $ 9,856     $ 31,860     $ 37,254  
 
                               
Adjusted Net Income Excluding Tax Adjustments Per Share
  $ 0.63     $ 0.72     $ 1.96     $ 2.46  
Tax Adjustments Per Share (3)
  $ 0.12     $ 0.12     $ 0.42     $ 0.47  
 
                               
Adjusted Shares Outstanding
    75,072,782       79,584,887       75,039,357       79,397,568  
 
                               
Calculation of Adjusted Shares Outstanding:
                               
Weighted average shares of Class A common
                               
stock outstanding-basic (4)
    47,203,578       50,723,913       46,792,389       48,678,584  
Adjustments:
                               
Weighted average incremental shares of Class A
                               
common stock related to stock options,
                               
unvested Class A common stock and
                               
restricted stock units (5)
    34,391       327,568       20,428       118,029  
Weighted average Focus LLC common units
                               
outstanding (6)
    22,158,584       20,814,064       22,424,378       21,461,080  
Weighted average Focus LLC restricted common
                               
units outstanding (7)
    -       19,912       -       5,005  
Weighted average common unit equivalent of
                               
Focus LLC incentive units outstanding (8)
    5,676,229       7,699,430       5,802,162       9,134,870  
Adjusted Shares Outstanding
    75,072,782       79,584,887       75,039,357       79,397,568  
 
                               
  1. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 relates to (a) Loring Ward severance cash compensation of $280, which was recorded in compensation and related expenses and (b) transaction expenses of $1,206 associated with the acquisition of Loring Ward, which were recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses.
  2. The pro forma income tax rate of 27% reflects the estimated U.S. Federal, state, local and foreign income tax rates applicable to corporations in the jurisdictions we conduct business.
  3. Tax Adjustments represent the tax benefits of intangible assets, including goodwill, associated with deductions allowed for tax amortization of intangible assets in the respective periods based on a pro forma 27% income tax rate. Such amounts were generated from acquisitions completed where we received a step-up in basis for tax purposes. Acquired intangible assets may be amortized for tax purposes, generally over a 15-year period. Due to our acquisitive nature, tax deductions allowed on acquired intangible assets provide additional significant supplemental economic benefit. The tax benefit from amortization is included to show the full economic benefit of deductions for acquired intangible assets with the step-up in tax basis. As of December 31, 2020, estimated Tax Adjustments from intangible asset related income tax benefits from closed acquisitions based on a pro forma 27% income tax rate for the next 12 months is $41,718.
  4. Represents our GAAP weighted average Class A common stock outstanding-basic.
  5. The incremental shares for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 related to stock options, unvested Class A common stock and restricted stock units as calculated using the treasury stock method were not included in the calculation of the GAAP weighted average shares of Class A common stock-diluted as the result would have been antidilutive.
  6. Assumes that 100% of the Focus LLC common units were exchanged for Class A common stock.
  7. Assumes that 100% of Focus LLC unvested restricted common units were exchanged for Class A common stock.
  8. Assumes that 100% of the vested and unvested Focus LLC incentive units were converted into Focus LLC common units based on the closing price of our Class A common stock at the end of the respective period and such Focus LLC common units were exchanged for Class A common stock.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation
To supplement our statements of cash flows presented on a GAAP basis, we use non-GAAP liquidity measures on a trailing 4-quarter basis to analyze cash flows generated from our operations. We consider Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation to be liquidity measures that provide useful information to investors about the amount of cash generated by the business and are two factors in evaluating the amount of cash available to pay contingent consideration, make strategic acquisitions and repay outstanding borrowings. Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation do not represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures as they do not deduct our mandatory debt service requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures. We define Adjusted Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities, less purchase of fixed assets, distributions for Focus LLC unitholders and payments under tax receivable agreements (if any). We define Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation as Adjusted Free Cash Flow plus the portion of contingent consideration paid which is classified as operating cash flows under GAAP. The balance of such contingent consideration is classified as investing and financing cash flows under GAAP; therefore, we add back the amount included in operating cash flows so that the full amount of contingent consideration payments is treated consistently. Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation are not defined under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net cash from operating, investing or financing activities. In addition, Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation can differ significantly from company to company.

Set forth below is a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation for the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2019 and 2020:

 
  Trailing 4-Quarters Ended  
 
  December 31,  
 
  2019     2020  
 
  (in thousands)  
Net cash provided by operating activities
  $ 194,774     $ 211,361  
Purchase of fixed assets
    (25,472 )     (19,349 )
Distributions for unitholders
    (20,641 )     (22,457 )
Payments under tax receivable agreements
    -       -  
Adjusted Free Cash Flow
  $ 148,661     $ 169,555  
Portion of contingent consideration paid included in operating activities (1)
    14,822       30,913  
Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation (2)
  $ 163,483     $ 200,468  
 
               
  1. A portion of contingent consideration paid is classified as operating cash outflows in accordance with GAAP, with the balance reflected in investing and financing cash outflows. Contingent consideration paid classified as operating cash outflows for each of the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2019 was $9.2 million, $4.0 million $0.8 million and $0.8 million, respectively, totaling $14.8 million for the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2019. Contingent consideration paid classified as operating cash outflows for each of the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2020 was $8.3 million, $16.4 million, $3.8 million and $2.4 million, respectively, totaling $30.9 million for the trailing 4-quarters ended December 31, 2020.
  2. Cash Flow Available for Capital Allocation excludes all contingent consideration that was included in either operating, investing or financing activities of our consolidated statements of cash flows.

Supplemental Information

Economic Ownership
The following table provides supplemental information regarding the economic ownership of Focus Financial Partners, LLC as of December 31, 2020:

 
  December 31, 2020  
Economic Ownership of Focus Financial Partners, LLC Interests:
  Interest     %  
Focus Financial Partners Inc.
    51,158,712       64.3 %
Non-Controlling Interests (1)
    28,349,344       35.7 %
Total
    79,508,056       100.0 %
 
               
  1. Includes 7,614,473 Focus LLC common units issuable upon conversion of the outstanding 17,234,497 vested and unvested incentive units (assuming vesting of the unvested incentive units and a December 31, 2020 period end value of the Focus LLC common units equal to $43.50) and includes 73,276 Focus LLC restricted common units.

Class A and Class B Common Stock Outstanding
The following table provides supplemental information regarding the Company's Class A and Class B common stock:

       
 

Q4 2020 Weighted Average Outstanding

Number of Shares Outstanding at
December 31, 2020

Number of Shares Outstanding at
February 15, 2021

Class A

50,723,913

51,158,712

51,184,782

Class B

20,814,064

20,661,595

20,661,595

Incentive Units
The following table provides supplemental information regarding the outstanding Focus LLC vested and unvested Incentive Units ("IUs") at December 31, 2020. The vested IUs in future periods can be exchanged into shares of Class A common stock (after conversion into a number of Focus LLC common units that takes into account the then-current value of common units and such IUs aggregate hurdle amount), and therefore, the Company calculates the Class A common stock equivalent of such IUs for purposes of calculating per share data. The period-end share price of the Company's Class A common stock is used to calculate the intrinsic value of the outstanding Focus LLC IUs in order to calculate a Focus LLC common unit equivalent of the Focus LLC IUs.

           

Focus Financial Partners, LLC Incentive Units by Hurdle at December 31, 2020:

 
           

Hurdle
Rates

Number
Outstanding

       

$1.42

421

       

$5.50

798

       

$6.00

386

       

$7.00

1,081

       

$9.00

1,323,708

       

$11.00

841,706

       

$12.00

520,000

       

$13.00

558,611

       

$14.00

17,848

       

$16.00

45,191

       

$17.00

22,500

       

$19.00

570,965

       

$21.00

3,548,129

       

$22.00

1,037,304

       

$23.00

524,828

       

$26.26

18,750

       

$27.00

29,484

       

$27.90

2,051,131

       

$28.50

1,566,650

       

$30.48

30,000

       

$33.00

3,670,000

       

$36.64

30,000

       

$44.71

825,006

       
 

17,234,497

       
           

SOURCE: Focus Financial Partners



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