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Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (HLI) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Thursday, October 28, 2021

Houlihan Lokey, Inc.

CIK: 1302215 Ticker: HLI
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Houlihan Lokey Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Revenues of $537 million
Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Diluted EPS of $1.65
Adjusted Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Diluted EPS of $1.71
Announces Dividend of $0.43 per Share for Third Quarter Fiscal 2022

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK - October 28, 2021 - Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) (“Houlihan Lokey” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2021. For the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, revenues were $537 million, compared with $276 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Net income was $113 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $49 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. Adjusted net income for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021 was $117 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, compared with $52 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020.
“We are beginning our third fiscal quarter with record year-to-date results and the completion of the largest acquisition in the firm’s history. I want to welcome our new colleagues from GCA to the Houlihan Lokey family. As a combined firm, we meaningfully increase our capabilities in the strategically important technology and technology related industry sectors, and become an even more formidable provider of investment banking services in Europe and Asia. We believe that this acquisition creates significant strategic and shareholder value for our firm, and we look forward to achieving these goals over the coming years.” stated Scott Beiser, Chief Executive Officer of Houlihan Lokey.
Selected Financial Data
(In thousands, except per share data)
U.S. GAAP
Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
2021202020212020
Revenues
$537,272 $275,736 $909,994 $486,872 
Operating expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits333,374 177,249 565,678 314,370 
Non-compensation46,579 31,612 79,321 63,037 
Operating income
157,319 66,875 264,995 109,465 
Other (income)/expense, net853 (196)752 (1,357)
Income before provision for income taxes
156,466 67,071 264,243 110,822 
Provision for income taxes
43,583 18,281 65,400 15,932 
Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc.
$112,883 $48,790 $198,843 $94,890 
Diluted earnings per share
$1.65 $0.70 $2.90 $1.39 

Revenues

For the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, revenues were $537 million, compared with $276 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. For the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, Corporate Finance (“CF”) revenues increased 259%, Financial Restructuring (“FR”) revenues decreased (34)%, and Financial and Valuation Advisory (“FVA”) revenues increased 55% when compared with the second quarter ended September 30, 2020.

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Expenses

The Company’s employee compensation and benefits expenses, non-compensation expenses, and provision for income taxes during the periods presented and described below are on a GAAP and an adjusted basis.
U.S. GAAPAdjusted (Non-GAAP) *
Three Months Ended September 30,
($ in thousands)2021202020212020
Expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits$333,374 $177,249 $330,421 $175,090 
% of Revenues62.0 %64.3 %61.5 %63.5 %
Non-compensation$46,579 $31,612 $43,327 $28,730 
% of Revenues8.7 %11.5 %8.1 %10.4 %
Provision for Income Taxes$43,583 $18,281 $45,311 $19,655 
% of Pre-Tax Income27.9 %27.3 %27.9 %27.3 %
*Adjusted figures represent non-GAAP information. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables at the end of this release for an explanation of the adjustments and reconciliations to the comparable GAAP numbers.
U.S. GAAPAdjusted (Non-GAAP) *
Six Months Ended September 30,
($ in thousands)2021202020212020
Expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits$565,678 $314,370 $559,646 $307,050 
% of Revenues62.2 %64.6 %61.5 %63.1 %
Non-compensation$79,321 $63,037 $75,005 $58,739 
% of Revenues8.7 %12.9 %8.2 %12.1 %
Provision for Income Taxes$65,400 $15,932 $75,155 $32,376 
% of Pre-Tax Income24.7 %14.4 %27.4 %26.4 %
*Adjusted figures represent non-GAAP information. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables at the end of this release for an explanation of the adjustments and reconciliations to the comparable GAAP numbers.

Employee compensation and benefits expenses were $333 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $177 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. Adjusted employee compensation and benefits expenses were $330 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $175 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. This resulted in an adjusted compensation ratio of 61.5% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, versus 63.5% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase in GAAP and adjusted employee compensation and benefits expenses was primarily a result of an increase in fee revenues for the quarter when compared with the same quarter last year.

Non-compensation expenses were $47 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $32 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. Adjusted non-compensation expenses were $43 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $29 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase in GAAP and adjusted non-compensation expenses was primarily a result of an increase in other operating expenses and travel, meals, and entertainment expenses.

The provision for income taxes was $44 million, representing an effective tax rate of 27.9% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $18 million, representing an effective tax rate of 27.3% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. The adjusted provision for income taxes was $45 million, representing an adjusted effective tax rate of 27.9% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $20 million, representing an adjusted effective tax rate of 27.3% for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020.


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Segment Reporting for the Second Fiscal Quarter

Corporate Finance
CF revenues were $388 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $108 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020, representing an increase of 259%. Revenues increased primarily due to a significant increase in the number of closed transactions and the average transaction fee on closed transactions.
Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
($ in thousands)2021202020212020
Corporate Finance
Revenues$388,410 $108,049 $598,401 $196,020 
# of Managing Directors126 125 126 125 
# of Closed transactions (1)
134 53 218 88 

Financial Restructuring

FR revenues decreased (34)% to $83 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $125 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. Revenues decreased primarily due to a decrease in the number of closed transactions.

Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
($ in thousands)2021202020212020
Financial Restructuring
Revenues$83,184 $125,391 $181,959 $214,011 
# of Managing Directors51 47 51 47 
# of Closed transactions (1)
20 30 44 59 
Financial and Valuation Advisory
FVA revenues increased 55% to $66 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $42 million for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020. Revenues increased primarily due to an increase in the number of fee events.

Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
($ in thousands)2021202020212020
Financial and Valuation Advisory
Revenues$65,678 $42,296 $129,634 $76,841 
# of Managing Directors37 31 37 31 
# of Fee Events (1)
806 539 1,242 798 
(1)A Fee Event includes any engagement that involves revenue activity during the measurement period based on a revenue minimum of one thousand dollars. References in this press release to closed transactions should be understood to be the same as transactions that are “effectively closed” as described in our periodic reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.
Balance Sheet and Capital Allocation

The Board of Directors of the Company declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per share of Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend will be payable on December 15, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2021.

The Board of Directors of the Company increased the size of its share repurchase program from $200 million to $250 million.

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $963 million of cash and cash equivalents and investment securities, and $65 million of other liabilities and loans payable to former shareholders.

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Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2022 results. The number to call is 1-877-407-4018 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8471 (international). A live webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. A replay of the conference call will be available from October 28, 2021 through November 4, 2021, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the passcode 13724237#. A replay of the webcast will be archived and available on the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. You can identify these statements by our use of the words “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “guidance,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. For a further description of such factors, you should read the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events and circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income, total and on a per share basis, and certain adjusted items used to determine adjusted net income, are presented and discussed in this earnings press release and are non-GAAP measures that management believes, when presented together with comparable GAAP measures, are useful to investors in understanding the Company’s operating results. These adjusted items remove the significant accounting impact of one-time or non-recurring charges associated with the Company’s one-time/non-recurring matters, as set forth in the tables at the end of this release.

The adjusted items included in this earnings press release as calculated by the Company are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Additionally, these adjusted amounts are not a measurement of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to the Company’s financial information determined under GAAP. For a description of the Company’s use of these adjusted items and a reconciliation with comparable GAAP items, see the section of this press release titled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial Information.” Please refer to our financial statements, prepared in accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm’s commitment to client success across its advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past six consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past seven consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.

For more information, please visit www.HL.com.



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Contact Information
Investor Relations
212.331.8225
IR@HL.com
ORPublic Relations
212.331.8223
PR@HL.com

Appendix

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Financial Information (Unaudited)

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HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except share data and par value)September 30, 2021March 31, 2021
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$923,009 $846,851 
Restricted cash373 373 
Investment securities40,425 208,618 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses127,274 108,409 
Unbilled work in process, net of allowance for credit losses115,732 118,115 
Deferred income taxes36,401 28,332 
Property and equipment, net43,295 46,370 
Operating lease right-of-use assets143,341 152,031 
Goodwill and other intangibles, net883,964 866,221 
Other assets43,015 50,747 
Total assets$2,356,829 $2,426,067 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Liabilities:
Accrued salaries and bonuses$577,698 $648,399 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses60,273 67,468 
Deferred income26,923 27,868 
Income taxes payable24,540 68,339 
Deferred income taxes45 52 
Loans payable to former shareholders711 818 
Operating lease liabilities164,209 174,516 
Other liabilities64,693 55,046 
Total liabilities919,092 1,042,506 
Stockholders' equity:
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 50,927,005 and 51,245,442 shares, respectively51 51 
Class B common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 1,000,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 17,348,305 and 16,951,696 shares, respectively17 17 
Additional paid-in capital720,579 803,573 
Retained earnings741,678 600,096 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)(24,588)(20,176)
Total stockholders' equity1,437,737 1,383,561 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$2,356,829 $2,426,067 
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HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except share and per share data)2021202020212020
Revenues$537,272 $275,736 $909,994 $486,872 
Operating expenses:
Employee compensation and benefits333,374 177,249 565,678 314,370 
Travel, meals, and entertainment4,687 964 6,374 3,078 
Rent9,050 10,301 19,275 19,924 
Depreciation and amortization4,344 3,670 8,515 7,342 
Information technology and communications8,858 6,868 15,819 13,251 
Professional fees6,915 5,227 13,616 10,234 
Other operating expenses12,725 4,582 15,722 9,208 
Total operating expenses379,953 208,861 644,999 377,407 
Operating income157,319 66,875 264,995 109,465 
Other (income)/expense, net853 (196)752 (1,357)
Income before provision for income taxes156,466 67,071 264,243 110,822 
Provision for income taxes43,583 18,281 65,400 15,932 
Net income attributable to Houlihan Lokey, Inc.$112,883 $48,790 $198,843 $94,890 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic65,156,968 66,787,832 65,433,649 65,244,611 
Fully diluted68,566,127 69,615,060 68,641,962 68,214,505 
Earnings per share
Basic$1.73 $0.73 $3.04 $1.45 
Fully diluted$1.65 $0.70 $2.90 $1.39 

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HOULIHAN LOKEY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO ADJUSTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)2021202020212020
Revenues$537,272 $275,736 $909,994 $486,872 
Employee compensation and benefits expenses
Employee compensation and benefits expenses (GAAP)$333,374 $177,249 $565,678 $314,370 
(Less)/plus: Acquisition related retention payments(2,953)(2,159)(6,032)(7,320)
Employee compensation and benefits expenses (adjusted)330,421 175,090 559,646 307,050 
Non-compensation expenses
Non-compensation expenses (GAAP)$46,579 $31,612 $79,321 $63,037 
(Less)/plus: Secondary offering related costs— — — (418)
(Less)/plus: Acquisition related costs(1,640)(1,258)(1,640)(1,258)
(Less)/plus: Acquisition amortization(1,612)(888)(2,676)(1,886)
(Less)/plus: Oracle ERP implementation— (736)— (736)
Non-compensation expenses (adjusted)43,327 28,730 75,005 58,739 
Operating income
Operating income (GAAP)$157,319 $66,875 $264,995 $109,465 
(Less)/plus: Adjustments (1)
6,205 5,041 10,348 11,618 
Operating income (adjusted)163,524 71,916 275,343 121,083 
Other (income)/expense, net
Other (income)/expense, net (GAAP)$853 $(196)$752 $(1,357)
Other (income)/expense, net (adjusted)853 (196)752 (1,357)
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes (GAAP)$43,583 $18,281 $65,400 $15,932 
(Less)/plus: Impact of the excess tax benefit for stock vesting— — 6,922 13,408 
Adjusted provision/(benefit) for income taxes43,583 18,281 72,322 29,340 
(Less)/plus: Resulting tax impact (2)
1,728 1,374 2,833 3,036 
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes (adjusted)45,311 19,655 75,155 32,376 
Net income
Net income (GAAP)$112,883 $48,790 $198,843 $94,890 
(Less)/plus: adjustments (3)
4,477 3,667 593 (4,826)
Net income (adjusted)117,360 52,457 199,436 90,064 
Diluted EPS (GAAP)$1.65 $0.70 $2.90 $1.39 
Diluted EPS (adjusted)$1.71 $0.75 $2.91 $1.32 
(1)The aggregate of adjustments from employee compensation and benefits and non-compensation expenses.
(2)Reflects the tax impact of utilizing the adjusted effective tax rate on the non-tax adjustments identified above.
(3)Consists of all adjustments identified above net of the associated tax impact.
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Ticker: HLI
CIK: 1302215
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0001302215-21-000083
Submitted to the SEC: Thu Oct 28 2021 7:05:56 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Fri Oct 29 2021
Period: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Industry: Investment Advice
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