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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended June 30, 2017

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Transition Period From                      to                     

Commission File Number 001-36423

 

 

HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

California   68-0176227

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

7250 Redwood Blvd., Suite 200  
Novato, California   94945
(Address of principal executive office)   (Zip Code)

(415) 899-1555

(Registrant’s telephone number)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

As of July 26, 2017, there were 7,690,888 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

 

 

 


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HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

INDEX

 

         

Page

Number

 
PART I.   

Financial Information

  
Item 1.   

Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

  
  

Balance Sheets

     3  
  

Statements of Income

     4  
  

Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

     5  
  

Statements of Cash Flows

     6  
  

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

     7  
Item 2.   

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     18  
Item 3.   

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     32  
Item 4.   

Controls and Procedures

     32  
PART II.   

Other Information

  
Item 6.   

Exhibits

     33  
Signatures         34  

 

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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1: Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

Hennessy Advisors, Inc.

Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

     June 30,      September 30,  
     2017      2016  
     (Unaudited)         

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 12,327      $ 3,535  

Investments in marketable securities, at fair value

     8        8  

Investment fee income receivable

     4,360        4,230  

Prepaid expenses

     627        1,175  

Deferred income tax asset

     607        607  

Other accounts receivable

     554        580  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     18,483        10,135  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $867 and $940, respectively

     243        296  

Management contracts

     74,524        74,359  

Deferred offering costs

     13        13  

Other assets

     133        137  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 93,396      $ 84,940  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accrued liabilities and accounts payable

   $ 5,701      $ 6,578  

Income taxes payable

     —          383  

Deferred rent

     210        32  

Current portion of long-term debt, net of discount and debt issuance costs

     4,228        4,228  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     10,139        11,221  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net of discount and debt issuance costs and current portion

     22,785        25,957  

Deferred income tax liability

     11,780        10,431  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
Total liabilities      44,704        47,609  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 8)

     

Stockholders’ equity:

     

Adjustable rate preferred stock, $25 stated value, no par value, 7,500,000 shares authorized: zero shares issued and outstanding

     —          —    

Common stock, no par value, 22,500,000 shares authorized: 7,690,875 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017, and 7,661,968 at September 30, 2016

     14,824        13,279  

Retained earnings

     33,868        24,052  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     48,692        37,331  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 93,396      $ 84,940  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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Hennessy Advisors, Inc.

Statements of Income

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended June 30,     Nine Months Ended June 30,  
     2017     2016     2017     2016  

Revenue:

        

Investment advisory fees

   $ 12,020     $ 11,747     $ 36,192     $ 34,561  

Shareholder service fees

     1,158       1,248       3,516       3,779  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     13,178       12,995       39,708       38,340  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

        

Compensation and benefits

     3,124       3,017       9,613       8,873  

General and administrative

     1,332       1,301       4,122       4,245  

Mutual fund distribution

     80       231       213       682  

Sub-advisor fees

     2,281       2,225       6,862       6,429  

Amortization and depreciation

     91       88       275       265  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     6,908       6,862       21,085       20,494  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net operating income

     6,270       6,133       18,623       17,846  

Interest expense

     281       279       825       949  

Other income

     (3     (1     (3     (2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     5,992       5,855       17,801       16,899  

Income tax expense

     2,032       1,961       6,217       6,072  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 3,960     $ 3,894     $ 11,584     $ 10,827  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

        

Basic

   $ 0.51     $ 0.51     $ 1.51     $ 1.43  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.51     $ 0.50     $ 1.49     $ 1.41  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding

(prior periods restated for stock split, see Note 6):

 

 

 

Basic

     7,690,443       7,599,812       7,688,397       7,597,737  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     7,788,456       7,731,141       7,785,536       7,703,648  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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Hennessy Advisors, Inc.

Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

Nine Months Ended June 30, 2017

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

                       Total  
     Common Stock     Retained     Stockholders’  
     Shares     Amount     Earnings     Equity  

Balance at September 30, 2016

     7,661,968     $ 13,279     $ 24,052     $ 37,331  

Net income

     —         —         11,584       11,584  

Dividends paid

     —         —         (1,642     (1,642

Employee and director restricted stock vested

     34,875       —         —         —    

Repurchase of vested employee restricted stock for tax withholding

     (7,445     (66     (102     (168

Shares issued for auto-investments pursuant to the 2015 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     146       3       —         3  

Shares issued for dividend reinvestment pursuant to the 2015 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,387       24       (24     —    

Stock-based compensation

     —         1,585       —         1,585  

Adjustment for fractional shares paid in cash in connection with stock split

     (56     (1     —         (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2017

     7,690,875     $ 14,824     $ 33,868     $ 48,692  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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Hennessy Advisors, Inc.

Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Nine Months Ended June 30,  
     2017     2016  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 11,584     $ 10,827  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Amortization and depreciation

     275       265  

Deferred income taxes

     1,349       1,484  

Tax effect from restricted stock units

     —         95  

Restricted stock units repurchased for employee tax withholding

     (168     (98

Stock-based compensation

     1,585       1,049  

Deferred rent

     178       (45

Unrealized gains on marketable securities

     —         (1

Amortization of loan fee payments

     (110     (110

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Investment fee income receivable

     (130     (208

Prepaid expenses

     548       277  

Other accounts receivable

     26       (56

Other assets

     4       110  

Accrued liabilities and accounts payable

     (877     679  

Income taxes payable

     (383     (1,097
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     13,881       13,171  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (112     (121

Deferred offering costs

     —         (1

Payments related to management contracts

     (165     (326
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (277     (448
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Principal payments on bank loan

     (3,172     (3,282

Proceeds from shares issued pursuant to the 2015 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Repurchase Plan

     3       22  

Dividend payments

     (1,642     (1,115

Payment of loan fees

     —         (15

Cash paid for fractional shares in connection with stock split

     (1     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (4,812     (4,390
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     8,792       8,333  

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

     3,535       3,086  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

   $ 12,327     $ 11,419  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

    

Cash paid for:

    

Income taxes

   $ 4,643     $ 5,350  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest

   $ 822     $ 911  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements

 

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HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(1) Basis of Financial Statement Presentation

The accompanying condensed balance sheet as of September 30, 2016, which has been derived from audited financial statements, and the unaudited interim condensed financial statements as of and for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2017, have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and include the accounts of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. (the “Company”). Certain information and footnote disclosures in these unaudited interim condensed financial statements, normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, have been condensed or omitted pursuant to rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission for Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. In the opinion of management, the unaudited interim condensed financial statements reflect all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position as of June 30, 2017, the Company’s operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, and the Company’s cash flows for the nine months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. These unaudited interim condensed financial statements and notes should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited financial statements and notes thereto for the year ended September 30, 2016, which are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

The preparation of financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. Accordingly, the actual results could differ substantially from those estimates.

The Company’s operating activities consist primarily of providing investment advisory services to 14 open-end mutual funds branded as the Hennessy Funds. The Company serves as the investment advisor to all classes of the Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund, the Hennessy Focus Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund, the Hennessy Total Return Fund, the Hennessy Equity and Income Fund, the Hennessy Balanced Fund, the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, the Hennessy Small Cap Financial Fund, the Hennessy Large Cap Financial Fund, the Hennessy Technology Fund, the Hennessy Japan Fund, and the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund. The Company also provides shareholder services to the entire family of the Hennessy Funds.

The Company’s operating revenues consist of contractual investment advisory and shareholder service fees paid to it by the Hennessy Funds. The Company earns investment advisory fees from each Hennessy Fund by, among other things:

 

    acting as portfolio manager for the fund or overseeing the sub-advisor acting as portfolio manager for the fund, which includes managing the composition of the fund’s portfolio (including the purchase, retention, and disposition of portfolio securities in accordance with the fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions), seeking best execution for the fund’s portfolio, managing the use of soft dollars for the fund, and managing proxy voting for the fund;

 

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    performing a daily reconciliation of portfolio positions and cash for the fund;

 

    monitoring the fund’s compliance with its investment objectives and restrictions and federal securities laws;

 

    performing activities such as maintaining a compliance program, conducting ongoing reviews of the compliance programs of the fund’s service providers (including its sub-advisor, as applicable), conducting on-site visits to the fund’s service providers (including its sub-advisor, as applicable), monitoring incidents of abusive trading practices, reviewing fund expense accruals, payments, and fixed expense ratios, evaluating insurance providers for fidelity bond coverage, D&O/E&O insurance coverage, and cybersecurity insurance coverage, conducting employee compliance training, reviewing reports provided by service providers, maintaining books and records, and preparing an annual compliance report to the Board of Trustees of Hennessy Funds Trust (the “Funds’ Board of Trustees”);

 

    overseeing the selection and continued employment of the fund’s sub-advisor, if applicable, monitoring such sub-advisor’s adherence to the fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions, and reviewing the fund’s investment performance;

 

    overseeing service providers that provide accounting, administration, distribution, transfer agency, custodial, sales and marketing, audit, information technology, and legal services to the fund;

 

    maintaining in-house marketing and distribution departments on behalf of the fund;

 

    being actively involved with preparing all regulatory filings for the fund, including writing and annually updating the fund’s prospectus and related documents;

 

    preparing or reviewing a written summary of the fund’s performance for the most recent twelve-month period for each annual report of the fund;

 

    monitoring and overseeing the accessibility of the fund on third party platforms;

 

    paying the incentive compensation of the fund’s compliance officers and employing other staff such as management executives, legal personnel, marketing personnel, national accounts and distribution personnel, sales personnel, administrative personnel, and trading oversight personnel;

 

    providing a quarterly certification to Hennessy Funds Trust; and

 

    preparing or reviewing materials for the Funds’ Board of Trustees, presenting or leading discussions to or with the Funds’ Board of Trustees, preparing or reviewing meeting minutes, and arranging for training and education of the Funds’ Board of Trustees.

 

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The Company earns shareholder service fees from Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds by, among other things, maintaining a toll-free number that the current investors of the Hennessy Funds may call to ask questions about the Hennessy Funds or their accounts, or to get help with processing exchange and redemption requests or changing account options. These fee revenues are earned and calculated daily by the Hennessy Funds’ accountants at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC. The fees are computed and billed monthly, at which time they are recognized in accordance with Accounting Standard Codification 605 “Revenue Recognition.”

Effective February 28, 2017, the Company waives fees with respect to the Hennessy Technology Fund to comply with a contractual expense ratio limitation. The fee waiver is calculated daily by the Hennessy Funds’ accountants at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC and is charged to expense monthly by the Company as an offset to revenue. The waived fee is deducted from investment advisory fee income and reduces the aggregate amount of advisory fees received by the Company in the subsequent month. To date, the Company has only waived fees based on contractual obligations, but the Company has the ability to waive fees at its discretion. If the Company elects to voluntarily waive fees, the decision to waive fees would not apply to previous periods, but would only apply on a going forward basis.

The Company’s contractual agreements for investment advisory and shareholder services provide persuasive evidence that an arrangement exists with fixed and determinable fees, and the services are rendered daily. The collectability is deemed probable as the fees are received from the Hennessy Funds in the month subsequent to the month in which the services are provided.

(2) Management Contracts Purchased

Throughout its history, the Company has completed eight purchases of assets related to the management of 25 different mutual funds, some of which were reorganized into already existing Hennessy Funds. In accordance with guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), the Company periodically reviews the carrying value of its purchased management contracts to determine if any impairment has occurred. The fair value of management contracts are based on management estimates and assumptions, including third party valuations that utilize appropriate valuation techniques. The fair value of the management contracts was estimated by applying the income approach. It is the opinion of the Company’s management that there was no impairment as of June 30, 2017 or 2016.

Under the FASB guidance on “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other,” intangible assets that have indefinite useful lives are not amortized but are tested at least annually for impairment. The Company reviews the life of the management contracts each reporting period to determine if they continue to have an indefinite useful life. The Company considers the mutual fund management contracts to be intangible assets with an indefinite useful life and are not impaired as of June 30, 2017.

 

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The Company completed its most recent asset purchase on September 23, 2016, when it purchased the assets related to the management of the Westport Fund and the Westport Select Cap Fund. This asset purchase added approximately $435 million to the Company’s assets under management. The purchase was consummated in accordance with the terms and conditions of that certain Transaction Agreement, dated as of May 2, 2016, between the Company and Westport Advisers, LLC. The purchase price of $11.3 million was funded with available cash and was based on the aggregate average assets under management for the Westport Fund and the Westport Select Cap Fund as measured at the close of business on the effective date of the Transaction Agreement and on each of the two trading days immediately preceding the date of the Transaction Agreement. The total capitalized costs related to the purchase were $11.5 million.

(3) Investment Advisory Agreements

The Company has management contracts with Hennessy Funds Trust, under which it provides investment advisory services to all classes of the 14 Hennessy Funds.

The management contracts must be renewed annually (except in limited circumstances) by (1) the Funds’ Board of Trustees or by the vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of the applicable Hennessy Fund and (2) by the vote of a majority of the trustees of Hennessy Funds Trust who are not interested persons of the Hennessy Funds. If the management contracts are not renewed annually as described above, they will terminate automatically. In addition, there are two other circumstances in which the management contracts would terminate. First, the management contracts would automatically terminate if the Company assigned them to another advisor (assignment includes “indirect assignment,” which is the transfer of the Company’s common stock in sufficient quantities deemed to constitute a controlling block). Additionally, each management contract may be terminated prior to its expiration upon 60 days’ notice by either the Company or the applicable Hennessy Fund.

As provided in the management contracts, the Company receives investment advisory fees monthly based on a percentage of the respective fund’s average daily net assets.

The Company has entered into sub-advisory agreements for the Hennessy Focus Fund, the Hennessy Equity and Income Fund, the Hennessy Japan Fund, and the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund. Under each of these sub-advisory agreements, the sub-advisor is responsible for the investment and re-investment of the assets of the applicable Hennessy Fund in accordance with the terms of such agreement and the applicable Hennessy Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information. The sub-advisors are subject to the direction, supervision and control of the Company and the Funds’ Board of Trustees. The sub-advisory agreements must be renewed annually (except in limited circumstances) in the same manner and are subject to the same termination provisions as the management contracts.

In exchange for the sub-advisory services, the Company (not the Hennessy Funds) pays sub-advisor fees to the sub-advisors, which are based on the amount of each applicable Hennessy Fund’s average daily net assets.

 

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(4) Bank Loan

The Company has an outstanding bank loan with U.S. Bank National Association, as administrative agent (in such capacity, “Agent”) and as a lender, and California Bank & Trust, as syndication agent and as a lender, which replaced and refinanced the bank loan previously entered into by the Company and U.S. Bank National Association on October 26, 2012, and amended on November 1, 2013. Immediately prior to September 17, 2015, the Company’s bank loan had an outstanding principal balance of $23.0 million. On September 17, 2015, in anticipation of the repurchase of up to 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at $25 per share pursuant to its self-tender offer, the Company entered into a new term loan agreement to fund in part its self-tender offer, thereby increasing its total loan balance to $35.0 million (consisting of a $20.0 million promissory note to U.S. Bank National Association and a $15.0 million promissory note to California Bank & Trust). Then, on September 19, 2016, the Company entered into an amendment to its term loan agreement with the Agent and the lenders to allow it to consummate the purchase of assets related to the management of the Westport Fund and the Westport Select Cap Fund. In addition, the amendment revised one of the financial covenants in the term loan agreement.

The current term loan agreement requires 48 monthly payments in the amount of $364,583 plus interest, at the Company’s option, at either:

(1) LIBOR plus a margin that ranges from 2.75% to 3.25%, depending on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (excluding, among other things, certain non-cash gains and losses) (“EBITDA”), or

(2) the sum of (a) the highest of the prime rate set by U.S. Bank from time to time, the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%, or one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%, and (b) a margin that ranges from 0.25% to 0.75%, depending on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA.

From the effective date of the current term loan agreement through February 29, 2016, the interest rate in effect was U.S. Bank’s prime rate plus a margin based on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA. Effective March 1, 2016, the Company converted $32.8 million of its principal loan balance to a 1-month LIBOR contract, which has been renewed each subsequent month. As of June 30, 2017, the effective rate is 4.051%, which is comprised of the LIBOR rate of 1.051% as of June 1, 2017, plus a margin of 3.0% based on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA as of March 31, 2017. The Company intends to renew the LIBOR contract on a monthly basis provided that the LIBOR-based interest rate remains favorable to the prime rate-based interest rate.

All borrowings under the term loan agreement are secured by substantially all of the Company’s assets. The final installment of the then-outstanding principal of $17.9 million plus accrued interest is due September 17, 2019.

The term loan agreement includes certain reporting requirements and loan covenants requiring the maintenance of certain financial ratios. The Company was in compliance for the periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.    

 

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The Company did an evaluation of the debt modification and determined that the portion of the loan refinanced with the same creditor (the $20.0 million with U.S. Bank National Association) is not considered “substantially different” from the original loan with U.S. Bank National Association per the conditions set forth in Accounting Standards Codification 470-50 — Debt; Modifications and Extinguishments. Furthermore, due to the variable nature of the interest rate, this feature of the loan was examined for potential bifurcation as an embedded derivative, and it was determined that the feature does not require bifurcation from the host contract.

In connection with securing the financings discussed above, the Company incurred loan costs in the amount of $0.41 million. These costs were reclassified to offset debt liability per Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2015-03 as of March 31, 2017, and the balance is being amortized on a straight-line basis, which approximates the effective interest basis, over 48 months. Amortization expense during the nine-month periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, was $0.1 million for each period. The unamortized balance of the loan fees was $0.3 million as of June 30, 2017. The following is a reconciliation of the reclassification:

 

     Gross Debt at
June 30, 2017
     Debt
Issuance Cost
     Debt, Net of Discount,
at June 30, 2017
 
     (In thousands)  

Current portion of debt

   $ 4,375      $ (147    $ 4,228  

Long-term portion of debt

     22,968        (183      22,785  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Debt

   $ 27,343      $ (330    $ 27,013  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     Gross Debt at
September 30, 2016
     Debt
Issuance Cost
     Debt, Net of Discount,
at September 30, 2016
 
     (In thousands)  

Current portion of debt

   $ 4,375      $ (147    $ 4,228  

Long-term portion of debt

     26,250        (293      25,957  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Debt

   $ 30,625      $ (440    $ 30,185  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

(5) Income Taxes

The Company’s effective income tax rates for the nine months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, were 34.9% and 35.9%, respectively, and differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to state taxes. The effective income tax rate was lower for the period ended June 30, 2017, due to the early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (see further discussion in Footnote 10).

We are subject to income tax in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and multiple state jurisdictions. Our U.S. federal tax returns for 2013 and subsequent years remain open to examination. Generally, we are no longer subject to state examinations by tax authorities for years prior to fiscal 2012. For state tax jurisdictions with unfiled tax returns, the statute of limitations will remain open indefinitely.

(6) Earnings per Share and Dividends per Share

Basic earnings per share is determined by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding, while diluted earnings per share is determined by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding adjusted for the dilutive effect of common stock equivalents.

 

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All common stock equivalents were dilutive and therefore included in the diluted earnings per share calculation for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2017.

On January 26, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a 3-for-2 stock split, which was effected on March 6, 2017, for shareholders of record as of February 10, 2017. All disclosures in this report relating to shares of common stock, restricted stock units, and per share data have been adjusted to reflect this stock split.

The Company paid quarterly cash dividends of $0.067, $0.075, and $0.075 per share, respectively, on December 8, 2016, to shareholders of record as of November 15, 2016; on March 6, 2017, to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2017; and on June 8, 2017, to shareholders of record as of May 16, 2017.

(7) Stock-Based Compensation

On March 26, 2014, the Company adopted, and the Company’s shareholders approved, the Amended and Restated 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). Under the Plan, participants may be granted restricted stock units (“RSUs”), representing an unfunded, unsecured right to receive a share of the Company’s common stock on the date specified in the recipient’s award. The Company issues new shares of its common stock when it is required to deliver shares to an RSU recipient. The RSUs granted under the Plan vest over four years, at a rate of 25 percent per year. The Company recognizes stock-based compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the four-year vesting term of each award. There were no RSUs granted under the Plan during the nine months ended June 30, 2017 or 2016. RSU activity for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, was as follows:

 

     Restricted Stock Unit Activity
Nine Months Ended June 30, 2017
 
     Number of
Share Units
     Weighted Avg.
Fair Value

Per Share at
Each Date
 

Non-vested Balance at September 30, 2016

     379,464      $ 16.19  

Granted

     —          —    

Vested (1)

     (114,244      13.88  

Forfeited

     —          —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Non-vested Balance at June 30, 2017

     265,220      $ 17.18  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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(1) The restricted share units vested includes partially vested shares. Shares of common stock have not been issued for the partially vested shares, but the related compensation costs have been charged to expense. There were 27,430 net shares of common stock issued for restricted stock units vested in the nine months ended June 30, 2017.

 

Restricted Stock Unit Compensation
Nine Months Ended June 30, 2017

 
     (In thousands)  

Total expected compensation expense related to RSUs

   $ 10,608  

Compensation expense recognized through June 30, 2017

     (6,052
  

 

 

 

Unrecognized compensation expense related to RSUs at June 30, 2017

   $ 4,556  
  

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2017, there was $4.6 million of total RSU compensation expense related to non-vested awards not yet recognized, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average vesting period of 2.4 years.

(8) Commitments and Contingencies

The Company’s headquarters is located in leased office space under a single non-cancelable operating lease at 7250 Redwood Blvd., Suite 200, in Novato, California. The lease expires on June 30, 2021, with one five-year extension available thereafter.

The Company also has office space under a single non-cancelable operating lease at 101 Federal Street, Suite 1900, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The initial term of the lease expired on November 30, 2015, but automatically renews for successive one-year periods unless either party terminates the lease by providing at least three months’ notice of termination to the other party prior to the next renewal date.

The Company also has office space under a single non-cancelable operating lease at 1340 Environ Way, #305, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517. The initial term of the lease expired on November 30, 2015, but automatically renews for successive three-month periods unless either party terminates the lease by providing at least two months’ notice of termination to the other party prior to the next renewal date.

As of June 30, 2017, there were no material changes in the leasing arrangements that would have a significant effect on future minimum lease payments reported in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

 

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(9) Fair Value Measurements

The Company applies the FASB standard “Fair Value Measurements” for all financial assets and liabilities, which establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The standard defines fair value as “the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.” It also establishes a fair value hierarchy consisting of the following three “levels” that prioritize the inputs to the valuation techniques used to measure fair value:

 

    Level 1 – Unadjusted, quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that an entity has the ability to access at the measurement date.

 

    Level 2 – Other significant observable inputs (including, but not limited to, quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active for identical or similar assets or liabilities, and model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs and significant value drivers are observable in active markets).

 

    Level 3 – Significant unobservable inputs (including the entity’s own assumptions about what market participants would use to price the asset or liability based on the best available information) when observable inputs are not available.

 

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Based on the definitions, the following table represents the Company’s assets categorized in the Level 1 to 3 hierarchies as of June 30, 2017, and September 30, 2016:

 

     Fair Value Measurements at June 30, 2017  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  
     (In thousands)  

Money market fund deposits

   $ 10,323      $ —        $ —        $ 10,323  

Mutual fund investments

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 10,331      $ —        $ —        $ 10,331  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amounts included in:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 10,323      $ —        $ —        $ 10,323  

Investments in marketable securities

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 10,331      $ —        $ —        $ 10,331  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     Fair Value Measurements at September 30, 2016  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  
     (In thousands)  

Money market fund deposits

   $ 320      $ —        $ —        $ 320  

Mutual fund investments

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 328      $ —        $ —        $ 328  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amounts included in:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 320      $ —        $ —        $ 320  

Investments in marketable securities

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 328      $ —        $ —        $ 328  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

There were no transfers between levels during the nine months ended June 30, 2017, or the year ended September 30, 2016.

(10) New Accounting Standards

In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-03 “Interest – Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30): Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs.” This ASU requires reporting entities to record costs paid to third parties that are directly related to issuing debt, and that otherwise would not be incurred, as a deduction to the corresponding debt for presentation purposes. The effective date for the new standard is for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. We adopted ASU 2015-03 on January 1, 2017, for debt issuance costs on our term loan, on a retrospective basis. The impact of adopting ASU 2015-03 on our current period condensed consolidated financial statements was the classification of all deferred financing costs as a deduction to the corresponding debt in addition to the reclassification of deferred financing costs in other current and long term assets to short and long term notes payable as of September 30, 2016, within the condensed consolidated balance sheets to conform to the current period presentation. Other than these reclassifications and additional disclosures, the adoption of ASU 2015-03 did not have a material impact on our financial statements.

 

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In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09 “Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvement to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.” The new standard contains several amendments that will simplify the recognition for employee share-based payment transactions, including the accounting for income taxes, forfeitures, statutory tax withholding requirements, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification within the statement of cash flows for certain components of share-based awards. Early adoption is permitted for any interim or annual period. The changes in the new standard eliminate the recognition of excess tax benefits or tax deficiencies from the statement of stockholders’ equity. Under the new guidance, all excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies resulting from stock-based compensation awards vesting and exercises are recognized prospectively within income tax expense, and excess tax benefits are recognized regardless of whether they reduce current taxes payable. This will increase the volatility of our effective tax rate.

As of March 31, 2017, we elected to early adopt ASU 2016-09, using a modified retrospective approach, effective as if adopted the first day of the fiscal year, October 1, 2016. As a result of early adoption of ASU 2016-09, income tax benefits of approximately $0.004 million and $0.2 million were recognized as discrete events in the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2017, and December 31, 2016, respectively. We have elected to continue to estimate the number of stock-based awards expected to vest, as permitted by ASU 2016-09, rather than electing to account for forfeitures as they occur. As such, this has no cumulative effect on retained earnings for the prior year. With the early adoption of 2016-09, we have elected to present the cash flow statement on a prospective transition method and no prior periods have been adjusted.

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-01 “Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business.” Based on feedback that the definition of business is being applied too broadly, the update adds guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The effective date for the new standard is for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 (the Company’s first quarter of fiscal year 2019). The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

In May 2017, the FASB issued an update to ASU No. 2017-09 “Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting.” The update was issued to provide clarity and reduce both (1) diversity in practice and (2) cost and complexity when applying the guidance in Topic 718. The effective date for the update is for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017 (the Company’s second quarter of fiscal year 2018). The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

(11) Pending Asset Purchase of the Rainier U.S. Funds

On May 11, 2017, the Company announced that it signed a definitive agreement with Manning & Napier Group, LLC and Rainier Investment Management, LLC (“Rainier”) to purchase the assets related to the management of three Rainier Funds, including the Rainier Mid Cap Equity Fund, the Rainier Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund, and the Rainier Large Cap Equity Fund (collectively, the “Rainier U.S. Funds”). The Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K regarding this transaction on May 11, 2017.

 

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The definitive agreement includes customary representations, warranties and covenants of the Company and Rainier Investment Management, LLC, and provides for a payment upon closing based on the net assets of the Rainier U.S. Funds at the close of business on the trading day immediately preceding the closing date (yet to be determined). The transaction is expected to be completed in the Company’s fourth fiscal quarter of 2017.

Upon completion of the transaction, the assets related to the Rainier Mid Cap Equity Fund and the Rainier Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund will merge into the Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund and the assets related to the Rainier Large Cap Equity Fund will merge into the Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Rainier U.S. Funds’ shareholders.

(12) Subsequent Events

The Company has evaluated subsequent events through the date these financial statements were issued and has concluded that no material subsequent events occurred during this period that would require recognition or disclosure.

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws, for which we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “project,” “continue,” “seek” and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events, based on information currently available to us. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or means by, which such performance or results will be achieved.

 

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Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unforeseen developments could cause actual performance or results to differ substantially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Management does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of these forward-looking statements. There is no regulation requiring an update of any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this report to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

Our business activities are affected by many factors, including, without limitation, redemptions by mutual fund shareholders, general economic and financial conditions, movement of interest rates, competitive conditions, industry regulation, and fluctuations in the stock market, many of which are beyond the control of our management. Further, the business and regulatory environments in which we operate remain complex, uncertain, and subject to change. We expect that regulatory requirements and developments will cause us to incur additional administrative and compliance costs. In addition, while domestic economic conditions are relatively stable, further increases in short-term interest rates, policy changes from the new administration in Washington D.C. and developments in international financial markets could influence economic and financial conditions significantly. Notwithstanding the variability in our economic and regulatory environments, we remain focused on the investment performance of the Hennessy Funds and on providing high quality customer service to investors.

Our business strategy centers on (i) the identification, completion and integration of future acquisitions and (ii) organic growth, through both the retention of the mutual fund assets we currently manage and the generation of inflows into the mutual funds we manage. The success of our business strategy may be influenced by the factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. All statements regarding our business strategy, as well as statements regarding market trends and risks and assumptions about changes in the marketplace, are forward-looking by their nature.

Overview

Our primary operating activity is providing investment advisory services to 14 open-end mutual funds branded as the Hennessy Funds. With respect to four of the funds, sub-advisors act as portfolio managers for the funds, subject to our oversight. We oversee the selection and continued employment of each sub-advisor, review each sub-advisor’s investment performance, and monitor each sub-advisor’s adherence to the applicable fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions. In addition, we conduct ongoing reviews of the compliance programs of sub-advisors and make on-site visits to sub-advisors. Our secondary operating activity is providing shareholder services to Investor Class shares of each of the Hennessy Funds.

We completed several changes to the Hennessy Funds product lineup during our prior quarter ended March 31, 2017. For the Hennessy Technology Fund, there was a change in investment strategy, a change in portfolio management, a decrease in the management fee from 0.90% to 0.74%, and the adoption of an expense limitation agreement. Additionally, we added Institutional Class shares to the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, liquidated the Hennessy Core Bond Fund, and reorganized the Hennessy Large Value Fund into the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund.

 

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We derive our operating revenue from investment advisory fees and shareholder service fees paid to us by the Hennessy Funds. These fees are calculated as a percentage of the average daily net assets in each of the Hennessy Funds. The percentage amount of the investment advisory fees vary from fund to fund, but the percentage amount of the shareholder service fees is consistent across all funds. The dollar amount of the fees we receive fluctuates with changes in the average net asset value of each of the Hennessy Funds, which is affected by each fund’s investment performance, purchases and redemptions of shares, general market conditions and the success of our marketing, sales, and public relations efforts.

The majority of the Hennessy Funds are solely invested in the U.S. equity markets, while two funds are solely invested in the Japanese equity markets and one fund has exposure to the fixed income markets.

U.S. equity markets posted strong gains for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2017. At the start of the period, U.S. equities reacted positively to the election of President Trump, a Republican, to the White House, and to Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, buoyed by hopes of higher government infrastructure spending and tax reform. Towards the end of the period, evidence of continued steady domestic economic activity, a recovery in corporate earnings growth and relatively good economic conditions abroad kept equity prices rising. The Federal Reserve, which appeared to feel confident about the overall strength of the economy and the labor market, raised the federal funds rate three times over the period, by a quarter point each time.

The Japanese equity market rose significantly in local currency terms over the nine-month period ended June 30, 2017. A fall in Japanese yen early in the period caused equity prices to rise, led by export-oriented Japanese equities. Subsequently, evidence of a solid recovery in industrial production, an acceleration in corporate profits growth and a stable inflation rate helped drive the overall Japanese equity market higher.

U.S. government bond yields increased precipitously after the U.S. elections in response to the perceived increased risks of faster economic growth and higher inflation. However, bond yields drifted gently downwards for the rest of the period, encouraged by more moderate inflation reports and continued modest increases in labor costs.

We seek to provide positive annualized returns to investors in the Hennessy Funds on average over a market cycle and to generate inflows into the Hennessy Funds through our marketing and sales efforts. We regularly target over 120,000 financial advisors through our marketing and sales program, and currently serve over 18,000 advisors who utilize the Hennessy Funds for their clients. More than one in five of those advisors owns two or more of the Hennessy Funds. We continually seek to expand our team of sales professionals to serve our advisor community and to assist us with providing services to our over 330,000 mutual fund accounts across the country. In addition, we have a rigorous public relations effort with the Hennessy brand name appearing on TV, radio, print or online media on average once every two to three days.

 

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As of June 30, 2017, all 14 of the Hennessy Funds posted positive performance over the 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and since inception periods. Total assets under management as of June 30, 2017, were $6.5 billion, an increase of 2.9%, or $184 million, from $6.3 billion as of June 30, 2016 (the end of the prior comparable period). The increase in total assets is attributable to market appreciation of $793 million and the purchase of assets related to the management of The Westport Funds of $435 million, and was offset by net outflows from the Hennessy Funds of $1.044 billion.

The following table illustrates the changes in total assets under management from June 30, 2016, through June 30, 2017:

 

     Total Assets Under Management  
     At Each Quarter End, June 30, 2016 through June 30, 2017  
     6/30/2016     9/30/2016     12/31/2016     3/31/2017     6/30/2017  
     (In thousands)  

Beginning assets under management

   $ 6,424,453     $ 6,342,902     $ 6,698,519     $ 6,592,589     $ 6,635,802  

Acquisition inflows

     —         434,530       —         —         —    

Organic inflows

     557,343       296,459       327,308       376,440       249,043  

Redemptions

     (654,042     (593,539     (647,952     (554,606     (496,768

Market appreciation (depreciation)

     15,148       218,167       214,714       221,379       138,679  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending assets under management

   $ 6,342,902     $ 6,698,519     $ 6,592,589     $ 6,635,802     $ 6,526,756  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The principal asset on our balance sheet, management contracts, represents the capitalized costs incurred in connection with the purchase of assets related to the management of mutual funds. As of June 30, 2017, this asset had a balance of $74.5 million, compared to $74.4 million as of September 30, 2016. The current period increase is mainly due to payments in connection with the purchase of assets related to the management of The Westport Funds.

The principal liability on our balance sheet is the bank debt incurred in connection with the purchase of assets related to the management of mutual funds and the repurchase of 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock pursuant to the completion of its self-tender offer in September 2015. As of June 30, 2017, this liability had a gross balance of $27.3 million ($27.0 million net of reclassed deferred loan fees of $0.3 million, further discussed in Footnote 4).

 

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Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30, 2017, Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2016

The following table sets forth items in the statement of income as dollar amounts and as percentages of total revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

 

     Three Months Ended June 30,  
     2017     2016  
     Amounts      Percent
of Total
Revenue
    Amounts      Percent
of Total
Revenue
 
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Revenue:

          

Investment advisory fees

   $ 12,020        91.2   $ 11,747        90.4

Shareholder service fees

     1,158        8.8       1,248        9.6  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

     13,178        100.0       12,995        100.0  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

          

Compensation and benefits

     3,124        23.7       3,017        23.2  

General and administrative

     1,332        10.1       1,301        10.0  

Mutual fund distribution

     80        0.6       231        1.8  

Sub-advisor fees

     2,281        17.3       2,225        17.1  

Amortization and depreciation

     91        0.7       88        0.7  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     6,908        52.4       6,862        52.8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net operating income

     6,270        47.6       6,133        47.2  

Interest expense

     281        2.1       279        2.1  

Other income

     (3      —         (1      —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     5,992        45.5       5,855        45.1  

Income tax expense

     2,032        15.4       1,961        15.1  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 3,960        30.1   $ 3,894        30.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Revenues – Investment Advisory Fees and Shareholder Service Fees

Total revenue increased 1.4% from the prior comparable period to $13.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017. Investment advisory fees increased 2.3% from the prior comparable period to $12.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in investment advisory fees is due to increased average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds. This was slightly offset by a reduction in the investment advisory fee from 0.90% to 0.74% and the implementation of an expense limitation agreement for the Hennessy Technology Fund, each effective as of February 28, 2017. Average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds for the three months ended June 30, 2017, increased by $124 million, or 1.9%, to $6.6 billion, versus the prior comparable period. Shareholder service fees decreased 7.2% from the prior comparable period to $1.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017.

 

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The decrease in shareholder service fees is due to a change in the composition of average daily net assets. Assets held in Institutional Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are not subject to a shareholder service fee, whereas assets held in Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are subject to a shareholder service fee. The average daily net assets held in Institutional Class shares increased, while the average daily net assets held in Investor Class shares decreased versus the prior comparable period.

The Company collects investment advisory fees from each of the Hennessy Funds at differing rates. These annual rates previously ranged between 0.40% to 1.20% of average daily net assets, but now range between 0.40% and 0.90% of average daily net assets because the annual rate of the investment advisory fee for the Hennessy Japan Fund was reduced from 1.00% to 0.80% and the annual rate of the investment advisory fee for the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund was reduced from 1.20% to 0.80%, each effective as of March 1, 2016. The Hennessy Fund with the largest average daily net assets for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was the Hennessy Focus Fund, with $2.58 billion. The Company collects an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Focus Fund at an annual rate of 0.90% of average daily net assets. However, the Company pays a sub-advisor fee at an annual rate of 0.29% to the Fund’s sub-advisor, which reduces the net operating profit contribution of the Fund to the Company’s financial operations. The Hennessy Fund with the second largest average daily assets for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, with $1.46 billion. The Company collects an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund at an annual rate of 0.40% of average daily net assets.

Total assets under management as of June 30, 2017, were $6.5 billion, a decrease of 1.6% or $109 million, compared with $6.6 billion as of March 31, 2017. The decrease in total assets under management over the three months ended June 30, 2017, was due to aggregate net outflows from the Hennessy Funds of $248 million, partly offset by aggregate market appreciation of $139 million. The Hennessy Funds with the three largest amounts of net inflows for the three months ended June 30, 2017, were as follows:

 

    Hennessy Japan Fund: $15 million

 

    Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund: $13 million

 

    Hennessy Technology Fund: $0.02 million

The Hennessy Funds with the three largest amounts of net outflows for the three months ended June 30, 2017, were as follows:

 

    Hennessy Mid Cap 30 Fund: -$95 million

 

    Hennessy Focus Fund: -$55 million

 

    Hennessy Gas Utility Fund: -$45 million

Redemptions as a percentage of assets under management decreased from an average of 3.4% per month during the three months ended June 30, 2016, to 2.5% per month during the three months ended June 30, 2017.

 

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Operating and Other Expenses

Total operating expenses increased 0.7% to $6.91 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $6.86 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is due primarily to a decrease in mutual fund distribution expense, but was partially offset by increases in compensation and benefits expense, sub-advisor fee expense, and general and administrative expense. As a percentage of total revenue, total operating expenses decreased 0.4 percentage points to 52.4% in the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to 52.8% in the prior comparable period.

Compensation and Benefits Expense: Compensation and benefits expense increased 3.5% to $3.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $3.0 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is primarily due to an increase in the Company’s incentive-based compensation expense related to the Company’s increased profitability in the current period versus the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, compensation and benefits expense increased 0.5 percentage points to 23.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 23.2% in the prior comparable period.

General and Administrative Expense: General and administrative expense increased 2.4% to $1.33 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $1.30 million in the prior comparable period. The increase resulted from increased professional service expenses in the current period versus the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense increased 0.1 percentage points to 10.1% in the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 10.0% in the prior comparable period.

Mutual Fund Distribution Expense: Mutual fund distribution expense decreased 65.4% to $0.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.2 million in the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, mutual fund distribution expense decreased 1.2 percentage points to 0.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 1.8% in the prior comparable period ended June 30, 2016.

Mutual fund distribution expense consists of fees paid to various financial institutions that offer the Hennessy Funds as potential investments to their clients. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased through one of these financial institutions, the institution typically charges an asset-based fee, which is recorded in “mutual fund distribution expense” in our statement of operations to the extent paid by us. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased directly, we do not incur any such expense. These fees generally increase or decrease in line with the net assets of the Hennessy Funds held through these financial institutions, which are affected by inflows, outflows and fund performance.

The decrease in mutual fund distribution expense in the current three-month period is primarily due to the timing of payments made by the Company to financial intermediaries following the completion of contract negotiations in the prior period.

Sub-Advisor Fee Expense: Sub-advisor fee expense increased 2.5% to $2.28 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $2.23 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is a result of an increase in average assets under management in the sub-advised Hennessy Funds, with a slight offset as a result of the Company no longer paying sub-advisor fees with respect to the Hennessy Core Bond Fund following its liquidation as of February 17, 2017, or with respect to the Hennessy Large Value Fund following

 

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its reorganization into the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund as of February 28, 2017. As a percentage of total revenue, sub-advisor fee expense increased 0.2 percentage points to 17.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 17.1% in the prior comparable period.

Amortization and Depreciation Expense: Amortization and depreciation expense increased 3.4% to $0.091 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.088 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is a result of a higher fixed asset base for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, amortization and depreciation expense remained the same at 0.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the prior comparable period.

Interest Expense: Interest expense increased 0.7% to $0.281 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.279 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is due to increased LIBOR rates and partially offset by a decrease to the Company’s principal loan balance compared to the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, interest expense remained the same at 2.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the prior comparable period.

Income Tax Expense: The provision for income tax expense increased 3.6% to $2.03 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $1.96 million in the prior comparable period. This change is due to increased income before income tax expense in the current period. As a percentage of total revenue, income tax expense increased 0.3 percentage points to 15.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 15.1% in the prior comparable period.

Net Income

Net income increased by 1.7% to $4.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $3.9 million in the prior comparable period, as a result of the factors discussed above. As a percentage of total revenue, net income increased 0.1 percentage points to 30.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 30.0% in the prior comparable period.

 

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Nine Months Ended June 30, 2017, Compared to Nine Months Ended June 30, 2016

The following table sets forth items in the statement of income as dollar amounts and as percentages of total revenue for the nine months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

 

     Nine Months Ended June 30,  
     2017     2016  
     Amounts      Percent
of Total
Revenue
    Amounts      Percent
of Total
Revenue
 
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Revenue:

          

Investment advisory fees

   $ 36,192        91.1   $ 34,561        90.1

Shareholder service fees

     3,516        8.9       3,779        9.9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

     39,708        100.0       38,340        100.0  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

          

Compensation and benefits

     9,613        24.2       8,873        23.1  

General and administrative

     4,122        10.4       4,245        11.1  

Mutual fund distribution

     213        0.5       682        1.8  

Sub-advisor fees

     6,862        17.3       6,429        16.8  

Amortization and depreciation

     275        0.7       265        0.7  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     21,085        53.1       20,494        53.5  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net operating income

     18,623        46.9       17,846        46.5  

Interest expense

     825        2.1       949        2.4  

Other income

     (3      —         (2      —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     17,801        44.8       16,899        44.1  

Income tax expense

     6,217        15.6       6,072        15.9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 11,584        29.2   $ 10,827        28.2
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Revenues – Investment Advisory Fees and Shareholder Service Fees

Total revenue increased 3.6% from the prior comparable period to $39.7 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017. Investment advisory fees increased 4.7% from the prior comparable period to $36.2 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in investment advisory fees is due to increased average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds. This was slightly offset by a reduction in the annual rate of the investment advisory fee for the Hennessy Japan Fund from 1.00% to 0.80% and for the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund from 1.20% to 0.80%, each effective as of March 1, 2016, and by a reduction in the investment advisory fee from 0.90% to 0.74% and the implementation of an expense limitation agreement for the Hennessy Technology Fund, each effective as of February 28, 2017. Average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, increased by $292 million, or 4.7%, to $6.58 billion, versus the prior comparable period. Shareholder service fees decreased 7.0%

 

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from the prior comparable period to $3.5 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in shareholder service fees is due to a change in the composition of average daily net assets. Assets held in Institutional Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are not subject to a shareholder service fee, whereas assets held in Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are subject to a shareholder service fee. The average daily net assets held in Institutional Class shares increased, while the average daily net assets held in Investor Class shares decreased versus the prior comparable period.

The Company collects investment advisory fees from each of the Hennessy Funds at differing rates. These annual rates previously ranged between 0.40% to 1.20% of average daily net assets, but now range between 0.40% and 0.90% of average daily net assets because the annual rate of the investment advisory fee for the Hennessy Japan Fund was reduced from 1.00% to 0.80% and the annual rate of the investment advisory fee for the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund was reduced from 1.20% to 0.80%, each effective as of March 1, 2016. The Hennessy Fund with the largest average daily net assets for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, was the Hennessy Focus Fund, with $2.52 billion. The Company collects an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Focus Fund at an annual rate of 0.90% of average daily net assets. However, the Company pays a sub-advisor fee at an annual rate of 0.29% to the Fund’s sub-advisor, which reduces the net operating profit contribution of the Fund to the Company’s financial operations. The Hennessy Fund with the second largest average daily assets for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, was the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, with $1.45 billion. The Company collects an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund at an annual rate of 0.40% of average daily net assets.

Total assets under management as of June 30, 2017, were $6.5 billion, a decrease of 2.6% or $172 million, compared with $6.7 billion as of September 30, 2016. The decrease in total assets under management over the nine months ended June 30, 2017, was due to aggregate net outflows from the Hennessy Funds of $747 million, partly offset by aggregate market appreciation of $575 million. The Hennessy Funds with the three largest amounts of net inflows for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, were as follows:

 

    Hennessy Japan Fund: $69 million

 

    Hennessy Small Cap Financial Fund: $35 million

 

    Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund: $23 million

The Hennessy Funds with the three largest amounts of net outflows for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, were as follows:

 

    Hennessy Mid Cap 30 Fund: -$448 million

 

    Hennessy Gas Utility Fund: -$145 million

 

    Hennessy Focus Fund: -$102 million

Redemptions as a percentage of assets under management decreased from an average of 3.3% per month during the nine months ended June 30, 2016, to 2.9% per month during the nine months ended June 30, 2017.

 

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Operating and Other Expenses

Total operating expenses increased 2.9% to $21.1 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $20.5 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is due primarily to increases in compensation and benefits expense and sub-advisor fee expense, but was partially offset by decreases in both mutual fund distribution expense and general and administrative expense. As a percentage of total revenue, total operating expenses decreased 0.4 percentage points to 53.1% in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to 53.5% in the prior comparable period.

Compensation and Benefits Expense: Compensation and benefits expense increased 8.3% to $9.6 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $8.9 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is primarily due to an increase in the Company’s incentive-based compensation expense related to the Company’s increased profitability in the current period versus the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, compensation and benefits expense increased 1.1 percentage points to 24.2% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 23.1% in the prior comparable period.

General and Administrative Expense: General and administrative expense decreased 2.9% to $4.1 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $4.2 million in the prior comparable period. The decrease mainly resulted from decreased variable sales-related costs in the current period versus the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense decreased 0.7 percentage points to 10.4% in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 11.1% in the prior comparable period.

Mutual Fund Distribution Expense: Mutual fund distribution expense decreased 68.8% to $0.2 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.7 million in the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, mutual fund distribution expense decreased 1.3 percentage points to 0.5% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 1.8% in the prior comparable period ended June 30, 2016.

Mutual fund distribution expense consists of fees paid to various financial institutions that offer the Hennessy Funds as potential investments to their clients. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased through one of these financial institutions, the institution typically charges an asset-based fee, which is recorded in “mutual fund distribution expense” in our statement of operations to the extent paid by us. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased directly, we do not incur any such expense. These fees generally increase or decrease in line with the net assets of the Hennessy Funds held through these financial institutions, which are affected by inflows, outflows and fund performance.

 

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The decrease in mutual fund distribution expense in the current nine-month period is primarily due to the timing of payments made by the Company to financial intermediaries following the completion of contract negotiations in the prior period and also, to a lesser extent, the implementation of a Distribution (Rule 12b-1) Plan for each of the following Hennessy Funds as of the given dates:

 

  •    November 1, 2015:  

Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund

Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund

Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund

Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund

Hennessy Large Value Fund*

  •    March 1, 2016:  

Hennessy Japan Fund

Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund

 

  * The Hennessy Large Value Fund was reorganized into the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund as of February 28, 2017.

These distribution plans charge their respective funds an annual rate of 0.15% (though 0.25% is the maximum allowable) of average daily net assets to pay for sales, distribution and other expenses. Each distribution plan therefore allows its fund to use its distribution plan fees to offset fees charged by financial institutions that offer the Hennessy Funds as potential investments to their clients. Therefore, as of the dates listed above, a portion of the mutual fund distribution expense previously paid by the Company began to be offset by payments made by the respective Hennessy Funds pursuant to their distribution plans.

Sub-Advisor Fee Expense: Sub-advisor fee expense increased 6.7% to $6.9 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $6.4 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is a result of an increase in average assets under management in the sub-advised Hennessy Funds, with a slight offset as a result of the Company no longer paying sub-advisor fees with respect to the Hennessy Core Bond Fund following its liquidation as of February 17, 2017, or with respect to the Hennessy Large Value Fund following its reorganization into the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund as of February 28, 2017. As a percentage of total revenue, sub-advisor fee expense increased 0.5 percentage points to 17.3% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 16.8% in the prior comparable period.

Amortization and Depreciation Expense: Amortization and depreciation expense increased 3.8% to $0.28 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.27 million in the prior comparable period. The increase is a result of a higher fixed asset base for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, amortization and depreciation expense remained the same at 0.7% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the prior comparable period.

Interest Expense: Interest expense decreased 13.1% to $0.8 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $0.9 million in the prior comparable period. The decrease is due primarily to a decrease to the Company’s principal loan balance compared to the prior comparable period. As a percentage of total revenue, interest expense decreased 0.3 percentage points to 2.1% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 2.4% in the prior comparable period.

 

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Income Tax Expense: The provision for income tax expense increased 2.4% to $6.2 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $6.1 million in the prior comparable period. This change is due to increased income before income tax expense in the current period and is partially offset by a lower effective tax rate resulting from the early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (see further discussion in Footnote 10). As a percentage of total revenue, income tax expense decreased 0.3 percentage points to 15.6% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 15.9% in the prior comparable period.

Net Income

Net income increased by 7.0% to $11.6 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, from $10.8 million in the prior comparable period, as a result of the factors discussed above. As a percentage of total revenue, net income increased 1.0 percentage points to 29.2% for the nine months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 28.2% in the prior comparable period.

Critical Accounting Policies

Our financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require the use of estimates, judgments, and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. These accounting policies, methods, and estimates are an integral part of the financial statements prepared by management and are based upon management’s current judgments. Those judgments are normally based on knowledge and experience with regard to past and current events and assumptions about future events. Certain accounting policies, methods, and estimates are particularly sensitive because of their significance to the financial statements and because of the possibility that future events affecting them may differ markedly from management’s current judgment. For a discussion of the accounting policies that we believe are most critical to understanding our results of operations and financial position, see the section entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We continually review our capital requirements to ensure that we have funding available to support our business model. Management anticipates that cash and other liquid assets on hand as of June 30, 2017, will be sufficient to meet our short-term capital requirements. To the extent that liquid resources and cash provided by operations are not adequate to meet long-term capital requirements, management plans to raise additional capital by either, or both of, seeking to increase our borrowing capacity or accessing the capital markets. There can be no assurance that we will be able to raise additional capital.

Total assets under management as of June 30, 2017, were $6.5 billion, which was an increase of $184 million, or 2.9%, from June 30, 2016. The primary source of our revenue, liquidity and cash flow are our investment advisory fees and shareholder service fees, which are based on and generated by our average assets under management. Property and equipment and management contracts purchased totaled $74.8 million as of June 30, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, we had cash and cash equivalents of $12.3 million.

 

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The following table summarizes key financial data relating to our liquidity and use of cash for the nine months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

 

     For the Nine Months
Ended June 30,
 
     2017      2016  
     (Unaudited, in thousands)  

Cash flow data:

     

Operating cash flows

   $ 13,881      $ 13,171  

Investing cash outflows

     (277      (448

Financing cash outflows

     (4,812      (4,390
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

   $ 8,792      $ 8,333  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The increase in cash provided by operating activities of $0.7 million is mainly due to an increase in net income, partially offset by the timing of the payout of accrued expenses in the current period versus the prior comparable period.

The decrease in cash used in investing activities of $0.2 million is mainly related to costs in the prior comparable period associated with the special proxy vote for the approval of a Distribution (Rule 12b-1) Plan for the Hennessy Funds that did not previously have a 12b-1 plan.

The increase in cash used in financing activities of $0.4 million is due to an increase in the dividend payments in the current period versus the prior comparable period.

The Company has an outstanding bank loan with U.S. Bank National Association, as administrative agent (in such capacity, “Agent”) and as a lender, and California Bank & Trust, as syndication agent and as a lender, which replaced and refinanced the bank loan previously entered into by the Company and U.S. Bank National Association on October 26, 2012, and amended on November 1, 2013. Immediately prior to September 17, 2015, the Company’s bank loan had an outstanding principal balance of $23.0 million. On September 17, 2015, in anticipation of the repurchase of up to 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at $25 per share pursuant to its self-tender offer, the Company entered into a new term loan agreement to fund in part its self-tender offer, thereby increasing its total loan balance to $35.0 million (consisting of a $20.0 million promissory note to U.S. Bank National Association and a $15.0 million promissory note to California Bank & Trust). Then, on September 19, 2016, the Company entered into an amendment to its term loan agreement with the Agent and the lenders to allow it to consummate the purchase of assets related to the management of the Westport Fund and the Westport Select Cap Fund. In addition, the amendment revised one of the financial covenants in the term loan agreement.

 

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The current term loan agreement requires 48 monthly payments in the amount of $364,583 plus interest, at our option, at either:

(1) LIBOR plus a margin that ranges from 2.75% to 3.25%, depending on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (excluding, among other things, certain non-cash gains and losses) (“EBITDA”), or

(2) the sum of (a) the highest of the prime rate set by U.S. Bank from time to time, the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%, or one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%, and (b) a margin that ranges from 0.25% to 0.75%, depending on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA.

From the effective date of the current term loan agreement through February 29, 2016, the interest rate in effect was U.S. Bank’s prime rate plus a margin based on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA. Effective March 1, 2016, the Company converted $32.8 million of its principal loan balance to a 1-month LIBOR contract, which has been renewed each subsequent month. As of June 30, 2017, the effective rate is 4.051%, which is comprised of the LIBOR rate of 1.051% as of June 1, 2017, plus a margin of 3.0% based on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA as of March 31, 2017. The Company intends to renew the 1-month LIBOR contract on a monthly basis provided that the LIBOR-based interest rate remains favorable to the prime rate-based interest rate.

All borrowings under the term loan agreement are secured by substantially all of the Company’s assets. The final installment of the then-outstanding principal and interest is due September 17, 2019.

The term loan agreement includes certain reporting requirements and loan covenants requiring the maintenance of certain financial ratios. The Company was in compliance for the periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

An analysis of our market risk was provided in Item 7A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2016. There were no material changes to the Company’s market risk during the nine months ended June 30, 2017.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

An evaluation was performed by management of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as of June 30, 2017. Based on that evaluation, management, including the Company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

There has been no change in the internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by paragraph (d) of Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 of the Exchange Act that occurred during the Company’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II: OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 6. Exhibits
  2.1    Transaction Agreement, dated as of May 10, 2017, among Hennessy Advisors, Inc., Rainier Investment Management, LLC, and Manning & Napier Group, LLC. (1)
31.1    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Chief Executive Officer.
31.2    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Chief Financial Officer.
32.1    Written Statement of the Chief Executive Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350.
32.2    Written Statement of the Chief Financial Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350.
101    Financial statements from the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, filed on August 2, 2017, formatted in XBRL: (i) the Condensed Balance Sheets; (ii) the Condensed Statements of Income; (iii) the Condensed Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity; (iv) the Condensed Statements of Cash Flows; and (v) the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

(1) Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (SEC File No. 001-36423) filed May 11, 2017.

 

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Signatures

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

    HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.
Date: August 2, 2017     By:  

/s/ Teresa M. Nilsen

     

Teresa M. Nilsen, Executive Vice President,

Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

  2.1    Transaction Agreement, dated as of May 10, 2017, among Hennessy Advisors, Inc., Rainier Investment Management, LLC, and Manning & Napier Group, LLC. (1)
31.1    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Chief Executive Officer.
31.2    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Chief Financial Officer.
32.1    Written Statement of the Chief Executive Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350.
32.2    Written Statement of the Chief Financial Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350.
101    Financial statements from the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, filed on August 2, 2017, formatted in XBRL: (i) the Condensed Balance Sheets; (ii) the Condensed Statements of Income; (iii) the Condensed Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity; (iv) the Condensed Statements of Cash Flows; and (v) the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

(1) Incorporated by reference from the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (SEC File No. 001-36423) filed May 11, 2017.

 

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