UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 12, 2007 (February 6, 2007)

 

COWEN GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

000-52048

 

84-1702964

(State or other jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

(I.R.S. Employer

of incorporation)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

1221 Avenue of the Americas

 

10020

New York, New York

 

(Zip Code)

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (646) 562-1000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

o

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o

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o

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o

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Item 2.02            Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On February 6, 2007, Cowen Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01            Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)       Exhibits

99.1     Press Release issued by Cowen Group, Inc. dated February 6, 2007.

The information in Exhibit 99.1 is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                       




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 hereunto duly authorized.

Dated:  February 12, 2007

 

COWEN GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Christopher A. White

 

By:

Christopher A. White

 

Title:

Vice President

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Cowen Group, Inc. Announces 2006 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Results

New York, February 6, 2007 - Cowen Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: COWN) today announced its operating results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2006.

Total revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $96.8 million, representing an increase of 20% from $80.6 million in the prior year period.  For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, the Company reported net income of $7.1 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, an increase of $7.7 million compared to a net loss of $0.6 million in the prior year period.  The Company’s adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $11.8 million. (See “Financial Measures” below for a discussion of adjusted operating income.)

For the full year, total revenue was $344.4 million, representing an increase of 17% from $294.3 million for 2005.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2006, net income was $37.8 million, or $2.92 per diluted share, an increase of $25.7 million, or 213%, compared to net income of $12.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005.  For 2006, net income included the effects of a one-time $24.8 million gain related to the Company’s New York Stock Exchange membership seats and consideration received upon the consummation of the merger of the New York Stock Exchange and Archipelago Holdings, Inc. as well as a $1.0 million gain on exchange membership seats at the Commodities Exchange of New York.  The Company’s adjusted operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 was $32.1 million.

“In the fourth quarter, we made steady progress on our long-term strategy as we continued transitioning our business and laying the foundation for our future performance,” said Kim Fennebresque, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While our investment banking results were strong amidst improved market conditions, I am particularly pleased with the full year performance of our sales and trading group in what continues to be a challenging market for the secondary equities business. By successfully executing on our disciplined asset allocation strategy and adding new businesses such as middle market sales and soft dollar sales, we increased secondary equity revenue by 8% year-over-year.”

“We are also excited about our recent steps to selectively build out our platform and enhance our franchise. We recently formed an alternative energy group to leverage our successes in that vertical by devoting existing resources on a full-time basis.  In addition, we made progress on building our alternative asset management practice in the fourth quarter with the formation of Cowen Healthcare Royalty Partners - hiring individuals with extensive experience financing the




commercialization of drugs through royalty structures.  I am confident that these exceptional professionals will be strong contributors to both our asset management business as well as our healthcare franchise.”

Results of Operations

Investment Banking

The fourth quarter’s results were driven by increases in both public and private capital raising activities consistent with more favorable market conditions both in the Company’s target sectors and the overall market.  Investment banking revenue was $53.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, up 48% from $35.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

·      Equity underwriting revenue was $31.5 million, up 54% from $20.5 million in the prior year period.  The increase was a result of increased transaction volume and a higher percentage of lead-managed business.  In the fourth quarter of 2006, the Company lead managed 12 offerings and co-managed 14 offerings of equity and convertible securities for 26 companies, raising proceeds of approximately $5.7 billion.  In the fourth quarter of 2005, the Company lead managed 6 offerings and co-managed 10 offerings of equity and convertible securities for 16 companies, raising proceeds of approximately $2.9 billion.

·      Private placement revenue was $19.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of $7.1 million, or 60%, compared to $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.  For the fourth quarter of 2006, the Company completed 14 private transactions with an average transaction size of $38.4 million compared to 9 transactions with an average transaction size of $24.3 million in the prior year period.

·      Strategic advisory fees were $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 26%, compared to $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.  The decrease was primarily the result of the lower aggregate value of the transactions closed in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Company acted as an advisor on two strategic advisory transactions that closed in the fourth quarter of 2006, the same number of strategic advisory transactions that closed in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Sales and Trading

Sales and trading revenue was $38.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of 2%, or $0.7 million, compared to $38.0 million for the prior year period.  Commissions increased slightly to $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 from $23.6 million in 2005.  Principal transactions increased by 4% to $14.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 from $14.3 million in the prior year period.




Interest and Dividend Income

Interest and dividend income was $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, a decrease of $2.2 million, or 41%, compared with $5.4 million in the prior year period.  The decrease resulted primarily from lower average interest bearing assets in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared with the fourth quarter in 2005, partially offset by higher average interest rates during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Other

Other revenue for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $1.9 million, an increase of $0.5 million, or 34%, compared to $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.  The increase was primarily attributable to the addition of equity research fee income offset by a decrease in fees for managing a portfolio of merchant banking assets and venture capital investments.

Compensation Expense

Employee compensation and benefits expense was $58.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of $4.3 million, or 8%, compared with $54.5 million for the prior year period. The increase was primarily attributable to the application of the Company’s compensation to revenue ratio to higher revenue in 2006 and $2.6 million of expense associated with the initial grant of equity to the Company’s employees in connection with the initial public offering, partially offset by the accrual of compensation expense in the fourth quarter of 2005 related to a profit sharing arrangement with the Company’s former parent. Excluding the expense associated with the initial grant of equity, compensation and benefit expense in the fourth quarter of 2006 represented 58% of revenue.

Non-Compensation Expense

Non-compensation expense was $28.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of $1.1 million, or 4%, compared with $27.7 million in the prior year period.  The increase was primarily attributable to increases related to higher secondary equity volume, higher pricing under the clearing arrangement in place during the quarter (the Company has subsequently entered into a clearing arrangement with a new clearing agent) and higher occupancy expense as a result of entering into a sub-lease with Société Générale for the Company’s New York location. These increases were partially offset by decreases in service fees, litigation and related expense and interest expense.

Provision for Taxes

The provision for taxes was $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006, which equals an effective tax rate of 30.5%, compared to a tax benefit of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2005, which represented an effective tax rate of 8.7%.




Financial Measures

In addition to the results presented above in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company presents financial measures that are non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted operating income. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of the Company’s reported GAAP results, provide useful information to investors regarding its performance and overall results of operations. These metrics are an integral part of the Company’s internal reporting to measure the performance of its business and the overall effectiveness of senior management.  Reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures are available in the accompanying schedules.  The non-GAAP measures presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies, and are not identical to corresponding measures used in our various agreements or public filings.

Investors Conference Call

Kim Fennebresque, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas Conner, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and full-year 2006 financial results on Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at 9:00 am EST.  This call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-510-0707 domestic and 1-617-597-5376 international. The passcode for the call is 19816550. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:00 am February 6, 2007 through February 13, 2007.  To listen to the replay, please call 1-888-286-8010 domestically or 1-617-801-6888internationally.  The passcode for this call is 80331944. The call can also by accessed through live audio webcast or by delayed replay on the Company’s website at www.cowen.com.

About Cowen Group Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc., through Cowen and Company, LLC and Cowen International Limited,provides investment banking services, including underwriting and other capital raising solutions, equity research, sales, trading and mergers and acquisitions advice, to emerging growth companies in sectors including healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, alternative energy and consumer.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements provide the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events.  Forward-looking statements include statements about the Company’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts.  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements.  The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements for many reasons, including the factors described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Prospectus as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 14, 2006.  The Prospectus is available at our website at www.cowen.com and at the Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov. 




Unless required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE:

 

Cowen Group, Inc.

 

 

 

CONTACT:

 

Thomas Conner, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Cowen Group, Inc.

 

 

646-562-1719

 

 

Website:  www.cowen.com




Cowen Group, Inc.
Preliminary Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2006 and 2005

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

December 31,
2006

 

December 31,
2005

 

December 31,
2006

 

December 31,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment banking

 

$

53,114

 

$

35,896

 

$

164,342

 

$

126,253

 

Commissions

 

23,802

 

23,618

 

93,346

 

93,450

 

Principal transactions

 

14,858

 

14,336

 

63,847

 

52,250

 

Interest and dividend income

 

3,192

 

5,383

 

17,766

 

16,990

 

Other

 

1,862

 

1,391

 

5,137

 

5,348

 

Total revenues

 

96,828

 

80,624

 

344,438

 

294,291

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

58,824

 

54,512

 

215,399

 

172,128

 

Floor brokerage and trade execution

 

3,429

 

2,481

 

11,838

 

10,025

 

Service fees, net

 

3,745

 

4,360

 

16,961

 

18,446

 

Communications

 

6,314

 

5,438

 

24,289

 

22,985

 

Occupancy and equipment

 

4,462

 

3,707

 

17,719

 

15,071

 

Marketing and business development

 

3,416

 

3,353

 

12,581

 

12,382

 

Litigation and related costs

 

1,247

 

1,672

 

4,311

 

6,930

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

758

 

1,012

 

2,369

 

2,140

 

Interest

 

331

 

757

 

980

 

1,178

 

Other

 

5,058

 

4,927

 

21,412

 

20,691

 

Total expenses

 

87,584

 

82,219

 

327,859

 

281,976

 

Operating income (loss)

 

9,244

 

(1,595

)

16,579

 

12,315

 

Gain on exchange memberships

 

1,011

 

918

 

25,843

 

918

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

10,255

 

(677

)

42,422

 

13,233

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

3,131

 

(59

)

4,597

 

1,152

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

7,124

 

$

(618

)

$

37,825

 

$

12,081

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

12,910

 

12,900

 

12,903

 

12,900

 

Diluted

 

13,162

 

12,900

 

12,966

 

12,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

0.55

 

$

(0.05

)

$

2.93

 

$

0.94

 

Diluted

 

$

0.54

 

$

(0.05

)

$

2.92

 

$

0.94

 

 




Cowen Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Income
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2006

 

 

 

December 31, 2006

 

 

 

Three Months
Ended

 

Twelve Months
Ended

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

$

9.2

 

$

16.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusion of net deferred compensation plan expenses

 

 

10.3

 

Exclusion of compensation expense related to IPO awards

 

2.6

 

5.2

 

Adjusted Operating income

 

$

11.8

 

$

32.1