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Waddell & Reed Financial (WDR)

Participants
Mike Daley VP, Investor Relations
Phil Sanders Chief Executive Officer
Ben Clouse Chief Financial Officer
Brent Bloss Chief Operating Officer
Dan Hanson Chief Information Officer
Shawn Mihal President of Retail Wealth Management Business, Waddell & Reed, Inc.
Amy Scupham President of Ivy Distributors, Inc.
Dan Fannon Jefferies & Company
Sameer Murukutla Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bill Katz Citi
Glenn Schorr Evercore ISI
Robert Lee KBW
Kenneth Lee RBC Capital Markets
Patrick Davitt Autonomous Research
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Waddell & Reed Financial Incorporated Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] After today’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] Please note this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Mike Daley, Vice President Investor Relations. ahead. go Please

Mike Daley

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Phil Sanders

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I'll XXXX discuss it the over to to now full quarterly turn Ben? and Ben results. year financial

Ben Clouse

Thank good you, morning and Phil, everyone.

Phil in was and charge reported a our income of charge corporate asset elimination an annual million control to the on revaluation last pension liability, gains per to million The and share owned unrealized noted, basis. related due per million operations. of internal primarily $X.XX related severance expense expenses million quarter million outsourcing buildings portfolio. or continued impairment net or aviation related adjusted $X.XX our operations, to As investment $XX the share the $XX.X we non-cash plan of adjusted the $X.XX included we compared per $X.XX the and This in transfer share. agency non-cash The to reported adjusted favorably to quarter, of and our $XX.X $X.X the $XX.X

to net compared The and and brokerage. to periods the year. from and increase covering with will of conclude prior partially both I'll offset start gains summary away Wealth growth the more profile asset headquarters assets administration financial under the our of and of by compared in ongoing expense compared a strong followed at XX.X quarter our detail, quarter operating to our migration I our new billion to advisory guidance by review prior ended market increased XXXX was the prior in for due results. move. XX% X% the management overall assets, components by

wealth continue the quarter we products, see result our across Ivy under investment while XX.X billion, to a newest guided the continues is from an the which strategies, to the including map see our advisory XXXX, We Net of products, assets billion prior average direct ended XX.X stronger consistent compared quarter, assets to of advisory as from X% move management year demand for in advisory, asset down adoption client products. in under to new and as momentum business. were management management our X%. our at growth, with continue grew advisory increase long-term brokerage assets in to expectations

outflows due have were most with elevated last mentioned. activity redemption In were sales the quarter, billion $XXX our significant and notably to included unaffiliated redemptions Within channel, in firm. related total both where continued channel, to quarter two to million year institutional although relationship clients the down the net compared of both Phil X.X prior as the

At the affiliated Ivy helped business management and redemption performance net of for current net and elevated same year levels distribution periods, the prior from across prior redemption sales investments improved to AUM wealth experienced outflows slightly adjustments compared stronger within our with and have similar fee network. being ago. time, rates both outflows quarter with a quarter consistent periods, our rates attention across as

slightly wealth U&D to were to by decreased to results. rate basis was stronger administration was higher lower investment Turning lower increased revenues XX.X higher were for effective management U&D revenues fee rate. increased waivers, flat. advisory effective fees, assets the offset while waiver and than expenses quarter, and shareholder Investment million were under management service investment management quarter. points prior due in quarter financial revenue fee Total prior the by fees The primarily as in fee to fund now more the offset assets higher compared our to management $XXX due lower due a partially the manager. under fees average

to a Operating the XXXX, We $XX.X to benefits elimination severance primarily to the decrease lower due the from the the the due transfer also well full compensation of and expense we're from Adjusting of fourth X% costs prior generated and decreased The $X.X included was which in full operations. XXXX. in move outsourcing. agency lower for the owned items related the our we included the asset completed late for the in headquarters primarily expenses selling targeted headcount our $X year average process X.X fee as related million in and buildings, made transfer quarter revenue quarter, of of charge, our our internal down assets billion we million quarter those of impairment as severance operation. cuts operating with impact several million expenses year transition from as in to agency aviation connection which

higher by occupancy in million impairment, after the were compensation, spending. Technology to $XXX.X from and totaled But offset estate which adjusting expenses the costs field technology, of comprised I million Controllable project are for G&A, and compensation than the asset occupancy quarter. expenses marketing, and due we're compared related $XXX.X last to mentioned lower more model. costs lower transition the ongoing real G&A

expenses million capitalized due fully to development depreciated depreciation lower were $X.X assets. Additionally,

payments ultimate in final elections, this our we cash distribution will plan later know, largely down be the process you in distribution and winding are finalized of the year. pension of participant As also on and XXXX. The expect will middle dependent be the which

year. the invest continued We've key Full to on to last in totaled and reducing year improved resources. targeted continuing decreased management and asset like investment pleased the been progress million, compared controllable X% while excluding expenses, expenses areas impairment technology $XXX with

technology As previously expense mentioned, we will we've headwinds continued while face investments. from

to to normal controllable expect efficiencies to the be to be year expect as lower We to our full range real addition estate in costs million we of the able XXXX transition, from $XXX offset In $XXX those expenses targeted currently through as field occupancy of other well for XXXX. inflation, in million.

outsourcing, for Given to also changes business, more our provide the structural XXXX. wanted some transfer detailed guidance the line of item especially in agency I

and benefits XXXX. of which flat million compensation is $XXX in the million, range with We costs $XXX expect to

savings. and will the by in transfer merit hiring offset outsourcing be key agency severance, Excluding areas as

to million expect the costs We to in and million. $XX $XX costs range $XX G&A million of technology expect around be

real to Occupancy will the also and as decrease advertising be of offices meaningfully $XX with XXXX, to in-line and we a million, field marketing XXXX. continue range $XX million to end transition to of will estate

arrange of continue as again to the arrangements. technologies meaningfully decrease we million million depreciation our $XX expect towards to year, shift to full costs we to Additionally, for $XX Software-as-a-Service

$X.X rate million. items which tax was the discrete included quarter, income effective of The for XX.X%

slightly ended rate with discrete the the impact investments and cash million. in We to to any XX%, XXXX the a non-recurring tax $XXX year additional of of range expect of or including increase We to XX% items.

of repurchase cash paid by strong During continued $XXX our million we $XX flow in million XXXX, and supported stock dividends generation.

include of As a previously and indicated, our growth. which intend the fill we outlined, strike to utilization capital continued cash balance and shareholders inorganic of enablers and funding to opportunities strong in between to potentially return organic flow strategic drive

our components. and of financial like I'd estimated the some headquarters relocation corporate planned cover details on the Finally, to

goal meets talent foremost future culture. to and that let to workforce and reiterate enables of continue evolution retain needs our attract that the our First, strategy of our a environment growth our accelerate is me and workplace the us top

and the connection we receive We local be $XX estimated benefits P&L. abatements move expense move, completion of compensation million, a and expect both in at during property the as presented earnings reduction our In XXXX. which will G&A and building with the in tax expect tax and lines to

In $XX compensation and These including be tax and employment state various million addition, time taxes. subjects in to incentives both savings be receive benefits are future of targets. expect over of and to and earned certain obligations, income of satisfaction we periods will realized compensation

the expect current term an lease headquarters over other the After do rate. accounting increase impacts our new terms run we various estimated for our compared the costs incentives, in move, related as lease and to to not

questions. open now would to for like the call Operator, we

Operator

will first Dan now with Instructions] comes session. ahead. go We Fannon question Jefferies Please Company. from & [Operator begin the Our question-and-answer

Dan Fannon

us what to backdrops ranges? give hit revenue on kind could XX to XX detailed those occupancy, in to the the no-change then was maybe sense forecasting? just run clarify, that XXXX of for you I rate, the the next that are appreciate is expense the based on assuming And a million to guidance you hoping So, year. of you're

Ben Clouse

We but could expectations I as there. significant again, at pricing have that more well and Ben. It's dependent looking revenue. competitively what Phil that's occurs no be any we'll with highly particular could provide of we ensure continue there. Obviously, guidance, but Dan. particular there. Sure, looking or Amy to upon the are at changes to significant don't start change market we're positioned,

those our the we an the In an field which transition, to well are loaded in as we this so of caveat being year. estate reduction XXXX. is with there as conclude advisors them facility, the rate to leased There run transition for those back as are many of completed real our impact by we on XXXX, that their leases space, to that's regard exiting incremental many one accurate those own will largely or being finding as

be pieces all there, an Think rate in got XX. but… impact there'll run I the So,

Dan Fannon

highlighted Okay. guess on Yes, remarks helpful. just the the your in that's being, And the changes made. then, pricing the for I redemptions prepared pricing, you've and part of clarification of just think slowing that of you've I some

a about behavior? on change a think how we using basis, more go-forward in think you should price I as of means So,

Phil Sanders

start a is high can. I and Phil. she at level This jump might wants if in, Amy to

that I think, I of the ongoing outlined and which ensuring more with in now, review more comprehensive key competitive we was on look are I strategies think that strategies. through it but made indicated we an like significant and that likely of type some thing. a kind of cycling XX be review also it's past kind we're We as a adjustments, process did to awhile and back, believe forward, we we've across

our going more to there basis, off good a in can this and think of ongoing be It'll moving you is you you're an industry, type adjustments as be know, deals go. like, make target one of isn't forward. few but a So, I it'll in our a then

Operator

ahead. next go question Carrier from Merrill of Bank with The America is Michael Lynch. Please

Sameer Murukutla

This is for on actually Murukutla Michael. for Thanks Sameer the taking question.

addition being advisor I know saw inflection call, that maybe you an I point. last talked quick advisors. of And about a one, an there XXXX Just in the accounts, in was five January, just

Is XQ can this inflection detail, down the or that provide to something will as happen? be just on something some you that's going happening later line? in you more So when think

Shawn Mihal

building go the we're looking over This certainly headcounts fill is the I'll and and and the to question. and Shawn advisor at Yes, backdrop XXXX. and XXXX really XXXX ahead that wealth much course spend didn't watch We time of the model. continuing really advisor business heading support of continued focused into we from our our efforts out a front and on recruiting inside really management technology on XXXX.

during the call. the All value the comments of proposition things were discussed on that

building those recruiting country focused recruiting XXXX, those with out directors. Through departments supporting specialists, recruiting the adding we efforts with and our directors recruiting across really on

into So, advisors with as we competitive XXXX recruiting an as we activities market well national & which for increasing, on Waddell we've from comprehensive packages, that through feel recruiting XXXX, we're Reed. of attracting that turn through a putting more as to the emphasis are the very created

We with we increasing the believe XXXX in with happening, start shifts to will that some see headcount.

in So, to we feel continuing work see with and will moving the there five we month there. pipeline. to those the confident growth recruiting announce January, advisors efforts forward, we're did expectations we of recruiting our continue We that add -- did

Operator

from next question with go ahead. The Bill Citi. Please Katz is

Bill Katz

to apologize, the What's phase back Just timeline I is. to reiterate opportunity, in please the headquarter that coming component savings? bigger but those missed the two question I pieces, the relocation

Ben Clouse

asking if wrong. I'm think the I Bill, you're So, Correct about incentive me, component.

Bill Katz

to moving Well, headquarters, the you're right. out get going you've savings laid by some

pieces. I apologize. just think component in abatement you that's GA. the going up to tax I missed that said two show some I comp and

just be get that. I frame? and the that with XXXX? period numbers again So Was in ratable that something to want associated those phase Would overtime

Ben Clouse

a We conjunction is begin on and results tax the that and lease beliefs here two facility. In related there the term well of local million. There's components, not line. our all incentive other over periods our Both impacting which in and different XXXX. costs impacts various as expect comment, of that's is the time a of take this which state incentives we opposition new Well, we account, property span those tax $XX run to do of million, increase And earnings and terms our Bill. at move. in in are abatement, lease estimate in would $XX of incentive with Sure. compared there move once to into the as our rate term my an those the repeat over current

Bill Katz

question, look sort of growth little of about ratio on flows? increase financial you talk and And the how a give now the Can on you update to, as see picture in us wealth in January sort way business payout the so speaking can management advisors bit forth. migrating? bigger Maybe the you another one, any an

Shawn Mihal

now this Yes, think ratio, Shawn, asking the just is I payout you're to I what is want advisor clarify.

Bill Katz

On correct. Yes, financial channel?

Shawn Mihal

Yes.

advisor various made ranges, advisor for at XX%. teaming with payout estate, to advisors XXXX we with changes We've has which to we some the the currently, overall both which XXXX. seen going advisors So, increase payout average grid impact real moving arrangements, advisor existing the to from our the tops different that out grid

the we to think continue along with modest I changes, something up teaming range. in could an that watch. to average certain payout we that's certainly to We that XX% we levelized teaming arrangements, aspects, with extent, advisor payout a range increase to although, and in saw those with XX% advisor some So, see some think

Amy Scupham

around January improvement quarter-over-quarter same the slight XQ at have net you answer overall, seen And sales That like to a in continuing uptick. this question right slight your you XQ, a When in flows January then rate I'll Amy. being Bill, as with we said, redemptions as look the January. is from are on flows.

we're I an pipeline. think seeing positive on what improving a note, is

whether none consultant sentiments and opportunity that industry throughout So, something came that we we large overseas of or fruition, XXXX, had in, as multiple nice is a certainly or final is which getting thing. a presentation to look key of the start partners opportunities, turn it's distribution but sort

plus large a cap we're core as improvement in categories So, space. our core in and such seeing there's nice category and where securing growth flow large bond opportunity interest the pickup a or

Operator

Glenn The with next Evercore ISI. question is from Schorr

Glenn Schorr

models strategies other to in produce are I'm which are not the there channel? fees funds, seven on your over the I'm and underlying through if XXXX. in what curious curious flows to experience time for of existing as on sure motion relative the on but SMEs in the comments 'XX, period retail and any delivered

Amy Scupham

opportunities distribution have The them conversations the we start phases have with couple point we're is or partners. Glenn, I of at We May getting so investment further the been what pipeline XXXX, in other of platform, they're Hi, small ready this recall on started to and able contract the those in a finals. to do startup to very whether located Amy. flows having far of in final phase go negotiation which

opportunity nice increased space. some seeing having we're in So, and particularly conversations, our RIA

Do So more there's this yes, in more at. time. up discussions have always then model starting them And at are we're a to in we come couple market, in appropriate the as or we at we looking look delivery on that. available SME is general, the strategies? So

Glenn Schorr

curious in your I'm prepared And Okay. remarks.

allocation. what could and in comment seen type the that We've You things wealth industry. wealth Or the management management else augment theoretically on the I'm grow a deals of had channel? curious, are RIA across those some space, capital fit?

Ben Clouse

in looking going and space keen that's escalations Hi, are that of certainly the price observers there. Glenn, We're multiple and Ben. we it's on

driving business wealth As management there. about really and we think M&A our scale. opportunities It's about

we We have scale grid the today. infrastructure do larger the and we're on have have the technology the to and support than platform believe we building much we

And looking we're larger today. it but is become in to so than business space, really certainly strategy again, is to scale that up our that

Operator

go with from Robert ahead. is question KBW. next Please The Lee

Robert Lee

you've management. target. kind you've the capital on million original XXX -- through one first of the Phil, Maybe worked

like and quarter X You said it that ago looks you that. to had this actually quarters exactly how ago long exceeded X

XXX% should we of we use kind of it think being share thinking So it of of? you're we forward? purchase and there of target how of think should another how kind Is should be income? net dollar Or So of about? thinking a returning capital as going

Phil Sanders

and is Well, in motion potential differentiator respect here. of in I the our lot strength dislocations things with a how balance definitely sheet opportunities and to think a key this industry

said in our we've like that well, can opportunities the feel in repurchasing active these that that words, are exclusive. is be way. active enjoy. opportunities not So think something be also in we past, other In I I flexibility but I come expect, we mutually shares potential And

I has our our Ben grow. really think highlighted cash past in balance see the not intention that to is

be we So the pending that anticipate likely in bit real but price something we're way. find to our and really pretty pretty attractive come little behavior, the market, that active we've more on on in a purchase obviously been investment so I to opportunities our share opportunities, changes persistent aggressive extent forth, don't unique and transformational and depending the any don't significant

Ben Clouse

XX.X it's for Ben. little XX just other said, in might third little We be we'll context. in to just think opportunistic factor spent the to One buybacks relatively bit a and versus that. Phil over with I I continue quarter on bear consistent but income, net so million flow quarter a referenced really as there. add have a as Robert, significant and differences between cash flow us flexibility my some on in free basis we even net said about allows in cash which more mind is I it that, well, do we're and income as you comments, so thinking million

Robert Lee

couldn't the what just as but just for frankly, G&A fast then possible mean I refresh, were be if then comp And it detailed up, quite follow that write guidance maybe G&A and appreciate that but Sure. Ben, would a comments appreciate expense? you the your expense

Ben Clouse

be would to. happy I Sure.

flat million XXX, is approximately, down technology XX range expected we at to down compensation XXX XX XX. come guidance's to range to a a XX, to generally to our consistent, which G&A a a of to XX a XX, of range to about excluding be I XXXX, for to we and expect the X expect and benefits depreciation and So believe occupancy come severance, marketing XX, to range then significantly to XX

Operator

is with question next The Lee Capital Please from Markets. go Kenneth RBC ahead.

Kenneth Lee

Just focus it's wealth on of and It the this restructuring at sounds point like one the sounds more curious profitability? you management just is done terms it now growth lifting achieving this in prepared your it's But standalone at business, a mentioned of on business a lot remarks in point that. opportunities. heavy of

Ben Clouse

We add. number anything, we maybe our don't modified I'll as disclosures. the do operating external segment have let are add the And Kenneth, certainly evolutions to it's of Currently, we wanted Ben. we've Shawn done of you way disclosures business. a

future. we'll point to get beyond --beyond U&D the disclose don't But somewhere our think our we of detail breakdown. today that likely in that level I

Kenneth Lee

just the And whether portion also you just the if investments quantify within upon Got this in that expense may, are or and expected terms two I just over much how a technology. ongoing continued the a investments go needed sense us one of the item of line the evolution a you. touched is whether of the is Thanks. years to give one of cost. roughly within trajectory -- Understood. or follow-up Could technology you whether, next

Ben Clouse

really with help to and technology transitions. those are Those in resourcing it G&A through concentrated us of really most additional G&A Sure. through in being

talked our and about that for the best We during comments and we have transition deliver some best class plans that technology you we've trying and our us on focused platform most management talk continuing experience specific XXXX processing efficient we're ongoing very to can. advisors in publicly, through to to have wealth experience as the about be to be heard that

of continue firmed dollar but Beyond generic that, have we're little I and of of haven't piece bit is it just a XXXX, beyond saying the or component a ranges more or up would significant plans significant technology investment will we're expect investment doing to be amounts that leave say be I'll certainly business. particular be it there. continue making to forward, think -- it and in I going we'll a I by the going what to will that our probably strategy to We

Operator

ahead. The is go from Please Research. Autonomous Patrick next with question Davitt

Patrick Davitt

square you that. no increase don't all over on cost occupancy you is abatements the to When in just the guidance. term, lease offset in the there an Just expect be HQ I operating follow-up have margin? increase say a being increase that is is the the Or meaning additive by will actually abatements? the that the straight trying to

Ben Clouse

are gets that are a abatements run rate things going described. into an there on we some facility, we focused consistent facility couple a component a important and that, facilities or us few it factor we a may operationally group will as move that lead to of that's Patrick, like efficient our are to aspects I on is significantly One pieces of a of and there where Well, new modeling efficiency be older there, versus into those as more today. factored certainly on are design other those be that is of

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Patrick Davitt

Okay.

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Ben Clouse

the but close. first agree kind that's in all weighing part absolute, are about that wouldn't of I there think things with I math. those together the

Patrick Davitt

you any XQ? Okay. are And known in quickly, then last like out the called there redemptions couple

Amy Scupham

in comment say sales made, QX. from that environment would versus fourth from, and an are just I the flat redemptions, previous up, a I creating get up No, January January on there's improved clarification are no for in reductions net which quarter, sales is further to

to wanted redemption we And any make just no large then clarification. have that notifications I coming. So of

Operator

follow-up is Merrill from Please Bank Instructions] [Operator next ahead. Michael of a Carrier go with America question Lynch. The

Sameer Murukutla

just the Sameer, discretionary to to it's Hey, I back come again. want expense guide.

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Ben Clouse

make base, flexibility move and our to of some directly that would expense have significant to movement. are Sure. things course, levels. and certainly in asset and had cognizant have would We we relation a respond of in that do our that market also We if some do we and when

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us I short see the believe in overreact You -- term. won't

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Okay, thank you.

Operator

a follow-up next from Citi. Please is The Katz ahead. go with Bill question

Bill Katz

extra Okay. coming same Thanks to and taking keep the to the questions back for topic. sorry

you XXXX. to then, guidance So discussion. back to as that savings, guide a be XXXX XXXX -- for exiting to you'll get relative as are effective And gave year into they occupancy look they or you the apologize. you XXXX expense these out moment, think coming you platform compensation the savings I your you in just be are mentioned the there right-size When as on incremental about had as further for would effective this

Phil Sanders

we real complete complete in Hi, regard the won't vast, as vast XXX% majority to which but -- complete In transition, XXXX, be is our XXXX. in will Bill. be estate,

some realized will have XXXX. incremental in that will We be savings

that would line that's a there $X think year. range I or impact our in occupancy that million of in $X million

think there more impact on at to you obviously, There had regard the all; is In the the other your focused in asset headquarters. no were the impairment. -- we near-term on question, I

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Bill Katz

questions. the thank Okay. last with and And me you one just one for taking all

month some January versus you bit would in How that. stack month. ago? seasonality I improvement You guess to up year mentioned little of a a there's

Amy Scupham

versus ago. slightly a but year a down, are sale are about January redemptions January equal year of to ago

Operator

This like remarks. conference back turn concludes to for any the our question-and-answer Sanders Phil over session. I closing would to

Phil Sanders

Thanks up and appreciate Okay. We interest Thank to certainly catching your you with soon. you. everybody. forward look

Operator

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