FRMO Corp. Announces Fiscal 2024 Second Quarter Results and Conference Call

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FRMO Corp. (the “Company” or “FRMO”) (OTC Pink: FRMO) today reported its financial results for the 2024 second quarter ended November 30, 2023.

Financial Highlights

FRMO’s total book value as of November 30, 2023 was $352.2 million ($8.00 per share on a fully diluted basis), including $145.8 million of non-controlling interests. Excluding the non-controlling interests, book value was $206.4 million ($4.69 per share). This compares with total book value at the prior fiscal year end on May 31, 2023 of $284.1 million ($6.45 per share), including $114.8 million of non-controlling interests. Excluding the non-controlling interests, book value was $169.2 million ($3.85 per share).

Current assets, comprised primarily of cash and equivalents and equity securities, amounted to $247.6 million as of November 30, 2023, and $201.3 million as of May 31, 2023. Total liabilities were $27.5 million as of November 30, 2023, and $19.4 million as of May 31, 2023, comprised primarily of securities sold, not yet purchased, and deferred taxes.

For the three months ended November 30, 2023, FRMO’s net income attributable to the Company was $4,702,229 ($0.11 per diluted share), compared to $34,869,175 ($0.79 per diluted share) a year earlier. The equity security investment that accounts for the significant net income increase is identified as Investment A in Note 4 of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements under Investment Concentration. The equity security investment that accounts for the significant component of unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities is identified as Investment A in Note 4 of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements under Investment Concentration.

For the six months ended November 30, 2023, net income attributable to the Company was $37,032,214 ($0.84 per diluted share), compared to $42,347,847 ($0.96 per diluted share) for the six months ended November 30, 2023.

Net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain from equity securities net of taxes for the three months ended November 30, 2023 was $7,587,540 ($0.17 per diluted share) compared to $12,839,570 ($0.29 per diluted share) for the three months ended November 30, 2022. The six-month figures, as of the same end dates, are $21,827,222 ($0.50 per diluted share) and $12,936,735 ($0.29 per diluted share), respectively.

Net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain from equity securities net of taxes is a measure not based on GAAP and is defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in “Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures” at the end of this release.

Valuation of securities and cryptocurrencies are subject to change after November 30, 2023. The market value of several securities and cryptocurrencies might have changed substantially since that date. We look forward to finding new ways to expand our cryptocurrency mining operations.

As of November 30, 2023 and May 31, 2023, the Company held a 21.80% equity interest in Horizon Kinetics Hard Assets LLC (“HKHA”), a company formed by Horizon Kinetics LLC (“Horizon”) and certain officers, principal stockholders and directors of the Company. The Company also holds a 4.95% interest in Horizon and earns substantially all of its advisory fees from Horizon. Due to the common control and ownership between HKHA and the Company’s principal stockholders and directors, HKHA has been consolidated within the Company’s financial statements. The noncontrolling interest of 78.20% in HKHA has been eliminated from results of operations for the periods ended November 30, 2023 and May 31, 2023.

Further details are available in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements for the quarter ended November 30, 2023. These statements have been filed on the OTC Markets Group Disclosure and News Services, which may be accessed at www.otcmarkets.com/stock/FRMO/filings. These documents are also available on the FRMO website at www.frmocorp.com.

Conference Call

Murray Stahl, Chairman and CEO, and Steven Bregman, President and CFO, will host a conference call on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Only questions submitted to [email protected] before 1:00 p.m. will be considered. You may register for the conference call by clicking on the following link:

Please register for FRMO 2Q2024 Quarterly Conference Call on Jan 16, 2024 4:15 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6532945585429041240

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. An audio replay link will be available for 30 days from January 17 on the FRMO website (https://frmocorp.com/q_transcripts.html) until the summary transcript is posted.

 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

November 30,

 

May 31,

2023

 

2023

(Unaudited)
Assets
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

39,127

$

38,077

Equity securities, at fair value

 

204,985

 

159,729

Other current assets

 

3,444

 

3,539

Total Current Assets

 

247,557

 

201,346

Investment in limited partnerships and other equity investments, at fair value

97,957

70,656

Investments in securities exchanges

 

7,208

 

4,869

Other assets

 

1,739

 

1,815

Investment in Horizon Kinetics LLC

 

15,080

 

14,608

Participation in Horizon Kinetics LLC revenue stream

 

10,200

 

10,200

Total Assets

$

379,740

$

303,494

 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities:
Securities sold, not yet purchased

$

1,291

$

2,353

Other current liabilities

 

939

 

354

Total Current Liabilities

 

2,230

 

2,707

Deferred Tax Liability

 

25,304

 

16,004

Mortgage payable

 

 

669

Total Liabilities

 

27,534

 

19,379

 
Stockholders’ Equity:
Stockholders’ Equity Attributable to the Company

 

206,438

 

169,283

Noncontrolling interests

 

145,769

 

114,832

Total Stockholders’ Equity

 

352,206

 

284,114

 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

379,740

$

303,494

 
 
(Components may not sum to totals due to rounding)
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(amounts in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

November 30,

 

November 30,

 

November 30,

 

November 30,

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenue:
Fees

$

682

 

$

796

$

1,384

$

1,557

Equity earnings from limited partnerships and limited liability companies

1,574

904

2,343

808

Unrealized gains from investments

 

6,053

 

 

19,937

 

25,260

 

21,424

Other

 

801

 

 

483

 

2,154

 

2,899

Total revenue before unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities

 

9,110

 

 

22,120

 

31,140

 

26,688

Unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities

 

(19,645

)

 

84,759

 

47,450

 

114,430

Total Revenue

 

(10,535

)

 

106,880

 

78,590

 

141,118

Total Expenses

 

399

 

 

707

 

762

 

1,172

 
(Loss) Income from Operations before Provision for Income Taxes

 

(10,935

)

 

106,173

 

77,828

 

139,946

Provision for Income Taxes

 

1,642

 

 

9,484

 

9,935

 

11,744

Net (Loss) Income

 

(12,576

)

 

96,689

 

67,893

 

128,202

Less net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(17,279

)

 

61,820

 

30,861

 

85,854

Net Income Attributable to FRMO Corporation

$

4,702

 

$

34,869

$

37,032

$

42,348

 
Diluted Net Income per Common Share

$

0.11

 

$

0.79

$

0.84

$

0.96

 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding
Basic

 

44,022,781

 

 

44,020,968

 

44,022,781

 

44,019,366

Diluted

 

44,022,781

 

 

44,020,968

 

44,027,069

 

44,031,771

 
 
(Components may not sum to totals due to rounding)

About FRMO Corp.

FRMO Corp. invests in and receives revenues based upon consulting and advisory fee interests in the asset management sector.

FRMO had 44,022,781 shares of common stock outstanding as of November 30, 2023.

For more information, visit our website at www.frmocorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 – With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words like “believe,” “expect” and “anticipate” mean that these are our best estimates as of this writing, but that there can be no assurances that expected or anticipated results or events will actually take place, so our actual future results could differ significantly from those statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our ability to maintain our competitive advantages, the general economics of the financial industry, our ability to finance growth, our ability to identify and close acquisitions on terms favorable to the Company, and a sustainable market.

Further information on our risk factors is contained in our quarterly and annual reports as filed on our website www.frmocorp.com and on www.otcmarkets.com/stock/FRMO/filings.

Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

Net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities is net income attributable to the Company exclusive of unrealized gains (losses) from equity securities, net of tax. Net income attributable to the Company is the GAAP measure most closely comparable to net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities.

Management uses net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities, along with other measures, to gauge the Company’s performance and evaluate results, which can be skewed when including unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities, which may vary significantly between periods. Net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities is provided as supplemental information, and is not a substitute for net income attributable to the Company and does not reflect the Company’s overall profitability.

The following table reconciles the net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities to net income attributable to the Company for the periods indicated:

 
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
November 30, 2023 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2023 November 30, 2022
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 
Amount Diluted earnings per common share Amount Diluted earnings per common share Amount Diluted earnings per common share Amount Diluted earnings per common share
(000’s except per common share amounts and percentages)
Net Income Attributable to the Company Excluding the Effect of Unrealized (Loss) Gain from Equity Securities and Diluted Earnings per Common Share Reconciliation:
 
Net income attributable to the Company

$

4,702

 

$

0.11

 

$

34,869

 

$

0.79

$

37,032

 

$

0.84

$

42,348

 

$

0.96

 
Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities

 

(19,645

)

 

84,759

 

 

47,450

 

 

114,430

 

Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(17,605

)

 

61,571

 

 

30,193

 

 

83,732

 

Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities attributable to the Company

 

(2,040

)

 

23,188

 

 

17,257

 

 

30,698

 

Tax benefit on unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities attributable to the company

 

(844

)

 

(1,158

)

 

(2,052

)

 

(1,287

)

Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities attributable to the Company, net of taxes

 

(2,885

)

$

(0.07

)

 

22,030

 

$

0.50

 

15,205

 

$

0.35

 

29,411

 

$

0.67

 
Net income attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities

$

7,587

 

$

0.17

 

$

12,839

 

$

0.29

$

21,827

 

$

0.50

$

12,937

 

$

0.29

 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

 

44,022,781

 

 

44,020,968

 

 

44,027,069

 

 

44,031,771

 

 
(Components may not sum to totals due to rounding)

 

Contacts

Thérèse Byars

Corporate Secretary

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 646-495-7337

www.frmocorp.com