Sotheby’s Reports 2019 Second Quarter Financial Results

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July 30, 2019 at 4:05 PM EDT

Sotheby’s Reports 2019 Second Quarter Financial Results

NEW YORK, July 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) today reported its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019. 

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, Sotheby’s reported net income of $57.0 million, or $1.20 per diluted share as compared to $57.3 million, or $1.08 per share in the second quarter of 2018.  Excluding certain items, Adjusted Net Income* was $70.0 million, or $1.47 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to Adjusted Net Income* of $58.1 million, or $1.09 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2018 – increases of 21% and 35%, respectively, from the second quarter of 2018.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, Sotheby’s reported net income of $49.9 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, a 2% decrease from net income in the first half of 2018, but an 11% increase in diluted earnings per share, reflecting the impact of the common stock repurchases of the previous nine months.  Excluding certain items, Adjusted Net Income* for the first half of 2019 was $63.1 million, or Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share* of $1.33.  As compared to the first half of 2018, Adjusted Net Income* was flat and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share* improved 13% from $1.18.

“We are very pleased with our second quarter and first half performance,” said Tad Smith, President and CEO, adding, “The proposed acquisition of our company is on track, and we remain focused on serving our global clients.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

*Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share are non-GAAP financial measures.  See Appendix B for a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP amounts.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” (as such term is defined in Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) relating to future events and the financial performance of Sotheby’s.  Such statements are only predictions and involve risks and uncertainties, resulting in the possibility that the actual events or performances will differ materially from such predictions.  Major factors, which Sotheby’s believes could cause the actual results to differ materially from the predicted results in the “forward-looking statements” include, but are not limited to, the overall strength of the global economy and financial markets, political conditions in various countries, competition with other auction houses and art dealers, the amount and quality of property available for consignment and the marketability at auction of such property.  Please refer to our most recently filed Form 10-K for a complete list of Risk Factors.

Investor Relations Information

All Sotheby’s Press Releases and SEC filings are available on our web site at www.sothebys.com.

Given the announcement made on June 16, 2019 regarding Sotheby’s entry into a definitive agreement to be acquired by BidFair USA LLC and BidFair MergeRight Inc., Sotheby’s does not intend to hold a conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019. 

For detailed information regarding the merger and the Company’s financial results, please consult the preliminary proxy statement filed on July 12, 2019 and the Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2019, which will be filed on July 30, 2019.

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home, the online marketplace for interior design. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

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 APPENDIX A 
SOTHEBY’S
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share data)
    
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2018 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2018
Revenues:       
Agency commissions and fees$322,144  $290,879  $469,811  $456,405 
Inventory sales18,259  40,106  27,025  56,342 
Finance15,848  9,641  29,114  19,522 
Other5,527  5,010  9,293  9,163 
Total revenues361,778  345,636  535,243  541,432 
Expenses:       
Agency direct costs73,834  59,449  105,637  94,722 
Cost of inventory sales15,335  42,414  22,501  58,409 
Cost of finance revenues  1,793    4,056 
Marketing6,546  6,276  12,454  11,998 
Salaries and related110,601  96,718  187,246  175,437 
General and administrative47,267  45,671  95,109  89,484 
Depreciation and amortization7,929  7,343  15,620  14,443 
Merger-related expenses5,710    5,710   
Restructuring charges, net(31) 2,146  (50) 2,146 
Total expenses267,191  261,810  444,227  450,695 
Operating income94,587  83,826  91,016  90,737 
Interest income286  482  571  847 
Interest expense(13,604) (8,894) (26,755) (18,207)
Write-off of credit facility fees  (3,982)   (3,982)
Extinguishment of debt      (10,855)
Non-operating income1,687  2,449  3,535  3,873 
Income before taxes82,956  73,881  68,367  62,413 
Income tax expense26,808  17,838  20,822  13,702 
Equity in earnings of investees853  1,234  2,381  2,040 
Net income57,001  57,277  49,926  50,751 
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(5) (5) (9) (9)
Net income attributable to Sotheby's$57,006  $57,282  $49,935  $50,760 
Basic earnings per share - Sotheby's common shareholders$1.21  $1.09  $1.06  $0.96 
Diluted earnings per share - Sotheby's common shareholders$1.20  $1.08  $1.05  $0.95 

                                                                                   

  
  
  
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES  APPENDIX B

GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America. Included in this earnings release are financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP and also on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial measures are important supplemental measures used in our financial and operational decision making processes, for internal reporting, and as part of our forecasting and budgeting processes, as they provide helpful measures of our core operations. These measures allow us to view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons, and benchmark performance between periods. We also believe that these measures may be used by securities analysts, investors, financial institutions, and other interested parties in their evaluation of our performance. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release are:

(i)Adjusted Net Income
(ii)Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

To the extent applicable, these non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of the following items, as detailed in the accompanying reconciliation tables below:

(i)Charges (credits) related to contractual severance agreements with certain former employees;
(ii)Accelerated depreciation charges related to certain fixed assets that have been removed from service in connection with the York Property enhancement project;
(iii)Costs related to our pending Merger with Bidfair USA LLC and BidFair MergeRight Inc.;
(iv)Restructuring (credits) and charges;
(v)The loss incurred in connection with the extinguishment of the 2022 Senior Notes;
(vi)The write-off of unamortized credit facility fees related to our previous credit agreement, which was refinanced in the second quarter of 2018;
(vii)Adjustments made to our estimate of the net cost related to the effective settlement of an income tax audit; and
(viii)The net income tax benefit resulting associated with the enactment of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

We caution readers of this earnings release that amounts presented in accordance with these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies because not all companies and analysts calculate such measures in the same manner.

The following is a reconciliation of net income attributable to Sotheby's to Adjusted Net Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
 2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income attributable to Sotheby's$57,006  $57,282  $49,935  $50,760 
Add: Contractual severance agreement charges (credits), net of tax of ($1,689), $49, ($1,689) and ($627)7,352  (148) 7,352  1,998 
Add: Accelerated depreciation charges, net of tax of ($117), ($390), ($293) and ($775)356  1,180  890  2,348 
Add: Merger-related costs, net of tax of $0, $0, $0, and $05,710    5,710   
Add: Restructuring charges (net), net of tax of $8, ($532), ($1) and ($532)(23) 1,614  (51) 1,614 
Add: Extinguishment of debt, net of tax of $0, $0, $0 and ($2,692)      8,163 
Add: Write-off of credit facility fees, net of tax of $0, ($922), $0 and ($922)  3,060    3,060 
Add: Net credit associated with the effective settlement of an income tax audit(375)   (712)  
Add: Net income tax benefit related to the U.S Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  (4,930)   (4,930)
Adjusted Net Income$70,026  $58,058  $63,124  $63,013 
Variance versus prior period - $$11,968    $111   
Variance versus prior period - %21%      -%  
          

The income tax effect of each line item in the reconciliation of net income attributable to Sotheby's to Adjusted Net Income is computed using the relevant jurisdictional tax rate for that item.

The following is a reconciliation of diluted earnings per share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018:

 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
 2019 2018 2019 2018
Diluted earnings per share$1.20  $1.08  $1.05  $0.95 
Add: Contractual severance agreement charges (credits), per share0.15    0.15  0.04 
Add: Accelerated depreciation charges, per share0.01  0.02  0.02  0.04 
Add: Merger-related costs, per share0.12    0.12   
Add: Restructuring charges (net), per share  0.03       0.03 
Add: Extinguishment of debt, per share      0.15 
Add: Write-off of credit facility fees, per share  0.06    0.06 
Add: Net credit associated with the effective settlement of an income tax audit, per share(0.01)   (0.01)  
Add: Net income tax benefit related to the U.S Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, per share  (0.10)   (0.09)
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share$1.47  $1.09  $1.33  $1.18 
Variance versus prior period - $$  0.38    $0.15   
Variance versus prior period - %  35%    13%  



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