IGM Financial Inc. Reports First Quarter Earnings

Toronto – May 4, 2012: IGM Financial Inc. (IGM or the Company) (TSX:IGM) today announced earnings results for the first quarter of 2012.

Net earnings available to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $199.7 million or 78 cents per share compared to operating earnings available to common shareholders, excluding other items[1], of $211.2 million or 81 cents per share in 2011. Net earnings available to common shareholders, including other items, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $212.1 million or 81 cents per share.

Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $673.1 million compared to $711.4 million a year ago. Expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $414.4 million compared to $425.9 million in 2011.

Total assets under management at March 31, 2012 were $124.1 billion. This compared with total assets under management of $134.1 billion at March 31, 2011, a decrease of 7.4%.

Shareholders' equity at March 31, 2012 was $4.5 billion compared to $4.3 billion at March 31, 2011. Return on average common equity based on operating earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was 18.4% compared to 20.3% for the comparative period in 2011.

Investors Group Operations

At March 31, 2012 there were 2,714 Consultants with 4 years or more of Investors Group experience, up from 2,705 at December 31, 2011. The number of Investors Group Consultants was 4,522 at March 31, 2012, down from 4,608 at December 31, 2011.

“During the first quarter, the median asset growth rate for Investors Group clients was 4.7% following a median growth rate of 2.3% in the 4th quarter of 2011,” said Murray J. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group Inc. “We have announced the addition of a further regional office in Calgary as we continue to invest in the growth of our Consultant Network.”

Mutual fund sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $1.83 billion compared to $2.05 billion in the prior year, and mutual fund net sales for the first quarter were $175 million compared to net sales of $504 million a year ago.

The twelve month trailing redemption rate (excluding money market funds) was 9.1% at March 31, 2012, compared to 8.8% at December 31, 2011.

Mutual fund assets under management at March 31, 2012 were $60.6 billion compared to $64.0 billion at March 31, 2011, a decrease of 5.3%.

Mackenzie Operations 

Total sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $2.72 billion compared to $3.49 billion in the prior year. Total net redemptions for the first quarter were $933 million compared to total net sales of $121 million a year ago.

“Investment performance of our mutual fund family remained strong, with 72% of our fund assets ranked in the first or second quartile of their respective asset categories over the five year period ended March 31, 2012,” said Charles R. Sims, F.C.A., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Financial Corporation.

Mackenzie’s total assets under management at March 31, 2012 were $64.4 billion compared with total assets under management of $70.7 billion at March 31, 2011, a decrease of 8.9%. Mutual fund assets under management at March 31, 2012 were $41.5 billion compared to $44.8 billion a year ago, a decrease of 7.3%.

Dividends

The Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 53.75 cents per share on the Company’s common shares and has declared a dividend of $0.36875 per share on the Company’s 5.90% Non-Cumulative First Preferred Shares, Series “B”. The common share dividend and the preferred share dividend are payable on July 31, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 29, 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions and reflect IGM Financial’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Company’s financial position and results of operations as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of the Company, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies, for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “believes”, “estimates”, ”seeks”, “intends”, “targets”, “projects”, “forecasts” or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “would” and “could”.

This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking statements, including the perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances.

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved.

A variety of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company, and its subsidiaries, and their businesses, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, management of market liquidity and funding risks, changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates), the effect of applying future accounting changes, operational and reputational risks, business competition, technological change, changes in government regulations and legislation, changes in tax laws, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, the Company's ability to complete strategic transactions, integrate acquisitions and implement other growth strategies, and the Company’s success in anticipating and managing the foregoing factors.

The reader is cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements. The reader is also cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 

Other than as specifically required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statements are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events,  whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.

Additional information about the risks and uncertainties of the Company’s business is provided in its disclosure materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, available at www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This release contains non-IFRS financial measures.  Net earnings available to common shareholders, which is a financial measure in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), may be subdivided into two components consisting of:

  • Operating earnings available to common shareholders; and
  • Other items, which include the after-tax impact of any item that management considers to be of a non-recurring nature or that could make the period-over-period comparison of results from operations less meaningful. 

Terms by which non-IFRS financial measures are identified include but are not limited to “operating earnings available to common shareholders”, “operating earnings per share”, “operating return on average common equity” and other similar expressions. Non-IFRS financial measures are used to provide management and investors with additional measures of performance.  However, non-IFRS financial measures do not have standard meanings prescribed by IFRS and are not directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies.  Please refer to the attached Financial Highlights for the appropriate reconciliations of these non-IFRS financial measures to measures prescribed by IFRS.

The Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of operating results are available on IGM Financial Inc.’s website at www.igmfinancial.com.   

IGM Financial Inc. is one of Canada's premier personal financial services companies, and one of the country’s largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products, with over $122 billion in total assets under management as of April 30, 2012. Its activities are carried out principally through Investors Group, Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Investment Planning Counsel. IGM Financial Inc. is a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

For more information contact:

Ron Arnst
Media Relations
204-956-3364
ron.arnst@igmfinancial.com

Media Note: A live webcast of IGM’s Analyst conference call for the First Quarter 2012 will be held Friday May 4, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. (ET) at www.igmfinancial.com. Media and interested parties may alternatively choose to listen to the live analyst teleconference call by dialing 1-866-226-1792 or 416-340-2216.

[1] Other items for the three months ended March 31, 2011 consisted of net earnings from discontinued operations of $0.9 million related to the sale of M.R.S. Trust Company and M.R.S. Inc. (MRS).