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

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 12, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FRMO Corp. (the "Company" or "FRMO") (OTC Pink: FRMO) today reported its financial results for the 2024 third quarter ended February 29, 2024.

Financial Highlights

FRMO’s total book value as of February 29, 2024 was $357.8 million ($8.13 per share on a fully diluted basis), including $138.4 million of non-controlling interests. Excluding the non-controlling interests, book value was $219.5 million ($4.99 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, equity securities, and digital assets, amounted to $241.8 million as of February 29, 2024, and $201.3 million as of May 31, 2023. Total liabilities were $30.7 million as of February 29, 2024, and $19.4 million as of May 31, 2023, comprised primarily of securities sold, not yet purchased, and deferred taxes.

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For the three months ended February 29, 2024, FRMO’s net income (loss) attributable to the Company was $12,988,910 ($0.30 per diluted share), compared to $(34,901,022) ($(0.79) per diluted share) a year earlier. Net income for the quarter is attributable to unrealized gains from digital assets held directly and indirectly, through the Company’s various investments in managed funds, offset by unrealized losses from equity securities. 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 nine months ended February 29, 2024, net income attributable to the Company was $50,021,124 ($1.14 per diluted share), compared to $7,446,825 ($0.17 per diluted share) for the nine months ended February 28, 2023.

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain (loss) from equity securities and digital assets net of taxes for the three months ended February 29, 2024 was $14,653,283 ($0.33 per diluted share) compared to $(12,121,031) ($(0.28) per diluted share) for the three months ended February 28, 2023. The nine-month figures, as of the same end dates, are $36,480,505 ($0.83 per diluted share) and $815,704 ($0.02 per diluted share), respectively.

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized gain from equity securities and digital assets 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 digital assets are subject to change after February 29, 2024. The market value of several securities and digital assets might have changed substantially since that date. We look forward to finding new ways to expand our digital asset mining operations.

As of February 29, 2024 and May 31, 2023, the Company held a 21.79% 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 78.21% and 78.20% in HKHA has been eliminated from results of operations for the periods ended February 29, 2024 and May 31, 2023.

Further details are available in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements for the quarter ended February 29, 2024. 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, April 16, 2024, at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Only questions submitted to info@frmocorp.com 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 3Q2024 Quarterly Conference Call on Apr 16, 2024 4:15 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5235930884984742235

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 April 17 on the FRMO website (https://frmocorp.com/q_transcripts.html) until the summary transcript is posted.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

February 29,

May 31,

2024

2023

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

38,823

$

38,077

Equity securities, at fair value

190,175

155,512

Digital assets, at fair value

9,822

4,217

Other current assets

3,018

3,539

Total Current Assets

241,839

201,346

Investment in limited partnerships and other

equity investments, at fair value

114,475

70,656

Investments in securities exchanges

4,869

4,869

Other assets

1,808

1,815

Investment in Horizon Kinetics LLC

15,348

14,608

Participation in Horizon Kinetics LLC revenue stream

10,200

10,200

Total Assets

$

388,539

$

303,494

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current Liabilities:

Securities sold, not yet purchased

$

1,164

$

2,353

Other current liabilities

1,154

354

Total Current Liabilities

2,318

2,707

Deferred Tax Liability

28,393

16,004

Mortgage payable

-

669

Total Liabilities

30,711

19,379

Stockholders' Equity:

Stockholders' Equity Attributable to the Company

219,474

169,283

Noncontrolling interests

138,355

114,832

Total Stockholders' Equity

357,828

284,114

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

388,539

$

303,494

(Components may not sum to totals due to rounding)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(amounts in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

February 29,

February 28,

February 29,

February 28,

2024

2023

2024

2023

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Revenue:

Fees

$

622

$

928

$

2,005

$

2,484

Equity earnings from limited partnerships

and limited liability companies

514

1,491

2,856

2,299

Unrealized gains (losses) from investments

16,264

(22,472)

41,525

(1,048)

Other

928

745

3,082

3,645

Total revenue before unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities

and digital assets

18,328

(19,308)

49,469

7,380

Unrealized (losses) gains from equity securities

(12,350)

(91,326)

33,531

25,028

Unrealized gains (losses) from digital assets

3,702

902

5,271

(1,022)

Total Revenue

9,680

(109,732)

88,271

31,386

Total Expenses

461

321

1,223

1,494

Income (Loss) from Operations before Provision for Income Taxes

9,219

(110,053)

87,048

29,892

Provision for (Benefit from) Income Taxes

3,743

(8,891)

13,678

2,852

Net Income (Loss)

5,476

(101,162)

73,369

27,040

Less net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(7,513)

(66,261)

23,348

19,593

Net Income Attributable (loss) to FRMO Corporation

$

12,989

$

(34,901)

$

50,021

$

7,447

Diluted Net Income (Loss) per Common Share

$

0.30

$

(0.79)

$

1.14

$

0.17

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding

Basic

44,022,781

44,022,781

44,022,781

44,020,492

Diluted

44,025,624

44,022,781

44,026,234

44,032,153

(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 February 29, 2024.

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 (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities, digital assets, and diluted earnings per common share is net income attributable to the Company exclusive of unrealized gains (losses) from equity securities, digital assets, and diluted earnings per common share net of tax. Net income (loss) attributable to the Company is the GAAP measure most closely comparable to net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding the effect of unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities and digital assets.

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

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

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

February 29, 2024

February 28, 2023

February 29, 2024

February 28, 2023

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Amount

Diluted
earnings
per
common
share

Amount

Diluted
loss 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 (Loss) Attributable to the Company Excluding the Effect of Unrealized (Loss) Gain from Equity Securities and Digital Assets, and Diluted Earnings per Common Share Reconciliation:

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company

$

12,989

$

0.30

$

(34,901)

$

(0.79)

$

50,021

$

1.14

$

7,447

$

0.17

Unrealized (loss) gain from equity securities and digital assets

(8,648)

(90,424)

38,802

24,006

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

(7,852)

(66,580)

22,341

17,152

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

(795)

(23,844)

16,462

6,854

Tax (benefit) expense on unrealized gain (loss) gain from equity securities and digital assets attributable to the company

(869)

1,065

(2,921)

(223)

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

(1,664)

$

(0.04)

(22,780)

$

(0.52)

13,541

$

0.31

6,631

$

0.15

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

$

14,653

$

0.33

$

(12,122)

$

(0.28)

$

36,481

$

0.83

$

816

$

0.02

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

44,025,624

44,022,781

44,026,234

44,032,153

(Components may not sum to totals due to rounding)

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Contacts

Thérèse Byars
Corporate Secretary
Email: tbyars@frmocorp.com
Telephone: 646-495-7337
www.frmocorp.com