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HNNA 10Q Quarterly Report

Part I: Financial Information
Item 1: Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Part Ii: Other Information
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 6. Exhibits
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10-Q 1 d903286d10q.htm FORM 10-Q Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2020

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Transition Period From                      to                     

Commission File Number 001-36423

 

 

HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

California   68-0176227

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

7250 Redwood Boulevard, Suite 200

Novato, California

  94945
(Address of principal executive office)   (Zip code)

(415) 899-1555

(Registrant’s telephone number)

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

  

Trading symbol

  

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common stock, no par value    HNNA    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer       Accelerated filer   
Non-accelerated filer       Smaller reporting company   
      Emerging growth company   

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ☐    No    ☒

As of May 8, 2020, there were 7,261,505 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

 

 

 


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HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

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PART I    Financial Information   
Item 1    Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements      1  
   Balance Sheets      1  
   Statements of Income      2  
   Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity      3  
   Statements of Cash Flows      5  
   Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements      6  
Item 2    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      16  
Item 4    Controls and Procedures      27  
PART II    Other Information   
Item 1A    Risk Factors      28  
Item 2    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      29  
Item 6    Exhibits      29  
   Signatures      30  

 

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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1:

Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

     March 31,
2020
     September 30,
2019
 
     (Unaudited)         

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 6,997      $ 24,687  

Investments in marketable securities, at fair value

     8        9  

Investment fee income receivable

     2,450        3,291  

Prepaid expenses

     493        633  

Other accounts receivable

     342        392  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     10,290        29,012  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,493 and $1,379, respectively

     316        361  

Operating lease right-of-use asset

     463        —    

Management contracts

     80,643        80,643  

Other assets

     192        192  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 91,904      $ 110,208  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accrued liabilities and accounts payable

   $ 3,102      $ 5,538  

Accrued purchase consideration payable

     —          710  

Current operating lease liability

     439        —    

Income taxes payable

     711        672  

Deferred rent

     —          116  

Current portion of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs

     —          4,327  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     4,252        11,363  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs and current portion

     —          13,048  

Long-term operating lease liability

     113        —    

Deferred income tax liability, net

     11,219        10,269  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     15,584        34,680  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 10)

     

Stockholders’ equity:

     

Common stock, no par value, 22,500,000 shares authorized; 7,261,323 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020, and 7,527,040 as of September 30, 2019

     18,089        17,673  

Retained earnings

     58,231        57,855  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     76,320        75,528  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 91,904      $ 110,208  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of Income

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
    Six Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

Revenue

        

Investment advisory fees

   $ 8,201     $ 9,631     $ 17,650     $ 20,369  

Shareholder service fees

     678       825       1,473       1,731  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     8,879       10,456       19,123       22,100  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

        

Compensation and benefits

     2,414       2,752       4,927       5,652  

General and administrative

     1,288       1,335       2,780       2,852  

Mutual fund distribution

     115       106       254       229  

Sub-advisory fees

     2,008       2,251       4,324       4,695  

Depreciation

     61       54       114       109  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     5,886       6,498       12,399       13,537  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net operating income

     2,993       3,958       6,724       8,563  

Interest expense

     260       299       447       609  

Other income

     (32     (84     (88     (162
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     2,765       3,743       6,365       8,116  

Income tax expense

     795       843       1,767       2,149  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 1,970     $ 2,900     $ 4,598     $ 5,967  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share

        

Basic

   $ 0.27     $ 0.37     $ 0.62     $ 0.75  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.27     $ 0.37     $ 0.62     $ 0.75  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding

        

Basic

     7,363,938       7,918,281       7,432,918       7,916,059  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     7,393,167       7,922,408       7,466,169       7,917,561  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share

   $ 0.14     $ 0.11     $ 0.28     $ 0.22  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended March 31, 2020  
     Common Stock     Retained
Earnings
    Total
Stockholders’

Equity
 
     Shares     Amount  

Balance at September 30, 2019

     7,527,040     $ 17,673     $ 57,855     $ 75,528  

Net income

     —         —         2,628       2,628  

Dividends declared

     —         —         (1,032     (1,032

Shares issued for auto-investments pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,702       20       —         20  

Shares issued for dividend reinvestment pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,596       18       —         18  

Stock-based compensation

     —         447       —         447  

Shares repurchased pursuant to stock buyback program

     (64,787     (128     (557     (685
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

     7,465,551     $ 18,030     $ 58,894     $  76,924  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     —         —         1,970       1,970  

Dividends declared

     —         —         (1,011     (1,011

Shares issued for auto-investments pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     46       —         —         —    

Shares issued for dividend reinvestment pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,835       18       —         18  

Stock-based compensation

     —         447       —         447  

Shares repurchased pursuant to stock buyback program

     (206,109     (406     (1,622     (2,028
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2020

     7,261,323     $ 18,089     $ 58,231     $ 76,320  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended March 31, 2019  
     Common Stock     Retained
Earnings
    Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 
     Shares     Amount  

Balance at September 30, 2018

     7,897,145     $ 16,783     $ 54,197     $ 70,980  

Net income

     —         —         3,067       3,067  

Dividends declared

     —         —         (871     (871

Employee and director restricted stock vested

     21,563       —         —         —    

Repurchase of vested employee restricted stock for tax withholding

     (2,685     (31     (5     (36

Shares issued for auto-investments pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     296       4       —         4  

Shares issued for dividend reinvestment pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,207       13       —         13  

Stock-based compensation

     —         568       —         568  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2018

     7,917,526     $ 17,337     $ 56,388     $ 73,725  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     —         —         2,900       2,900  

Dividends declared

     —         —         (871     (871

Shares issued for auto-investments pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     534       6       —         6  

Shares issued for dividend reinvestment pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

     1,334       14       —         14  

Stock-based compensation

     —         557       —         557  

Employee restricted stock forfeiture

       (14       (14
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2019

     7,919,394     $ 17,900     $ 58,417     $ 76,317  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2020     2019  

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Net income

   $ 4,598     $ 5,967  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation

     114       109  

Unrealized loss on marketable securities

     1       —    

Change in right-of-use asset and operating lease liability

     (27     —    

Deferred income taxes

     950       983  

Stock-based compensation

     894       1,125  

Interest expense associated with debt issuance cost

     125       74  

Employee restricted stock forfeiture

     —         (14

Change in operating assets and liabilities

    

Investment fee income receivable

     841       658  

Prepaid expenses

     140       193  

Other accounts receivable

     50       (77

Other assets

     —         (1

Accrued liabilities and accounts payable

     (2,436     (3,297

Income taxes payable

     39       (233

Deferred rent

     —         (23
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     5,289       5,464  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (69     (89

Payments related to management contracts

     (710     (1,769
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (779     (1,858
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Principal payments on bank loan

     (17,500     (2,188

Shares repurchased pursuant to stock buyback program

     (2,713     —    

Restricted stock units purchased for employee tax withholding

     —         (36

Proceeds from shares issued pursuant to the 2018 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Repurchase Plan

     20       37  

Dividend payments

     (2,007     (1,742
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (22,200     (3,929
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (17,690     (323

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

     24,687       25,395  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

   $ 6,997     $ 25,072  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information

    

Cash paid for income taxes

   $ 798     $ 1,660  

Cash paid for interest

   $ 381     $ 527  

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

(1)

Basis of Financial Statement Presentation

The accompanying condensed balance sheet as of September 30, 2019, which has been derived from audited financial statements, and the unaudited interim condensed financial statements as of and for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and include the accounts of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”). Certain information and footnote disclosures in these unaudited interim condensed financial statements, normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, have been condensed or omitted pursuant to rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission for Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. In the opinion of management, the unaudited interim condensed financial statements reflect all adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the Company’s financial position at March 31, 2020, the Company’s operating results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, and the Company’s cash flows for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019. These unaudited interim condensed financial statements and notes should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited financial statements and notes thereto for fiscal year 2019, which are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.

The preparation of financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. Accordingly, the actual results could differ substantially from those estimates.

The Company’s operating activities consist primarily of providing investment advisory services to 16 open-end mutual funds branded as the Hennessy Funds. The Company serves as the investment advisor to all classes of the Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund, the Hennessy Focus Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund, the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund, the Hennessy Total Return Fund, the Hennessy Equity and Income Fund, the Hennessy Balanced Fund, the Hennessy BP Energy Fund, the Hennessy BP Midstream Fund, the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, the Hennessy Japan Fund, the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund, the Hennessy Large Cap Financial Fund, the Hennessy Small Cap Financial Fund, and the Hennessy Technology Fund. The Company also provides shareholder services to shareholders of the Hennessy Funds.

The Company’s operating revenues consist of contractual investment advisory and shareholder service fees paid to it by the Hennessy Funds. The Company earns investment advisory fees from each Hennessy Fund by, among other things:

 

   

acting as portfolio manager for the fund or overseeing the sub-advisor acting as portfolio manager for the fund, which includes managing the composition of the fund’s portfolio (including the purchase, retention, and disposition of portfolio securities in accordance with the fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions), seeking best execution for the fund’s portfolio, managing the use of soft dollars for the fund, and managing proxy voting for the fund;

 

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performing a daily reconciliation of portfolio positions and cash for the fund;

 

   

monitoring the fund’s compliance with its investment objectives and restrictions and federal securities laws;

 

   

monitoring compliance with federal securities laws, maintaining a compliance program (including a code of ethics), conducting ongoing reviews of the compliance programs of the fund’s service providers (including its sub-advisor, as applicable), conducting on-site visits to the fund’s service providers (including its sub-advisor, as applicable), monitoring incidents of abusive trading practices, reviewing fund expense accruals, payments, and fixed expense ratios, evaluating insurance providers for fidelity bond, D&O/E&O, and cyber insurance coverage, conducting employee compliance training, reviewing reports provided by service providers, and maintaining books and records;

 

   

if applicable, overseeing the selection and continued employment of the fund’s sub-advisor, reviewing the fund’s investment performance, and monitoring the sub-advisor’s adherence to the fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions;

 

   

overseeing service providers that provide accounting, administration, distribution, transfer agency, custodial, sales, marketing, public relations, audit, information technology, and legal services to the fund;

 

   

maintaining in-house marketing and distribution departments on behalf of the fund;

 

   

preparing or directing the preparation of all regulatory filings for the fund, including writing and annually updating the fund’s prospectus and related documents;

 

   

preparing or reviewing a written summary of the fund’s performance for the most recent 12-month period for each annual report of the fund;

 

   

monitoring and overseeing the accessibility of the fund on third-party platforms;

 

   

paying the incentive compensation of the fund’s compliance officers and employing other staff such as legal, marketing, national accounts, distribution, sales, administrative, and trading oversight personnel, as well as management executives;

 

   

providing a quarterly compliance certification to the Board of Trustees of Hennessy Funds Trust (the ”Funds’ Board of Trustees”); and

 

   

preparing or reviewing materials for the Funds’ Board of Trustees, presenting to or leading discussions with the Funds’ Board of Trustees, preparing or reviewing all meeting minutes, and arranging for training and education of the Funds’ Board of Trustees.

 

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The Company earns shareholder service fees from Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds by, among other things, maintaining a toll-free number that the current investors in the Hennessy Funds may call to ask questions about the funds or their accounts, or to get help with processing exchange and redemption requests or changing account options. These fee revenues are earned and calculated daily by the Hennessy Funds’ accountants at U.S. Bank Global Fund Services and are subsequently reviewed by management. The fees are computed and billed monthly, at which time they are recognized in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 606 — Revenue Recognition.

The Company waived a portion of its fees with respect to the Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund through expiration of the expense limitation agreement on November 30, 2019, and continues to waive a portion of its fees with respect to the Hennessy BP Midstream Fund and the Hennessy Technology Fund to comply with contractual expense ratio limitations. The fee waivers are calculated daily by the Hennessy Funds’ accountants at U.S. Bank Global Fund Services, reviewed by management, and then charged to expense monthly as offsets to the Company’s revenue. The waived fees are deducted from investment advisory fee income and reduce the aggregate amount of advisory fees received by the Company from such fund in the subsequent month. To date, the Company has only waived fees based on contractual obligations, but the Company has the ability to waive fees at its discretion. Any decision to waive fees would apply only on a going-forward basis.

The Company’s contractual agreements for investment advisory and shareholder services prove that a contract exists with fixed and determinable fees, and the services are rendered daily. The collectability is deemed probable because the fees are received from the Hennessy Funds in the month subsequent to the month in which the services are provided.

The Company is subject to risks and uncertainties as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, particularly related to the increased volatility in the stock market. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business is highly uncertain as we navigate the terms of the reopening of the economy. As of the date of issuance of the Company’s financial statements, the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic may materially impact the Company’s financial condition, liquidity, or results of operations is uncertain.

 

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Management Contracts Purchased

Throughout its history, the Company has completed 10 purchases of the assets related to the management of 30 different mutual funds, some of which were reorganized into already existing Hennessy Funds. In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidance, the Company periodically reviews the carrying value of its purchased management contracts to determine if any impairment has occurred. The fair value of management contracts is based on management estimates and assumptions, including third-party valuations that utilize appropriate valuation techniques. The fair value of the management contracts was estimated by applying the income approach. It has been determined that there was no impairment as of March 31, 2020, or September 30, 2019.

Under Accounting Standards Codification 350 — Intangibles — Goodwill and Other, intangible assets that have indefinite useful lives are not amortized but are tested at least annually for impairment. The Company reviews the life of the management contracts each reporting period to determine if they continue to have an indefinite useful life.

 

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The Company completed its most recent asset purchase on October 26, 2018, when it purchased the assets related to the management of the BP Capital TwinLine Energy Fund and the BP Capital TwinLine MLP Fund (together, the “BP Funds”). This asset purchase added nearly $200 million to the Company’s assets under management. The purchase was consummated in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Transaction Agreement, dated as of July 10, 2018, between the Company and BP Capital Fund Advisors, LLC (“BP Capital”). Upon completion of the transaction, the assets related to the management of the BP Funds were reorganized into two new series of Hennessy Funds Trust called the Hennessy BP Energy Fund and the Hennessy BP Midstream Fund, respectively. In connection with the transaction, BP Capital became the sub-advisor to the Hennessy BP Energy Fund and the Hennessy BP Midstream Fund.

In accordance with the Transaction Agreement, the purchase price comprised two payments. The initial payment of $1.6 million was funded with available cash in connection with the closing and was based on the aggregate current net asset value of the BP Funds measured as of the close of business on October 25, 2018, the trading day immediately preceding the closing date of the transaction, plus $100,000. The second payment of $0.7 million was funded with available cash promptly following the one-year anniversary of the closing and was based on the aggregate current net asset value of the BP Funds measured as of the close of business on October 25, 2019, the trading day immediately preceding the one-year anniversary of the closing date. The Company included the amount of the liability for the second payment in its fiscal year 2019 financial statements because it was measurable prior to the filing date of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.

 

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Investment Advisory Agreements

The Company has investment advisory agreements with Hennessy Funds Trust under which it provides investment advisory services to all classes of the 16 Hennessy Funds.

The investment advisory agreements must be renewed annually (except in limited circumstances) by (a) the Funds’ Board of Trustees or the vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of the applicable Hennessy Fund and (b) the vote of a majority of the trustees of Hennessy Funds Trust who are not interested persons of the Hennessy Funds. If the investment advisory agreements are not renewed annually as described above, they terminate automatically. There are two additional circumstances in which the investment advisory agreements terminate. First, the investment advisory agreements automatically terminate if the Company assigns them to another advisor (assignment includes “indirect assignment,” which is the transfer of the Company’s common stock in sufficient quantities deemed to constitute a controlling block). Second, each investment advisory agreement may be terminated prior to its expiration upon 60 days’ notice by either the Company or the applicable Hennessy Fund.

As provided in the investment advisory agreements with the 16 Hennessy Funds, the Company receives investment advisory fees monthly based on a percentage of each fund’s average daily net assets.

The Company has entered into sub-advisory agreements for the Hennessy Focus Fund, the Hennessy Equity and Income Fund, the Hennessy BP Energy Fund, the Hennessy BP Midstream Fund, the Hennessy Japan Fund, and the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund. Under each of these sub-advisory agreements, the sub-advisor is responsible for the investment of the

 

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assets of the applicable Hennessy Fund in accordance with the terms of such agreement and the applicable Hennessy Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information. The sub-advisors are subject to the direction, supervision, and control of the Company and the Funds’ Board of Trustees. The sub-advisory agreements must be renewed annually (except in limited circumstances) in the same manner as, and are subject to the same termination provisions as, the investment advisory agreements.

In exchange for the sub-advisory services, the Company (not the Hennessy Funds) pays sub-advisory fees to the sub-advisors out of its own assets. Sub-advisory fees are calculated as a percentage of the applicable sub-advised fund’s average daily net asset value.

 

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Leases

The Company determines if an arrangement is an operating lease at inception. Operating leases are included in operating lease right-of-use assets and current and long-term operating lease liabilities on the Company’s balance sheet. Right-of-use assets represent the Company’s right to use an underlying asset for the lease term and operating lease liabilities represent the Company’s obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Operating lease right-of-use assets and liabilities are recognized at the lease commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. In determining the present value of lease payments, the Company uses its incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at the lease commencement date. The Company’s lease terms may include options to extend the lease when it is reasonably certain that it will exercise any such options. For its leases, the Company concluded that it is not reasonably certain that any renewal options would be exercised, and, therefore, the amounts are not recognized as part of operating lease right-of-use assets or operating lease liabilities. Leases with initial terms of 12 months or less, and certain office equipment leases that are deemed insignificant, are not recorded on the balance sheet and are expensed as incurred and included within rent expense under general and administrative expense. Lease expense related to operating leases is recognized on a straight-line basis over the expected lease terms.

The Company’s most significant leases are real estate leases of office facilities. The Company leases office space under non-cancelable operating leases. Its principal executive office is located in Novato, California, and it has additional offices in Austin, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Only the office lease in Novato, California has been capitalized because the other operating leases have terms of 12 months or less, including leases that are month-to-month in nature. The classification of the Company’s operating lease right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities and other supplemental information related to the Company’s operating leases are as follows:

 

     March 31, 2020  
     (In thousands,
except years)
 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

   $ 463  

Current operating lease liability

   $ 439  

Long-term operating lease liability

   $ 113  

Weighted average remaining lease term

     1.3  

Weighted average discount rate

     2.28

 

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For the six months ended March 31, 2020, the Company’s lease payments related to its operating lease right-of-use assets totaled $218,275 and rent expense, which is recorded under general and administrative expense in the statements of income, totaled $190,720.

The undiscounted cash flows for future maturities of the Company’s operating lease liabilities and the reconciliation to the balance of operating lease liabilities reflected on the Company’s balance sheet are as follows as of March 31, 2020:

 

     (In thousands)  

Remainder of fiscal year 2020

   $ 225  

Fiscal year 2021

     340  
  

 

 

 

Total undiscounted cash flows

     565  

Present value discount

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Total operating lease liabilities

   $ 552  
  

 

 

 

 

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Accrued Expenses

The detail of accrued expenses reflected on the Company’s balance sheet are as follows:

 

     March 31, 2020      September 30, 2019  
     (In thousands)  

Accrued bonus liabilities

   $ 1,981      $ 3,888  

Accrued sub-advisor fees

     558        730  

Other accrued expenses

     563        920  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total accrued expenses

   $ 3,102      $ 5,538  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Bank Loan

On March 26, 2020, the Company prepaid in full all principal, accrued interest, and costs and expenses outstanding under its term loan agreement with U.S. Bank National Association (“U.S. Bank”). The aggregate prepayment amount of $15.4 million was funded by cash on hand, and the Company did not incur any prepayment penalties. Under the term loan agreement, interest was calculated based on the one-month LIBOR rate plus a margin that ranged from 2.25% to 2.75% depending on the Company’s ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the interest rate averaged 3.92%. Prior to repayment, certain debt issuance costs were capitalized and netted against the underlying loan balance and were then amortized over the term of the loan. Upon repayment, the unamortized debt issuance costs were charged to interest expense.

Prior to its termination, the Company was obligated under the term loan agreement to make monthly payments of $364,583 plus interest, the final installment of which was due on May 9, 2022.

 

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Income Taxes

The Company’s effective income tax rates for the six months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, were 27.8% and 26.5%, respectively. The effective income tax rate was higher for the six months ended March 31, 2020, due to changes in state apportionment factors.

 

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The Company is subject to income tax in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and multiple state jurisdictions. Following is a list of jurisdictions that the Company has identified as its major tax jurisdictions with the tax years that remain open and subject to examination by the appropriate governmental agencies marked:

 

Tax Jurisdiction

   2020    2019    2018    2017    2016    2015    2014

United States

   X    X    X    X    X    X    X

State Jurisdictions

                    

California

   X    X    X    X    X    X    X

Colorado

   X          X         

Connecticut

   X    X    X    X         

District of Columbia

   X    X    X    X    X      

Florida

   X    X    X    X         

Georgia

   X    X    X    X         

Illinois

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Indiana

   X                  

Iowa

   X    X    X            

Louisiana

   X    X               

Maryland

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Massachusetts

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Michigan

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Minnesota

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

New Hampshire

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

New Jersey

   X                  

New York

   X    X    X    X    X      

North Carolina

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Oregon

   X    X               

Pennsylvania

   X    X    X            

Texas

   X    X    X    X    X    X   

Wisconsin

   X    X    X    X         

Total State Jurisdictions

   22    19    17    16    11    9    1

For state tax jurisdictions with unfiled tax returns, the statutes of limitations will remain open indefinitely.

 

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Earnings per Share and Dividends per Share

Basic earnings per share is determined by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding, while diluted earnings per share is determined by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding adjusted for the dilutive effect of common stock equivalents, which consist of restricted stock units (“RSUs”).

For both the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, the Company excluded 184,871 common stock equivalents from the diluted earnings per share calculations because they were not dilutive. For the three and six months ended March 31, 2019, the Company excluded 280,683 and 323,432 common stock equivalents, respectively, from the diluted earnings per share calculation because they were not dilutive. In each case, the excluded common stock equivalents consisted of non-vested RSUs.

The Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1375 per share on March 6, 2020, to shareholders of record as of February 24, 2020.

 

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Equity

Amended and Restated 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan

The Company has adopted, and the Company’s shareholders have approved, the Amended and Restated 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Plan”). Under the Omnibus Plan, participants may be granted RSUs, each of which represents an unfunded, unsecured right to receive a share of the Company’s common stock on the date specified in the recipient’s award. The Company issues new shares of its common stock when it is required to deliver shares to an RSU recipient. The RSUs granted under the Omnibus Plan vest over four years at a rate of 25% per year. The Company recognizes stock-based compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the four-year vesting term of each award.

A summary of RSU activity is as follows:

 

     Six Months Ended March 31, 2020  
     Shares      Weighted Average Grant
Date Fair Value per Share
 

Non-vested balance at beginning of period

     313,669      $ 12.22  

Granted

     —          —    

Vested (1)

     (62,875      (14.23

Forfeited

     —          —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Non-vested balance at end of period

     250,794      $ 11.72  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Represents partially vested RSUs for which the Company already has recognized the associated compensation expense but has not yet issued to employees the related shares of common stock.

Additional information related to RSUs is as follows:

 

     For the Six Months
Ended March 31, 2020
 
     (In thousands,
except years)
 

Total expected compensation expense related to RSUs

   $ 14,975  

Recognized compensation expense related to RSUs at reporting date

     (12,037
  

 

 

 

Unrecognized compensation expense related to RSUs at reporting date

   $ 2,938  
  

 

 

 

Weighted average remaining years to expense for RSUs

     2.6  
  

 

 

 

Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

In January 2018, the Company adopted an updated Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (the “DRSPP”), replacing the previous Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan established in March 2015, to provide shareholders and new investors with a convenient and economical means of purchasing shares of the Company’s common stock and reinvesting cash dividends paid on the Company’s common stock. Under the DRSPP, the Company issued 5,179 and 3,371 shares of common stock during the six months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The maximum number of shares that may be issued under the DRSPP is 1,550,000, of which 1,534,165 shares remain available for issuance.

 

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Although the Company may issue up to 1,550,000 shares of its common stock under the DRSPP, the Company intends to limit the issuances to less than 20% of the number of outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock in accordance with the listing requirements of The NASDAQ Capital Market. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had 7,261,323 shares outstanding. Therefore, the Company will not issue more than 1,452,264 shares of its common stock under the DRSPP without seeking shareholder approval.

Stock Buyback Program

In August 2010, the Company adopted a stock buyback program. The program provides that the Company may repurchase up to 1,500,000 shares of its common stock and has no expiration date. Share repurchases may be made in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, or otherwise. The Company repurchased 270,896 shares of its common stock pursuant to the stock buyback program during the six months ended March 31, 2020. A total of 596,368 shares remains available for repurchase under the stock buyback program.

 

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Commitments and Contingencies

The Company leases office space under non-cancelable operating leases. Its principal executive office is located in Novato, California, and it has additional offices in Austin, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Certain leases provide for renewal options.

Total rent expense for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, was $0.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively. As of March 31, 2020, there were no material changes in the leasing arrangements that would have a significant effect on the future minimum lease payments reported in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. See Note 4 for additional disclosure regarding the Company’s leases.

 

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Fair Value Measurements

The Company applies Accounting Standards Codification 820 — Fair Value Measurement for all financial assets and liabilities, which establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The standard defines fair value as “the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.” It also establishes a fair value hierarchy consisting of the following three levels that prioritize the inputs to the valuation techniques used to measure fair value:

 

   

Level 1 – Unadjusted, quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that an entity has the ability to access at the measurement date;

 

   

Level 2 – Other significant observable inputs (including, but not limited to, quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active for identical or similar assets or liabilities, and model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs and significant value drivers are observable in active markets); and

 

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Level 3 – Significant unobservable inputs (including the entity’s own assumptions about what market participants would use to price the asset or liability based on the best available information) when observable inputs are not available.

Based on the definitions, the following table represents the Company’s assets categorized in the Level 1 to Level 3 hierarchies:

 

     Fair Value Measurements as of March 31, 2020  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  
     (In thousands)  

Money market fund deposits

   $ 4,553      $ —        $ —        $ 4,553  

Mutual fund investments

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 4,561      $ —        $ —        $ 4,561  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amounts included in:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 4,553      $ —        $ —        $ 4,553  

Investments in marketable securities

     8        —          —          8  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 4,561      $ —        $ —        $ 4,561  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     Fair Value Measurements as of September 30, 2019  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  
     (In thousands)  

Money market fund deposits

   $ 21,816      $ —        $ —        $ 21,816  

Mutual fund investments

     9        —          —          9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 21,825      $ —        $ —        $ 21,825  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amounts included in:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 21,816      $ —        $ —        $ 21,816  

Investments in marketable securities

     9        —          —          9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 21,825      $ —        $ —        $ 21,825  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

There were no transfers between levels during the six months ended March 31, 2020, or the year ended September 30, 2019.

 

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Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Standards

In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842),” as amended, which requires lessees to recognize leases on the balance sheet and disclose key information about leasing arrangements. The new standard establishes a right-of-use model that requires a lessee to recognize a right-of-use asset and lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with a term longer than 12 months. Leases will be classified as finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern and classification of expense recognition in the income statement. All of the Company’s leases are operating leases.

The Company adopted the new standard on October 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective method and the transition relief guidance provided by the FASB in ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements.” As a result, the Company did not update financial information or provide disclosures required under the new standard for dates and

 

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periods prior to October 1, 2019. In addition, the Company adopted the FASB’s lessee practical expedient option to combine lease and non-lease components for all asset classes and elected, as an accounting policy, not to recognize right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for leases with terms of 12 months or less. Non-lease components are fixed costs, such as electricity or common area maintenance, that can be included in rent payments but are not a part of the underlying asset being capitalized. There were no such fixed costs associated with our capitalized right-of-use asset, so this election did not impact our financial statements.

As a result of adopting the new standard, the Company recorded operating lease right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities of $652,686 and $768,899, respectively, as of October 1, 2019. The operating lease right-of-use assets were net of $116,213 in deferred rent adjustments that the Company previously recorded in deferred rent on the consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2019. Adopting the new standard did not result in any cumulative-effect adjustments to retained earnings or impact the Company’s statements of income for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, or statements of cash flows for the six months ended March 31, 2020.

See Note 4 for additional disclosure regarding the Company’s leases.

 

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Subsequent Events

The Company has evaluated subsequent events through the date these financial statements were issued and has concluded that no material subsequent events occurred during this period that would require recognition or disclosure.

 

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws, for which we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “project,” “continue,” “seek,” and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events, based on information currently available to us. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at which, or means by which, such performance or results will be achieved.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including those described in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, including under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in each such report. Unforeseen developments could cause actual performance or results to differ substantially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Management does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of these forward-looking statements. There is no regulation requiring an update of any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this report to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

 

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Our business activities are affected by many factors, including, without limitation, redemptions by mutual fund shareholders, taxes, general economic and financial conditions, including those relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, movement of interest rates, competitive conditions, industry regulation, and fluctuations in the stock market, many of which are beyond the control of our management. Further, the business and regulatory environments in which we operate remain complex, uncertain, and subject to change. We expect that regulatory requirements and developments will cause us to incur additional administrative and compliance costs. Notwithstanding the variability in our economic and regulatory environments, we remain focused on the investment performance of the Hennessy Funds and on providing high-quality customer service to investors.

Our business strategy centers on (a) the identification, completion, and integration of future acquisitions and (b) organic growth, through both the retention of the mutual fund assets we currently manage and the generation of inflows into the mutual funds we manage. The success of our business strategy may be influenced by the factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. All statements regarding our business strategy, as well as statements regarding market trends and risks and assumptions about changes in the marketplace, are forward-looking by their nature.

Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In recent months, we have joined the rest of the world in witnessing and experiencing the profound effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health, the global economy, and the everyday lives of people around the world. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and our hearts and our support go out to the healthcare workers and first responders in every community who are on the frontline fighting the virus.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we invoked our business continuity plan in mid-March to ensure a smooth transition to remote work for all of our employees. We have continued to effectively operate the Company and remain committed to providing the same high level of services to the 16 Hennessy Funds and their shareholders. Further, we have undertaken various initiatives to ensure our continuing success in the new work-from-home environment, including the following:

 

   

Regularly engaging with key vendors and service providers to garner assurance regarding their ability to continue to provide high-quality services to us and to shareholders of the Hennessy Funds;

 

   

Keeping open lines of communication with our employees as they work from home to ensure seamless operations and early identification of issues; and

 

   

Maintaining effective governance and internal controls in a remote work setting.

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needs of our employees, our vendors, and the Hennessy Funds and their shareholders. While we cannot reasonably estimate the duration and severity of the pandemic or its ultimate impact on the global economy and our business and revenues, we believe we are in the best position we can be in to emerge from this crisis well positioned for long-term growth.

Overview

Our primary business activity is providing investment advisory services to a family of open-end mutual funds branded as the Hennessy Funds. We manage 10 of the 16 Hennessy Funds internally. For the remaining six funds, we have delegated the day-to-day portfolio management responsibilities to sub-advisors, subject to our oversight. We oversee the selection and continued employment of each sub-advisor, review each sub-advisor’s investment performance, and monitor each sub-advisor’s adherence to each applicable fund’s investment objectives, policies, and restrictions. In addition, we conduct ongoing reviews of the compliance programs of sub-advisors, including making on-site visits as feasible. Our secondary business activity is providing shareholder services to shareholders of each Hennessy Fund.

We derive our operating revenues from investment advisory fees and shareholder service fees paid to us by the Hennessy Funds. These fees are calculated as a percentage of the average daily net assets in each Hennessy Fund. The percentage amount of the investment advisory fees varies from fund to fund. The percentage amount of the shareholder service fees is consistent across all funds, but shareholder service fees are charged on Investor Class shares only. The dollar amount of the fees we receive fluctuates with changes in the average net asset value of each Hennessy Fund, which is affected by each fund’s investment performance, purchases and redemptions of shares, general market conditions, and the success of our marketing, sales, and public relations efforts.

The past six months have been marked by extremes. During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, investors appeared focused on record-low unemployment, which was then 3.5%, and strong economic growth. Then, during the most recent quarter, equity prices hit an all-time high in mid-February before dropping precipitously in a matter of weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting the world economy. After the first cases were reported in China in December 2019, the virus quickly spread to more than 210 countries and territories in subsequent months. Shelter-in-place orders have limited business activity worldwide, with initial unemployment claims in the United States hitting their highest number in history, and global travel has come to a near-complete halt.

On a total return basis, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 17.6% for the six months ended March 31, 2020 (a sharp retreat from its 6.7% growth during the three months ended December 31, 2019), and down 22.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, more than cancelling the positive returns achieved over the previous 12 months. Small-cap and mid-cap stocks generally fared worse than large-cap stocks, and the Financial sector was particularly hard hit as the Federal Reserve aggressively cut the Federal Funds rate in an effort to stabilize the economy. The Energy sector was decimated by both the sudden loss of demand due to the effects of COVID-19 and the oversupply caused by the surprise market-share battle between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the sector ended the quarter down approximately 50%.

Long-term U.S. bond yields decreased during the three months ended March 31, 2020 (after rising for the three months ended December 31, 2019), as the prospect of a prolonged

 

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global economic recession became a more realistic possibility. While Federal Reserve actions in recent weeks have injected unprecedented amounts of liquidity into the financial system and fiscal policy announcements may help people over the short term, these actions may not stimulate the economy over the long term. A potentially sharp increase in unemployment and what may be pronounced weakness in the global economy could keep inflation muted and interest rates at low levels in the coming months.

The Japanese equity market has also been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As measured by the Tokyo Stock Price Index, it was down 10.2% for the six months ended March 31, 2020 (after seeing 7.8% growth in U.S. dollar terms for the three months ended December 31, 2019), and down 16.7% in U.S. dollar terms for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Japan was one of the first countries to deal directly with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by virtue of its geographic proximity to China and, by many accounts, has been able to manage the outbreak effectively to date. Nevertheless, Japanese equities have declined as global economic activity is expected to remain weak over the coming months.

Against this backdrop, all of the Hennessy Funds posted negative returns for the most recent quarter and one-year period ending March 31, 2020. Over the five-year period ending March 31, 2020, 11 of the Funds posted positive returns, while five Funds, all of which were in the particularly hard-hit categories and sectors discussed above, posted negative returns. The 14 of the 16 Hennessy Funds that have at least a 10-year operating history achieved positive returns over both their 10-year and since inception periods ending March 31, 2020.

As always, we are committed to employing a consistent and disciplined approach to investing based on a buy-and-hold philosophy that rejects the idea of market timing and to providing superior service to investors. Our goal is to provide products that investors can have confidence in, knowing their money is invested as promised and with their best interests in mind. Accordingly, we continually seek new and improved ways to support investors in the Hennessy Funds, including by providing thought leadership and other resources to help them navigate through this unprecedented market disruption. We operate a very robust and leading-edge marketing automation and customer relationship management (CRM) system, with a database of over 100,000 financial advisors in addition to retail investors. We utilize this technology both to retain assets and to drive new purchases into the Hennessy Funds. We employ a comprehensive marketing and sales program consisting of content, digital, and traditional marketing initiatives and proactive meetings. In addition, our consistent annual public relations campaign has resulted in the Hennessy brand name appearing on TV, radio, print, or online media on average once every two to three days.

We provide service to over 200,000 mutual fund accounts nationwide, which includes shareholders who employ financial advisors to assist them with investing and retail shareholders who invest directly with us. We serve approximately 17,750 financial advisors who utilize the Hennessy Funds on behalf of their clients, including over 400 advisors who have purchased one of our Funds for the first time during the recent quarter. Approximately one in five advisors owns two or more Hennessy Funds, and over 500 advisors hold a position of over $500,000, demonstrating strong brand loyalty.

Total assets under management as of March 31, 2020, was $3.3 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion, or 35.4%, compared to March 31, 2019. The decrease in total assets during the

 

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12-month period was attributable to net outflows, but it was further impacted by significant market depreciation in the most recent quarter that primarily resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following table illustrates the changes quarter by quarter in our assets under management since March 31, 2019:

 

     3/31/2020     12/31/2019     9/30/2019     6/30/2019     3/31/2019  
                 (In thousands)              

Beginning assets under management

   $ 4,978,502     $ 4,873,839     $ 5,013,075     $ 5,135,937     $ 4,887,547  

Acquisition inflows

     —         —         —         —         —    

Organic inflows

     161,368       187,057       130,352       142,155       242,566  

Redemptions

     (685,621     (334,103     (351,303     (458,197     (516,592

Market appreciation (depreciation)

     (1,134,317     251,709       81,715       193,180       522,416  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending assets under management

   $ 3,319,932     $ 4,978,502     $ 4,873,839     $ 5,013,075     $ 5,135,937  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The principal asset on our balance sheet, management contracts, represents the capitalized costs incurred in connection with the purchase of the assets related to the management of mutual funds. As of March 31, 2020, this asset had a net balance of $80.6 million, unchanged since September 30, 2019.

The principal liability on our balance sheet has historically been bank debt. However, on March 26, 2020, we prepaid in full all principal, accrued interest, and costs and expenses outstanding under our term loan agreement. The aggregate prepayment amount was $15.4 million. As a result of this prepayment, as of March 31, 2020, the principal liability on our balance sheet is the deferred tax liability of $11.2 million generated due to the continued write-off of management contracts for tax purposes, which creates a book-to-tax difference.

 

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Results of Operations

The following tables set forth items in the statements of income as dollar amounts and as percentages of total revenue for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020:

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,  
     2020     2019  
     Amounts     Percent of
Total
Revenue
    Amounts     Percent of
Total
Revenue
 
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Revenue

        

Investment advisory fees

   $ 8,201       92.4   $ 9,631       92.1

Shareholder service fees

     678       7.6       825       7.9  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     8,879       100.0       10,456       100.0  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

        

Compensation and benefits

     2,414       27.2       2,752       26.3  

General and administrative

     1,288       14.5       1,335       12.8  

Mutual fund distribution

     115       1.3       106       1.0  

Sub-advisory fees

     2,008       22.6       2,251       21.5  

Depreciation

     61       0.7       54       0.5  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     5,886       66.3       6,498       62.1  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net operating income

     2,993       33.7       3,958       37.9  

Interest expense

     260       2.9       299       2.9  

Other income

     (32     (0.3     (84     (0.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     2,765       31.1       3,743       35.8  

Income tax expense

     795       8.9       843       8.1  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 1,970       22.2   $ 2,900       27.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Six Months Ended March 31,  
     2020     2019  
     Amounts     Percent of
Total
Revenue
    Amounts     Percent of
Total
Revenue
 
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Revenue

        

Investment advisory fees

   $ 17,650       92.3   $ 20,369       92.2

Shareholder service fees

     1,473       7.7       1,731       7.8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     19,123       100.0       22,100       100.0  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

        

Compensation and benefits

     4,927       25.8       5,652       25.6  

General and administrative

     2,780       14.5       2,852       12.9  

Mutual fund distribution

     254       1.3       229       1.0  

Sub-advisory fees

     4,324       22.6       4,695       21.2  

Depreciation

     114       0.6       109       0.6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     12,399       64.8       13,537       61.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net operating income

     6,724       35.2       8,563       38.7  

Interest expense

     447       2.3       609       2.8  

Other income

     (88     (0.4     (162     (0.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

     6,365       33.3       8,116       36.7  

Income tax expense

     1,767       9.3       2,149       9.7  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 4,598       24.0   $ 5,967       27.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Revenue – Investment Advisory Fees and Shareholder Service Fees

Total revenue comprises investment advisory fees and shareholder service fees. Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, total revenue decreased by 15.1%, from $10.5 million to $8.9 million, investment advisory fees decreased by 14.8%, from $9.6 million to $8.2 million, and shareholder service fees decreased by 17.8%, from $0.8 million to $0.7 million. Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, total revenue decreased by 13.5%, from $22.1 million to $19.1 million, investment advisory fees decreased by 13.3%, from $20.4 million to $17.7 million, and shareholder service fees decreased by 14.9%, from $1.7 million to $1.5 million.

In both periods, the decrease in investment advisory fees was due to decreased average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds. The majority of the decrease in average daily net assets was attributable to net outflows, though net assets were further impacted by the market depreciation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although market depreciation had a significant impact on total assets under management during the most recent quarter, it occurred in the later part of the recent quarter and did not reduce our average assets under management (upon which investment advisory fees are calculated) as much as it would have had it occurred earlier in the quarter. The significant decline in total assets under management will put downward pressure on our average assets under management, and thus our revenues, in future quarters.

The decrease in shareholder service fees in both periods was due to a decrease in the average daily net assets held in Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds. Assets held in Investor Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are subject to a shareholder service fee, whereas assets held in Institutional Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are not subject to a shareholder service fee.

We collect investment advisory fees from each of the Hennessy Funds at differing annual rates. These annual rates range between 0.40% and 1.25% of average daily net assets. Average daily net assets of the Hennessy Funds for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $4.4 billion, which represents a decrease of $763 million, or 14.8%, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019, and average daily net assets for the six months ended March 31, 2020, was $4.7 billion, which represents a decrease of $701 million, or 13.1%, compared to the six months ended March 31, 2019. The Hennessy Fund with the largest average daily net assets for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, was the Hennessy Focus Fund, with $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively. We collect an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Focus Fund at an annual rate of 0.90% of average daily net assets. However, we pay a sub-advisory fee at an annual rate of 0.29% to the fund’s sub-advisor, which reduces the net operating profit contribution of the fund to our financial operations. The Hennessy Fund with the second largest average daily assets for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, was the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund, with $0.8 billion in each period. We collect an investment advisory fee from the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund at an annual rate of 0.40% of average daily net assets.

 

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The Hennessy Funds with net inflows for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, were as follows:

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

    

Six Months Ended March 31, 2020

Fund Name

   Amount     

Fund Name

  

Amount

Hennessy BP Midstream Fund

     $4 million      Hennessy Large Cap Financial Fund    $0.5 million

Hennessy Large Cap Financial Fund

     $2 million        

The Hennessy Funds with the three largest amounts of net outflows for the three and six months ended March 31, 2020, were as follows:

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

    

Six Months Ended March 31, 2020

 

Fund Name

   Amount     

Fund Name

   Amount  

Hennessy Focus Fund

     $(306) million      Hennessy Focus Fund      $(295) million  

Hennessy Gas Utility Fund

     $(75) million      Hennessy Gas Utility Fund      $(120) million  

Hennessy Japan Fund

     $(34) million      Hennessy Mid Cap 30 Fund      $(69) million  

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, redemptions as a percentage of assets under management increased from an average of 3.4% per month to an average of 4.9% per month. Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, redemptions as a percentage of assets under management decreased from an average of 4.7% per month to an average of 3.6% per month.

Operating Expenses

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, total operating expenses decreased by 9.4%, from $6.5 million to $5.9 million. As a percentage of total revenue, total operating expenses increased 4.2 percentage points to 66.3%.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, total operating expenses decreased by 8.4%, from $13.5 million to $12.4 million. As a percentage of total revenue, total operating expenses increased 3.5 percentage points to 64.8%.

In both periods, the dollar value decrease in operating expenses was due to decreases in all expense categories other than mutual fund distribution expense and depreciation expense, which moderately increased. Although the dollar value decreased in both periods, operating expenses increased as a percentage of total revenue due to our fixed costs, which did not decrease with decreasing revenue and thereby became a larger percentage of total operating expenses.

Compensation and Benefits Expense: Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, compensation and benefits expense decreased by 12.3%, from $2.8 million to $2.4 million. As a percentage of total revenue, compensation and benefits expense increased 0.9 percentage points to 27.2%.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, compensation and benefits expense decreased by 12.8%, from $5.7 million to $4.9 million. As a percentage of total revenue, compensation and benefits expense increased 0.2 percentage points to 25.8%.

 

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In both periods, the dollar value decrease in compensation and benefits expense was due primarily to a decrease in incentive-based compensation. Although the dollar value decreased in both periods, compensation and benefits expense increased as a percentage of total revenue due to our fixed salary and benefits costs, which did not decrease with decreasing revenue and thereby became a larger percentage of total expenses.

General and Administrative Expense: Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, general and administrative expense decreased by 3.5% from $1.34 million to $1.29 million. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense increased 1.7 percentage points to 14.5%. The dollar value decrease was due mainly to decreased restricted stock expense for non-management directors.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, general and administrative expense decreased by 2.5% from $2.85 million to $2.78 million. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense increased 1.6 percentage points to 14.5%. The dollar value decrease was due mainly to decreased variable sales-related costs.

Although the dollar value decreased in both periods, general and administrative expense increased as a percentage of total revenue due to our fixed costs, such as professional services, which did not decrease with decreasing revenue and thereby became a larger percentage of total expenses.

Mutual Fund Distribution Expense: Mutual fund distribution expense consists of fees paid to various financial institutions that offer the Hennessy Funds as potential investments to their clients. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased through one of these financial institutions, the institution typically charges an asset-based fee, which is recorded in “mutual fund distribution expense” in our statement of operations to the extent paid by us. When the Hennessy Funds are purchased directly, we do not incur any such expense. These fees generally increase or decrease in line with the net assets of the Hennessy Funds held through these financial institutions, which are affected by inflows, outflows, and fund performance.

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, mutual fund distribution expense increased by 8.5%, from $0.11 million to $0.12 million. As a percentage of total revenue, mutual fund distribution expense increased 0.3 percentage points to 1.3%.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, mutual fund distribution expense increased by 10.9%, from $0.23 million to $0.25 million. As a percentage of total revenue, mutual fund distribution expense increased 0.3 percentage points to 1.3%.

In both periods, the increase in mutual fund distribution expense was due to higher average daily net assets held by financial institutions, particularly assets held in Institutional Class shares of the Hennessy Funds. Institutional Class shares of the Hennessy Funds are not subject to 12b-1 fees, which are fees that can be used by the Hennessy Funds to pay mutual fund distribution expenses that we would otherwise pay.

 

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Sub-Advisory Fees Expense: Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, sub-advisory fees expense decreased by 10.8%, from $2.3 million to $2.0 million. As a percentage of total revenue, sub-advisory fees expense increased 1.1 percentage points to 22.6%.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, sub-advisory fees expense decreased by 7.9%, from $4.7 million to $4.3 million. As a percentage of total revenue, sub-advisory fees expense increased 1.4 percentage points to 22.6%.

In both periods, the dollar value decrease in sub-advisory fees expense was due to decreased average daily net assets held in the sub-advised Hennessy Funds. Although the dollar value decreased, sub-advisory fees expense increased as a percentage of total revenue due to a larger decreases in average daily net assets held by the Hennessy Funds that we internally manage than in average daily net assets of the sub-advised Hennessy Funds.

Depreciation Expense: Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, depreciation expense increased by 13.0%, from $0.05 million to $0.06 million. As a percentage of total revenue, depreciation expense increased 0.2 percentage points to 0.7%.

Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, depreciation expense increased by 4.6%, from $0.114 million to $0.109 million. As a percentage of total revenue, depreciation expense remained the same at 0.6%.

In both periods, the increase in depreciation expense was a result of a higher fixed asset purchase base.

Interest Expense

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest expense decreased by 13.0% from $0.30 million to $0.26 million. Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, interest expense decreased by 26.6% from $0.61 million to $0.45 million.

In both periods, the decrease in interest expense was due primarily to the decrease in the Company’s principal loan balance, which the Company repaid in full on March 26, 2020.

Income Tax Expense

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, income tax expense decreased by 5.7%, from $0.84 million to $0.80 million. Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, income tax expense decreased by 17.8%, from $2.1 million to $1.8 million.

In both periods, the decrease in income tax expense was due primarily to lower net operating income in the current period, partially offset by a higher effective income tax rate due to changes in state apportionment factors.

 

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Net Income

Comparing the three months ended March 31, 2019, to the three months ended March 31, 2020, net income decreased by 32.1%, from $2.9 million to $2.0 million. Comparing the six months ended March 31, 2019, to the six months ended March 31, 2020, net income decreased by 22.9%, from $6.0 million to $4.6 million.

In both periods, the decrease in net income was due to lower net operating income in the current period, partially offset by the higher effective income tax rate discussed above.

Critical Accounting Policies

Our financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, which require the use of estimates, judgments, and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. These accounting policies, methods, and estimates are an integral part of the financial statements prepared by management and are based upon management’s current judgments. Those judgments are normally based on knowledge and experience with regard to past and current events and assumptions about future events. Certain accounting policies, methods, and estimates are particularly sensitive because of their significance to the financial statements and because of the possibility that future events affecting them may differ markedly from management’s current judgment. For a discussion of the accounting policies that we believe are most critical to understanding our results of operations and financial position, see the section entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We continually review our capital requirements to ensure that we have funding available to support our business model. Management anticipates that cash and other liquid assets on hand as of March 31, 2020, will be sufficient to meet our capital requirements for at least one year from the issuance date of this report. To the extent that liquid resources and cash provided by operations are not adequate to meet long-term capital requirements, management plans to raise additional capital by either, or both, seeking to borrow funds or access the capital markets. There can be no assurance that we will be able to raise additional capital.

Our total assets under management as of March 31, 2020, was $3.3 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion or 35.4%, compared to March 31, 2019. The primary sources of our revenue, liquidity, and cash flow are our investment advisory fees and shareholder service fees, which are based on and generated by our average assets under management. Our average assets under management for the six months ended March 31, 2020, was $4.7 billion. As of March 31, 2020, we had cash and cash equivalents of $7.0 million and no debt.

 

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The following table summarizes key financial data relating to our liquidity and use of cash:

 

     For the Six Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2020     2019  
     (In thousands)  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 5,289     $ 5,464  

Net cash used in investing activities

     (779     (1,858

Net cash used in financing activities

     (22,200     (3,929
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   $ (17,690   $ (323
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The decrease in cash provided by operating activities of $0.2 million was due to decreased operating income.

The decrease in cash used in investing activities of $1.1 million was due to the first payment for the purchase of the assets related to the management of the BP Funds in the prior period, which was larger than the second payment for such assets in the current period.

The increase in cash used in financing activities of $18.3 million was due to the prepayment of the remaining outstanding balance payable under our term loan agreement with U.S. Bank, shares repurchased, and an increased dividend rate.

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Management performed an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on such evaluation, management, including the Company’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer, concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.

Changes in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Company’s most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II: OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2019, except for the addition of the risk factor set forth below:

A public health emergency, such as the widespread outbreak of an illness or any other communicable disease, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, could materially and adversely affect our revenues.

The outbreak of a highly contagious form of coronavirus called COVID-19 has resulted in numerous deaths, adversely impacted global commercial activity, and contributed to significant volatility in global equity and debt markets. The global impact of the outbreak is rapidly evolving, and many countries have reacted by instituting quarantines, travel prohibitions, and closures of offices, businesses, schools, retail stores, and other public venues. Businesses are also implementing similar precautionary measures. Such measures, as well as the general uncertainty surrounding the dangers and impact of COVID-19, are significantly disrupting supply chains and economic activity, with a particularly adverse impact on the transportation, hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industries. As COVID-19 continues to spread, the extent of potential effects, including a global or regional economic recession, are increasingly uncertain and difficult to assess.

The magnitude of the continuing effect of a public health emergency on the Company’s performance depends on many factors, including its duration and scope, the extent of any related travel advisories and restrictions implemented, its impact on overall supply and demand, goods and services, investor liquidity, consumer confidence, and levels of economic activity, and the extent that it disrupts important global, regional, and local supply chains and economic markets, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. The effects of a public health emergency may materially and adversely impact the value and performance of the Hennessy Funds’ assets under management and the Hennessy Funds’ ability to source, manage, and divest investments and the Hennessy Funds’ ability to achieve their respective investment objectives, all of which could result in significant declines in the Company’s revenues. Additionally, a public health emergency may significantly adversely impact the operations of the Company as a result of government quarantine measures, voluntary and precautionary restrictions on travel or meetings, and other factors, including its potential adverse impact on the health of the Company’s personnel.

 

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Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

We purchased shares of our common stock pursuant to our stock buyback program. These purchases are presented in the following table:

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
     Average Price Paid per
Share
     Total Number of Shares
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
     Maximum Number of
Shares that May Yet Be
Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs
 

January 1-31, 2020(1)

     71,645      $ 10.28        71,645        730,832  

February 1-29, 2020(1)

     52,800        10.39        52,800        678,032  

March 1-31, 2020(1)

     81,664        9.12        81,664        596,368  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     206,109      $ 9.85        206,109        596,368  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)

We are authorized to purchase a maximum of 1,500,000 shares under our stock buyback program. We announced the stock buyback program in August 2010, and the program has no expiration date. Of the amounts purchased shown in the table above, we purchased 56,936 shares in privately negotiated transactions and 149,173 shares in open market transactions.

 

Item 6.

Exhibits

Set forth below is a list of all exhibits to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

31.1    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Principal Executive Officer.
31.2    Rule 13a-14a Certification of the Principal Financial Officer.
32.1    Written Statement of the Principal Executive Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350.
32.2    Written Statement of the Principal Financial Officer, Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350.
101    Financial statements from the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, filed on May 14, 2020, formatted in XBRL: (i) the Condensed Balance Sheets; (ii) the Condensed Statements of Income; (iii) the Condensed Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity; (iv) the Condensed Statements of Cash Flows; and (v) the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized:

 

  HENNESSY ADVISORS, INC.
Date: May 14, 2020   By:  

/s/ Teresa M. Nilsen

    Teresa M. Nilsen
    President

 

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