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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 

FORM 10-Q
 
     
þ   Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2008
OR
     
o   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 0-13928
U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
     
Texas   74-1598370
(State or Other Jurisdiction of   (IRS Employer Identification Number)
Incorporation or Organization)    
     
7900 Callaghan Road   78229-1234
San Antonio, Texas   (Zip Code)
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)    
(210) 308-1234
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
Not Applicable
(Former Name, Former Address, and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed since Last Report)
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 þ       NO o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer þ   Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company o
        (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
YES o       NO þ
On April 30, 2008, there were 13,816,341 shares of Registrant’s class A nonvoting common stock issued and 13,156,785 shares of Registrant’s class A nonvoting common stock issued and outstanding, no shares of Registrant’s class B nonvoting common shares outstanding, and 2,095,207 shares of Registrant’s class C common stock issued and outstanding.
 
 

 


 

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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 1 of 21
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Assets
                 
    MARCH 31,     JUNE 30,  
    2008     2007  
    (UNAUDITED)          
Current Assets
               
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 23,150,313     $ 14,854,420  
Trading securities, at fair value
    6,681,328       6,334,474  
Receivables
               
Mutual funds
    5,100,729       4,739,763  
Offshore clients
    256,268       9,914,773  
Employees
    19,860       4,638  
Other
    127,837       7,382  
Prepaid expenses
    921,894       767,779  
 
           
 
               
Total Current Assets
    36,258,229       36,623,229  
 
           
 
               
Net Property and Equipment
    2,210,340       2,260,288  
 
           
 
               
Other Assets
               
Deferred tax asset, long term
    324,747       53,023  
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value
    1,017,914       856,573  
 
           
Total Other Assets
    1,342,661       909,596  
 
           
 
               
Total Assets
  $ 39,811,230     $ 39,793,113  
 
           
The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 2 of 21
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
                 
    MARCH 31,     JUNE 30,  
    2008     2007  
    (UNAUDITED)          
Current Liabilities
               
Accounts payable
  $ 221,120     $   272,564  
Accrued compensation and related costs
    908,098       3,356,488  
Deferred tax liability
    316,811       338,511  
Other accrued expenses
    2,492,256       4,730,348  
 
           
 
               
Total Current Liabilities
    3,938,285       8,697,911  
 
           
 
               
Total Liabilities
    3,938,285       8,697,911  
 
           
 
Shareholders’ Equity
               
Common stock (class A) — $.025 par value; nonvoting; authorized, 28,000,000 shares; issued, 13,816,341 and 13,620,625 shares at March 31, 2008, and June 30, 2007, respectively
    345,409       340,516  
Common stock (class B) — $.025 par value; nonvoting; authorized, 4,500,000 shares; no shares issued
           
Common stock (class C) — $.025 par value; voting; authorized, 3,500,000 shares; issued, 2,095,207 and 2,290,923 shares at March 31, 2008, and June 30, 2007, respectively
    52,380       57,273  
Additional paid-in-capital
    13,753,141       13,352,728  
Treasury stock, class A shares at cost; 662,182 and 672,867 shares at March 31, 2008, and June 30, 2007, respectively
    (1,589,564 )     (1,640,792 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax
    (376,850 )     (5,589 )
Retained earnings
    23,688,429       18,991,066  
 
           
 
               
Total Shareholders’ Equity
    35,872,945       31,095,202  
 
           
 
               
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
  $ 39,811,230     $ 39,793,113  
 
           
The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 3 of 21
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
                                 
    Nine Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
    2008     2007     2008     2007  
Revenues
                               
Investment advisory fees
  $ 31,769,252     $ 29,859,339     $ 10,312,967     $ 10,170,685  
Transfer agent fees
    6,321,165       5,533,812       2,137,967       1,566,580  
Investment income (loss)
    922,704       1,214,804       (225,838 )     676,043  
Other
    66,751       162,395       40,312       31,054  
 
                       
 
    39,079,872       36,770,350       12,265,408       12,444,362  
Expenses
                               
Employee compensation and benefits
    9,523,694       7,740,655       2,990,559       2,526,898  
General and administrative
    4,914,361       5,017,991       1,486,761       1,931,148  
Subadvisory fees
    7,002,339       6,650,293       2,143,811       2,261,348  
Platform fees
    6,577,569       5,606,015       2,304,349       1,786,687  
Advertising
    378,578       359,318       133,665       138,553  
Depreciation
    212,328       178,695       71,388       62,002  
 
                       
 
    28,608,869       25,552,967       9,130,533       8,706,636  
 
                               
Income Before Income Taxes
    10,471,003       11,217,383       3,134,875       3,737,726  
 
                               
Provision for Federal Income Taxes
                               
Tax expense
    3,474,906       3,864,574       1,012,213       1,325,453  
 
                       
Net Income
    6,996,097       7,352,809       2,122,662       2,412,273  
 
                               
Other comprehensive (loss), net of tax
                               
 
                               
Unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities
    (371,188 )     (34,931 )     (354,193 )     (368,563 )
 
                       
 
                               
Comprehensive Income
  $ 6,624,909     $ 7,317,878     $ 1,768,469     $ 2,043,710  
 
                       
 
                               
Basic Net Income per Share
  $ 0.46     $ 0.49     $ 0.14     $ 0.16  
 
                       
Diluted Net Income per Share
  $ 0.46     $ 0.48     $ 0.14     $ 0.16  
 
                       
 
                               
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding
    15,244,722       15,154,880       15,247,780       15,170,608  
 
                               
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding
    15,273,797       15,233,298       15,275,900       15,250,360  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 4 of 21
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                 
    NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
    2008     2007  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
               
Net income
  $ 6,996,097     $ 7,352,809  
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation
    212,328       178,695  
Net recognized (gain) loss on securities
    167,639       (684,115 )
Loss on disposal of fixed assets
    388        
Provision for deferred taxes
    (102,279 )     357,566  
Stock bonuses
    47,219        
SFAS 123R compensation expense
    242,775       35,391  
 
               
Changes in assets and liabilities, impacting cash from operations:
               
Accounts receivable
    9,161,862       5,712,092  
Prepaid expenses and other
    (154,115 )     (625,555 )
Trading securities
    (611,268 )     (941,189 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
    (4,737,926 )     (4,696,824 )
 
           
 
               
Total adjustments
    4,226,623       (663,939 )
 
           
 
               
Net Cash Provided by Operations
    11,222,720       6,688,870  
 
           
 
               
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
               
Purchase of property and equipment
    (162,768 )     (284,089 )
Purchase of available-for-sale securities
    (744,257 )     (2,072,532 )
Proceeds on sale of available-for-sale securities
    117,284       1,707,211  
 
           
 
               
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (789,741 )     (649,410 )
 
           
 
               
Cash Flow from Financing Activities
               
Purchase of treasury stock
          (709,231 )
Proceeds from issuance or exercise of stock and options
          537,089  
Benefit from tax deduction in excess of stock-based compensation cost
          465,239  
Treasury stock issued
    161,648       124,843  
Dividends paid
    (2,298,734 )     (3,715,084 )
 
           
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
    (2,137,086 )     (3,297,144 )
 
           
 
               
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents
    8,295,893       2,742,316  
 
               
Beginning Cash and Cash Equivalents
    14,854,420       10,056,043  
 
           
 
               
Ending Cash and Cash Equivalents
  $ 23,150,313     $ 12,798,359  
 
           
The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 5 of 21
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
Note 1. Basis of Presentation
U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (the “Company” or “U.S. Global”) has prepared the consolidated financial statements pursuant to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that permit reduced disclosure for interim periods. The financial information included herein reflects all adjustments (consisting solely of normal recurring adjustments), which are, in management’s opinion, necessary for a fair presentation of results for the interim periods presented. The Company has consistently followed the accounting policies set forth in the notes to the consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2007.
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, United Shareholder Services, Inc. (“USSI”), A&B Mailers, Inc. (“A&B”), U.S. Global Investors (Guernsey) Limited, U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc., and U.S. Global Investors (Bermuda) Limited. As of December 31, 2007, A&B was dissolved as a corporation. Subsequent to the dissolution, effective January 1, 2008, a new department was formed within USSI consisting of the same employees performing the same functions as A&B prior to its dissolution. All assets and liabilities that were previously held in A&B were transferred at cost to USSI. There was no accounting impact, no personnel changes, and no accounting changes other than reconfiguring certain internal reports.
All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. Certain amounts have been reclassified for comparative purposes. The results of operations for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the entire year.
Note 2. Dividend
Payment of cash dividends is within the discretion of the Company’s board of directors and is dependent on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the Company, and general business conditions. The board of directors authorized a dividend of $0.01 per share per month beginning in June 2007. Subsequently, the board authorized an increase to $0.02 per share per month beginning in October 2007. The dividend is authorized through December 31, 2008 and will be reviewed by the board quarterly.
Note 3. Investments
As of March 31, 2008, the Company held investments with a market value of approximately $7.7 million and a cost basis of approximately $7.9 million. The market value of these investments is approximately 19.3 percent of the Company’s total assets. The Company currently has no investments in debt securities or mortgage-backed securities.
Investments in securities classified as trading are reflected as current assets on the consolidated balance sheet at their fair market value. Unrealized holding gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income.
Investments in securities classified as available for sale, which may not be readily marketable, are reflected as non-current assets on the consolidated balance sheet at their fair value. Unrealized holding gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and reported in other comprehensive income as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 6 of 21
The following summarizes the market value, cost, and unrealized gain or loss on investments as of March 31, 2008, and June 30, 2007.
                                 
                            Unrealized holding  
                            losses on available-  
                    Unrealized     for-sale securities,  
Securities   Market Value     Cost     Gain (Loss)     net of tax  
 
Trading1
  $ 6,681,328     $ 6,312,242     $ 369,086          
Available for sale2
    1,017,914       1,588,899       (570,985 )   $ (376,850 )
 
                         
Total at March 31, 2008
  $ 7,699,242     $ 7,901,141     $ (201,899 )        
 
                         
 
                               
Trading1
  $ 6,334,474     $ 5,990,256     $ 344,218          
Available for sale2
    856,573       865,152       (8,579 )   $ (5,589 )
 
                         
Total at June 30, 2007
  $ 7,191,047     $ 6,855,408     $ 335,639          
 
                         
1   Unrealized and realized gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the statement of operations.
 
2   Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and recorded in other comprehensive income as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized.
 
Investment income can be volatile and varies depending on market fluctuations, the Company’s ability to participate in investment opportunities, and timing of transactions. A significant portion of the unrealized gains and losses for the three months ended March 31, 2008, is concentrated in a small number of issuers. The Company expects that gains and losses will continue to fluctuate in the future.
Investment income (loss) from the Company’s investments includes:
    realized gains and losses on sales of securities;
 
    unrealized gains and losses on trading securities;
 
    realized foreign currency gains and losses;
 
    other-than-temporary impairments on available-for-sale securities; and
 
    dividend and interest income.
The following summarizes investment income (loss) reflected in earnings for the periods discussed:
                 
    NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
Investment Income (Loss)   2008     2007  
 
Realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities
  $ 96,774     $ 454,388  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of trading securities
    (264,413 )     229,727  
Unrealized gains (losses) on trading securities
    24,868       (147,032 )
Realized foreign currency gains (losses)
    (21,045 )     1,900  
Dividend and interest income
    1,086,520       675,821  
 
           
 
               
Total Investment Income
  $ 922,704     $ 1,214,804  
 
           
                 
    THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
Investment Income (Loss)   2008     2007  
 
Realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities
  $ 62,253     $ 454,388  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of trading securities
    (1,907 )     234,232  
Unrealized losses on trading securities
    (530,534 )     (237,036 )
Realized foreign currency gains (losses)
    (21,228 )     1,568  
Dividend and interest income
    265,578       222,891  
 
           
 
               
Total Investment Income (Loss)
  $ (225,838 )   $ 676,043  
 
           

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 7 of 21
Note 4. Investment Management, Transfer Agent and Other Fees
The Company serves as investment adviser to U.S. Global Investors Funds (“USGIF”) and U.S. Global Accolade Funds (“USGAF”) and receives a fee based on a specified percentage of net assets under management. Three of the four funds within USGAF were sub-advised by third-party managers through the first quarter of fiscal year 2008. These subadvisors are in turn compensated out of the investment advisory fees received by the Company. The subadvisory agreement related to the MegaTrends Fund (subsequently renamed the Global MegaTrends Fund) was terminated effective September 30, 2007. USSI also serves as transfer agent to USGIF and USGAF and receives fees based on the number of shareholder accounts as well as transaction and activity-based fees. Additionally, the Company provides in-house legal and compliance services to USGIF and USGAF for which it is reimbursed and receives certain miscellaneous fees directly from USGAF and USGIF shareholders. Fees for providing investment management and transfer agent services to USGIF and USGAF continue to be the Company’s primary revenue source.
Substantially all of the cash and cash equivalents included in the balance sheet at March 31, 2008, and June 30, 2007, are invested in USGIF money market funds.
The Company has voluntarily waived or reduced its advisory fees and/or has agreed to pay expenses on several funds within USGIF funds and one USGAF fund through November 1, 2008, and February 28, 2009, respectively, or such later date as the Company determines in order to maintain competitive yields and to allow assets to grow in newer funds. The aggregate fees waived and expenses borne by the Company for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, were $1,168,234, and $920,149, respectively.
The investment advisory and related contracts between the Company and USGIF and USGAF will expire on February 28, 2009, and May 31, 2008, respectively. Management anticipates the trustees of both USGIF and USGAF will renew the contracts.
Investment advisory fees for the SEC-registered funds totaled $29,456,383 and $27,185,386 for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, respectively. Transfer agency fees totaled $6,321,165 and $5,533,812 for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, respectively.
The Company provides advisory services for several offshore clients and receives monthly advisory fees based on the net asset values of each client, and performance fees, if any, based on the overall increase in net asset values. The Company recorded fees totaling $2,312,869 and $2,673,953 for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, respectively.
The performance fees for these clients are calculated and recorded quarterly or annually in accordance with the terms of the advisory agreement. These fees may fluctuate significantly from year to year based on factors that may be out of the Company’s control. Frank Holmes serves as a director of each of the offshore clients.
The Company receives additional revenue from several sources including custodial fee revenues, revenues from miscellaneous transfer agency activities, mailroom operations, as well as investment income.
Note 5. Borrowings
As of March 31, 2008, the Company has no long-term liabilities.
The Company has access to a $1 million credit facility with a one-year maturity for working capital purposes. The credit agreement requires the Company to maintain certain quarterly financial covenants to access the line of credit. The covenants include (1) liquidity of $1 million or more in cash, cash equivalents and marketable equity securities, and (2) a debt to equity ratio of 0.75 or less. As of March 31, 2008, this credit facility remained unutilized by the Company.
Note 6. Stock-Based Compensation
Beginning in fiscal year 2006, with the adoption of the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment” (“SFAS 123R”), stock-based compensation expense was recorded for the cost of stock options. Stock-based compensation expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, respectively, was $242,347 and $35,391. In addition, $12,500 is charged to executive deferred stock compensation quarterly and will continue through June 30, 2008 As of March 31, 2008, and March 31, 2007, respectively, there was approximately $519,570 and $9,855 of total unrecognized share-based compensation cost related to share-based compensation granted under the plans that will be recognized over the remainder of their respective vesting periods.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 8 of 21
Stock compensation plans
The Company’s stock option plans provide for the granting of either incentive or nonqualified stock options to employees and non-employee directors. Options are subject to terms and conditions determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.
The following table summarizes information about the Company’s stock option plans for the nine months ended March 31, 2008.
                 
            Weighted Average  
    Number of Options     Exercise Price  
Options outstanding, beginning of year
    57,000     $ 11.65  
Granted
    20,300     $ 19.30  
Exercised
           
Forfeited
           
 
           
 
               
Options outstanding, end of period
    77,300     $ 13.66  
 
           
Options exercisable, end of period
    29,000     $ 1.95  
 
           
Note 7. Earnings Per Share
The basic earnings per share (“EPS”) calculation excludes dilution and is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS reflects the potential dilution of EPS that could occur if options to issue common stock were exercised.
The following table sets forth the computation for basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS):
                 
    NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
    2008     2007  
Net income
  $ 6,996,097     $ 7,352,809  
 
               
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
               
Basic
    15,244,722       15,154,880  
 
               
Effect of dilutive securities
               
Employee stock options
    29,075       78,418  
 
           
Diluted
    15,273,797       15,233,298  
 
           
 
               
Earnings per share
               
Basic
  $ 0.46     $ 0.49  
Diluted
  $ 0.46     $ 0.48  
                 
    THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
    2008     2007  
Net income
  $ 2,122,662     $ 2,412,273  
 
               
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
               
Basic
    15,247,780       15,170,608  
Effect of dilutive securities
               
Employee stock options
    28,120       79,752  
 
           
Diluted
    15,275,900       15,250,360  
 
           
 
               
Earnings per share
               
Basic
  $ 0.14     $ 0.16  
Diluted
  $ 0.14     $ 0.16  

 


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The diluted EPS calculation excludes the effect of stock options when their exercise prices exceed the average market price for the period. For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, 43,000 options were excluded from diluted EPS. For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, no options were excluded from diluted EPS.
The Company may repurchase stock from employees. The Company made no repurchases of shares of its class A, class B, or class C common stock during the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Upon repurchase, these shares are classified as treasury shares and are deducted from outstanding shares in the earnings per share calculation.
Note 8. Income Taxes
The Company and its subsidiaries file a consolidated federal income tax return. Provisions for income taxes include deferred taxes for temporary differences in the bases of assets and liabilities for financial and tax purposes, resulting from the use of the liability method of accounting for income taxes. The current deferred tax liability primarily consists of unrealized gains on trading securities as well as temporary differences in the deductibility of prepaid expenses and accrued liabilities. The long-term deferred tax asset is composed primarily of unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities.
A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax amount will not be realized. No valuation allowance was included or deemed necessary at March 31, 2008, or June 30, 2007.

 


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Note 9. Financial Information by Business Segment
The Company operates principally in two business segments: providing investment management services to the funds it advises, and investing for its own account in an effort to add growth and value to its cash position. The following schedule details total revenues and income by business segment:
                         
    Investment              
    Management     Corporate        
    Services     Investments     Consolidated  
Nine months ended March 31, 2008
                       
Revenues (loss)
  $ 39,237,328     $ (157,456 )   $ 39,079,872  
 
                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 10,647,311     $ (176,308 )   $ 10,471,003  
 
                 
Depreciation
  $ 212,328     $     $ 212,328  
 
                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 162,768     $     $ 162,768  
 
                 
Gross identifiable assets at March 31, 2008
  $ 31,706,611     $ 7,779,872     $ 39,486,483  
 
                 
Deferred tax asset
                  $ 324,747  
 
                     
Consolidated total assets at March 31, 2008
                  $ 39,811,230  
 
                     
 
                       
Nine months ended March 31, 2007
                       
Revenues (loss)
  $ 36,230,637     $ 539,713     $ 36,770,350  
 
                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 10,690,426     $ 526,957     $ 11,217,383  
 
                 
Depreciation
  $ 178,695     $     $ 178,695  
 
                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 284,089     $     $ 284,089  
 
                 
 
                       
Three months ended March 31, 2008
                       
Revenues
  $ 12,753,362     $ (487,954 )   $ 12,265,408  
 
                 
Income before income taxes
  $ 3,641,318     $ (506,443 )   $ 3,134,875  
 
                 
Depreciation
  $ 71,388     $     $ 71,388  
 
                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 15,392     $     $ 15,392  
 
                 
 
                       
Three months ended March 31, 2007
                       
Revenues
  $ 11,990,853     $ 453,509     $ 12,444,362  
 
                 
Income before income taxes
  $ 3,293,946     $ 443,780     $ 3,737,726  
 
                 
Depreciation
  $ 62,002     $     $ 62,002  
 
                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 69,778     $     $ 69,778  
 
                 
Note 10. Contingencies and Commitments
The Company continuously reviews any investor, employee or vendor complaints, and any pending or threatened litigation. The likelihood that a loss contingency exists is evaluated under the criteria of SFAS No. 5, “Accounting for Contingencies,” through consultation with legal counsel, and a loss contingency is recorded if the contingency is probable and reasonably estimable at the date of the financial statements.
During the normal course of business, the Company may be subject to claims, legal proceedings, and other contingencies. These matters are subject to various uncertainties, and it is possible that some of these matters may be resolved unfavorably. The Company establishes accruals for matters for which the outcome is probable and can be reasonably estimated. Management believes that any liability in excess of these accruals upon the ultimate resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial statements of the Company.

 


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U.S. Global Investors, Inc.    
March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 11 of 21
ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
U.S. Global has made forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s performance, financial condition, and operations in this report. The Company from time to time may also make forward-looking statements in its public filings and press releases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties and do not guarantee future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, including: (1) the volatile and competitive nature of the investment management industry, (2) changes in domestic and foreign economic conditions, (3) the effect of government regulation on the Company’s business, and (4) market, credit, and liquidity risks associated with the Company’s investment management activities. Due to such risks, uncertainties, and other factors, the Company cautions each person receiving such forward-looking information not to place undue reliance on such statements. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made.
BUSINESS SEGMENTS
The Company, with principal operations located in San Antonio, Texas, manages two business segments: (1) the Company offers a broad range of investment management products and services to meet the needs of individual and institutional investors; and (2) the Company invests for its own account in an effort to add growth and value to its cash position. Although the Company generates the majority of its revenues from its investment advisory segment, the Company holds a significant amount of its total assets in investments. The following is a brief discussion of the Company’s two business segments.
Investment Management Products and Services
The Company generates substantially all of its operating revenues from managing and servicing USGIF, USGAF and other advisory clients. These revenues are largely dependent on the total value and composition of assets under its management. Fluctuations in the markets and investor sentiment directly impact the funds’ asset levels, thereby affecting income and results of operations.
The Company provides advisory services to various offshore clients. The Company generally receives a monthly advisory fee and a quarterly or annual performance fee, if any, based on an agreed-upon performance measurement. The Company provided advisory services to the U.S. Global Investors Balanced Natural Resources Fund, Ltd., an offshore fund, through November 30, 2007, at which time the fund was liquidated and the assets were transferred to the Meridian Global Energy and Resources Fund Ltd. The contracts between the Company and the remaining offshore clients expire periodically, and management anticipates that its offshore clients will renew the contracts.
At March 31, 2008, total assets under management as of period end, including both SEC-registered funds and offshore clients, were $5.314 billion versus $4.860 billion at March 31, 2007. During the nine months ended March 31, 2008, average assets under management were $5.382 billion versus $4.790 billion for the same period ended March 31, 2007. This increase was primarily due to an increase in the natural resource and foreign equity funds under management.
Investment Activities
Management believes it can more effectively manage the Company’s cash position by broadening the types of investments used in cash management and continues to believe that such activities are in the best interest of the Company. Company compliance personnel review and monitor these activities, and various reports are provided to investment advisory clients.
Investment income (loss) from the Company’s investments includes:
    realized gains and losses on sales of securities;
 
    unrealized gains and losses on trading securities;
 
    realized foreign currency gains and losses;
 
    other-than-temporary impairments on available-for-sale securities; and
 
    dividend and interest income.
This source of revenue does not remain consistent and is dependent on market fluctuations, the Company’s ability to participate in investment opportunities, and timing of transactions.
As of March 31, 2008, the Company held investments with a market value of approximately $7.7 million and a cost basis of approximately $7.9 million. The market value of these investments is approximately 19.3 percent of the Company’s total assets. The Company currently has no investments in debt securities or mortgage-backed securities.

 


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The following summarizes investment income (loss) reflected in earnings for the periods discussed:
                 
    NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
Investment Income (Loss)   2008     2007  
 
Realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities
  $ 96,774     $ 454,388  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of trading securities
    (264,413 )     229,727  
Unrealized gains (losses) on trading securities
    24,868       (147,032 )
Realized foreign currency gains (losses)
    (21,045 )     1,900  
Dividend and interest income
    1,086,520       675,821  
 
           
 
               
Total Investment Income
  $ 922,704     $ 1,214,804  
 
           
                 
    THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,  
Investment Income (Loss)   2008     2007  
 
Realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities
  $ 62,253     $ 454,388  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of trading securities
    (1,907 )     234,232  
Unrealized losses on trading securities
    (530,534 )     (237,036 )
Realized foreign currency gains (losses)
    (21,228 )     1,568  
Dividend and interest income
    265,578       222,891  
 
           
 
               
Total Investment Income (Loss)
  $ (225,838 )   $ 676,043  
 
           
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2008, AND 2007
The Company posted net after-tax income of $6,996,097 ($0.46 income per share) for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, compared with a net after-tax income $7,352,809 ($0.49 income per share) for the nine months ended March 31, 2007.
Revenues
Total consolidated revenues for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, increased $2,309,522, or 6.3 percent, compared with the nine months ended March 31, 2007. This increase was primarily attributable to the following:
    Investment advisory fees increased by approximately $1,910,000 primarily as a result of increased assets under management; and
 
    Transfer agent fees increased by approximately $787,000 primarily as a result of a new transfer agency agreement with USGIF and USGAF effective April 1, 2007.
Expenses
Total consolidated expenses for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, increased $3,055,902, or 12.0 percent, compared with the nine months ended March 31, 2007. This was largely attributable to the following:
    Compensation expense increased by approximately $1,783,000 primarily due to performance-based bonuses, as well as an increase in the number of employees;
 
    Platform fees increased by approximately $972,000 due to increased asset flows through broker/dealer platforms; and
 
    Consistent with continued growth in the Eastern European Fund, subadvisory fees increased by approximately $352,000.

 


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2008, AND 2007
The Company posted net after-tax income of $2,122,662 ($0.14 income per share) for the three months ended March 31, 2008, compared with a net after-tax income $2,412,273 ($0.16 income per share) for the three months ended March 31, 2007.
Revenues
Total consolidated revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, decreased $178,954, or 1.4 percent, compared with the quarter ended March 31, 2007. This decrease was primarily attributable to the following:
    Investment income decreased by approximately $902,000 primarily as a result of higher unrealized gains and dividends on corporate investments in the comparative period;
 
    Transfer agent fees increased by approximately $571,000 primarily due to the new transfer agency agreement which incorporates transition and activity-based fees; and
 
    Investment advisory fees increased by approximately $142,000 primarily as a result of increased assets under management.
Expenses
Total consolidated expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, increased $423,897, or 4.9 percent, compared with the quarter ended March 31, 2007. This was largely attributable to the following:
    Platform fees increased approximately $518,000 due to increased asset flows through broker/dealer platforms.
 
    Compensation expense increased by approximately $464,000 primarily due to an increase in the number of employees, as well as an increase in selective salaries to remain competitive with current market conditions.
 
    These increases were offset by general and administrative expenses, which decreased by approximately $444,000 primarily due to lower consulting fees, travel expenses and legal fees.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
At March 31, 2008, the Company had net working capital (current assets minus current liabilities) of approximately $32.3 million and a current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) of 9.2 to 1. With approximately $23.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately $7.7 million in marketable securities, the Company has adequate liquidity to meet its current obligations. Total shareholders’ equity was approximately $35.9 million, with cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities comprising 77.5% of total assets.
As of March 31, 2008, the Company has no long-term liabilities. The Company has access to a $1 million credit facility with a one-year maturity for working capital purposes. The credit agreement requires the Company to maintain certain quarterly financial covenants to access the line of credit. As of March 31, 2008, this credit facility remained unutilized by the Company.
Management believes current cash reserves, financing obtained and/or available, and potential cash flow from operations will be sufficient to meet foreseeable cash needs or capital necessary for the above-mentioned activities and allow the Company to take advantage of opportunities for growth whenever available.
The investment advisory and related contracts between the Company and USGIF and USGAF will expire on February 28, 2009, and May 31, 2008, respectively. Management anticipates the board of trustees of both USGIF and USGAF will renew the contracts. As previously stated, the Company provided advisory services to the U.S. Global Investors Balanced Natural Resources Fund, Ltd., an offshore fund, through November 30, 2007, at which time the fund was liquidated and the assets were transferred to the Meridian Global Energy and Resources Fund Ltd. The contracts between the Company and the remaining offshore clients expire periodically and management anticipates that its offshore clients will renew their contracts.
ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
The Company is subject to extensive and often complex, overlapping and frequently changing governmental regulation and accounting oversight. Moreover, financial reporting requirements, such as those listed below, and the processes, controls and procedures that have been put in place to address them, are comprehensive and complex. While management has focused considerable attention and resources on meeting these reporting requirements, interpretations by regulatory or accounting agencies that differ from those of the Company could negatively impact financial results.
In June 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes — an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109” (“FIN 48”). FIN 48 is an interpretation of SFAS No. 109,

 


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“Accounting for Income Taxes,” and it seeks to reduce the diversity in practice associated with certain aspects of measurement and accounting for income taxes and requires expanded disclosure with respect to uncertainty in income taxes. FIN 48 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2006. Accordingly, the Company adopted FIN 48 on July 1, 2007. The adoption of FIN 48 did not have a material effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The Company’s policy is to recognize interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense. As of March 31, 2008, the Company did not have any accrued interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions. The tax years from 2003 through 2006 remain open to examination by the tax jurisdictions to which the Company is subject.
In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements.” SFAS 157 establishes a single authoritative definition of fair value, sets out a framework for measuring fair value, and requires additional disclosures about fair value measurements. SFAS 157 applies only to fair value measurements that are already required or permitted by other accounting standards. SFAS 157 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. The Company is currently evaluating the impact that adopting SFAS 157 will have on its financial position and results of operation.
In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities.” SFAS 159 allows entities to voluntarily choose to measure many financial assets and liabilities at fair value. The election is made on an instrument-by-instrument basis and is irrevocable. Once the election is made for the instrument, all subsequent changes in fair value for that instrument must be reported in earnings. SFAS 159 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. Management is currently evaluating this standard and its impact on the financial statements, if any.
In June 2007, the Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) issued EITF Issue No. 06-11, “Accounting for Income Tax Benefits of Dividends on Share-Based Payment Awards,” (“EITF 06-11”). Under the provisions of EITF 06-11, a realized income tax benefit from dividends or dividend equivalents that are charged to retained earnings and are paid to employees for equity classified nonvested equity shares, nonvested equity share units, and outstanding equity share options should be recognized as an increase to additional paid-in capital. The amount recognized in additional paid-in capital for the realized income tax benefit from dividends on those awards should be included in the pool of excess tax benefits available to absorb tax deficiencies on share-based payment awards. EITF 06-11 should be applied prospectively to the income tax benefits that result from dividends on equity-classified employee share-based payment awards that are declared in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2007, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Management is currently evaluating EITF No. 06-11 and its impact on the financial statements, if any.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES
For a discussion of critical accounting policies that the Company follows, please refer to the notes to the consolidated financial statements included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2007.

 


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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
The Company’s balance sheet includes assets whose fair value is subject to market risks. Due to the Company’s investments in equity securities, equity price fluctuations represent a market risk factor affecting the Company’s consolidated financial position. The carrying values of investments subject to equity price risks are based on quoted market prices or, if not actively traded, management’s estimate of fair value as of the balance sheet date. Market prices fluctuate, and the amount realized in the subsequent sale of an investment may differ significantly from the reported market value.
The Company’s investment activities are reviewed and monitored by Company compliance personnel, and various reports are provided to investment advisory clients. Written procedures are also in place to manage compliance with the code of ethics.
The table below summarizes the Company’s equity price risks as of March 31, 2008, and shows the effects of a hypothetical 25 percent increase and a 25 percent decrease in market prices.
SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS
                                 
                    Estimated    
                    Fair Value after   Increase
            Hypothetical   Hypothetical   (Decrease) in
    Fair Value at   Percentage   Percent   Shareholders’
    March 31, 2008   Change   Change   Equity, Net of Tax
     
Trading Securities1
  $ 6,681,328     25% increase   $ 8,351,660     $ 1,102,419  
 
          25% decrease   $ 5,010,996     $ (1,102,419 )
Available-for-Sale2
  $ 1,017,914     25% increase   $ 1,272,392     $ 167,956  
 
          25% decrease   $ 763,435     $ (167,956 )
1   Unrealized and realized gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the statement of operations.
 
2   Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and recorded in other comprehensive income as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized.
 
The selected hypothetical change does not reflect what could be considered best or worst-case scenarios. Results could be significantly worse due to both the nature of equity markets and the concentration of the Company’s investment portfolio.
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
An evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2008, was conducted under the supervision and with the participation of management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer. Based on that evaluation, the chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 31, 2008.
There has been no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2008, that has materially affected, or is 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
For a discussion of risk factors which could affect the Company, please refer to Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2007. There has been no material changes since fiscal year end to the risk factors listed therein.
ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
The Company may repurchase stock from employees. The Company made no repurchases of shares of its class A, class B, or class C common stock during the quarter ended March 31, 2008.
ITEM 6. Exhibits
1. Exhibits
  31   Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002
 
  32   Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002

 


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March 31, 2008, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q   Page 17 of 21
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 thereto duly authorized.
             
 
      U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS, INC.    
 
           
DATED: May 9, 2008
  BY:   /s/ Frank E. Holmes    
 
           
 
      Frank E. Holmes    
 
      Chief Executive Officer    
 
           
DATED: May 9, 2008
  BY:   /s/ Catherine A. Rademacher    
 
           
 
      Catherine A. Rademacher    
 
      Chief Financial Officer