- Revenue approximately doubled to $54.9 million in 2020 compared to $28.6 million in 2019, largely due to recent acquisitions*
- WPS revenue increased by approximately 15% and achieved operating income of $1.3 million in 2020
- Hired Anthony Palmeri from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Jerry Losurdo from TD Prime Services, LLC to lead Siebert’s Securities Finance Group in November 2020
- Our Securities Finance Group achieved its highest quarterly revenue in 2020 Q4
- Invested in OpenHand, a zero-commission subscription-based brokerage platform
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$Nasdaq #Nasdaq–Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: SIEB) (“Siebert”), a provider of financial services, today announced results for the full year of 2020, reporting revenue of $54.9 million, net income of $3.0 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.10.
Gloria E. Gebbia, controlling shareholder and board member of Siebert, commented on the results of the year saying, “We are excited to see our strategic acquisitions and new revenue streams driving growth for our company. In regard to the COVID-19 crisis, we have reopened our branch offices while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws as well as health and safety guidelines. We have taken numerous steps to ensure that our employees and customers are operating in a safe environment and will continue to respond appropriately.
WPS Prime Services, LLC (“WPS”) had a standout year as revenue increased by 15% and operating income was $1.3 million. The strong results within our first year of acquiring WPS is a testament to the hard work of our employees and our loyal client base.
Another exciting development was the hiring of Anthony Palmeri from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Jerry Losurdo from TD Prime Services, LLC and their team into our Securities Finance Group in November 2020. This very dynamic team will build upon the success of our current Securities Finance Group while leveraging their industry-leading expertise and connections to further drive results and continue the growth of Siebert.”
Andrew Reich, CFO of Siebert, commented on Siebert’s performance during the year saying, “Total revenue growth of $26.3 million from 2019 reflects the successful integration and performance of our StockCross and WPS acquisitions.* Despite the COVID-19 crisis and a low-interest rate environment, we have achieved the highest annual revenue of Siebert’s history. Our commissions and fees and principal transactions have increased from last year, WPS has performed incredibly well its first year under our ownership, and we are already seeing the impact of Mr. Palmeri and Mr. Losurdo and their team working alongside the strength of our current Securities Finance Group. During 2020 Q4, the Securities Finance Group achieved its highest quarterly revenue of over $1.5 million, which represents an increase of over 500% from 2019 Q4.
Alongside this revenue growth, we are strategically evaluating our key vendors to identify areas where we can optimize our cost structure while maintaining operational efficiency and the quality of the customer experience. We are beginning to transition into more cost-efficient locations which will benefit us starting this quarter.”
Investment in OpenHand
In January 2021, Siebert purchased an equity interest in OpenHand, a subscription-based brokerage platform that will provide zero-commission trading for equity and option transactions and will credit its members daily with rebates of revenues generated through its members’ trading activity, less operational expenses. Siebert will be the exclusive broker-dealer for all OpenHand account services and will benefit from their cloud-based technology which uses Amazon Web Services. This strategic, operational, and technological partnership will add an additional business line and expand our technology offerings for the next-generation investor.
*Results reported on the 2020 10K are shown for Siebert and StockCross on a combined basis for historical periods in accordance with accounting guidance for common-control transactions.
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About Siebert Financial Corp.
Siebert Financial Corp. is a holding company that conducts its retail brokerage business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., which became a member of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) in 1967 when Ms. Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE and the first to head one of its member firms. Siebert conducts its investment advisory business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert AdvisorNXT, Inc., a registered investment advisor, and its insurance business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Park Wilshire Companies, Inc., a licensed insurance agency. Siebert conducts operations through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert Technologies, LLC., a developer of robo-advisory technology. Siebert also offers prime brokerage services through its fifth wholly-owned subsidiary, WPS Prime Services, LLC, a broker-dealer registered with the SEC. Siebert is headquartered in New York City with offices throughout the continental U.S. More information is available at www.siebert.com.
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Siebert Financial Corp.
John T. Gebbia