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B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
May 11, 2020, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon and welcome to B. Riley Financial's First Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. Earlier today, B. Riley issued a press release and a presentation detailing its financial results. Copies can be found in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at ir.brileyfin.com. A replay of today's call will also be available on the company's website.

Joining us today are Bryant Riley, Chairman and Co-CEO; Tom Kelleher, Co-CEO; and Phillip Ahn, CFO and COO. After management's remarks, we will open the line for questions. And before we conclude today's call, I'll provide the necessary cautions regarding forward-looking statements. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Bryant Riley. Mr. Riley, please proceed.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thank you and welcome everyone. First and foremost, we hope everyone is staying safe through these unique times. We want to start by acknowledging all of our employees across B. Riley, who've shown complete dedication through this challenging period. Over the course of our 23-year history, we have successfully managed through prior periods of extreme market dislocation. While this is obviously unique from previous downturns, we feel our business is well positioned to come out stronger on the other side. We have learned from experience and have intentionally built our platform to withstand severe market shocks to the diversity of our businesses. This quarter followed several quarters of continued growth for B. Riley. So I plan to spend some time providing context on the COVID-related impact on our reported results as well as our outlook for the business as a whole with a focus on our balance sheet and proprietary investments. Phil will cover financial metrics and then Tom will cover some highlights from each of our business units.

Our first quarter results consisted of strong performance from our operating businesses in terms of both growth and profitability alongside a significant mark-to-market loss on our investment portfolio. Our businesses generated operating EBITDA of $70.9 million and operating revenues of $182.2 million, which is a quarterly record, far exceeding our prior record in quarter two of 2019, which generated operating revenues of $159.1 million. The performance of our operating business was offset by investment losses during the quarter, which totaled $182.4 million. While on absolute terms, this is a large number, all of these losses are unrealized and have no impact on our operating business. To put the unrealized losses in perspective, it is important to understand the strategy we employ with our balance sheet. You'll often hear us refer to our business as a platform. We call ourselves a platform because we view the company in two parts: with the operating side of our business, which performs services for our clients and generates cash flow for the company; and then we have our proprietary investments, which are investment ideas and opportunities sourced from our platform. It is important to realize this is not an active trading strategy. Our book is strategic and concentrated and includes several small-cap equity positions in both public and private markets and various loans to our clients. As we've grown our platform, our investments have become larger and more integral part of our strategy to create value. Our goal with our prop account is to create proprietary investment opportunities that we can invest in partnership with our clients. We aim to enhance these investments by using the services and expertise of our parts of our business to create additional revenue opportunities. Additionally, we have opportunistically created long-term partnerships with companies and management teams that we believe will create value for our shareholders. However, the side effect of these partnerships is that the quarter-to-quarter volatility can be large. An example of this is our relationship with Vintage Capital and Franchise Group. We initially invested in Liberty Tax with Vintage Capital at a dividend-adjusted price of approximately $8 per share in mid 2018. Over the next two years, we supported Vintage and transformed the company into Franchise Group by providing advisory and capital market services on a number of transactions, including the purchases of Vitamin Shoppe and American Freight. Our capital investment in FRG resulted in a large unrealized gain at the end of 2019, and subsequently in Q1, as market suffered through a historical first quarter, resulted in a large unrealized loss. Shares have rebounded strongly in Q2, but this investment demonstrates the challenge of the volatility of these large positions.

In spite of current volatility in our investments, these are all business opportunities which have contributed significant revenue for our platform. Revenues generated from these investments in prior quarters partially offset the unrealized loss. And importantly, there is no margin balance in any of these positions. This affords us the opportunity to make prudent investment decisions and not face pressure to sell in market values overall. In fact, the only meaningful realized trade during the quarter was the unwinding of a market hedge that we've put on toward the end of last year that resulted in a $17 million [Phonetic] gain.

As we look ahead, we have a balance of assets that continue to generate strong cash flow from B. Riley. In fact, a number of our businesses tend to benefit during counter-cyclical markets. This includes our B. Riley FBR corporate restructuring team, our GlassRatner bankruptcy and litigation advisory group and our Great American Group retail liquidation division. We also believe and have begun to see a need for companies to raise capital through debt and/or equity and expect our Capital Markets group to be a beneficiary of this need for capital. In recent weeks, we have won a number of significant restructuring assignments and retail liquidation projects and our pipeline for new opportunities is robust.

On the capital markets side, we recently led the IPO of GAN Limited, which is one of the first IPOs since the start of the pandemic. Our principal investment companies United Online and magicJack and our appraisal wealth and consulting business continue to perform steadily to balance our more episodic businesses. A key measure of our success will always be our ability to deliver shareholder value. During the quarter, in addition to paying a quarterly dividend, we repurchased over 1 million shares, including a large block of shares totaling 880,000 from an existing shareholder prior to the COVID-19 downturn. We also bought back some of our bonds and our Board and management also continue to make open market purchases, which demonstrates continued confidence in the company.

As we look ahead, we will continue to maintain tight discipline with our balance sheet. However, we will continue to be aggressive. Over our history, we have found that market disruption creates opportunities, and we intend to continue to be aggressive in pursuing these opportunities. With over $124 million of cash and over $775 million in cash and investments, strong operational cash flow and no significant principal payments due until mid 2023, we believe that we will have ample liquidity to support the business through this uncertain time and we will continue to leverage our balance sheet and to create more opportunities, which not only benefit us but also support our partners and our clients.

With that, I'll turn the call over to our CFO and COO Phil Ahn to provide a summary of our financial metrics. Phil?

Phillip Ahn -- Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Thanks, Bryant and welcome everyone. As Bryant just outlined, this was a unique quarter and so we will provide additional context within our reported results. As Bryant noted, this was a record quarter for our operating businesses; the quarterly operating revenues of $182.2 million and operating adjusted EBITDA of $70.9 million. For context, this compares to operating revenues of $116.3 million and operating adjusted EBITDA of $18.9 million from the prior year period. This also exceeded our prior quarterly record for operating revenues, which was $159.1 million in Q2 of last year. However, our strong results from our operating businesses were eclipsed by losses in our investment portfolio, due to the significant impact of COVID-19 on the financial markets. Investment losses during the quarter totaled $182.4 million with the vast majority of these losses being unrealized losses related to our equity positions and the fair value adjustments on loans. Combination of our operating revenue and the investment loss resulted in total revenue of negative $206,000 for the quarter and a net loss applicable to common shareholders of $99.7 million.

In terms of our reportable segments, our Capital Markets segment includes our investments as well as our results from B. Riley's investment banking, wealth management and fund management businesses and our GlassRatner bankruptcy and litigation financial consulting business. Including the investment losses, this segment reported revenue of negative $56.2 million and a loss of $120.5 million for the first quarter. However, excluding the investment results, our operating revenue for the Capital Markets segment was $126.3 million and segment operating income was $46.5 million. Capital Markets results were primarily driven by strong investment banking performance, increased wealth management revenues and consulting revenues.

Next, our Auction and Liquidation segment generated $20.7 million in revenue and segment income of $4.3 million for the first quarter. This compares to $20.7 million and segment income of $11.5 million for the same prior year period. Our Liquidation segment results vary from quarter to quarter and year to year due to the episodic impact of large-scale retail liquidation engagements. Our Valuation and Appraisal segment generated $8.8 million in revenue and $1.9 million in segment income for the quarter. This is slightly up from $8.6 million in revenue and $1.4 million in segment income for the prior year period. Our Appraisal business remains one of our consistently performing businesses, generating steady cash flow for us quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. Our principal investment segment companies United Online and magicJack generated revenues of $22.7 million and segment income of $8.5 million for the quarter. This compares to $27.5 million in segment revenue and $7.9 million of segment income for the prior year period. These are companies, which we acquired for attractive investment return characteristics and they continue to generate steady cash flow for the platform. Last is our Brand segment, which is established during the fourth quarter of 2019 and is comprised of our interest in intellectual property and related assets of several fashion brands. Our Brand portfolio contributed licensing fee revenue of $3.8 million for the quarter and incurred a segment loss of $1.8 million due primarily to the impairment of trade names resulting from impacts related to the pandemic.

Now turning to some highlights from our balance sheet. As of March 31, 2020, B. Riley Financial had $124.2 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $5.8 million in net due from clearing brokers, $273.5 million in net securities and other investments owned, $11.1 million in advances against customer contracts and $313.9 million in loans receivable, net of loans participation sold. At March 31, B. Riley Financial had a total cash and investment balance of approximately $778 million, which includes approximately $49 million of other equity investments and deposits included in prepaid and other assets. Total B. Riley Financial stockholders' equity was $235 million.

As Brian mentioned, we repurchased over 1 million shares under our existing share repurchase program during the quarter. Shares outstanding at the end of the quarter totaled approximately 26 million. Lastly, we are maintaining our regular quarterly dividend. Our quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per common share is payable to stockholders of record as of June 1 [Phonetic] on or about June 10, 2020.

That completes our financial summary. Now I'll turn the call over to our Co-CEO, Tom Kelleher to share a few specific highlights from our individual operating groups during the quarter. Tom?

Tom Kelleher -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Phil. First and foremost, I want to build on a comment Bryant made with respect to our employees amid the COVID pandemic. In early March, our teams worked quickly and efficiently to transition our operations into a remote workforce, which allowed our people to prioritize the health and safety of their families and loved ones. t

Throughout this period, our colleagues have continued to work tirelessly to provide our clients and partners with the necessary guidance and services to support their businesses at a critical time. We truly have a world-class team of professionals and I know I'm speaking on behalf of our entire management team when I say we could not be more proud of their dedication.

As discussed at the top of the call, Q1 was an incredibly strong quarter for our operating businesses. These results are due in large part to the continued performance and services provided by our professionals across B. Riley.

Starting with our investment bank and institutional brokerage, B. Riley FBR, we achieved near record quarters for banking in Q1. Our recent involvement in the Alta business combination contributed significant fees for the quarter. We are seeing strong pipeline for new SPAC issuers due to pent-up demand and the relative impact of volatility on regular way IPOs. The SPAC market continues to be a bright spot for the firm. Our at-the-market or ATM offering activity had a record quarter, generating the highest amount of fees related to the product to date. We continue to be active despite the overall slowdown in capital markets. As Bryant had mentioned previously, just last week, we've brought one of the first post-COVID non-SPAC IPOs to market with the successful listing of GAN Limited. We believe our leading market position in small-cap companies continues to differentiate, providing us with unique opportunities. Although several banking transactions have been put on hold, we are seeing a meaningful increase in restructuring activity with the immense pressure being put on companies amid the COVID pandemic. We recently signed several new and significant engagements, including several in the retail and consumer products sector. While we canceled our Annual Investor Conference scheduled to take place later this month due to social distancing requirements, this period has served our Institutional Sales and Trading division with an opportunity to strengthen relationships with several long-term clients as they increasingly rely on us for trade execution amid this work-from-home era.

Turning to Wealth Management. In our Wealth Management business, revenue and assets under management per [Phonetic] advisor increased in our private client group from the same period a year ago. Our independent channel revenue was up 25% from the quarter and up 50% over Q1 of last year thanks to new additions in our Washington DC and Miami offices. We also saw a modest increase in revenue during the quarter, driven by deal syndicate participation. While revenues have remained strong during the period and we have retained all of our accounts, we do expect the assets to decline with the overall market.

Recruiting remains a key focus for the group and those efforts are ongoing. Earlier in the quarter, we onboarded a team of advisors in our newly established branch in the Greater Philadelphia region, and we have a few new advisors joining us this month in Chicago and Dallas.

Next is GlassRatner, our financial advisory and consulting group, which achieved record quarter results since joining our platform in August of 2018. This is a group of seasoned professionals whose core expertise includes bankruptcy, restructuring and litigation financial advisory work, business services, which are critical during periods of financial distress. Key signings during the quarter span healthcare, agriculture, energy, automotive, retail and real estate. We are involved in and have been retained on several new matters, which range from CRO work, financial due diligence, receiver services and general business interruption assistance.

Now turning to our Great American Group liquidation division. Ye0:16:33ar-to-date, we have participated in about 590 store closings involving over $1 billion of retail inventory. This includes a number of ongoing and new liquidation projects with returning clients. While projects related to non-essential retailers paused in March, we continue to work with several retailers to navigate the new challenges being created by the current market environment. Real estate consolidation and purging excess inventory have remained a key focus. But as the effects of COVID-19 accelerate the financial distress across retail, we anticipate there will be several more opportunities on the horizon. As we return to some normalcy, we expect liquidation activity to resume with a robust pipeline of new business opportunities through year-end.

During the quarter, we enhanced our real estate offering by onboarding a team of veteran professionals, who among other things specialize in real estate disposition and lease restructure. While this new team has only been with us for a few short months, they have already signed a number of new engagements, including a project involving a large retailer. Current market conditions have created an extremely challenging environment for real estate businesses and property owners. With our comprehensive real estate offering through GlassRatner, Great American and B. Riley FBR, we believe this is another area that will serve as a bright spot for future results. Meanwhile, our Great American appraisal division continued to generate steady results during the quarter. Similarly, we anticipate there will be a greater opportunity for this group as banks and capital lenders will need appraisal work to support future transaction activities.

Lastly, our principal investment companies magicJack and United Online continued to perform at and above our estimates to generate strong cash flow for the platform. Our principal investment team also continues to manage several of our minority investments while our value in other new potential investments. Taken together, we are pleased with the results from our operating business but we recognize there is always more to be done. With that, we will now open the line for questions, and then turn the call back over to Bryant for closing remarks. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. At this time, we will be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Sean Haydon with THC. Please do with your question.

Sean Haydon -- THC -- Analyst

Hey guys, thanks for taking my question. And I hope you're all safe. I jumped on a few minutes late. I'm not sure if you've covered this, but have you quantified the recovery in your investment portfolio quarter-to-date?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Sean. We didn't. There is a significant amount of these securities that are filed typically, and often, we are over 5% to 10% holder. So, I hate to do it day to day. And I don't know the exact number, but it's meaningful. I mean we own 3.9 million shares of FRG, which I think is up 8 points in the quarter. Quantum's had a meaningful move. So it's been a sizable move, but Sean honestly, we're just so much more focused on the operating earnings, and so we've been taking principal positions and partnering with the teams for a long time, and that's going to have some ups and downs. But we think we'll make a lot of money on those names, but in the meantime, our operating business has been our core focus and we're really excited about those results.

Sean Haydon -- THC -- Analyst

Yes. I think that's reasonable. And then as far as the landscape for retail liquidations go, how competitive has that been? And do you guys see that becoming meaningfully accelerating due to COVID?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I think you got to assume there's going to be -- and you've seen a lot of announcements of companies, either restructuring or changing how they think about the retail platform. So it's going to be very busy. I think probably the biggest dynamic that you'll see there is, I would imagine -- and I think we're seeing some signs of a more fee-based environment as opposed to an equity environment, and what I mean by that is I think liquidators for the most part are going to be a little hesitant to purchase all the equity of an estate and take the risk of those estates. So I think what you'll see is more -- some sort of percentage of recovery and maybe some upside to that. So it's going to be incredibly busy. Our competitors are all really good and we face tight competition, but we're really confident we're going to get our fair share.

Sean Haydon -- THC -- Analyst

Okay. That's all for me. And I'd just like to say, I think it speaks to your competency what you guys chose to do with capital allocations this quarter. So thank you for that.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, I appreciate it. Appreciate your support.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Wes Cummins with 272 Capital. Please do with your question.

Wes Cummins -- 272 Capital -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. Bryant, I heard you mention some restructuring engagements that you secured during the quarter. Just out of curiosity, what is your capacity for -- in your restructuring business? I mean how many engagements can you handle and do you think you'll have enough capacity or you need to add capacity in the coming months or quarters?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

So that's -- it's an interesting question because we've been dealing with that currently. So we've got fair amount of senior professionals. GlassRatner has a meaningful element of restructuring in bankruptcy advisory. But we have been moving some assets around to assist with the restructuring business that we're seeing, so not on a senior level, but more on a support level. So we'll see. I mean it's one of those things where -- Wes, I think you've been around B. Riley long enough. We're not going to go chase and go higher -- high-priced restructuring talent because there is -- it's robust. Now what we probably do more of is go look for some capital markets folks that might not be super busy and want to be part of our platform. So we feel like we've made the move in the restructuring two years ago and a year ago. Two years ago, we brought Perry Mandarino and then more recently we bought GlassRatner and so that -- I think that's something that's going to really bear fruit, but we're busy there and so we're just going to have to be mindful of that.

Wes Cummins -- 272 Capital -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thanks, Bryant. That's all I had.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

And I just got a text from Ian Ratner. He says we have capacity.

Wes Cummins -- 272 Capital -- Analyst

Okay, thanks.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from the line of James Dressler with Princeton Asset Management. Please do with your question.

James Dressler -- Princeton Asset Management -- Analyst

Hey, guys. I just had a couple of questions about some of your senior notes out there. Very [Phonetic] significant drop-down in the first quarter; in some cases, greater than the S&P 500. So wondering if you can speak to kind of a decline and what you think about that. I think you might have mentioned also that you purchased some of these notes in the open market, if you can speak a little more on that.

And lastly, regarding the 7.50% due '27, any instance to call those in the call that comes up in at the end of the month?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

So...

James Dressler -- Princeton Asset Management -- Analyst

A bunch of questions there.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yes, no swat [Phonetic]. So we obviously think about that often. The bonds came in obviously as credit spreads widened. You saw a meaningful uptick in yields from corporates. Obviously, I think there is fair amount of retail in some of the baby bonds and that might have put pressure as some may have gotten margin calls. We did purchase some bonds. Our focus is on making sure that we have the cash flows to pay our interest, pay our dividends, invest in the company and ultimately pay back the debt that is due. So we feel very comfortable about those bonds. We feel really good about our relationship with those investors. We have no intention of -- we did buy some back. Obviously, we wish we bought more back. It was a sort of a chaotic time when those were trading at 40%, 50% discounts. But we were -- as it relates to calling any of our issues, that is a kind of a game time decision. If you -- in this environment, there are pretty good opportunities to put money to work at high rates, which will often include potential banking fees or maybe retail liquidation. So we are always analyzing our balance sheet. But -- so I can't give you any conclusive answer now. I'll just say that we feel really good about our free cash flow. We feel really good about our balance sheet and we'll just be opportunistic.

James Dressler -- Princeton Asset Management -- Analyst

Okay. And regarding the amount of bonds you purchased in the open market, can you provide any quantification of that?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Few million, not enough. I wish we would have bought more.

James Dressler -- Princeton Asset Management -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks. Appreciate it.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Paul Dwyer with Punch & Associates. Please do with your question.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

Hi guys, good afternoon.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Paul.

Tom Kelleher -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Paul.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

Could you -- I don't know if it's possible, but is there a way to quantify the amount of fees generated to -- across the platform that would be tied to the direct investments that you have made?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

So we actually -- we did some of that recently in some of the more kind of the more recent investments. But if you take everything from capital markets to advisory, to backstops, $70 million-ish.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

That's over the last quarter, last 12 months or so?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

No, no, no, over the last 24 months.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

Okay.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

In and around.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

Yes. And then it's obviously small but could you spend a little time talking about the Brand segment and how it's performing in this current environment and where you see opportunity there?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So that should be big. We underwrote that business and those purchases to -- in and around $30 million in EBITDA between the six brands we bought and the 45% of Hurley. Obviously, everything stopped for the last couple of months, but already seen a little bit of a bounce back. There is obviously minimums that are paid by licensees and the Hurley side of the business, they did sell their Japanese license for a pretty good number. That partnership, we have a Bluestar group. You'll see we do have partnerships that have been formed over a long time. We met Bluestar through our transaction with BB, where they license the BB license. And then we also did a partnership on Brookstone. Those guys are excellent, and if there is -- I am highly confident that we will see those revenues come back to the type of numbers that I mentioned. So, the way that I would describe it is if you think of typically four quarters in a year, think of this year as three quarters where quarter number two and three will probably represent traditionally one quarter. So you're probably going to have a little bit of slowness in Q2 and Q3 and then my guess is you bounce back pretty hard in Q4.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

Yes. Okay, perfect. And then you talked about fully expecting to come out stronger other side of this and you touched on it a little bit with Wes' questions, but where are you -- where do you see opportunities, either within the segments or potentially adding another segment to the overall platform from an acquisition perspective that could make sense over the next call it two to three years?

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

So I just think that as we have grown and as our touchpoints have increased, the opportunities come in from variety of areas and they touch a lot of different pieces of our business, whether it's -- GlassRatner has been with us for a longer time. They understand our business better. They refer a liquidation to that side of the business, on our investment banking transaction every day, and I talked about this with you in the panel -- in calls. Every day that we are together, I think people learn more and more about the opportunities. I'll give you a good example of something that just was an add-on that has been super exciting as we added a -- we have some real estate professionals in the restructuring side, but more recently, we added a real estate group headed by Michael Jerbich, who came from a competitor to focus more on the restructuring advisory of the real estate side, often working on retailers, helping them out of leases, thinking about the real estate portfolio. We added that two months ago and more than half a dozen mandates of meaningful size, and I think just the fact that we are so embedded in so many different areas, adding a great professional like Michael into the portfolio, and as it kind of fits nicely with our retail and our restructuring, those are the types of add-ons we love. We brought in somebody very experienced and obviously hope he makes a ton of money with us as these mandates get done, but we didn't go out and buy a big business, we just added it to our platform.

So I think there is a lot of that. We've recently seen more people on the restructuring side approach us about opportunities because I think we feel pretty well positioned there. So I just look at the last two quarters where Paul, I think we pretty clearly lost a fair amount of money on Barneys in Q4, but if you look at our adjusted EBITDA and you add back Barneys, you're over $60 million in EBITDA in Q4, $70 million in operating EBITDA in Q1. Those are really big numbers and those reflect a pretty good capital markets environment. So I'm not predicting that we're going to forever more do those types of numbers, but you're certainly seeing the momentum and I think that's just a function of us staying kind of -- staying on track and making sure that people really know that we are -- we've got a lot of different ways to help and assist in any way, shape or form. So kind of a long-winded answer, but that's how I think about it.

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

That's great. Makes a lot of sense. Thank you. That's all I've got it. Thank you for your time and everyone stay safe and healthy.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thanks a lot.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] This concludes our question-and-answer session. And I would like to turn the call back over to Mr. Riley for any closing remarks.

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Well, look, I would just again like to thank everybody, our partners and our employees. So, I consider partners and what they've done during this kind of craziness, it's amazing to see how everybody came together and worked together and our team grouped to make sure that we could all work remotely, so great appreciation and we'll echo some previous comments of everybody stay safe and we'll look forward to reporting next quarter. Thank you, operator.

Operator

Thank you. Before we conclude today's call, I would like to provide B. Riley Financial's safe harbor statement, which includes important cautions regarding forward-looking statements made during this call. Statements made during the call about B. Riley Financial's future expectations, plans and prospects and any other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Investors should be aware that any forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed today. These risk factors include the unpredictable and ongoing impact of COVID-19 pandemic as well as other risk factors explained in detail in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to these filings for a more detailed discussion of forward-looking statements and the risks and uncertainties of such statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and except as required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements whether because of new information, future events or otherwise. This conference call also included a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and information reconciling these non-GAAP financial measures of the company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP are included in the earnings release.

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 36 minutes

Call participants:

Bryant Riley -- Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Phillip Ahn -- Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Tom Kelleher -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Sean Haydon -- THC -- Analyst

Wes Cummins -- 272 Capital -- Analyst

James Dressler -- Princeton Asset Management -- Analyst

Paul Dwyer -- Punch & Associates -- Analyst

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