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Eaton Vance Corp. Report for the Three Month Period Ended January 31, 2019

Boston, MA, February 26, 2019 - Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) today reported earnings per diluted share of $0.75 for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 19 percent from $0.63 of earnings per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and a decrease of 14 percent from $0.87 of earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

The Company reported adjusted earnings per diluted share(1) of $0.73 for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, a decrease of 6 percent from $0.78 of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and a decrease of 14 percent from $0.85 of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) exceeded adjusted earnings by $0.02 per diluted share, reflecting the reversal of $2.9 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock-based awards. In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, adjusted earnings exceeded U.S. GAAP earnings by $0.15 per diluted share, reflecting the add back of $24.7 million of charges related to enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the 2017 Tax Act), a $6.5 million charge recognized upon the expiration of the Company’s option to acquire an additional 26 percent ownership interest in 49 percent-owned Hexavest, Inc. (Hexavest) and the reversal of $11.9 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock-based awards. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, U.S. GAAP earnings exceeded adjusted earnings by $0.02 per diluted share, reflecting the reversal of $2.4 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock-based awards.

Net gains and other investment income related to seed capital investments were negligible in the first quarters of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 and contributed $0.01 to earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Consolidated net inflows of $1.5 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 represent a 1 percent annualized internal growth rate in managed assets (consolidated net inflows divided by beginning of period consolidated assets under management). This compares to net inflows of $7.1 billion and 7 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and net inflows of $2.1 billion and annualized internal growth in managed assets of 2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Excluding exposure management mandates, the Company’s annualized internal growth rate in managed assets was 2 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, 7 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 5 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

The Company’s annualized internal management fee revenue growth rate (management fees attributable to consolidated inflows less management fees attributable to consolidated outflows divided by beginning of period consolidated management fee revenue) was -4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, 4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 1 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. These growth rates reflect the Company’s retrospective adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, on November 1, 2018, which provides for management fee revenue to be recorded net of associated subsidy expenses.

Consolidated assets under management were $444.7 billion on January 31, 2019, down 1 percent from $449.2 billion of consolidated managed assets on January 31, 2018 and up 1 percent from $439.3 billion of consolidated managed assets on October 31, 2018. The year-over-year decrease in consolidated assets under management reflects net inflows of $11.7 billion and market price declines of $16.3 billion. The sequential quarterly increase in consolidated assets under management reflects net inflows of $1.5 billion and market price appreciation of $3.9 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

"Our fiscal 2019 began on a down note, as lower average managed assets and declining average management fee rates combined with seasonal increases in compensation and benefit costs to push earnings below the prior quarter’s record high,” said Thomas E. Faust Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the tone of our business and market levels both considerably improved since the turn of the calendar year, we are optimistic for better earnings results over the balance of the fiscal year."

Average consolidated assets under management were $437.4 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, up 1 percent from $433.5 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and down 4 percent from $453.3 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

As shown in Attachment 10, excluding performance-based fees, annualized management fee revenue rates on consolidated assets under management averaged 32.0 basis points in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, down 4 percent from 33.3 basis points in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and down 2 percent from 32.7 basis points in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Changes in average annualized management fee revenue rates for the compared periods primarily reflect shifts in the Company’s mix of business. Average annualized management fee revenue rates for prior periods have been restated to reflect retrospective adoption of ASU 2014-09 on November 1, 2018 as described above.

Attachments 5 and 6 summarize the Company’s consolidated assets under management and net flows by investment mandate and investment vehicle. Attachments 7, 8 and 9 summarize the Company’s ending consolidated assets under management by investment mandate, investment vehicle and investment affiliate. Attachment 10 shows the Company’s average annualized management fee rates by investment mandate.

As shown in Attachments 5 and 6, consolidated sales and other inflows were $44.7 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, up 2 percent from $44.0 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and up 27 percent from $35.2 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Consolidated redemptions and other outflows were $43.2 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, up 17 percent from $36.9 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and up 31 percent from $33.0 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

As of January 31, 2019, Hexavest managed $13.2 billion of client assets, down 21 percent from $16.7 billion of managed assets on January 31, 2018 and down 4 percent from $13.8 billion of managed assets on October 31, 2018. Hexavest had net outflows of $0.7 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, $0.4 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and $0.9 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Attachment 11 summarizes the assets under management and net flows of Hexavest. Other than Eaton Vance-sponsored funds for which Hexavest is the adviser or sub-adviser, the managed assets and flows of Hexavest are not included in Eaton Vance consolidated totals.

Hexavest is the adviser or sub-adviser, the managed assets and flows of Hexavest are not included in Eaton Vance consolidated totals.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 vs. First Quarter Fiscal 2018(2)

In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, revenue decreased 3 percent to $406.4 million from $420.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Management fees were down 3 percent, primarily reflecting a 4 percent decrease in consolidated average annualized management fee rates and a 1 percent increase in average consolidated assets under management. Performance fees were $(0.3) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $(0.5) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Distribution and service fee revenues were collectively down 5 percent, reflecting lower managed assets in fund share classes that are subject to these fees.

Operating expenses totaled $285.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $284.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, reflecting increases in amortization of deferred sales commissions, fund-related expenses and other operating expenses, partially offset by decreases in compensation, distribution expense and service fee expense. The increase in amortization of deferred sales commissions reflects higher Class C and private fund commission amortization. The increase in fund-related expenses reflects higher sub-advisory fees paid. Other operating expenses increased 13 percent, reflecting higher facilities, information technology, travel, professional services and other corporate expenses. The decrease in compensation expense reflects lower operating income-based bonus accruals and lower stock-based compensation, partially offset by higher salaries and benefits associated with increases in headcount. The decrease in distribution expense reflects lower distribution fee payments, a decrease in up-front sales commission expense and lower marketing and promotion costs. The decrease in service fee expense reflects lower Class A and Class C service fee payments, partially offset by higher private fund service fee payments.

Operating income decreased 11 percent to $121.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $135.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating margin decreased to 29.8 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from 32.3 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Non-operating expense totaled $3.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $1.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The year-over-year change primarily reflects a $4.5 million decrease in income contribution from consolidated CLO entities and a $0.2 million increase in interest expense, partially offset by a $3.2 million increase in net gains and other investment income from the Company’s investments in sponsored strategies, including consolidated sponsored funds. Net gains and other investment income in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 included a $6.5 million charge to reflect the expiration during the period of the Company’s option to acquire an additional 26 percent ownership interest in Hexavest under the terms of the option agreement entered into when the Company acquired its Hexavest position in 2012.

The Company’s effective tax rate, calculated as a percentage of income before income taxes and equity in net income of affiliates, was 23.4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 36.3 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company’s effective tax rate is discussed in greater detail in the section captioned “Taxation” below.

Equity in net income of affiliates was $1.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $3.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, substantially all equity in net income of affiliates related to the Company’s investment in Hexavest. Equity in net income of affiliates in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 included $2.8 million from the Company’s Hexavest investment and $0.2 million from the Company’s investment in a private equity partnership.

As detailed in Attachment 3, net income attributable to non-controlling and other beneficial interests was $5.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $10.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The year-over-year change primarily reflects a decrease in income earned by consolidated sponsored funds.

The Company’s weighted average basic shares outstanding were 112.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 115.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, a decrease of 3 percent. The year-over-year reduction reflects share repurchases in excess of new shares issued upon the vesting of restricted stock awards and the exercise of employee stock options. On a diluted basis, the Company’s weighted average shares outstanding were 115.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 123.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 7 percent. The decline in weighted average diluted shares outstanding further reflects a decrease in the dilutive effect of in-the-money options and unvested restricted stock awards due to lower market prices of the Company’s shares.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 vs. Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018(2)

In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, revenue decreased 6 percent to $406.4 million from $430.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Management fees were down 6 percent, primarily reflecting a 4 percent decrease in average consolidated assets under management and a 2 percent decline in consolidated average annualized management fee rates. Performance fees were $(0.3) million in both the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Distribution and service fee revenues were collectively down 4 percent, reflecting lower managed assets in fund share classes that are subject to these fees.

Operating expenses totaled $285.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $286.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, reflecting decreases in distribution expense, service fee expense, fund-related expenses and other operating expenses, partially offset by increases in compensation and amortization of deferred sales commissions. The decrease in distribution expense reflects lower distribution fee payments and lower marketing and promotion costs. The decrease in service fee expense reflects lower Class A, Class C and private fund service fee payments. The decrease in fund-related expenses reflects lower sub-advisory fees paid. Other operating expenses decreased 2 percent, reflecting lower professional services and travel expenses, partially offset by higher facilities expense and charitable contributions. The increase in compensation expense reflects higher salaries and benefits and stock-based compensation, driven by increased headcount, year-end compensation increases and seasonally higher benefit costs, partially offset by lower operating income- and sales-based bonus accruals. The increase in amortization of deferred sales commissions reflects higher Class C and private fund commission amortization.

Operating income decreased 16 percent to $121.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $144.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating margin decreased to 29.8 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from 33.5 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Non-operating expense totaled $3.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The sequential change reflects a $5.2 million increase in net gains and other investment income from the Company’s investments in sponsored strategies, including consolidated sponsored funds, partially offset by a $3.3 million decrease in income contribution from consolidated CLO entities and a $0.2 million increase in interest expense.

The Company’s effective tax rate, calculated as a percentage of income before income taxes and equity in net income of affiliates, was 23.4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 26.4 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company’s effective tax rate is discussed in greater detail in the section captioned “Taxation” below.

Equity in net income of affiliates was $1.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, substantially all equity in net income of affiliates related to the Company’s investment in Hexavest. Equity in net income of affiliates in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 included $2.6 million from the Company’s Hexavest investment and $(0.1) million from the Company’s investment in a private equity partnership.

As detailed in Attachment 3, net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling and other beneficial interests was $5.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $(0.3) million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The sequential change primarily reflects an increase in income earned by consolidated sponsored funds.

The Company’s weighted average basic shares outstanding were 112.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 113.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, a decrease of 1 percent. The sequential reduction reflects share repurchases in excess of new shares issued upon the vesting of restricted stock awards and the exercise of employee stock options. On a diluted basis, the Company’s weighted average shares outstanding were 115.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and 121.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease of 5 percent. The decline in weighted average diluted shares outstanding further reflects a decrease in the dilutive effect of in-the-money options and unvested restricted stock awards due to lower market prices of the Company’s shares.

The income tax provision for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 includes $0.6 million of charges associated with certain provisions of the 2017 Tax Act taking effect for the Company in fiscal 2019, relating principally to limitations on the deductibility of executive compensation.

The Company’s income tax provision was reduced by net excess tax benefits related to the exercise of employee stock options and vesting of restricted stock awards during the period totaling $2.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, $11.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company’s income tax provision for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 also included a non-recurring charge of $24.7 million to reflect the estimated effect of enactment of the 2017 Tax Act.

Company’s calculations of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share remove the tax impact of stock-based compensation shortfalls or windfalls recognized in connection with the accounting guidance adopted in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, and the non-recurring tax impact of U.S. tax law changes. On this basis, the Company’s adjusted effective tax rate was 25.9 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, 26.7 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 28.6 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. On the same adjusted basis, the Company estimates that its effective tax rate will be approximately 25.9 to 26.4 percent for the balance of fiscal 2019 and for the fiscal year as a whole. The Company’s actual tax rates for fiscal 2019 may vary from these estimates due to changes in the Company’s tax policy interpretations and assumptions, additional regulatory guidance that may be issued and other factors.

Balance Sheet Information

As of January 31, 2019, the Company held cash and cash equivalents of $449.2 million and its investments included $241.4 million of short-term debt securities with maturities between 90 days and one year. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Company’s $300 million credit facility at such date. During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company used $115.0 million to repurchase and retire approximately 3.1 million shares of its Non-Voting Common Stock under its repurchase authorizations. Of the current 8.0 million share repurchase authorization, approximately 4.3 million shares remain available.

Conference Call Information

Eaton Vance Corp. will host a conference call and webcast at 11:00 AM eastern time today to discuss the financial results for the three months ended January 31, 2019. To participate in the conference call, please dial 866-521-4909 (domestic) or 647-427-2311 (international) and refer to “Eaton Vance Corp. First Fiscal Quarter Earnings.” A webcast of the conference call can also be accessed via Eaton Vance’s website, eatonvance.com.

A replay of the call will be available for one week by calling 800-585-8367 (domestic) or 416-621-4642 (international) or by accessing Eaton Vance’s website, eatonvance.com. To listen to the replay, enter the conference ID number 1785916 when instructed.

About Eaton Vance Corp.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) provides advanced investment strategies and wealth management solutions to forward-thinking investors around the world. Through principal investment affiliates Eaton Vance Management, Parametric, Atlanta Capital, Hexavest and Calvert, the Company offers a diversity of investment approaches, encompassing bottom-up and top-down fundamental active management, responsible investing, systematic investing and customized implementation of client-specified portfolio exposures. As of January 31, 2019, Eaton Vance had consolidated assets under management of $444.7 billion. Exemplary service, timely innovation and attractive returns across market cycles have been hallmarks of Eaton Vance since 1924. For more information, visit eatonvance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain statements that are not historical facts, referred to as “forward-looking statements.” The Company’s actual future results may differ significantly from those stated in any forward-looking statements, depending on factors such as changes in securities or financial markets or general economic conditions, client sales and redemption activity, the continuation of investment advisory, administration, distribution and service contracts, and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(1)Although the Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, management believes that certain non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, specifically, adjusted net income attributable to Eaton Vance Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per diluted share, while not a substitute for U.S. GAAP financial measures, may be effective indicators of the Company’s performance over time. Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures should not be construed to be superior to U.S. GAAP measures. In calculating these non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, net income attributable to Eaton Vance Corp. shareholders and earnings per diluted share are adjusted to exclude items management deems non-operating or non-recurring in nature, or otherwise outside the ordinary course of business. These adjustments may include, when applicable, the add back of closed-end fund structuring fees, costs associated with special dividends, debt repayments and tax settlements, the tax impact of stock-based compensation shortfalls or windfalls, and non-recurring charges for the effect of the tax law changes. Management and our Board of Directors, as well as certain of our outside investors, consider these adjusted numbers a measure of the Company’s underlying operating performance. Management believes adjusted net income attributable to Eaton Vance Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per diluted share are important indicators of our operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, our core operating results, and may provide a useful baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying business.

(2)Prior period revenue and expenses have been restated to reflect certain classification adjustments from the Company’s retrospective adoption of ASU 2014-09 on November 1, 2018. The adoption of the new revenue recognition accounting standard had no impact on operating income or earnings per share.

(3)The Company’s statutory U.S. federal income tax rate for fiscal 2019 is 21 percent based on the 2017 Tax Act. The Company’s statutory U.S. federal income tax rate for fiscal 2018 was a blend of 35 percent and 21 percent based on the number of days in the Company’s fiscal year before and after the January 1, 2018 effective date of the reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate pursuant to the 2017 Tax Act.

(4)Represents the Company’s effective income tax rate, excluding the tax impact of stock-based compensation shortfalls or windfalls and the non-recurring tax impact of U.S. tax law changes. Management believes that the Company’s adjusted effective income tax rate is an important indicator of our operations because it excludes items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, our core operating results, and may provide a useful baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying business.

(5)Reflects the impact of ASU 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which was adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company anticipates that the adoption of this guidance may cause fluctuations in the Company’s effective tax rate, particularly in the first quarter of each fiscal year, when most of the Company’s annual stock-based awards vest.