Virtus Investment Partners Announces Financial Results For The Third Quarter 2015

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Earnings per Diluted Share, As Adjusted, of $1.74 in Third Quarter Includes ($0.32) Impact from Variable Incentive Fee, Compared with $2.76 in Prior-Year Quarter; Loss Per Share of ($0.07) Includes ($1.89) of Unrealized Losses on Investments

Operating Income, As Adjusted, of $25.3 Million in Third Quarter Compared with $41.6 Million in Prior-Year Quarter; Operating Income of $23.1 Million

Total Sales of $2.5 Billion in Third Quarter Compared with $3.5 Billion in Prior-Year Quarter; Net Flows of ($1.6) Billion in Third Quarter Compared with $0.5 Billion in Prior-Year Quarter

Assets Under Management of $47.9 Billion at September 30, 2015 Compared with $59.6 Billion at September 30, 2014

Share Repurchase Program Authorized Shares Increased by 1.5 Million

Hartford, CT, October 30, 2015

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

(NASDAQ: VRTS), which operates a multi-manager asset management business, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Management Commentary

“The volatile financial markets in the third quarter led to a challenging environment for asset managers,” said George R. Aylward, president and chief executive officer. “The decline in global markets affected investor behavior, which impacted our results.

“Our third quarter earnings reflect the impact of lower average assets due to equity market declines and net outflows, as well as a negative $4.6 million variable incentive fee. This fee impacted our operating income, as adjusted, and margin. Earnings per share, as adjusted, benefited from a lower share count resulting from share repurchases.

“Open-end mutual fund sales and flows declined over prior periods, consistent with trends we are seeing in the industry. A decline in demand for emerging market equities offset an improvement in outflows in the former AlphaSector funds, which declined to ($0.9) billion from ($2.1) billion sequentially. Both ETFs and institutional had positive net flows.

“We increased our existing share repurchase program by 1.5 million shares, which will allow us to be more opportunistic with repurchases as we continue to invest in the business. The increase underscores our commitment to returning capital to shareholders.”

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. | 100 Pearl Street | Hartford, CT 06103 |

www.virtus.com

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Financial Highlights (Unaudited)

(Dollars in millions, except per share data or as noted)

Three Months Ended

Ended

Nine Months Ended

9/30/2015

9/30/2014

Change

6/30/2015

Non-GAAP Financial Measures (1)

Revenues, as adjusted

Operating expenses, as adjusted

Operating income, as adjusted

Operating margin, as adjusted

Net income attributable to common stockholders, as adjusted

Earnings per share - diluted, as adjusted

U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

Earnings (loss) per share - diluted

Assets Under Management and Flows (in billions)

Ending Assets Under Management (2)

Average Assets Under Management (2)

Gross Sales

(1) See the information on pages 12 through 16 for a reconciliation to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures and the notes beginning on page 17 for other important disclosures

(2) Represents assets under management excluding money market funds that were liquidated in October 2014

Asset Flows and Assets Under Management

Total assets under management were $47.9 billion at September 30, 2015 compared with $59.6 billion at September 30, 2014 and $52.4 billion at June 30, 2015. The decrease from prior periods is attributable to net outflows and market depreciation.

Total sales were $2.5 billion in the third quarter compared with $3.5 billion in the prior-year quarter and $3.3 billion in the sequential quarter. Net flows were ($1.6) billion in the third quarter compared with $0.5 billion in the prior-year quarter and ($1.3) billion in the sequential quarter. Net outflows in the quarter were primarily attributable to open-end mutual funds, which offset positive flows in ETFs and institutional.

Open-end mutual fund sales were $1.9 billion in the third quarter compared with $3.1 billion in the prior-year quarter and $2.6 billion in the sequential quarter. Mutual fund net flows were ($1.9) billion in the third quarter compared with $0.6 billion in the prior-year quarter and ($1.6) billion in the sequential quarter. Net outflows in the current quarter were primarily attributable to ($0.9) billion in the former AlphaSector funds, an improvement from ($2.1) billion in the prior quarter, and a decrease in international equity net flows reflective of investor sentiment on the asset class.

ETF sales were $217.7 million in the third quarter compared with $67.4 million in the sequential quarter due primarily to sales of the recently launched

Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond ETF

. For the same periods, net flows were $203.9 million compared with $55.2 million, respectively.

Institutional sales were $199.5 million in the third quarter compared with $109.4 million in the prior-year quarter and $214.1 million in the sequential quarter. Net flows were $89.2 million in the third quarter compared with ($127.1) million in the prior-year quarter and $126.8 million in the sequential quarter.

Earnings Summary

Non-GAAP Results

Management believes that a series of non-GAAP financial measures most accurately reflect the company’s operating results from providing investment management and related services to individuals and institutions, and uses these measures to evaluate financial performance. Quarterly reconciliations of the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure to each non-GAAP measure can be found on pages 12 to 16 of this earnings release.

Revenues, As Adjusted

Total revenues, as adjusted, were $71.1 million in the third quarter compared with $88.6 million in the prior-year quarter and $77.5 million in the sequential quarter. The decline from the prior periods reflects lower investment management and administration and transfer agent fees.

Investment management fees, as adjusted, were $65.2 million in the third quarter compared with $78.8 million in the prior-year quarter and $70.3 million in the sequential quarter. Average assets under management were $50.6 billion in the third quarter compared with $60.5 billion in the prior-year quarter and $54.4 billion in the sequential quarter. The average fee rate in the quarter decreased to 49.4 basis points from 50.6 basis points in the prior-year quarter and 50.7 basis points in the sequential quarter. The third quarter average fee rate included a negative $4.6 million variable incentive fee on one of the company’s mutual funds, the majority of which was previously attributable to the fund’s former subadviser. Excluding the fee, the open-end fund fee rate for the quarter would have been 53.1 basis points.

Administration and transfer agent fees, as adjusted, were $11.7 million in the third quarter compared with $14.9 million in the prior-year quarter and $12.7 million in the sequential quarter. The decrease from prior periods reflects the decline in average open-end fund assets.

Operating Expenses, As Adjusted

Total operating expenses, as adjusted, were $45.8 million in the third quarter, compared with $47.0 million in the prior-year quarter and $46.1 million in the sequential quarter. The decrease from the prior-year quarter reflects lower employment expenses; the sequential decline reflects lower other operating expenses.

Employment expenses, as adjusted, were $33.5 million in the third quarter compared with $35.2 million in the prior-year quarter and $33.6 million in the sequential quarter. The decrease over the prior-year quarter is attributable to lower incentive compensation partially offset by higher costs associated with increased staffing levels, primarily at the affiliates.

Other operating expenses, as adjusted, were $11.3 million in the third quarter compared with $11.1 million in the prior-year quarter and $11.6 million in the sequential quarter. The sequential quarter decline primarily reflects the timing of annual equity grants to the Board of Directors in the second quarter of 2015.

Operating Income, As Adjusted, and Related Margin

Operating income, as adjusted, was $25.3 million for the third quarter compared with $41.6 million in the prior-year quarter and $31.4 million in the sequential quarter. The related margin was 36 percent compared with 47 percent and 41 percent for the respective prior periods, reflecting lower revenues, as adjusted. Excluding the negative impact of the variable incentive fee, third quarter operating income, as adjusted, would have been $29.9 million and the margin would have been 40 percent.

Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders, As Adjusted

Net income attributable to common stockholders, as adjusted, was $15.5 million, or $1.74 per diluted share, compared with $25.6 million, or $2.76 per share, in the prior-year quarter and $20.0 million, or $2.21 per share, in the sequential quarter. Current quarter adjusted earnings per share included ($0.32) related to the variable incentive fee. Excluding the impact of the fee, third quarter adjusted earnings per share would have been $2.06.

Effective Tax Rate, As Adjusted

The third quarter effective tax rate, as adjusted, was 38 percent, unchanged from the prior-year and sequential quarters.

Total revenues were $92.4 million in the third quarter compared with $117.8 million in the prior-year quarter and $99.7 million in the sequential quarter due to lower average assets and fee rates.

Operating expenses were $69.3 million in the third quarter compared with $78.9 million in the prior-year quarter and $83.4 million in the sequential quarter. Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2015 included an $11.3 million loss contingency, related to a previously disclosed regulatory matter, which was unchanged in the third quarter. In October, the company reached an agreement in principle with the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the matter. The agreement in principle is subject to review and approval by the Commission.

In the third quarter, the company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($0.6) million or ($0.07) per fully diluted common share that includes ($16.6) million or ($1.89) per share of unrealized losses on investments. This compares with net income of $37.3 million or $4.02 per share in the prior-year quarter that included ($4.7) million or ($0.50) per share of unrealized losses and $15.5 million or $1.67 per share primarily related to the resolution of uncertain tax positions. Sequential quarter net income of $9.8 million or $1.08 per share included ($2.0) million or ($0.22) per share of unrealized losses and ($7.4) million or ($0.82) related to a loss contingency.

The effective third quarter tax rate was 162 percent compared with (5) percent in the prior-year quarter and 46 percent in the sequential quarter.

The current quarter tax rate included a $6.2 million valuation allowance related to the unrealized loss position of the company’s marketable securities portfolio; the tax rate for the third quarter 2014 was impacted by a $15.5 million net benefit related to the resolution of uncertain tax positions.

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. | 100 Pearl Street | Hartford, CT 06103 |

Investment Capabilities and Products

In August, the company introduced its first actively managed ETF from an affiliated manager, the

Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond Fund ETF

(Ticker: NFLT). The fund’s strategy seeks to provide a high level of current income, and, secondarily, capital appreciation.

Virtus Select MLP and Energy Fund

(Class I: VLPIX), managed by Duff and Phelps Investment Management, was introduced in September. The fund’s strategy seeks to generate attractive total returns by investing primarily in MLPs and GPs that own midstream oil and natural gas assets that are backed by long-term, fee-based contracts.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Cash and investments were $444.7 million at September 30, 2015 compared with $440.8 million at September 30, 2014 and $455.5 million at June 30, 2015. The sequential quarter decline was due to return of capital to shareholders and negative returns on seed investments that offset cash generated. On a per share basis, cash and investments were $51 at September 30, 2015 compared with $49 at September 30, 2014 and $52 at June 30, 2015. At September 30, 2015, the company had no debt outstanding and $75.0 million of unused capacity on its credit facility.

Working capital was $106.6 million at September 30, 2015 compared with $173.7 million at September 30, 2014 and $185.6 million at June 30, 2015.

The company’s seed capital investments increased to $276.8 million at September 30, 2015 from $239.6 million at September 30, 2014 and $238.9 million at June 30, 2015. The third quarter increase reflects the seeding of the

Virtus Multi-Strategy Target Return Fund

(Class I: VMSIX), partially offset by the returns of the seed investments.

During the third quarter 2015, the company invested $20.0 million in an entity that was created specifically to accumulate bank loan assets for securitization as a potential CLO that will be managed by its Newfleet affiliate. The company has a controlling interest in the entity and is consolidating its assets and liabilities. At September 30, 2015, the entity held $131.9 million of assets and liabilities of $112.7 million that are secured by the assets of the entity and are not general obligations of the company.

In the third quarter, the company returned $21.2 million to shareholders including share repurchases of $17.0 million, its highest quarterly level. As a result of share repurchases, basic shares outstanding decreased by 4 percent to 8.7 million from 9.1 million at September 30, 2014.

On October 21, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized an increase of 1.5 million shares of common stock to the existing share repurchase program, which had 0.3 million shares remaining at September 30, bringing total capacity to 1.8 million shares. Under the terms of the program, the company may repurchase shares of its common stock from time to time at its discretion through open market repurchases and/or privately negotiated transactions, depending on price and prevailing market and business conditions. The program, which has no specified term, may be suspended or terminated at any time.

Balance Sheet Highlights (Unaudited)

(in millions)

Cash and cash equivalents

Seed capital investments (1)

Investments - other (2)

Total - cash and investments

Deferred taxes, net

Dividends payable

Total equity attributable to stockholders

Working capital (3)

(1) Represents the company’s investments in sponsored investment products including the company's investment in consolidated sponsored investment products (CSIPs), net of non-controlling interests. For the periods ending September 30, 2015, September 30, 2014, and June 30, 2015, net assets of CSIPs represent $338.7 million, $263.4 million, and $292.2 million, of total assets, $29.8 million, $23.8 million, and $19.5 million of total liabilities, and $49.9 million, $22.3 million, and $55.6 million of redeemable noncontrolling interests, respectively

(2) Investments that are not related to the company’s seed investments including mutual funds and CLOs

(3) Defined as cash and investments plus accounts receivable, net, less seed capital investments, CLO investment, accrued compensation and benefits, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and dividends payable

N/M - Not Meaningful

Conference Call

Virtus Investment Partners management will host an investor conference call on Friday, October 30, at 10 a.m. Eastern to discuss these financial results and related matters. The

webcast

of the call will be available in the Investor Relations section of

or by telephone at 877-930-7765 if calling from within the U.S. or 253-336-7413 if calling from outside the U.S. (Conference ID: 67326384). A replay of the call will be available through December 1 via

or by telephone at 855-859-2056 if calling from within the U.S. or 404-537-3406 if calling from outside the U.S. (Conference ID: 67326384). The presentation that will be reviewed as part of the conference call will be available in the

Presentations

About Virtus Investment Partners

Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS) is a distinctive partnership of boutique investment managers singularly committed to the long-term success of individual and institutional investors. Virtus offers access to a variety of investment styles across multiple disciplines to meet a wide array of investor needs, and provides products and services through affiliated managers and select subadvisers, each with a distinct investment style, autonomous investment process, and individual brand. Its affiliates include

Cliffwater Investments

Duff & Phelps Investment Management

Euclid Advisors

Kayne Anderson

Rudnick Investment Management

Kleinwort Benson Investors International

Newfleet Asset Management

Rampart Investment Management,

Virtus ETF Solutions,

Zweig Advisers

. Additional information can be found at

Contacts

Jeanne Hess, Investor Relations

Joe Fazzino, Media Relations

(860) 263-4730

(860) 263-4725

jeanne.hess@virtus.com

joe.fazzino@virtus.com

U.S. GAAP Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

64,891

78,960

68,867

204,254

225,289

Distribution and service fees

15,587

23,671

17,635

52,820

70,049

11,614

14,804

12,577

37,233

41,819

Other income and fees

92,375

117,841

99,656

295,862

338,461

33,504

35,246

33,593

102,719

105,756

Distribution and other asset-based expenses

21,717

29,180

23,676

69,900

96,139

11,165

11,288

23,512

51,403

34,952

Other operating expenses of consolidated sponsored investment products

Restructuring and severance

Depreciation and other amortization

Amortization expense

69,253

78,914

83,448

231,990

244,406

23,122

38,927

16,208

63,872

94,055

Other Income (Expense)

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments, net

(2,082

(1,039

(100)%

(1,194

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments of consolidated sponsored investment products, net

(17,619

(5,330

(231)%

(3,242

(18,271

Realized and unrealized loss on investments of consolidated investment product, net

Other income of consolidated investment product, net

Other income, net

Total other (expense) income, net

(20,281

(6,136

(2,652

(19,363

Interest Income (Expense)

Interest expense

Interest and dividend income

Interest and dividend income of investments of consolidated sponsored investment products

Interest income of investments of consolidated investment product

Total interest income, net

Income Before Income Taxes

35,190

16,835

53,394

102,865

Income tax expense (benefit)

(1,805

28,360

24,311

Net (Loss) Income

(3,703

36,995

25,034

78,554

Noncontrolling interests

Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Common Stockholders

37,340

28,470

78,821

(Loss) Earnings Per Share - Basic

(Loss) Earnings Per Share - Diluted

Cash Dividends Declared Per Share

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted

Non-GAAP Consolidated Income Statement Information

65,193

78,849

70,321

206,315

225,193

Distribution and service fees, as adjusted

15,614

23,681

17,658

52,890

70,079

11,714

14,872

12,662

37,495

41,958

Other income and fees, as adjusted

Distribution and other asset-based expenses, as adjusted

(21,717

(29,180

(23,676

(69,900

(86,563

71,087

88,628

77,542

228,355

251,971

104,388

11,335

11,072

11,643

34,153

34,261

Depreciation and other amortization, as adjusted

Total operating expenses, as adjusted

45,749

47,031

46,109

139,434

140,689

25,338

41,597

31,433

88,921

111,282

Other Income (Expense), as adjusted

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments, net, as adjusted

Other income, net, as adjusted

Total other income, net, as adjusted

Interest Income (Expense), as adjusted

Interest expense, as adjusted

Interest and dividend income, as adjusted

Total interest income, net, as adjusted

Pre-Tax Income, As Adjusted

25,429

41,581

31,958

90,186

112,064

Income tax expense, as adjusted

15,993

12,127

34,414

42,987

Net Income, As Adjusted

15,642

25,588

19,831

55,772

69,077

Noncontrolling interests, as adjusted

Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders, As Adjusted

15,548

25,633

19,996

55,877

69,163

Earnings Per Share - Basic, As Adjusted

Earnings Per Share - Diluted, As Adjusted

Assets Under Management - Product and Asset Class

Three Months Ended

Sep 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

Mar 31, 2015

Dec 31, 2014

Sep 30, 2014

By product (period end):

Open-End Funds (1)

29,716.4

33,345.3

35,317.8

37,514.2

41,076.3

Closed-End Funds

6,349.8

6,901.0

7,288.0

7,581.4

7,568.1

Exchange Traded Funds

Money Market Funds

1,231.9

Separately Managed Accounts (2)

6,539.6

6,952.1

7,131.0

6,884.8

6,653.0

Institutional Accounts (2)

5,025.0

5,070.0

5,036.2

4,722.0

4,348.3

47,937.7

52,401.0

54,773.0

56,702.4

60,877.6

By product (average) (3)

31,627.1

34,852.2

36,663.7

39,550.2

41,639.6

6,714.5

7,256.5

7,435.8

7,551.8

7,571.4

1,310.1

6,930.9

7,125.3

6,846.3

6,620.4

6,793.5

5,082.4

5,054.8

4,786.7

4,602.6

4,483.6

50,624.8

54,392.7

55,732.5

58,501.5

61,798.2

By asset class (period end):

Equity

28,231.0

31,908.8

33,129.0

34,180.7

35,573.6

Fixed Income

15,580.6

16,010.8

16,521.1

16,681.6

16,671.0

Alternatives (4)

3,681.7

4,031.2

4,703.8

5,372.4

6,769.5

Other (5)

1,863.5

Assets Under Management - Average Net Management Fees Earned (6)

(In basis points)

All Products

(1) Includes assets under management of open-end and variable insurance funds

(2) Includes assets under management related to option strategies

(3) Averages are calculated as follows:

- Funds - average daily or weekly balances

- Separately Managed Accounts - prior quarter ending balance or average of month-end balances in quarter

- Institutional Accounts - average of month-end balances in quarter

(4) Consists of long/short equity, real estate securities, master-limited partnerships, and other

(5) Consists of cash management and option strategies; as of December 31, 2014 only reflects options strategies. Cash management strategies were $1,340.7 as of September 30, 2014.

(6) Represents net investment management fees divided by average assets. Net investment management fees are defined as investment management fees, as adjusted, less fees paid to third party service providers for investment management related services.

Assets Under Management - Asset Flows by Product

Nine Months Ended

3/31/2015

12/31/2014

Beginning balance

41,124.6

37,679.5

Inflows

1,866.2

2,619.5

3,014.2

2,856.2

3,055.2

7,499.9

9,877.5

Outflows

(3,736.0

(4,174.5

(5,398.0

(5,090.2

(2,442.2

(13,308.5

(8,337.9

(1,869.8

(1,555.0

(2,383.8

(2,234.0

(5,808.6

1,539.6

Market performance

(1,780.9

(352.9

(348.1

(727.3

(1,936.7

1,645.3

Other (2)

(980.0

Ending balance

7,530.6

6,499.6

(380.4

(281.6

(168.6

(830.6

(170.8

(105.4

(124.8

(109.9

(401.0

(101.4

1,311.7

1,556.6

(1,231.9

(324.7

6,862.4

7,433.1

1,069.9

(334.5

(342.2

(355.3

(412.5

(343.3

(1,032.0

(1,832.3

(148.8

(762.4

(353.2

(180.5

(241.3

(138.0

Institutional Accounts (3)

4,565.0

4,570.8

(110.3

(147.2

(132.1

(236.5

(344.8

(610.9

(127.1

(270.3

(124.6

61,394.3

57,739.6

2,547.2

3,267.8

3,710.8

3,429.8

3,514.3

9,525.8

11,781.8

(4,194.6

(4,616.2

(5,900.5

(5,634.8

(3,022.0

(14,711.3

(10,781.1

(1,647.4

(1,348.4

(2,189.7

(2,205.0

(5,185.5

1,000.7

(2,653.5

(782.3

(1,051.8

(3,112.3

2,451.7

(162.4

(2,359.7

(466.9

(314.4

(2) Represents open-end and closed-end mutual fund distributions, net of reinvestments, net flows of cash management strategies, net flows and market performance of structured products, which are a component of institutional accounts, and net flows from non-sales related activities such as asset acquisitions/(dispositions), marketable securities investments/(withdrawals), and the impact on assets from the use of leverage

(3) Includes assets under management related to option strategies

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Consolidated Statement of Operations to Non-GAAP Consolidated Income Statement Information

(Unaudited, in thousands)

Three months ended September 30, 2015

Reclassifications

Adjustments

U.S. GAAP

Basis

Distribution and

based expenses

of intangible

Seed capital and

CLO investments

Basis

Distribution and services fees

(1,120

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments, net

(14,145

16,068

 of consolidated sponsored investment products, net

 of consolidated investment product, net

Other income of consolidated investment product, net

16,748

(1,100

Interest and dividend income of investments of consolidated sponsored investment products, net

(2,898

Interest income of investments of consolidated investment product, net

(1,916

15,648

15,787

(3,148

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic (in thousands)

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted (in thousands)

See pages 17 through 18 for notes to the reconciliation

Three months ended September 30, 2014 

of intangible

 Total revenues

Distribution and other asset-based expenses

Other operating expenses of consolidated sponsored investment products

(1,246

Depreciation and other amortization

Amortization expense

Total operating expenses

(4,872

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments of consolidated sponsored investment products, net

Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments of consolidated investment product, net

Other income, net

Total other income (expense), net

Interest and dividend income

Interest and dividend income of investments of consolidated sponsored investment products

(2,222

Total interest income (expense), net

(1,371

15,652

(15,142

Three months ended June 30, 2015

 other asset-

(11,869

13,035

Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments, net

(1,828

Interest Income (Expense)

(1,058

(3,098

(2,167

Income Before Income Taxes

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

(17,250

(2,895

(2,511

18,416

Other Income (Expense)

(13,632

15,009

Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments of consolidated investment product, net

Total other (expense) income, net

15,689

(3,155

(8,320

(5,471

12,534

(1,138

13,672

12,183

(3,331

Nine months ended September 30, 2014

Closed-end fund

launch costs

(9,576

(2,374

(2,851

(10,085

(1,844

(3,491

Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments of consolidated sponsored investment products, net

(1,150

Total other income (expense), net

(2,271

Interest and dividend income of investments of consolidated sponsored investment products

(4,734

Total interest income (expense), net

(2,828

(5,762

(2,199

15,920

(3,563

(14,076

Notes

The following are notes to the reconciliations of the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure to each non-GAAP measure for the third quarter of 2015, the third quarter of 2014, the second quarter of 2015 and the nine-months ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014 presented on pages 12 to 16.

The non-GAAP financial measures included in this release differ from financial measures determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP as a result of the reclassification of certain income statement items, as well as the adjustment of certain expenses and other items that are not reflective of the earnings generated from providing investment management and related services. Non-GAAP financial measures have material limitations and should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for U.S. GAAP measures.

In particular, the company reclassifies:

Distribution and other asset-based expenses - These costs are generally passed directly through to external parties. Management believes that making this adjustment aids in comparing the company’s operating results with other asset management firms that do not distribute products through intermediary distribution partners or utilize third party service providers for investment management related services.

Consolidated investment products - Management believes that excluding the operating activities of majority-owned funds and CLOs to reflect revenues and expenses of the company prior to the consolidation of these products is consistent with the approach of reflecting its operating results as only revenues generated and expenses incurred related to providing investment management and related services will be included in operating income, as adjusted.

, excludes from net income:

Closed-end fund launch costs - Expenses related to the launch of closed-end funds, or similar products, including structuring fees and sales-based compensation related to the launch. The timing of closed-end fund issuances can be unpredictable, and related costs can fluctuate considerably. In addition, revenue associated with these costs will not fully impact financial results until future periods. Management believes that making these adjustments aids in comparing the company’s operating results with prior periods and with other asset management firms that do not issue closed-end funds, or similar products.

Amortization of intangible assets - Non-cash amortization expense or impairment expense, if any, attributable to acquisition-related intangible assets. Management believes that making this adjustment aids in comparing the company’s operating results with other asset management firms that have not engaged in acquisitions.

Seed capital and CLO investments impact - Gains and losses (realized and unrealized), dividends and interest income generated by seed capital and CLO investments. Earnings or losses generated by investments in seed capital products can vary significantly from period-to-period and do not reflect the company’s operating results from providing investment management and related services. Management believes that making this adjustment aids in comparing the company’s operating results with prior periods and with other asset management firms that do not have meaningful seed capital and CLO investments.

Other - Expenses and loss contingencies related to restructuring, severance, regulatory matters, and certain transition items that are not reflective of the ongoing earnings generation of the business. In addition, income tax expense/(benefit) items, such as adjustments for uncertain tax positions, valuation allowances and other unusual items not related to current operating results to reflect a normalized effective rate. Management believes that making these adjustments aids in comparing the company’s operating results with prior periods.

Components of other for the respective periods are shown in the table below:

Loss contingency

11,300

16,500

Tax impact of loss contingency

(3,907

(5,507

Transition related revenues

Tax impact of transition related revenues

System transition expenses

Tax impact of system transition expenses

Newfleet transition expenses

Tax impact of Newfleet transition expenses

Tax impact of restructuring and severance

Discrete tax adjustments

(15,456

(15,213

Total Other

Revenues, as adjusted,

comprise the fee revenues paid by clients for investment management and related services. Revenues, as adjusted, for purposes of calculating net income attributable to common stockholders, as adjusted, differ from U.S. GAAP revenues in that they are reduced by distribution and other asset-based expenses that are generally passed through to external parties, and exclude the impact of consolidated sponsored investment products.

Operating expenses, as adjusted,

is calculated to reflect expenses from ongoing continuing operations attributable to stockholders. Operating expenses, as adjusted, for purposes of calculating net income attributable to common stockholders, as adjusted, differ from U.S. GAAP expenses in that they exclude amortization or impairment, if any, of intangible assets, restructuring and severance, the impact of consolidated sponsored investment products, and certain other expenses that do not reflect the ongoing earnings generation of the business.

Operating margin, as adjusted,

is a metric used to evaluate efficiency represented by operating income, as adjusted, divided by revenues, as adjusted.

represent net income attributable to common stockholders, as adjusted, divided by weighted average shares outstanding, on either a basic or diluted basis.

The Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond ETF is subject to the risks of fixed income investing, including credit and interest, high yield-high risk fixed income investing, foreign and emerging markets, bank loans, asset- and mortgage-backed securities, and derivatives.

Please carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of this product before investing. For this and other information contact us at 888-383-0553 or visit Newfleet.com for a prospectus. Read it carefully before you invest or send money.

Exchange Traded Funds Distributed by ETF Distributors, LLC, member FINRA and subsidiary of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Virtus Select MLP and Energy Fund is subject to the risks of equity securities, MLPs, energy sector concentration, and non-diversification.

The Virtus Multi-Strategy Target Return Fund is subject to the risks of equity securities, foreign & emerging markets, credit and interest, high yield-high risk fixed income securities, derivatives, leverage, counterparties and portfolio turnover.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Virtus Mutual Fund before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Please contact your financial representative, call 1-800- 243-4361 or visit www.virtus.com to obtain a current prospectus and/or summary prospectus. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Mutual funds distributed by

VP Distributors, LLC

, member FINRA and subsidiary of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains statements that are, or may be considered to be, forward-looking statements. All statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs or expectations, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “continue,” “project,” or similar statements or variations of such terms.

Our forward-looking statements are based on a series of expectations, assumptions and projections about our company, are not guarantees of future results or performance, and involve substantial risks and uncertainty, including assumptions and projections concerning our assets under management, cash inflows and outflows, operating cash flows, our ability to expand distribution and product offerings, and future credit facilities, for all forward periods. All of our forward-looking statements are as of the date of this release only. The company can give no assurance that such expectations or forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially.

Our business and our forward-looking statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under “Risk Factors,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as the following risks and uncertainties: (a) any reduction in our assets under management, (b) the withdrawal, renegotiation or termination of our investment advisory agreements; (c) damage to our reputation; (d) our inability to attract and retain key personnel; (e) the competition we face in our business; (f) adverse regulatory and legal developments; (g) limitations on our deferred tax assets; (h) adverse developments with respect to, or changes in our relationships with, unaffiliated subadvisers; (i) changes in key distribution relationships; (j) interruptions in service or failure to provide service by third-party service providers; (k) any reduction in value of our marketable securities; (l) our inability to make intended quarterly distributions; (m) lack of availability of required and necessary capital on satisfactory terms; and (n) liabilities and losses not covered by our insurance policies and (o) certain other risks and uncertainties described in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K or in any of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Certain other factors which may impact our continuing operations, prospects, financial results and liquidity or which may cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements are discussed or included in the company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC and are available on our website at www.virtus.com under “Investor Relations.” You are urged to carefully consider all such factors.

The company does not undertake or plan to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in plans, assumptions, estimates or projections, or other circumstances occurring after the date of this release, even if such results, changes or circumstances make it clear that any forward-looking information will not be realized. If there are any future public statements or disclosures by us which modify or impact any of the forward-looking statements contained in or accompanying this release, such statements or disclosures will be deemed to modify or supersede such statements in this release.

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see this filing in its entirety, click here. Virtus Investment Partners next reports earnings on October 30, 2015.

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