Janus Capital Group Announces Third-Quarter 2003 Results; Company Reports Higher Revenue, Introduces Two Value Funds and Takes Important Steps to Divest Non-Strategic Assets

Company Release - 10/29/2003 7:01 AM ET

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2003--Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE:JNS) today reported third-quarter net income of $50.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on revenues of $256.6 million. The quarterly net income includes a preliminary charge of $9.0 million to account for costs related to the investigation into mutual fund trading.

In the second quarter of 2003, net income totaled $47.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, on revenues of $245.5 million. In the third quarter of 2002, the firm reported a net loss of $131.2 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, from revenues of $252.7 million. The loss in the third quarter of 2002 was caused in part by a non-cash deferred income tax charge of $107.8 million and a corporate restructuring charge of $59.4 million.

"In spite of the circumstances surrounding the investigation, I'm encouraged by our financial results and the progress we've made in streamlining our business and offering investors more choices," said Janus CEO Mark Whiston.

He noted that within two days of the New York Attorney General's announcement, Janus promised to return all management fees the company received from discretionary frequent-trading arrangements and committed to make further amends to fund shareholders adversely affected by such trading.

"The bottom line is we're committed to living up to the high ethical standards shareholders expect of us," Whiston said.

In early September, the New York Attorney General's office filed a complaint against Canary Capital Partners, LLC, alleging that Janus and other firms permitted discretionary frequent-trading arrangements. Since then, Janus has been conducting an internal review, which, to date, has found that while several frequent-trading arrangements existed at Janus, they were of limited size and duration.

Based on its latest available information, Janus recorded a $9.0 million charge in the third quarter to account for investigation-related costs the company can reasonably estimate. The charge is comprised of $1.0 million in estimated management fees Janus earned from the discretionary frequent-trading arrangements and $5.0 million in waived redemption fees. Legal defense and other related costs, which are recorded when incurred, totaled $3.0 million. Janus has not recorded a liability for the following items because an estimate of these potential contingencies cannot be determined yet: additional costs of making amends to investors; judgments or settlements in the civil actions; or payments that may be ordered by various regulators. As these potential contingencies become known in future quarters, Janus' liability will likely increase. It is possible that additional material information related to one or more of these contingencies may become available prior to the filing of the company's Form 10-Q for the third quarter 2003 on or before November 14, 2003. Should this occur, Janus will adjust the amount of this charge and its financial statements will change.

Other Third-Quarter 2003 Developments

During the third quarter, Janus took three positive steps towards its goal of creating a more competitive business model. Agreements were signed to divest two non-strategic assets -- 32.3 million shares of DST Systems, Inc. (approximately 81% of Janus' total investment in DST) and Janus' ownership of Nelson Money Managers plc. Additionally, Janus received approval to rebrand and distribute two value funds managed by Vontobel Asset Management, Inc.

DST Systems, Inc.

On August 25, 2003, Janus signed a definitive agreement with DST under which Janus will transfer to DST 32.3 million shares of DST common stock in exchange for 100% of a wholly owned DST subsidiary. Subject to a pricing collar, the subsidiary will have an approximate total value of between $969 million and $1.114 billion, including cash contributed by DST of between $854 million to $999 million. The subsidiary will hold a commercial printing and graphics design business. Janus and DST have structured the transaction to qualify as a tax-free exchange under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2003.

Nelson Money Managers plc

During the third quarter, Janus agreed to the terms of a sale of Nelson Money Managers plc ("Nelson"), which closed on October 23, 2003. The disposition of Nelson resulted in a $3.9 million loss on disposal and will reduce assets under management and total headcount by approximately $1.5 billion and 170 employees, respectively. The Nelson disposal has been accounted for as a discontinued operation. Accordingly, Janus' previously reported consolidated financial statements for 2003 and 2002 have been restated to present Nelson separately from continuing operations.

Vontobel Asset Management, Inc.

In September, Vontobel shareholders approved Janus as the named advisor for two funds -- Janus US Value Fund, formerly Vontobel US Value Fund, and Janus International Equity Fund, formerly Vontobel International Equity Fund. The agreement does not affect the ownership structure of Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vontobel Holding A.G. As the advisor, Janus will market and exclusively distribute the renamed funds. Vontobel Asset Management will be the subadvisor to the funds and will continue its day-to-day portfolio management responsibilities.

Financial Results -- Third Quarter 2003 vs. Third Quarter 2002

For the third quarter 2003, average assets under management were $150.7 billion, compared with $149.1 billion for the comparable quarter in 2002, a 1.1% increase. The increase in average assets under management resulted in a 1.5% revenue increase, from $252.7 million to $256.6 million. Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2003 decreased 33.8% to $176.3 million from $266.3 million due to the following factors:

    --  Corporate restructuring -- In the third quarter 2002, Janus
        announced a plan to reorganize its operations with the goal of
        eliminating redundant management teams, investment
        capabilities and infrastructure. As a result of this plan,
        Janus recorded a charge of $59.4 million, which also included
        certain investment impairments. In the third quarter of 2003,
        the final estimate of the costs necessary to shut down the
        Berger and Stilwell offices and receive shareholder approval
        to merge the Berger Growth Funds with the comparable Janus
        funds was recorded, resulting in an additional charge of $2.6
        million.

    --  Employee compensation and benefits declined $7.5 million, or
        11.7%, due to a decrease in base salaries and incentive-based
        compensation, primarily from headcount reductions related to
        the corporate restructuring. Overall headcount fell from 1,530
        employees at September 30, 2002, to approximately 1,200
        employees at September 30, 2003.

    --  Restricted stock compensation decreased $27.3 million, or
        59.5%, due to the third quarter 2002 change in vesting for
        restricted stock awards held by employees at Janus Capital
        Management LLC to a five-year pro rata schedule. The change in
        the vesting resulted in the recognition of $26.0 million in
        additional restricted stock compensation, which under the
        original vesting schedule would have been recognized in future
        periods.

    --  Marketing and distribution expenses fell 16.1% or $7.9
        million, as a result of a decline in assets under management
        distributed through the third-party or adviser-assisted
        segment, combined with a decline in discretionary advertising.

The decreases outlined above were partially offset by the $9.0 million third-quarter 2003 charge relating to the ongoing mutual fund trading investigation.

Contributing to the net loss in the third quarter of 2002 was a $107.8 million deferred income tax charge associated with Janus' investment in DST. As a part of the corporate restructuring, Janus began to investigate alternative transactions related to the disposition of its DST investment, including transactions that would be taxable at the full federal and applicable state income tax rates. Accordingly, a non-cash charge of $107.8 million was recorded to accrue additional deferred income taxes, resulting in taxes being provided on Janus' share of DST earnings since 1995 at full statutory rates. Previous to this change, Janus had provided deferred income taxes on the unremitted earnings of DST net of the 80% dividends received deduction.

Financial Results -- Nine Months Ended September 30, 2003 vs. 2002

Average assets under management for the first nine months of 2003 totaled $143.9 billion compared with $171.2 billion for the same period in 2002, a 16.0% decrease. As a result, revenue declined 16.7% -- from $880.1 million to $733.3 million. Operating expenses in the first nine months of 2003 decreased $135.6 million from the same period in 2002. This change was primarily due to the corporate restructuring charge recorded in 2002, lower employee compensation and benefits (from headcount reductions), and reduced marketing and distribution expenses (from the decrease in average assets and less firmwide advertising). Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2002, was also adversely affected by the DST deferred tax charge.

Third-Quarter 2003 Earnings Call

Janus Capital Group will present its third-quarter 2003 financial results during a conference call on October 29, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The call-in number will be 877-301-7574. (Anyone outside the U.S. or Canada should call 706-643-3623.) The slides used during the presentation will be available today on the company's investor relations site at www.janus.com. For those unable to join the conference call at the scheduled time, a replay will be available on janus.com.

About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Janus Capital Group Inc. is a leading asset manager offering individual investors and institutional clients complementary asset management disciplines through the firm's global distribution network. Janus Capital Group consists of Janus Capital Management LLC, Enhanced Investment Technologies, LLC (INTECH) and Bay Isle Financial LLC. In addition, Janus Capital Group owns 30% of Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell and Company, LLC. Prior to the anticipated close of the DST transaction, Janus Capital Group owns approximately 34% of DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST).

This press release includes statements concerning potential future events involving Janus Capital Group Inc. that could differ materially from the events that actually occur. The differences could be caused by a number of factors including those factors identified in Janus' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 001-15253). Janus will not update any forward-looking statement made in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

Call 800-525-3713 or visit janus.com for a prospectus containing more information, including charges, risks and expenses. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Janus funds are distributed by Janus Distributors LLC. (10/03)

JANUS CAPITAL GROUP INC.
              UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
             (dollars in millions, except per share data)

                          Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                     ---------------------------  ------------------
                     Sept. 30, June 30, Sept. 30, Sept. 30, Sept. 30,
                       2003     2003      2002      2003      2002
                     --------  -------  --------  --------  --------

Revenues:
 Investment
  management fees    $203.0    $194.0    $206.8    $578.1    $722.7
 Shareowner
  servicing fees
  and other            53.6      51.5      45.9     155.2     157.4
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
   Total              256.6     245.5     252.7     733.3     880.1
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----

Operating expenses:
 Employee
  compensation and
  benefits             56.7      59.7      64.2     174.3     195.9
 Restricted stock
  compensation         18.6      20.5      45.9      60.6      74.7
 Marketing and
  distribution         41.1      42.6      49.0     124.6     171.8
 Depreciation and
  amortization         16.5      16.8      18.3      51.3      53.1
 General,
  administrative
  and occupancy        31.8      29.0      29.5      90.2      93.3
 Severance,
  facility closing,
  and other costs       2.6         -      59.4       2.6      59.4
 Provision for
  mutual fund
  investigation         9.0         -         -       9.0         -
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
    Total             176.3     168.6     266.3     512.6     648.2
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----

Operating
 income (loss)         80.3      76.9     (13.6)    220.7     231.9

Equity in earnings
 of unconsolidated
 affiliates            19.5      18.7      17.0      55.3      54.1
Interest
 expense              (14.8)    (14.6)    (14.2)    (45.5)    (40.9)
Other, net              3.1       1.2       1.7       7.3       7.1
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Income (loss)
 before taxes and
 minority interest     88.1      82.2      (9.1)    237.8     252.2

Income tax
 provision             32.1      30.9     111.5      90.5     201.4
Minority interest
 in consolidated
 earnings               1.1       0.8       0.3       2.7       1.4
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Income (loss) from
 continuing
 operations            54.9      50.5    (120.9)    144.6      49.4
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----

Discontinued operations:
 Loss from
  operations of
  Nelson               (0.1)     (3.0)    (10.3)     (3.7)     (9.7)
 Loss on disposal of
  Nelson (net of tax
  benefit of
  $18.9)               (3.9)        -         -      (3.9)        -
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
   Loss from
    discontinued
    operations         (4.0)     (3.0)    (10.3)     (7.6)     (9.7)
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----

Net income
 (loss)               $50.9     $47.5   $(131.2)   $137.0     $39.7
                      =====     =====     =====     =====     =====

Basic earnings per share
 Weighted average
  common shares
  outstanding (in
  millions)           229.2     228.9     222.4     227.3     222.4
 Income (loss) from
  continuing
  operations          $0.24$0.22    $(0.54)    $0.63$0.22
 Income (loss) from
  discontinuing
  operations          (0.02)    (0.01)    (0.05)    (0.03)    (0.04)
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
   Net income         $0.22$0.21    $(0.59)    $0.60$0.18
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----

Diluted earnings per share
 Weighted average
  diluted common
  shares
  outstanding (in
  millions)           231.7     230.7     223.8     229.2     224.3
 Income (loss) from
  continuing
  operations          $0.24$0.22    $(0.54)    $0.63$0.21
 Income (loss) from
  discontinuing
  operations          (0.02)    (0.01)    (0.05)    (0.03)    (0.04)
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
   Net income         $0.22$0.21    $(0.59)    $0.60$0.17
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----


        UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
                         (dollars in millions)

                          Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                     ---------------------------  ------------------
                     Sept. 30, June 30, Sept. 30, Sept. 30, Sept. 30,
                       2003     2003      2002      2003      2002
                     --------  -------  --------  --------  --------

Cash provided by
 (used in)
  Operating
   activities        $109.8     $19.0     $71.6    $168.2    $217.4
  Investing
   activities         (30.1)    (94.0)     (2.8)   (170.8)    (97.7)
  Financing
   activities         (10.5)     (6.2)    (47.5)    (26.8)   (267.2)
                      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Net change during
 period               $69.2    $(81.2)    $21.3    $(29.4)  $(147.5)
                      =====     =====     =====     =====     =====

JANUS CAPITAL GROUP INC.
            UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                         (dollars in millions)

                                                   Sept. 30, Dec. 31,
                                                     2003      2002
                                                   --------- --------
Assets
 Cash and cash equivalents                         $123.1    $152.5
 Other current assets                               278.7     217.8
 Investments and other assets                       602.1     517.5
 Property and equipment, net                         51.3      65.7
 Intangibles and goodwill, net                    2,474.8   2,368.2
                                                  -------   -------
     Total Assets                                $3,530.0  $3,321.7
                                                  =======   =======

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 Debt                                              $853.4    $856.0
 Other liabilities                                  172.8     228.6
 Deferred income taxes                              737.3     729.1
 Stockholders' equity                             1,766.5   1,508.0
                                                  -------   -------
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $3,530.0  $3,321.7
                                                  =======   =======
            AVERAGE MANAGED ASSETS BY DISTRIBUTION SEGMENT
                         (dollars in billions)

                                             Three Months Ended
                                        ----------------------------
                                        Sept. 30, June 30,  Sept. 30,
                                          2003      2003      2002
                                        --------  -------   --------
TPA/Adviser-assisted                     $76.6     $74.2     $83.5
Direct no-load                            37.3      35.6      39.7
Offshore/International                     7.4       7.5       5.0
Private/Subadvised                        29.4      27.2      20.9
                                          ----      ----      ----
   Total average assets(a)              $150.7    $144.5    $149.1
                                         =====     =====     =====


                  ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT BY MANAGER
                         (dollars in billions)

                                       Sept. 30,  June 30,  Sept. 30,
                                         2003      2003       2002
                                       --------   -------   --------
Janus Capital Management LLC(a)        $128.2    $132.7     $128.3
Bay Isle Financial LLC                    1.2       1.1        1.1
Enhanced Investment Technologies, LLC    11.1      10.5        5.8
Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell and
 Company, LLC                             6.0       5.5        4.6
                                        -----     -----      -----
   Total assets                        $146.5    $149.8     $139.8
                                        =====     =====      =====

(a) Includes Nelson assets under management.
JANUS CAPITAL GROUP INC.
                 ASSET FLOWS BY INVESTMENT DISCIPLINE
                         (dollars in billions)

                          Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended
                            September 30,         September 30,
                          ------------------    -----------------
                           2003       2002       2003       2002
                           ----       ----       ----       ----

Growth Equity
Beginning of period
 assets(a)                $84.7     $107.2      $81.5     $140.3
  Sales                     5.2        7.5       17.6       26.0
  Redemptions              (9.4)     (13.4)     (26.8)     (41.2)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)  (4.2)      (5.9)      (9.2)     (15.2)
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           3.1      (15.6)      11.3      (39.4)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets      $83.6      $85.7      $83.6      $85.7
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Mathematical/Quantitative
Beginning of period
 assets                   $10.5       $5.9       $7.3         $-
  Acquisitions                -          -          -        6.0
  Sales                     1.0        0.8        3.3        1.4
  Redemptions              (0.5)         -       (0.6)      (0.2)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)   0.5        0.8        2.7        1.2
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           0.1       (0.9)       1.1       (1.4)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets      $11.1       $5.8      $11.1       $5.8
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Fixed Income
Beginning of period
 assets(a)                 $8.9       $4.9       $6.8       $4.4
  Sales                     0.9        1.4        4.3        2.9
  Redemptions              (1.9)      (0.7)      (3.7)      (1.9)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)  (1.0)       0.7        0.6        1.0
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           0.1        0.4        0.6        0.6
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets       $8.0       $6.0       $8.0       $6.0
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Core/Blend
Beginning of period
 assets(a)                $20.6      $21.2      $18.9      $22.4
  Sales                     1.1        1.0        3.5        4.6
  Redemptions              (1.7)      (1.9)      (4.0)      (5.1)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)  (0.6)      (0.9)      (0.5)      (0.5)
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           0.5       (1.9)       2.1       (3.5)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets      $20.5      $18.4      $20.5      $18.4
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Value
Beginning of period
 assets(a)                 $6.8       $7.6       $6.4       $6.3
  Sales                     0.6        1.0        1.6        3.8
  Redemptions              (0.5)      (0.9)      (1.6)      (2.0)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)   0.1        0.1          -        1.8
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           0.4       (1.7)       0.9       (2.1)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets       $7.3       $6.0       $7.3       $6.0
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Money Market
Beginning of period
 assets                   $18.3      $15.0      $17.5      $19.1
  Sales                    31.2       82.6      141.1      255.7
  Redemptions             (33.5)     (80.1)    (142.7)    (257.4)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)  (2.3)       2.5       (1.6)      (1.7)
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)             -        0.4        0.1        0.5
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets      $16.0      $17.9      $16.0      $17.9
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

Complex-Wide(b)
Beginning of period
 assets                  $149.8     $161.8     $138.4     $192.5
  Acquisitions                -          -          -        6.0
  Sales                    40.0       94.3      171.4      294.4
  Redemptions             (47.5)     (97.0)    (179.4)    (307.8)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
  Net sales (redemptions)  (7.5)      (2.7)      (8.0)     (13.4)
  Market appreciation
   (depreciation)           4.2      (19.3)      16.1      (45.3)
                          -----      -----      -----      -----
End of period assets     $146.5     $139.8     $146.5     $139.8
                          =====      =====      =====      =====

(a) Certain balances have been reclassified between investment
disciplines due to changes in Lipper and other internal
classifications.

(b) Includes Nelson assets under management.
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