T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
PRICE T ROWE GROUP INC (Form: 10-Q, Received: 04/26/2006 13:27:29)
 

 
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006
Commission File Number: 000-32191
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Maryland   52-2264646
     
(State of incorporation)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(Address, including Zip Code, of principal executive offices)
(410) 345-2000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months, and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.            x Yes o No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer (based on definitions in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
         
Large accelerated filer x
  Accelerated filer o   Non-accelerated filer o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).                           o Yes x No
The number of shares outstanding of the issuer’s common stock ($.20 par value), as of the latest practicable date, April 24, 2006, is 132,784,611 .
The exhibit index is at Item 6 on page 12.

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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
                 
    12/31/2005     3/31/2006  
ASSETS
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 803,589     $ 933,291  
Accounts receivable and accrued revenue
    175,030       189,084  
Investments in sponsored mutual funds
    264,238       300,978  
Debt securities held by savings bank subsidiary
    114,837       116,331  
Property and equipment
    214,790       226,170  
Goodwill
    665,692       665,692  
Other assets
    72,370       62,778  
 
           
Total assets
  $ 2,310,546     $ 2,494,324  
 
           
 
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
Liabilities
               
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
  $ 62,539     $ 65,630  
Accrued compensation and related costs
    55,555       63,801  
Income taxes payable
    15,651       50,992  
Dividends payable
    36,870       37,064  
Customer deposits at savings bank subsidiary
    103,829       105,429  
 
           
Total liabilities
    274,444       322,916  
 
           
 
               
Commitments and contingent liabilities
               
 
               
Stockholders’ equity
               
Preferred stock, undesignated, $.20 par value - authorized and unissued 20,000,000 shares
           
Common stock, $.20 par value - authorized 500,000,000 shares; issued 131,678,371 shares in 2005 and 132,539,388 shares in 2006
    26,336       26,508  
Additional capital in excess of par value
    279,680       326,173  
Retained earnings
    1,683,273       1,762,903  
Accumulated other comprehensive income
    48,544       55,824  
Deferred stock-based compensation expense
    (1,731 )      
 
           
Total stockholders’ equity
    2,036,102       2,171,408  
 
           
 
  $ 2,310,546     $ 2,494,324  
 
           
See the accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per-share amounts)
                 
    Three months ended  
    3/31/2005     3/31/2006  
Revenues
               
Investment advisory fees
  $ 289,003     $ 353,885  
Administrative fees and other income
    67,955       75,163  
Investment income of savings bank subsidiary
    1,003       1,255  
 
           
Total revenues
    357,961       430,303  
Interest expense on savings bank deposits
    890       982  
 
           
Net revenues
    357,071       429,321  
 
           
 
               
Operating expenses
               
Compensation and related costs
    127,142       159,997  
Advertising and promotion
    23,471       27,988  
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment
    9,772       11,114  
Occupancy and facility costs
    18,319       19,573  
Other operating expenses
    31,086       32,125  
 
           
 
    209,790       250,797  
 
           
 
               
Net operating income
    147,281       178,524  
 
           
 
               
Other investment income
    2,055       7,653  
Credit facility expenses
    95       95  
 
           
Net non-operating income
    1,960       7,558  
 
           
 
               
Income before income taxes
    149,241       186,082  
Provision for income taxes
    54,944       69,388  
 
           
Net income
  $ 94,297     $ 116,694  
 
           
 
               
Earnings per share
               
Basic
  $ 0.72     $ 0.88  
 
           
Diluted
  $ 0.69     $ 0.84  
 
           
 
               
Dividends declared per share
  $ 0.23     $ 0.28  
 
           
 
               
Weighted average shares
               
Outstanding
    130,266       132,015  
 
           
Outstanding assuming dilution
    136,742       138,981  
 
           
See the accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
                 
    Three months ended  
    3/31/2005     3/31/2006  
Cash flows from operating activities
               
Net income
  $ 94,297     $ 116,694  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities
               
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment
    9,772       11,114  
Stock-based compensation expense
          14,835  
Other changes in assets and liabilities
    45,412       38,526  
 
           
Net cash provided by operating activities
    149,481       181,169  
 
           
 
               
Cash flows from investing activities
               
Investments in sponsored mutual funds
    (4,616 )     (25,039 )
Debt securities held by savings bank subsidiary
    (2,327 )     (2,352 )
Additions to property and equipment
    (13,738 )     (21,649 )
Other investment activity
    8       (718 )
 
           
Net cash used in investing activities
    (20,673 )     (49,758 )
 
           
 
               
Cash flows from financing activities
               
Repurchases of common stock
    (36,704 )      
Stock options exercised
    18,200       33,561  
Dividends paid to stockholders
    (29,800 )     (36,870 )
Change in savings bank subsidiary deposits
    2,237       1,600  
 
           
Net cash used in financing activities
    (46,067 )     (1,709 )
 
           
 
               
Cash and cash equivalents
               
Net increase during period
    82,741       129,702  
At beginning of year
    499,750       803,589  
 
           
At end of period
  $ 582,491     $ 933,291  
 
           
See the accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(dollars in thousands)
                                                 
            Additional             Accumulated     Deferred        
            capital in             other     stock-based     Total  
    Common     excess of     Retained     comprehensive     compensation     stockholders'  
    stock     par value     earnings     income     expense     equity  
Balance at December 31, 2005,
131,678,371 common shares
  $ 26,336     $ 279,680     $ 1,683,273     $ 48,544     $ (1,731 )   $ 2,036,102  
Comprehensive income
                                               
Net income
                    116,694                          
Change in unrealized security holding gains, net of taxes
                            7,280                  
Total comprehensive income
                                            123,974  
861,017 common shares issued upon option exercises under stock-based compensation plans
    172       33,389                               33,561  
Reclassification arising from adoption of SFAS 123R
            (1,731 )                     1,731        
Stock-based compensation expense
            14,835                               14,835  
Dividends declared
                    (37,064 )                     (37,064 )
 
                                   
Balance at March 31, 2006,
132,539,388 common shares
  $ 26,508     $ 326,173     $ 1,762,903     $ 55,824     $     $ 2,171,408  
 
                                   
See the accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
NOTE 1 — THE COMPANY AND BASIS OF PREPARATION.
T. Rowe Price Group derives its consolidated revenues and net income primarily from investment advisory services that its subsidiaries provide to individual and institutional investors in the sponsored T. Rowe Price mutual funds and other investment portfolios. We also provide our investment advisory clients with related administrative services, including mutual fund transfer agent, accounting and shareholder services; participant recordkeeping and transfer agent services for defined contribution retirement plans; discount brokerage; and trust services. The investors that we serve are primarily domiciled in the United States of America.
Investment advisory revenues depend largely on the total value and composition of assets under our management. Accordingly, fluctuations in financial markets and in the composition of assets under management impact our revenues and results of operations.
These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and reflect all adjustments which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to a fair statement of our results for the interim periods presented. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature.
The unaudited interim financial information contained in these condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements contained in our 2005 Annual Report.
NOTE 2 — STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION.
On January 1, 2006, we adopted the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R, Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123R), and began recognizing stock option-based compensation expense in our consolidated statement of income using the fair value based method applied on a modified prospective basis. Accordingly, financial statements for periods prior to 2006 have not been restated.
The following table compares our interim net income (in thousands) and earnings per share for 2006 with the pro forma interim 2005 results as if we applied the fair value based method last year.
                 
    Three months ended  
    3/31/2005     3/31/2006  
Net income, as reported
  $ 94,297     $ 116,694  
Additional stock-option based compensation expense estimated using the fair value based method
    (13,740 )      
Related income tax benefits
    4,544        
 
           
Pro forma net income
  $ 85,101     $ 116,694  
 
           
 
               
Earnings per share
               
Basic — as reported
  $ 0.72     $ 0.88  
 
           
Basic — pro forma
  $ 0.65     $ 0.88  
 
           
 
               
Diluted — as reported
  $ 0.69     $ 0.84  
 
           
Diluted — pro forma
  $ 0.62     $ 0.84  
 
           
Net income for the 2006 first quarter includes $14,835,000 of stock-based compensation expense, including $1,726,000 primarily for reload grants made during the period. Financing cash inflows from stock option exercises in the first quarter of 2006 include $15.2 million of tax benefits arising from related tax deductions that reduce the amount of income taxes that would otherwise be payable.

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The following table summarizes the status of and changes in our stock option grants during the first quarter of 2006.
                                 
            Weighted-             Weighted-  
            average             average  
            exercise     Options     exercise  
    Options     price     exercisable     price  
Outstanding at December 31, 2005
    22,948,424     $ 42.84       13,489,524     $ 36.26  
Annual grants
    1,000       76.61                  
Reload grants
    136,054       75.06                  
Exercised
    (1,105,435 )     33.20                  
Forfeited or cancelled
    (107,700 )     51.67                  
 
                           
Outstanding at March 31, 2006
    21,872,343     $ 43.49       12,522,843     $ 36.96  
 
                           
The following table presents the future stock-based compensation expense (in thousands) expected to be recognized over the vesting period of the 9,349,500 nonvested options and 31,500 restricted shares outstanding at March 31, 2006.
         
Second quarter 2006
  $ 13,212  
Third quarter 2006
    13,015  
Fourth quarter 2006
    9,695  
2007
    27,990  
2008 through 2011
    24,099  
 
     
Total
  $ 88,011  
 
     
Estimated future compensation expense will change to reflect future option grants including reloads, future share awards, changes in estimated forfeitures, and adjustments for actual forfeitures.
NOTE 3 — INFORMATION ABOUT REVENUES AND SERVICES.
Revenues (in thousands) from advisory services provided under agreements with sponsored mutual funds and other investment clients for the interim periods ended March 31 include:
                 
    Three months ended  
    3/31/2005     3/31/2006  
Sponsored mutual funds in the U.S.
               
Stock
  $ 173,499     $ 222,842  
Bond and money market
    34,693       36,237  
 
           
 
    208,192       259,079  
Other portfolios
    80,811       94,806  
 
           
Total investment advisory fees
  $ 289,003     $ 353,885  
 
           
The following table summarizes the various investment portfolios and assets under management (in billions) on which advisory fees are earned.
                                 
    Average during              
    the first quarter              
    2005     2006     12/31/2005     3/31/2006  
Sponsored mutual funds in the U.S.
                               
Stock
  $ 115.2     $ 146.4     $ 137.7     $ 151.4  
Bond and money market
    31.5       33.1       32.5       33.8  
 
                       
 
    146.7       179.5       170.2       185.2  
Other portfolios
    88.0       102.5       99.3       107.7  
 
                       
 
  $ 234.7     $ 282.0     $ 269.5     $ 292.9  
 
                       
Fees for advisory-related administrative services provided to our sponsored mutual funds were $51,048,000 and $58,462,000 for the first three months of 2005 and 2006, respectively. Accounts receivable from the mutual funds aggregate $104,537,000 at December 31, 2005 and $111,403,000 at March 31, 2006.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The Board of Directors and Stockholders
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.:
We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2006, the related condensed consolidated statements of income and of cash flows for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2005 and 2006, and the related condensed consolidated statement of stockholders’ equity for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006. These condensed consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.
We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the condensed consolidated financial statements referred to above for them to be in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2005, and the related consolidated statements of income, cash flows, and stockholders’ equity for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated February 9, 2006, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2005, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
/s/ KPMG LLP
Baltimore, Maryland
April 25, 2006

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
GENERAL.
Our revenues and net income are derived primarily from investment advisory services provided to U.S. individual and institutional investors in our sponsored mutual funds and other managed investment portfolios. Investment advisory revenues depend largely on the total value and composition of assets under our management. Accordingly, fluctuations in financial markets and in the composition of assets under management impact our revenues and results of operations. Investment advisory clients outside the United States account for more than 5% of our assets under management at March 31, 2006.
Equity market results in the United States started 2006 on a strong basis as early January indications from the Federal Reserve were that its series of tightening moves was slowing and nearing an end. Market gains later in the first quarter were tempered, though, as the Fed raised its target short-term rate twice with .25% increases at the end of January and March. All three major indexes posted gains for the quarter that were stronger than their respective full-year 2005 results. The NASDAQ index, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, ended up a strong 6.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 were up 3.7%. Investor concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy, amid inflationary pressures and rising interest rates, will continue to weigh on the financial markets, at least until the Federal Reserve determines that inflationary concerns have subsided enough that it can stop its series of raising rates.
Foreign equity markets continued their advance into 2006, with the Morgan Stanley EAFE (Europe, Australia and Far East) Index up 8.8% in the first quarter of 2006. Favorable results were generally widespread, including in emerging markets, though several individual country markets did post declines. Interest rate increases from the central banks in Europe and Japan as well as uncertainties in the US economy affected international market results.
As for fixed income securities, yields for 10-year U.S. Treasuries rose to 4.86% at March 31, 2006, up from 4.39% at the end of 2005. The yield curve flattened during the first quarter of 2006 with six-month and 10-year Treasury yields varying by only 5 basis points.
In this financial environment, total assets under our management ended the first quarter of 2006 at a record $292.9 billion, up $23.4 billion during the period, including $13.8 billion from higher market valuations and income. Strong relative investment performance and brand awareness contributed significantly to investors entrusting nearly $9.6 billion of net cash inflows to our management thus far in 2006.
Assets under management at March 31, 2006 include $230.4 billion in equity securities and $62.5 billion in bond and money market holdings. The underlying investment portfolios consist of $185.2 billion in the T. Rowe Price mutual funds distributed in the United States and $107.7 billion in other investment portfolios that we manage, including separately managed accounts, sub-advised funds, and other sponsored investment funds offered to investors outside the U.S. and through variable annuity life insurance plans.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — Three months 2006 versus 2005.
Investment advisory revenues were up 22% to nearly $354 million as a result of a $47.3 billion increase in average assets under our management to $282 billion. Net revenues increased $72.2 million to $429 million. Net operating income increased 21% to nearly $179 million from $147 million. Net income increased 24% to nearly $117 million from $94 million. Diluted earnings per share increased nearly 22% from $.69 to $.84, down $.01 from the record $.85 diluted earnings per share recorded in the third and fourth quarters of 2005.
On January 1, 2006, we adopted SFAS 123R and, for the first quarter of 2006, recognized $14.8 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense in our consolidated statement of income using the fair value based method. Had we applied the fair value method to recognize stock option-based compensation in 2005, we would have recognized $13.7 million of additional compensation expense in the first quarter last year and our comparable pro forma diluted earnings for that period would have been $.62 per share. See Note 2 to our financial statements in Item 1 of this report for more information.
Investment advisory revenues earned from the T. Rowe Price mutual funds distributed in the United States increased $50.9 million to $259.1 million. Average mutual fund assets were $179.5 billion in the 2006 quarter, 22% higher than the $146.7 billion average during the 2005 period. Net inflows to the U.S. mutual funds were nearly $5.5 billion. Investors added $2.5 billion into the U.S. stock funds, $1.9 billion into our international stock funds, and $1.1 billion into our bond and money market funds. The Growth Stock and Value funds together accounted for $1.7 billion of the funds’ net inflows. Higher market valuations and income, net of dividends not reinvested, added $9.5 billion to fund assets during the 2006 period.
Investment advisory revenues earned on the other investment portfolios that we manage increased $14 million to nearly $95 million. Average assets in these portfolios were $102.5 billion, up $14.5 billion, or 16.5%, from $88 billion in the 2005 period. Ending assets in these portfolios were $107.7 billion, up $8.4 billion from the beginning of 2006. Market gains and income added $4.3 billion while net investor inflows from U.S. and international investors were $4.1 billion.

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Administrative fees and other income increased $7.2 million to $75.2 million. The change in these revenues includes $6.1 million from our servicing activities including shareholder account and transaction volume in our transfer agent and defined contribution plan recordkeeping services for the mutual funds and their investors. Additionally, revenues increased $1.1 million from 12b-1 distribution fees received on greater assets under management in the Advisor and R classes of our sponsored mutual fund shares. These changes in administrative fees are generally offset by similar changes in related operating expenses that we incur to provide these services and distribute the Advisor and R classes of mutual fund shares through third party financial intermediaries.
Operating expenses were $250.8 million in the first quarter of 2006, up $41.0 million from the 2005 period. Our largest expense, compensation and related costs, increased $32.9 million, up 26% from last year’s quarter. The number of our associates, their total compensation, and the costs of their employee benefits have all increased. The largest portion of the increase is attributable to the $14.8 million expense recognized for stock-based compensation. Expenses in the 2006 quarter also reflect an increase in our interim bonus compensation accrual, which is based on projected operating results for 2006 that consider our strong relative and risk-adjusted investment performance, continued growth in assets under management including new investment inflows, and sustained high-quality investor services. Lastly, we modestly increase our associates’ base salaries at the beginning of each year, and have increased our average staff size about 5% over the past twelve months to March 31, 2006, primarily to handle increased volume-related activities and growth. At the end of the 2006 quarter, we employed 4,404 associates.
Advertising and promotion expenditures increased 19%, or $4.5 million, versus the 2005 quarter. We expect our advertising and promotion expenditures in the second quarter of 2006 will be down about $8 million from the 2006 first quarter. While market conditions will dictate the exact level of our future spending, we expect that our advertising and promotion expenditures for the year 2006 will be 5% to 10% higher than 2005. We vary our level of spending based on market conditions and investor demand as well as our efforts to expand our investor base in the United States and abroad.
Occupancy and facility costs together with depreciation expense increased $2.6 million. Our costs for rented office facilities, including increased space, and related maintenance and operating costs have increased along with our staff size and business needs.
Other operating expenses increased $1.0 million, including $1.1 million of distribution expenses recognized on greater assets under management sourced from financial intermediaries that distribute our Advisor and R classes of mutual fund shares. These distribution costs are offset by an equal increase in our administrative revenues recognized from 12b-1 fees as discussed above.
Our net non-operating income, which includes interest income as well as the recognition of investment gains and losses and credit facility expenses, increased $5.6 million to $7.6 million. Larger money market mutual fund balances at higher interest rates added $4.9 million of the increase.
The estimated interim 2006 provision for income taxes as a percentage of pretax income is 37.3%, up from the 36.6% rate for the year 2005, because of non-deductible incentive stock option compensation, which is now recognized in our statement of income.
Overall, net income for the first quarter of 2006 was $116.7 million, $22.4 million more than the first quarter of 2005, and off less than $.9 million from the record quarterly net income achieved in the preceding fourth quarter of 2005 when stock option-based compensation expense was not recognized in the financial statements.
CAPITAL RESOURCES AND LIQUIDITY.
Stockholders’ equity at March 31, 2006 includes net liquid assets in excess of $1 billion.
Operating activities during the first quarter of 2006 provided cash flows of $181 million, up from the 2005 period by $31.7 million, including increased net income of more than $22.4 million and non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $14.8. Net cash used in investing activities totaled nearly $50 million, up $29 million from the 2005 period. Capital spending for property and equipment was $21.6 million in the 2006 quarter, up $7.9 million versus the 2005 quarter. Our mutual fund net investments were $25 million in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of more than $20 million versus last year’s quarter. Net cash used in financing activities was less than $2 million in the 2006 quarter, down more than $44 million from the 2005 quarter when we repurchased nearly $37 million of our common stock. We also distributed $7 million more to our stockholders in the first quarter of 2006 versus 2005 based on our larger per-share quarterly dividend, and added $15 million from the tax-benefit realized from option exercises.

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FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION.
From time to time, information or statements provided by or on behalf of T. Rowe Price, including those within this report, may contain certain forward-looking information, including information or anticipated information relating to changes in our revenues and net income, changes in the amount and composition of our assets under management, our expense levels, and our expectations regarding financial markets and other conditions. Readers are cautioned that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of T. Rowe Price is not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking information because of various factors including, but not limited to, those discussed below and in Item 1A of our Form 10-K Annual Report for 2005 under the caption Risk Factors. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Our future revenues and results of operations will fluctuate primarily due to changes in the total value and composition of assets under our management. Such changes result from many factors including, among other things: cash inflows and outflows in the T. Rowe Price mutual funds and other managed investment portfolios; fluctuations in the financial markets around the world that result in appreciation or depreciation of the assets under our management; our introduction of new mutual funds and investment portfolios; and changes in retirement savings trends favoring participant-directed investments and defined contribution plans. The ability to attract and retain investors’ assets under our management is dependent on investor sentiment and confidence; the relative investment performance of the Price mutual funds and other managed investment portfolios as compared to competing offerings and market indexes; the ability to maintain our investment management and administrative fees at appropriate levels; competitive conditions in the mutual fund, asset management, and broader financial services sectors; and our level of success in implementing our strategy to expand our business. Our revenues are substantially dependent on fees earned under contracts with the Price funds and could be adversely affected if the independent directors of one or more of the Price funds terminated or significantly altered the terms of the investment management or related administrative services agreements.
Our future results are also dependent upon the level of our expenses, which are subject to fluctuation for the following or other reasons: changes in the level of our advertising expenses in response to market conditions, including our efforts to expand our investment advisory business to investors outside the United States and to further penetrate our distribution channels within the United States; variations in the level of total compensation expense due to, among other things, bonuses, stock option grants, stock awards, changes in our employee count and mix, and competitive factors; any goodwill impairment that may arise; fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates applicable to the costs of our international operations; expenses and capital costs, such as technology assets, depreciation, amortization, and research and development, incurred to maintain and enhance our administrative and operating services infrastructure; unanticipated costs that may be incurred to protect investor accounts and the goodwill of our clients; and disruptions of services, including those provided by third parties, such as facilities, communications, power, and the mutual fund transfer agent and accounting systems.
Our business is also subject to substantial governmental regulation, and changes in legal, regulatory, accounting, tax, and compliance requirements may have a substantial effect on our operations and results, including but not limited to effects on costs that we incur and effects on investor interest in mutual funds and investing in general, or in particular classes of mutual funds or other investments.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
There has been no material change in the information provided in Item 7A of the Form 10-K Annual Report for 2005.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
Our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, has evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2006. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including this Form 10-Q quarterly report, is appropriately recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Based on that evaluation, our principal executive and principal financial officers have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2006 are effective at the reasonable assurance level.
Our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, has evaluated any change in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the first quarter of 2006, and has concluded that there was no change during the first quarter of 2006 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II — OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1. Legal Proceedings.
In September 2003, a purported class action (T.K. Parthasarathy, et al., including Woodbury, v. T. Rowe Price International Funds, Inc., et al.) was filed in the Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois, against T. Rowe Price International and the T. Rowe Price International Funds with respect to the T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund. The basic allegations in the case were that the T. Rowe Price defendants did not make appropriate price adjustments to the foreign securities owned by the T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund prior to calculating the Fund’s daily share prices, thereby allegedly enabling market timing traders to trade the Fund’s shares in such a way as to disadvantage long-term investors. The plaintiffs sought monetary damages. The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, which dismissed the case in May 2005. The Plaintiffs appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which stayed the appeal pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s certiorari decision in a similar case (Kircher) from the Seventh Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a significant and favorable ruling in the appeal of an identical issue (Dabit) from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 precludes holders of securities from bringing covered securities fraud class action claims under state law. The Seventh Circuit asked for, and on April 4, 2006 we provided, a briefing on the effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dabit on the case against the T. Rowe Price defendants.
From time to time, various claims against us arise in the ordinary course of business, including employment-related claims. In the opinion of management, after consultation with counsel, it is unlikely that there will be any adverse determination in one or more pending claims that would have a material adverse effect on our financial position or results of operations.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
There has been no material change in the information provided in Item 1A of the Form 10-K Annual Report for 2005.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
(c)   There was no activity during the first quarter of 2006 under the 2003 Board of Director’s repurchase authorization that, at March 31, 2006, allows for the repurchase of up to 4,146,010 common shares.
Item 6. Exhibits.
The following exhibits required by Item 601 of Regulation S-K are furnished herewith.
     
3(i)
  Amended and Restated Charter of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. as of March 9, 2001. (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K for 2000; Accession No. 0001113169-01-000003.)
 
   
3(ii)
  Amended and Restated By-Laws of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. as of December 12, 2002. (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K for 2002; Accession No. 0000950133-03-000699.)
 
   
10
  Consulting Agreement dated January 31, 2006 with James S. Riepe. (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K Current Report dated January 31, 2006; Accession No. 0000950133-06-000434.)
 
   
15
  Letter from KPMG LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, re unaudited interim financial information.
 
   
31(i).1
  Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Principal Executive Officer.
 
   
31(i).2
  Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Principal Financial Officer.
 
   
32
  Section 1350 Certifications.
SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized on April 26, 2006.
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
/s/ Kenneth V. Moreland
     Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Exhibit 15
  Letter from KPMG LLP, independent registered public accounting firm,
re unaudited interim financial information
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
100 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Re: Registration Statements on Form S-8: No. 33-7012, No. 33-72568, No. 33-58749, No. 333-20333, No. 333-90967, No. 333-59714, No. 333-120882 and No. 333-120883
With respect to the subject registration statements, we acknowledge our awareness of the use therein of our report dated April 25, 2006 related to our review of interim financial information.
Pursuant to Rule 436 under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Act), such report is not considered part of a registration statement prepared or certified by an independent registered public accounting firm, or a report prepared or certified by an independent registered public accounting firm within the meaning of sections 7 and 11 of the Act.
/s/ KPMG LLP
Baltimore, Maryland
April 25, 2006

 

 

Exhibit 31(i).1   Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Principal Executive Officer
I, George A. Roche, certify that:
1.   I have reviewed this Form 10-Q Quarterly Report for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006 of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.;
2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
     (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
     (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
     (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
     (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:
     (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
     (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
April 25, 2006
/s/ George A. Roche
     President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Exhibit 31(i).2   Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Principal Financial Officer
I, Kenneth V. Moreland, certify that:
1.   I have reviewed this Form 10-Q Quarterly Report for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006 of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.;
2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
     (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
     (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
     (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
     (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:
     (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
     (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
April 25, 2006
/s/ Kenneth V. Moreland
     Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Exhibit 32   Section 1350 Certifications
We certify, to the best of our knowledge, based upon a review of the Form 10-Q Quarterly Report for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006 of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., that:
(1) The Form 10-Q Quarterly Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and
(2) The information contained in the Form 10-Q Quarterly Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
April 25, 2006
/s/ George A. Roche, Principal Executive Officer
/s/ Kenneth V. Moreland, Principal Financial Officer
A signed original of this written statement has been provided to T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and will be retained by T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.