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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
x Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015
or
o Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
for the transition period from              to             
Commission File Number 0-13928
U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS, INC.
Incorporated in the State of Texas
IRS Employer Identification No. 74-1598370
Principal Executive Offices:
7900 Callaghan Road
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Telephone Number: 210-308-1234
 
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
Class A common stock
($0.025 par value per share)
Registered: NASDAQ Capital Market
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
Yes  ¨    No   x
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.
Yes  ¨    No  x
Indicate by check mark whether the Company (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 (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulations S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer o
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer x
Small reporting company o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
Yes  ¨    No  x
The aggregate market value of the 8,169,938 shares of nonvoting class A common stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant was $25,326,808, based on the last sale price quoted on NASDAQ as of December 31, 2014, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter. Registrant’s only voting stock is its class C common stock, par value of $0.025 per share, for which there is no active market. The aggregate value of the 4,567 shares of the class C common stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant on December 31, 2014 (based on the last sale price of the class C common stock in a private transaction) was $1,142. For purposes of this disclosure only, the registrant has assumed that its directors, executive officers, and beneficial owners of 5 percent or more of the registrant’s common stock are affiliates of the registrant.
On September 4, 2015, there were 13,866,421 shares of Registrant’s class A nonvoting common stock issued and 13,264,590 shares of Registrant’s class A nonvoting common stock issued and outstanding, no shares of Registrant’s class B nonvoting common stock outstanding, and 2,069,127 shares of Registrant’s class C voting common stock issued and outstanding.
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Exhibit 10.16 - Modification dated May 14, 2015, to Line of Credit Note dated February 26, 2009
 
Exhibit 10.18 - Credit agreement dated June 29, 2015
 
Exhibit 14.02 - Code of Ethics, adopted June 28, 1989, and amended April 29, 2015
 
Exhibit 21 — Subsidiaries of the Company, Jurisdiction of Incorporation, and Percentage of Ownership
 
Exhibit 23.1 — BDO USA, LLP consent
 
Exhibit 31.1 — Rule 13a – 14(a) Certifications (under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
 
Exhibit 32.1 — Section 1350 Certifications (under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
 
 



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Part I of Annual Report on Form 10-K
Item 1. Business
This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, U.S. Global Investors, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “U.S. Global” or the “Company”) may make other written and oral communications from time to time that contain such statements. Forward-looking statements include statements as to industry trends, future expectations of the Company, and other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts and are based on certain assumptions by management. These statements are often identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “should,” “estimate,” or “continue,” and similar expressions or variations. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Company management based on information currently available to management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, among others, the risks described in Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors, and elsewhere in this report and other documents filed or furnished by U.S. Global from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). U.S. Global cautions readers to carefully consider such factors. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. Except to the extent required by applicable law, U.S. Global undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
U.S. Global, a Texas corporation organized in 1968, is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (“Advisers Act”). The Company, with principal operations located in San Antonio, Texas, manages three business segments:
1.
Investment Management Services, through which the Company offers, through U.S. Global Investors Funds (“USGIF” or the “Fund(s)”), offshore clients, and an exchange traded fund (“ETF”) client, a range of investment management products and services to meet the needs of individual and institutional investors;
2.
Investment Management Services - Canada, through which, as of June 1, 2014, the Company owns a 65% controlling interest in Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. (“Galileo”), a privately held Toronto-based asset management firm which offers investment management products and services in Canada; and
3.
Corporate Investments, through which the Company invests for its own account in an effort to add growth and value to its cash position. Although the Company generates the majority of its revenues from its investment advisory segments, the Company holds a significant amount of its total assets in investments.
As part of its investment management businesses, the Company provides: (1) investment advisory services; (2) distribution services; and (3) administrative services to the mutual funds advised by the Company. The fees from these services, as well as investment income, are the primary sources of the Company’s revenue. Through December 2013, the Company also provided transfer agency services to the mutual funds advised by the Company.
Lines of Business
Investment Management Services
Investment Advisory Services. The Company furnishes an investment program for each of the clients it manages and determines, subject to overall supervision by the applicable board of trustees of the clients, the clients’ investments pursuant to an advisory agreement. Consistent with the investment restrictions, objectives and policies of the particular client, the portfolio team for each client determines what investments should be purchased, sold, and held, and makes changes in the portfolio deemed necessary or appropriate. In the advisory agreement, the Company is charged with seeking the best overall terms in executing portfolio transactions and selecting brokers or dealers.
As required by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“Investment Company Act”), the advisory agreement with USGIF is subject to annual renewal and is terminable upon 60-day notice. This agreement has been renewed through September 2016.

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In addition to providing advisory services to USGIF, the Company provides advisory services to two offshore clients and one ETF. A third offshore fund liquidated in November 2013.
Net assets under management on June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014, are detailed in the following table.
Assets Under Management (AUM)
Fund

Ticker

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
U.S. Global Investors Funds
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natural Resources




 

   Global Resources

PSPFX/PIPFX

$
135,732

 
$
349,945

   World Precious Minerals

UNWPX/UNWIX

94,897

 
166,993

   Gold and Precious Metals

USERX

64,021

 
97,339

      Total Natural Resources



294,650

 
614,277

International Equity




 

   Emerging Europe

EUROX

58,225

 
102,065

   China Region

USCOX

22,000

 
23,380

      Total International Equity



80,225

 
125,445

Fixed Income




 

   U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond

UGSDX

58,332

 
68,576

   Near-Term Tax Free

NEARX

90,251

 
61,984

      Total Fixed Income



148,583

 
130,560

Domestic Equity




 

   Holmes Macro Trends

MEGAX

46,368

 
51,980

   All American Equity

GBTFX

21,000

 
23,666

      Total Domestic Equity



67,368

 
75,646

Total U.S. Global Investors Funds



590,826


945,928

U.S Global Jets ETF
 
JETS
 
39,200

 

Offshore Advisory Clients



11,527


20,012





641,553


965,940

Total Canada AUM (see separate discussion)
 
 
 
150,718

 
267,210

Total AUM
 
 
 
$
792,271

 
$
1,233,150

Distribution Services. The Company has registered its wholly-owned subsidiary, U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc. (“USGB”), with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the SEC and appropriate state regulatory authorities as a limited-purpose broker-dealer for the purpose of distributing Fund shares. The distribution agreement with USGIF is subject to annual renewal and is terminable upon 60-day notice. This agreement has been renewed through September 2016.
Shareholder Services. In connection with obtaining and/or providing administrative services to the beneficial owners of USGIF through broker-dealers, banks, trust companies and similar institutions which provide such services, the Company receives shareholder services fees at an annual rate of up to 0.20 percent of the value of shares held in accounts at the institutions, which helps offset related platform costs.
Administrative Services. The Company also manages, supervises and conducts certain other affairs of USGIF, subject to the control of the Funds’ Board of Trustees pursuant to an administrative services agreement. It provides office space, facilities and certain business equipment as well as the services of executive and clerical personnel for administering the affairs of the Funds. U.S. Global and its affiliates compensate all personnel, officers, directors and interested trustees of the Funds if such persons are also employees of the Company or its affiliates. Effective December 2013, the Funds’ Board of Trustees increased the annual rate from 0.08 percent to 0.10 percent for each investor class and from 0.06 percent to 0.08 percent for each institutional class plus $10,000 per Fund. Effective November 1, 2014, the per fund fee changed to $7,000 per year. The administrative services agreement with USGIF is subject to renewal on an annual basis and is terminable upon 60-day notice. This agreement has been renewed through September 2016.

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Transfer Agency and Other Services. Through December 6, 2013, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, United Shareholder Services, Inc. (“USSI”), a transfer agent registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), provided transfer agency, printing, and mailing services to investment company clients.
The Company’s Board of Directors formally agreed on August 23, 2013, to exit the transfer agency business so that the Company could focus more on its core strength of investment management. USSI served as transfer agent until conversion to the new transfer agent on December 9, 2013. The transfer agency results, together with expenses associated with discontinuing transfer agency operations, are reflected as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and are, therefore, excluded from continuing operations results.
Investment Management Services - Canada
Assets Under Management (AUM)
(dollars in thousands)
 
Ticker
 
June 30, 2015
 
June 30, 2014
Galileo Funds
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Galileo High Income Plus Fund
 
N/A 1
 
$
63,607

 
$
119,329

   Galileo Growth and Income Fund
 
N/A 1
 
3,964

 
7,724

Total Galileo Funds
 
 
 
67,571

 
127,053

   Other Advisory Clients
 
 
 
83,147

 
140,157

Total Canada AUM
 
 
 
$
150,718


$
267,210

1. 
The Galileo Funds are Canadian registered mutual funds and are not available in the United States.

Effective March 31, 2013, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, U.S. Global Investors (Canada) Limited (“USCAN”), purchased 50 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Galileo Global Equity Advisors, Inc., a privately held Toronto-based asset management firm, for $600,000 cash.
Effective June 1, 2014, the Company, through USCAN, completed its purchase of an additional 15 percent interest in Galileo from the company’s founder, Michael Waring, for $180,000 cash. This strategic investment brought USCAN’s ownership to 65 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Galileo, which represents controlling interest of Galileo. The non-controlling interest in this subsidiary is included in “non-controlling interest in subsidiaries” in the equity section of the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Frank Holmes, CEO, and Susan McGee, President and General Counsel, serve as directors of Galileo.
Galileo Equity Management Inc. was incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) on July 16, 1999. On May 17, 2007, its name changed to Galileo Global Equity Advisors, Inc. Galileo is registered as a portfolio manager and exempt market dealer with the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”), the Nova Scotia Securities Commission and the Quebec Securities Commission. Additionally, the company is registered as an exempt market dealer with the New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador Securities Commissions. On July 31, 2012, Galileo was also registered as an investment fund manager with the OSC.
Corporate Investments
Investment Activities. In addition to providing management and advisory services, the Company is actively engaged in trading for its own account. See segment information in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements at Note 17 Financial Information by Business Segment, of this Annual Report in Form 10-K.
Additional Segment Information
See additional financial information about business segments in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data at Note 17 Financial Information by Business Segment, of this Annual Report in Form 10-K.

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Employees
As of June 30, 2015, U.S. Global and its wholly-owned subsidiaries employed 40 full-time employees and 2 part-time employees; as of June 30, 2014, it employed 48 full-time employees and 4 part-time employees. The Company considers its relationship with its employees to be good.
Competition
The mutual fund industry is highly competitive. According to the Investment Company Institute, at the end of 2014 there were approximately 9,300 domestically registered open-end investment companies of varying sizes and investment policies, whose shares are being offered to the public worldwide. Generally, there are two types of mutual funds: “load” and “no-load.” In addition, there are both load and no-load funds that have adopted Rule 12b-1 plans authorizing the payment of distribution costs of the funds out of fund assets. USGIF is a trust with no-load funds that have adopted 12b-1 plans. Load funds are typically sold through or sponsored by brokerage firms, and a sales commission is charged on the amount of the investment. No-load funds, such as the USGIF, however, may be purchased directly from the particular mutual fund organization or through a distributor, and no sales commissions are charged.
In addition to competition from other mutual fund managers and investment advisers, the Company and the mutual fund industry are in competition with various investment alternatives, offered by insurance companies, banks, securities broker-dealers, other financial institutions, and ETFs. ETFs have had a significant impact on the industry in the past decade, growing from nearly nothing to approximately 1,500 ETFs available at the end of 2014. Many of these institutions are able to engage in more liberal advertising than mutual funds and may offer accounts at competitive interest rates, which may be insured by federally chartered corporations such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
A number of mutual fund groups are significantly larger than the funds managed by U.S. Global, offer a greater variety of investment objectives and have more experience and greater resources to promote the sale of investments therein. However, the Company believes it has the resources, products, and personnel to compete with these other mutual funds. In particular, the Company is known for its expertise in the gold mining and exploration, natural resources and emerging markets. Competition for sales of fund shares is influenced by various factors, including investment objectives and performance, advertising and sales promotional efforts, distribution channels, and the types and quality of services offered to fund shareholders.
Success in the investment advisory and mutual fund distribution businesses is substantially dependent on each fund’s investment performance, the quality of services provided to shareholders, and the Company’s efforts to market the Funds effectively. Sales of Fund shares generate management, distribution and administrative services fees (which are based on the assets of the Funds), and shareholder services fees (which are based on the assets of the Funds held through institutions). Costs of distribution and compliance continue to put pressure on profit margins for the mutual fund industry.
Despite the Company’s expertise in gold mining and exploration, natural resources, and emerging markets, the Company faces the same obstacle many advisers face, namely uncovering undervalued investment opportunities as the markets face further uncertainty and increased volatility. In addition, the growing number of alternative investments, especially in specialized areas, has created pressure on the profit margins and increased competition for available investment opportunities.
Supervision and Regulation
The Company, USGB, and the clients the Company manages and administers operate under certain laws, including federal and state securities laws, governing their organization, registration, operation, legal, financial, and tax status. Among the potential penalties for violation of the laws and regulations applicable to the Company and its subsidiaries are fines, imprisonment, injunctions, revocation of registration, and certain additional administrative sanctions. Any determination that the Company or its management has violated applicable laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on the business of the Company. Moreover, there is no assurance that changes to existing laws, regulations, or rulings promulgated by governmental entities having jurisdiction over the Company and the Funds will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. The Company has no control over regulatory rulemaking or the consequences it may have on the mutual fund and investment advisory industry.
Recent and accelerating regulatory pronouncements and oversight have significantly increased the burden of compliance infrastructure with respect to the mutual fund industry and the capital markets. This momentum of new regulations has contributed significantly to the costs of managing and administering mutual funds.

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U.S. Global is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC. As a registered investment adviser, it is subject to the requirements of the Advisers Act, and the SEC’s regulations thereunder, as well as to examination by the SEC’s staff. The Advisers Act imposes substantive regulation on virtually all aspects of the Company’s business and relationships with the Company’s clients. Applicable rules relate to, among other things, fiduciary duties to clients, transactions with clients, effective compliance programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, recordkeeping, reporting, and disclosure requirements. The Funds and ETF for which the Company acts as the investment adviser are registered with the SEC under the Investment Company Act. The Investment Company Act imposes additional obligations, including detailed operational requirements for both funds and their advisers. Moreover, an investment adviser’s contract with a registered fund may be terminated by the fund on not more than 60 days’ notice and is subject to annual renewal by the fund’s board after an initial two-year term. Both the Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act regulate the “assignment” of advisory contracts by the investment adviser. The SEC is authorized to institute proceedings and impose sanctions for violations of the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act, ranging from fines and censures to termination of an investment adviser’s registration. The failure of the Company, or the Funds and ETF which the Company advises, to comply with the requirements of the SEC could have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Company is also subject to federal and state laws affecting corporate governance, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“S-Ox Act”), as well as rules adopted by the SEC.
USGB is subject to regulation by the SEC under the Exchange Act and regulation by FINRA, a self-regulatory organization composed of other registered broker-dealers. U.S. Global and USGB are required to keep and maintain certain reports and records, which must be made available to the SEC and FINRA upon request.
Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. (“Galileo”) is registered as a portfolio manager and investment fund manager with the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”). As a registered portfolio manager, the OSC imposes substantive regulation on virtually all aspects of Galileo's business and relationships with Galileo’s clients. Applicable legislation relate to, among other things, fiduciary duties to clients, transactions with clients, effective compliance programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, recordkeeping, reporting, and disclosure requirements. The Canadian funds for which Galileo acts as the investment fund manager are registered with the OSC follow under National Instrument 81-101/102/106. These National Policies impose additional obligations, including detailed operational requirements for both funds and their managers. The OSC is authorized to institute proceedings and impose sanctions for violations of the rules ranging from fines and censures to termination of a portfolio manager and investment fund manager’s registration. The failure of Galileo, or the Canadian funds which Galileo advises, to comply with the requirements of the OSC could have a material adverse effect on Galileo.
Relationships with Clients
The businesses of the Company are to a very significant degree dependent on their associations and contractual relationships with USGIF. In the event the advisory or administrative agreements with USGIF are canceled or not renewed pursuant to the terms thereof, the Company would be substantially adversely affected. U.S. Global and USGB consider their relationships with the Funds to be good, and they have no reason to believe that their management and service contracts will not be renewed in the future; however, there is no assurance that USGIF will choose to continue its relationship with the Company or USGB.
In addition, the Company is also dependent on its relationships with its offshore and exchange traded fund clients. Even though the Company views its relationship with its offshore and exchange traded fund clients as stable, the Company could be adversely affected if these relationships ended.
Galileo is also dependent on its relationships with its clients. Even though Galileo views its relationship with its clients as stable, the Company could be adversely affected if these relationships ended.
Available Information
Available Information. The Company’s Internet website address is www.usfunds.com. Information contained on the Company’s website is not part of this annual report on Form 10-K. The Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed with (or furnished to) the SEC are available through a link on the Company’s Internet website, free of charge, soon after such material is filed or furnished. (The link to the Company’s SEC filings can be found at www.usfunds.com by clicking “About Us,” followed by “Investor Relations,” followed by “SEC Filings.”) The Company routinely posts important information on its website.
The Company also posts its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Business Conduct, Code of Ethics for Principal Executive and Senior Financial Officers and the charters of the audit and compensation committees of its Board of Directors on the Company’s website in the “Policies and Procedures” section. The Company’s SEC filings and governance documents are available in print to

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any stockholder that makes a written request to: Investor Relations, U.S. Global Investors, Inc., 7900 Callaghan Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229.
The Company files reports electronically with the SEC via the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”), which may be accessed through the Internet. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC, at www.sec.gov.
The public may read and copy any materials filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC also maintains a website at www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC.
Investors and others should note that we announce material financial information to our investors using the website, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. We also use social media to communicate with our customers and the public about our company. It is possible that the information we post on social media could be deemed to be material information. Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in our company to review the information we post on social media channels listed below. This list may be updated from time to time.
https://www.facebook.com/USFunds
https://twitter.com/USFunds
https://twitter.com/USGlobalETFs
Information contained on our website or on social media channels is not deemed part of this report.

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Item 1A. Risk Factors
The Company faces a variety of significant and diverse risks, many of which are inherent in the business. Described below are certain risks that could materially affect the Company. Other risks and uncertainties that the Company does not presently consider to be material, or of which the Company is not presently aware, may become important factors that affect it in the future. The occurrence of any of the risks discussed below could materially and adversely affect the business, prospects, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flow.
The investment management business is intensely competitive.
Competition in the investment management business is based on a variety of factors, including:
Investment performance;
Investor perception of an investment team’s drive, focus, and alignment of interest with them;
Quality of service provided to, and duration of relationships with, clients and shareholders;
Business reputation; and
Level of fees charged for services.
The Company competes with a large number of investment management firms, commercial banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, and other financial institutions. Competitive risk is heightened by the fact that some competitors may invest according to different investment styles or in alternative asset classes which the markets may perceive as more attractive than the Company’s investment approach. If the Company is unable to compete effectively, revenues and earnings may be reduced and the business could be materially affected.
Poor investment performance could lead to a decline in revenues.
Success in the investment management industry is largely dependent on investment performance relative to market conditions and the performance of competing products. Good relative performance generally attracts additional assets under management, resulting in additional revenues. Conversely, poor performance generally results in decreased sales and increased redemptions with a corresponding decrease in revenues. Therefore, poor investment performance relative to the portfolio benchmarks and to competitors could impair the Company’s revenues and growth. The equity funds within USGIF have a performance fee whereby the base advisory fee is adjusted upwards or downwards by 0.25 percent if there is a performance difference of 5 percent or more between a Fund’s performance and that of its designated benchmark index over the prior rolling 12 months.
The Company’s clients can terminate their agreements with the Company on short notice, which may lead to unexpected declines in revenue and profitability.
The Company’s investment advisory agreements are generally terminable on short notice and subject to annual renewal. If the Company’s investment advisory agreements are terminated, which may occur in a short time frame, the Company may experience a decline in revenues and profitability.
Difficult market conditions can adversely affect the Company by reducing the market value of the assets we manage or causing shareholders to make significant redemptions.
Changes in economic or market conditions may adversely affect the profitability, performance of and demand for the Company’s investment products and services. Under the Company’s advisory fee arrangements, the fees received are primarily based on the market value of assets under management. Accordingly, a decline in the price of securities held in the Funds would be expected to cause revenues and net income to decline, which would result in lower advisory fees, or cause increased shareholder redemptions in favor of investments they perceive as offering greater opportunity or lower risk, which redemptions would also result in lower advisory fees. The ability of the Company to compete and grow is dependent on the relative attractiveness of the types of investment products the Company offers and its investment performance and strategies under prevailing market conditions.
Market-specific risks may negatively impact the Company’s earnings.
The Company manages certain funds in the emerging market and natural resources sectors, which are highly cyclical. The investments in the Funds are subject to significant loss due to political, economic and diplomatic developments, currency fluctuations, social instability, and changes in governmental policies. Foreign trading markets, particularly in some emerging market countries, are often smaller, less liquid, less regulated and significantly more volatile than the U.S. and other established markets.

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The market price and trading volume of the Company’s class A common stock may be volatile, which could result in rapid and substantial losses for the Company’s stockholders.
The market price of the Company’s class A common stock may be volatile and the trading volume may fluctuate, causing significant price variations to occur. If the market price of the Company’s class A common stock declines significantly, stockholders may be unable to sell their shares at or above their purchase price. The Company cannot assure that the market price of its class A common stock will not fluctuate or decline significantly in the future. Some of the factors that could negatively affect the price of the Company’s class A common stock, or result in fluctuations in price or trading volume, include:
Decreases in assets under management;
Variations in quarterly and annual operating results;
Publication of research reports about the Company or the investment management industry;
Departures of key personnel;
Adverse market reactions to any indebtedness the Company may incur, acquisitions or disposals the Company may make, or securities the Company may issue in the future;
Changes in market valuations of similar companies;
Changes or proposed changes in laws or regulations, or differing interpretations thereof, affecting the business, or enforcement of these laws and regulations, or announcements relating to these matters;
Adverse publicity about the asset management industry, generally, or individual scandals, specifically; and
General market and economic conditions.
The market price of the Company’s class A common stock could decline due to the large number of shares of the Company’s class C common stock eligible for future sale upon conversion to class A shares.
The market price of the Company’s class A common stock could decline as a result of sales of a large number of shares of class A common stock eligible for future sale upon the conversion of class C shares, or the perception that such sales could occur. These sales, or the possibility that these sales may occur, also might make it more difficult for the Company to raise additional capital by selling equity securities in the future, at a time and price the Company deems appropriate.
Failure to comply with government regulations could result in fines, which could cause the Company’s earnings and stock price to decline.
The Company and its subsidiaries are subject to a variety of federal securities laws and agencies, including, but not limited to, the Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the S-Ox Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, as amended, the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, the SEC, FINRA, and NASDAQ. Moreover, financial reporting requirements and the processes, controls, and procedures that have been put in place to address them, are comprehensive and complex. While management has focused attention and resources on compliance policies and procedures, non-compliance with applicable laws or regulations could result in fines, sanctions or censures which could affect the Company’s reputation, and thus its revenues and earnings.
Furthermore, Galileo is subject to the rules and regulations of the OSC, and failure of the company or the funds it advises to comply with the requirements of the OSC could have a material adverse affect on the company.
Our business is subject to substantial risk from litigation, regulatory investigations and potential securities laws liability.
Many aspects of U.S. Global’s business involve substantial risks of litigation, regulatory investigations and/or arbitration. The Company is exposed to liability under federal and state securities laws, other federal and state laws and court decisions, as well as rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC, FINRA and other regulatory bodies. U.S. Global, its subsidiaries, and/or officers could be named as parties in legal actions, regulatory investigations and proceedings. An adverse resolution of any lawsuit, legal or regulatory proceeding or claim against the Company could result in substantial costs or reputational harm to the Company, and have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations, which, in turn, may negatively affect the market price of the Company’s common stock and U.S. Global’s ability to pay dividends. In addition to these financial costs and risks, the defense of litigation or arbitration may divert resources and management’s attention from operations.
Galileo is also subject to risks of litigation, regulatory investigations and/or arbitration. Galileo is exposed to liability under provincial laws and court decisions, as well as rules and regulations promulgated by the OSC.
Higher insurance premiums and related insurance coverage risks could increase costs and reduce profitability.
While U.S. Global carries insurance in amounts and under terms that it believes are appropriate, the Company cannot assure that its insurance will cover most liabilities and losses to which it may be exposed, or that our insurance policies will continue to be available at acceptable terms and fees. U.S. Global is subject to regulatory and governmental inquiries and civil litigation. An adverse outcome of any such proceeding could involve substantial financial penalties. From time to time, various claims against us arise in the ordinary course of business, including employment-related claims. There has been increased incidence of litigation

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and regulatory investigations in the financial services industry in recent years, including customer claims and class action suits alleging substantial monetary damages. Certain insurance coverage may not be available or may be prohibitively expensive in future periods. As U.S. Global’s insurance policies come up for renewal, the Company may need to assume higher deductibles or co-insurance liabilities, or pay higher premiums, which would increase the Company’s expenses and reduce net income.
Increased regulatory and legislative actions and reforms could increase costs and negatively impact the Company’s profitability and future financial results.
During the past decade, federal securities laws have been substantially augmented and made significantly more complex by the S-Ox Act and the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. With new laws and changes in interpretations and enforcement of existing requirements, the associated time the Company must dedicate to, and related costs the Company must incur in, meeting the regulatory complexities of the business have increased. In order to comply with these new requirements, the Company has had to expend additional time and resources, including substantial efforts to conduct evaluations required to ensure compliance with the S-Ox Act.
The Company is subject to financial services laws, regulations, corporate governance requirements, administrative actions and policies. During 2009 and 2010, as many emergency government programs slowed or wound down, global regulatory and legislative focus generally moved to a second phase of broader reform and a restructuring of financial institution regulation. On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which fundamentally changed the U.S. financial regulatory landscape. The full scope of the regulatory changes imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act will only be determined once extensive rules and regulations have been proposed and become effective, which may result in significant changes in the manner in which the Company’s operations are regulated.
Further, adverse results of regulatory investigations of mutual fund, investment advisory, and financial services firms could tarnish the reputation of the financial services industry generally, and mutual funds and investment advisers more specifically, causing investors to avoid further fund investments or redeem their balances. Redemptions would decrease the Company’s assets under management, which would reduce its advisory revenues and net income.
The Company intends to pay regular dividends to its stockholders, but the ability to do so is subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The Company intends to pay cash dividends on a monthly basis, but the Board of Directors, at its discretion, may decrease the level or frequency of dividends or discontinue payment of dividends entirely based on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the Company, and general business conditions.
One person beneficially owns substantially all of our voting stock and controls the outcome of all matters requiring a vote of stockholders, which may influence the value of our publicly traded non-voting stock.
Frank Holmes, CEO, is the beneficial owner of over 99 percent of the class C voting convertible common stock and controls the outcome of all issues requiring a vote of stockholders. All of our publicly traded stock is nonvoting stock. Consequently, except to the extent provided by law, stockholders other than Frank Holmes have no vote with respect to the election of directors or any other matter requiring a vote of stockholders. This lack of voting rights may adversely affect the market value of the publicly traded class A nonvoting common stock.
The loss of key personnel could negatively affect the Company’s financial performance.
The success of the Company depends on key personnel, including the portfolio managers, analysts, and executive officers. Competition for qualified, motivated, and skilled personnel in the asset management industry remains significant. As the business grows, the Company will likely need to increase the number of employees. Moreover, in order to retain certain key personnel, the Company may be required to increase compensation to such individuals, resulting in additional expense. The loss of key personnel or the Company’s failure to attract replacement personnel could negatively affect its financial performance.
The Company could be subject to losses if it fails to properly safeguard sensitive and confidential information.
As part of the Company’s normal operations, it maintains and transmits confidential information about the Company and the Funds’ clients as well as proprietary information relating to its business operations. These systems could be victimized by unauthorized users or corrupted by computer viruses or other malicious software code, or authorized persons could inadvertently or intentionally release confidential or proprietary information. Such a breach could subject the Company to liability for a failure to safeguard client data, result in the termination of relationships with our existing customers, require significant capital and operating expenditures to investigate and remediate the breach and subject the Company to regulatory action.

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We rely upon certain critical information systems for the operation of our business, and the failure of any critical information system, including a cyber-security breach, may result in harm to our business.
We are heavily dependent on technology infrastructure and rely upon certain critical information systems for the effective operation of our business. These information systems include data network and telecommunications, internet access and our websites, and various computer hardware equipment and software applications. These information systems are subject to damage or interruption from a number of potential sources including natural disasters, software viruses or other malware, power failures, cyber-attacks and other events to the extent that these information systems are under our control. We have implemented measures, such as virus protection software, intrusion detection systems and emergency recovery processes to address the outlined risks. However, security measures for information systems cannot be guaranteed to be failsafe. Any compromise of our data security or our inability to use or access these information systems at critical points in time could unfavorably impact the timely and efficient operation of our business and subject us to additional costs and liabilities, which could adversely affect our results of operations. Finally, federal legislation relating to cyber-security threats could impose additional requirements on our operations.


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Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None
Item 2. Properties
The Company presently owns and occupies an office building as its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. The office building is approximately 46,000 square feet on approximately 2.5 acres of land. Galileo leases office space in Toronto, Canada.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
There are no material legal proceedings in which the Company is involved.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.

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Part II of Annual Report on Form 10-K
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Market Information
U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (“U.S. Global” or the “Company”) has three classes of common equity: class A, class B, and class C common stock, par value $0.025 per share.
The Company’s class A common stock is traded over-the-counter and is quoted daily under NASDAQ’s Capital Markets. Trades are reported under the symbol “GROW.”
There is no established public trading market for the Company’s class B and class C common stock.
The Company’s class A and class B common stock have no voting privileges.
The following table sets forth the range of high and low sales prices of “GROW” from NASDAQ for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014. The quotations represent prices between dealers and do not include any retail markup, markdown, or commission. 
 
 
Sales Price
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
High ($)    
 
Low ($)    
 
High ($)    
 
Low ($)    
First quarter (9/30)
 
4.00

 
3.26

 
3.40

 
2.10

Second quarter (12/31)
 
3.60

 
2.57

 
2.93

 
2.37

Third quarter (3/31)
 
3.51

 
2.74

 
4.05

 
2.45

Fourth quarter (6/30)
 
3.40

 
2.72

 
3.80

 
3.20

Holders
On September 4, 2015, there were approximately 159 holders of record of class A common stock, no holders of record of class B common stock, and 34 holders of record of class C common stock.
Dividends
The Company has paid $0.005 per share per month in fiscal year 2015 and 2014. A monthly dividend of $0.005 has been authorized from July 2015 through September 2015 and a monthly dividend of $0.0025 has been authorized from October 2015 through December 2015, and will be reviewed by the Board quarterly. Payment of cash dividends is within the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and is dependent on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the Company, and general business conditions.
Securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans
Information relating to equity compensation plans under which our stock is authorized for issuance is set forth in Item 12 of Part III of this Form 10-K under the heading “Equity Compensation Plan Information.” 

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Purchases of equity securities by the issuer
Effective January 1, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program authorizing the Company to purchase up to $2.75 million of its outstanding class A common shares as market and business conditions warrant on the open market in compliance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. On December 12, 2013, and December 10, 2014, the Board of Directors renewed the share repurchase program for up to $2.75 million of its outstanding class A common stock through calendar year 2015.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2015, the Company had purchased a total of 9,001 class A shares using cash of $25,000. The Company may repurchase class A stock from employees; however, none were repurchased from employees during the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Company did not repurchase any classes B or C common stock during the quarter ended June 30, 2015. 
(dollars in thousands, except price data)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Period
 
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
1
 
Total 
Amount
Purchased
 
Average
Price Paid
Per Share 2
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of 
Publicly
Announced Plan 3
 
Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plan
04-01-15 to 04-30-15
 

 

 
n/a

 

 
2,689

05-01-15 to 05-31-15
 
400

 
1

 
2.83

 
400

 
2,688

06-01-15 to 06-30-15
 
8,601

 
24

 
2.82

 
8,601

 
2,664

Total
 
9,001

 
$
25

 
$
2.82

 
9,001

 
 
1. 
The Board of Directors of the Company approved on December 7, 2012, and renewed on December 12, 2013, and December 10, 2014, a repurchase of up to $2.75 million in each of calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively, of its outstanding class A common stock from time to time on the open market in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
2. 
The average price paid per share of stock repurchased under the stock repurchase program includes the commissions paid to brokers.
3. 
The repurchase plan was approved on December 7, 2012, renewed on December 12, 2013, and December 10, 2014, and will continue through calendar year 2015. The total dollar amount of shares that may be repurchased in 2015 under the renewed program is $2.75 million.


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Company Performance Presentation
The following graph compares the cumulative total return for the Company’s class A common stock (GROW) to the cumulative total return for the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 2000 Index, and the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index for the Company’s last five fiscal years. The graph assumes an investment of $10,000 in the class A common stock and in each index as of June 30, 2010, and that all dividends are reinvested. The historical information included in this graph is not necessarily indicative of future performance and the Company does not make or endorse any predictions as to future stock performance.
 
 
Fiscal Year-End Date
 
 
2010
 
2011
 
2012
 
2013
 
2014
 
2015
U.S. Global Investors, Inc. class A (GROW)
 
$
10,000

 
$
10,529

 
$
6,622

 
$
3,323

 
$
5,655

 
$
4,550

S&P 500 Index
 
$
10,000

 
$
12,385

 
$
13,060

 
$
15,750

 
$
19,626

 
$
21,082

Russell 2000 Index
 
$
10,000

 
$
12,676

 
$
12,413

 
$
15,417

 
$
19,062

 
$
20,298

NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index
 
$
10,000

 
$
11,579

 
$
9,620

 
$
5,219

 
$
5,592

 
$
3,525


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Item 6. Selected Financial Data
The following selected financial data is qualified by reference to, and should be read in conjunction with, the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of this Annual Report in Form 10-K. The selected financial data as of June 30, 2011, through June 30, 2015, and the years then ended, is derived from the Company’s audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
The Company’s Board of Directors formally agreed on August 23, 2013, to exit the transfer agency business so that the Company could focus more on its core strength of investment management. USSI served as transfer agent until conversion to the new transfer agent on December 9, 2013. The transfer agency results, together with expenses associated with discontinuing transfer agency operations, are reflected as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and are, therefore, excluded from continuing operations results.
(dollars in thousands, except operating data and per share data)

Year Ended June 30,
Selected Financial Data

2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
Operating revenues

$
9,371

 
$
11,439

 
$
17,318

 
$
22,374

 
$
39,118

Operating expenses

12,959

 
14,841

 
17,509

 
19,535

 
27,890

Operating income (loss)

(3,588
)
 
(3,402
)
 
(191
)
 
2,839

 
11,228

Other income (loss)

434

 
2,165

 
262

 
(177
)
 
1,008

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

(3,154
)
 
(1,237
)
 
71

 
2,662

 
12,236

Income tax expense (benefit)

822

 
(517
)
 
100

 
1,024

 
4,268

Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
(3,976
)
 
(720
)
 
(29
)
 
1,638

 
7,968

Loss from discontinued operations
 

 
(243
)
 
(165
)
 
(108
)
 
(136
)
Net income (loss)

(3,976
)
 
(963
)
 
(194
)
 
1,530

 
7,832

Less net income attributable to non-controlling interest
 
54

 
7

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
$
(4,030
)
 
$
(970
)
 
$
(194
)
 
$
1,530

 
$
7,832

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings Per Share Attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. - Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
0.00

 
$
0.11

 
$
0.52

   Loss from discontinued operations
 
0.00

 
(0.02
)
 
(0.01
)
 
(0.01
)
 
(0.01
)
Net income (loss) attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.

$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
0.10

 
$
0.51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends per common share
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.06

 
$
0.17

 
$
0.24

 
$
0.24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Working capital

$
19,767

 
$
24,673

 
$
22,958

 
$
25,711

 
$
32,366

Total assets

30,770

 
37,846

 
38,683

 
41,756

 
45,967

Total U.S. Global Investors, Inc. Shareholders’ Equity

28,569

 
35,070

 
36,849

 
38,710

 
41,057

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Flow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$
(672
)
 
$
(15,189
)
 
$
461

 
$
1,817

 
$
7,719

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(390
)
 
4,050

 
(368
)
 
(4,894
)
 
(846
)
Net cash used in financing activities

(1,122
)
 
(1,061
)
 
(2,621
)
 
(3,518
)
 
(3,503
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Data (in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average assets under management

$
931

 
$
1,078

 
$
1,552

 
$
2,055

 
$
2,819


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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
This discussion reviews and analyzes the consolidated results of operations of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “U.S. Global” or the “Company”) for the past three fiscal years and other factors that may affect future financial performance. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements, Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements and Selected Financial Data of this Annual Report in Form 10-K.
Recent Trends in Financial Markets
During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, global markets faced a number of challenges, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Greek debt crisis, falling commodity prices, tepid manufacturing activity and an economic slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy. In March 2015, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) initiated a long-awaited quantitative easing (“QE”) program, after Japan began its own in 2013.
The Federal Reserve (“Fed”) completed its QE program in October 2014 with the belief that the economy had improved enough since the recession to weather a reduction of the monetary stimulus. However, this coincided with a peak in U.S. industrial production. Months of speculation as to when the Fed might begin the process of normalizing interest rates spooked some investors, even as dividends from S&P 500 Index companies jumped 15 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and stock buyback programs were expected to reach an all-time high of $1.2 trillion by the end of the year.
Gold prices have fallen from their peak in September 2011 when real interest rates were a negative three percent for a 10-year U.S. Treasury, versus a positive two percent at the end of June 2015. The fear of rising real interest rates, inflation minus the consumer price index (“CPI”), also put pressure on the price of gold, as the metal, which doesn’t pay a dividend, becomes less attractive to some investors when real rates are higher. Also putting pressure on gold and other commodities was the strong U.S. dollar, which began to rise in July 2014 on improved economic and employment trends. The dollar hit a high of 100 in March 2015 against a basket of currencies, its highest level since April 2003. There is a strong inverse relationship between the dollar and commodity prices.
During this period, the gold bear market was extended to four years, the second-longest such market in 40 years, with some investors wondering if the yellow metal had lost its “safe haven” status. In the past, gold prices have often responded positively to financial and economic crises, but they budged little in response to the Shanghai stock market crash in June 2015 or to Greece and Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt troubles. Despite losing 1.7 percent, the yellow metal was the second-best-performing global currency in 2014, following the U.S. dollar.
The U.S. leads the world in technology, including fracking, which greatly expands U.S. production to become a global leader again. The success of American ingenuity has both positive and negative consequences. It’s great for consumers at the gas pump as well as airlines but bad for drillers and producers.
Starting in July 2014, the price of crude oil fell dramatically as the shale revolution and unconventional extraction methods, including fracking, allowed American producers to increase output and saturate the marketplace with crude. Meanwhile, member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (“OPEC”) agreed in November 2014 to maintain the production level of 30 million barrels per day, in the interest of “restoring market equilibrium.” While low oil prices have been a detriment to net exporting countries such as Russia and Venezuela, they have been a boon to net importing countries, specifically in Asia: China, India, Thailand and others. Industries and sectors that benefited from the oil slump included transportation, travel and leisure and automobile manufacturing.
Mutual funds in general continued to see outflows as mutual funds were relatively out of favor compared to other investment alternatives, including exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), whose asset flows increased during the period.
Assets under management (“AUM”) declined during the period along with falling emerging markets and resources. To manage expenses, the Company maintains a flexible structure for one of its largest costs, compensation expense, by setting relatively lower base salaries with bonuses that are tied to average AUM and fund performance. Thus, our expense model somewhat expands and contracts with asset swings and performance.

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Business Segments
The Company, with principal operations located in San Antonio, Texas, manages three business segments:
1.
Investment Management Services, through which the Company offers, through U.S. Global Investors Funds (“USGIF” or the “Fund(s)”), offshore clients and an exchange traded fund (“ETF”), a range of investment management products and services to meet the needs of individual and institutional investors;
2.
Investment Management Services - Canada, through which, as of June 1, 2014, the Company owns a 65% controlling interest in Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. (“Galileo”), a privately held Toronto-based asset management firm which offers investment management products and services in Canada; and
3.
Corporate Investments, through which the Company invests for its own account in an effort to add growth and value to its cash position. Although the Company generates the majority of its revenues from its investment advisory segments, the Company holds a significant amount of its total assets in investments.
Assets Under Management (AUM)
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
June 30, 2015
 
June 30, 2014
Investment Management Services
 
USGIF
 
$
590,826

 
$
945,928

 
 
U.S Global Jets ETF
 
39,200

 

 
 
Offshore Advisory Clients
 
11,527

 
20,012

 
 
Total AUM
 
641,553

 
965,940

Investment Management Services - Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Canadian Funds
 
67,571

 
127,053

 
 
Other Advisory Clients
 
83,147

 
140,157

 
 
Total AUM
 
150,718

 
267,210

Total AUM
 
 
 
$
792,271

 
$
1,233,150

On June 30, 2015, total assets under management as of period end were $792 million versus $1.23 billion on June 30, 2014, a decrease of 36 percent. The decrease was primarily due to market depreciation and redemptions in USGIF, offshore funds and Galileo funds, somewhat offset by the addition of the ETF.
During fiscal year 2015, average assets under management were $931 million versus $1.08 billion in fiscal year 2014, a decrease of 14 percent. The decrease was primarily due to net shareholder redemptions and market depreciation.
The following is a brief discussion of the Company’s three business segments.
Investment Management Services
In fiscal year 2015, the Company generated substantially all of its operating revenues from managing and servicing the Funds and offshore advisory clients. These revenues are largely dependent on the total value and composition of assets under its management. Fluctuations in the markets and investor sentiment directly impact the Funds’ asset levels, thereby affecting income and results of operations.
Detailed information regarding the funds managed by the Company within USGIF can be found on the Company’s website, www.usfunds.com, including performance information for each fund for various time periods, assets under management as of the most recent month end, and inception date of each fund.
The mutual fund shareholders in USGIF are not required to give advance notice prior to redemption of shares in the funds; however, the USGIF equity funds charge a redemption fee if the Fund shares have been held for less than the applicable periods of time set forth in the Funds’ prospectuses. The fixed income funds charge no redemption fee. Detailed information about redemption fees can be found in the Funds’ prospectus, which is available on the Company’s website, www.usfunds.com.
Beginning in April 2015, the Company provides advisory services for an ETF and receives monthly advisory fees, based on the net asset values of the fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Company recorded advisory fees from the ETF client totaling $26,000. Information on the ETF can be found at www.usglobaletfs.com, including the prospectus, performance and holdings.

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The Company provides advisory services for two offshore clients (a third offshore fund liquidated in November 2013) and receives monthly advisory fees, based on the net asset values of the clients and performance fees based on the overall increase in net asset values, if any. In fiscal year 2015, the Company recorded advisory and performance fees from the offshore clients totaling $130,000 and $0, respectively, and $190,000 and $4,000, respectively, in fiscal year 2014. The performance fees for these clients are calculated and recorded in accordance with the terms of the advisory agreements. These fees may fluctuate significantly from year to year based on factors that may be out of the Company’s control. Frank Holmes, CEO, serves as a director of the two offshore clients.
The following tables summarize the changes in assets under management for USGIF for fiscal years 2015, 2014 and 2013: 
 
 
2015
(dollars in thousands)
 
Equity
 
Fixed Income
 
Total
Beginning Balance
 
$
815,368

 
$
130,560

 
$
945,928

Market appreciation/(depreciation)
 
(256,504
)
 
761

 
(255,743
)
Dividends and distributions
 
(10,590
)
 
(1,666
)
 
(12,256
)
Net shareholder purchases/(redemptions)
 
(106,031
)
 
18,928

 
(87,103
)
Ending Balance
 
$
442,243

 
$
148,583

 
$
590,826

Average investment management fee
 
0.95
%
 
%
 
0.76
%
Average net assets
 
$
581,188

 
$
146,027

 
$
727,215

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
(dollars in thousands)
 
Equity
 
Money Market
and
Fixed Income
 
Total
Beginning Balance
 
$
857,302

 
$
283,144

 
$
1,140,446

Market appreciation
 
132,774

 
2,806

 
135,580

Dividends and distributions
 
(20,287
)
 
(1,695
)
 
(21,982
)
Net shareholder redemptions
 
(154,421
)
 
(153,695
)
 
(308,116
)
Ending Balance
 
$
815,368

 
$
130,560

 
$
945,928

Average investment management fee
 
0.97
%
 
%
 
0.79
%
Average net assets
 
$
841,492

 
$
195,050

 
$
1,036,542

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
2013
(dollars in thousands)
 
Equity
 
Money Market
and
Fixed Income
 
Total
Beginning Balance
 
$
1,289,160

 
$
302,770

 
$
1,591,930

Market depreciation
 
(146,115
)
 
(87
)
 
(146,202
)
Dividends and distributions
 
(14,981
)
 
(1,675
)
 
(16,656
)
Net shareholder redemptions
 
(270,762
)
 
(17,864
)
 
(288,626
)
Ending Balance
 
$
857,302

 
$
283,144

 
$
1,140,446

Average investment management fee
 
0.98
%
 
%
 
0.79
%
Average net assets
 
$
1,229,373

 
$
293,027

 
$
1,522,400

As shown above, both average and period-end assets under management decreased in fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal year 2014 and in fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2013. The decrease in assets under management in fiscal year 2015 was driven by market depreciation and redemptions, primarily in the natural resources funds, and redemptions in the international equity funds. The decrease in assets under management in fiscal year 2014 was driven by redemptions, primarily in the money market and natural resources funds, offset by market appreciation, primarily in the natural resources funds. In fiscal 2014, the Company liquidated one of its money market funds and converted the other money market fund to an ultra-short bond fund, which contributed to the redemptions in these funds.
A significant portion of the dividends and distributions shown above are reinvested and included in net shareholder purchases/(redemptions).
The average annualized investment management fee rate (total advisory fees, excluding performance fees, as a percentage of average assets under management) was 76 basis points fiscal year 2015, and 79 basis points in fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2013. The average investment management fee for equity funds in fiscal year 2015, 2014, and 2013 was 95, 97 and 98 basis points,

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respectively. The average investment management fee for the money market and fixed income funds was nil or close to nil for fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013. This is due to voluntary fee waivers on these funds as discussed in Note 6 Investment Management and Other Fees of the Consolidated Financial Statements of this Annual Report in Form 10-K.
Investment Management Services - Canada
Effective March 31, 2013, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, U.S. Global Investors (Canada) Limited (“USCAN”), purchased 50 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. (“Galileo”), a privately held Toronto-based asset management firm, for $600,000 cash.
Effective June 1, 2014, the Company, through USCAN, completed its purchase of an additional 15 percent interest in Galileo from the company’s founder, Michael Waring, for $180,000 cash. This strategic investment brings USCAN’s ownership to 65 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Galileo, which represents controlling interest of Galileo. Through Galileo, the Company expects to increase its presence in Canada. The non-controlling interest in this subsidiary is included in “non-controlling interest in subsidiaries” in the equity section of the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Frank Holmes, CEO, and Susan McGee, President and General Counsel, serve as directors of Galileo.
Corporate Investments
Management believes it can more effectively manage the Company’s cash position by maintaining certain types of investments utilized in cash management and continues to believe that such activities are in the best interest of the Company.
The following summarizes the market value, cost, and unrealized gain or loss on investments recorded at fair value as of June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014.
Securities
 
Market Value
 
Cost
 
Unrealized Gain
(Loss)
 
Unrealized gains on
available-for-sale
securities, net of tax
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trading 1
 
$
15,640

 
$
16,491

 
$
(851
)
 
N/A

Available-for-sale 2
 
4,263

 
4,602

 
(339
)
 
$
(339
)
Total at June 30, 2015
 
$
19,903

 
$
21,093

 
$
(1,190
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trading 1
 
$
17,817

 
$
18,067

 
$
(250
)
 
N/A

Available-for-sale 2
 
6,196

 
4,851

 
1,345

 
$
888

Total at June 30, 2014
 
$
24,013

 
$
22,918

 
$
1,095

 
 
1. 
Unrealized and realized gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
2. 
Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and recorded in other comprehensive income (loss) as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized.
In addition, as of June 30, 2015, and 2014 the Company held approximately $2.3 million and $1.4 million, respectively, in other investments held at cost.
As of June 30, 2015, and 2014, the Company held approximately $5.1 million and $6.1 million, respectively, in investments other than the clients the Company advises. Investments in securities classified as trading are reflected as current assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at their fair market value. Unrealized gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Investments in securities classified as available for sale, which may not be readily marketable, are reflected as non-current assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at their fair value. Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and reported in other comprehensive income (loss) as a separate component of shareholders’ equity until realized.
Investment income (loss) from the Company’s investments includes:
realized gains and losses on sales of securities;
unrealized gains and losses on trading securities;
realized foreign currency gains and losses;
other-than-temporary impairments on available-for-sale securities; and
dividend and interest income.

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Investment income can be volatile and may vary depending on market fluctuations, the Company’s ability to participate in investment opportunities, and timing of transactions. A significant portion of the unrealized gains and losses is concentrated in a small number of issuers. For fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, the Company had net recognized gains (losses) on sales or other-than-temporary impairment of securities of $313,000; $878,000; and $(26,000); respectively. Due to market volatility, the Company expects that gains or losses will continue to fluctuate in the future.
Consolidated Results of Operations
The following is a discussion of the consolidated results of operations of the Company and a detailed discussion of the Company’s revenues and expenses.
 
 
Year Ended June 30,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net income (loss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(3,976
)
 
$
(720
)
 
$
(29
)
Less: Income attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiary
 
54

 
7

 

Loss from continuing operations attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
(4,030
)
 
(727
)
 
(29
)
Loss from discontinued operations attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 

 
(243
)
 
(165
)
Net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
$
(4,030
)
 
$
(970
)
 
$
(194
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
 
 
Basic
 
15,399,831

 
15,459,022

 
15,482,612

Effect of dilutive securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee stock options
 

 

 

Diluted
 
15,399,831

 
15,459,022

 
15,482,612

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
0.00

Loss from discontinued operations
 
0.00

 
(0.02
)
 
(0.01
)
Net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.01
)
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
0.00

Loss from discontinued operations
 
0.00

 
(0.02
)
 
(0.01
)
Net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.01
)

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Year Ended June 30, 2015 Compared with Year Ended June 30, 2014
The Company posted a net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. of $4,030,000 ($0.26 loss per share) for the year ended June 30, 2015, compared with a net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. of $970,000 ($0.06 loss per share) for the year ended June 30, 2014. This decrease in profitability is primarily attributable to the following factors:
Operating Revenues
Total consolidated operating revenues for the year ended June 30, 2015, decreased $2.1 million, or 18.1 percent, compared with the year ended June 30, 2014. This decrease was primarily attributable to the following:
Advisory fees decreased by $1.1 million, or 13.9 percent as the result of lower assets under management and increased performance fee adjustments. Investment advisory fees are comprised of two components: a base management fee and a performance fee. The performance fee is a fulcrum fee that is adjusted upwards or downwards by 0.25 percent when there is a performance difference of 5 percent or more between a fund’s performance and that of its designated benchmark index over the prior rolling 12 months.
Base management fees decreased approximately $893,000 primarily as a result of lower USGIF assets under management due to market depreciation in the natural resources funds and shareholder redemptions in the natural resources and international equity funds. Included in the net $893,000 decrease was an increase in Canadian-based advisory fees of $1.8 million due to consolidating twelve months of Galileo revenue in fiscal year 2015 versus consolidating only one month in fiscal year 2014.
Performance fee adjustments paid out in the current period increased $185,000 versus the corresponding period in the prior year.
Distribution fees decreased by $566,000, or 28.7 percent, as a result of lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based.
Shareholder services fees decreased by $301,000, or 32.3 percent, as a result of a decline in net assets held through institutions.
Administrative services fees decreased by $123,000, or 15.9 percent, as a result of lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based.
Operating Expenses
Total consolidated operating expenses for the year ended June 30, 2015, decreased by $1.9 million, or 12.7 percent, compared with the prior year and was primarily attributable to the following:
Employee compensation and benefits decreased by $916,000, or 13.5 percent, primarily as a result of fewer employees and lower performance-based bonuses.
Platform fees increased by $153,000, or 8.0 percent, due to consolidation of Galileo fees for twelve months in fiscal year 2015 versus one month in fiscal year 2014, but the increase in platform fees was somewhat offset by lower assets held through broker-dealer platforms.
Advertising decreased $204,000, or 33.2 percent, as a result of decreased marketing and sales costs.
General and administrative expenses decreased $986,000, or 18.7 percent, primarily due to higher fund reimbursements and fund restructuring costs in the prior year, but offset somewhat by the consolidation of twelve months of Galileo expenses in fiscal year 2015, versus one month of Galileo expenses in fiscal year 2014.
Other Income
Total consolidated other income for the year ended June 30, 2015, decreased $1.7 million, or 80.0 percent, compared with the year ended June 30, 2014. This decrease was primarily attributable to unrealized losses on trading securities in fiscal 2015 versus unrealized gains in fiscal 2014. The Company also recognized a gain in conjunction with the acquisition of Galileo and had more realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2015.
Discontinued Operations
There was no loss attributed to discontinued operation in the year ended June 30, 2015. Total loss, net of tax, on discontinued operations for the year ended June 30, 2014, was $243,000. This prior year loss reflects residual costs from winding down operations after the transfer agent transitioned to a third party in December 2013.

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Year Ended June 30, 2014 Compared with Year Ended June 30, 2013
The Company posted a net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. of $970,000 ($0.06 loss per share) for the year ended June 30, 2014, compared with net loss attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. of $194,000 ($0.01 loss per share) for the year ended June 30, 2013. This decrease in profitability is primarily attributable to the following factors:
Operating Revenues
Total consolidated operating revenues for the year ended June 30, 2014, decreased $5.9 million, or 33.9 percent, compared with the year ended June 30, 2013. This decreased was primarily attributable to the following:
Advisory fees decreased by $4.4 million, or 36.3 percent as the result of lower assets under management and increased performance fees adjustment. Advisory fees are comprised of two components: a base management fee and a performance fee. The performance fee is a fulcrum fee that is adjusted upwards or downwards by 0.25 percent when there is a performance difference of 5 percent or more between a fund’s performance and that of its designated benchmark index over the prior rolling 12 months.
Base management fees decreased $3.9 million as a result of lower assets under management due to market depreciation and shareholder redemptions in the natural resources and money markets funds.
Performance fee adjustments paid out in the current period increased $682,000 versus the corresponding period in the prior year.
Distribution fees decreased by $843,000, or 29.9 percent, as a result of lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based.
Shareholder services fees decreased by $452,000, or 32.7 percent, as a result of a decline in net assets held through institutions.
Administrative services fees decreased by $155,000, or 16.7 percent, as a result of lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based, offset by the fee change implemented in December 2013.
Operating Expenses
Total consolidated operating expenses for the year ended June 30, 2014, decreased by $2.7 million, or 15.2 percent, compared with the prior year and was primarily attributable to the following:
Employee compensation and benefits decreased by $1.5 million, or 18.4 percent, primarily as a result of lower performance-based bonuses and fewer employees.
Platform fees decreased by $760,000, or 28.5 percent, primarily due to lower assets held through broker-dealer platforms.
Advertising decreased $247,000, or 28.7 percent, as a result of decreased marketing and sales costs.
General and administrative expenses decreased $110,000, or 2.0 percent, representing a decrease of approximately $635,000 primarily due to lower fund and operation expenses offset by one-time costs of approximately $525,000, including legal and proxy filing and solicitation costs, related to strategic fund changes in the fall of 2013.
Other Income
Total consolidated other income for the year ended June 30, 2014, increased $1.9 million, or 726.3 percent, compared with the year ended June 30, 2013. This increase was primarily attributable to realized gains on sale of available-for-sale securities, unrealized gains on trading securities, increased dividend and interest income and gains recognized in conjunction with the acquisition of Galileo.
Discontinued Operations
Total loss, net of tax, on discontinued operations for the year ended June 30, 2014, increased by $78,000, or 47.3 percent, from $165,000 for fiscal year 2013 to $243,000 for fiscal year 2014. The prior year loss reflects a period in which the transfer agent was still in full operations while the current year reflects residual costs from winding down operations after the transfer agent transitioned to a third party in December 2013.

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Operating Revenues and Other Income
(dollars in thousands)
 
2015

2014

%
Change

2014

2013

%
Change
Investment advisory fees:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natural resources funds
 
$
2,866

 
$
5,019

 
(42.9
)%
 
$
5,019

 
$
9,302

 
(46.0
)%
International equity funds
 
1,144

 
1,666

 
(31.3
)%
 
1,666

 
2,170

 
(23.2
)%
Domestic equity funds
 
509

 
640

 
(20.5
)%
 
640

 
399

 
60.4
 %
Fixed income funds
 

 
7

 
(100.0
)%
 
7

 

 
N/A

Total investment advisory fees - USGIF
 
4,519

 
7,332

 
(38.4
)%
 
7,332

 
11,871

 
(38.2
)%
Galileo advisory fees
 
2,007

 
234

 
757.7
 %
 
234

 

 
N/A

Offshore advisory fees
 
130

 
194

 
(33.0
)%
 
194

 
318

 
(39.0
)%
ETF advisory fees
 
26

 

 
N/A

 

 

 
N/A

Total advisory fees
 
6,682

 
7,760

 
(13.9
)%
 
7,760

 
12,189

 
(36.3
)%
Distribution fees
 
1,408

 
1,974

 
(28.7
)%
 
1,974

 
2,817

 
(29.9
)%
Shareholder services fees
 
630

 
931

 
(32.3
)%
 
931

 
1,383

 
(32.7
)%
Administrative services fees
 
651

 
774

 
(15.9
)%
 
774

 
929

 
(16.7
)%
Total Operating Revenue
 
$
9,371

 
$
11,439

 
(18.1
)%
 
$
11,439

 
$
17,318

 
(33.9
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Income (Loss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investment income (loss)
 
$
434

 
$
2,145

 
(79.8
)%
 
$
2,145

 
$
208

 
931.3
 %
Equity in earnings of Galileo
 

 
20

 
(100.0
)%
 
20

 
54

 
(63.0
)%
Total Other Income (Loss)
 
$
434

 
$
2,165

 
(80.0
)%
 
$
2,165

 
$
262

 
726.3
 %
Advisory Fees. Advisory fees, the largest component of the Company’s revenues, are derived from four sources: USGIF advisory fees, Galileo advisory fees, offshore advisory fees and exchange traded fund advisory fees. In fiscal year 2015, these sources accounted for 67.6 percent, 30.0 percent, 2.0 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively, of the Company’s total investment advisory fees.
Investment advisory fees from USGIF are calculated as a percentage of average net assets, ranging from 0.375 percent to 1.375 percent, and are paid monthly. These advisory fees decreased by approximately $2.8 million, or 38.4 percent, in fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal year 2014, primarily as a result of decreased assets under management driven by market depreciation and redemptions, primarily in the natural resources funds and redemptions in the international equity market funds.
Investment advisory fees are affected by changes in assets under management, which include:
market appreciation or depreciation;
the addition of new client accounts;
client contributions of additional assets to existing accounts;
withdrawals of assets from and termination of client accounts;
exchanges of assets between accounts or products with different fee structures; and
the amount of fees voluntarily reimbursed.
As discussed above, the fees on the equity funds within USGIF consist of a base advisory fee that is adjusted upward or downward based on performance. For the year ended June 30, 2015, 2014 and 2013, the Company adjusted its base advisory fees downward by $1 million, $815,000, and $133,000, respectively.
The Company also serves as investment advisor to an ETF, U.S. Global Jets ETF, that commenced operations in April 2015. The Company receives a unitary management fee of 0.60 percent of average net assets and has agreed to bear all expenses of the ETF.
Distribution Fees. The Funds pay U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc. (“USGB”) a distribution fee at an annual rate of 0.25 percent of the average daily net assets of the investor class of each of the equity funds. Distribution fees decreased by $566,000 and $843,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively, due to lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based.
Shareholder Services Fees. In connection with obtaining and/or providing administrative services to the beneficial owners of USGIF through broker-dealers, banks, trust companies and similar institutions which provide such services, the Company receives shareholder services fees at an annual rate of up to 0.20 percent of the value of shares held in accounts at the institutions, which helps offset related platform costs. Shareholder services fees decreased by $301,000 and $452,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively, due to a decline in net assets held through institutions.

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Administrative Services Fees. The Funds pay the Company compensation based on average daily net assets for administrative services provided by the Company to the Funds. Effective December 2013, the Funds’ Board of Trustees increased the rate from 0.08 percent to 0.10 percent for each investor class and from 0.06 percent to 0.08 percent for each institutional class plus $10,000 per Fund. Effective November 1, 2014, the per fund fee changed to $7,000 per year. Administrative services fees decreased by $123,000 and $155,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively, due to lower average net assets under management upon which these fees are based.
Investment Income (Loss). Investment income (loss) from the Company’s investments includes:
realized gains and losses on sales of securities;
unrealized gains and losses on trading securities;
realized foreign currency gains and losses;
other-than-temporary impairments on available-for-sale securities; and
dividend and interest income.
This source of revenue is dependent on market fluctuations and does not remain at a consistent level. Timing of transactions and the Company’s ability to participate in investment opportunities largely affect this source of revenue.
Investment income decreased by $1.7 million in fiscal year 2015 primarily due to unrealized losses on trading securities in fiscal 2015 versus unrealized gains in fiscal 2014. The Company also recognized a gain in conjunction with the acquisition of Galileo and had more realized gains on sale of available-for-sale securities in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2015. Investment income increased by $1.9 million in fiscal year 2014 due to realized gains on sales of available-for-sale securities, unrealized gains on trading securities, increased dividend and interest income and gains recognized in conjunction with the acquisition of Galileo.This decrease was primarily attributable to unrealized losses on trading securities in fiscal 2015 versus unrealized gains in fiscal 2014.
Included in investment income were other-than-temporary impairments of $247,000; $3,000; and $47,000 in fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. The impairment in fiscal year 2015 resulted from the issuers defaulting on scheduled payments. One security with a cost basis of $44,000 was written down to its fair value of $5,000. Two other securities, which have resumed interest payments, were written down to the net present value of estimated cash flows. These securities had a cost basis of $310,000 and $1,102,000, respectively, and were written down to $234,000 and $970,000, respectively. In making these determinations, the Company considered the length of time and extent to which the fair value has been less than cost basis, financial condition and prospects of the issuers and the Company's ability to hold the investment until recovery.
Equity Investment in Galileo. In fiscal year 2013, the Company made an investment in Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. that was accounted for under the equity method. Effective June 1, 2014, the Company acquired an additional 15 percent interest, bringing its ownership to 65 percent of the issued and outstanding shares, which represents a controlling interest. From March 31, 2013, to June 1, 2014, the Company accounted for its interest in Galileo under the equity method with its share of Galileo’s profit or loss recognized in earnings, including $20,000 in other income in fiscal year 2014. Effective June 1, 2014, the Company accounted for the Galileo acquisition as a business combination. For additional details, please see Note 3 Business Combination to the Consolidated Financial Statements of this Annual Report in Form 10-K.
Operating Expenses 
(dollars in thousands)
 
2015
 
2014
 
%
Change
 
2014
 
2013
 
%
Change
Employee compensation and benefits
 
$
5,890

 
$
6,806

 
(13.5
)%
 
$
6,806

 
$
8,345

 
(18.4
)%
General and administrative
 
4,275

 
5,261

 
(18.7
)%
 
5,261

 
5,371

 
(2.0
)%
Platform fees
 
2,056

 
1,903

 
8.0
 %
 
1,903

 
2,663

 
(28.5
)%
Advertising
 
411

 
615

 
(33.2
)%
 
615

 
862

 
(28.7
)%
Depreciation and amortization
 
327

 
256

 
27.7
 %
 
256

 
268

 
(4.5
)%
Total operating expenses
 
$
12,959

 
$
14,841

 
(12.7
)%
 
$
14,841

 
$
17,509

 
(15.2
)%
Employee Compensation and Benefits. Employee compensation and benefits decreased $916,000, or 13.5 percent, in fiscal year 2015 and decreased $1,539,000, or 18.4 percent, in fiscal year 2014 as a result of lower performance-based bonuses and fewer employees.

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General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses decreased $986,000 in fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal year 2014, primarily due to higher fund reimbursements and fund restructuring cost in the prior year, offset somewhat by the consolidation of twelve months of Galileo expenses in fiscal year 2015 versus one month of Galileo expenses in fiscal year 2014. General and administrative expenses were relatively flat in fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2013. The change in fiscal year 2014 represents a decrease of approximately $635,000 primarily due to lower fund and operational expenses offset by one-time costs of approximately $525,000, including legal and proxy filing and solicitation costs related to strategic fund changes in the fall of 2013.
Platform Fees. Broker-dealers typically charge an asset-based fee for assets held through their platforms. Platform fees increased $153,000, or 8.0 percent, in fiscal year 2015 due to consolidation of Galileo fees for twelve months in fiscal year 2015 versus one month in fiscal year 2014, but were offset by lower assets held through broker-dealer platforms in fiscal year 2015. Platform fees decreased $760,000, or 28.5 percent, in fiscal year 2014 due to decreases in assets held through the broker-dealer platforms. The incremental assets received through the broker-dealer platforms are not as profitable as those received from direct shareholder accounts because of platform fees paid to various broker-dealers for the assets held through the platforms.
Advertising. Advertising decreased by $204,000, or 33.2 percent, in fiscal year 2015 and decreased by $247,000, or 28.7 percent, in fiscal year 2014 as a result of reduced marketing and sales costs.
Income Taxes
The Company and its non-Canadian subsidiaries file a consolidated federal income tax return. USCAN and Galileo file separate tax returns in Canada. Provisions for income taxes include deferred taxes for temporary differences in the basis of assets and liabilities for financial and tax purposes resulting from the use of the liability method of accounting for income taxes.
A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax amount will not be realized. A valuation allowance of $2,073,000 related to the net operating loss carryforward, other carryovers and book/tax differences in the balance sheet is included in deferred taxes at June 30, 2015. A valuation allowance of $35,000 related to the charitable contribution carryover is included in deferred taxes at June 30, 2014.
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
The Company does not have any off balance sheet arrangements.
Contractual Obligations
A summary of contractual obligations of the Company as of June 30, 2015, is as follows:
 
 
Payments due by period
 
 
 
 
Less than
 
1-3
 
4-5
 
More than
Contractual Obligations
 
Total
 
1 year
 
years
 
years
 
5 years
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating lease obligations
 
$
507

 
$
237

 
$
270

 
$

 
$

Contractual obligations
 
351

 
254

 
97

 

 

Total
 
$
858

 
$
491

 
$
367

 
$

 
$

Operating leases consist of office equipment leased from several vendors and office facilities in Canada. Contractual obligations consist of agreements for services used in daily operations. Other contractual obligations not included in this table consist of agreements to waive or reduce fees and/or pay expenses on certain funds. Future obligations under these agreements are dependent upon future levels of fund assets.
The Board of Directors has authorized a monthly dividend of $0.005 per share from July 2015 through September 2015 and a monthly dividend of $0.0025 from October 2015 through December 2015, at which time the Board of Directors will consider continuation of the dividend. Payment of cash dividends is within the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and is dependent on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the Company, and general business conditions. The total amount of cash dividends to be paid to class A and class C shareholders from July 2015 to December 2015 will be approximately $345,000.



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Liquidity and Capital Resources
At June 30, 2015, the Company had net working capital (current assets minus current liabilities) of approximately $19.8 million and a current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) of 13.1 to 1. With approximately $3.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and $19.9 million in securities recorded at fair value, which together comprise approximately 76 percent of total assets, the Company has adequate liquidity to meet its current obligations. Total shareholders’ equity attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc. was approximately $28.6 million. Approximately $3.6 million in cash and investments in USCAN and Galileo are included in the amounts above. USGI would be required to accrue and pay taxes to repatriate (i.e., bring back into the U.S.) these funds, and there is no current intention to repatriate.
The Company has no long-term debt; thus, the Company’s only material commitment going forward is for operating expenses. The Company also has access to a $1 million credit facility, which can be utilized for working capital purposes. The Company’s available working capital and projected cash flow are expected to be sufficient to cover current expenses.
Investment advisory pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940 and related affiliated contracts in the U.S., by law, may not exceed one year in length and, therefore, must be renewed at least annually after an initial two-year term. The investment advisory and related contracts between the Company or its subsidiaries and USGIF expire in September 2016. The investment advisory contract between the Company and the ETF client is in its initial two-year term and will not expire until 2017.
With respect to the Company’s two offshore advisory clients, the contracts between the Company and the clients expire periodically and management anticipates that its offshore clients will renew the contracts.
Management believes current cash reserves, investments, and available financing will be sufficient to meet foreseeable cash needs or capital necessary for the above-mentioned activities and allow the Company to take advantage of investment opportunities whenever available.
Critical Accounting Estimates
The discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are based on the Company’s financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (“GAAP”). The preparation of these financial statements requires the Company to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, and expenses. Management reviews these estimates on an ongoing basis. Estimates are based on experience and on various other assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. While recent accounting policies are described in more detail in Note 2 Significant Accounting Policies to the Consolidated Financial Statements of this Annual Report in Form 10-K, the Company believes the accounting policies that require management to make assumptions and estimates involving significant judgment are those relating to valuation of investments, income taxes, and valuation of stock-based compensation.
Principles of Consolidation. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: United Shareholder Services, Inc.(“USSI”), U.S. Global Investors (Guernsey) Limited (“USGG”), U.S. Global Investors (Bermuda) Limited (“USBERM”, U.S. Global Brokerage, Inc. (“USGB”), U.S. Global Investors (Canada) Limited (“USCAN”) and U.S. Global Indices, LLC.
As previously discussed, effective June 1, 2014, the Company, through USCAN, completed its purchase of an additional 15 percent interest in Galileo, which brings USCAN’s ownership to 65 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Galileo and represents controlling interest of Galileo. Galileo is consolidated with USCAN and the non-controlling interest in this subsidiary is included in “non-controlling interest in subsidiary” in the equity section of the Consolidated Balance Sheets. After the purchase of the additional interest, Galileo changed its fiscal year end from December 31 to June 30, effective June 30, 2014, to correspond to the Company’s year end. This change was treated as a change in accounting principle.
The Company’s evaluation for consolidation includes whether entities in which it has an interest are variable interest entities (“VIEs”) and whether the Company is the primary beneficiary of any VIEs identified in its analysis. A VIE is an entity in which either (a) the equity investment at risk is not sufficient to permit the entity to finance its own activities without additional financial support or (b) the group of holders of the equity investment at risk lacks certain characteristics of a controlling financial interest. The primary beneficiary is the entity that has the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the VIE’s economic performance and the obligation to absorb losses of or right to receive benefits from the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIE. If the VIE qualifies for the investment company deferral, the primary beneficiary is the entity that has the obligation to absorb a majority of the expected losses or the right to receive the majority of the residual returns.
The Company holds variable interests in, but is not deemed to be the primary beneficiary of, the funds it advises. The Company has determined that these entities qualify for the Investment Company deferral in the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC)

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810-10-65-2 (aa) and thus determines whether it is the primary beneficiary of these entities by virtue of its exposure to the expected losses and expected residual returns of the entity. The Company’s interests in these entities consist of the Company’s direct ownership therein, which in each case is insignificant to the total ownership of the fund, and any fees earned but uncollected. In the ordinary course of business, the Company may choose to waive certain fees or assume operating expenses of the funds it advises for competitive, regulatory or contractual reasons (see Note 6 Investment Management and Other Fees to the Consolidated Financial Statements of this Annual Report in Form 10-K for information regarding fee waivers). The Company has not provided financial support to any of these entities outside the ordinary course of business. The Company’s risk of loss with respect to these managed entities is limited to the carrying value of its investments in, and fees receivable from, the entities. The Company does not consolidate these VIEs because it is not the primary beneficiary of these VIEs.
Business Combinations. Business combinations are accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting. Results of operations of an acquired business are included from the date of acquisition. Management estimates the fair value of the acquired assets, including identifiable intangible assets, assumed liabilities, and non-controlling interest in the acquiree based on their estimated fair values as of the date of acquisition. Any excess fair value of the acquired net assets over the acquisition date fair value of the consideration transferred, if any, is recorded as “goodwill” on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Any excess acquisition date fair value of the consideration transferred over fair value of the acquired net assets is recorded as a gain on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Investments. The Company classifies its investments based on intent at the time of purchase and reevaluates such designation as of each reporting period date. The Company records security transactions on trade date. Realized gains (losses) from security transactions are calculated on the first-in/first-out cost basis, unless otherwise identifiable, and are recorded in earnings on the date of sale.
Trading Securities. Securities that are purchased and held principally for the purpose of selling in the near term are classified as trading securities and are reported at fair value. Unrealized holding gains and losses on these securities are included in earnings.
Held-to-Maturity Securities. Investments in debt securities that are purchased with the intent and ability to hold until maturity are classified as held-to-maturity and measured at amortized cost. The Company currently has no investments classified as held-to-maturity.
Available-for-sale Securities. Investments that are neither trading securities nor held-to-maturity securities and for which the Company does not have significant influence are classified as available-for-sale securities and reported at fair value. Unrealized holding gains and losses on these available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings, reported net of tax as a separate component of shareholders’ equity, and recorded in earnings on the date of sale.
The Company evaluates its available-for-sale investments for other-than-temporary decline in value on a periodic basis. This may exist when the fair value of an investment security has been below the current value for an extended period of time. When a security in the Company’s investment portfolio has an unrealized loss in fair value that is deemed to be other than temporary, the Company reduces the book value of such security to its current fair value, recognizing the credit related decline as a realized loss in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and a revised GAAP cost basis for the security is established. For available-for-sale securities with declines in value deemed other than temporary, the unrealized loss recorded net of tax in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) is realized as a charge to net income.
Other Investments. Other investments consist of equity investments in entities over which the Company is unable to exercise significant influence and which do not have readily determinable fair values. These equity investments are accounted for under the cost method of accounting and evaluated for impairment. The Company considers many factors in determining impairment, including the severity and duration of the decline in value below cost, the Company’s interest and ability to hold the security for a period of time sufficient for an anticipated recovery in value, and the financial condition and specific events related to the issuer. When an impairment of an equity security is determined to be other-than-temporary, the impairment is recognized in earnings.
Equity Method Investments. Investments classified as equity method consist of investments in companies in which the Company is able to exercise significant influence but not control. Under the equity method of accounting, the Company’s proportional share of investee’s underlying net income or loss is recorded as a component of Other Income and increases or decreases to the carrying value of the investee. Distributions received from the investment reduce the Company’s carrying value of the investee. These investments are evaluated for impairment if events or circumstances arise that indicates that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments. The financial instruments of the Company are reported on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at market or fair values or at carrying amounts that approximate fair values.

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Intangible Asset. An intangible asset, consisting of a non-compete agreement, acquired in connection with the acquisition of Galileo shares effective June 1, 2014, is recorded at fair value determined using a discounted cash flow model as of the date of acquisition. The discounted cash flow model included various factors to project future cash flows expected to be generated from the asset, including: (1) an estimated rate of change for underlying managed assets; (2) expected revenue per managed assets; (3) incremental operating expenses; and (4) a discount rate. Management estimates a rate of change for underlying managed assets based on an estimated net redemption or sales rate. Expected revenue per managed assets and incremental operating expenses of the acquired assets are generally based on contract terms.
The Company has determined that the non-compete agreement has a finite useful life. The Company amortizes this finite-lived identifiable intangible asset on a straight-line basis over its estimated useful life. Management periodically evaluates the remaining useful lives and carrying values of intangible assets to determine whether events and circumstances indicate that a change in the useful life or impairment in value may have occurred. Indicators of impairment monitored by management include a decline in the level of managed assets, changes to contractual provisions underlying the intangible assets and reductions in underlying operating cash flows. Should there be an indication of a change in the useful life or impairment in value of the finite-lived intangible asset, the Company compares the carrying value of the asset and its related useful life to the projected discounted cash flows expected to be generated from the underlying managed assets over its remaining useful life to determine whether impairment has occurred. If the carrying value of the asset exceeds the discounted cash flows, the asset is written down to its fair value determined using discounted cash flows.
Non-Controlling Interests. The Company reports “non-controlling interest in subsidiary” as equity, separate from parent’s equity, on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. In addition, the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations includes “net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest.”
Income Taxes. The Company’s annual effective income tax rate is based on the mix of income and losses in its U.S. and non-U.S. entities which are part of the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements, statutory tax rates, and tax-planning opportunities available to the Company in the various jurisdictions in which it operates. Significant judgment is required in evaluating the Company’s tax positions.
Tax law requires certain items to be included in the tax return at different times from when these items are reflected in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. As a result, the effective tax rate reflected in the Consolidated Financial Statements is different from the tax rate reported on the Company’s consolidated tax return. Some of these differences are permanent, such as expenses that are not deductible in the tax return, and some differences reverse over time, such as depreciation expense. These timing differences create deferred tax assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on temporary differences between the financial reporting and the tax basis of assets and liabilities and are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment dates. In addition, excess tax benefits associated with stock option exercises also create a difference between the tax rate used in the consolidated tax return and the effective tax rate in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations.
The Company assesses uncertain tax positions in accordance with ASC 740 Income Taxes. Judgment is used to identify, recognize, and measure the amounts to be recorded in the financial statements related to tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. A liability is recognized to represent the potential future obligation to the taxing authority for the benefit taken in the tax return. These liabilities are adjusted, including any impact of the related interest and penalties, in light of changing facts and circumstances such as the progress of a tax audit. A number of years may elapse before a particular matter for which a reserve has been established is audited and finally resolved. The number of years with open tax audits varies depending on the tax jurisdiction.
Judgment is used in classifying unrecognized tax benefits as either current or noncurrent liabilities in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets. Settlement of any particular issue would usually require the use of cash. A liability associated with unrecognized tax benefits will generally be classified as a noncurrent liability because there will usually be a period of several years between the filing of the tax return and the final resolution of an uncertain tax position with the taxing authority. Favorable resolutions of tax matters for which reserves have been established are recognized as a reduction to income tax expense when the amounts involved become known.
The Company assesses whether a valuation allowance should be established against its deferred income tax assets based on consideration of available evidence, both positive and negative, using a more likely than not standard. This assessment considers, among other matters, the nature, frequency and severity of recent losses, forecast of future profitability, the duration of statutory carry back and carry forward periods, the Company’s experience with tax attributes expiring unused, and tax planning alternatives.
Assessing the future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements or tax returns requires judgment. Variations in the actual outcome of these future tax consequences could materially impact the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

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Stock-Based Compensation. Stock-based compensation expense is measured at the grant date based on the fair value of the award, and the cost is recognized as expense ratably over the award’s vesting period. No options were granted in fiscal years 2015, 2014 or 2013.
The Company believes that the estimates related to stock-based compensation expense are critical accounting estimates because the assumptions used could significantly impact the timing and amount of stock-based compensation expense recorded in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.
Foreign Exchange. The balance sheets of certain foreign subsidiaries of the Company and certain foreign-denominated investment products are translated at the current exchange rate as of the end of the accounting period and the related income or loss is translated at the average exchange rate in effect during the period. Net exchange gains and losses resulting from these translations are excluded from income and are recorded in “accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)” on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Investment transactions denominated in foreign currencies are converted to U.S. dollars using the exchange rate on the date of the transaction and any related gain or loss is included in “investment income (loss)” on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Market Risk Disclosures
The Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets includes assets whose fair value is subject to market risk. Due to the Company’s investments in securities recorded at fair value, price fluctuations represent a market risk factor affecting the Company’s consolidated financial position. The carrying values of investments subject to price risks are based on quoted market prices or, if not actively traded, management’s estimate of fair value as of the balance sheet date. Market prices fluctuate, and the amount realized in the subsequent sale of an investment may differ significantly from the reported market value.
The Company’s investment activities are reviewed and monitored by Company compliance personnel, and various reports are provided to certain investment advisory clients. Written procedures are in place to manage compliance with the code of ethics and other policies affecting the Company’s investment practices.
The table below summarizes the Company’s price risks as of June 30, 2015, and shows the effects of a hypothetical 25 percent increase and a 25 percent decrease in market prices. 
(dollars in thousands)
 
Fair Value
 
Hypothetical
Percentage Change
 
Estimated Fair
Value After
Hypothetical Price
Change
 
Increase (Decrease) in
Shareholders’ Equity,
Net of Tax
Trading securities 1
 
$
15,640

 
25% increase
 
$
19,550

 
$
3,910

 
 
 
 
25% decrease
 
11,730

 
(3,910
)
Available-for-sale 2
 
4,263

 
25% increase
 
5,329

 
1,066

 
 
 
 
25% decrease
 
3,197

 
(1,066
)
1. 
Unrealized and realized gains and losses on trading securities are included in earnings in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
2. 
Unrealized holding gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and recorded in other comprehensive income (loss) as a component of shareholders’ equity until realized.
The selected hypothetical changes do not reflect what could be considered best- or worst-case scenarios. Results could be significantly different due to both the nature of markets and the concentration of the Company’s investment portfolio.

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
 
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm on Consolidated
Financial Statements
Board of Directors and Stockholders
U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

We have audited the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (the “Company”) as of June 30, 2015 and 2014 and the related Consolidated Statements of Operations, Comprehensive Income (Loss), Shareholders’ Equity, and Cash Flows for each of the three years in the period ended June 30, 2015. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. at June 30, 2015 and 2014, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended June 30, 2015, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of
America.

 
/s/ BDO USA, LLP            
BDO USA, LLP
Dallas, Texas
September 16, 2015

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U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
Assets
 
June 30,
2015

June 30,
2014
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
3,507

 
$
5,910

Trading securities, at fair value
 
15,640

 
17,817

Receivables
 
1,837

 
2,513

Prepaid expenses
 
410

 
525

Deferred tax asset
 

 
51

Total Current Assets
 
21,394

 
26,816

Net Property and Equipment
 
2,736

 
3,024

Other Assets
 
 
 
 
Deferred tax asset, long-term
 

 
298

Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value
 
4,263

 
6,196

Other investments
 
2,303

 
1,413

Intangible assets, net
 
41

 
86

Other assets, long term
 
33

 
13

Total Other Assets
 
6,640

 
8,006

Total Assets
 
$
30,770

 
$
37,846

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
119

 
$
219

Accrued compensation and related costs
 
456

 
581

Dividends payable
 
231

 
232

Other accrued expenses
 
821

 
1,064

Total liabilities held related to discontinued operations
 

 
47

Total Current Liabilities
 
1,627

 
2,143

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 19)
 

 

Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Common stock (class A) - $0.025 par value; nonvoting; authorized, 28,000,000 shares; issued,13,866,421 and 13,866,361 shares at June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014, respectively
 
347

 
347

Common stock (class B) - $0.025 par value; nonvoting; authorized, 4,500,000 shares; no shares issued
 

 

Convertible common stock (class C) - $0.025 par value; voting; authorized, 3,500,000 shares; issued, 2,069,127 and 2,069,187 shares at June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014, respectively
 
52

 
52

Additional paid-in-capital
 
15,694

 
15,669

Treasury stock, class A shares at cost; 555,786 and 501,518 shares at June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2014, respectively
 
(1,464
)
 
(1,280
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
(483
)
 
906

Retained earnings
 
14,423

 
19,376

Total U.S. Global Investors, Inc. Shareholders’ Equity
 
28,569

 
35,070

Non-Controlling Interest in Subsidiary
 
574

 
633

Total Shareholders’ Equity
 
29,143

 
35,703

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 
$
30,770

 
$
37,846


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
 
Year Ended June 30,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
2015

2014

2013
Operating Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advisory fees
 
$
6,682

 
$
7,760

 
$
12,189

Distribution fees
 
1,408

 
1,974

 
2,817

Shareholder services fees
 
630

 
931

 
1,383

Administrative services fees
 
651

 
774

 
929

 
 
9,371

 
11,439

 
17,318

Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
5,890

 
6,806

 
8,345

General and administrative
 
4,275

 
5,261

 
5,371

Platform fees
 
2,056

 
1,903

 
2,663

Advertising
 
411

 
615

 
862

Depreciation and amortization
 
327

 
256

 
268

 
 
12,959

 
14,841

 
17,509

Operating Loss
 
(3,588
)
 
(3,402
)
 
(191
)
Other Income
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investment income
 
434

 
2,145

 
208

Equity in earnings of Galileo



20


54

Total Other Income
 
434

 
2,165

 
262

Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes
 
(3,154
)
 
(1,237
)
 
71

Provision for Federal Income Taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tax expense (benefit)
 
822

 
(517
)
 
100

Loss from Continuing Operations
 
(3,976
)
 
(720
)
 
(29
)
Discontinued Operations
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Loss from operations of discontinued transfer agent
 

 
(368
)
 
(250
)
   Tax benefit
 

 
(125
)
 
(85
)
Loss from Discontinued Operations
 

 
(243
)
 
(165
)
Net Loss

(3,976
)

(963
)

(194
)
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest

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Net Loss Attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.

$
(4,030
)

$
(970
)

$
(194
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings Per Share Attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
0.00

   Loss from discontinued operations
 
0.00

 
(0.02
)
 
(0.01
)
   Net loss
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.01
)
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
0.00

   Loss from discontinued operations
 
0.00

 
(0.02
)
 
(0.01
)
   Net loss
 
$
(0.26
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.01
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding
 
15,399,831

 
15,459,022

 
15,482,612

Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding
 
15,399,831

 
15,459,022

 
15,482,612

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
 
 
Year Ended June 30,
(dollars in thousands)
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net Loss Attributable to U.S. Global Investors, Inc.
 
$
(4,030
)
 
$
(970
)
 
$
(194
)
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax:
 

 

 

Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities arising during period
 
(1,000
)
 
923

 
350

Less: reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income
 </