Janus reported fourth-quarter net income of $7.8 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, down 85% from $51.6 million net income, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007. For the full year, net income was $138.4 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, down 28% from $192 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, for 2007.

Assets during the entire year fell 40% from $206.7 billion at the start to $123.5 billion by Dec. 31. Janus attributed most of the decline in assets, $77.6 billion, or approximately 93% of the $83.2 billion total, to market depreciation. The remaining $5.6 billion was due to net redemptions throughout the year.

Relatively speaking, Janus emphasized that its funds largely outperformed their peers; 55%, 79% and 83% of the firm’s funds were in the top half of their Lipper categories for the past one, three and five years. Intech funds also did well, with 83% outperforming their benchmarks over the past year, 56% over the past three years, and 100% over both the past five and 10 years.

Janus also touted its additional 50% ownership stake in value shop Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell, for a total 80% ownership, as diversifying its lineup and positioning it to perform well when the market turns around.

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