We argue that the evolution kernel for the scale-dependence of the $B$-meson light-cone distribution amplitude (LCDA) can be written, to all orders in perturbation theory, in terms of the generator
of special conformal transformations in a modified theory: QCD at critical coupling in non-integer $d\neq 4$ dimensions. Explicit expression for the eigenfunctions of the evolution kernel is derived that is valid, again, to all orders. From a practitioner's point of view the utility of this representation is that it allows to ``save one loop'' and obtain the evolution kernel to a given order of perturbation theory, up to a constant term, from the calculation of the conformal anomaly at one order less. This construction is verified by explicit calculation at two-loop level.