SGX 1Q Net Profit At $78 Million
“Our securities market continued to be challenging, primarily due to low volatility which more than halved to 6% from 14% a year earlier. We have therefore continued our efforts to transform the Securities market with the introduction in June of Market Makers and Liquidity Providers, who have added both liquidity and depth to our market. In August, we announced that we will introduce 100-share board lots in January 2015 and that we will in March 2015, implement a minimum trading price of $0.20 for our Mainboard shares.
“Our derivatives market continued to see growth, especially our FTSE China A50 futures and iron ore products. Volumes in the Japan Nikkei 225 contract decreased following a decline in the overall market and migration of volumes to Japan.
“The outlook for both the domestic and global markets remains uncertain amid recent turbulence. Against this backdrop, the business environment is challenging. Nevertheless, we are committed to our long-term strategy and will continue to invest in our people, as well as new products, expanded distribution and technology.
“We completed the acquisition of the Energy Market Company (EMC) on 1 October, making EMC a wholly-owned subsidiary. This acquisition strengthens our ability to further develop energy-related products,” said Magnus Bocker, CEO of SGX.
Securities daily average traded value (SDAV) and total traded value decreased 27% and 26% to $1.0 billion and $63.0 billion respectively.
Derivatives volumes were up 9% to 28.8 million contracts. A50 futures trading more than doubled to 10.8 million contracts due to growing investor interest in the China A-share market ahead of the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. Iron ore products’ volume more than quadrupled to 660,000 contracts following increased use of options amid significant price volatility.
A total of 13 new listings occurred on SGX, raising $1.9 billion, compared to 11 new listings raising $2.0 billion a year earlier. Secondary equity funds raised increased 70% to $4.4 billion. Our bond listing platform continued to draw strong interest; 131 new bonds were listed, raising $52.8 billion, higher than the 98 listings raising $38.8 billion a year earlier.