SGX Posts Third-Quarter Net Profit Of $76 Million
• Operating profit: $88 million, down 23%
• Net profit: $76 million, down 22%
• Earnings per share: 7.1 cents, down 22%
• Interim dividend per share: 4.0 cents
Magnus Bocker, CEO of Singapore Exchange, said, “We recorded third-quarter net profit of $76 million on revenue of $166 million following a challenging quarter for our securities business. For the nine-month period, revenue was unchanged at $514 million while net profit was 2% lower at $243 million.
This past quarter, we announced a series of initiatives to improve the quality and liquidity in our securities market. In February, we implemented dynamic circuit breakers as an additional market safeguard, and announced a new fee structure covering both clearing and settlement fees, effective 1 June 2014. We also introduced a programme for liquidity providers and market makers that will commence as the new fee structure takes effect. We introduced new order types in March to improve trade execution.
In addition, we issued a joint consultation paper with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) which included proposals for a minimum share price, share collateral requirements, and the introduction of a Listings Advisory Committee and a Listings Disciplinary Committee. Altogether, these initiatives will strengthen the quality of our market while ensuring safe and orderly trading.
Apart from the Nikkei 225 which had a very strong quarter a year earlier, our derivatives volumes performed credibly, demonstrating strength in the diversity of our portfolio. We also announced several new derivatives contracts including more foreign exchange futures such as contracts for the renminbi and the China A50 equity index options in support of our China focus.”
Total revenue was $166 million, down 13% from a year earlier. Expenses rose 3% to $77 million while net profit was 22% lower at $76 million.
Revenue from the securities business declined 32% to $52.3 million, contributing to 32% of total revenue from 40% previously. Securities total traded value was 35% lower at $67.4 billion. The impact of the fall in trading was partially offset by a 5% increase in average clearing fee to 3.1 basis points due to an increase in uncapped trades.
Derivatives revenue was $52.3 million, also accounting for 32% of total revenue. Total volumes fell 5% to 26.3 million contracts while average month-end open interest grew 7% to 3.2 million contracts. Volumes of the China A50 and iron ore futures, and cleared iron ore swaps increased, partly offsetting the decline in volume of the Nikkei 225 futures.
A total of five listings in the quarter raised $0.4 billion versus six listings raising $1.8 billion a year earlier. Secondary equity funds of $0.7 billion were raised, down from $1.5 billion a year earlier.
There were 117 new bond listings, raising $49.7 billion, compared to 107 bond listings raising $48.6 billion a year earlier.