Published On: Sun, Jul 29th, 2012

Singapore Exchange Reports S$292 Million Profit

Magnus Bocker, SGX CEO

Magnus Bocker, SGX CEO

SGX recorded revenue of $647.9 million ($660.7 million) and a net profit of $291.8 million ($294.9 million) in FY2012. The earnings per share (EPS) was 27.3 cents (27.6 cents) and the return on equity (ROE) was 35% (36%).

SGX’s underlying profit was $303.9 million ($311.8 million1) excluding one-off items and EPS was 28.5 cents (29.2 cents1). The one-off items are an impairment loss of $11.0 million from our investment in the Bombay Stock Exchange mainly due to the depreciation of Indian Rupee against Singapore dollar and a $1.1 million impairment loss following the cessation of business of Chi-East, our joint venture with Chi-X Global.

The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of 15.0 cents (15.0 cents) per share, leaving total dividend unchanged at 27.0 cents per share. This represents a 99% (98%) payout of the reported profit in FY2012.

Mr Magnus Bocker, SGX CEO, said, “We reported a net profit of $292 million and an underlying profit of $304 million amid challenging market conditions. We strengthened our Asian Gateway position with the Reach initiative, added new capabilities in our Securities market, and introduced new derivatives products. We also grew non-securities revenues by 12% year-on-year and maintained cost discipline.”

Business Highlights
* Securities: Trading activities continued to be affected by macroeconomic uncertainties. Securities daily average traded value (SDAV) was $1.3 billion compared to $1.6 billion a year ago. We improved our market with continuous all-day trading where the additional one and the half hours represents 8% of total trading value, and revised bid-ask spreads to remain competitive. We also expanded our suite of ETFs to 93 issues (84 issues) and introduced dual currency trading, allowing investors to trade in their preferred currencies. To meet increasing retail investors’ need for investment knowledge, we rolled out various educational programmes through SGX Academy and launched the “My Gateway” portal.

* Derivatives: Derivatives volumes grew to a record of 76.0 million (65.7 million) contracts2 in FY2012. Daily average volume (DAV) was 16% higher at 308,312 contracts (266,783 contracts) and average month-end open interest grew 53% to 1,432,145 contracts (934,081 contracts). Our newer contracts – Indian Nifty futures, Chinese A50 futures, Nikkei options and the latest addition MSCI Indonesian futures contracts, continued to gain momentum. These contracts accounted for 31% (24%) of overall volumes. Chinese A50 futures volume tripled to 5,617,226 contracts (1,773,230 contracts). Algorithmic trading contributed 34% of overall volume. We also became the first Asian exchange to offer exchange-hosted pre-trade risk controls.

* OTC Clearing: We further expanded the suite of OTC Financials and OTC Commodities cleared in FY2012. We commenced clearing of Foreign Exchange Forwards in October 2011. We added OTC clearing of CFR South China Coal swaps and CFR Japan Naphtha swaps in November 2011. We cleared a total notional value of $163 billion ($110 billion) in interest rate swaps and a record 248,837 lots (164,837 lots) of OTC Commodities. Iron ore swaps reached a new high of 124,193 lots (44,781 lots).

* Member Services and Connectivity: We added 11 new members to our derivatives markets including GF Futures (our first Chinese member) and 5 futures brokers from Taiwan (Yuanta, KGI, Sinopac, Concord and President). We also partnered with our members – Ong First, Phillip Futures, UOB Bullion and CIMB Securities – to attract, train and grow the Professional Traders profession in Singapore. In addition, we welcomed Hong Leong Finance as a Full Sponsor on Catalist, bringing the Sponsor pool to nine Full Sponsors and nine Continuing Sponsors. We became the first exchange in Asia to offer hubs in Chicago and London to conveniently and cost-effectively connect global investors to our markets.

* Market Data: The list of market data distributors grew by 14 new licensees while distribution to retail investors increased in both the Securities market and Derivatives market. We also introduced ultra-high speed market data feeds and broadened distribution of our data feeds through partnership with media channels.

* Depository Services: We continued to focus on improving settlement efficiency for institutional investors. We expanded our services to include dual-currency traded securities. Migration of our aging securities post-trade systems solution to an open access platform is in progress. The new platform will enable SGX to enhance its services in the securities post-trade arena.

* Issuer Services: For FY2012, the slowdown in the global IPO market resulted in 23 new listings3 raising $825 million ($14.1 billion from 34 new listings) and $5.2 billion ($6.8 billion) in secondary fund raising. For the fixed income market, a total of $161.3 billion was raised through 300 new bond issues ($170.1 billion and 355 new bond issues).

* OTC Clearing: We further expanded the suite of OTC Financials and OTC Commodities cleared in FY2012. We commenced clearing of Foreign Exchange Forwards in October 2011. We added OTC clearing of CFR South China Coal swaps and CFR Japan Naphtha swaps in November 2011. We cleared a total notional value of $163 billion ($110 billion) in interest rate swaps and a record 248,837 lots (164,837 lots) of OTC Commodities. Iron ore swaps reached a new high of 124,193 lots (44,781 lots).

* Member Services and Connectivity: We added 11 new members to our derivatives markets including GF Futures (our first Chinese member) and 5 futures brokers from Taiwan (Yuanta, KGI, Sinopac, Concord and President). We also partnered with our members – Ong First, Phillip Futures, UOB Bullion and CIMB Securities – to attract, train and grow the Professional Traders profession in Singapore. In addition, we welcomed Hong Leong Finance as a Full Sponsor on Catalist, bringing the Sponsor pool to nine Full Sponsors and nine Continuing Sponsors. We became the first exchange in Asia to offer hubs in Chicago and London to conveniently and cost-effectively connect global investors to our markets.

* Market Data: The list of market data distributors grew by 14 new licensees while distribution to retail investors increased in both the Securities market and Derivatives market. We also introduced ultra-high speed market data feeds and broadened distribution of our data feeds through partnership with media channels.

* Depository Services: We continued to focus on improving settlement efficiency for institutional investors. We expanded our services to include dual-currency traded securities. Migration of our aging securities post-trade systems solution to an open access platform is in progress. The new platform will enable SGX to enhance its services in the securities post-trade arena.

* Issuer Services: For FY2012, the slowdown in the global IPO market resulted in 23 new listings3 raising $825 million ($14.1 billion from 34 new listings) and $5.2 billion ($6.8 billion) in secondary fund raising. For the fixed income market, a total of $161.3 billion was raised through 300 new bond issues ($170.1 billion and 355 new bond issues).

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
SGX’s net profit was $291.8 million ($294.9 million) with revenue of $647.9 million ($660.7 million) and EBITDA of $404.4 million ($411.1 million). The EPS was 27.3 cents (27.6 cents) and ROE was 35% (36%). Excluding the one-off items, SGX’s underlying profit was $303.9 million ($311.8 million4) and EPS was 28.5 cents (29.2 cents).

Revenues were at $647.9 million ($660.7 million). Non-Securities revenues from Derivatives, Depository, Market Data and Member Services and Connectivity rose 12% to $341.0 million ($304.1 million). Securities and Issuer Services revenues, on the other hand, decreased 14% to $305.7 million ($355.0 million).
Expenses were at $284.0 million ($287.2 million).

Staff expenses were $105.9 million ($107.0 million). Base staff cost was higher at $70.7 million ($64.1 million) mainly due to annual salary adjustments and new hires. Variable staff cost was $35.2 million ($42.9 million). Headcount was at 592 (590) on 30 June 2012.

Technology expenses were 4% lower at $104.4 million ($108.3 million) mainly due to lower project-related expenses.

Professional Fees increased 30% to $13.0 million ($9.9 million). The increases were largely legal fees and costs for applications to US and European regulatory bodies for recognition under new regulatory requirements for clearing activities.

Cashflow generated from operations was lower at $345.3 million ($348.9 million) due to working capital movements. As at 30 June 2012, the unrestricted cash reserves were $547.7 million ($544.8 million) before the proposed final dividend of $160.2 million ($160.1 million).

Capital expenditure was $40.8 million ($57.3 million).

SGX’s total equity was $833.0 million ($824.0 million) as at 30 June 2012.

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