Increased diversification positions CMC for growth despite short-term market challenges
|For the six months ended|
£ million (unless otherwise stated)
|30 September 2018||30 September 2017||Change|
|Net operating income||70.6||89.6||(21%)|
|Profit before tax||7.2||29.8||(76%)|
|Earnings per share (pence)||2.7||8.7||(69%)|
|Number of trades (million)||34.9||30.7||14%|
|Value of trades (£ billion)||1,226||1,175||4%|
|Active clients (numbers)||44,697||46,634||(4%)|
|Revenue per active client (£)||1,413||1,814||(22%)|
Net operating income represents total revenue after rebates payable to clients and introducing partners, and betting levies
Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held a CFD or spread bet position with CMC Markets on at least one occasion during the six month period
Client assets represent total amounts due to segregated clients at the period end
Revenue per active client represents total trading revenue from CFD and spread bet active clients after deducting rebates and levies
Peter Cruddas, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"Whilst trading in the first quarter outperformed the same period last year, as previously announced, the second quarter was particularly difficult. Volatility was low, and unusually the majority of asset classes traded in tight ranges. This was further compounded by the impact of European regulatory change that came into force on 1 August. As a result, overall profit after tax was significantly lower than the same period last year.
The Group remains focused on future growth and diversification. In the second quarter we successfully migrated 103 intermediaries, and over 500,000 clients to our stockbroking platform following the migration from ANZ Bank; this makes the stockbroking business a much more meaningful part of the overall Group. This will also provide a springboard for further growth in the APAC region.
Our institutional business continues to improve and enhance its product offering with MT4 and Direct Market Access for Equities added in the period. This business line continues to have a strong pipeline of new client opportunities. In addition, our core retail business continues to focus on attracting quality clients and seeking new growth areas. Our Dubai office application is awaiting regulatory approval and we are also in the early stages of applying for a licence to operate in South Africa.
I continue to believe that in the medium-term CMC will benefit from the changes made by the European Regulators, as clients move to quality well-regulated providers, and we are beginning to see evidence that average retail client tenure is extending following the implementation. As we enter the second half, which is typically stronger than the first, we have seen an improvement in market conditions and encouragingly an increase in activity across retail, professional and institutional client categories."
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|24 January 2019||Q3 2019 trading update|
|3 April 2019||FY 2019 pre-close update|
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