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Singapore Exchange (SGX) today reported net profit of $83.7 million ($86.6 million) for 2Q FY2016. Revenue was largely unchanged at $194.6 million ($195.1 million). Expenses increased $3.5 million or 4% to $97.1 million ($93.5 million). Earnings per share was 7.8 cents (8.1 cents), and the Board of Directors has declared an interim dividend of 5 cents (4 cents) per share, payable on 4 February 2016, in line with the stated dividend policy.
Net profit for 1H FY2016 was $183.0 million, up 11% from a year earlier ($164.2 million), on the back of a strong first quarter.
Commenting on the results, Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX said, “It was a challenging quarter with persistent weak market sentiment. While net profit this quarter was $84 million, down 3% from a year earlier, our net profit for first half of FY2016 improved by 11% to $183 million, on the back of a strong first quarter.“
Securities revenue decreased $5.1 million or 10% to $46.6 million ($51.7 million) and accounted for 24% (26%) of total revenue, due to a decline in market activities. Average clearing fee was 2.93 basis points, down 2% from 3.00 basis points a year earlier. The securities daily average traded value (SDAV) decreased 11% to $0.93 billion ($1.04 billion) while total traded value decreased 9% to $59.5 billion ($65.7 billion). Turnover velocity was largely unchanged at 35% (36%).
Derivatives revenue increased $1.1 million or 1% to $77.6 million ($76.4 million) and accounted for 40% (39%) of total revenue. Equity and Commodities derivatives revenue was $56.3 million, down 3% from $58.0 million. This reflected a 2% fall in total volumes to 39.3 million contracts (40.0 million contracts) as a result of decline in the Japan Nikkei 225 futures and options volumes. Our global commodities benchmarks performed well, led by an increase in Iron Ore volumes by 121% to 2.6 million contracts. Collateral management, licence, membership and other revenue increased 15%. Average month-end open interest for equity and commodities derivatives was 3.5 million contracts, up 6% from 3.3 million contracts a year earlier.
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Reflecting efforts to diversify our businesses, Market Data and Connectivity, Depository Services and Issuer Services collectively contributed 36% of total revenues this quarter, compared to 34% a year earlier.
- Market Data and Connectivity revenue increased $1.6 million or 8% to $21.6 million ($20.0 million), accounting for 11% (10%) of total revenue. Market data revenue grew 8%, on the back of increased derivatives market data sales, while Connectivity revenue increased 9% from continued growth of our colocation services business.
- Depository Services revenue increased $3.5 million or 14% to $29.3 million ($25.8 million), accounting for 15% (13%) of total revenue. The majority of the increase came from Securities settlement revenue, which was up 16% following higher volumes of institutional securities settlement.
- Issuer Services revenue decreased $1.7 million or 8% to $19.3 million ($21.0 million), accounting for 10% (11%) of total revenue.
Our results this quarter reflect persistent weak market sentiment. The outlook for global markets remains uncertain as market participants adjust to the recent change in US interest rate policy, slower growth in China and volatile commodity prices. While we have successfully launched a number of new initiatives this past quarter, including SGX Bond Pro, their initial contribution to business performance will be marginal. We remain committed to our long term growth strategy.
We are focused on managing our costs, and operating expenses for FY2016 are now expected to be between $415 million and $425 million. This is lower than the previously announced range of between $425 million and $435 million. Technology-related capital expenditure is now expected to be between $70 million and $75 million, lower than the previously announced range of between $75 million and $80 million, as we re-prioritise our projects.
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