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Friday, 28 July 2017

Flow Traders NV: Flow Traders reports market share gains in 2Q17 and announces interim dividend of EUR0.30

Flow Traders NV    

Published: 07:00 CEST 28-07-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Flow Traders NV / : FLOW /ISIN: NL0011279492

Flow Traders NV: Flow Traders reports market share gains in 2Q17 and announces interim dividend of EUR0.30

 

FLOW TRADERS REPORTS MARKET SHARE GAINS IN 2Q17 AND ANNOUNCES INTERIM DIVIDEND OF €0.30


Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 28 July 2017 - Flow Traders N.V. (Euronext: FLOW) today announced its 2Q17 results (unaudited), stating that:

  • Global ETP Assets under Management (AuM) reached the highest level on record end 2Q17 (in US$) with continuous inflows
  • Products in which Flow Traders is a registered market maker rose to 5,274 (+27% YTD, +6% Q-o-Q)
  • Flow Traders 2Q17 ETP Value Traded rose to € 184.7bn (+6% Q-o-Q), outperforming the market in EMEA and the Americas. This led to an increase of our ETP Value Traded by 21% Y-o-Y in 1H17 where the market ETP Value Traded declined 12% Y-o-Y
  • Flow Traders 2Q17 Net Trading Income (NTI) reached € 46.7m, reflecting the ongoing slow market conditions and product mix traded
  • Flow Traders 2Q17 EBITDA margin came in at 36% with costs developing as expected in 2Q17 as Flow Traders continues to invest in its people, products and technology
  • Total Capital position remained solid after final FY16 dividend payment in 2Q17
  • Interim dividend for FY17 is set at € 0.30, stock will trade ex-dividend on 4 August
  • No loss days so far in 2017, Flow Traders now has 38 consecutive months without a loss day
  • FTEs grew 8% YTD to 369



Overview Consolidated Quarterly and Year-to-date Results Flow Traders

€million, unless otherwise stated

2Q17

1Q17

Change

1H17

1H16

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Trading Income

46.7

48.3

(3%)

95.0

132.5

(28%)

EMEA (Europe)

35.0

30.6

+14%

65.7

83.5

(21%)

Americas

8.3

13.1

(37%)

21.3

35.9

(41%)

APAC (Asia)

3.4

4.6

(27%)

8.0

13.1

(39%)

EBITDA

17.0

18.2

(6%)

35.2

65.1

(46%)

Net Profit

12.5

13.6

(9%)

26.1

51.9

(50%)

EBITDA Margin

36%

38%

(2%)

37%

49%

(12%)

EPS (EUR)

0.27

0.29

(9%)

0.56

1.12

(50%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flow Traders ETP Value Traded (€bn)

184.7

174.8

+6%

359.5

298.1

+21%

EMEA (Europe)

112.4

106.2

+6%

218.6

191.0

+14%

Americas

66.5

63.2

+5%

129.7

88.4

+47%

APAC (Asia)

5.8

5.4

+7%

11.3

18.7

(40%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market ETP Value Traded (€bn)

4,841

4,899

(1%)

9,740

11,114

(12%)

EMEA (Europe)

226

233

(3%)

460

507

(9%)

Americas

4,137

4,255

(3%)

8,392

9,590

(12%)

APAC (Asia)

477

410

+16%

887

1,017

(13%)

 


 

 

Management Board Statements

Co-CEO Dennis Dijkstra stated: "2017 so far has proven to be a year with two faces; subdued trading activities and a continuous underlying growth trend in the ETP industry. The global ETP market again reached new highs, as the total ETP AuM continued to grow in 1H17, crossing the US$ 4 trillion level, and the number of ETP listings continued to grow to over 10,250. However, following the continued decline in volatility and velocity in 1H17, we touched the lowest levels of market activity in almost 30 years, impacting the ETP Value Traded in the market and of Flow Traders. Amid such market circumstances, Flow Traders achieved an NTI in 1H17 of
€ 95.0m while it grew its volumes traded by 21% in 1H17 year-on-year. We generated € 0.56 EPS and have not had a loss day for over 38 months now. Our FTE grew 4% in the second quarter and to continue to stimulate our team driven approach and entrepreneurship and increase alignment with our shareholders we will introduce a new employee equity participation plan in 2017. As a part of this plan we will buy shares in the market up to 1 million euro.

With the markets' continued focus on developments like MiFID II and further improvements of the trading infrastructure globally, Flow Traders continues to grow its global presence in a cost conscious way to be able to capture further upside when markets return to their historic average activity level".


Co-CEO Sjoerd Rietberg added: "
In 2Q17 Flow Traders' ETP Value Traded continued to outperform the market, reaching € 185bn, mainly driven by EMEA and the Americas. Our 2Q17 NTI of € 46.7m is a reflection of the product mix traded under the current subdued market circumstances.

 

Regionally, Europe stood out this quarter, as we gained market share and improved margins there. In the US and Asia, market sentiment remained lacklustre, impacting the product mix traded and market spreads, and as such, our Revenue Capture as well. In Asia, the market developments were influenced by a fluctuation in the volumes traded in the Chinese markets. Filtering out that impact, our performance was more in line with the market in Asia. In the US, we have started to trade with more US counterparties as our institutional trading setup has been tested, improved and is now being rolled out, as was announced at the end of 2016. Markets were rather slow in 2Q17, impacting Revenue Capture substantially. Flow Traders US managed to grow its presence despite these market circumstances, and its market share continued to grow to above 2% on-exchange.

 

All in all, 1H17 results are a reflection of the market circumstances we are in. In these markets we continued to grow our team and infrastructure, drove initiatives such as the rollout of OTC in the US and the new Hong Kong office in Asia, and we continued to grow our liquidity providerships and the number of products we trade. We keep working to improve our performance every day and we are convinced that the long term growth path we are on will deliver a strongly improved performance when markets become more active again."


CFO Marcel Jongmans commented: "As we highlighted during the Analyst Day, fixed costs have developed as expected so far in 2017, which is why we reiterate our guidance that the fixed costs will grow in the range of 15-20% in 2017. Net Profit came in at € 12.5m in 2Q17, leading to a Net Profit for 1H17 of € 26.1m which translates to an EPS of € 0.56. We continued to invest in our long term growth strategy during the period and still delivered an EBITDA margin of 37% year-to-date. This allows us to pay an interim dividend of € 0.30 over FY17. We are confident that Flow Traders will keep growing in line with the long term growth trend, while maintaining cost conscious in order to support our ambition of becoming the leading global ETP liquidity provider".

 

Current Trading and Outlook

 

In line with market expectations, the ETP market continued to grow in global Assets under Management, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017 and beyond. The shift in assets from active management funds towards the passive industry is ongoing and strongly drives ETP growth across all asset classes. Regulation, such as MiFID II is expected to bring more transparency, which will benefit the ETP market as such as well. We will continue to grow organically by increasing our coverage within the ETP space, whilst pursuing our goal to grow our NTI structurally and to outperform the growth in the Market ETP Value Traded. As part of our organic growth strategy, we will open a new office in Hong Kong in 2017 and re-locate our office in New York.

Preliminary Financial Calendar 2H 2017 / 1H 2018


04 August                             Ex-Dividend date Interim Dividend FY17
07 August                             Record date Interim Dividend FY17
09 August                             Payment date Interim Dividend FY17
03 October                          Start Silent Period ahead of 3Q17 Trading update
24 October                          3Q17 Trading update
12 January 2018                 Start Silent Period ahead of FY17 Results
09 February 2018               FY17 Results

As of 2018, Flow Traders will move to interim reporting. This means that Flow Traders will release a trading statement only in the first and third quarters of each financial year going forward. Half Year and Full Year reports continue to take place as usual. The company remains committed to the highest level of disclosure and engagement with its stakeholders.

Analyst Conference Call and Webcast

The analyst conference call on the results will be held at 10:00 am Amsterdam Time on Friday 28 July 2017. The presentation will also be accessible via www.flowtraders.com/investors, where the presentation can be downloaded and the conference call can be followed via a listen-only audio webcast. A replay of the conference call will be available on the company website for at least 90 days.

Contact Details

Flow Traders N.V.
Serge Enneman / Manager Investor Relations
Phone:   +31 20 7996799
Email:    
Investor.relations@flowtraders.com

Please visit www.flowtraders.com/investors for more information and for the full version of the press release / full year report, including all financial tables, explanatory notes and the responsibility statement by the executive board as compulsory under the EU Transparency Directive.


 

Consolidated P&L, simplified


Consolidated (in €m)

2Q17

1Q17

Change

YTD 2017

YTD 2016

Change

Net Trading Income

46.7

48.3

(3%)

95.0

132.5

(28%)

Employee expenses (fixed)

7.6

7.7

(2%)

15.4

12.4

23%

Employee expenses (var)

8.6

9.3

(8%)

17.9

32.9

(46%)

Technology expenses

9.5

9.2

3%

18.8

17.0

10%

Other expenses

3.9

3.8

4%

7.7

5.0

54%

Operating Expenses

29.7

30.1

(1%)

59.7

67.4

(11%)

EBITDA

17.0

18.2

(6%)

35.2

65.1

(46%)

Depreciation/Amortisation

1.7

1.7

 

3.4

3.2

 

Write offs, tangible assets

0.0

0.0

 

0.0

2.6

 

Results subsidiaries

0.0

0.0

 

0.0

0.0

 

Profit Before Tax

15.3

16.5

(7%)

31.8

59.3

(46%)

Tax

2.8

2.9

 

5.7

7.4

 

Net Profit

12.5

13.6

(9%)

26.1

51.9

(50%)

EPS (in €)

0.27

0.29

 

0.56

1.12

 

EBITDA margins (%)

36%

38%

 

37%

49%

 

 

 

Development of Regulatory Capital until end 1H 2017

 

30 Jun 2017

31 Dec 2016

30 Jun 2016

31 Dec 2015

30 Jun 2015

31 Dec 2014

Total Trading Capital

273.0

343.0

298.9

338.8

280.3

204.3

Regulatory Capital

258.0

270.1

252.2

246.6

202.2

142.8

Regulatory Required Capital

157.8

168.2

136.7

94.0

123.5

84.3

 


 

Important legal information

This press release is prepared by Flow Traders N.V. and is for information purposes only. It is not a recommendation to engage in investment activities and you must not rely on the content of this document when making any investment decisions. The information in this document does not constitute legal, tax, or investment advice and is not to be regarded as investor marketing or marketing of any security or financial instrument, or as an offer to buy or sell, or as a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell, securities or financial instruments.

 

The information and materials contained in this press release are provided 'as is' and Flow Traders N.V. or any of its affiliates ("Flow Traders") do not warrant the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information and materials and expressly disclaim liability for any errors or omissions. This press release is not intended to be, and shall not constitute in any way a binding or legal agreement, or impose any legal obligation on Flow Traders. All intellectual property rights, including trademarks, are those of their respective owners. All rights reserved. All proprietary rights and interest in or connected with this publication shall vest in Flow Traders. No part of it may be redistributed or reproduced without the prior written permission of Flow Traders.

 

This press release may include forward-looking statements, which are based on Flow Traders' current expectations and projections about future events, and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations. Words such as "may", "will", "would", "should", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "project", "believe", "could", "hope", "seek", "plan", "foresee", "aim", "objective", "potential", "goal" "strategy", "target", "continue" and similar expressions or their negatives are used to identify these forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future whether or not outside the control of Flow Traders. Such factors may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as at the date at which they are made. Flow Traders expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which such statements are based unless required to do so by applicable law.

 

Financial objectives are internal objectives of Flow Traders to measure its operational performance and should not be read as indicating that Flow Traders is targeting such metrics for any particular fiscal year. Flow Traders' ability to achieve these financial objectives is inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond Flow Traders' control, and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions that are subject to change. As a result, Flow Traders' actual results may vary from these financial objectives, and those variations may be material.

 

Efficiencies are net, before tax and on a run-rate basis, i.e. taking into account the full-year impact of any measure to be undertaken before the end of the period mentioned. The expected operating efficiencies and cost savings were prepared on the basis of a number of assumptions, projections and estimates, many of which depend on factors that are beyond Flow Traders' control. These assumptions, projections and estimates are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and actual results may differ, perhaps materially, from those projected. Flow Traders cannot provide any assurance that these assumptions are correct and that these projections and estimates will reflect Flow Traders' actual results of operations.

 

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Market Abuse Regulation

This press release contains information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.



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