Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2012 Results

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Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2012 Results

Reports Comprehensive Earnings Per Share of $0.30, Income before Taxes of $173 Million on $319 Million in Net Revenues and Earnings Per Share on Net Income of $0.26; Equity Reaches $5.15 Billion

Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.10 Per Share


GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.30 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.34 for the same period in 2011.

Reported results on a comprehensive basis reflect the GAAP convention adopted in 2011 that requires the reporting of currency translation results contained in Other Comprehensive Income as part of reportable earnings. Previously, currency translation results were reported as a component of changes in Total Equity in the Statement of Financial Condition.

On a non-comprehensive basis, which excludes the effect of changes in the U.S. dollar value of the Company's non-U.S. subsidiaries, the Company reported diluted earnings per share on net income of $0.26 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.48 for the same period in 2011.

Net revenues were $319 million and income before income taxes was $173 million for this quarter, compared to net revenues of $386 million and income before income taxes of $218 million for the same period in 2011.

The Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share. This dividend is payable on December 14, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 30, 2012.

Business Highlights

  • 54% pretax profit margin for this quarter.
  • $5.15 billion in equity.
  • 48% Electronic Brokerage pretax profit margin for this quarter.
  • 59% Market Making pretax profit margin for this quarter.
  • Customer equity grew 35% from the year-ago quarter to $31.5 billion and customer accounts increased 11% to 205 thousand.
  • Cleared DARTs decreased 19% from the year-ago quarter to 369,000.

Segment Overview

Electronic Brokerage

Electronic Brokerage segment income before income taxes decreased 23%, to $81 million, in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period last year. Commissions and execution fees decreased 23% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting subdued trading volumes. During the same period last year we observed a surge in volumes, driven by concerns over the European debt crisis. Annualized DARTs(1) per cleared customer account were 456 in this quarter, compared to 640 for the same period in 2011. Total DARTs for cleared and execution-only customers decreased 21% to 390,000 from the year-ago quarter. Cleared DARTs were 369,000 in this quarter, 19% lower than the same period last year. These declines were consistent with lower industry volumes.

Customer accounts grew 11% to 205,000 from the year-ago quarter. Customer equity increased 35%, to $31.5 billion, from the year-ago quarter. Compared to the same period last year customer borrowings to support trading positions were $2.4 billion higher, ending the quarter at $9.2 billion. Pretax profit margin was 48% for this quarter, down from 55% in the same period last year.

Market Making

Market Making segment income before income taxes decreased 30%, to $90 million, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 from the same period in 2011. This decrease was driven by an unfavorable market making environment with lower exchange traded volumes, low actual to implied volatility, and tighter bid/offer spreads in options. As measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), market volatility was at one-half of its level of the same period last year. The ratio of actual to implied volatility was 71% compared to 111% during the year ago quarter. On the upside, currency translation gains were $42 million in this quarter, compared to a $23 million loss in the year-ago quarter. Currency translation effects are reported as a component of Trading Gains in the Market Making segment.

Pretax profit margin was 59% in this quarter, compared to 63% in the same quarter last year. Market Making options contract volume decreased 36%, with similar declines in futures and stock volumes from the year-ago quarter.

Effects of Foreign Currency Diversification

In connection with our currency strategy, we have determined to base our net worth in GLOBALs, a basket of major currencies in which we hold our equity. In this quarter, our currency hedging program increased our comprehensive earnings as the U.S. dollar value of the GLOBAL increased by approximately 1.3%. The effects of currency hedging are reported as components of (1) Market Making Trading Gains and (2) Other Comprehensive Income, described below. Year to date swings in the value of the GLOBAL resulted in a net gain of $11 million.

Comprehensive Income

Reported results on a comprehensive basis reflect the Company's adoption of U.S. GAAP guidance (2) issued in June 2011 that requires the presentation of a Statement of Comprehensive Income, replacing the former Statement of Income. The Statement of Comprehensive Income reports currency translation results that are a component of Other Comprehensive Income ("OCI") directly in this statement. Previously, OCI was reported as a component of changes in Total Equity in the Statement of Financial Condition.

(1) Daily average revenue trades (DARTs) are based on customer orders.

(2) Accounting Standards Update 2011-05, Comprehensive Income.

Conference Call Information:

Interactive Brokers Group will hold a conference call with investors today, October 16, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss its quarterly results. Investors who would like to listen to the conference call live should dial 877-324-1965 (U.S. domestic) and 631-291-4512 (international). The number should be dialed approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the conference call. Ask for the "Interactive Brokers Conference Call."

The conference call will also be accessible simultaneously, and through replays, as an audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of the Interactive Brokers web site, www.interactivebrokers.com/ir.

About Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.:

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is an automated global electronic broker that specializes in catering to financial professionals by offering state-of-the-art trading technology, superior execution capabilities, worldwide electronic access, and sophisticated risk management tools at exceptionally low costs. The brokerage trading platform utilizes the same innovative technology as the Company's market making business, which specializes in routing orders and executing and processing trades in securities, futures, foreign exchange instruments, bonds and funds on more than 100 electronic exchanges and trading venues around the world. As a market maker, we provide liquidity at these marketplaces and, as a broker, we provide professional traders and investors with electronic access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and mutual funds from a single IB Universal AccountSM. Employing proprietary software on a global communications network, Interactive Brokers is continuously integrating its software with a growing number of exchanges and trading venues into one automatically functioning, computerized platform that requires minimal human intervention.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

The foregoing information contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the company's operations and business environment which may cause the company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the company on the date of this release. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any statements expressed or implied therein will not be realized. Additional information on risk factors that could potentially affect the company's financial results may be found in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

INTERACTIVE BROKERS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING DATA

        
TRADE VOLUMES:
(in 000's, except %)

 

Brokerage

 MarketBrokerageNonAvg. Trades

Making

%

Cleared

%

Cleared

%

Total

%

per U.S.

Period

Trades

Change

Trades

Change

Trades

Change

Trades

Change

Trading Day

200799,08672,93116,638188,655

752

2008101,6723%120,19565%16,9662%238,83327%

944

200993,550-8%127,3386%13,636-20%234,524-2%

934

201075,169-20%133,6585%18,73237%227,559-3%

905

201163,602-15%160,56720%19,1872%243,3567%

968

 
3Q201119,60245,8795,27370,754

1,106

3Q201214,405-27%36,246-21%3,435-35%54,086-24%

865

 
CONTRACT AND SHARE VOLUMES:
(in 000's, except %)
      
TOTALOptions%Futures*%Stocks%

Period

(contracts)

Change

(contracts)

Change

(shares)

Change

2007673,14483,13447,324,798
2008757,73213%108,98431%55,845,42818%
2009643,380-15%82,345-24%75,449,89135%
2010678,8566%96,19317%84,469,87412%
2011789,37016%106,64011%77,730,974-8%
 
3Q2011254,90431,83520,598,631
3Q2012169,745-33%24,020-25%15,364,650-25%
      
MARKET MAKINGOptions%Futures*%Stocks%

Period

(contracts)

Change

(contracts)

Change

(shares)

Change

2007447,90514,52024,558,314
2008 **514,62915%21,54448%26,008,4336%
2009 **428,810-17%15,122-30%26,205,2291%
2010 **435,1841%15,3712%19,165,000-27%
2011 **503,05316%15,5191%11,788,769-38%
 
3Q2011 **171,7314,8353,921,841
3Q2012 **110,549-36%3,007-38%2,347,903-40%
      
BROKERAGE TOTALOptions%Futures*%Stocks%

Period

(contracts)

Change

(contracts)

Change

(shares)

Change

2007225,23968,61422,766,484
2008243,1038%87,44027%29,836,99531%
2009214,570-12%67,223-23%49,244,66265%
2010243,67214%80,82220%65,304,87433%
2011286,31718%91,12113%65,942,2051%
 
3Q201183,17327,00016,676,790
3Q201259,196-29%21,013-22%13,016,747-22%
 
* Includes options on futures

** In Brazil, an equity option contract typically represents 1 share of the underlying stock; however, the typical minimum trading quantity is 100 contracts. To make a fair comparison to volume at other exchanges, we have adopted a policy of reporting Brazilian equity options contracts divided by their trading quantity of 100.

 

 

INTERACTIVE BROKERS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING DATA, CONTINUED

 
CONTRACT AND SHARE VOLUMES, continued:
(in 000's, except %)
      
BROKERAGE CLEAREDOptions%Futures*%Stocks%

Period

(contracts)

Change

(contracts)

Change

(shares)

Change

200751,58666,27820,353,584
200877,20750%85,59929%26,334,75229%
200993,86822%66,241-23%46,627,34477%
2010103,05410%79,14419%62,077,74133%
2011145,99342%89,61013%63,098,0722%
 
3Q201143,99426,60115,846,432
3Q201237,174-16%20,686-22%12,594,066-21%
 
* Includes options on futures
 
BROKERAGE STATISTICS
(in 000's, except % and where noted)
 
 

3Q2012

 

3Q2011

 

% Change

Total Accounts20518411%
Customer Equity (in billions) *$31.5$23.335%
 
Cleared DARTs369457-19%
Total Customer DARTs390495-21%
 
 
 
Cleared Customers (in $'s, except DART per account)
Commission per DART$4.23$4.29-1%
DART per Avg. Account (Annualized)456640-29%
Net Revenue per Avg. Account (Annualized)$3,216$4,024-20%
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