Reports Comprehensive Loss per Share of $0.13, Income before Taxes Of $40 Million On $171 MillionIn Net Revenues and Earnings Per Share On Net Income Of $0.05;
Board Appoints New President;
Declares Quarterly Dividend Of $0.10 Per Share.
GREENWICH, CONN, October 21, 2014 - Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted loss per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.13 for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.39 for the same period in 2013.
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 $0.05 for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.32 for the same period in 2013.
Net revenues were $171 million and income before income taxes was $40 million for this quarter, compared to net revenues of $326 million and income before income taxes of $196 million for the same period in 2013.
The Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Board of Directors appointed Milan Galik as President of the Company.
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share. This dividend is payable on December 12, 2014 to shareholders of record as of December 1, 2014.
Electronic Brokerage segment income before income taxes increased 41%, to $152 million, in the quarter ended September 30, 2014 compared to the same period last year. Pretax profit margin was 63% for this quarter, up from 56% in the same period last year.
Commissions and execution fees increased 10% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting higher customer trading volumes. Net interest income grew 66% from the year-ago quarter, to $93 million in this quarter, driven by higher customer debit and credit balances.
Total DARTs(1) for cleared and execution-only customers increased 13% to 534 thousand from the year-ago quarter. Cleared DARTs were 485 thousand in this quarter, 14% higher than the same period last year.
Customer accounts grew 18% to 272 thousand from the year-ago quarter. Customer equity increased 33%, to $54.9 billion, from the year-ago quarter. The size of an average customer account grew 13% to $202 thousand in equity per cleared customer account at the end of this quarter. Customer margin borrowings were 36% higher than at the same time last year, ending the quarter at $17.3 billion.
In July 2014, Interactive Brokers began to publish daily financial information, including a summary of the money it segregates for its customers. This information can be found on the Interactive Brokers website(2), www.interactivebrokers.com/finregdat.
Market Making segment loss before income taxes was $112 million, for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 a reversal from the gain of $88 million for the same period in 2013. Removing the effects of currency translation, the Market Making segment produced $21 million pretax income in this quarter, compared to $41 million for the same period last year and $31 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in market making profits, excluding currency translation effects, can be attributed to the ongoing difficult competitive environment, lower average volatility (as measured by the CBOE VIX index), higher global M&A activity and a trading error that resulted in a loss of approximately $16 million during the quarter. The ratio of actual to implied volatility was higher this quarter from the year ago quarter.
Currency translation loss was $133 million in this quarter, compared to a $46 million gain in 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 16 major currencies in which we hold our equity. In this quarter, our currency diversification program decreased our comprehensive earnings by $211 million, as the U.S. dollar value of the GLOBAL decreased by approximately 4.0%. The effects of currency diversification are reported as components of (1) Market Making Trading Gains and (2) Other Comprehensive Income ("OCI"). In this quarter 63% of the GLOBAL effect was captured in Market Making Trading Gains in the Net Income section of the Statement of Comprehensive Income, with the remainder reported as OCI in the separate Comprehensive Income section of the Statement of Comprehensive Income.
(1) Daily average revenue trades (DARTs) are based on customer orders.
(2) Under: About IB → IB Regulatory Reports → Financial Regulatory Information
Board Appoints New President
The Board of Directors appointed Milan Galik as President of the Company. Mr. Galik, a 24-year veteran of the Company who most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Software Development, has been instrumental in building the Company's business. Thomas Peterffy, who will remain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are extremely pleased to take this meaningful step toward implementing an effective management structure into the future. I expect to remain strongly engaged as Chairman and CEO and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Milan and the rest of the management team."
Conference Call Information:
Interactive Brokers Group will hold a conference call with investors today, October 21, 2014, 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 IBKR Integrated Investment Account. 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.
For Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Media: Caitlin Duffy, 203-913-1369 or Investors: Deborah Belevan, 203-618-4070.