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.
Reported results on a comprehensive basis reflect the Company’s adoption of U.S. GAAP guidance
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.
Daily average revenue trades (DARTs) are based on customer orders.
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.”