Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced that on May 17, 2012 it received a letter from the NASDAQ staff notifying the Company that it is non-compliant with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2012 (“Form 10-Q”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 15, 2012, has not yet been reviewed in accordance with Statement on Auditing Standards No. 100 (“SAS 100”), as required by Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. The NASDAQ letter also stated that the filing is incomplete because of the absence of the certifications required under Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. NASDAQ Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) requires the Company to timely file all required periodic financial reports with the SEC. The Company is required to submit a plan to regain compliance to NASDAQ by July 16, 2012. If NASDAQ accepts the Company’s plan, an additional cure period of up to 180 calendar days from the filing’s due date, or until November 12, 2012, can be provided to allow the Company to regain compliance. The Company is making this disclosure in compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5810(b). As reported in the Company’s Form 8-K, filed on May 15, 2012, the Company’s Form 10-Q filing was incomplete due to an unresolved question raised by its independent registered public accounting firm regarding the presentation of equity in its consolidated financial statements. The Company intends to promptly seek an interpretation from the staff of the SEC regarding this question. Once the Company receives guidance from the SEC, it expects to produce a final version of its consolidated financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2012, which will enable its auditors to complete their review under SAS 100. At such time, the Company will file an amended Form 10-Q containing the certifications required under Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
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 Account SM. 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 statement, including the risk that the SEC will not provide guidance within the anticipated time frame, or at all, and the risk that such guidance will require a change in the Company's financial 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.