Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2012 Results

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.

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