Announcement of preliminary results for London Stock Exchange Group plc

London Stock Exchange Group plc (the “Group”) today reports results for the financial year ended 31 March 2010.

Financial Headlines:

  • Total income of £628.3 million (2009: £671.4 million) – with good performance in Italian cash equities and fixed income trading, as well as the Post Trade and Information & Technology divisions, reflecting breadth of business; revenue excluding net interest income through CCP businesses and other income was £605.6 million (2009: £644.7 million).
  • Continued focus on cost reduction - organic cost base down eight per cent at constant currency before acquisition impairment and amortisation, and exceptional items (and excluding one-off costs of £25.3 million taken in relation to TradElect replacement by MillenniumIT).
  • Adjusted operating profit (before acquisition impairment and amortisation, and exceptional items) of £280.3 million (2009: £340.7 million); or £305.6 million excluding one-off TradElect replacement costs; statutory operating profit of £182.3 million (2009: loss of £207.9 million).
  • Adjusted basic earnings per share of 60.1 pence (2009: 74.2 pence), including a 6.8 pence per share reduction for the one-off TradElect replacement costs.
  • Total dividend for the year maintained at 24.4 pence per share.
  • Net cash flow from operations after exceptional items remained strong at £301.2 million (2009: £352.6 million).

Strategic Highlights

  • Number of actions taken in a short period to strategically re-position the Group to develop opportunities and meet challenges, including: strengthening of management team with experienced capital markets and technology specialists; continuation of cost reduction programme including a 13 per cent headcount reduction; reduction of external post trade costs and our own tariff adjustments to encourage new business in equities and derivatives.
  • Acquisition of Turquoise to develop pan-European lit and dark pool trading services in a joint venture with 12 leading banking clients.
  • MillenniumIT, an innovative software development company based in Sri Lanka, acquired to provide new, low cost, high performance trading technology to the Group, as well as other capital markets clients.

Operational Highlights:

  •  The Group again underlined its fundamental capital raising role with £77 billion raised by companies on our markets, the second highest annual amount (2009: a record £106 billion), with a 20 per cent increase in admission fee income and an accelerating rate of new issues in H2.
  • Good performances in Italian cash equities and fixed income trading (the latter reflecting 31 per cent growth in value traded on MTS) with revenues up seven per cent (constant currency) in both businesses.
  • Good overall performance from Post Trade Services – increased revenues in settlement and custody, and growth in clearing transaction volumes (up 4 per cent) although offset by reduction in non transaction revenues compared to unusually high levels of volatility last year.
  • Demand for real time data in H2 remained generally robust, with 93,000 professional users of LSE information at year-end, down just 1,000 since H1; and broadly unchanged in Italy over the same period with 142,000 professional users.
  • Good growth from non real time data businesses, with revenues up 10 per cent, reflecting growing contributions from SEDOL, UnaVista, FTSE and Proquote; and Technology services up 37 per cent, including first time contribution from MillenniumIT.
  • Continuing focus on operational cost efficiencies with elimination of a further 50 roles, partly through natural attrition.

Commenting on the results, Chris Gibson-Smith, Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, said:
“The market, economic and regulatory environment in which our business operates is going through a period of significant change.  We continue to take steps to ensure the business remains central to capital markets, competing for business as an efficient, low cost and client focused organisation with a clear strategy to deliver growth and value.”

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, said:
“We have made very good progress to get in shape, to leverage our assets and develop the opportunities, and the acquisitions of MillenniumIT and Turquoise help us in many regards.  We recognise that there remains much work to be done and that, in many cases, the fruits of our labour to date have yet to be harvested.
“In the coming year, as we continue to deliver on the key elements of our strategy within a fluid market and regulatory environment, we expect to see further progress across our business.”