Strong all round performance from JSE
Johannesburg, 2 August 2018
–Strong operating revenue performance (up 7%) following increased activity in all the JSE market segments, the continued focus on cost control and a one-off tax credit of R31m, resulted in the JSE’s earnings after tax in H1 2018 increasing by 34% to R561m (H1 2017: R419m).
Although performance in the first quarter was particularly strong, the slow-down in volatility in the second quarter trimmed gains.
“Our focus for the second half of 2018 remains on projects designed to strengthen the delivery of the JSE’s strategic vision and our long-term growth strategy so that we are able to better service our clients. In particular, we are coming to the closing stages of our Integrated Trading and Clearing (ITaC) project 1b and c.. This will provide clients with robust trading and clearing technology in our equity derivatives and currency markets and introduce more sophisticated trading and risk management functionality, enabling us over time to reduce the cost of transacting in those markets,” says JSE CEO, Nicky Newton-King.
Among its strides over the period, the JSE recently launched the pilot phase of the electronic trading platform (ETP) for government bonds with National Treasury, which went live on 18 July 2018. In keeping with its historical behaviour in this regard, the JSE introduced a new tiered billing model for the Cash Equities Market with effect from 30 July 2018. This will reduce the cost of trading in the Cash Equities Market by over 10%.
The following contributions to revenue are noteworthy:
- The JSE is tracking on target to deliver the committed R170 million cost savings by end 2019.
Of the R613 million in operating expenses, personnel expenses decreased by R43 million, down 17%, to R202 million (H1 2017: R245 million). This is largely made up as follows:
- · Gross remuneration which decreased by 19% as a result of the 22% lower average
headcount. Our exit headcount on 30 June was 362 (H1 2017: 454). This contributed
-12 percentage points.;
- · The long-term incentive scheme (LTIS 2010) charges which decreased by R16 million
to R10 million (2017: R26 million) owing to timing differences investing (-R9 million)
and a higher proportion of LTIS vesting in the prior year (-R7m). This contributed -6
Technology costs declined by R13 million, down 10%, to R116 million (H1 2017: R129 million), largely owing to cost optimisation initiatives. Depreciation decreased by R4 million, down 7%, to R54 million (H1 2017: R58 million), largely owing to the net effect of fully depreciated assets.
- General expenses rose by R29 million, up 14%, to R241 million (H1 2017: R212 million).
- “We are clear about our 2018 priorities and hence what we need to do to deliver a better service to our clients and to grow this business sustainably. The JSE is a largely fixed-cost business. Therefore we will maintain our focus on costs, while making the necessary capital investments in areas that will enhance the Group’s service offering and sustainability,” concludes Newton-King.
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is based in South Africa where it has operated as a market place for the trading of financial products for 130 years. It connects buyers and sellers in equity, derivative and debt markets. The JSE is one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation and is a member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and holds the chairmanship of the Association of Futures Markets (AFM). The JSE offers a fully electronic, efficient, secure market with world class regulation, trading and clearing systems, settlement assurance and risk management. www.jse.co.za
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