ITG Reports First Quarter 2006 EPS of $0.60
Excluding the impact of non-recurring items, operating revenues of $138.5 million increased by 51 percent from first quarter 2005 operating revenues of $91.5 million and includes $16.5 million pertaining to Macgregor and Plexus. In the first quarter of 2006, operating earnings per share of $0.49 increased 58 percent versus operating earnings of $0.31 per diluted share in the first quarter of last year. Pre-tax operating margins in the first quarter of 2006 were 26.2 percent, up from 24 percent in the first quarter of 2005.
As a result of the closing of the Archipelago merger with the NYSE, this quarter includes a non-recurring gain of $7.8 million and earnings of $0.11 per diluted share associated with our previous ownership of two NYSE seats, which were converted to NYSE Group, Inc. stock.
"ITG's strong growth pattern continued in the first quarter as the firm executed on its strategy of providing value-added products across the trading continuum," said Ray Killian, ITG's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In the first quarter of 2006, we fundamentally expanded our product platform through the integration of Macgregor and Plexus into ITG Solutions Network."
ITG's International revenues were a record $28.0 million in the first quarter of 2006, 27 percent higher than revenues of $22.1 million in the first quarter of 2005. International pre-tax operating profits increased from $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2005 to a record $2.9 million in the first quarter of 2006.
"ITG's European revenues and profitability increased significantly in the first quarter due to an overall rise in volume across product lines," said Mr. Killian. "We expect this to be an area of growth over the next year as electronic trading and regulatory trends gain further traction in Europe."
ITG has scheduled a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss first quarter results. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1-888-515-2235 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. A listen-only webcast will also be available on ITG's website at www.shareholder.com/itginc/investors/earnings.cfm. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast of the call, a replay will be available for one week by dialing 1-888-203-1112 and entering the pass code 7794907. A replay will be available for two weeks on ITG's website. Both methods of listening to the replay will be available starting approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call.
Investment Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE:ITG - News), is a specialized agency brokerage and technology firm that partners with clients globally to provide innovative solutions spanning the entire investment process. A pioneer in electronic trading, ITG has a unique approach that combines pre-trade analysis, order management, trade execution, and post-trade evaluation to provide clients with continuous improvements in trading and cost efficiency. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information on ITG, please visit www.itg.com.
In addition to historical information, this press release may contain "forward-looking" statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that reflect management's expectations for the future. A variety of important factors could cause results to differ materially from such statements. These factors include the company's ability to achieve expected future levels of sales; the actions of both current and potential new competitors; rapid changes in technology; financial market volatility; general economic conditions in the United States and elsewhere; evolving industry regulation; cash flows into or redemption from equity funds; effects of inflation; customer trading patterns; and new products and services. These and other risks are described in greater detail in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the company's web site.
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