ITG Reports First Quarter Results
ITG Reports First Quarter Results
Reflecting weak stock market conditions, revenue per trading day compared to last year's first quarter decreased 47% in POSIT and 27% in Client-Site Trading Products. Revenue per trading day increased by 19% for the Electronic Trading Desk, reflecting ITG's acquisition of Hoenig in September 2002.
Excluding Hoenig, ITG's total U.S. trading volume was 4.3 billion shares (averaging 71.0 million shares per trading day) compared to 6.0 billion shares in the first quarter of 2002 (averaging 99.8 million shares per trading day) and 5.4 billion shares in the fourth quarter of 2002 (averaging 82.6 million shares per trading day). On a consolidated basis including both Hoenig and international operations, ITG's total trading volume was 8.2 billion shares for the first quarter of 2003 compared to 7.5 billion shares for the first quarter of 2002 and 9.7 billion shares in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Revenues for ITG's international operations were $12.1 million for the first quarter of 2003 compared to $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2002. European revenues were $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2003 and $3.1 million in last year's first quarter. First quarter revenues in Canada were $4.6 million compared to $3.0 million in the prior year period. Revenues in Australia were $1.2 million compared to $0.9 million and revenues in Asia (where ITG commenced trading in the second quarter of 2002) were $1.2 million. Pre-tax losses from International operations were $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2003 ($0.06 per share) vs. $3.4 million ($0.07 per share) in the first quarter of 2002.
For ITG overall, pre-tax margins were 16.7% compared to 38.7% in first quarter 2002. In the U.S., ITG's pre-tax margins were 24.3% compared to 45.4% a year ago due to the substantial reduction in trading activity.
ITG says it is expecting a continuation of weak institutional trading volumes in the first half of 2003. For the full year, it will be difficult to improve significantly on current levels of revenues and earnings without improvement in the U.S. domestic equity market environment.
“Despite the significant pressure on volumes and margins in this tough cycle, ITG continues to fund our long-term commitment to trading technology development and international expansion,” said Robert J. Russel, ITG President and Chief Executive Officer. “ITG is increasing its competitive advantage and building platforms for future growth through the investments we are making now in new technology-driven products, expanding our offering to the hedge fund sector and building new businesses in the major capital markets overseas.”
ITG has scheduled a conference call today at 10:30 a.m. EDT to discuss first quarter results and the outlook for 2003. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial (800) 314-7867 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast of the call, a week-long replay will be available by dialing 888-203-1112 and entering the pass code 349534, and a two week-long replay will be available on ITG's website at http://www.itginc.com starting approximately 2 hours after the completion of the call.
ITG is headquartered in New York with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Toronto. As a leading provider of technology-based equity-trading services and transaction research to institutional investors and brokers, ITG services help clients to access liquidity, execute trades more efficiently, and make better trading decisions. ITG generates superior trading results for its clients through three lines of business. POSIT®, the world's largest equity matching system, allows clients to trade confidentially. The Electronic Trading Desk is recognized as one of the leading program trading operations in the U.S. ITG's leading-edge Client Site Trading Products allow users to implement their own trading strategies by providing direct electronic access to most sources of market liquidity. For additional information, visit http://www.itginc.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, 2002 and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the company's web site.
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