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Interim Management Statement

Posted:
9/9/2009

RNS Number: 7349Y 
IG Group Holdings plc
09 September 2009

IG GROUP HOLDINGS PLC

Interim Management Statement

IG Group Holdings plc ("IG" or "the Group") today issues the following Interim Management Statement. Unless otherwise stated, trends and figures highlighted below refer to the three months ended 31 August 2009 and the corresponding period last year.

Group revenue for the quarter was approximately £68m compared to £53m in the corresponding quarter in the prior year, an increase of approximately 28%. Excluding the impact of FXOnline Japan KK ("FXOnline"), organic revenue growth was 17%. 

The charge for doubtful debts in the period was less than 1% of revenue. Other operating costs were in line with management expectations.

Financial revenue from clients dealing with the Group's London office increased by 4% to just over £39m. Australian revenue was up by over 50% to £10m.

The Group's six newer offices in mainland Europe, Singapore and the US increased revenue by around 80% to over £11m. Germany and France in particular delivered strong growth.

FXOnline achieved revenue of £6m in the period. It continues to experience a challenging competitive environment for forex and is developing its offering to ensure that it is competitively positioned. It is making good progress on increasing its revenue from CFDs and binary options, which are relatively new products in Japan and where the competitive environment is more favourable.

The Group's US exchange, Nadex, has applied to its regulator, the CFTC, for the necessary changes in designation to enable certain regulated intermediaries to trade and clear customer orders on Nadex.  Until this change of designation is approved the Group is undertaking only limited marketing in the US.

The Group's office in Stockholm opened for business on 31 August 2009 and the Group continues to evaluate other potential new markets for future development while making good progress in developing its introduced and white label businesses.

Account opening, a key lead indicator of future growth, remains strong. During the period the Group opened over 21,000 financial accounts, an increase of 72% on the number opened in the corresponding period of the prior year. Excluding FXOnline, the like-for-like increase was 23%, driven principally by increases in the rate of account opening in the UK and Australia.

The new financial year has started well, despite subdued forex and equity market volatility. The normal seasonality impact in the northern hemisphere was somewhat offset by clients' increased trading activity in shares during the strong rally in equity markets over the final seven weeks of the period.  

As previously noted, the Group faces more challenging comparatives in the second quarter, as both revenue and account opening last year were boosted by the volatility caused by the extraordinary market events of September and October.  

It remains difficult to predict future trends in volatility or customer reaction to changing market and economic conditions. Strong account opening and the continued development of the Group's offering leave the Group well positioned for further growth.

There will be a conference call today for analysts and investors at 8.30am (UK time). The call can be accessed by dialling +44(0)20 7806 1961 and using passcode 4076946. A replay of the conference call will be available for a period of 14 days after the event by dialling +44 (0)20 7111 1244 and using passcode 4076946#. 

For further information please contact:

IG Group 020 7896 0011
Tim Howkins, Chief Executive
Steve Clutton, Finance Director

Financial Dynamics 020 7269 7200
Rob Bailhache
Nick Henderson