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Thursday 23 November, 2017

CMC Markets Plc

Interim results

RNS Number : 2934X
CMC Markets Plc
23 November 2017
 

23 November 2017

 

 

CMC MARKETS PLC

Interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

Pre-tax profit up 58% on high value client business

 

For the six months ended

£ million (unless otherwise stated)

30 September

2017

30 September

2016

Change

Net operating income

89.6

75.5

19%

Profit before tax

29.8

18.8

58%

Earnings per share (pence)

8.7

5.1

71%

Number of trades (million)

30.7

30.4

1%

Value of trades (£ billion)

1,175

911

29%

Active clients (numbers)

      46,634

47,623

(2%)

Client assets

322.5

283.3

14%

Revenue per active client (£)

1,814

1,488

22%

Notes:

-       Net operating income represents total revenue after rebates payable to clients and introducing partners, and betting levies

-       Active clients represents those individual clients who have traded with or held a CFD or spread bet positions with CMC Markets on at least one occasion during the six month period

-       Client assets represent total amounts due to segregated clients at the period end

-       Revenue per active client represents total trading revenue from CFD and spread bet active clients after deducting rebates and levies

Financial and operating highlights

·      Net operating income up 19% to £89.6 million (H1 FY17: £75.5 million)

·   Operating costs up 5% to £59.3 million (H1 FY17: £56.4 million), mainly due to higher discretionary performance incentives and core staff costs

·      Profit before tax up 58% to £29.8 million (H1 FY17: £18.8 million) reflecting strong operational gearing

·      Revenue per active client up 22% to £1,814; slight decline in active clients, down 2%

·      Continuing growth in client assets up 14% to £322.5 million (H1 FY17: £283.3 million)

·      Regulatory total capital ratio of 29% and own funds of £190.3 million

·      Interim dividend of 2.98 pence (H1 FY17: 2.98 pence), one third of full year ordinary dividend for prior year

·   Product offering quickly adapted for regulatory change in Germany, reflecting the Group's flexible and adaptable proprietary technology

Strategic progress

·      Established markets: Value of client trades up 25%, through the Group's focus on high value clients

·     Geographic expansion: Poland office continuing to perform well, with the value of trades up 107% and client numbers up 96%. Shanghai office officially opened in October 2017

·     Digital initiatives: 56% of the value of Next Generation client trades completed on mobile devices in H1 FY18 (H1 FY17: 50%)

·      Maintain a competitive and compliant product offering: FX DMA launched and HTML5 roll out nearing completion

·      Institutional offering: Institutional business continues to grow, value of client trades up 91% compared to H1 FY17

·      Stockbroking: partnership with ANZ Bank remains on track for delivery in September 2018

 

Peter Cruddas, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I am pleased with the Group's excellent performance and progress for the first six months of this financial year. Net operating income was a record for the first half and a reflection of our continuing focus on high value clients. We are continually developing and improving our offering, growing our institutional business as well as making progress in new geographies. I am delighted to confirm that, having recently visited Australia to see ANZ's senior team, our stockbroking partnership is on track for launch in September 2018.

We continue to await the outcome of the industry review by the European regulators, and have had meetings with the various regulators as part of the consultation period. What is clear from the consultation process is that the regulators are concerned with the level of client losses, and inadequate appropriateness and on-boarding checks.

We fully support increased regulatory oversight of the industry and believe that CMC's business model will benefit from such proposed changes. Our business model is to attract and retain high value, experienced clients that understand the product. I believe this puts us in a stronger position than many of our competitors.

We also have diversity with 15 offices around the world and a growing stockbroking business in Australia, which will continue to grow its contribution to the Group following the implementation of the ANZ Bank stockbroking business.

Whilst we await the outcome from the European regulators, the teams around the world are focused on delivering our strategic initiatives and ensuring that whatever the outcome we will be ready to respond and adapt."
 

Analyst and Investor Presentation

A presentation will be held for equity analysts and investors today at 09:30 a.m. (GMT).

A live webcast of the presentation will be available via the following link:

http://www.cmcmarkets.com/results/2018/h1 

Alternatively, you can dial into the presentation:

United Kingdom: 020 3059 8125

All other locations: + 44 20 3059 8125

Please quote "CMC Markets plc H1 2018 Results conference" when prompted.

Forthcoming announcement dates

25 January 2018

Q3 2018 interim management statement

29 March 2018

FY 2018 pre-close update

Media enquiries

Camarco

Geoffrey Pelham-Lane/Ed Gascoigne-Pees/Jennifer Renwick Tel: 020 3757 4994

Notes to Editors

CMC Markets plc ("CMC"), whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker CMCX, was established in 1989 and is now one of the world's leading online financial trading businesses. The company serves retail and institutional clients through regulated offices and branches in 14 countries, with a significant presence in the UK, Australia, Germany and Singapore. CMC Markets offers an award-winning, online and mobile trading platform, enabling clients to trade over 10,000 financial instruments across shares, indices, foreign currencies, commodities and treasuries through contracts for difference ("CFDs") and financial spread bets (in the UK and Ireland only). Clients can also place financial binary bets through Countdowns and, in Australia, access stockbroking services. More information is available at http://www.cmcmarkets.com/group/

Company information

CMC Markets plc

Incorporated in England & Wales

Registration number: 05145017

LEI: 213800VB75KAZBFH5U07

ISIN: GB00B14SKR37

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REVIEW

I am pleased with the Group's progress in H1 2018 with net operating income rising 19% in comparison to prior year, a record for the first half. This improvement reflects the Group's continuing delivery of its strategic initiatives, with growth in retail and institutional channels across our three regional segments resulting in the value of client trades increasing by 29%.

Higher net operating income has been achieved while controlling operating expenses resulting in a statutory profit before tax of £29.8 million, up 58% on prior year (H1 FY17: £18.8 million). Profit after tax was £25.0 million, up 70% against prior year (H1 FY17: £14.7 million) and earnings per share were 8.7 pence (H1 FY17: 5.1 pence).

We continue to control operating costs, which have increased by £2.9 million (5%) in comparison to prior year, primarily due to increased discretionary performance incentives and higher core salary costs. Costs in H2 are expected to be higher due to an increase in marketing spend and implementation costs relating to the ANZ stockbroking transaction as previously guided.

More targeted investment in marketing spend during the period and a temporary spike in the prior period around the UK's EU referendum have resulted in lower client acquisition figures. As a result, this has had an impact on active client numbers which have dropped 2% to 46,634 (H1 FY17: 47,623). However, the Group remains focused on acquiring and retaining good quality clients rather than a high number of low value clients.

In response to regulatory change, in August the Group implemented negative balance protection for its German retail clients. This has not had a material impact on German net revenue in H1, which has grown against the prior period.

Strategic initiatives

The Group remains focused on net operating income growth through our five clear strategic initiatives, complemented by the ANZ Bank stockbroking implementation.

Growth in established markets

Our established markets of the UK, Australia and Germany have delivered growth in net revenue of 16% to £60.4 million, 71% of the Group total. This has been achieved through both the retail and institutional channels. Our institutional business is predominantly based in the UK and net revenue grew by 45%. While we introduced negative balance protection for our clients in Germany in early August, as required by the local regulator, net revenue has continued to grow.

Expand into new markets and grow developing regions

The Poland office continues to grow, with active clients 96% higher than the first half of the prior year and net revenue 157% higher. The opening of a Shanghai education office in October also provides the Group more exposure to the growing Asia Pacific region.

Digital initiatives

Our digital team is focusing on three core areas to support the overall growth of the business:

·    Mobile: we aim to continue improving the application process and increase the share of applications coming from mobile;

·     High value clients: we aim to increase the value of clients on-boarded through various initiatives including making our retail rebate scheme more advantageous to our clients; and

·      Digital infrastructure: continue to roll out local marketing improvements globally to gain efficiencies

 

1 Net revenue generated from CFD and Spread bet active clients, including Countdowns and Binaries, after the impact of rebates and levies. Geographic segmentation is according to location of office which on-boards a client, rather than client place of residence

  

Maintain a competitive and compliant product offering

We continue to develop our Next Generation platform and will shortly be providing a full limited risk offering in the UK. The roll out of HTML5 is nearing completion, FX direct market access ("DMA") functionality has been launched and a DMA platform across other asset classes will be rolled out in the coming months.

Institutional offering

The institutional offering continues to be a key strategic driver of growth and diversification. Net revenue has increased 45% against prior year to £15.0 million. Our API (electronic connectivity to the trading platform) and DMA functionality will be drivers of future growth in the value of client trades, albeit at a lower margin than our retail business.

Regulatory environment

The outcome of the industry review by European regulators remains outstanding and outcomes could include leverage caps, negative balance protection, restrictions on marketing and changes to client on-boarding. The Group continues to engage positively with regulators and supports the regulatory scrutiny of the sector, as it should ultimately result in positive changes to the perception and reputation of the industry.

The Group is confident that once the review is completed, its strong product offering, focus on client service and fair client outcomes, as well as flexible technology will present opportunities to grow the business.

The Australian government endorsed changes to client money regulation earlier this year, meaning that client money must be segregated and this will be implemented in 2018. The Group already fully segregates client money globally.

Finally, the Group is making progress regarding the UK's exit from the European Union and has plans in place to ensure passporting rights are maintained post-March 2019.

Dividend

The Board has declared an interim dividend of 2.98p, one third of the full year ordinary dividend for the prior year. The dividend will be paid on 22 December 2017 to those members on the register at the close of business on 1 December 2017.

Outlook

At the start of H2 the Group continues to trade in line with market expectations, however, given the uncertainty around current regulatory reviews and future regulatory change, the Group remains cautious in its short-term outlook. Notwithstanding this, the Group considers a greater level of regulation could give it a competitive advantage as some smaller, less established players may find it more challenging to meet the new requirements.

In the meantime, the Group remains focused on the continuing delivery of its strategic initiatives and driving the future growth of the business.

 

OPERATING review

Summary

Net operating income rose by £14.1 million (19%) to £89.6 million. The value of trades increased by £264 billion (29%) with FX the main driver of the increase, growing 58% to £489 billion. Although the Index markets have remained subdued, volumes have increased 15% to £627 billion assisted by the Group's continued focus on premium clients.

Statutory profit before tax increased by £11.0 million (58%) to £29.8 million and profit before tax margin1 increased by 8.4% from 24.9% to 33.3% reflecting the strong operational gearing in the business.

Net operating income overview

For the six months ended

£ million

30 September 2017

30 September 2016

 

Change

CFD and Spread bet (including binaries) net revenue

84.6

70.9

19%

Stockbroking (excl. interest income)

4.1

3.7

11%

Interest income

0.8

0.9

(13%)

Other operating income

0.1

-

-

Net operating income

89.6

75.5

19%

 

Regional performance overview: CFD and Spread bet 

 

Six months ended

30 September 2017

Six months ended

30 September 2016

Change

Net revenue (£m)

Value of trades (£bn)

Active Clients

RPC (£)

Net revenue (£m)

Value of trades (£bn)

Active Clients

RPC (£)

Net revenue

Value of trades

Active Clients

RPC

UK & IE

34.8

469

12,164

2,860

29.1

365

13,345

2,180

20%

28%

(9%)

31%

Europe

23.6

341

17,909

1,315

19.6

269

18,159

1,080

20%

27%

(1%)

22%

APAC & Canada

26.2

365

16,561

1,584

22.2

277

16,119

1,376

18%

32%

3%

15%

 

84.6

1,175

46,634

1,814

70.9

911

47,623

1,488

19%

29%

(2%)

22%

UK & IE

The value of client trades was 28% higher at £469 billion (H1 FY17: £365 billion) as improved market conditions encouraged client activity. Favourable H1 FY18 variances were also influenced by the company's decision to increase margin requirements ahead of the UK's EU Referendum in June 2016, which supressed client activity in the prior year. Active client numbers were down 9% to 12,164 (H1 FY17: 13,345), with prior year numbers affected by a temporary spike in client interest around the Referendum. Client acquisition, measured as the number of new opened accounts, decreased by 15%, due to both the aforementioned interest around the Referendum and as a result of lower, more focused marketing spend. Revenue per active client was however up 31% at £2,860 (H1 FY17: £2,180), influenced by an increase in institutional business and the activity of high value clients.  CMC continues to lead the industry in client satisfaction with first place rankings in 14 out of 19 key service areas, and further increases to our net promoter score, as highlighted in a recent independent industry survey2.

1 Statutory profit before tax as a percentage of net operating income

2 Investment Trends May 2017 UK Leveraged Trading Report

 

Europe

Europe comprises the German, Austrian, French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Polish offices. The value of client trades was 27% higher across Europe at £341 billion (H1 FY17: £269 billion). Active clients were 1% lower at 17,909 (H1 FY17: 18,159). In Germany, CMC's core European market, our market leading position has been maintained with a 14% market share of primary CFD active clients1. The value of client trades was up 14% against prior year, and regulatory changes which required negative balance protection were introduced on 5 August 2017. The French office underperformed against prior year, with the value of client trades down 15% despite active clients being 4% higher. The Polish office continues to grow well, with the value of client trades up 107%, and active clients up 96%.

APAC and Canada

Our APAC and Canada business services clients from our Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, Toronto and Shanghai offices along with other regions where we have no physical presence. The value of client trades was 32% higher at £365 billion (H1 FY17: £277 billion). Active client numbers reversed the trend seen in other regions, and were up 3% at 16,561 (H1 FY17: 16,119).

The ongoing success of the business in the region has seen continued external recognition through Investment Trends2. In Australia, CMC maintained the number one ranking in terms of market share for CFD high value clients as well as top overall satisfaction while also growing primary market share. Further, in Singapore, CMC were number one for overall satisfaction for CFD and FX clients. CMC's brand profile is continuing to build strength in the region with CMC demonstrating the highest prompted brand awareness in the Australian CFD and FX market.

Stockbroking

The Australian stockbroking business has improved on prior year performance, with revenue up 11% at £4.1 million (H1 FY17: £3.7 million), but unchanged in local currency terms.

Positive performance was also evidenced through both strong client acquisition (11% increase in new clients3), and a reduction in client cost per acquisition delivered through further improvements in on-boarding and digital marketing.

The significant stockbroking partnership with ANZ Bank, announced in March 2017, remains on track for delivery next year. Our existing retail and intermediary client base are also expected to be significant beneficiaries of major platform enhancements required as part of the implementation, encompassing mobile trading, international equities, online options and advisor functionality. During H1 FY18 we launched our mobile trading application which saw 13% of daily active clients using the app at the end of October.

1 Investment Trends March 2017 Germany CFD & FX Report

2 Investment Trends May 2017 Australia CFD Report; Investment Trends October 2017 Singapore CFD & FX Report

3 Increase in new opened accounts over the period

Operating expenses

Operating expenses increased by £2.9 million (5%) to £59.3 million. This was driven by increased staff costs and other expenses. Staff costs rose particularly with regard to salary increases and a return to more normalised discretionary performance-incentives and were partly offset by lower share based payments. Other expenses rose due to higher market data and project costs. These costs were partially offset by a decrease in marketing activity, which is expected to increase in H2 2018.

For the six months ended

£ million

30 September 2017

30 September 2016

 

Change

Staff costs

26.2

24.6

7%

Marketing expenses

9.4

10.6

(12%)

Other expenses

23.7

21.2

12%

Operating expenses

59.3

56.4

5%

Taxation

The estimated effective tax rate for H1 2018 was 16%, down 3% from the FY 2017 effective tax rate of 19%. This was caused by the drop in the UK corporation tax rate which fell by 1% to 19% (FY17: 20%) and higher utilisation of Australian corporation tax credits.

Balance sheet

Amounts due from brokers increased by £17.1 million to £136.5 million. During the period, the Group has drawn down on its £40.0 million revolving credit facility in order to maintain a comfortable excess with its brokers. This resulted in an average usage of £7.9 million.

Principal risks and uncertainties

Details of the Group's approach to risk management and its principal risks and uncertainties were set out on pages 48 to 55 of the 2017 Group Annual Report and Financial Statements (available on the Group website https://www.cmcmarkets.com/group). During the six months to 30 September 2017 and up to the date of approval of the interim financial statements there have been no significant changes to the Group's risk management framework. The Group categorises its principal risks into three areas: business and strategic risks; financial risks; and operational risks. The Group's top and emerging risks, which form either a subset of one or multiple principal risks within the three principal risk categories, and continue to be at the forefront of Group discussions, are UK and European regulatory change and the UK's exit from the European Union.

 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

The directors listed below (being all the directors of CMC Markets plc) confirm that to the best of our knowledge, these condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

·    the interim management report includes a fair review of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the consolidated interim financial statements, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

·     material related party transactions in the first six months of the financial year and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report.

Neither the Group nor the directors accept any liability to any person in relation to the half-yearly financial report except to the extent that such liability could arise under English law. Accordingly, any liability to a person who has demonstrated reliance on any untrue or misleading statement or omission shall be determined in accordance with Section 90A and Schedule 10A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

By order of the board of directors

22 November 2017

Peter Cruddas (Chief Executive Officer)

David Fineberg (Group Commercial Director)

Grant Foley (Chief Operating and Financial Officer)

Simon Waugh (Chairman)

Sarah Ing

James Richards

Clare Salmon

Paul Wainscott

 
 
Consolidated interim income statement

For the six months ended 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

 

£ '000

Note

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Revenue

3

101,567

87,256

Interest income

 

805

928

Total revenue

 

102,372

88,184

Introducing partner commissions and betting levies

 

(12,788)

(12,699)

Net operating income

2

89,584

75,485

Operating expenses

4

(59,328)

(56,363)

Operating profit

 

30,256

19,122

Finance costs

 

(467)

(327)

Profit before taxation

 

29,789

18,795

Taxation

5

(4,785)

(4,130)

Profit for the period attributable to owners of the parent

 

25,004

14,665

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (p)

6

8.7p

5.1p

Diluted earnings per share (p)

6

8.6p

5.1p

 

 

 
Consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

 

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

 
 

Profit for the period

25,004

14,665

 

Other comprehensive (expense) / income:

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to income statement

 

 

 

Profit / (Loss) on net investment hedges net of tax

654

(2,392)

 

Amounts recycled from equity to the income statement net of tax

-

159

 

Currency translation differences

(1,123)

3,647

 

Change in value of available-for-sale financial assets

(50)

(11)

 

Other comprehensive (expense) / income for the period

(519)

1,403

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

24,485

16,068

 

 

 
Consolidated interim statement of financial position

At 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)                                 

 

£ '000

Note

30 September

 2017

(Unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(Unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

8

2,518

2,651

2,115

 

Property, plant and equipment

9

17,495

16,898

18,197

 

Deferred tax assets

 

8,473

8,063

8,113

 

Financial investments

11

10,559

-

-

 

Total non-current assets

 

39,045

27,612

28,425

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

10

43,167

27,000

31,542

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

1,567

1,711

1,935

 

Financial investments

11

9,826

20,473

20,272

 

Amounts due from brokers

 

136,508

109,866

119,390

 

Cash and cash equivalents

12

41,921

41,678

53,226

 

Total current assets

 

232,989

200,728

226,365

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

272,034

228,340

254,790

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

13

33,784

32,865

36,389

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

6,736

4,203

3,340

 

Borrowings

14

16,191

1,220

5,760

 

Current tax payable

 

4,096

6,143

5,489

 

Short term provisions

 

145

160

368

 

Total current liabilities

 

60,952

44,591

51,346

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

13

2,805

3,253

3,030

 

Borrowings

14

2,720

525

3,042

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

33

8

24

 

Long term provisions

 

1,564

1,558

1,575

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

7,122

5,344

7,671

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

68,074

49,935

59,017

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

72,646

72,600

72,646

 

Share premium

 

46,236

46,243

46,236

 

Own shares held in trust

 

(567)

(1,445)

(466)

 

Other reserves

 

(48,575)

(48,110)

(48,056)

 

Retained earnings

 

134,220

109,117

125,413

 

Total equity

 

203,960

178,405

195,773

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

272,034

228,340

254,790

 

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

 

£ '000

Share capital

Share premium

Own shares held in trust

Other reserves

Retained earnings

Total Equity

At 1 April 2016

72,600

46,243

(984)

(49,513)

107,981

176,327

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

1,403

14,665

16,068

Acquisition of own shares

-

-

(461)

-

-

(461)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

1,768

1,768

Tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

95

95

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(15,392)

(15,392)

At 30 September 2016

72,600

46,243

(1,445)

(48,110)

109,117

178,405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

72,646

46,236

(466)

(48,056)

125,413

195,773

Total comprehensive (expense) /  income for the period

-

-

-

(519)

25,004

24,485

Acquisition of own shares

-

-

(104)

-

-

(104)

Utilisation of own shares

-

-

3

-

-

3

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

880

880

Tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

60

60

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(17,137)

(17,137)

At 30 September 2017

72,646

46,236

(567)

(48,575)

134,220

203,960

 

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

£ '000

Note

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated from / (used in) operations

15

4,285

(11,203)

Net interest income

 

805

928

Tax paid

 

(6,678)

(5,552)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(1,588)

(15,827)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(1,775)

(2,421)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

44

Investment in intangible assets

 

(198)

(665)

Purchase of financial investments

 

(10,601)

(10,260)

Proceeds from maturity of financial investments and coupon receipts

 

10,451

10,187

Inflow / (outflow) on Net investment hedges

 

955

(3,268)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,168)

(6,383)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings

 

105,299

-

Repayment of borrowings

 

(90,916)

(695)

Acquisition of own shares

 

(104)

(461)

Dividends paid

 

(17,137)

(15,392)

Finance costs

 

(467)

(327)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(3,325)

(16,875)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(6,081)

(39,085)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

48,952

78,280

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

(950)

2,483

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

41,921

41,678

 

 

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

For the six months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

1.         Basis of preparation

Basis of accounting and accounting policies

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 and the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRS"), IFRS Interpretations Committee ("IFRS IC") interpretations and the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' opinion on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement made under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 Interim Financial Reporting and the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

The accounting policies applied in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those applied in the Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017. The Group did not implement the requirements of any Standards or Interpretations which were in issue and which were not required to be implemented at the half-year. The Group expects to implement IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' and IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' on 1 April 2018. The Group does not anticipate that IFRS 9 or IFRS 15 will have a material impact on the Group's results. The Group continues to assess the impact of IFRS 16 'Leases' which becomes effective on 1 January 2019.

No other Standards or Interpretations issued are expected to have an impact on the Group's financial statements.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except in the case of "Financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss" and "Available for sale financial assets". The financial information is rounded to the nearest thousand, except where otherwise indicated.

Significant accounting judgements

The preparation of condensed consolidated interim financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain significant accounting judgements. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The only area involving a higher degree of judgement or complexity, or where assumptions and estimates are significant to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements is:

Deferred taxes

The carrying amounts of deferred tax assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available to allow all or part of the asset to be recovered.

Going concern

The Group has considerable financial resources, a broad range of products and a geographically diversified business. As a consequence, the Directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks in the context of the current economic outlook. Accordingly, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. They therefore continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Seasonality of operations

The Directors consider that, given the impact of market volatility, and the growth in overseas business and the use of mobile platforms, there is no predictable seasonality to the Group's operations. 

 

2.         Segmental reporting

The Group's principal business is online retail financial services and provides its clients with the ability to trade contracts for difference (CFD) and financial spread betting on a range of underlying shares, indices, foreign currencies, commodities and treasuries. The Group also makes these services available to institutional partners through white label and introducing broker arrangements. The Group's CFDs are traded worldwide; spread bets only in UK and Ireland and the Group provides stockbroking services only in Australia. The Group's core business is generally managed on a geographical basis and for management purposes, the Group is organised into three segments:

·      UK and Ireland (UK & IE);

·      Europe;

·      Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (APAC) and Canada;

These segments are in line with the management information received by the Chief Operating Decision Maker (CODM).

Revenues and costs are allocated to the segments that originated the transaction. Costs generated centrally are allocated to segments on an equitable basis, mainly based on revenue, headcount or active client levels.

Six months ended 30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

£ '000

UK & IE

Europe

APAC & Canada

Central

Total

Segment revenue net of Introducing partner commissions and betting levies

34,990

23,506

30,283

-

88,779

Interest income

92

-

-

805

Net operating income

35,082

23,506

30,996

-

89,584

Segment operating expenses

(7,680)

(4,176)

(7,379)

(40,093)

(59,328)

Segment contribution

27,402

19,330

23,617

(40,093)

30,256

Allocation of central operating expenses

(12,567)

(12,770)

40,093

-

Operating profit

14,835

6,560

8,861

-

30,256

Finance costs

(35)

-

(1)

(431)

(467)

Allocation of central finance costs

(185)

(121)

431

-

Profit before taxation

14,615

6,439

8,735

-

29,879

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September 2016 (Unaudited)

£ '000

UK & IE

Europe

Central

Total

Segment revenue net of Introducing partner commissions and betting levies

29,080

19,579

25,898

-

74,557

Interest income

145

-

-

928

Net operating income

29,225

19,579

26,681

-

75,485

Segment operating expenses

(6,850)

(6,292)

(37,278)

(56,363)

Segment contribution

22,375

13,287

20,738

(37,278)

19,122

Allocation of central operating expenses

(12,011)

(12,466)

37,278

-

Operating profit

10,364

821

7,937

-

19,122

Finance costs

(28)

-

-

(299)

(327)

Allocation of central finance costs

(125)

(86)

299

-

Profit before taxation

10,211

735

7,849

-

18,795

The measurement of net operating income for segmental analysis is consistent with that in the income statement.

The Group uses 'Segment contribution' to assess the financial performance of each segment. EBITDA comprises operating profit for the period before interest expense, taxation, depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortisation and impairment of intangibles.

 

3.         Revenue

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

CFD and spread bet

96,330

82,461

Stockbroking

5,148

4,838

Other

89

(43)

Revenue

101,567

87,256

4.         Operating Expenses

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Staff costs

26,217

24,589

IT costs

8,246

7,424

Sales and marketing

9,368

10,612

Premises

3,080

2,629

Legal and Professional fees

2,114

1,385

Regulatory fees1

2,184

2,905

Other

5,167

4,036

Depreciation and amortisation

2,952

2,783

Operating expenses

59,328

56,363

1 Includes regulatory transaction fees

5.         Taxation

 

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Analysis of charge for the period:

 

 

Current tax

 

 

Current tax on profit for the period

5,309

3,818

Adjustments in respect of previous periods

(1)

(2)

Total current tax

5,308

3,816

Deferred tax

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(523)

119

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

-

3

Impact of change in tax rate

-

192

Total deferred tax

(523)

314

Total tax

4,785

4,130

 

The standard rate of UK corporation tax changed from 20% to 19% with effect from 1 April 2017. Taxation outside the UK is calculated at the rates prevailing in the respective jurisdictions. The effective tax rate for six months ended 30 September 2017 of 16.06% (Six months ended 30 September 2016: 21.97%) differs from the standard rate of UK corporation tax rate of 19% (Six months ended 30 September 2016: 20%). The differences are explained below:

 

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Profit before taxation

29,789

18,795

Profit multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (30 September 2016: 20%)

5,660

3,759

Adjustment in respect of foreign tax rates

387

209

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

(1)

1

Impact of change in tax rate

-

192

Recognition of previously unrecognised tax losses

(1,413)

(402)

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

77

109

Income not subject to tax

(13)

(23)

Irrecoverable foreign tax

51

117

Share awards

23

160

Other differences

14

8

Total tax

4,785

4,130

 

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Tax on items recognised directly in Equity

 

 

Tax on Share based payments

60

95

6.         Earnings per share (EPS)

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to the equity owners of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during each period excluding those held in employee share trusts which are treated as cancelled.

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue, excluding those held in employee share trusts, is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential weighted average ordinary shares, which consists of share options granted to employees and shares issuable to client investors at IPO.

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders (£ '000)

25,004

14,665

Weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of basic earnings per share ('000)

287,451

287,161

Dilutive effect of share options ('000)

2,336

1,956

Weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share ('000)

289,787

289,117

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (p)

8.7p

5.1p

Diluted earnings per share (p)

8.6p

5.1p

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2017, 2,336,000 (Six months ended 30 September 2016: 1,956,000) potentially dilutive weighted average ordinary shares in respect of share options in issue were included in the calculation of diluted EPS.

 

7.         Dividends

 

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(Unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(Unaudited)

 

£ '000

Pence per share

£ '000

Pence per share

Prior year final dividend paid

17,137

5.95p

15,392

5.36p

An interim dividend for 2018 of 2.98p per share, amounting to £8,585,000 has been approved by the board but has not been included as a liability at 30 September 2017. The dividend will be paid on 22 December 2017 to those members on the register at the close of business on 1 December 2017.

8.         Intangible assets

During the six months ended 30 September 2017, additions to intangible assets amounted to £1,001,000 (six month ended 30 September 2016: £665,000; year ended 31 March 2017: £811,000). As at 30 September 2017, the net book value of intangible assets was £2,518,000 (30 September 2016: £2,651,000, 31 March 2017: £2,115,000).

9.         Property, plant and equipment

During the six months ended 30 September 2017, additions to property, plant and equipment amounted to £1,775,000 (six month ended 30 September 2016: £2,421,000; year ended 31 March 2017: £6,114,000). As at 30 September 2017, the net book value of property, plant and equipment was £17,495,000 (30 September 2016: £16,898,000, 31 March 2017: £18,197,000).

10.        Trade and other receivables

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(Unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(Unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Gross trade receivables

6,718

4,493

5,089

Less: provision for impairment of trade receivables

(3,040)

(4,076)

(8,491)

Trade receivables

3,678

417

1,598

Prepayments and accrued income

7,601

6,396

7,494

Stockbroking debtors

13,655

8,496

19,292

Other debtors

18,233

11,691

3,158

Total

43,167

27,000

31,542

Stockbroking debtors represent the amount receivable in respect of equity security transactions executed on behalf of clients with a corresponding balance included within trade and other payables (note 13).

 

11.        Financial investments

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

UK Government securities:

 

 

 

At the beginning of the period / year

20,272

20,374

20,374

Purchase of securities

10,601

10,260

20,562

Maturity of securities and Coupon receipts

(10,451)

(10,187)

(20,710)

Accrued interest

13

37

53

Net Losses transferred to equity

(50)

(11)

(7)

At the end of the period / year

20,385

20,473

20,272

Less: non-current portion

(10,559)

-

-

Current portion

9,826

20,473

20,272

Financial investments are shown as current assets when they have a maturity of less than one year and are held as 'available-for-sale'.

12.        Cash and cash equivalents

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Gross cash and cash equivalents

364,380

324,958

363,258

Less: Client monies

(322,459)

(283,280)

(310,032)

Own cash and cash equivalents

41,921

41,678

53,226

Analysed as:

 

 

 

Cash at bank

39,022

38,718

50,218

Short-term deposits

2,899

2,960

3,008

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and other short-term highly liquid investments, with maturities of three months or less. Cash at bank earns interest at floating rates, based on daily bank deposit rates.

 

13.        Trade and other payables

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Current

 

 

 

Gross trade payables

325,804

286,948

313,871

Less: Client monies

(322,459)

(283,280)

(310,032)

Trade payables

3,345

3,668

3,839

Tax and social security

2

42

25

Stockbroking creditors

11,797

15,272

17,079

Accruals and deferred income

18,640

13,883

15,446

 

33,784

32,865

36,389

Non-current

 

 

 

Accruals and deferred income

2,805

3,253

3,030

Total

36,589

36,118

39,419

14.        Borrowings

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Current

 

 

 

Finance lease liabilities

920

1,198

1,316

Bank loans

15,000

-

-

Bank overdrafts

-

-

4,274

Other liabilities

271

22

170

 

16,191

1,220

5,760

Non-current

 

 

 

Finance lease liabilities

2,019

481

2,455

Other liabilities

701

44

587

 

2,720

525

3,042

Total

18,911

1,745

8,802

 

15.        Cash generated from operations

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Profit before taxation

29,789

18,795

Adjustments for:

 

 

Net interest income

(805)

(928)

Finance costs

467

327

Depreciation

2,366

2,096

Amortisation of intangible assets

586

687

Share-based payment

883

1,768

Other non-cash movements including exchange rate movements

(638)

599

Changes in working capital:

 

 

Increase in trade and other receivables

(11,638)

(6,106)

Increase in amounts due from brokers

(17,118)

(25,636)

Decrease in trade and other payables

(2,848)

(2,096)

Decrease / (Increase) in net derivative financial instruments

3,463

(833)

(Decrease) / Increase in provisions

(222)

124

Cash generated from  / (used in) operations

4,285

(11,203)

The movement in trade and other receivables for the six months ended 30 September 2017 includes £150,000 (Six months ended 30 September 2016: £215,000) of exceptional litigation income relating to year ended 31 March 2016, received during the period.

The impact of exchange rate movements on components of working capital is presented as a separate line item within the cash generated from operations for the period ended 30 September 2017. The amounts relating to period ended 30 September 2016 have been presented on the same basis.

16.        Liquidity

The Group has access to the following liquidity resources that make up total available liquidity:

·    Own funds. The primary source of liquidity for the Group. It represents the funds that the business has generated historically, including any unrealised gains / losses on open hedging positions. All cash held on behalf of segregated clients is excluded. Own funds consists mainly of cash and cash equivalents and also includes investments in UK government securities which are held to meet the Group's liquid asset buffer (LAB - as agreed with FCA). These UK government securities are BIPRU 12.7 eligible securities and are available to meet liabilities which fall due in periods of stress.

·      Title Transfer Funds (TTFs). This represents funds received from professional clients and eligible counterparties (as defined in the FCA Handbook) that are held under a Title Transfer Collateral Agreement (TTCA); a means by which a professional client or eligible counterparty may agree that full ownership of such funds is unconditionally transferred to the Group. The Group considers these funds as an ancillary source of liquidity and places no reliance on its stability.

·      Available committed facility. (off-balance sheet liquidity). The Group has access to a facility of up to £40.0million (30 September 2016: £40.0 million; 31 March 2017: £40.0 million) in order to fund any potential fluctuations in margins required to be posted at brokers to support our risk management strategy. The maximum amount of the facility available at any one time is dependent upon the initial margin requirements at brokers and margin received from clients. The facility consists of a one year term facility of £20.0 million and a three year term facility of £20.0 million, both of which were renewed in June 2017.

The Group's use of total available liquidity resources consist of:

·     Blocked cash. Amounts held to meet the requirements of local market regulators and amounts held at overseas subsidiaries in excess of local segregated client requirements to meet potential future client requirements.

·      Initial margin requirement at broker. The total GBP equivalent initial margin required by prime brokers to cover the Group's hedge derivative positions.

Own funds on 30 September 2017 were £190,300,000 (30 September 2016: £165,857,000; 31 March 2017: £183,370,000). Short term financial investments, amounts due from brokers and amounts receivable / (payable) on the derivative financial instruments have been included within 'own funds' in order to provide a clear presentation of the Group's potential cash resources.

 

£ '000

30 September

 2017

(unaudited)

30 September

 2016

(unaudited)

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Cash and cash equivalents

41,921

41,678

53,226

Amount due from brokers

136,508

109,866

119,390

Financial investments

20,385

20,473

20,272

Derivative financial instruments (Current Assets)

1,567

1,711

1,935

 

200,381

173,728

194,823

Less: Title transfer funds

(3,345)

(3,668)

(3,839)

Less: Derivative financial instruments (Current Liabilities)

(6,736)

(4,203)

(3,340)

Less: Bank overdrafts

-

-

(4,274)

Own Funds

190,300

165,857

183,370

Title transfer funds

3,345

3,668

3,839

Available committed facility

25,000

35,036

40,000

Total Available liquidity

218,645

204,561

227,209

Less: Blocked cash

(19,946)

(19,455)

(19,821)

Less: Initial margin requirement at broker

(118,997)

(89,048)

(93,030)

Net available liquidity

79,702

96,058

114,358

Of which: held as liquid assets buffer

20,000

20,000

20,000

 

The following Own Funds Flow Statement summarises the Group's generation of own funds during each period and excludes all cash flows in relation to monies held on behalf of clients.

£ '000

Six months ended

 30 September 2017

(unaudited)

Six months ended

 30 September 2016

(unaudited)

Year ended

31 March

 2017

(Audited)

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before tax

29,789

18,795

48,465

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Finance costs

467

327

734

Depreciation and amortisation

2,952

2,783

5,835

Other non-cash adjustments

(106)

3,232

5,661

Tax paid

(6,678)

(5,552)

(11,372)

Own funds generated from operating activities

26,424

19,585

49,323

Movement in working capital

(14,201)

(9,464)

(10,683)

(Outflow) / Inflow from investing activities

 

 

 

Net Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(1,973)

(3,042)

(3,762)

Other inflow / (outflow) from investing activities

955

(3,268)

(4,792)

(Outflow) / Inflow from financing activities

 

 

 

Interest paid

(467)

(327)

(734)

Dividends paid

(17,137)

(15,392)

(23,946)

Other inflow / (outflow) from financing activities

14,279

(1,156)

(1,422)

Total outflow from investing and financing activities

(4,343)

(23,185)

(34,656)

Increase  / (Decrease) in own funds

7,880

(13,064)

3,984

Own funds at the beginning of the period / year

183,370

176,438

176,438

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

(950)

2,483

2,948

Own funds at the end of the period / year

190,300

165,857

183,370

As part of the transaction with ANZ Bank, the Group deposited AUD 25,000,000 (£14,455,000) in escrow in April 2017.

17.        Fair value measurement disclosures

The Group's assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value are derivative financial instruments and financial investments. The table below categorises those financial instruments measured at fair value based on the following fair value measurement hierarchy:

·      Level 1 - quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

·      Level 2 - inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices); or

·      Level 3 - inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs)

 

30 September 2017 (Unaudited)

£ '000

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

Financial investments (Non-current assets)

10,559

-

-

10,559

Financial investments (Current assets)

9,826

-

-

9,826

Derivative financial instruments (Current Assets)

-

1,567

-

1,567

Derivative financial instruments (Current Liabilities)

-

(6,736)

-

(6,736)

 

20,385

(5,169)

-

15,216

 

30 September 2016 (Unaudited)

£ '000

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

Financial investments

20,473

-

-

20,473

Derivative financial instruments (Current Assets)

-

1,711

-

1,711

Derivative financial instruments (Current Liabilities)

-

(4,203)

-

(4,203)

 

20,473

(2,492)

-

17,981

 

31 March 2017 (Audited)

£ '000

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

Financial investments

20,272

-

-

20,272

Derivative financial instruments (Current Assets)

-

1,935

-

1,935

Derivative financial instruments (Current Liabilities)

-

(3,340)

-

(3,340)

 

20,272

(1,405)

-

18,867

Fair value of financial assets and liabilities measured at amortised cost

The fair value of the following financial assets and liabilities not held at fair value approximates to their carrying value:

·      Cash and cash equivalents

·      Amounts due from brokers

·      Trade and other receivables

·      Trade and other payables

·      Borrowings

18.        Related party transactions

There have been no significant changes to the nature of related parties disclosed in the statutory financial statements for the group as at and for the year ended 31 March 2017.

Directors' transactions

There were no director transactions during the six months ended 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2016.

19.        Contingent liabilities

The Group engages in partnership contracts that could result in non-performance claims and from time to time is involved in disputes during the ordinary course of business. The Group provides for claims where costs are likely to be incurred, and there are no contingent liabilities which are expected to have a material adverse financial impact on the Group.

20.        Forward looking statements

This announcement may include statements that are forward looking in nature. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Except as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Group undertakes no obligation to update, revise or change any forward looking statements to reflect events or developments occurring after the date such statements are published.

 

Independent review report to CMC Markets Plc

Report on the consolidated interim financial statements

Our conclusion

We have reviewed CMC Markets plc's (the "company") consolidated interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 of CMC Markets plc for the 6-month period ended 30 September 2017. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

·      the consolidated interim statement of financial position as at 30 September 2017;

·     the consolidated interim income statement and consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the period then ended;

·      the consolidated interim statement of cash flows for the period then ended;

·      the consolidated interim statement of changes in equity for the period then ended; and

·      the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

The interim financial statements included in the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 1 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.
 

What a review of interim financial statements involves

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

We have read the other information contained in the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

London

22 November 2017

 

a)   The maintenance and integrity of the CMC Markets plc website is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the interim financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.

b)   Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 


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