Trading Volumes Boost First Half Year Earnings at South Africa’s JSE

Increasing trading volumes have boosted earnings at South Africa’s main financial exchange the Johannesburg Stock Exchange for H1 2013. Africa’s

download (4)South Africa’s financial trading bourse, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has reported promising half-year results in the six months to June 30th 213. Africa’s largest and most liquid exchange saw revenues spike YoY as traders found solace in volatile markets which bolstered activity. The JSE’s operating revenues increased 16% from a year earlier to US $79.54 million.

Main highlights for H1 2013 (comparison to H1 2012)

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  • Group earnings increased 191% to R293mln {US $29.35 million} (R101 million in 2012: )
  • Group headline earnings were up 35% to R285m {US $28.5million} (2012: R211m)
  • Rebates to Equity Market members R60 million {US $6 million}
  • Trade volumes increased 58%
  • Trade vales increased 22%

Speaking about the results, CEO Nicky Newton-King said in a statement: “These results are significant, reflecting the impact of strong trade volumes as well as our investment in initiatives that grow the business. We are now realising benefits from the new Equity Market trading and information platforms, for example. The JSE will continue to invest in those areas of our business which will build long-term sustainability.”

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Nicky Newton King CEO JSE
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South Africa, known for its exposure to mining related firms, has been benefiting from volatility in the price of precious metals which is impacting its major stock index. 2013 has been a positive year for the index which crossed a new high today on the back of QE3 and continued drive in the European markets. The all share index ended up 0.44% at 42‚685.35 points.

The JSE has seen a significant increase in trading metrics across all asset classes; FX futures witnessed a sharp rise in May where total volume reached $3.9 billion.

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