XTB financial results for the 3rd quarter of 2016
In the 3rd quarter of 2016 X- Trade Brokers Dom Maklerski recorded PLN 4,24 million of consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of the Parent Company, in comparison to PLN 50,94 million recorded in the same period of 2015. Profit on operating activities amounted to PLN 8,42 million as compared to PLN 60,95 million y/y. Consolidated operating income reached the level of PLN 42,80 million in the 3rd quarter of 2016 as compared to PLN 95,70 million y/y. Cumulatively for the three quarters of 2016 the Group generated the consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of the Parent Company of PLN 27,29 million as compared to PLN 102,53 million y/y. Consolidated operating income for the three quarters reached PLN 156,62 million as compared to PLN 225,19 million y/y.
The 3rd quarter of 2016, analogously to the 2nd quarter, was a period free from the unexpected and extraordinary market events or strong long-term trends. The clearly lower volatility observed in the nine-month period of 2016, in comparison to the same period of the previous year, created fewer investment opportunities to the XTB clients. As a consequence, XTB as well as its competitors with the same business profile, experienced decrease in turnover of financial instruments and hence a drop in the Group revenues.
An important event in the 2016 was Brexit, i.e. voting of Great Britain on possible exit or remaining of the country within the European Union. Thanks to the precautionary actions undertaken by the financial markets, volatility on the markets caused by the referendum did not repeat the scenario from January last year, when excessive market volatility was recorded as a result of an unexpected SNB decision to discontinue the policy of defending the CHF exchange rate. Preparing to the voting, the Group raised minimal deposits on instruments exposed to sharp movements (currency pairs with GBP, European indices). This action was undertaken in order to limit the clients’ exposure to the above mentioned instruments and this goal was achieved.
In spite of the limited market volatility observed during the current year (which resulted in lower average operating income per active account y/y), XTB consequently builds up clients base for future growth. The number of new accounts and average number of active accounts is growing in the subsequent quarters of 2016. In the 3rd quarter of the year the number of new accounts increased by 20% y/y and average number of active accounts increased by 10% y/y. The Management Board believes that increasing number of new and active accounts and a strong brand in combination with more favorably market volatility are solid foundations for future growth.