Saxo Bank announces half year results

Copenhagen - Saxo Bank, the trading and investment specialist, increased its net profit to DKK 551 million.
• Pre-tax profits of DKK 729 million (DKK 55 million).
• Net profit of DKK 551 million (DKK 41 million).
• Operating income of DKK 1,992 million (DKK 969 million).
• EBITDA of DKK 811 million (DKK 128 million).
• The solvency ratio for Saxo Bank Group was 19.2% (18.9%).

The results achieved in the first six months of 2010 are rooted in increased market activity as well as decisions and actions taken since shortly before the onset of the financial crisis in the autumn of 2008. The Bank has:

• increased efficiency through IT investments, work process rationalisation, outsourcing and business focus;
• reduced its headcount by approximately 40% from the peak level in September 2008;
• completed 10 acquisitions, all of which have lived up to expectations;
• launched significant new products within FX, Equities and Commodities;
• expanded the business to include asset management;
• increased its geographical footprint with new offices in nine countries;
• increased its deposits and funds under management significantly;
• established IT development centres in India and Ukraine in addition to its Danish IT centre.

During the first six months of 2010, Saxo Bank saw positive developments in key drivers such as the number of clients, number of trades and trading volumes.

The Bank’s clients’ collateral deposits increased by approximately DKK 11 billion to DKK 26.6 billion including clients’ collateral deposits  from the Nordic activities of E*Trade, which Saxo Bank acquired in April 2010. Saxo Asset Management, Saxo Bank’s legally segregated asset management division, increased its assets under management from DKK 21 billion to 28.8 billion including DKK 4.2 billion from Saxo Bank A/S during the first six months of 2010.

After inclusion of the profit related to the first six months of 2010, the solvency ratio of the Saxo Bank Group was 19.2%. Saxo Bank has assessed that the internal capital requirement of the Group is 8% of risk weighted items. The capital base buffer as of 30 June 2010 was more than DKK 1.1 billion.