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FXCM Q3 Results: Tradable Accounts Increase to 203,714, Revenue Up 5%

FXCM, one of the world’s largest forex brokers, has just announced its Q3 results. The highlights of the report are revenues of $115.0 million (up 5% versus the same period in 2011), record customer equity of $1,278 million - up 54% from Q3 of 2011 and up 22% from December 2011, and retail revenue per million of $99/million. 

 
A 5% revenue increase is not a lot, yet is more than most of the other players on the market can brag about – revenues and trading volumes have decreased significantly in comparison with last year, and this has affected brokers worldwide. 
 
Frankly, FXCM’s positive results are not surprising – in August this year the broker hit a record number in client assets, and in Q3 the U.S. division of the company registered more than 20,000 active accounts, which ranked it 2nd biggest amongst all the brokers operating in the USA. 
 
For comparison, Gain Capital’s Forex.com – one of the main competitors of FXCM – reported excellent results in their institutional business but retail is not doing too good. The broker’s net in Q3 hit $40 million only. 
 
 
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2012-- FXCM Inc. (NYSE: FXCM), a leading online provider of foreign exchange, or FX, trading and related services, today announced for the quarter endedSeptember 30, 2012, revenues under US GAAP of $115.0 million, compared to $109.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 5%. Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA for the Third Quarter 2012 was $37.2 million, compared to $31.4 million for the Third Quarter 2011, an increase of 18%.

Adjusted Pro Forma Net Income was $12.5 million for the Third Quarter 2012, compared to$17.1 million for the Third Quarter 2011, a decrease of 27%. Adjusted Pro Forma Cash Net Income was $22.9 for the Third Quarter 2012, compared to $27.4 million for the Third Quarter 2011, a decrease of 16%.

Adjusted Pro Forma fully diluted earnings per share for the Third Quarter 2012 was $0.17 on a fully exchanged, fully diluted basis compared to $0.23 for the Third Quarter 2011, a decrease of 26%.

Adjusted Pro Forma fully diluted cash earnings per share for the Third Quarter 2012 was $0.31 on a fully exchanged, fully diluted basis compared to $0.37 for the Third Quarter 2011, a decrease of 16%. U.S. GAAP net income was $4.5 million for the Third Quarter 2012, compared to $3.4 million for the Third Quarter 2011, an increase of 33%. U.S. GAAP earnings per share for the Third Quarter 2012 was$0.17 per fully diluted Class A share, compared to $0.21 per fully diluted Class A share for the Third Quarter 2011, a decrease of 19%.

“FXCM turned in a solid quarter despite the continued low volatility of the global FX markets and subdued trading environment,” said Drew Niv, Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, our cash generation in the quarter was particularly strong and we earned $37.2 million in EBITDA and $0.31 in cash earnings per share.”

Adjusted Pro Forma results assume the conversion and exchange of all FXCM Holdings, LLC Units into FXCM Inc. Class A common stock, resulting in the elimination of the non-controlling interest and the corresponding adjustment to the entity’s tax provision. In addition, Adjusted Pro Forma results eliminate certain non-recurring charges and equity based compensation expense regarding a grant of stock options at the time of FXCM’s initial public offering (“IPO”) in December 2010.

Adjusted Pro Forma Cash results further adjusts Adjusted Pro Forma results to eliminate certain non-cash items, including the further elimination of equity based compensation expense unrelated to the IPO as well as depreciation and amortization. In addition, Adjusted Pro Forma Cash results adjusts the tax provision of Adjusted Pro Forma results to reflect only the provision for taxes expected to be paid in the following twelve months.

FXCM Inc. today announced that it has received additional commitments from a group of banks and has increased its credit facility to $155 million. In addition, certain of the terms of the credit facility were modified to among other things provide additional flexibility regarding financing and investment initiatives.

“We are pleased with being able to increase the size of our credit facility,” said Niv, “We now have seven banks in the facility and received a great deal of demand as we sought to increase its size. The increased size of the facility will allow us to conduct our current initiatives on a larger scale.”

FXCM Inc. today announced certain key operating metrics for October 2012 for its retail and institutional foreign exchange business. 

October 2012 Operating Metrics

Retail Trading Metrics

- Retail customer trading volume(1) of $324 billion in October 2012, 7% higher than September 2012 and 5% lower than October 2011.
- Average retail customer trading volume(1) per day of $14.1 billion in October 2012, 7% lower than September 2012 and 13% lower than October 2011.
- An average of 341,293 retail client trades per day in October 2012, 6% lower than September 2012 and 26% lower than October 2011.
- Tradable accounts(2) of 203,714 as of October 31, 2012, an increase 1,320, or 1% from September 2012, and an increase of 12,139,or 6%, from October 2011.

Institutional Trading Metrics

- Institutional customer trading volume(1) of $53 billion in October 2012, 16% higher than September 2012 and 69% lower than October 2011.
- Average institutional trading volume(1) per day of $2.3 billion in October 2012, flat with September 2012 and 72% lower than October 2011.
- An average of 5,850 institutional client trades per day in October 2012, 3% higher than September 2012 and 86% lower than October 2011.

“FXCM showed continued progress in October despite the low volatility in the FX markets,” stated Niv. “In addition, we look forward to our organic initiatives for growth such as our recently launched product to attract smaller clients as well as the migration of our institutional customers to our in-house platform which we believe will become more material in the near future.”

More information, including historical results for each of the above metrics, can be found on the investor relations page of the Company's corporate website, www.fxcm.com.
 
This operating data is preliminary and subject to revision and should not be taken as an indication of the financial performance of FXCM Inc. FXCM undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review previously reported operating data. Any updates to previously reported operating data will be reflected in the historical operating data that can be found on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s corporate website, www.fxcm.com.

(1) Volume that FXCM customers traded in period is translated into US dollars.
(2) A Tradeable Account is an account with sufficient funds to place a trade in accordance with FXCM trading policies.
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