2/9/2018, 7:30 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)




Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Flow Traders N.V. (Euronext: FLOW) today announced its 4Q17 results (unaudited), stating that:

  • 4Q17 ETP Value Traded rose to € 164bn (+1% Q-o-Q), which led to an increase in our ETP Value Traded by 7% Y-o-Y in 2017, whereas the market ETP Value Traded declined 13% Y-o-Y
  • 4Q17 Net Trading Income (NTI) was € 39.3m (+24% Q-o-Q)
  • 4Q17 EBITDA margin was 34%, leading to an EPS of € 0.17 (+43% Q-o-Q)
  • Flow Traders proposes final FY17 dividend of € 0.35. This implies a total dividend for FY17 of € 0.65, which is a 76% dividend pay-out ratio
  • FTEs grew 16% to 394 end 2017
  • Flow Traders incurred a small loss day in 4Q17
  • Flow Traders expects to comply with CRR capital requirements under the standardized method as of 31 March 2018
  • MiFID II implementation went according to plan for Flow Traders
  • FY18 cost growth guidance reiterated at a maximum of 15% annually
  • Key growth initiatives are on schedule and confirm our longer-term growth strategy
  • Flow Traders launched the Flow Traders Employee Cash Incentive Plan (FCIP) end 2017
  • Year-to-date NTI is already more than considerably above the record quarter level of 3Q15 of € 92.8m, driven by a strong start of the year in combination with exceptional market circumstances

Overview consolidated Quarterly and Full Year results Flow Traders

€million, unless otherwise stated 4Q17 3Q17 Change FY17 FY16 Change
Net Trading Income 39.3 31.7 24% 166.0 250.0 (34%)
EMEA (Europe) 27.6 21.4 29% 114.7 157.5 (27%)
Americas 5.8 6.9 (16%) 34.1 67.5 (50%)
APAC (Asia) 5.9 3.4 74% 17.2 25.0 (31%)
EBITDA 13.2 7.6 74% 56.0 118.7 (53%)
Net Profit 7.9 5.6 43% 39.6 91.9 (57%)
EBITDA Margin 34% 24%   34% 47%  
EPS (EUR) 0.17 0.12 43% 0.85 1.98 (57%)
Flow Traders ETP Value Traded (€bn) 164.0 162.3 1% 685.8 640.1 7%
EMEA (Europe) 103.5 96.1 8% 418.3 417.6 0.2%
Americas 54.6 60.3 (10%) 244.6 190.2 29%
APAC (Asia) 5.9 5.8 2% 23.0 32.3 (29%)
Market ETP Value Traded (€bn) 4,625 4,154 11% 18,519 21,287 (13%)
EMEA (Europe) 198 194 2% 851 973 (12%)
Americas 3,807 3,527 8% 15,727 18,298 (14%)
APAC (Asia) 620 433 43% 1,941 2,016 (4%)
APAC (ex China) 226 170 33% 766 915 (16%)

Current Trading and Outlook

The strong growth trend that was witnessed in the ETP industry in 2017, is expected to continue in 2018 and beyond. The shift in assets from actively managed funds towards the passive industry drives ETP growth across all asset classes. Regulation, such as MiFID II is expected to support further transparency and a level playing field, which already is starting to be beneficial to the ETP market.

On top of an already strong start of the year, the recent significant uptick in market activity contributes to an exceptional trading result for Flow Traders. This drives our NTI year-to-date already more than considerably above the record quarter level of 3Q15. This also shows the strength of our business model as well as Flow Traders' ability to provide liquidity whilst managing appropriately the associated risks in all market circumstances.

Management Board Statements

Co-CEO Dennis Dijkstra stated: "The underlying growth drivers were strong in the ETP market in 2017, resulting in further growth in ETP AuM. Trading volumes however showed a decline, resulting in lower velocity which as such reflected a decrease in investor activity. In these market circumstances, Flow Traders managed to grow its traded volumes, as our growth initiatives developed as expected. Looking at the regulatory developments in 2017, CRR and MiFID II were the main focus points. The implementation of MiFID II went as planned. The preliminary MiFID II impact on the ETP market seems beneficial for us, as we see an increase in volumes traded on MTFs that we are connected to. Flow Traders also launched its employee incentive plan in 4Q17, to further align the interests of our employees with all stakeholders, in line with the philosophy of Flow Traders. So all in all, 2017 was a challenging trading year, in which Flow Traders was able to maintain and expand its position as the global liquidity provider in ETPs. The return on the investments made in 2017 is already visible."

Co-CEO Sjoerd Rietberg added: "When looking a bit closer at our performance, Flow Traders' NTI had a strong recovery in 4Q17. Regionally, Europe stood out in 4Q17, with higher market share, improved revenue capture and internally we saw the first benefits from the FX setup. In the US, Flow Traders focused on improving its trading quality. This had a temporary impact on volumes traded and on profitability, which have already improved this year-to-date. US OTC trading grew in 2017, something that we expect to continue in 2018. In Asia, the increase in market activity was not immediately visible in the volumes we traded, but was very visible in our trading margins as we realised a strong increase in NTI. The Hong Kong office is officially established now and as a result we expanded our senior management team in APAC. Going forward we will have two offices in the region, working closely together. Looking back, 2017 was a year where many growth initiatives and improvements started to show impact towards the end of the year, which is testament to the contributions delivered by our employees. Flow Traders remained committed to its organic growth strategy and was able to implement improvements that already began to contribute to our performance in 2017. So far, 2018 has started off well, and we have also benefitted from some exceptional market circumstances. We expect to report strong results in 1Q18 based on those recent developments."

CFO Marcel Jongmans commented: "2017 was a year where we struck the right balance between growing our firm and controlling our costs. Further internal optimization led to a growth in cost by 16%, which is at the bottom end of the guided 15-20% range for cost growth. We reiterate the cost growth guidance of maximum 15% annually going forward, without limiting our growth efforts. Flow Traders was faced with several important financial developments in 4Q17, which were CRR, the US tax reform and the incentive plan. As stated in the press release issued on 5 February 2018 we expect to comply with CRR capital requirements. Flow Traders proposes a total dividend over 2017 of €0.65, which is a 76% dividend pay-out ratio. The opportunity for Flow Traders employees to buy shares under the employee incentive plan will start this open period and will have no dilutive impact on our shareholders. Regarding the US tax reform, we incurred a relatively small additional tax charge in 4Q17, but going forward our EPS growth will be supported by a lower overall expected tax rate of 18% from previously 20%. We are convinced that Flow Traders will continue to optimize its NTI and returns for its shareholders in 2018 and beyond."

Financial Calendar 2018

09 February 2018               Release FY17 results
02 March 2018                   Release 2017 Annual Report
03 April 2018                      Start Silent Period ahead of 1Q18 trading update
24 April 2018                      Release 1Q18 trading update
26 April 2018                      AGM Flow Traders
30 April 2018                      Proposed Ex-dividend date final dividend FY17
02 May 2018                       Proposed Record date final dividend FY17
04 May 2018                       Proposed Payment date final dividend FY17
29 June 2018                       Start Silent Period ahead of 1H18 results
27 July 2018                        Release 1H18 Results
08 August 2018                   Ex-dividend date interim dividend FY18 (if any)
09 August 2018                   Record date interim dividend FY18 (if any)
13 August 2018                   Payment date interim dividend FY18 (if any)
27 September 2018           Start Silent Period ahead of 3Q18 trading update
18 October 2018                Release 3Q18 trading update

As of 2018, Flow Traders moves to interim reporting. This means that Flow Traders will release a trading statement only in the first and third quarters of each financial year going forward. Half Year and Full Year reports continue to take place as usual. Flow Traders remains committed to the highest level of disclosure and engagement with its stakeholders.

Analyst Conference Call and Webcast

The analyst conference call on the results will be held at 10:00 am Amsterdam Time on Friday 9 February 2018. The presentation will also be accessible via www.flowtraders.com/investors, where the presentation can be downloaded and the conference call can be followed via a listen-only audio webcast. A replay of the conference call will be available on the company website for at least 90 days.

Contact Details

Flow Traders N.V.
Serge Enneman / Manager Investor Relations
Phone:   +31 20 7996799
Email:     Investor.relations@flowtraders.com

Please visit www.flowtraders.com/investors for more information and for the full version of the press release / full year report, including all financial tables, explanatory notes and the responsibility statement by the executive board as compulsory under the EU Transparency Directive.

Consolidated P&L, simplified

Consolidated (in €m)
4Q17 3Q17 Change FY17 FY16 Change
Net Trading Income 39.3 31.7 24% 166.0 250.0 (34%)
Employee expenses (fixed) 8.8 8.1 9% 32.2 25.9 24%
Technology expenses 9.3 9.2 1% 37.3 34.8 7%
Other expenses 3.9 3.6 11% 15.2 12.2 25%
Fixed Operating Expenses 22.0 20.8 6% 84.7 72.8 16%
Employee expenses (var) 4.0 3.3 22% 25.2 58.4 (57%)
Total operational expenses 26.1 24.1 8% 109.9 131.3 (16%)
EBITDA 13.2 7.6 74% 56.0 118.7 (53%)
Depreciation/Amortisation 2.0 1.8   7.2 6.3  
Write offs, tangible assets 0.5 0.0   0.5 2.8  
Results subsidiaries (0.1) 0.0   (0.1) 0.2  
Profit Before Tax 10.8 5.8 85% 48.4 109.4 (56%)
Tax 2.9 0.3   8.8 17.5  
Net Profit 7.9 5.6 43% 39.6 91.9 (57%)
EPS (in €) 0.17 0.12   0.85 1.98  
EBITDA margins (%) 34% 24%   34% 47%  

Development of Regulatory Capital until end 2017 (reflecting old situation)

  31 Dec 2017 30 Jun 2017 31 Dec 2016 30 Jun 2016 31 Dec 2015  
Total Trading Capital 272.0 273.0 343.0 298.9 338.8  
Regulatory Capital 254.2 258.0 270.1 252.2 246.6  
Regulatory Required Capital 126.9 157.8 168.2 136.7 94.0  

Important legal information

This press release is prepared by Flow Traders N.V. and is for information purposes only. It is not a recommendation to engage in investment activities and you must not rely on the content of this document when making any investment decisions. The information in this document does not constitute legal, tax, or investment advice and is not to be regarded as investor marketing or marketing of any security or financial instrument, or as an offer to buy or sell, or as a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell, securities or financial instruments.

The information and materials contained in this press release are provided 'as is' and Flow Traders N.V. or any of its affiliates ("Flow Traders") do not warrant the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information and materials and expressly disclaim liability for any errors or omissions. This press release is not intended to be, and shall not constitute in any way a binding or legal agreement, or impose any legal obligation on Flow Traders. All intellectual property rights, including trademarks, are those of their respective owners. All rights reserved. All proprietary rights and interest in or connected with this publication shall vest in Flow Traders. No part of it may be redistributed or reproduced without the prior written permission of Flow Traders.

This press release may include forward-looking statements, which are based on Flow Traders' current expectations and projections about future events, and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations. Words such as "may", "will", "would", "should", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "project", "believe", "could", "hope", "seek", "plan", "foresee", "aim", "objective", "potential", "goal" "strategy", "target", "continue" and similar expressions or their negatives are used to identify these forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future whether or not outside the control of Flow Traders. Such factors may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as at the date at which they are made. Flow Traders expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which such statements are based unless required to do so by applicable law.

Financial objectives are internal objectives of Flow Traders to measure its operational performance and should not be read as indicating that Flow Traders is targeting such metrics for any particular fiscal year. Flow Traders' ability to achieve these financial objectives is inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond Flow Traders' control, and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions that are subject to change. As a result, Flow Traders' actual results may vary from these financial objectives, and those variations may be material.

Efficiencies are net, before tax and on a run-rate basis, i.e. taking into account the full-year impact of any measure to be undertaken before the end of the period mentioned. The expected operating efficiencies and cost savings were prepared on the basis of a number of assumptions, projections and estimates, many of which depend on factors that are beyond Flow Traders' control. These assumptions, projections and estimates are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and actual results may differ, perhaps materially, from those projected. Flow Traders cannot provide any assurance that these assumptions are correct and that these projections and estimates will reflect Flow Traders' actual results of operations.

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