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MiFID’s new MTF’s start to bite

LSE reported a 52% rise in annual operating profits today,
primarily related to trading which, thanks to bulk discounting to market makers,
has doubled in the past year. Combine this with their acquisition of the Milan
Borsa Italiana and LSE’s Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) reached £265.2m
($520 million) for the year to March 31st, up from £174.2 million ($340 million)
a year ago.

These results might be even better if the LSE had their own integrated clearer
rather than using LCH.Clearnet, as margins should improve.  This is one thing
they may change this year, through the acquisition of Borsa Italiana which gives
them a clearing operation as part of the deal.

Meanwhile, LSE’s shares are trading on a price/earnings ratio of 17.9, which
is slightly behind Deutsche Bourse at 19 and way behind the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange (CME) at 33.4.

However, the good times are going bad and, if I were them, I would be worried.

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About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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