Euronext's misses Q2 forecasts; pushes forward with Nyse tie-up

Source: Euronext

Euronext NV reports today a strong set of results for the first six months of 2006.

Record revenues for the second quarter of the year enabled Euronext to achieve half-year revenues of €557.7m, up 20.9%, compared to the same period in 2005.

Euronext expenses increased by €16.3m, primarily explained by the €23.3m of legal and advisory costs linked to the corporate deals. Overall, one off charges linked to these deals totalled €18m on the first half – of which €12.7m of investment banking fees paid when the combination agreement with NYSE was signed. Euronext’s recurring costs remained stable.

EBITA totalled €220.3m, an increase of 57.3% compared to H1, 2005. EBITA margin attained 39.5%, a strong improvement compared to the 30.4% achieved during the first six months of last year.

Following the sale of CIK to Euroclear as of 1st January 2006, a one-off gain of €15.5m has been booked during the first quarter of 2006.

The income from associates grew to €19.3m in H1, 2006, a strong increase compared to last year, mainly due to the good operational results of LCH.Clearnet (despite a write-off in relation to its technology strategy impacting Euronext's result of €9.9m). AEMS (Atos Euronext Market Solutions, our IT provider) has generated a net income of €4.5m in H1, 2006.

Profit before tax for the period of €263.5m, was up by 75.8% compared to the €149.8m realised in H1, 2005.

Net profit for the 1st half increased from €98.4m in 2005 to €193.7m this year. As a result the diluted earnings per share amounted to €1.73, up 98.9% compared to last year (€0.87).Download the document now 263.4 kb (Adobe Acrobat Document)

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