Saxo Bank (Switzerland) SA

Saxo Bank Reports Higher Profits and Client Assets as Diversification Strategy Yields Results

Copenhagen (ots/PRNewswire) - Saxo Bank Group ("The Group") has reported a net profit of DKK 158 million for the first six months of 2016. During the same period, client collateral deposits continued to rise, increasing by DKK 6 billion, compared to H1 2015, to reach a record high of DKK 82 billion. The operating income for the group reached DKK 1.5 billion, a significant increase compared to the first half of 2015, which was adversely impacted by the decision by the Swiss National Bank to remove the fixed floor between the Swiss franc and the euro.

The Group continued to strengthen its capital base and as of 30 June 2016, the Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the Total capital ratio for the Group were 16.0%, 18.5% and 21.5% respectively, compared with 14.8%, 17.4% and 20.7% as of 31 December 2015.

- Operating income: DKK 1,459.1 million (DKK 751.5 million in H1 
  2015)
- EBITDA: DKK 429.1 million (DKK -297 million in H1 2015)
- Adjusted EBITDA: DKK 479.0 million (DKK 494.8 million in H1 2015)
- Profit before tax: DKK 216.3 million (DKK -592.5 million in H1 
  2015)
- Net profit: DKK 158.2 million (DKK -484.6 million in H1 2015)
- Clients' collateral deposits: DKK 82,032 million (DKK 76,007 
  million in H1 2015)
- Total equity: DKK 4,077.8 million (DKK 4,095.7 million in H1 2015) 
- Total capital ratio: 21.5% (20.7% at the end of 2015). 

Commenting on the results, Kim Fournais, CEO and co-Founder of Saxo Bank, said:

"The positive result for first half of the year is testament to our unwavering commitment to innovation and technology to enable our clients to meet their investment and trading needs. I strongly believe that we have the foundation for even stronger growth going forward, as recent product launches complement our existing strong offering and allow us to cater to new clients segments, such as the launch of the market's first fully digital bond trading solution and SaxoSelect, our digital and automated investment service, aimed at clients looking for a discretionary way of participating in global financial markets."

The Group continued to deliver on its diversification strategy, which is underpinned by its ability to be a trading and investment facilitator for retail and institutional clients alike. Highlights of the first part of 2016 include:

- Continued momentum on the flagship platform SaxoTraderGO which has 
  become the most successful platform launch in the history of the 
  company, with widespread adoption among retail and institutional 
  clients
- With SaxoSelect, Saxo Bank entered the automated investment 
  management space, widening its client offering to also incorporate 
  a new client segment: clients who want to participate in global 
  financial markets, through both active and passive portfolios, but 
  are looking for a discretionary way of doing so. In collaboration 
  with among others BlackRock and Morningstar, Saxo Bank is able to 
  offer clients a form of digital asset management with competitive 
  fees and full transparency, fully integrated in SaxoTraderGo
- Saxo Bank also recently announced the launch of a fully digital 
  bond trading solution, giving clients direct access to a universe 
  of more than 5,000 government and corporate bonds including more 
  than 3,400 developed-market and 1,600 emerging-market bonds. 
  Clients get the best price from up to 40 of the world's largest 
  banks and liquidity providers, leading to lower trading costs and a
  faster and transparent solution for bond traders. This is an 
  opportunity for Saxo Bank to bring efficiency to and gain market 
  share in a significant asset class, further completing its 
  multi-asset offering
- Saxo Bank has also continued to open access to new markets through 
  partnerships, including entry into the Chinese market through 
  strategic partnerships for example Wallstreet CN. Lastly, the first
  half of 2016 shows an increase in the on-boarding of Hedge Funds, 
  as well as continued strong traction for Saxo Bank's FX Prime 
  Brokerage and API Solution. 

For the first part of 2016, client acquisition levels have been roughly on par with previous years, but at a significantly reduced cost.

Read the full Interim Report 2016 here: http://www.saxobank.com/investor-relations/annual-reports?int_cmpid=gl:investor-relations:default_learn%20more_1

About Saxo Bank Group

Saxo Bank Group (Saxo) (http://www.saxobank.com?cmpid=press-release-FP) is a leading multi-asset trading and investment specialist, offering a complete set of trading and investment technologies, tools and strategies.

For almost 25 years, Saxo's mission has been to enable individuals and institutions by facilitating their access to professional trading and investing through technology and expertise.

As a fully licensed and regulated bank, Saxo enables its private clients to trade multiple asset classes across global financial markets from one single margin account and across multiple devices. Additionally, Saxo provides institutional clients such as banks and brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services and trading technology.

Saxo's award winning trading platforms (http://www.saxobank.com/platform?cmpid=press-release-platform) are available in more than 20 languages and form the technology backbone of more than 100 financial institutions worldwide.

Founded in 1992 (http://www.saxobank.com/about/?cmpid=press-release-about) and headquartered in Copenhagen, Saxo employs more than 1500 people in financial centres around the world including London, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Dubai and Tokyo.

Contact:

Steffen Wegner Mortensen
Head of PR and Public Affairs
+45 39 77 63 43
press@saxobank.com


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