Plus500 credits market volatility for record first-half results

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In the first six month of the year, financial trading company Plus500 reported revenue growth of 25 percent year-on-year, driven by unprecedented customer acquisition and post-Brexit volatility.


[dropcap]P[/dropcap]lus500, a leading Contract for Difference (CFD) trading provider, has recorded a record start to 2016 with high volatility and increased levels of active customers driving growth.

For the first six months of 2016, revenues increased by 25 percent from $127m (€113.8m) to $158.8m (€142.25m). EBITDA, meanwhile, soared by six percent against the same period last year to $59.1m (€52.9m), while net profit rose by ten percent to $44.5m (€39.9m).

In a statement to investors, CEO Asaf Elimelech credited high customer acquisition and actives as well as a particularly volatile H1 for the unprecedented levels of turnover.

“Plus500 achieved record first half results whilst continuing to grow both its active and new customers,” he commented.

“This performance was driven by continued marketing activity and market volatility; the UK’s Brexit decision boosted customer activity in late Q2, leading to increased new customer sign ups, customer re-activations, and customer trading levels.”

During the period, the number of active customers trading with Plus500 swelled by 12 percent to 104,119 – an improvement of more than 10,000 on last year’s figure of 93,267.

Sustained marketing drives also boosted the level of new customers by nine percent against H12015, with 56,929 joining the site.

The firm said that the unexpectedly high levels of customer acquisition had temporarily suppressed its EBITDA margins due to the marketing and onboarding costs that had to be incurred prior to generating revenues.

Nevertheless, it stated that the full benefits of the new customers would be felt during the next half when spending would begin to off-set the initial costs.

Elimelech added: “We have started the second half strongly as these New Customers deliver growth in revenues with an associated bounce back in margins.

“We are encouraged by the continuing levels of new and existing customer activity resulting from the market volatility and our own actions as we continue to invest in enhancing the business to deliver future growth.”

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