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Business Description: ASX Limited (ASX) operates Australia's primary national securities exchanges. These include the provision of securities exchange services, derivatives exchange services, central counterparty clearing services, and registry, settlement, and delivery-versus-payment clearing financial products and associated ancillary services. It also provides market data services and investor education courses.
Strategy Analysis: ASX is a strong cashflow generator given its strong operating leverage. With relatively low capital expenditure demands, ASX has been able to sustain a high dividend payout ratio of around 90%. We expect this to continue. ASX lacks an appetite for acquisitions--not a bad thing. The company seeks to drive growth organically through product innovation and cost efficiencies. We do not expect this strategy to change.
ASX reported NPAT down 2.5% to $171.1m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Earnings were impacted by lower revenues resulting from reduced market activity, particularly in equity markets. Revenues from ordinary activities were $387.6m, down 5.6% from the same period last year. Basic and Diluted EPS was 97.7 cents compared to 100.2 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $206.2m compared to $184.0m last year. The interim dividend declared was 87.9 cents compared with 92.8 cents last year.
Nick Swales, Regional Director, Newcastle Office, Rathbones 27/10/2014 |
â€śIf you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.â€ť Sir John Templeton.
Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 20/10/2014 |
Today, Australian investors will not have to go it alone buying stocks as they did for much of last week. Bargain hunters this morning will be supported by the morale boosting encouragement of a 3% turnaround in the German Dax and a 264 point rally in the Dow Jones.
Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance 17/10/2014 |
â€śAs odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier youâ€™ll be with the outcome.â€ť
William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group 16/10/2014 |
â€śFinancial markets are artificially priced. In the bond market, there is nothing normal about a three year German Bund yielding â€śminusâ€ť 10 basis points.â€ť
CMC Markets 8/10/2014 |
Share market indices around the globe are breaking down. While analysts cast around for reasons, itâ€™s clear that a time factor is in play. Simply put, many investors â€śfeelâ€ť a correction is overdue. How low could it go?
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