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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.
The Age 9/12/2013 |
Commerce ministers have capped days of hard negotiations by approving a commercial deal that the World Trade Organisation hailed as a historic boost for the trade body and the world economy.
The Age 9/12/2013 |
The jobs picture in the United States brightened in November as hiring was stronger than expected and the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low, data that increases the likelihood of the Federal Reserve easing its stimulus efforts sooner rather than later.
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