Saxo Bank Sees Record Assets Under Management and Retains Profitability in Difficult Market Conditions

  Saxo Bank Sees Record Assets Under Management and Retains Profitability in
                         Difficult Market Conditions

  PR Newswire

  HELLERUP, Denmark, March 12, 2013

HELLERUP, Denmark, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, saw an increase of
nearly 50% in assets under management in 2012, growing to an all-time high of
DKK 49 billion from DKK 33 billion in 2011. Total clients collateral deposits
in 2012 increased almost 14% to more than DKK 40 billion. In a year marked by
volatility and low trading volumes, this helped Saxo Bank to generate an
overall net profit of DKK 81 million for 2012.

Foreign exchange moved in tight ranges in 2012, with major currencies such as
CHF and JPY impacted by pegging to the EUR and Bank of Japan intervention.
These limitations naturally influenced clients' trading behaviour. Saxo Bank's
EBITDA was DKK 606 million in 2012, remaining at a high level after decreasing
48% compared to 2011.

With market volatility in most asset classes remaining subdued throughout the
year, operating income was DKK 2.97 billion, around 15% lower than in 2011.
The Bank lowered the run-rate cost level to a level reflecting the market
activity in November 2012, and operating costs for the Group ended at a
similar level than in 2011 at DKK 2.51 billion. Saxo Bank's solvency ratio is
almost the same as last year at 13.5%, well above the legal requirement.

The founders and CEOs of Saxo Bank, Kim Fournais and Lars Seier Christensen,
said in a joint statement:

"Saxo Bank's performance in 2012 was unsatisfactory, but explainable with the
overall economic climate. We have demonstrated that Saxo Bank is able to go
through an economic recession and stagnation without losing profitability.
Following the restructuring last year, we are now extremely well positioned
for growth and profitability in 2013.

"Market activity is somewhat rebounding, and Saxo Bank's net profit for the
first two months of 2013 is already higher than for the full year of 2012. At
the same time we are focusing even more on our core competencies and what
brought us here in order to continue to lead the game. Embracing the latest
information technology and developing innovative trading solutions is part of
Saxo Bank's DNA. Investors can rest assured that they continue to have the
best tools, the broadest access to markets and the best performing multi-asset
platform available when trading with Saxo Bank."

A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded here .

About Saxo Bank

Saxo Bank is a leading online trading and investment specialist, offering
private investors and institutional clients a complete set of tools for their
trading and investment strategies. A fully licensed and regulated European
bank, Saxo Bank enables clients to trade FX, CFDs , ETFs, Stocks, Futures,
Options and other derivatives via three specialised and fully integrated
multi-asset trading platforms ; the browser-based SaxoWebTrader, the
downloadable SaxoTrader and the SaxoTrader app. The platforms are available in
over 20 languages and are white-labelled by more than 100 major financial
institutions worldwide. Saxo Bank also offers professional portfolio and fund
management as well as traditional banking services through Saxo Privatbank.
Founded in 1992, the Saxo Bank Group is headquartered in Copenhagen with 23
local offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and
Australia.

Contact: Media enquiries: Kasper Elbjørn, Head of Group Public Relations, Saxo
Bank, +45-3065-4300, press@saxobank.com; MHP Communications,
+44-(0)203-128-8560, saxobank@mhpc.com
 
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