Fidessa Group Plc (FDSA), the U.K. developer of financial trading software, said first-half profit declined as an markets remained stagnant and new regulatory frameworks took longer than expected to be implemented.
Operating profit fell 5 percent to 20.8 million pounds ($31.9 million) in the six months through June while sales declined 1 percent, the Woking, England-based company said today in a statement. An improvement in financial market conditions hasn’t been “sufficiently strong or sustained” for investors to make “decisions with confidence”, it said.
Fidessa’s shares fell as much as 8.2 percent, the biggest intraday decline since April, and were 5.1 percent lower at 1,964 pence by 2:36 p.m. in London trading.
Fidessa supplies technology to 775 brokerages and 3,600 mutual and pension funds accounting for about $1 trillion in monthly trading activity, the company said. Lower consultancy revenue and a slow introduction of new regulatory and compliance frameworks such as the Dodd-Frank Act mean it expects little improvement in the second half of the year, although its longer-term outlook is more optimistic.
“The headwind that we have been seeing from closures and consolidations in the industry has reduced during the first half and we have a strong pipeline giving an indication that improving conditions may be starting to filter through,” Chief Executive Officer Chris Aspinwall said in the statement.
Expansion in Fidessa’s derivatives and service-based platforms were “developing good momentum” and new contract wins in the U.S. and Asia, including with one large American bank, reflected underlying progress,’’ Aspinwall said in a telephone interview. The Americas division grew by 6 percent to contribute 40 percent of revenue, while Europe contracted 8 percent and generated 43 percent of sales, the company said.
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