ISE profits rise by 25% to €6.7m on revenues of €27.8m in 2015

  • “Our 25% growth in profits and increase in revenues reflect an exceptional year for listings and record trading levels” - CEO Deirdre Somers
  • Strong financial performance across debt, funds and equities businesses
  • Revenues increase 12% to €27.8m (2014: €24.9m)
  • Profit after tax rises by 25% to €6.7m (2014: €5.3m)
  • Staff numbers rise by 20% to facilitate growth in volumes and new services

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has announced another strong financial year with its 2015 performance showing a 25% rise in profit after tax to €6.7m, an increase in revenues of 12% to €27.8m and a growth in its total assets to €59.8m (+17%). More than 70% of the ISE’s revenues in 2015 came from international business lines. In addition, the ISE recruited 20% more staff in 2015 in order to facilitate the growth and the provision of new services.

#1 exchange for bond and fund listing worldwide

An analysis of revenues shows the ISE’s primary markets business, which includes international debt, fund and equity listings, had an exceptional year recording an increase in revenues of 12% to €19m (2014:€17m). With 34,304 securities listed on the ISE’s markets at the end of 2015, the ISE was also confirmed by the World Federation of Exchanges to be the leading exchange worldwide for listing bonds and investment funds at year end. 

Among the 7,219 new debt listings during 2015 were Trinity Biotech, Kraft Heinz, Alitalia and Hipercor. New investment funds amounted to 1,405 and figures show over 4,000 issuers from 80 countries around the world including Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa are now present on ISE markets.

#1 centre for trading Irish shares with record 5.6m equity trades, a 26% increase on 2014

Traded markets business which represents income from equity and Government bond transactions, market data sales, code issuance and trading membership fees saw income rise by 11% to €8.6m (2014: €7.7m). The financial results reflect the 5.6m record level of trades recorded on the ISE’s markets during 2015, an all-time high. With equity trading activity rising by 26% the ISE retained its position as the #1 centre of liquidity for trading Irish shares.

Other income in 2015 remained at a similar level to 2014 at €0.2m. Operating costs, which mainly consisted of staff and infrastructure costs, were controlled tightly during the year and rose by 6% to €20.2m (2014: €19m).

Overall the ISE’s profit after tax rose by 25% to €6.7m (2014: €5.4m) and total assets at the end of 2015 stood at €59.8m (2014: €50.9m).

Other highlights

  • four new equity listings on ISE markets - Malin, Applegreen, Permanent TSB and Hostelworld Group - which between them raised €1 billion as part of their initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • ISE CEO, Deirdre Somers becomes President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges
  • ISE announces significant investment in corporate HQ
  • ISE wins #1 workplace in Ireland at the Great Place to Work awards
  • ISE launches new equity market, the Atlantic Securities Market, providing companies with an efficient dual listing in Europe with US markets
  • ISE commences #IPOready, a leadership programme for executives designed to enhance skills in raising capital, investor relations and business management
  • ISEFundHub, an information centre for ISE-listed and Irish-domiciled funds available to professional investors, expands to attract over 40 global investment managers
  • ISE extends strategic partnership with Deutsche Börse to use their trading technology until 2021

“An exceptional year for the ISE’s businesses with listing and trading figures reaching record levels”

Deirdre Somers, ISE Chief Executive, said: “Our 25% growth in profits and increase in revenues reflect an exceptional year for the ISE’s businesses with listing and trading activity on our markets reaching record levels. The exchange environment continues to be very competitive so to achieve the #1 ranking for debt and fund listings worldwide and to maintain our position as the leading venue for trading in Irish shares is extremely positive. 

We remain confident of our ability to expand our Irish and international businesses in the coming years and have increased our staff numbers and are investing in our corporate headquarters to facilitate this. While the recent decision by the UK to leave the EU presents some risks to our business it also presents some opportunities and we are confident about our future outlook.”

She added that while global markets remain volatile it was important for the ISE to diversify its service offering and to enable the next generation of entrepreneurs looking to achieve scale through capital markets.

“2015 saw us expand our service offering in a number of areas. Our inaugural #IPOready programme has been very successful in building skills and knowledge among high-potential companies and we are hopeful that some participants will become candidates for a stock market listing in the future.”

New fund service - ISEFundHub and a new market – the Atlantic Securities Market

Other new service offerings introduced in 2015 include:

  • ISEFundHub, which enables professional investors to access and compare a range of data on Irish funds, both listed and unlisted, in one central place - an important development for the Irish funds industry
  • A new market, the Atlantic Securities Market, the first of its kind in Europe, which provides a European regulatory regime compatible with US requirements enabling Irish and international companies raise equity funds and trade easily in Europe through the ISE and a NASDAQ or NYSE listing

VIEW THE 2015 ISE FINANCIAL RESULTs infographic  

Notes to Editors

The figures quoted above consist of combined numbers reported for 2015 by The Irish Stock Exchange plc and Subsidiaries and ISE OldCo Limited (previously known as The Irish Stock Exchange Limited).