Third quarter profit of stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse AG rose 36 percent thanks to improved trading volumes and lower operating costs.
The Frankfurt-based company earned 238.2 million EUR(US$344.13 million) in the July-September period compared to 175.1 million EUR(US$252.97 million) a year earlier. Sales rose to 561.9 million EUR(US$811.78 million) from 432 million EUR(US$624.11 million) in the third quarter of 2006.
"Strong growth in business activity paired with cost discipline contributed to these excellent results for the third quarter," Chief Financial Officer Thomas Eichelmann said in a statement. "Against the background of strong structural growth drivers across all business areas, as well as positive effects from the restructuring and efficiency program, we expect to achieve a new record result in 2008."
Shares of Deutsche Boerse were down 1.45 percent to close 108.90 EUR(US$157.33). The company released its results after markets had closed.
By units, revenue in the company's Xetra segment was up 66 percent to 113.4 million EUR(US$163.83 million) from 68.4 million EUR(US$98.82 million) last year, with the number of transactions up by 98 percent to 48.7 million.
The company's Eurex segment posted sales of 189.4 million EUR(US$273.63 million) in the third quarter, up 36 percent from 139 million EUR(US$200.81 million) a year ago.
The increase was attributed to a 42 percent growth in transaction volume, including equity and index derivatives.
Deutsche Boerse's Clearstream unit posted a 15 percent gain in revenue to 193 million EUR(US$278.83 million) from 167.6 million EUR(US$242.13 million) a year earlier. The increase was the result of higher volumes in its custody and settlements operations.
In the first nine months of the year, Deutsche Boerse earned 641.2 million EUR(US$926.34 million) compared with 522.9 million EUR(US$755.43 million) while sales rose to 1.65 billion EUR(US$2.38 billion) from 1.39 billion EURUS$2.01 billion).
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