Investment Technology Group, Inc. (ticker: ITG, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
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Investment Technology Group Reports 2006 Results
Investment Technology Group Reports 2006 Results
2006 Earnings Per Share Increases 38 Percent
NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2007 - Investment Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE: ITG), a leading provider of technology-based trading services and transaction research, today announced that for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006, net income was $22.1 million, compared to net income of $21.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Earnings were $0.49 per diluted share, a decrease of 2 percent versus earnings of $0.50 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year. ITG's total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $153.1 million, 37 percent higher than total revenue of $112.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2005. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2006 included an after-tax charge of $0.6 million, or approximately $0.015 per share, for restructuring costs in ITG's Asia Pacific region. International pre-tax operating income, exclusive of this restructuring charge, increased to $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 from $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Excluding the impact of the restructuring charge, operating earnings were $0.51 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2006 versus operating earnings of $0.50 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year. Pre-tax operating margins in the fourth quarter of 2006 were 23.4 percent, compared to 28.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the full year 2006, pre-tax operating margins were 25.6 percent, compared to 26.2 percent in 2005.
For the year ended December 31, 2006, revenues were $599.5 million, net income was $97.9 million, and diluted earnings per share were $2.21. Compared to 2005, revenues increased 47 percent, net income grew 45 percent and diluted earnings per share increased 38 percent. Excluding non-operating items, 2006 revenues increased 45 percent, net income grew 38 percent, and earnings per share increased 32 percent over 2005.
"In 2006, ITG sustained volume and market share growth across all product lines as we continued to execute our strategy of providing clients with solutions that span the trading continuum while also reinvesting in the business" said Bob Gasser, ITG's Chief Executive Officer and President. "Broader distribution of our Radical and Triton direct market access products continues to feed growth in both the institutional demand for our POSIT anonymous block crossing suite, and algorithmic trading offerings. POSIT 2006 average daily executed volume was 46.9 million shares resulting in a 37% increase over 2005."
ITG's International revenues were $33.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, 35 percent higher than revenues of $24.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the full year, international operating revenues were $118.1 million, representing 28 percent growth over 2005. In 2006, international pre-tax operating income was $9.9 million, up 94 percent from $5.1 million in 2005.
"ITG's Canadian revenues grew significantly in 2006, increasing 45 percent over 2005," said Mr. Gasser. "In addition, ITG's European revenues were also a highlight this year, growing 19 percent over 2005 as we moved forward with the globalization of our product line," said Mr. Gasser.
ITG has scheduled a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss fourth quarter results. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1-800-798-2884 and enter the pass code 74289080 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. The conference call and webcast will also be accessible through ITG's web site at http://www.itg.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast of the call, a replay will be available for one week by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and entering the pass code 81888202. The replay will be available starting approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call.
About Investment Technology Group
Investment Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE:ITG), is a specialized agency brokerage and technology firm that partners with clients globally to provide innovative solutions spanning the entire investment process. A pioneer in electronic trading, ITG has a unique approach that combines pre-trade analysis, order management, trade execution, and post-trade evaluation to provide clients with continuous improvements in trading and cost efficiency. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information on ITG, please visit www.itg.com.
In addition to historical information, this press release may contain "forward-looking" statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that reflect management's expectations for the future. A variety of important factors could cause results to differ materially from such statements. These factors include the company's ability to achieve expected future levels of sales; the actions of both current and potential new competitors; rapid changes in technology; financial market volatility; general economic conditions in the United States and elsewhere; evolving industry regulation; cash flows into or redemption from equity funds; effects of inflation; customer trading patterns; and new products and services. These and other risks are described in greater detail in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the company's web site.
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