KCG Holdings, Inc. :KCG-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : January 20, 2017

KCG Holdings, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of KCG Holdings, Inc. – Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Class A (IBKR-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 580.54 million, Net Earnings of USD 196.19 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 59.80% to 80.38% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 57.30% from 13.92%.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income (See complete table at the end of this report):

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 580.54 221.89 331.21 344.52 264.04
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 119.87 -42.77 21.01 -51.37 -27.15
Earnings (mil) 196.19 -11.21 33.55 37.17 -2.97
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 6703.57 -151.12 275.11 -85.09 -111.44
Net Margin (%) 33.79 -5.05 10.13 10.79 -1.13
EPS 2.47 -0.13 0.38 0.41 -0.03
Return on Equity (%) 56.12 -3.1 9.12 10.15 -0.81
Return on Assets (%) 12.06 -0.64 2 2.42 -0.18

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

KCG-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 119.87% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that KCG-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 161.64% and earnings by 1,849.53% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 59.80% to 80.38% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from 13.92% to 57.30% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 43.86% and EBITDA margins were -3.87% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from 4.42% to 53.38% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 53.38% compared to -1.69% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

KCG Holdings, Inc. is an independent securities company, which offers investors a range of services designed to address trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. It operates its business through the following segments: Market Making, Global Execution Services and Corporate & Other. The Market Making segment principally consists of market making in global equities and listed domestic options. The Global Execution Services segment offers access via its electronic agency-based platforms to markets and self-directed trading in equities, options, fixed income, foreign exchange and futures. The Corporate & Other segment invests in strategic financial services-oriented opportunities, allocates, deploys and monitors all capital, and maintains corporate overhead expenses and all other income and expenses that are not attributable to the other segments. The Corporate & Other segment houses functions that support the company’s other segments such as self-clearing services, including stock lending activities. The company was founded in July 2013 and is headquartered in Jersey City, NJ.

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