On Feb 21, 2014, we issued an updated research report on
Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.
). The company, which is in the investment brokerage space,
recently reported dismal fourth-quarter 2013 results with higher
operating expenses that were partially offset by top-line growth.
Though we remain encouraged on its strong capital base and solid
liquidity position, we remain cautious amid macro headwinds
across the industry.
Interactive Brokers reported earnings of 7 cents per share,
lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 15 cents. Also, this was
below 19 cents earned in the year-ago quarter.
With this, the company missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 2
quarters while it posted in-line earnings in the remaining
quarters of 2013.
Net revenue was up 1.1% year over year to $249.9 million in the
reported quarter, primarily due to higher commission and
execution fees, as well as interest income and other income.
However, a significant increase in general and administrative
expenses led to a 39.9% year-over-year rise in total non-interest
expenses to $211.1 million.
Interactive Brokers' Electronic Brokerage segment witnessed a
22.9% year-over-year improvement. However, with the deteriorating
performance of the Market Making segment, we remain concerned
about its consistency to generate sufficient returns to fund
Interactive Brokers looks promising owing to its technological
excellence in global electronic trading platform, ability to tap
opportunities in the emerging markets of Taiwan, Mexico and India
and strong fundamentals. However, we believe stiff competition
and any sudden unfavorable changes in the global market may weigh
on the company's financials in the long run.
Following the results, Zacks Consensus Estimate has not been in
trend over the past 30 days. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for
2014 and 2015 remained stable at $1.07 and $1.21, respectively.
Interactive Brokers currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Stocks That Warrant a Look
Some better-ranked stocks worth considering include
Investment Technology Group Inc.
LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Piper Jaffray Companies
). All these carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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