CME Group Inc . CME reported fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share of $1.77, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.75. Moreover, the bottom line improved 58% year over year.
The quarter witnessed increased volatility and higher customer demand for diverse risk management products driving strong trading volumes, exceeding 20 million contracts per day.
Net income came in at $1.09 per share, which plunged 87% year over year. Performance in Detail
CME Group's revenues of $1.2 billion increased 37.4% year over year. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 6.5%. Increase in revenues can be attributed to higher market data and information services (up 36.4% year over year), access and communication fees (up 27.6% from the year-ago quarter) as well as other (up 80.8% from the prior-year period).
Total expenses increased 61.6% year over year to $586.7 million during the reported quarter, attributable to higher compensation and benefits, technology expenses, licensing and other fee agreements, professional fees and outside services, depreciation and amortization as well as other.
Operating income improved 21% from the prior-year quarter to $649.9 million.
Average daily volume improved 31% year over year to 20.8 million contracts driven by higher volumes across four of the six product lines. Average rate per contract rose in five of the four product lines.
CME Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
CME Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | CME Group Inc. Quote
Adjusted earnings per share of $6.82 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.80. Moreover, the bottom line improved 43% year over year.
CME Group's revenues of $4.3 billion increased 18.2% year over year. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.1 billion.
As of Dec 31, 2018, CME Group had $1.4 billion of cash and marketable securities, which plunged 27.8% from 2017 end. As of Dec 31, 2018, long-term debt of $3.8 billion increased 71.4% from 2017 end.
As of Dec 31, 2018, the company had total assets worth $77.5 billion, up 2.2% from $75.8 billion at 2017 end.
In 2018, the company paid dividends worth $1.6 billion.
CME Group currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
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