Singapore Exchange Limited – Treasury income surge to record high August 21, 2023 300

PSR Recommendation: BUY Status: Maintained
Last Close Price: 9.58 Target Price: 11.71
  • FY23 revenue of S$1,194mn met our estimates, at 101% of FY23e, while adjusted PATMI of S$503mn was above our estimates, at 105% of FY23e. Variance came from higher-than-expected treasury income offset by lower listing revenue. FY23 DPS increased to 32.5 cents (FY22: 32 cents).
  • Treasury income surged 177% YoY to S$137mn for FY23 and reached a record high, mainly due to higher yield on margin balances from the higher interest rate environment.
  • FICC grew 32% YoY, led by continued growth in commodity and currency derivatives volumes, higher OTC FX revenue and higher treasury income. Equities revenue was flat as higher treasury income was offset by lower trading and clearing, and listing revenue.
  • We maintain BUY with an unchanged target price of S$11.71. Our target price is pegged to +1SD of its 5-year mean or 20x P/E. Catalysts include continued growth from derivatives volumes and fees and continued growth in treasury income as the higher interest rates start to kick in.


The Positives

+ Treasury income surges to record levels. Treasury and other income surged 141% YoY to S$111mn in 2H23 mainly due to higher interest earned from customer collateral balances. 2H23 treasury income on collateral balances held in trust was reported at S$90mn, which surged 221% YoY from 2H22’s treasury income of S$28mn. Notably, full-year FY23’s treasury income of S$137mn contributed 20% to PBT and reached a record level, surpassing the previous high of FY20’s treasury income of S$135mn.


+ Higher fees from FTSE China A50 and Nifty 50 contracts. Despite equity derivatives volumes dipping 17% YoY in 2H23, Equities – Derivatives trading and clearing revenue only fell 10% YoY, as the lower volumes were offset by higher average fees from SGX Nifty 50 Index futures and SGX FTSE China A50 Index futures contracts. Average fee per contract for Equity, Currency and Commodity derivatives was higher at $1.61 in FY23 (FY22: $1.51) from an increase in higher fee-paying customers for SGX FTSE China A50 Index futures and Nifty 50 Index futures, coupled with strong volume growth in Iron Ore.


+ FICC – Currency and commodities continue growth. FICC – Currency and commodities trading and clearing revenue – rose 19% YoY to S$118mn in 2H23, as volumes increased in commodity and currency derivatives, primarily from iron ore futures (up 37% YoY in 2H23) and USD/CNH FX futures; as well as higher contribution from OTC FX. SGX’s OTC FX business (BidFX, MaxxTrader and Electronic Communication Network (ECN)) average daily volume grew 7.3% YoY to US$75.8bn with a target of US$100bn by FY25, and contributed S$39.2mn, or 6%, to 2H23 revenue. SGX said that it is on track to reach its ADV target of US$100bn as clients settle into the new platform.



The Negatives

– Listing revenue continues to dip. FICC – Fixed Income revenue – fell 28% YoY in 2H23 dragged down by lower listing revenue. There were 469 bond listings raising S$139bn in 2H23 (2H22: 687 bond listings raised S$220bn). On Cash equities, revenue was 12% lower YoY in 2H23 mainly due to listing revenue declining 9% YoY and trading and clearing revenue falling 21% YoY as daily average traded value, total traded value and overall average clearing fees fell. Overall, equities revenue accounted for 59% (2H22: 63%) of revenue and was flat YoY at S$365mn in 2H23, as the growth in Equities – Derivatives revenue pulled up the decline in the Equities – Cash business.


– Data, Connectivity and Indices (DCI) business growth flat. DCI revenue accounted for 12% (2H22: 13%) of total revenue and was flat YoY at S$75mn in 2H23. Market data and indices revenue dipped 4% YoY, mainly due to lower revenue from the index business. Nonetheless, this was offset by an increase of 5% YoY in connectivity revenue mainly due to the upselling of connectivity services to existing clients and the introduction of new GIFT Connect-related co-location and network services.

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Glenn Thum
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Glenn covers the Banking and Finance sector. He has had 3 years of experience as a Credit Analyst in a Bank, where he prepared credit proposals by conducting consistent critical analysis on the business, market, country and financial information. Glenn graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland with a double major in International Business and Human Resources.

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