TMX Group, that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Montreal Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and other companies reported a growth of 14% in their revenue for the first quarter of 2021 when compared to the same quarter last year.
The group handles listing markets, clearing facilities, trading markets, depository services and various technology solutions for many companies in the financial sector. It is indeed encouraging to see the revenue growth despite the fact that much of the world was caught in the pandemic over the last few months and it was expected that trading would have been minimal during this period.
The adjusted net income had increased 22% this quarter as compared to last year and the operating expenses also grew 9% during this period.
Commenting on the first three months of the year, John McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of TMX Group, said:
“TMX’s strong performance in the first quarter reflects significant contributions from across our business and robust capital markets activity, including a 122% increase in financing dollars raised by Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange issuers, and record overall equities trading volumes, up 50% from the first quarter of last year. In collaboration with our clients and stakeholders, we continued to build on TMX’s history of innovation during the quarter, with the launch of the world’s first publicly-listed Bitcoin and Ether ETFs. We look to the future with optimism, powered by the efforts of our dedicated people, as we strive to meet the rapidly-evolving needs of the modern marketplace and execute against our long-term global growth strategy.”
The earnings per share also showed an increase to $1.75 this quarter as compared to $1.25 in the same quarter last year and all these data show that the group and the exchanges that are run by the group have had some strong trading volumes over the last few months. It remains to be seen whether they would be able to maintain this growth during the course of this year as other exchanges and trading platforms have been seeing a lot of volatility as far as their trading volumes are concerned.
If they can manage to maintain this growth, then 2021 would turn out to be a very good year for the group, something that they would be hoping for. So far, they have restricted their operations to Canada and the North American region and it remains to be seen whether they have any major plans for expanding their operations to other parts of the world.