TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) said its quarterly net income jumped 65% as volatile markets contributed to higher client trading, while the online broker also lifted its profit outlook.
The company said its fiscal first-quarter earnings rose to $240.8 million, or 40 cents a share, from $145.6 million, or 24 cents a share, a year earlier, boosted in part by higher average client trades per day and higher fee-based balances. The Omaha-based online brokerage company said net revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 increased to $641.6 million from $535.2 million. TD Ameritrade also increased the midpoint of its fiscal 2008 forecast to $1.32 a share and adjusted its outlook to $1.23 to $1.41 a share.
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The company said average daily client trades rose 35% to a record 322,000. It also posted quarterly all-time highs in investable asset balances and fee-based balances, which climbed 10% and 30%, respectively. “We achieved another record quarter, up 67 percent from last year, despite the uncertain economic environment affecting much of the financial services industry,” said Joe Moglia, chief executive officer. “Our sales efforts are gaining notable traction as our branches and service centers are focused on expanding relationships with clients.” Continued retail investor engagement, increasing traction of its asset gathering strategy and a strong, conservative balance sheet has helped TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.
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TD Bank, a major shareholder, announced separately it expects TD Ameritrade’s first-quarter earnings will translate into a contribution of $88-million to the bank’s profit in its wealth management segment. TD Bank will release its quarterly results and on Feb. 28.
TD Ameritrade and rival Charles Schwab (SCHW) have gained in recent months at the expense of E*Trade (ETFC), which like Merrill Lynch (MER) and Citi (C) have been hit hard by bad bets on mortgage-related securities. TD Ameritrade has also managed to sidestep the problems at rival E-Trade Financial Corp., which has also been hit by its exposure to the struggling U.S. mortgage market. Many customers have pulled cash from e-Trade accounts on speculation the online brokerage might be forced into bankruptcy. The broker has been under pressure since it disclosed massive losses in its mortgage business last year.
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|AMTD||18.22 (+0.47)||TQACW||08 MAR 17.5 (53)||1.5||8.2||4.7||4.7|
|AMTD||18.22 (+0.47)||TQACD||08 MAR 20.0 (53)||0.35||1.9||2||11.9|
|C||27.91 (+0.26)||CCS||08 MAR 27.5 (53)||1.69||6.1||4.9||4.9|
|C||27.91 (+0.26)||CCF||08 MAR 30.0 (53)||0.7||2.5||2.6||10.3|
|ETFC||4.14 (+0.24)||EUSCH||08 MAR 4.0 (53)||0.6||14.5||13||13|
|ETFC||4.14 (+0.24)||EUSCA||08 MAR 5.0 (53)||0.25||6||6.4||28.5|
|MER||57.47 (+0.14)||MERCK||08 MAR 55.0 (53)||4.9||8.5||4.6||4.6|
|MER||57.47 (+0.14)||MERCY||08 MAR 57.5 (53)||3.4||5.9||6.3||6.3|
|SCHW||21.32 (-0.27)||SHQCD||08 MAR 20.0 (53)||2||9.4||3.5||3.5|
|SCHW||21.32 (-0.27)||SHQCX||08 MAR 22.5 (53)||0.65||3||3.1||8.9|
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