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MarketAxess Holdings Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 17, 2012 | About:
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MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Marketaxess Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $1.15 billion; its shares were traded at around $32.39 with a P/E ratio of 26.9 and P/S ratio of 6.3. The dividend yield of Marketaxess Holdings Inc. stocks is 1.1%. Marketaxess Holdings Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 23.3% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

The majority of our revenues are derived from monthly distribution fees and commissions for transactions executed on our platform between our institutional investor and broker-dealer clients. We believe that there are five key variables that impact the notional value of such transactions on our platform and the amount of commissions and distribution fees earned by us:

Due in part to the continuing sovereign debt concerns and competitive environment in Europe, trading volume in our Eurobond product has significantly decreased in 2010 and 2011. We intend to reduce the monthly distribution fees paid by our European broker-dealer market makers effective March 1, 2012, but leave dealer variable transaction fees unchanged. We expect that Eurobond distribution fees will decline by approximately $0.5 million per month. Despite our efforts, there is no assurance that Eurobond trading volumes and revenues will increase as a result of this change. It is possible that our broker-dealer clients could respond to this new fee plan by either reducing the amount of their business conducted on our platform or terminating their contractual relationship with us, which could have an adverse impact on our fees.

Our consolidated effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2011 was 39.4% compared to 38.3% for the year ended December 31, 2010. Our consolidated effective tax rate can vary from period to period depending on, among other factors, the geographic and business mix of our earnings and changes in tax legislation and tax rates.

Our consolidated effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2010 was 38.3% compared to 46.4% for the year ended December 31, 2009. During 2009, we reduced the tax rates used for recording the deferred tax assets to reflect the tax rates anticipated to be in effect when the temporary differences are expected to reverse, resulting in a decrease in the deferred tax asset and an increase in tax expense of $1.6 million. The 2010 effective tax rate reflects the 2009 refinement in our state and local tax apportionment methodology, which resulted in a lower 2010 state income tax rate. Our consolidated effective tax rate can vary from period to period depending on, among other factors, the geographic and business mix of our earnings and changes in tax legislation and tax rates. Due to our net deferred tax asset balance, a decrease in tax rates results in a reduction in our deferred tax balance and an increase in tax expense.

We believe that our current resources are adequate to meet our liquidity needs and capital expenditure requirements for at least the next 12 months. However, our future liquidity and capital requirements will depend on a number of factors, including expenses associated with product development and expansion and new business opportunities that are intended to further diversify our revenue stream. We may also acquire or invest in technologies, business ventures or products that are complementary to our business. In addition, we fully utilized the balance of our unrestricted U.S. federal net operating loss carryforward during 2011, which we expect will result in an increase in cash paid for income taxes in subsequent years. In the event we require any additional financing, it will take the form of equity or debt financing. Any additional equity offerings may result in dilution to our stockholders. Any debt financings, if available at all, may involve restrictive covenants with respect to dividends, issuances of additional capital and other financial and operational matters related to our business.

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