London Stock Exchange Group plc announcement of interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2009

London Stock Exchange Group plc Announcement Of Interim Results For The Six Months Ended 30 September 2009


London Stock Exchange Group plc ("the Group") today reports results for the six months ended 30 September 2009.  Revenue of £310.9 million (H1 FY2009: 342.5 million), down four per cent sequentially on H2 last year and nine per cent on the corresponding period last year reflecting continuing competitive and difficult markets in cash equity trading. Underlying operating expenses of £180.2 million (H1 FY2009: £165.6m); down eight per cent against same period last year and down four per cent on H2 last year in constant currency and excluding £20.4 million of non-recurring costs following acquisition of MillenniumIT. Operating profit1 of £134.8 million (H1 FY2009: £181.0 million), partly reflecting inclusion of £20.4 million (of a total £31 million) non-recurring MillenniumIT related costs.Profit before tax of £79.4 million (H1 FY2009: £127.0 million).Basic EPS of 18.5 pence (H1 FY2009: 30.3 pence) and adjusted basic EPS of 29.0 pence (H1 FY2009: 39.3 pence); the £20.4 million non-recurring MillenniumIT related costs equate to 5.5 pence of EPS dilution in both cases.Interim dividend of 8.4 pence per share, unchanged from last year's interim payment.

Strong net cash flow from operating activities of £106.8 million; net cash generated after return to shareholders of £37.6 million - gross drawn debt of £608 million, with £950 million of committed borrowing facilities through to 2012 or beyond.