Mr Rick Holliday-Smith, ASX Chairman, said: "ASX delivered strong financial results in FY16, with growth in all key business areas, supported by higher market activity. This was driven by a rise in secondary capital raisings within the financial sector and increased trading activity due to heightened volatility, particularly in the second half of the year, culminating in the surprise of Brexit. Revenue was up 6.5% to $746.3 million and profit after tax rose 5.7% to $426.2 million.
"ASX continued to invest in the infrastructure critical to Australia's financial markets throughout the period. This included successfully introducing T+2 settlement, significant progress on the delivery of a new futures trading platform, and the assessment of distributed ledger technology or 'blockchain' as a potential post-trade solution for the equity market. These initiatives aim to improve market efficiency and reduce risk and complexity for investors, intermediaries and other market stakeholders. They help keep Australia at the forefront globally of innovative market developments.
"On 1 August 2016 ASX welcomed Dominic Stevens as the company's new Managing Director and CEO. He is an experienced and highly-regarded industry leader, ideally qualified to build on ASX's achievements. Having been a past CEO and served on the ASX Board, Dominic has a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead of ASX, as well as the complex global regulatory environment in which we operate."
ASX Limited (ASX or the Company) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 10.00am (AEST) on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at the
ASX Auditorium, lower ground floor, Exchange Square, 18 Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales for the purpose of transacting the business
set out in this Notice.
Listing Rule 4.10.3 requires an entity that is included in the official list as an ASX Listing to include in its annual report either a corporate governance statement that meets the requirements of that rule or the URL of the page on its website where such a statement is located. The corporate governance statement must disclose the extent to which the entity has followed the recommendations set by the ASX Corporate Governance Council during the reporting period. If the entity has not followed a recommendation for any part of the reporting period, its corporate governance statement must separately identify that recommendation and the period during which it was not followed and state its reasons for not following the recommendation and what (if any) alternative governance practices it adopted in lieu of the recommendation during that period.
Under Listing Rule 4.7.4, if an entity chooses to include its corporate governance statement on its website rather than in its annual report, it must lodge a copy of the corporate governance statement with ASX at the same time as it lodges its annual report with ASX. The corporate governance statement must be current as at the effective date specified in that statement for the purposes of rule 4.10.3.
This document contains a combined ASX Group and ASX Compliance monthly activity report. It replaces the separate monthly reports provided previously.
The value of ASX-listed stocks, as measured by the All Ordinaries Index, rose 6.3% in July 2016. This performance was comparable with major markets including Germany up 6.8% and Japan up 6.4%, and stronger than Hong Kong up 5.3%, the US up 3.6%, the UK up 3.4% and Singapore up 1.0%.
Volatility measures for the Australian equity market fell below long-term averages during July:
• Volatility (as measured by the average daily movement in the All Ordinaries Index) was 0.5% in July, down on the previous month (0.8%).
• Expected future volatility (as measured by the S&P/ASX 200 VIX) fell in July to an average of 16.3 (compared to 19.4 in June).ASX_Monthly_Activity_Report_July_2016.pdf
The Board of ASX Limited (ASX) announces the appointment of Ms Melinda Conrad as a non-executive director effective from 1 August 2016.
Ms Conrad will stand for election at ASX's Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2016. Her appointment continues ASX's Board renewal program.
ASX Chairman, Mr Rick Holliday-Smith, welcomed the appointment: "I am delighted that Melinda has agreed to join the ASX Board. She brings skills and insights as an executive and director from a range of industries, including the retail sector, financial services and healthcare. Her business strategy and marketing expertise will be particularly valuable to the ASX Board as we deepen our stakeholder engagement and develop future opportunities."
ASX Limited (ASX) announces that today the ASX Board has appointed Mr Dominic Stevens as its Managing Director and CEO ('CEO'). He takes up his new role today. This appointment follows a comprehensive selection process undertaken by the ASX Board with the assistance of a search firm.
Mr Stevens joined ASX as an independent non-executive director in December 2013. He has served on the Audit and Risk Committee, and on a number of ASX's clearing and settlement boards.
ASX's Chairman, Mr Rick Holliday-Smith, welcomed the appointment saying: "Dom's long involvement in financial markets, his experience as a CEO and his time as a director means the ASX Board is delighted and confident in making this appointment. He is popular and highly-regarded by ASX's Board, staff and major stakeholders. Dom is ideally qualified to lead the company and build on ASX's achievements."
New listings for the month were 9 Spokes International Limited (9SP), ApplyDirect Limited (AD1), Australian
Unity Office Fund (AOF), ChimpChange Limited (CCA), DroneShield Limited (DRO), Graphex Mining Limited
(GPX), GTN Limited (GTN), Lithium Power International Limited (LPI), LiveHire Limited (LVH), NZME Limited
(NZM) and Shaver Shop Group Limited (SSG).
De‐listings for the month were Bank of China Limited (BKC), Broadspectrum Limited (BRS), Braziron Limited
(BZL), Coats Group PLC (CGW), Ethane Pipeline Income Trust (EPX), Ethane Pipeline Income Financing Trust
(EPX), Flat Glass Industries Limited (FGI), Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V. (NWB), PUMA Masterfund H‐
1 (PUH), Shinhan Bank (SHB), Sphere Minerals Limited (SPH), Unity Mining Limited (UML) and Westpac TPS
The value of ASX‐listed stocks, as measured by the All Ordinaries Index, fell 2.5% in June 2016. Declines were
also observed in other major markets, including Japan down 9.6%, Germany down 5.7% and Hong Kong down
0.1%. The UK was up 4.4%, Singapore up 1.8% and the US up 0.1%.
Volatility measures for the Australian equity market rose above long‐term averages during June:
Volatility (as measured by the average daily movement in the All Ordinaries Index) was 0.8% in June, up
on the previous month (0.6%).
Expected future volatility (as measured by the S&P/ASX 200 VIX) rose in June to an average of 19.4
(compared to 17.6 in May)
ASX announces that it is exercising its right to purchase further equity in the US-based firm Digital Asset Holdings, LLC (Digital Asset). ASX is investing US$7,157,065 which increases ASX's holding in Digital Asset to approximately 8.5%.
ASX will appoint a representative to the board of Digital Asset as it increases its holding.
ASX and Digital Asset have also entered into a commercial agreement appointing Digital Asset as ASX's preferred partner to continue to develop a distributed ledger technology solution to address the post-trade needs of the Australian cash equities market.
Strong businesses anchored in attractive financial market
•Strong market fundamentals
•Diversified business, multi-asset class and vertically integrated exchange
•World-class regulations –trading, clearing, financial market infrastructure supporting end investors
•Strong financial position: AA-credit rating from Standard & Poor's
Positive financial performance for 9 months to 31 March 2016
•Underlying profit after tax A$317.4 million, up 5.9%
•Revenue growth 7.0%, supported by robust trading activity