November 13, 2008 01:39 ET

Van der Moolen maintains outlook

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - Van der Moolen Holding N.V., financial trading company listed at Euronext Amsterdam, is providing a business update today for the third quarter and first nine months of 2008.

Richard den Drijver, CEO of Van der Moolen Holding, commented:

'We delivered a strong performance under turbulent market conditions during the first nine months of 2008, with European trading activities in particular showing very good results. We are positive regarding the future."

Operational developments:

* Steady revenue growth under turbulent market conditions during the third quarter of 2008;

* Performance of trading activities (proprietary trading) positive on balance: very good performance, revenue growth and profitability in Europe; adverse impact in the US as a result of market trends and changes in US regulatory environment;

* Steady growth in brokerage activities in Europe and the US;

* Development of new trading activities in Hong Kong and VDM Global Markets' retail brokerage activities is progressing according to schedule;

* Termination of Online Trader (semi-professional segment) is on schedule.

Strong growth in trading activities

* The company's trading activities showed a continued increase in revenue and profitability under challenging market conditions during the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter revenue totalled EUR 31.0 million, a strong increase of 35% compared to the third quarter of 2007 (EUR 23.0 million).

Stable development of wholesale brokerage activities

* Third quarter wholesale brokerage activities showed a stable development compared to the first six months of 2008. Third quarter revenues amounted to EUR 2.6 million compared to the third quarter of 2007 (EUR 3.5 million). The change is attributable to lower fee income and more challenging market conditions in the wholesale brokerage segment.

Online Trader activities accounted for as discontinued operations

* Effective at the beginning of the third quarter, the discontinued operations of Online Trader (semi-professional brokerage segment) are no longer included under 'Profit from continuing operations'. The comparative figures have been adjusted accordingly.

Financial developments

* Total 2008 third quarter revenues (from continuing operations) totalled EUR 33.6 million and strongly increased with 27% compared to EUR 26.5 million in the third quarter 2007.

* Profit before tax (from continuing operations) totalled EUR 2.4 million for the third quarter of 2008, compared to EUR 1.4 million for the same period last year. Profit before tax (from continuing operations) adjusted for non-recurring items in Q3 2008 amounted to EUR 3.7 million compared to EUR 3.0 million for the same quarter in 2007.

* Net profit after tax (from continuing operations and adjusted for non-recurring items) attributable to ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2008 amounted to EUR 0.5 million, compared to EUR 1.0 million for the same period in 2007.

* Result from discontinued operations totalled EUR 6.1 million negative for the third quarter of 2008 (compared to EUR 6.0 million in 2007). Of this amount, EUR 5.7 million was accounted for by the termination of Online Trader, breaking down into EUR 1.2 million in operational loss and EUR 4.5 million in termination costs (in line with the second quarter 2008 press release). The residual EUR 0.4 million relates to other costs from discontinued operations.

* Result after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2008 amounted to EUR 7.5 million negative, mainly arising as a result of discontinued operations and non-recurring items (in total EUR 8.0 million negative).

* Profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders for the first nine months of 2008 amounted to EUR 5.3 million (for the same period in 2007, this was a loss of EUR 19.7 million).

Financial position

* Third quarter cash flow for 2008: EUR 34.9 million (compared to EUR 20.8 million for the same period in 2007), consisting of:

-- Increased liquidity due to operational activities: EUR 60.4 million;

-- Lower liquidity due to the issuance of a EUR 2.3 million subordinated convertible loan to a third party and other investments of EUR 1.5 million;

-- Lower liquidity due to repayment of a EUR 10.0 million credit facility to a bank and the financing of the purchase of EUR 10.6 million in own shares, as well as increased liquidity as a result of EUR 0.4 million received from financing income.

* Between 1 July 2008 and 21 July 2008, 2,776,530 shares in Van der Moolen were purchased for a total amount of EUR 10.6 million. Since 21 July 2008, the total number of ordinary shares outstanding (excluding shares repurchased) has been 37,692,775. The weighted average number of shares outstanding during the third quarter was 41,935,593; for the first nine months, this number was 43,264,158.

* The shareholders' equity as at 30 September 2008 totalled EUR 98.9 million versus EUR 102.5 million as at 30 June 2008. In addition to the net loss for the third quarter, this decrease of only EUR 3.6 million is largely attributed to the repurchase of own shares on the one hand and increase of the currency translation reserve on the other.

Outlook for Q4 2008

* Proprietary trading environment (trading activities) remains challenging;

* Steady growth in brokerage activities in Europe and the US;

* Closing period for Online Trader activities expected to continue until year-end 2008.

Outlook for 2009

* Cost savings approximately EUR 4.5 million due to termination of Online Trader;

* Further growth of trading and brokerage activities;

* Further increase of profitability;

* Positive contribution from VDM Global Markets.

For further information

For further information please contact Investor Relations/Corporate Communications, telephone +31 (0)20 535 6789.


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