August 12, 2008 08:14 ET

Van der Moolen reports an operating profit of EUR 21 million for the first half year

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Van der Moolen Holding NV (trading and brokerage in equities, bonds and related instruments) today reported its results for the second quarter of 2008.

Operational highlights:

  * Ongoing increase of revenues and profitability;
  * Strong performance in proprietary arbitrage trading in Europe;
  * Downward trend brokerage in Europe;
  * Sustainable contribution US brokerage;
  * Good performance US trading;
  * Start operations in Hong Kong;
  * Start VDM Global Markets (retail segment) in Q3;
  * Termination Online Trader (semi professional segment) in Q3.

Financial highlights

  * Operating profit (continuing operations): EUR  14.9 million in Q2
    2008 versus EUR  6.1 million in Q1 2008 and a loss of EUR  2.8 million
    Q2 2007;
  * Net profit of EUR  10.5 million (before preferred financing
    dividend) in the second quarter of 2008 compared with a net loss
    of EUR  8.7 million in the second quarter of 2007 and a net profit
    of EUR  4 million in the first quarter of 2008.
  * Net profit (attributable to common shareholders) of EUR  9.6 million
    in Q2 2008, versus EUR  3.1 million in Q1 2008 and a loss of EUR  9.6
    million in Q2 2007;
  * Net result included goodwill impairment with a net impact of EUR  2
    million on European brokerage activities due to challenging
    market circumstances;
  * Net result impacted by a tax charge of EUR  0.5 million for the
    second quarter and EUR  1.7 million for the first half year of 2008
    on unrealized results on NYSE Euronext shares in 2008 and the
    absence of a deferred tax asset position related to our US

Outlook second half 2008

  * Stable growth brokerage Europe and US;
  * More challenging market conditions in trading Europe compared to
  * Limited costs start VDM Global Markets and operations Asia;
  * Costs termination Online Trader estimated at approximately EUR  4.5
    million. Closing period Online Trader activities expected to last
    until ultimo 2008.

Outlook 2009

  * Cost savings approximately EUR  4.5 million due to termination
    Online Trader;
  * Further growth of trading and brokerage activities;
  * Further increase of profitability;
  * We expect a positive contribution of VDM Global Markets

Richard den Drijver, Chief Executive Officer of Van der Moolen Holding NV commented:

"The first half year reflects the continued change of our business model. VDM will continue to focus on profitable activities in promising markets. The launch of VDM Global Markets in the retail segment is an example of this. Further growth of our trading and brokerage business spread over sectors and markets will increase the underlying strength of our performance. We therefore expect a further increase of profitability in 2009".

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