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LMAX Exchange, the UK’s fastest growing technology company, achieves first full year of profitability following global expansion

London, 20 May 2015 - LMAX Exchange, the UK’s fastest growing technology company and the leading FCA regulated MTF for FX, is pleased to announce its first full year of profitability with reported annual net profits of £0.5 million in 2014.

Further 2014 highlights and year-on-year change:

  • Annual trading volumes reached $1.9 trillion, up 73%
  • 2,400 active clients, up 60%
  • Gross revenues of £26.2 million, up 45%
  • Gross profits of £16.5 million, up 80%

Business activity was stronger than ever for LMAX Exchange, despite the all-time low volatility in the FX market for the first nine months of 2014.

The company’s exceptional growth has been widely recognised: LMAX Exchange is ranked the UK’s No.1 Fastest Growing Technology Company in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table and it was selected to join the Future Fifty programme, the exclusive group of 50 leading technology businesses that forms part of the UK Government’s Tech City initiative.

These strong results follow a year of significant investment by the company in growing its sales and operational coverage globally. In 2014, LMAX Exchange has opened offices in the US and Singapore, launched an operations hub in Hong Kong and set up a Tokyo-based matching engine, to provide clients in Asia Pacific with ultra-low latency execution.

In an FX market, increasingly under pressure from global regulators demanding greater transparency, LMAX Exchange remains the first and only venue to offer an exchange style trading model for spot FX, with an open limit order book and streaming firm liquidity as standard.

By leading the industry transformation to transparent, consistent and precise execution, LMAX Exchange is becoming the emerging benchmark for global FX.

Commenting on the year’s activity, David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange said: “We have had a hugely successful year, and achieved strong KPI growth in the face of challenging market conditions, cementing our position as a developing force in global FX trading and on the flourishing UK fintech scene.

“Through our global expansion, at a time when FX trading is under increased scrutiny, we will continue to exert a positive disruptive force on the industry, transforming the opaque FX market place to a completely transparent and level playing field for all market participants globally.

“Our ambition, of course, does not end there and our core focus remains on further expanding our global presence, whilst diversifying our product range to become a leader in global FX."

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Media Contacts

For further information please contact:

LMAX Exchange (London):
Barbara Pozdorovkina T: +44 20 3192 2510 E: press@lmax.com

About LMAX Exchange

Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology firms, LMAX Exchange is the leading MTF for FX, authorised and regulated by the FCA. Servicing funds, banks, brokerages and asset managers, LMAX Exchange delivers firm liquidity, anonymous exchange quality execution and a secure, transparent level playing field to all market participants, regardless of status, size or activity levels.

The LMAX Exchange open order book is driven by no ‘last look’ limit-order liquidity from top tier banks and non-bank financial institutions. Orders are executed in price/time priority with real time streaming continuous market and trade data published to all members. Offering a comprehensive range of instruments including spot FX, precious metals, commodities and equity indices, LMAX Exchange operates a global FX exchange infrastructure with matching engines in London, New York and Tokyo.

LMAX Exchange - a unique vision for global FX.

Business growth awards:

2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 more

Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 is a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK, based on percentage growth of fiscal year revenues over the last four years. close

2015, 2014, 2013 Fastest Growing Tech Company in the UK – The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 more

LMAX Exchange has been recognised amongst the UK’s fastest growing technology firms for three consecutive years. Tech Track 100, compiled by Fast Track annually and published by the Sunday Times each September, lists Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private tech companies based on sales growth over the last three years. close

2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 500 more

The Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 500 pre-eminent technology awards program is a ranking of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa's fastest-growing technology companies based on percentage revenue growth over three years. close

2015 Recognised as a Tech City Future Fifty company – Tech City UK Future Fiftymore

LMAX Exchange is part of the Future Fifty programme, focused on accelerating the success of high-growth tech businesses. close

FX industry awards:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best FX Trading Venue - (ECN/MTF) – Fund Technology and WSL Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Fund Technology and WSL Awards “Best FX Trading Venue - ECN/MTF” for five consecutive years. The awards honour excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best Margin Sector Platform – Profit & Loss Readers' Choice Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Profit & Loss Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Margin Sector Platform” for four consecutive years. These awards are voted on by the readers and recognise excellence within the foreign exchange industry throughout the previous year. close

2014 Best Infrastructure/Technology Initiative – WSL Institutional Trading Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Wall Street Letter Institutional Trading Awards “Best Infrastructure/Technology Initiative” in 2014. WSL awards honour excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close

2013 Best Execution Venue – Forex Magnates Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded the Forex Magnates Awards “Best Execution Venue”. The awards are granted to the top firms in their categories and announced at the annual London summit. close

Financial technology awards:

2016 Best Trading & Execution – HFM US Technology Awards more

The HFM US Technology awards recognise hedge fund technology providers that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development in the past 12 months. close

2013 Best Overall Testing Project – The European Software Testing Awards more

The European Software Testing Awards (TESTA) recognise excellence and innovation in the software testing and quality assurance across a variety of industries. close

2011 Best Trading System – Financial Sector Technology Awards more

The FST Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the field of information technology within the UK and EMEA financial services sector. close

2011 Innovative Programming Framework – Oracle Duke's Choice Awards more

Oracle’s Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and are granted to the most innovative projects using the Java platform. close

LMAX Limited operates a multilateral trading facility (MTF). Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FCA Registered no. 509778.