Korea’s leading brokerage houses are reeling from the unprecedented earning shocks many suffered between April and June in the wake of the prolonged market slump

2013-08-18 16:48

Soaring loss hits Hyundai Securities

By Yi Whan-woo
A number of the nation’s leading brokerage houses are reeling from the unprecedented earning shocks many suffered between April and June in the wake of the prolonged market slump. Among them, Hyundai Securities suffered the worst performance, with its operating loss expanding to 25.6 billion won ($23 million) in the first quarter from the previous year’s 11.4 billion won loss. Brokerages close their books in March. Daeshin Securities also had its operating loss more than double to 14.3 billion won during the same period. The worsening performance was due mainly to a toxic mixture of sluggish trading caused by the prolonged market slump and the rise in yields on bonds following U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s remark on ending the economic stimulus policy. Bernanke said in June that the U.S. economy offers hints of the possibility of beginning to slow the pace of its bond-buying stimulus. KDB Daewoo Securities, the No. 1 market player, posted an operating profit of 3.76 billion won ($3.36 million) in the April-June period, down 86.8 percent from the previous year and worse than the 56 percent forecasted by FnGuide, a financial news provider. Samsung Securities posted an operating profit of 15.4 billion won, a 63 percent year-on-year decrease. Mirae Assets Securities said its operating profit fall by more than six-fold during the same period, down 19.8 billion won in 2011 to 3 billion won this year. In contrast, there are a couple of firms that have managed to weather the market slump. Korea Investment & Securities posted an operating profit of 24.7 billion won in the first quarter, up 10 percent from a year before. Shinhan Investment, the securities arm of Shinhan Financial Group, and Hana Daetoo Securities, also saw their operating profits jump by 298 percent and 606 percent, respectively, to 19.7 billion won and 4 billion won, during the cited period.

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