CMC Markets Joins IG & Plus 500 in the FTSE 250

CMC Markets will receive a boost after the close of the London markets on the 18th of September when they are admitted to the FTSE 250 index the UK equity index that is second only to the FTSE 100 in terms of its prestige.  Admission to the FTSE 250 won’t make much difference to the day to day running of the business. However, it does open CMC shares up to a wider investor base including FTSE 250 tracker funds and institutions whose mandates prevent from investing in businesses that aren’t listed in top-flight indices.

At the current price of 327.96p CMC Markets market cap is £948.18 million, not so far from the round number that is £1.0 billion – a number that is surely going to be in the mind of CEO, founder, and major shareholder Peter Cruddas.

How does CMC compare to its listed rivals?

Market leader IG Group (Ticker IGG ) is also a FTSE 250 stock but one which has a far larger market cap which is currently a whisker below the £3.0 billion mark. Plus 500  another margin trading company resident in the FTSE 250 index has a market cap of £1.56 billion currently.

We compare some other metrics between the three UK listed margin trading majors in the table below.

NameRevenue (m)Pre-tax Profit (m)P/EDividend YieldOperating MarginROCE
CMC Markets£295£9910.84.60%34.18%33.21%
IG Group Holdings£649£29612.25.43%45.59%32.23%
Plus500 Ltd (DI)$354$18914.13.41%53.62%65.60%
NamePrice6 Mth price change1 Year Price Change2 Year price Change
CMC Markets327.50p120.09%221.08%99.94%
IG Group Holdings806.00p35.46%36.89%-6.12%
Plus500 Ltd (DI)1,477.00p90.58%94.96%1.03%

CMC Markets and Plus 500 look to be the most operationally geared of the three businesses and have a lower headcount than IG Group. Plus 500 scores well on operating margins and its return on capital employed, with a ROCE rate of roughly twice that of CMC and IG Group.

However, in terms of share price performance, its CMC markets that have been the winner over the last couple of years that share proce momentum and the associated growth in their market cap has propelled them in the FTSE 350.

The task ahead of Peter Cruddas and his team will be to maintain that newfound status and to justify investment from his potential new shareholder base.

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