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Jul 12, 2012, 07.41 PM IST
The drop in high yielding cash market volumes sharply impacted the overall equity brokerage revenue pool which declined by 20% in FY 2012, rating agency ICRA said in its report here today.
agency ICRA said in its report here today.
In 2011-12, the overall equity market volumes increased by a nominal 5% compared to 46% in the previous year. While high yielding cash volumes as well as futures volumes saw a decline even in absolute number, the growth was supported by volumes on options trading, ICRA said in its 'Indian Brokerage Industry' report.
The increasing cost of regulatory compliance further exacerbated the pressure on profitability of broking companies, it said. With the persistence of these changed industry dynamics, market players also continue to focus on containing costs, restructuring business models and relatively larger players
The year 2011-12 also marked a more focussed attempt by brokerage houses to de-risk business models by continued diversification into many related as well as unrelatedbusinesses like commodities broking, currencies broking,
Commodities broking and to a lesser extent currency broking have emerged as asset classes which provide brokerage houses with opportunities to create a horizontally diversified business model. In ICRA's estimation, the broking revenue pool for commodities and currencies put together now account for 20-25% of the overall equity brokerage revenue pool.
"As and when non-equity asset classes gain further traction, brokerage houses which are able to successfully adjust to changed market dynamics may be better positioned to face the current headwinds faced by this industry," ICRA Ltd's Co-head Financial Sector Ratings, Karthik Srinivasan said.
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