MarketAxess Announces Monthly Volume Statistics for November 2022

NEW YORK, December 05, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: MKTX), the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, and the provider of market data and post-trade services for the global fixed-income markets, today announced monthly trading volume and preliminary variable transaction fees per million ("FPM") for November 2022.1

Chris Concannon, President and COO of MarketAxess commented:

"November was another very strong month, as we continue to build momentum going into 2023. We generated record total credit ADV, with record ADV in Eurobonds and municipal bonds. We also delivered another strong month of market share gains across most of our product areas, driven in part by the powerful benefits of Open Trading, our differentiated liquidity pool.

Open Trading estimated price improvement4 was approximately $83 million in November, which equates to approximately $923 per million saved for our clients. Year-to-date estimated price improvement4 is now approximately $866 million, 65% above the prior year.

The strength of our performance reflects the enhanced foundation for growth we have established over the last several years by broadening and enhancing our global product portfolio, and we believe we are very well-positioned going into 2023."

Select November 2022 highlights*

  • Record $13.1 billion in total credit average daily volume ("ADV"), representing a 25% increase compared to the prior year and surpassing the previous record set in March 2021.

  • 20.3% (+200 bps) composite corporate bond estimated market share,2 up from 18.3%.

  • 23% increase in U.S. high-grade ADV to $5.9 billion with estimated market share of 20.5%. Estimated U.S. high-grade TRACE market ADV increased 26%.

  • 31% increase in U.S. high-yield ADV to $1.9 billion with estimated market share of 19.3% (+470 bps), up from 14.6%.

  • Record 22.1% (+580 bps) estimated emerging markets market share,3 up from 16.3%, on ADV of $3.1 billion, up 9%; up approximately 11% excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations.

  • Record $1.7 billion in Eurobonds ADV, representing an increase of 29%; up approximately 42% excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations. 17.7% (+440 bps) estimated Eurobonds market share, up from 13.3%.

  • Record $547 million in municipal bond ADV with estimated market share of 5.3% (+300 bps), up from 2.3%.

  • Record 38% of total credit trading volume was executed via Open Trading®, up from 36%. Estimated price improvement4 via Open Trading was approximately $83 million, and $866 million year-to-date. Average estimated price improvement4 per million via Open Trading in November was $923.

  • 2.9% estimated U.S. Treasury market share. A total of 45 institutional investor client firms traded on the platform in November as we continue to expand our all-to-all liquidity pool in U.S. Treasuries.

  • The preliminary FPM for total credit for November was $163, compared to $164 in October 2022. The increase in U.S high-grade average fees per million in November, driven by an increase in duration during the month, was offset by lower average fees per million in other credit products due to product mix. The preliminary FPM for total rates for November was $4.10.1

*All comparisons versus November 2021 unless otherwise noted.

Table 1: November 2022 trading ADV

CREDIT

RATES

$ in millions
(unaudited)

US/UK Trading Days5

Total
ADV

High-Grade

High-Yield

Emerging
Markets

Eurobonds

Other
Credit

Total
Credit

US Govt.
Bonds

Agcy./Other
Govt. Bonds

Total
Rates

Nov-22

20/22

$32,228

$5,865

$1,866

$3,083

$1,749

$563

$13,126

$18,709

$393

$19,102

Nov-21

20/22

$32,510

$4,752

$1,426

$2,837

$1,352

$119

$10,486

$21,634

$390

$22,024

% Change

(1%)

23%

31%

9%

29%

373%

25%

(14%)

1%

(13%)

Table 1A: November 2022 estimated market share

CREDIT

RATES


(unaudited)

High-Grade

High-Yield

High-Grade/High-Yield Combined

Emerging Markets3

Eurobonds

Composite Corporate Bond2

Municipals

US Govt.
Bonds

Nov-22

20.5%

19.3%

20.2%

22.1%

17.7%

20.3%

5.3%

2.9%

Nov-21

20.9%

14.6%

19.0%

16.3%

13.3%

18.3%

2.3%

3.0%

Bps Change

(40) bps

+470 bps

+120 bps

+580 bps

+440 bps

+200 bps

+300 bps

(10) bps

Table 1B: Rolling 3-month trading ADV (period ending Nov. 2022 and Nov. 2021)

CREDIT

RATES

$ in millions
(unaudited)

US/UK Trading Days5

Total
ADV

High-Grade

High-Yield

Emerging
Markets

Eurobonds

Other
Credit

Total
Credit

US Govt.
Bonds

Agcy./Other
Govt. Bonds

Total
Rates

Nov-22

61/64

$32,285

$5,712

$1,898

$2,894

$1,619

$476

$12,599

$19,305

$381

$19,686

Nov-21

61/65

$29,926

$4,690

$1,381

$2,769

$1,373

$119

$10,332

$19,190

$404

$19,594

% Change

8%

22%

37%

5%

18%

300%

22%

1%

(6%)

0%

Table 1C: Rolling 3-month estimated market share (period ending Nov. 2022 and Nov. 2021)

CREDIT

RATES


(unaudited)

High-Grade

High-Yield

High-Grade/High- Yield Combined

Emerging Markets3

Eurobonds

Composite Corporate Bond2

Municipals

US Govt.
Bonds

Nov-22

20.6%

20.5%

20.6%

21.9%

17.9%

20.6%

4.6%

3.3%

Nov-21

20.2%

14.3%

18.5%

16.4%

13.2%

17.9%

2.5%

3.0%

Bps Change

+40 bps

+620 bps

+210 bps

+550 bps

+470 bps

+270 bps

+210 bps

+30 bps

1The FPM for total credit and total rates for the month of November 2022 are preliminary and may be revised in subsequent updates and public filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any fee information in future press releases.

2 Composite corporate bond estimated market share is defined as combined estimated market share across U.S. high-grade (derived from FINRA TRACE reported data), U.S. high-yield (derived from FINRA TRACE reported data), emerging markets (derived from FINRA TRACE-reportable emerging markets volume, principally U.S. dollar denominated corporates) and Eurobonds (derived from MarketAxess TRAX data which is currently estimated to represent approximately 70% of the total European market) product areas.

3 Emerging markets estimated market share calculated using FINRA TRACE-reportable emerging markets trading volume, principally U.S. dollar denominated corporates and MarketAxess Post-Trade emerging markets data which is currently estimated to represent 55% of the market.

4 Estimated price improvement consists of estimated liquidity taker price improvement (defined as the difference between the winning price and the best disclosed dealer cover price) and estimated liquidity provider price improvement (defined as the difference between the winning price and then current Composite+ bid or offer level, offer if the provider is buying, bid if provider is selling) at the time of the inquiry.

5 The number of U.S. trading days is based on the SIFMA holiday recommendation calendar and the number of U.K. trading days is based primarily on the U.K. Bank holiday schedule.

Reported MarketAxess volume in all product categories includes only fully electronic trading volume. MarketAxess trading volumes, TRACE reported volumes and MarketAxess Post-Trade processed volumes are available on the Company’s website at investor.marketaxess.com/volume.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including statements about the outlook and prospects for Company and industry growth, as well as statements about the Company’s future financial and operating performance. These and other statements that relate to future results and events are based on MarketAxess’ current expectations. The Company’s actual results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected or desired because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including: global economic, political and market factors; risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possible effects of the economic conditions worldwide resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; adverse effects as a result of climate change or other ESG risks that could affect our reputation; the level of trading volume transacted on the MarketAxess platform; the rapidly evolving nature of the electronic financial services industry; the level and intensity of competition in the fixed-income electronic trading industry and the pricing pressures that may result; reputational or credibility risks related to our data products and index business; the variability of our growth rate; our ability to introduce new fee plans and our clients’ response; our ability to attract clients or adapt our technology and marketing strategy to new markets; risks related to our growing international operations; our dependence on our broker-dealer clients; the loss of any of our significant institutional investor clients; our exposure to risks resulting from non-performance by counterparties to transactions executed between our clients in which we act as an intermediary in matched principal trades; risks related to self-clearing; the effect of rapid market or technological changes on us and the users of our technology; our dependence on third-party suppliers for key products and services; our ability to successfully maintain the integrity of our trading platform and our response to system failures, capacity constraints and business interruptions; the occurrence of design defects, errors, failures or delays with our platforms; our vulnerability to cyber security risks; our actual or perceived failure to comply with privacy and data protection laws; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights or technology and defend against intellectual property infringement or other claims; our ability to enter into strategic alliances and to acquire other businesses and successfully integrate them with our business; our dependence on our management team and our ability to attract and retain talent; limitations on our flexibility because we operate in a highly regulated industry; the increasing government regulation of us and our clients; risks related to the U.K.’s exit from the European Union; our exposure to costs and penalties related to our extensive regulation; our risks of litigation and securities laws liability; our future capital needs and our ability to obtain capital when needed; limitations on our operating flexibility contained in our credit agreement; and other factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about these and other factors affecting MarketAxess’ business and prospects is contained in MarketAxess’ periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can be accessed at www.marketaxess.com.

About MarketAxess

MarketAxess (Nasdaq: MKTX) operates a leading electronic trading platform that delivers greater trading efficiency, a diversified pool of liquidity and significant cost savings to institutional investors and broker-dealers across the global fixed-income markets. Over 1,900 firms leverage MarketAxess’ patented technology to efficiently trade fixed-income securities. MarketAxess’ award-winning Open Trading® marketplace is widely regarded as the preferred all-to-all trading solution in the global credit markets. Founded in 2000, MarketAxess connects a robust network of market participants through the full trading lifecycle, including automated trading solutions, intelligent data products and a range of post-trade services. Learn more at www.marketaxess.com and on Twitter @MarketAxess.

Table 2: Trading Volume Detail

Month Ended November 30,

In millions (unaudited)

2022

2021

% Change

Volume

ADV

Volume

ADV

Volume

ADV

Credit

High-grade

$

117,303

$

5,865

$

95,045

$

4,752

23.4

%

23.4

High-yield

37,321

1,866

28,520

1,426

30.9

30.9

Emerging markets

61,667

3,083

56,746

2,837

8.7

8.7

Eurobonds

38,479

1,749

29,745

1,352

29.4

29.4

Other credit1

11,256

563

2,386

119

371.8

373.1

Total credit trading2

266,026

13,126

212,442

10,486

25.2

25.2

Rates

U.S. Government Bonds3

374,182

18,709

432,687

21,634

(13.5

)

(13.5

)

Agency and other government bonds2

8,255

393

8,224

390

0.4

0.8

Total rates trading

382,437

19,102

440,911

22,024

(13.3

)

(13.3

)

Total trading

$

648,463

$

32,228

$

653,353

$

32,510

(0.7

)

(0.9

)

Number of U.S. Trading Days4

20

20

Number of U.K. Trading Days5

22

22

Year to Date Ended November 30,

In millions (unaudited)

2022

2021

% Change

Volume

ADV

Volume

ADV

Volume

ADV

Credit

High-grade

$

1,258,076

$

5,518

$

1,154,659

$

5,064

9.0

%

9.0

High-yield

392,118

1,720

343,649

$

1,507

14.1

14.1

Emerging markets

648,459

2,844

602,131

$

2,641

7.7

7.7

Eurobonds

335,706

1,460

316,699

$

1,365

6.0

7.0

Other credit1

88,951

390

24,032

$

105

270.1

271.4

Total credit trading2

2,723,310

11,932

2,441,170

10,682

11.6

11.7

Rates

U.S. Government Bonds3

5,006,675

21,959

3,725,045

16,338

34.4

34.4

Agency and other government bonds2

89,764

392

65,407

285

37.2

37.7

Total rates trading

5,096,439

22,351

3,790,452

16,623

34.5

34.5

Total trading

$

7,819,749

$

34,283

$

6,231,622

$

27,305

25.5

25.6

Number of U.S. Trading Days4

228

228

Number of U.K. Trading Days5

230

232

1 Beginning January 2022, following the integration of the MuniBrokers platform, we are now including MuniBrokers variable commission related trading volume in other credit.

2 Consistent with FINRA TRACE reporting standards, both sides of trades are included in the Company's reported volumes when the Company executes trades on a matched principal basis between two counterparties.

3 Consistent with industry standards, U.S. Government Bond trades are single-counted.

4 The number of U.S. trading days is based on the SIFMA holiday recommendation calendar.

5 The number of U.K. trading days is based primarily on the U.K. Bank holiday schedule.

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