Loss of $104M in Q2 for KCG Holdings, Knight Capital and GETCO, Star of Knightmare on Wall Street

Mr. Edgar Perez

Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders, and Course Director, The Speed Traders Workshop 2012, Proudly Introduces Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, a Behind-the-scenes Look at Knight Capital’s 17 years of Tumultuous Existence as an Independent Company.


New York City, NY, USA (August 13, 2013) — Bloomberg reported that Getco and Knight Capital lost money last quarter as the trading firms were completing a merger prompted by Knight’s brush with bankruptcy a year ago. KCG Holdings, as the firm formed by the July 1 union is known, said in a statement that Getco’s second-quarter net loss totaled $72.9 million and Knight’s loss was $30.8 million. Getco’s sales fell 16 percent from a year earlier to $118 million, while Knight’s revenue rose 25 percent to $315 million.

Excluding $61 million in expenses related to the merger along with writedowns, restructuring charges and finance commitment fees, Getco’s pretax loss was $8.9 million. Getco’s market-making unit produced a loss of $2 million on $118 million in revenue, compared with profit of $9.7 million and sales of $136 million a year earlier. The execution-services business, which provides trading services to clients, improved revenue from a year earlier while posting a bigger loss. Sales rose 41 percent to $13 million, and the loss widened to $2.9 million from $1.5 million. Knight’s market-making profit amounted to $50 million in the second quarter, an increase from $5.9 million a year earlier.

Edgar Perez, the celebrated author of The Speed Traders, just released Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, exclusively available at http://www.KnightmareonWallStreet.com, book that provides a thrilling minute-by-minute account of the terrifying hours following their August 1, 2012 trading debacle, with news-breaking research regarding Knight Capital’s 17 years of tumultuous existence as an independent company.

“The book goes into great detail when it analyses the backstories of the main characters involved in the company starting with founders Ken Pasternak and Walter Raquet, CEO Tom Joyce (known as T.J. since his Harvard days) and vulture bidders Daniel Coleman from GETCO and Vincent Viola from Virtu. While other books lose many people early, Perez whets readers’ appetites early by hitting the ground running in chapter one focusing on the chaos that ensued Knight’s infamous trades at the opening.”

“Perez does a tremendous job in making the histories of all of the people and companies involved as easy to digest as possible; peg orders are arguably not an easy concept to explain. Again – excellent book, but readers have to invest some time slogging through the first 25% of the book to get back to the action. As soon as Joyce comes back to the office after surgery and realizes the extent of the challenges ahead, all hell breaks loose and things start to get very exciting again.”

Perez is widely regarded as the preeminent global expert in the specialized area of high-frequency trading. He is author of The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English by McGraw-Hill Inc. (2011), published in Mandarin by China Financial Publishing House (2012), and Investasi Super Kilat: Pandangan Orang dalam tentang Fenomena Baru Frekuensi Tinggi yang Mentransformasi Dunia Investasi, published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas Gramedia (2012). Perez is course director of The Speed Traders Workshop, How High Frequency Traders Leverage Profitable Strategies to Find Alpha in Equities, Options, Futures and FX (Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Warsaw, Kiev, New York, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai). He contributes to The New York Times and China’s International Finance News and Sina Finance.

Media Contact:
Julia Petrova
Media Relations Coordinator
Knightmare on Wall Street

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