Spreadex MD, Jonathan Hufford, spoke to EGR’s Brad Allen recently to discuss Spreadex Financial, it’s position in the market and plans for the future. We have extracted parts of the interview that we thought might be of interest to you.
So how do you go about improving a business that has few competitors and a loyal collection of high-value customers? One target area for Spreadex is mobile, which currently accounts for 35-40% of stakes, compared to 80% at Sky Bet or 71% at Ladbrokes. Some of the shortfall can be explained by the relative complexity of spread betting markets and the more advanced age of Spreadex punters, but the firm now has a dedicated team working constantly on the mobile site to try and catch up with fixed-odds counterparts. Efforts to increase mobile participation should also be boosted by the continued prominence of in-play wagering. Approximately 65% of Spreadex’s sports betting volume comes from live wagering, with the mechanics of spread betting lending itself to trading in and out of positions with the ebb and flow of a game.
“Spread betting was the forerunner of in-running betting,” explains Hufford. “Companies promote their cash-out facility, but on Spreadex you can essentially trade out of your position at any point very efficiently, plus you get the ability to express opinions going both ways.”
Mobile aside, the broader message from Spreadex is ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. When asked about plans for the future, Hufford dismisses the option of expanding the fixed-odds service, saying:“We look upon ourselves primarily as a spread betting company.”
As a result, Spreadex is investigating new spread betting markets in Europe and potential acquisitions as it looks to bolster its current growth rate.
“We have set up a team to investigate the possibilities of going overseas,” Hufford confirms. “A number of our financial spread betting peers have already set up overseas and we are looking into that, but it is a legal, licensing and regulatory minefield. We have to tread carefully, but Germany, Italy and Spain are our main priorities in the short to medium term.”
Hufford believes the other main avenue for growth is through acquisitions, following several successful deals in recent years. Since 2009 Spreadex has purchased the non-equities business of rival spread betting firm Cantor Index and the client databases from IG Group and bankrupt company MF Global Spreads.
“The industry is fairly fragmented, so we’re always looking for acquisition opportunities,” adds Hufford.
The former City trader said he didn’t have any specific targets in mind, but if the company’s 16-year history of success is anything to go on, the buy signal at Spreadex should remain firmly on.
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Spreadex Ltd is a financial and sports spread betting and sports fixed odds betting firm, which specialises in the personal service and credit area. Founded in 1999, Spreadex is recognised as one of the longest established spread betting firms in the industry with a strong reputation for its high level of customer service and account management.
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