Business description

FD is a global technology provider with 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing and energy institutions. The Group’s Kx technology, incorporating the kdb+ time-series database, is a leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence. Kx delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries.
Employees: More than 2,400
Locations: Headquartered in Newry, Northern Ireland with
14 offices around the world

FD’s Journey

Founded in 1996, FD initially focused on the capital markets sector providing mission-critical support for core systems. The experience gained working for some of the world’s leading investment banks led to the formation of a software business, utilising the kdb+ database from Kx Systems as the foundation for applications such as market surveillance and liquidity management. The acquisition of Kx Systems in 2014 and the rebranding of our software as Kx technology was the springboard to target other markets, including digital marketing, the industrial internet of things, utilities, retail, telecoms and automotive. In our last financial year, software revenues had grown to 60% of Group revenues from a standing start in 2009.

 

 

2018 financial year highlights

Financial progress

Financial year 2018 saw further growth in revenue and adjusted EBITDA, together with significant progress in the commercialisation of Kx. Recurring software revenue increased by 31%, benefitting from the investment in recent years to enter new markets, with major wins across multiple new markets and continued progress in FinTech. Our progress was marked by FD being selected as the Tech Company of the Year at the UK Tech Awards.


financial-progress

  • 31% growth in recurring software revenue
  • Adjusted fully diluted EPS up 18% to 72.2p
  • Full year dividend up 20% at 24.0p per share

 

Strategy on track

Another period of
strong organic growth
ahead of expectations

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Reinvesting in
our Business

Increased graduate
recruitment reflecting
strong demand

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Strong
pipeline

Kx established as the
leading database
technology in FinTech

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Winning market
share

Multiple contract wins and
partnerships from health
care to manufacturing

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Growing market
opportunities

Selected as
Tech Company of the
Year 2017

Tech Company of the Year
Recognising our
success