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Nomura Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

October 28, 2020

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Tokyo, October 28, 2020 - Nomura Holdings, Inc. today announced its consolidated financial results for the second quarter and first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

Net revenue for the second quarter was 369.0 billion yen (US$3.5 billion)1 , down 20 percent quarter on quarter and 4 percent year on year. Income before income taxes decreased 54 percent from last quarter and 35 percent compared to the second quarter last year to 83.6 billion yen (US$792 million). Net income attributable to Nomura Holdings shareholders was 67.6 billion yen (US$640 million), down 53 percent quarter on quarter and 51 percent year on year.

For the six months to September, Nomura reported net revenue of 829.7 billion yen (US$7.9 billion), up 16 percent from the same period last year. Income before income taxes increased 31 percent to 265.4 billion yen (US$2.5 billion), and net income attributable to Nomura Holdings shareholders was 210.2 billion yen (US$2.0 billion).

"Despite the continued uncertainty in the business environment due to the pandemic, we reported record high Group income before income taxes for the first half. Total pretax income for the three international regions was also a record high and accounted for more than 40 percent of firmwide results in the first half," said Nomura President and Group CEO Kentaro Okuda.

"We delivered a solid performance in Japan as we continued to serve clients through a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual interactions. We enhanced contact with clients by leveraging digital technologies and our contact center, and have built a framework to further tailor our services to the individual needs of a broad range of clients.
"In Wholesale, particularly in international regions, the realignment of our business portfolio led to a marked improvement in profitability and a robust client franchise globally. In each region, we focused on growing businesses with a top five market share, which contributed to an expanded, more stable revenue base.

"We remain committed to building a robust operating platform to deliver consistent growth by taking on challenges and transforming ourselves."

Regional breakdown of income before income taxes
Three segment net revenue breakdown (FY20/21 1H)

1 US dollar amounts are included solely for the convenience of the reader and have been translated at the rate of 105.58 yen = 1 US dollar, the noon buying rate in New York for cable transfers in foreign currencies as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on September 30, 2020. This translation should not be construed to imply that the yen amounts actually represent, or have been or could be converted into, equivalent amounts in US dollars.

Divisional Performance


(Billions of Yen) FY2020/21 Q2 QoQ YoY
Net revenue 92.8 +14% +21%
Income before income taxes 22.8 +51% 4.3x

Retail reported second quarter net revenue of 92.8 billion yen, up 14 percent quarter on quarter and 21 percent year on year. Income before income taxes was 22.8 billion yen, 51 percent stronger quarter on quarter and 4.3 times higher year on year.

In the first half, Retail business rebounded driven by the market recovery and results from efforts last year to realign sales channels and integrate branch offices. In the second quarter, all products and services reported quarter on quarter growth underpinned by a more diversified approach to clients and contributions from primary offerings. Income before income taxes had the strongest quarter since December 2017.

Asset Management

(Billions of Yen) FY2020/21 Q2 QoQ YoY
Net revenue 26.8 -21% +5%
Income before income taxes 11.4 -40% +13%

Asset Management second quarter net revenue was 26.8 billion yen, down 21 percent compared to last quarter and up 5 percent over the same period last year. Income before income taxes declined 40 percent quarter on quarter and increased 13 percent year on year to 11.4 billion yen.

Asset Management had a solid first half. On a quarterly basis, assets under management reached a record high of 55.7 trillion yen, lifted mainly by market factors.


(Billions of Yen) FY2020/21 Q2 QoQ YoY
Net revenue 220.3 -11% +41%
Income before income taxes 65.5 -25% 3.5x

Wholesale booked second quarter net revenue of 220.3 billion yen, decreasing 11 percent quarter on quarter but increasing 41 percent year on year. Income before income taxes was 65.5 billion yen, 25 percent lower than the previous quarter but 3.5 times higher than the same period last year.

First-half Wholesale profitability improved significantly due to the realignment of the firm's business portfolio. On a quarterly basis, all business lines and regions reported stronger revenues compared to the previous quarter. Second quarter revenues represented the strongest second quarter performance since the year ended March 2002.

In Global Markets, Americas Equities supported strong trading revenues contributing to a record second quarter net revenue of 192.3 billion yen. Equities net revenue was 87.6 billion yen, the highest level since June 2015. Clients' increased need for US Equities related products drove a robust Derivatives business and higher trading revenues.

Investment Banking net revenue was 28.1 billion yen, the strongest performance since March 2019, driven by mandates for large public offerings and secondary offerings, in addition to a robust advisory business performance.

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  6. The consolidated financial information in this document is unaudited.


Nomura is a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its four business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking), and Merchant Banking. Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. For further information about Nomura, visit www.nomura.com.

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