* Bourse operator says quarterly operating profit up 4.6 pct
* Cost cutting, rise in listings help lift profit
* CEO Cerutti denies his job is on the line
(Updates with background, CEO denies his job is on the line)
By Alexandre Boksenbaum-Granier
PARIS, Aug 7 Exchange operator Euronext
posted a 4.6 percent increase in quarterly operating profit on
Thursday, boosted by cost cutting and a rise in stock market
listings, and said it would accelerate its cost-savings plan.
The operator of the Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon
bourses said second-quarter revenue rose 5.2 percent, helped by
a sharp rise in listings as well as a pickup in volumes in its
cash trading business.
Shares in Euronext, which was spun off from parent
Intercontinental Exchange in June, were trading 3.2
percent higher in morning trade, trimming recent sharp losses,
but the stock is still down 11 percent since its IPO less than
two months ago.
Chief Executive Dominique Cerutti took the opportunity to
deny "formally" a recent report in French newsletter La Lettre
A, which said his job was on the line.
"I deny formally that on behalf of my board and my
chairman," he told reporters on a conference call.
"I have the full confidence of my board. I love my job ...
There is absolutely no tension."
Commenting on the departure last week of Cees Vermaas, the
head of Euronext Amsterdam, Cerutti said the move was Vermaas'
own choice - a combination of a career opportunity and a
personal choice, and was a "peaceful" separation.
A report on the website of business newspaper L'Echo said
Vermaas had accepted a job at Euronext's arch-rival Chicago
Mercantile Exchange - the world number one derivatives
exchange, which plans to open operations in Europe. The blog
also said there were tensions within Euronext since the IPO
between its Amsterdam and Paris offices.
Euronext - which has been hit in recent years by a sharp
drop in trading volumes and has been battling with competitors
such as BATS Chi-X Europe to preserve its market share in Europe
- has set itself a target of achieving 60 million euros ($80.28
million) of annual cost savings over the next three years.
"It is very likely that at the next earnings we will set a
new date," said Chief Executive Dominique Cerutti. "It (the cost
savings plan) will be accelerated."
Euronext shares traded at a price-to-earnings ratio of 14,
compared with 16 for UK rival London Stock Exchange and
13.1 for Germany's Deutsche Boerse.
(1 US dollar = 0.7474 euro)
(Additional reporting and writing by Gus Trompiz, Andrew Callus
and Blaise Robinson; Editing by James Regan and Susan Fenton)