NASDAQ OMX reports record earnings, continues to deliver growth in revenues

NASDAQ OMX reports record earnings, continues to deliver growth in revenues

26/10/2011

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. ("NASDAQ OMX®") (Nasdaq:NDAQ) reported record results for the third quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX for the third quarter of 2011 was $110 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared with $92 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011, and $101 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010.

Included in the third quarter of 2011 results are $9 million of pre-tax expenses associated with debt extinguishment and merger and strategic initiatives. Also included is $5 million of tax expense related to a true-up of 2010 tax return liabilities and the corresponding effect on net deferred tax liabilities.

Financial Highlights:

  • Net exchange revenues were a record $438 million, 18% higher than Q310 results.
  • Non-GAAP operating income improved to $204 million, up 21% from the prior year quarter, while operating margins increased to 47%. 
  • Non-GAAP net income was $121 million, up 20% from $101 million in Q310.  
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS increased to $0.67, up 34% over prior year results.

Summary of Non-GAAP Results1

($ millions, except EPS)

Q311

Q211

Q310

Net Exchange Revenues2

$ 438

$ 416

$ 372

Total Operating Expenses

234

229

203

Operating Income

204

187

169

Net Income

121

112

101

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$0.67

$0.62

$0.50

1. A complete reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the attached tables. 
2. Represents revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees.

Bob Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer and President, NASDAQ OMX said:

"Our fourth consecutive quarter of record earnings was driven by strong growth in revenues.  And year-to-date our revenues have increased 13 percent over last year, against a 10 percent decline in U.S. equity volumes.  But to truly appreciate our performance one must consider the strength and diversity of the business we've built and evaluate what we've delivered over the longer term, and that is double digit earnings growth.  A truly impressive track record for the team here at NASDAQ OMX."

Business Highlights

  • Entered into a $1.2 billion senior unsecured five-year credit facility to refinance NASDAQ OMX's prior credit facilities due 2013, and simultaneously initiated a cash tender offer for its outstanding 2.50% Convertible Senior Notes. NASDAQ OMX subsequently accepted for payment $335 million, or 78%, of the outstanding notes tendered during the offer period. These transactions reduce NASDAQ OMX's overall borrowing costs, extend the maturity profile of debt obligations, increase revolver borrowing capacity and generate positive earnings per share returns.
  • Announced the approval of a share repurchase program, authorizing NASDAQ OMX to repurchase in aggregate up to $300 million of its outstanding common stock. Further demonstrating its commitment to decrease leverage, during the fourth quarter of 2011, NASDAQ OMX is reducing its debt obligations by approximately $120 million; including a $109 million optional debt payment in addition to an $11 million required quarterly principal payment. 

Market Services

  • NASDAQ OMX continued its success in U.S. equity options during the third quarter of 2011, achieving number one in market share for a fifth consecutive quarter. A record high 312 million contracts were traded, representing a 35% increase when compared to the third quarter of 2010. 
  • Migrated The NASDAQ Options Market ("NOM") to the NASDAQ OMX PHLX ("PHLX") technology architecture, thereby aligning PHLX and NOM market maker protocols, access ports and back-office systems, and creating the fastest options match engine in the industry. Market maker enhancements included with the migration allow for pure market makers on PHLX, which should increase liquidity and customer fill rates. 
  • Witnessed increases in Nordic equity volumes as the number of trades reached a record high of 27.9 million in the third quarter of 2011. Year-to-date trade volume has grown 26% while value traded has grown 9% when compared to the same period in 2010.   
  • FTEN received a second patent which applies to technology that is capable of reducing systemic risk in the financial markets by providing users the ability to manage securities trading risk on a cross-market, -system, and -asset basis by aggregating trading data from disparate liquidity destinations; normalizing information into a common format; analyzing the data using user defined criteria; and providing alerts and actions initiated upon the occurrence of defined situations. 
  • Announced plans to introduce UltraFeedSM, a highly-efficient data feed that aggregates all North American equity, options, futures and index data feeds. Employing NASDAQ OMX state-of-the-art technology, UltraFeed will first be delivered to QUODD Financial Information Services — a full service market data provider. QUODD Financial Information Services will provide UltraFeed to its approximately 550 downstream client firms who, in turn, feed thousands of end-users.

Issuer Services

  • Corporate Solutions revenues continued to perform well, growing 22% when compared to the third quarter of 2010. During the quarter, Corporate Solutions launched Directors Desk HD, an intuitive, feature-rich and secure iPad App providing directors and executives access to sensitive and timely information on-the-go.  NASDAQ OMX Directors Desk is a secure cloud-based solution designed to improve board communications and effectiveness while relieving corporate executives of the paperwork and time involved in keeping boards informed. 
  • NASDAQ OMX welcomed 38 new listings during the quarter, including 18 initial public offerings. Among the largest IPOs this quarter was Dunkin' Brands Group which raised over $422.7 million in proceeds. NASDAQ also led U.S. markets for IPOs in the financial and technology sectors with over $848.9 million in total capital raised in the third quarter of 2011 by the two sectors combined. And an important milestone was celebrated as Zillow became the first NASDAQ-listed company to adopt a coveted single letter ticker symbol. Zillow is listed under the ticker symbol Z.

Market Technology

  • The Singapore Exchange ("SGX") went live with its new Reach system, which is based on NASDAQ OMX's Genium INET technology.  The implementation of this new system marks a significant milestone for SGX as it delivers considerable capacity and latency improvement for their cash market. 
  • Japannext launched NASDAQ OMX's X-stream, replacing a trading system based on competing technology.   Japannext's decision to upgrade to X-stream was based on their desire to improve the performance of their system and attract increasing amounts of algorithmic trading.  
  • The Mako Group ("Mako"), a leading provider of liquidity in derivatives, selected NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS Broker solution to monitor trading activity across multiple derivatives markets. Mako enables its market-makers to price and trade large inventories of derivatives, while also providing its surveillance department with compliance tools covering all asset classes and markets to keep pace with the continually evolving regulatory landscape. The use of SMARTS Broker will give Mako in-depth data analysis, intuitive visualization tools and real-time alert algorithms, and provide their surveillance department with the highest level of transparency across global derivatives trading venues in a single, consolidated view. 
  • BM&FBOVESPA, the largest stock exchange in Latin America, and Bovespa Market Supervision ("BSM"), the Brazilian self-regulatory organization in charge of inspecting and supervising the transactions and the persons authorized to trade, announced that they will use NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS Integrity market surveillance platform to monitor trading across their equities and commodities platforms. The SMARTS Integrity platform will provide BM&FBOVESPA and BSM with an automated solution for market surveillance, operations and market oversight, strengthening their current surveillance capabilities and providing them a scalable platform for long-term growth.

Operating Highlights

U.S. Cash Equities

  • Total matched market share of U.S. cash equities was 22.4% in the third quarter of 2011, with NASDAQ matching 18.9%, NASDAQ OMX BX ("BX") matching 2.4% and NASDAQ OMX PSX ("PSX") matching 1.1%. Total matched market share was 22.0% in the second quarter of 2011 (NASDAQ: 18.9%; BX: 2.0%; PSX 1.1%) and 22.3% in the third quarter of 2010 (NASDAQ: 19.1%; BX: 3.2%). Total matched share volume was 125.0 billion shares in the third quarter of 2011, compared with 99.7 billion shares in the second quarter of 2011 and 107.8 billion shares in the third quarter of 2010. 

European Cash Equities

  • Total average daily volume was 423 thousand trades in the third quarter of 2011, compared with 320 thousand in the second quarter of 2011 and 264 thousand in the third quarter of 2010. Total average daily value traded was $3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2011, compared with $4.0 billion in the second quarter of 2011 and $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2010. 

U.S. Options

  • Total market share of U.S. equity options was 26.4% in the third quarter of 2011, with PHLX matching 22.3% and NOM matching 4.1%. Total market share of U.S. equity options was 28.9% in the second quarter of 2011 (PHLX: 24.3%; NOM: 4.6%) and 28.8% in the third quarter of 2010 (PHLX: 23.7%; NOM: 5.1%). Total industry average daily volume was 18.5 million contracts in the third quarter of 2011, compared with 15.8 million contracts in the second quarter of 2011 and 12.5 million contracts in the third quarter of 2010. 

European Derivatives

  • In the third quarter of 2011, the average daily volume of options, futures and fixed-income contracts was 492 thousand (Q211: 428 thousand; Q310: 398 thousand). Within NASDAQ OMX Commodities, cleared power contracts during the third quarter of 2011 totaled 421 terawatt hours ("TWh") (Q211: 383 TWh; Q310: 388 TWh).

Global Listings

  • New listings totaled 38 in the third quarter of 2011 compared with 53 in the second quarter of 2011 and 45 in the third quarter of 2010. New listings for the third quarter of 2011 included 18 initial public offerings, compared with 30 in the second quarter of 2011 and 18 in the third quarter of 2010. 

Market Technology

  • Total order intake, which represents the value of orders signed, was $35 million during the third quarter of 2011, compared with $56 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $27 million in the third quarter of 2010. At the end of the third quarter of 2011, total order value, which represents the total contract value of orders signed that are yet to be recognized as revenue, was $473 million, compared with $483 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011 and $446 million at the end of the third quarter of 2010.  

Lee Shavel, Chief Financial Officer, said:

"Building on the positive steps made in prior periods, we continue to take actions to improve our balance sheet and return capital to shareholders. During the third quarter, we reduced our leverage ratios, refinanced our credit facility, and lowered our borrowing costs. And we recently announced the approval of a $300 million share repurchase plan. The strength of our business model and the strong cash flows it generates leave us well positioned to continue to invest in new growth opportunities and deliver strong returns to investors."

Expense Guidance

Total run rate operating expenses for the full year of 2011 are expected to be in the range of $915 million to $925 million, excluding approximately $75 million in merger related and other infrequent charges.

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