NYSE Euronext announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

NYSE Euronext announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

 

30/04/2012

Financial and Operating Highlights (1), (2)

  • Diluted EPS of $0.47, down 31% vs. 1Q11
  • Net revenue of $601 million, down 11% vs. 1Q11, including $9 million negative FX impact
  • Fixed operating expenses of $405 million, down 3% constant dollar/portfolio basis
  • Operating income of $196 million, down 26% vs. 1Q11, including $4 million negative FX impact
  • EBITDA margin of 44% vs. 49% in 1Q11
  • Repurchased 4.3 million shares at average price of $29.73 in 1Q12
  • Board declares second quarter 2012 cash dividend of $0.30 per share

(1) All comparisons versus 1Q11 unless otherwise stated. Excludes merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items.
(2) A full reconciliation of our non-GAAP results to our GAAP results is included in the attached tables. See also our statement on non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this earnings release.

NYSE Euronext (NYX) today reported net income of $87 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $155 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011. Results for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 include $31 million and $21 million, respectively, of pre-tax merger expenses and exit costs. The $31 million in merger expenses and exit costs in the first quarter of 2012 included $16 million related to the terminated merger with Deutsche Boerse AG. In the first quarter of 2012, the GAAP effective tax rate included the release of a non-cash reserve related to a favorable settlement with the UK tax authorities, which was more than offset by a discrete, non-cash tax expense. Excluding merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items, net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $121 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $177 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011.

“Our first quarter results reflect the challenging operating environment which carried over into 2012 and will continue to result in near-term headwinds,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “Looking ahead into 2013 and 2014, we are focused on creating value by enhancing the underlying earnings power of the Company and solidly executing on the three core pillars of our earnings growth strategy outlined at our investor day: capturing growth opportunities in new markets and leveraging inter-asset class opportunities; delivering efficiencies through disciplined cost management and optimizing our shared services infrastructure; and strategically deploying our capital.”

The table below summarizes the financial results1 for the first quarter of 2012:

                       
                      % Δ 1Q12
($ in millions, except EPS)       1Q12   4Q11   1Q11   vs. 1Q11
Total Revenues2       $952   $1 054   $1 148   (17%)
Total Revenues, Less Transaction-Based Expenses3 601   628   679   (11%)
Other Operating Expenses4     405   416   415   (2%)
Operating Income4       $196   $212   $264   (26%)
Net Income4         $121   $130   $177   (32%)
Diluted Earnings Per Share4     $0,47   $0,50   $0,68   (31%)
Operating Margin       33%   34%   39%   em>(6 ppts)
Adjusted EBITDA Margin     44%   45%   49%   (5 ppts)

(1) A full reconciliation of our non-GAAP results to our GAAP results is included in the attached tables. See also our statement on non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this earnings release.
(2) Includes activity assessment fees.
(3) Transaction-based expenses include Section 31 fees, liquidity payments and routing & clearing fees.
(4) Excludes merger expenses, exit costs, the 4Q11 BlueNext tax settlement and discrete tax items.

Michael S. Geltzeiler, Group Executive Vice President and CFO, NYSE Euronext, commented, “Despite the tough quarter, we are executing our earnings growth strategy. This quarter we made progress with the build-out of clearing, reduced our shares outstanding, unwound NYSE Blue and reported lower costs. These efforts will provide greater operating leverage when macro trends return to more historical norms.”

FIRST QUARTER 2012 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, which include Section 31 fees, liquidity payments and routing and clearing fees (net revenue), were $601 million in the first quarter of 2012, down $78 million, or 11% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and included a $9 million negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The $78 million decrease in net revenue compared to the first quarter of 2011 was primarily driven by lower average daily volumes (“ADV”) across all trading venues.

Other operating expenses, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, were $405 million in the first quarter of 2012, down $10 million, or 2% compared to the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of new business initiatives (“NBIs”) and a $5 million positive impact attributable to foreign currency fluctuations, other operating expenses were down $12 million, or 3%, compared to the first quarter of 2011.

For the full-year 2012 core expenses, excluding NBIs, are targeted to be between $1,580 million and $1,600 million compared to $1,666 million for full-year 2011. Incremental expenses from NBIs in 2012, including the build-out of clearing for European derivatives ($15 million) and the investment in a new contract-for-differences business in Europe ($12 million) as well as variable costs related to increases in NYSE Technologies revenue ($20-$25 million) are expected to result in a full-year 2012 expense guidance range of $1,627 million to $1,652 million assuming constant foreign currency rates of EURO / USD $1.35 and GBP / USD $1.60.

Operating income, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, was $196 million, down $68 million, or 26% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and included a $4 million negative impact attributable to foreign currency fluctuations.

Adjusted EBITDA, excluding merger expenses and exit costs was $262 million, down $72 million, or 21% compared to the first quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 44% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to 49% in the first quarter of 2011.

Non-operating income for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 includes the impact of New York Portfolio Clearing (loss from associates) and NYSE Liffe U.S. (net loss attributable to non-controlling interest). NYSE Liffe U.S. is expected to achieve profitability in 2013. The profit attributable to the non-controlling interest related to NYSE Amex Options was $8 million in the first quarter of 2012, based on our partners’ 47.5% stake in the business. The semi-mutualization of the NYSE Amex Options business was closed late in the second quarter of 2011.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012, excluding merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items, was approximately 25% compared to approximately 26% for the first quarter of 2011. The lower effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was principally driven by the reduction of the UK corporate tax rate from 26% to 25%, a settlement with the UK tax authorities resulting in a more favorable tax position in the UK and lower taxes related to the reorganization of certain U.S. businesses.

The weighted average diluted shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2012 was 259 million shares, down from 262 million shares in first quarter of 2011. During the first quarter of 2012, a total of 4.3 million shares were repurchased at an average price of $29.73 per share. The current $552 million stock repurchase authorization has $425 million remaining as of March 31, 2012.

At March 31, 2012, total debt of $2.1 billion was slightly above December 31, 2011 levels. Cash, cash equivalents and short term financial investments (including $67 million related to Section 31 fees collected from market participants and due to the SEC) were $0.4 billion and net debt was $1.7 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2012. The ratio of debt-to-EBITDA at the end of the first quarter of 2012 was 2.0.

Total capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2012 were $43 million, compared to $35 million in the first quarter of 2011. For the full-year 2012, capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $200 million which is expected to include approximately $30 million for the build-out of derivatives clearing in Europe.

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.30 per share for the second quarter of 2012. The second quarter 2012 dividend is payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 15, 2012. The anticipated ex-date will be June 13, 2012.

FIRST QUARTER 2012 SEGMENT RESULTS
Below is a summary of business segment results:

  Derivatives Cash Trading & Listings Info. Svcs. & Tech. Solutions
($ in millions) Net   Operating   Adjusted Net   Operating   Adjusted     Operating   Adjusted
  Revenue1   Income2   EBITDA2 Revenue1   Income2,3   EBITDA2,3 Revenue   Income2   EBITDA2
1Q12 $176   $79   $89 $304   $119   $161 $121   $28   $42
4Q11 $186   $86   $96 $315   $125   $168 $127   $31   $46
1Q11 $236   $146   $161 $328   $125   $171 $116   $28   $37

(1) Net revenue defined as total revenues less transaction-based expenses including Section 31 fees, liquidity payments and routing & clearing fees.
(2) Excludes merger expenses and exit costs.
(3) Excludes the 4Q11 BlueNext tax settlement.

DERIVATIVES
Derivatives net revenue of $176 million in the first quarter of 2012 decreased $60 million, or 25% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and included a $3 million negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The $60 million decrease in derivatives net revenue compared to the first quarter of 2011, was driven by lower trading volumes as well as reduced pricing for individual equity options and index futures and options on NYSE Liffe in Amsterdam and Belgium.

• Global derivatives ADV in the first quarter of 2012 of 7.6 million contracts decreased 17% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 5% compared to fourth quarter of 2011 levels.

• NYSE Euronext European derivatives products ADV of 3.3 million contracts in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 28% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 8% from fourth quarter of 2011 levels. Excluding Bclear, European derivatives products ADV in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 31% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 3% from the fourth quarter of 2011.

• While NYSE Liffe volumes in the first quarter of 2012 were 28% down year-on-year, trading activity in March 2012 was substantially stronger than in the first two months of the year. Trading volumes were up 15% compared to February 2012, making it the best month for trading since November 2011. The flagship Euribor futures contract registered its strongest trading volumes in 6 months.

• The Long Gilt futures contract has shown strong growth, with trading volumes up 17% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and the Bclear MSCI index futures were up 66% compared to the first quarter of 2011. Open interest levels across NYSE Liffe have continued to show some strengthening from the lows recorded in December 2011.

• U.S. equity options ADV in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 6% to 4.1 million contracts compared to the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 4% from the fourth quarter of 2011. U.S. consolidated equity options ADV of 15.9 million contracts decreased 8% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 3% from the fourth quarter of 2011. NYSE Euronext’s U.S. equity options exchanges accounted for 26% of total consolidated U.S. equity options trading in the first quarter of 2012, up from 25% in the first quarter of 2011, but down from 28% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

• NYSE Liffe U.S. ADV in the first quarter of 2012 was 96,300 contracts compared to 21,000 contracts in the first quarter of 2011 and 91,200 contracts in the fourth quarter of 2011. NYSE Liffe U.S. successfully launched options on its mini-sized gold and mini-sized silver futures contracts. These new options contracts are designed to meet growing customer demand to trade and invest in the precious metals market.

• LCH.Clearnet, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC (NYPC), The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and NYSE Euronext have agreed to explore expanding the existing combined "one-pot" cross-margining arrangement to include interest rate swaps cleared by LCH.Clearnet. The parties' goal, defined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is to deliver greater capital efficiency to market participants by combining NYSE Liffe U.S.-traded interest rate futures contracts already cleared by NYPC, fixed income cash and repo trades cleared by the DTCC's Fixed Income Clearing Corporation and interest rate swaps cleared by LCH.Clearnet's SwapClear service into a single portfolio for purposes of margin netting and offsetting.

CASH TRADING AND LISTINGS
Cash Trading and Listings net revenue of $304 million in the first quarter of 2012 decreased $24 million, or 7% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and included a $4 million negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The $24 million decrease in net revenue compared to the first quarter of 2011 was primarily driven by lower trading volumes.

• European cash ADV of 1.6 million transactions in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 12% from 1.8 million transactions in the first quarter of 2011 and decreased slightly from fourth quarter of 2011 levels. European cash market share (value traded) in NYSE Euronext’s four core markets was 65% in the first quarter of 2012, down from 70% in the first quarter of 2011, but in-line with the fourth quarter of 2011.

• In the U.S., cash trading ADV in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 23% to 1.8 billion shares traded from 2.3 billion in the first quarter of 2011 and decreased 16% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Tape A matched market share was 31% in the first quarter of 2012, down from 35% in the first quarter of 2011 and down from 34% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

• NYSE Euronext led the global market for listing initial public offerings (IPOs) year-to-date 2012 with $9.8 billion in total global proceeds raised from 45 IPOs on its European and U.S. markets, more than any exchange group in the world. In the U.S., NYSE leads the U.S. IPO market with 37 IPOs raising $8.4 billion. In Europe, the largest cable operator in the Netherlands, Ziggo, listed on Euronext Amsterdam raising €804M. The listing of Ziggo is the largest IPO in Europe in almost a year and marked the re-opening of the European IPO market. INSIDE Secure, a leading player in the design and supply of semiconductors, and Mobile Network Group, a leading contender in mobile marketing in France, were also listed on NYSE Euronext and NYSE Alternext, respectively, in Paris.

• NYSE has steadily captured share in technology-based IPOs. NYSE listed 13 new tech IPOs year-to-date 2012, representing 59% of all technology IPOs, including Yelp Inc., Millennial Media Inc., Vantiv Inc., and Guidewire Software.

• Year-to-date 2012, NYSE continues to see increasing transfer momentum building off the 16 companies with total market capitalization of $30.4 billion that transferred to NYSE in 2011. A total of 7 companies with total market capitalization of $54.1 billion have transferred or announced intention to transfer year-to-date. Companies that have transferred or announced include Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., and Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc., among others.

• NYSE Euronext's fixed income trading platform, NYSE Bonds, and Bloomberg Trade Order Management Solutions (TOMS) now offer sell-side fixed income dealers an integrated platform to access the U.S. corporate bond market. Dealers using Bloomberg TOMS, the leading order management platform for U.S. fixed income securities, can now trade on the NYSE Bonds marketplace via the Bloomberg Professional® service, which is used globally by more than 310,000 subscribers.

INFORMATION SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Information Services and Technology Solutions revenue was $121 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $5 million, or 4% compared to the first quarter of 2011 and included a $2 million negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The $5 million increase in revenue compared to the first quarter of 2011, was driven by higher connectivity revenue related to our Mahwah data center and incremental revenue from the Metabit acquisition. The overall market for technology services is experiencing some weakness, as the challenging environment for financial services has delayed client decisions on purchases of software and connectivity services. Furthermore, the first quarter of the year is traditionally a slower quarter for technology services sales.

• NYSE Euronext agreed to purchase 25% of Fixnetix Limited, a leading service provider of ultra-low latency data provision, co-location, trading services and risk controls for more than 50 markets worldwide. The agreement, which also includes the option for NYSE Euronext to acquire the remainder of Fixnetix at any time over the next three years, complements key areas of NYSE Technologies’ diverse product portfolio to offer customers integrated multi-asset market access and managed services.

• Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited has selected NYSE Technologies' Exchange Data Publisher (XDP)™ to drive the HKEx Orion Market Data Platform. XDP is an ultra-low latency solution designed to collect, integrate and disseminate real-time market data to local customers and, using regional hubs, to customers around the globe.

• NYSE Technologies and Koscom Corporation, the technology firm created by the Korean Ministry of Finance and Korea Exchange, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes a joint commitment to continued technology cooperation and the creation of new international business opportunities. The agreement also supports NYSE Technologies’ core capital markets community strategy of connecting a diverse range of key global vendors, market participants and trading destinations to the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure network.

• Muscat Securities Market (MSM) and NYSE Technologies announced the successful migration of the MSM to NYSE Technologies' NSC V900 trading platform. The innovative trading infrastructure offers market participants the benefits of industry leading performance and speed.

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The accompanying tables include information integral to assessing the Company’s financial performance.

Analyst/Investor/Media Call: April 30, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (NY/ET)/2:00 p.m. (Paris/CEST)
A presentation and live audio webcast of the first quarter 2012 earnings conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NYSE Euronext’s website, http://www.nyseeuronext.com/ir. Those wishing to listen to the live conference via telephone should dial-in at least ten minutes before the call begins. An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the call on the Investor Relations section of NYSE Euronext’s website, http://www.nyseeuronext.com/ir or by dial-in beginning approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live call.

Live Dial-in Information:
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Replay Dial-in Information:
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement NYSE Euronext’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and to better reflect period-over-period comparisons, NYSE Euronext uses non-GAAP financial measures of performance, financial position, or cash flows that either exclude or include amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure, calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures do not replace and are not superior to the presentation of GAAP financial results, but are provided to (i) present the effects of certain merger expenses, exit costs, the BlueNext tax settlement, disposal activities and discrete tax items, and (ii) improve overall understanding of NYSE Euronext’s current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, NYSE Euronext believes the non-GAAP financial results provide useful information to both management and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to financial condition and operating results. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing financial results and evaluating financial performance. The non-GAAP adjustments for all periods presented are based upon information and assumptions available as of the date of this release.

NYSE Euronext Earnings News Release with Tables and Operating Data