NYSE Euronext announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

NYSE Euronext announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

03/11/2011

        Financial and Operating Highlights1, 2

  • Diluted EPS of $0.71 vs. $0.46, up 54% vs. 3Q10   
  • Net revenue of $704 million, up 18% vs. 3Q10, including $23 million positive FX impact 
  • Fixed operating expenses of $416 million, down 5% on a constant dollar/portfolio basis vs. 3Q10
  • Operating income of $288 million, up 60% vs. 3Q10, including $13 million positive FX impact
  • Operating margin increases to 41% on continued strong cost discipline
  • Debt-to-EBITDA ratio declines to 1.6 times
  • Board declares third quarter 2011 cash dividend of $0.30 per share

1 All comparisons versus 3Q10 unless otherwise stated.  Excludes merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items.
2A 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.

 

NEW YORK – November 3, 2011 – NYSE Euronext (NYX) today reported net income of $200 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $128 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010.  Results for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010 include $29 million and $25 million, respectively, of pre-tax merger expenses and exit costs.  The $29 million in merger expenses and exit costs in the third quarter of 2011 included $19 million related to the proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse AG.  In the third quarter of 2011, our GAAP effective tax rate included a discrete deferred tax benefit of approximately $40 million related to the enacted reduction in the corporate tax rate from 27% to 25% in the United Kingdom.  Excluding merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items, net income in the third quarter of 2011 was $186 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to $121 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010.

“Our strong third quarter results benefited from unseasonably strong trading volumes, as well as our continuing business diversification efforts,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext.  “Non-trading related net revenue was up $30 million year-over-year, driven by growth in our technology services businesses and the increasing momentum we are experiencing in our global listings franchise.

“We are moving forward with our merger with Deutsche Boerse and have just recently conducted a hearing before the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.  At the hearing, both companies were able to crystallize the compelling nature of our merger, which will bring significant benefits to customers, regulators and intermediaries.  Furthermore, given the strong prospects for growth for investors as a result of our proposed merger and the company’s current valuation, we recently announced a plan to acquire up to $100 million in stock in the fourth quarter, as part of our Board authorized stock buy-back program.”

The table below summarizes the financial results1 for the third quarter of 2011:

 

                                   
                      % Δ 3Q11 Year-to-Date   % Δ YTD 11
($ in millions, except EPS)     3Q11   2Q11   3Q10   vs. 3Q10   2011   2010   vs. YTD 10
Total Revenues2       $1,258   $1,092   $1,050   20%   $3,498   $3,380   3%
Total Revenues, Less Transaction-Based Expenses3 704   661   599   18%   2,044   1,898   8%
Other Operating Expenses4   416   419   419   (1%)   1,251   1,253   (0%)
Operating Income4     $288   $242   $180   60%   $793   $645   23%
Net Income4       $186   $160   $121   54%   $522   $428   22%
Diluted Earnings Per Share4   $0.71   $0.61   $0.46   54%   $1.98   $1.64   21%
Operating Margin     41%   37%   30%   11 ppts   39%   34%   5 ppts
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   51%   47%   42%   9 ppts   49%   45%   4 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, disposal activities and discrete tax items.

“Continued cost discipline during the quarter well-positioned the company to capture the full benefit of higher trading volumes across all venues, with our operating margin increasing to 41% and our incremental margin exceeding 100%, reflecting the strong operating leverage in our model,”   Michael S. Geltzeiler, Group Executive Vice President and CFO, NYSE Euronext, commented.  “On a constant dollar, constant portfolio basis, our expenses year-to-date are running $53 million, or 4% below the prior year period and we are confident that we will achieve our previously announced full-year 2011 expense guidance of less than $1.650 billion on the same basis.

“Additionally, with over $1 billion in adjusted EBITDA generated in the first 9 months of the year and debt-to-EBITDA level of 1.6 times, our balance sheet continues to strengthen as we prepare for our merger with Deutsche Boerse.   As a result of our strong performance and our continuing focus on creating value for our shareholders, we are buying back up to $100 million in stock, on top of the attractive stream of dividends that we expect to pay out to investors in conjunction with our merger.”    

THIRD QUARTER 2011 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, which include Section 31 fees, liquidity payments and routing and clearing fees (net revenue), was $704 million in the third quarter of 2011, up $105 million, or 18% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and included a $23 million positive impact from currency fluctuations.  The $105 million increase in net revenue compared to the third quarter of 2010 was driven by a $75 million, or 27% increase in trading revenue on strong average daily trading volumes (“ADV”) across all venues and a $30 million, or 9% increase in non-trading related revenue.

Other operating expenses, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, were $416 million in the third quarter of 2011, down $3 million, or 1% compared to the third quarter of 2010.   Excluding the impact of acquisitions, new initiatives and a $10 million negative impact attributable to foreign currency fluctuations, fixed operating expenses were down $21 million, or 5%, compared to the third quarter of 2010. 

Based on results through the third quarter of 2011, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, the Company expects to achieve its guidance for full-year 2011 operating expenses of less than $1,650 million on a constant dollar, constant portfolio basis.  For the full-year 2011, we anticipate incremental costs from portfolio changes of approximately $28 million (Corporate Board Member, NYSE Blue and Metabit), as well as incremental costs from currency fluctuations of approximately $30 million assuming currency rates remain at year-to-date 2011 averages.  Factoring in these portfolio changes and the impact of currency fluctuations, full-year 2011 expenses are expected to be approximately $1,680 million.

Operating income, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, was $288 million, up $108 million, or 60% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and included a $13 million positive impact attributable to foreign currency fluctuations. 

Adjusted EBITDA, excluding merger expenses and exit costs, was $360 million, up $111 million, or 45% compared to the third quarter of 2010.  Adjusted EBITDA margin was 51% in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 42% in the third quarter of 2010.  Year-to-date, the Company has generated over $1.0 billion in adjusted EBITDA, $159 million, or 19% more than the prior year period.

Non-operating income for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010 includes the impact of New York Portfolio Clearing (loss from associates) and NYSE Liffe U.S. (net loss attributable to non-controlling interest).  Beginning in the third quarter of 2011, profits generated by NYSE Amex Options are now being shared with our partners (net income attributable to non-controlling interest).  The profit attributable to the non-controlling interest related to NYSE Amex Options was $11 million in the third quarter of 2011, based on the sale of a 52.8% stake in the business.  During the third quarter of 2011, approximately 10% of the ownership stake held by NYSE Amex Options partners was put-back to NYSE Euronext, reducing the equity stake held by partners to 47.5%.           

The effective tax rate for the full-year 2011 was lowered in the third quarter of 2011 from 26.0% to 25.75%, partially as a result of the NYSE Amex Options semi-mutualization, resulting in an effective tax rate (excluding merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items) of 25.0% for the third quarter of 2011.  The 24.2% effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2010 included the impact of advance tax rulings following the adoption of favorable tax laws in the Netherlands, which lowered the estimated full-year effective tax rate in 2010 from 27.5% to 26.5%.

The weighted average diluted shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2011 was 263 million shares, up from 262 million shares in the third quarter of 2010. 

At September 30, 2011, total debt of $2.1 billion was $0.3 billion below December 31, 2010 levels driven primarily by lower commercial paper outstanding.  Cash, cash equivalents and short term financial investments (including $37 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 third quarter 2011.

The ratio of debt-to-EBITDA in the third quarter of 2011 declined to 1.6 times, the lowest level since the establishment of NYSE Euronext in April 2007.     

Total capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2011 were $49 million, compared to $82 million in the third quarter of 2010.  Through the first three quarters of 2011, capital expenditures were $116 million compared to $244 million in 2010 and are now expected to be well below the full-year 2011 guidance of less than $200 million.

Headcount as of September 30, 2011, which includes incremental hires for our growing technology services business and 36 new employees from the Metabit acquisition, was 3,074 up 3% from June 30, 2011 and up 2% from September 30, 2010 levels. 

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.30 per share for the third quarter of 2011.   The third quarter 2011 dividend is payable on December 30, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 15, 2011.  The anticipated ex-date will be December 13, 2011.  

THIRD QUARTER 2011 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 Net   Operating    Adjusted
  Revenue1   Income2   EBITDA2 Revenue1   Income2   EBITDA2 Revenue1   Income2   EBITDA2
3Q11 $226   $129   $140 $353   $155   $202 $125   $31   $45
2Q11 $213   $112   $126 $327   $128   $174 $122   $36   $46
3Q10 $188   $93   $108 $298   $101   $145 $113   $24   $34
YTD 2011 $675   $387   $427 $1,008   $408   $547 $363   $95   $128
YTD 2010 $638   $363   $406 $931   $333   $465 $330   $61   $87

1Net 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.

DERIVATIVES

Derivatives net revenue of $226 million in the third quarter of 2011 increased $38 million, or 20% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and included an $8 million positive impact from currency fluctuations.  The $38 million increase in derivatives net revenue compared to the third quarter of 2010, was driven by higher trading volumes across both European and U.S. derivatives trading venues.

  • Global derivatives ADV in the third quarter of 2011 was 9.3 million contracts, an increase of 33% compared to the third quarter of 2010. 
  • NYSE Euronext European derivatives products ADV in the third quarter of 2011 of 4.4 million contracts increased 14% compared to the third quarter of 2010, but decreased 18% from second quarter of 2011 levels, which benefited from seasonally strong individual equity futures through Bclear,NYSE Liffe's trade administration and clearing service for OTC products.  Excluding Bclear, European derivatives products ADV in the third quarter of 2011 increased 11% compared to the second quarter of 2011. The average net rate per contract for individual equity futures contracts is significantly lower than other products traded on NYSE Liffe.
  • U.S. equity options ADV in the third quarter of 2011 increased 53% to 4.9 million contracts compared to the third quarter of 2010 and increased 20% from the second quarter of 2011. NYSE Euronext’s U.S. equity options exchanges accounted for 26% of total consolidated U.S. equity options trading in the third quarter of 2011, in-line with the third quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2011.   
  • NYSE Liffe U.S. continues to experience increased client participation and diversification across both interest rate and MSCI equity index product areas.  Since the launch of interest rate products in March of 2011, approximately 11 million interest rate contracts have been traded.  In the third quarter of 2011, open interest of 670,000 contracts in Eurodollars represented approximately 7% market share and open interest in U.S. treasury futures has increased to over 53,000 contracts, double the levels registered at the end of the second quarter of 2011. 
  • After the successful migration to NYSE Liffe U.S. of the flagship MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI EAFE indices in June of 2011, approximately 750,000 MSCI-based futures contracts traded over the exchange in the third quarter of 2011.  Open interest as of September 30, 2011 was over 100,000 contracts, up approximately 50% since the consolidation of open interest on NYSE Liffe U.S.    

CASH TRADING AND LISTINGS

Cash Trading and Listings net revenue of $353 million in the third quarter of 2011 increased $55 million, or 18% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and included an $11 million positive impact from currency fluctuations.  The $55 million increase in net revenue compared to the third quarter of 2010, was primarily driven by higher trading volumes across both European and U.S. cash equities trading venues. 

  • European cash ADV of 1.9 million transactions in the third quarter of 2011 increased 40% from 1.4 million transactions in the third quarter of 2010.  European cash market share (value traded) in NYSE Euronext’s four core markets was 66% in the third quarter of 2011, down from 73% in the third quarter of 2010 and down from 71% in the second quarter of 2011.  The decline in European cash market share in the third quarter of 2011 was driven by higher levels of participation by global trading firms trading on alternative European trading venues.
  • In the U.S., cash trading ADV increased 9% to 2.6 billion shares traded from 2.4 billion in the third quarter of 2010.  Tape A matched market share was 36% in the third quarter of 2011, down from 38% in the third quarter of 2010, but up from 35% in the second quarter of 2011 levels. 
  • NYSE Euronext led the global market for listing initial public offerings (IPOs) through the third quarter of 2011 with $28.7 billion in total capital raised from 84 IPOs on its European and U.S. markets, more than any exchange group in the world.  During the most recent quarter, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) led the U.S. IPO market, with 11 IPOs raising $3.2 billion, or 65% of total proceeds raised from IPOs in the U.S. 
  • NYSE has steadily captured share in technology-based IPOs.  NYSE has listed 17 out of 35, or 49% of the tech IPOs year-to-date, up from 44% in 2010.  LinkedIn, Active Network, Fusion-io and Pandora’s offerings came amid a recent fervor for high-profile tech IPOs. 
  • The NYSE has welcomed 9 transfers with total market capitalization of $15.0 billion thus far in 2011, and lost none.  SuccessFactors Inc. transferred to the NYSE and cross-listed on the European markets of NYSE Euronext.  In addition, Level 3 Communications Inc. transferred to the NYSE on October 20, 2011.  This follows the recent trend for transfers, with 44 companies having transferred to the NYSE since 2007.

INFORMATION SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Information Services and Technology Solutions revenue was $125 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of $12 million, or 11% compared to the third quarter of 2010 and included a $4 million positive impact from currency fluctuations.  The $12 million increase in revenue compared to the third quarter of 2010, was primarily driven by higher connectivity revenue related to our data centers in Mahwah and Basildon.

  • The Information Services and Technology Solutions segment achieved its highest level of quarterly revenue generation with an operating margin of 25%.
  • NYSE Technologies is continuing to work with several tier 1 global banks on potential managed services projects designed to significantly reduce bank technology costs through the outsourcing of their trading infrastructure. 
  • NYSE Technologies is currently in the process of establishing three new regional liquidity hubs in Latin America, Toronto and Tokyo for clients to access our markets through the Secured Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) network.
  • The acquisition of Metabit, a leading Tokyo based provider of high-performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia, was closed and the business fully-integrated with NYSE Technologies in the third quarter of 2011.  Metabit will help NYSE Technologies accelerate growth in Asia. 
  • The MTF business continues to generate demand for platform hosting, liquidity solutions and market data.

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

Analyst/Investor/Media Call: November 3, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. (NY/EDT)/1:00 p.m. (Paris/CET)
A presentation and live audio webcast of the third quarter 2011 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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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, 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