ICE to acquire NYSE in USD 8.2bn deal
IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), the 12-yr old firm dealing in contracts tied to energy and commodity prices, has agreed to buy NYSE Euronext for cash and stock in a deal worth 8.2 billion dollars.
As part of the deal, ICE also gains control of the Liffe (London International Financial Futures and Options
Exchange) and stock exchanges in Paris, Lisbon, Brussels and Amsterdam. However, Liffe, an exchange through
which investors can make bets on the future level of interest rates, is estimated to generate about 40pc of profits at
NYSE, The Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, ICE said it would merge Liffe with ICE Clear Europe, its London-based business that clears
derivatives trades once they are agreed.
"Liffe is the crown jewel in NYSE Euronext. It is a sign that exchanges are very interested in expanding in London,"
said Richard Perrott, an analyst at Berenberg Bank.
The deal will see ICE pay NYSE investors 33.12 dollars for each of their shares, 38pc higher than the price they
closed at on Wall Street on Wednesday night, the paper said.