Seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth for ICE

August 3, 2016 09:45 AM

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the global network of exchanges and clearing houses and provider of global data and listing services, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2016. For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, consolidated net income attributable to ICE was $357 million on $1.1 billion of consolidated revenues less transaction-based expenses. On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the second quarter were $2.98. On an adjusted basis, net income was $411 million and diluted EPS were $3.43. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release for more information on adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS.

“Our performance in the first half of 2016 extends our track record of consistent growth and execution,” said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. “Revenues grew across both our trading and clearing and data and listings business segments and we accelerated expense synergies and reduced our 2016 expense guidance. As a result, we delivered double-digit earnings growth in the first half of 2016 and are positioned to continue delivering double-digit earnings growth even as we invest to build our business and generate industry leading returns.”

Scott A. Hill, ICE CFO, said: “We generated over $1 billion of operating cash flows in the first six months of the year, which enabled us to reduce our debt by nearly $800 million and to return over $200 million to shareholders through dividends. In addition, our Board approved pursuing a 5-for-1 stock split to enhance trading efficiency and accessibility for all shareholders as well as a new $1 billion share repurchase program that supports our ability to consider additional capital returns to our shareholders.”

Second quarter 2016 GAAP results

Second quarter 2016 consolidated revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $1.1 billion, including $265 millionin revenues from Interactive Data and Trayport.

Trading and clearing segment revenues were $527 million, with transaction and clearing revenues, less transaction-based expenses, of $485 million in the second quarter 2016, up 9% compared to the prior second quarter. Other revenue was $42 million.

Data and listings segment revenues were $602 million, including record data services revenues of $497 million and record listings revenues of $105 million which grew 3% compared to the prior second quarter.

Consolidated operating expenses were $578 million for the second quarter of 2016, including $7 million in NYSE and Interactive Data transaction and integration expenses. Consolidated operating income for the second quarter was $551 million and operating margin was 49%. The effective tax rate for the second quarter was 30%.

Consolidated cash flows from operations were $1.1 billion for the first six months of 2016, up 43% compared to the prior first half. Operational capital expenditures through June were $68 million and capitalized software development costs totaled $61 million.

Unrestricted cash was $390 million and outstanding debt was $6.5 billion as of June 30, 2016.

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