Intercontinental Exchange profit soars as trading unit spikes


Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange said its revenue for the second quarter ended June 2018 rose on gains from its data and trading unit.

ICE said its second quarter, consolidated net revenues were $1.2 billion, up 6% year-over-year. Data and listings revenues in the second quarter were $637 million and trading and clearing net revenues were $609 million. Consolidated operating expenses were $591 million for the second quarter of 2018. On an adjusted basis, consolidated operating expenses were $503 million.

Consolidated operating income for the second quarter was $655 million and the operating margin was 53%. On an adjusted basis, consolidated operating income for the second quarter was $743 million and the adjusted operating margin was 60%.

Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Chairman & CEO, said: “We are pleased to report our second quarter results, which extend our track record of execution and growth. We reported another quarter of record revenues and double-digit EPS growth, as strong results in our data and listings segment were complemented by double-digit revenue growth in our trading and clearing segment. As we continue to innovate, customer demand for our unique content, our secure distribution and our global benchmark contracts has never been stronger.”

Scott A. Hill, ICE CFO, added: “In the first half of 2018, we grew revenues, expanded margins and generated over $1.2 billion of operating cash flow. We returned over $1 billion of capital to stockholders in 2018 while also continuing to invest and position our business for future growth. As we look to the second half of the year, we are excited about the array of growth opportunities ahead and our ability to generate value for stockholders.”

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