Independent Electronic Trading Platform Meets Customer Demand for Trading in Largest, Most Liquid Market in the World
Accretive to EPS within the First 12 Months, Excluding Transaction-Related Costs
NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the completion of its acquisition of the eSpeed platform, which operates a fully executable central limit order book for electronic trading in benchmark U.S. Treasuries, one of the largest and most liquid cash markets in the world. The eSpeed platform will be integrated into the NASDAQ OMX Transaction Services business to better serve dealers in the over-the-counter market and meet the growing demand for diverse instruments on an independent market. U.S. Treasury data products will be integrated into NASDAQ OMX Global Information Services, further enhancing NASDAQ OMX's rich data product offering."We are beginning to see a fundamental shift in underlying drivers of the U.S. Treasury market and we feel the addition of eSpeed to NASDAQ OMX's portfolio will provide our combined customer base with a significantly expanded opportunity set," said Bob Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ OMX. "As the liquidity dynamics in the U.S. Treasury market evolve through the government's tapering of the quantitative easing program, our customers will be well-positioned to assess their strategic investments across fixed income, equities and derivatives globally." NASDAQ OMX announced its intent to acquire the eSpeed platform on April 1, 2013 to enter benchmark U.S. Treasuries, one of the largest markets in the world with over $500 billion in daily trading volume. The addition of the eSpeed platform provides NASDAQ OMX clients an opportunity to navigate the benchmark U.S. Treasuries market with services for the full life-cycle of global fixed income trading. eSpeed is well positioned, through the independent ownership of NASDAQ OMX, to benefit from the normalization of the U.S. bond market and the core drivers of volumes like stability in the issuance of new Treasuries, continued electronification of the U.S. Treasury market, resolution of fiscal uncertainty and changes in government intervention through quantitative easing.