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NASDAQ OMX Reports Strong Second Quarter 2014 Results

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  • Second quarter 2014 net revenues 1 were $523 million, up 16% year-over-year.
  • Achieved 4% organic revenue growth 2 year-over-year, and saw 9% organic growth across the non-transactional segments: Information Services, Technology Solutions, and Listing Services.
  • Generated second quarter 2014 non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.70, a 13% increase year-over-year. Second quarter 2014 GAAP diluted EPS was $0.59.
  • Non-transaction based revenues were 74% of our total second quarter 2014 net revenues, and increased 19% from the prior year quarter.
  • Announcing reduction of Non-GAAP operating expense guidance for 2014, reflecting the impact of recent industry volume levels and certain management cost actions.
  • The company paid down $100 million of debt in the second quarter and returned to its long-term leverage target. Completing this de-leveraging allowed a resumption of the buyback program and $93 million of stock was repurchased during the period.

NEW YORK, July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today reported results for the second quarter of 2014. Second quarter net revenues were $523 million, up 16% from $451 million in the prior year period, driven by both acquisitions and organic growth. On an organic basis, second quarter net revenues increased 4% year-over-year.

"Once again, our diverse businesses generated solid organic growth in revenues despite a continued low volatility trading environment," said Bob Greifeld, CEO, NASDAQ OMX. "NASDAQ OMX's strong and improving competitive position, as measured by the 59% win rate in U.S. IPO listings and increased market share in cash equity trading coupled with the continued client traction in our technology and information businesses, provides confidence in the balance and diversity of our model to succeed in all cycles."

Mr. Greifeld continued, "We've taken steps to enhance and strengthen the management team and structure, engage in regulatory discussions to constructively move our industry forward and create new opportunities for clients and our future. We introduced new Treasury bills functionality on eSpeed, completed our data center migration and have implemented new functionality into our Corporate Solutions products. We continue to believe NASDAQ Private Market and NLX represent attractive long-term opportunities and have seen constructive progress in each of these areas. More broadly, I'm extremely proud of the depth and development of our businesses, and believe that our management team and staff at NASDAQ OMX has never been stronger."

On a non-GAAP basis, second quarter 2014 operating expenses were $308 million, up 15% as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to the inclusion of expenses associated with the acquisitions of the Thomson Reuters IR, PR and Multimedia businesses and the eSpeed electronic fixed income trading platform. On an organic basis, second quarter non-GAAP operating expenses were down 2% compared to the prior year period. On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $332 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 14% compared to $292 million in the prior year quarter.

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