NEW YORK and SINGAPORE, May 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INTL FCStone Inc. (Nasdaq:INTL), a provider of execution and advisory services in commodities, currencies and international securities, today announced that it has agreed with Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) to acquire immediate voting control and the right to acquire up to 90% of equity interest over a five-year period. Completion of this transaction is subject to final stages of due diligence and fulfillment of certain conditions. CLTX is a regulated futures market, providing an electronic global marketplace for commodity futures and OTC cleared derivatives. It is a Recognised Market Operator (RMO) regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The company provides traders, brokers and hedge funds with an electronic orderbook and block trade facility, trade processing, reporting and straight through processing to multiple clearing houses. "CLTX has rapidly succeeded in becoming an important execution venue for commodity derivatives. We are very impressed with their technical, operational and regulatory implementations undertaken to meet the demands of the changes in global derivatives regulations driven by Dodd-Frank and other G20 mandates. We are looking to leverage our broad global customer base, focused on commercial hedgers, and our expertise in commodities to support the expansion of the Cleartrade Platform. We look forward to working with Richard Baker and his team to realize CLTX's significant potential," said Scott Branch, President of INTL FCStone. Richard Baker, Chief Executive Officer of CLTX, said, "I am delighted to have reached this agreement with INTL FCStone. This deal concludes the share issue objectives as outlined in our announcement of 28 th February 2013. Following discussions with a number of interested parties we concluded that INTL FCStone was the best partner for CLTX in terms of corporate business synergies of both products and services. CLTX will benefit from leveraging their global business presence and reach. This relationship will deliver the foundations for the growth plans for CLTX and will enhance the trading opportunities for our current and future members. Since the inception of CLTX, it was always our intention to undertake such a partnership at this stage in our strategic roadmap." CLTX was founded in February 2010 and began operations in March 2011, when it received its regulatory licence. It now has more than 30 trading members, offering 43 commodity contracts, electronic connections to LCH.Clearnet, SGX and NOS and price distribution via desktop and mobile.
Baker adds: "We were very impressed with the approach and the business ideas that the INTL FCStone executive team brought to the table. Importantly, while both parties will look to explore a range of short- and long-term business synergies, CLTX will retain its autonomy as a regulated exchange with the continued implementation of exchange-related initiatives for the benefit of its exchange members and the market in general."About Cleartrade Exchange Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) is a regulated futures market providing an electronic global marketplace for commodity futures and OTC cleared derivatives. Cleartrade Exchange is a Recognised Market Operator (RMO) regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and clients include traders, brokers, banks and hedge funds. The company provides an electronic orderbook and block trade facility, trade processing and reporting and straight through processing to multiple clearing houses. Cleartrade Exchange is incorporated in Singapore with offices in London. For more information visit: www.thecleartrade.com Follow us on Twitter/ Facebook/ YouTube/ LinkedIn About INTL FCStone Inc. INTL FCStone Inc. (INTL) provides execution and advisory services in commodities, currencies and international securities. INTL's businesses, which include the commodities advisory and transaction execution firm FCStone Group, serve more than 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries through a network of offices in twelve countries around the world. Further information on INTL is available at www.intlfcstone.com. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements including statements regarding the combined company. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "plan," "will," "may," "could," "intend," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue" or the negative of these terms and similar expressions, as they relate to INTL FCStone Inc., are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements are largely based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that may affect the financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs of the company. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, including the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described in the filings made by INTL FCStone Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. When you consider these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind these risk factors and other cautionary statements in this press release.These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. INTL FCStone Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
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