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NASDAQ OMX Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

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  • Q112 non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.61, on par with prior year; Q112 GAAP diluted EPS of $0.48
  • Q112 net exchange revenues of $411 million
  • Declares initial quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share
  • Implementing cost reduction plan with a goal of $50 million in annualized cost savings by end of 2012, with $25 million savings realized in 2012
  • Announces discussions with LCH.Clearnet Group regarding the acquisition of IDCG

NEW YORK, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. ("NASDAQ OMX®") (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today reported results for the first quarter of 2012. First quarter net exchange revenues1 were $411 million compared to $413 million in the first quarter of 2011. On a constant currency basis, first quarter 2012 net exchange revenues increased by $3 million, or up 1% compared to the prior year quarter.

Operating expenses were $240 million, compared to $230 million in the first quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding $9 million of restructuring and other charges, and $2 million of merger and strategic initiative expenses, operating expenses were $229 million in the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating expenses were up $8 million, or up $10 million on a constant currency basis, compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to higher professional and contract services expense, higher occupancy expense as well as slightly higher marketing and advertising expense. 

First quarter non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.61, on par with the prior year results. Non-GAAP earnings per share exclude $9 million of restructuring and other charges, $2 million of merger and strategic initiatives expense, and a $12 million impairment charge on the write down of our equity investment in EMCF. Net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX for the first quarter of 2012 was $85 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared with $104 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter.

Bob Greifeld, NASDAQ OMX's CEO, commented: "In the first quarter, we achieved non-GAAP EPS of $0.61, at the same level as of the prior year, and our fourth best quarterly result ever. While we experienced a decline in our volume driven U.S. cash equity trading and U.S. derivative trading and clearing businesses compared to the prior year quarter, these declines were almost completely offset by growth in our other businesses. This continues to highlight the importance and success of our ongoing efforts to diversify our business model. Against this backdrop, we continue to focus on the things that we can control. We have introduced a cost reduction plan and anticipate an annualized run rate of $50 million in cost savings by the end of 2012, with $25 million in cost savings realized in 2012. We initiated these efforts as part of our ongoing commitment to cost leadership. The cost reduction plan ensures that we will have the correct business infrastructure in place should the current weak business trends continue, and it positions us well for when our business returns to growth."

Lee Shavel, NASDAQ OMX's EVP and Chief Financial Officer, said: "We are pleased to be taking the next step in our capital return strategy, initiating a cash dividend to complement our ongoing share repurchase program as a means of returning capital to our shareholders. This decision was based on rigorous financial analysis, and underscores the stability of our operations, the strength of our cash flows and our confidence in the company's attractive business model. We continue to focus on having a balanced capital deployment effort, and in the past quarter we reduced debt by $110 million, further deleveraging our balance sheet and enhancing our financial flexibility for the future. NASDAQ OMX also returned another $50 million to shareholders through our ongoing share repurchase program during the quarter."

NASDAQ OMX announces it has signed a non-binding agreement with LCH.Clearnet Group Limited regarding LCH.Clearnet Group's proposed acquisition of International Derivatives Clearing Group, LLC ("IDCG").   If the transaction proceeds, LCH.Clearnet Group would become the sole owner of IDCG and NASDAQ OMX would become a shareholder of LCH.Clearnet Group.

In anticipation of new regulations proposed by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, NASDAQ OMX Nordic Clearing implemented a member default fund structure. Under this new regulatory structure, clearing members are required to contribute to the total regulatory capital. As of March 31, 2012, total member contributions equaled $163 million of which $145 million were cash contributions. As a result, NASDAQ OMX released $83 million in clearing capital, with an additional estimated $30 million to be released in the second quarter.

At March 31, 2012, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $525 million and total debt of $2,007 million, resulting in net debt of $1,482 million. This compares to net debt of $1,611 million at December 31, 2011. During the first quarter, we repurchased 1.9 million shares of our outstanding common stock under our share repurchase program, for a total of $50 million. Since January 2009, we have repurchased approximately $950 million of our outstanding common stock, representing 43.7 million shares at an average price of $21.66.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Cash Equities (13% of total net exchange revenues) – Total net cash equity trading revenues were $53 million in the first quarter of 2012, down $9 million compared to the first quarter of 2011. The decline was primarily driven by lower industry trading volumes in the U.S. (6.83 billion average daily share volume in Q112 vs. 7.94 billion in Q111). During the quarter, NASDAQ OMX maintained its leadership share of total U.S. matched volume. U.S. cash equity trading revenue capture was lower, driven by our discounted Investor Support Program, a volume incentive program which accounted for an increased proportion of our volume.

Derivatives (18% of total net exchange revenues) – Total net derivative trading and clearing revenues were $74 million in the first quarter of 2012, down $6 million compared to the first quarter of 2011. The year-over-year decline was the result of lower industry trading volumes, and a slightly lower market share in the U.S. derivative market. 

Access and Broker Services (15% of total net exchange revenues) – Revenues of $62 million were up $5 million compared to the first quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily driven by increased demand for Access Services.

Market Data (21% of total net exchange revenues) – Total Market Data revenues of $87 million reflect a $6 million increase compared to the year ago quarter.   The increase in Market Data revenues was primarily the result of increased U.S. tape plan revenues and increased sales of U.S. proprietary market data products.

Issuer Services (22% of total net exchange revenues) – Revenues were $90 million in the quarter, up $1 million compared to the first quarter of 2011, as increased Corporate Solutions and Global Index Group revenues more than offset lower listing fee revenues. Corporate Solutions revenues were impacted by a reclassification which nets $2.5 million of offsetting revenues and costs. The reclassification also impacts prior year periods.

Market Technology (11% of total net exchange revenues) – Revenues of $45 million increased $2 million, or 5%, compared to the first quarter of 2011.  

COST GUIDANCE – For the full year of 2012 total core operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $880 million to $900 million, plus an additional $40 million to $50 million in incremental new initiative spending, resulting in total operating expenses in the range of $920 million to $950 million. This revised guidance reflects the partial realization in 2012 of our cost reduction plan, and the estimated $10 million reduction in expenses resulting from the Corporate Solutions expense reclassification. Our revised 2012 cost guidance reflects $25 million in cost savings resulting from our cost reduction plan. This cost guidance excludes an anticipated restructuring charge, currently estimated at $30 million, related to the cost reduction plan.

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the US and Europe, we own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.999% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $5.1 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily.  Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century.  To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to disclosing results determined in accordance with GAAP, NASDAQ OMX also discloses certain non-GAAP results of operations, including, but not limited to, net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX, diluted earnings per share, operating income, and operating expenses, that make certain adjustments or exclude certain charges and gains that are described in the reconciliation table of GAAP to non-GAAP information provided at the end of this release. Management believes that this non-GAAP information provides investors with additional information to assess NASDAQ OMX's operating performance by making certain adjustments or excluding costs or gains and assists investors in comparing our operating performance to prior periods. Management uses this non-GAAP information, along with GAAP information, in evaluating its historical operating performance.

The non-GAAP information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to non-GAAP information used by other companies. The non-GAAP information should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, other data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this communication contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. NASDAQ OMX cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to (i) projections about our future financial results, growth, trading volumes, tax benefits and achievement of synergy targets, (ii) statements about the implementation dates and benefits of certain strategic and capital return initiatives, (iii) statements about our integrations of our recent acquisitions and (iv) other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to, NASDAQ OMX's ability to implement its strategic initiatives, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations, government and industry regulation, interest rate risk, U.S. and global competition, and other factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q which are available on NASDAQ OMX's website at http://www.nasdaqomx.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. NASDAQ OMX undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

1 Represents revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees.

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 The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. 
 Consolidated Statements of Income 
 (in millions, except per share amounts) 
 (unaudited) 
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
   2012   2011   2011 
 Revenues:       
 Market Services   $ 666  $ 698  $ 683
 Cost of revenues:       
 Transaction rebates   (306)  (324)  (309)
 Brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   (84)  (93)  (93)
 Total cost of revenues   (390)  (417)  (402)
 Total Market Services revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   276  281  281
 Issuer Services   90  91  89
 Market Technology   45  48  43
 Revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage,  clearance and exchange fees   411  420  413
 Operating Expenses:       
 Compensation and benefits   112  113  112
 Marketing and advertising   6  9  5
 Depreciation and amortization   26  28  27
 Professional and contract services   22  23  19
 Computer operations and data communications   17  15  17
 Occupancy   23  22  23
 Regulatory   9  9  9
 Merger and strategic initiatives   2  1  5
 Restructuring and other charges   9  --   -- 
 General, administrative and other   14  39  13
 Total operating expenses   240  259  230
 Operating income   171  161  183
 Interest income   2  3  2
 Interest expense   (24)  (26)  (32)
 Asset impairment charges   (12)  (18)  -- 
 Dividend and investment income   --   --   (1)
 Income from unconsolidated investees, net   --   1  -- 
 Income before income taxes   137  121  152
 Income tax provision   53  40  49
 Net income   84  81  103
 Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   1  1  1
 Net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX   $ 85  $ 82  $ 104
 Basic and diluted earnings per share:       
 Basic earnings per share   $ 0.49  $ 0.46  $ 0.59
 Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.48  $ 0.45  $ 0.57
 Weighted-average common shares outstanding for earnings per share:       
 Basic   173  175  176
 Diluted   178  180  181

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Revenue Detail
(in millions)
(unaudited)
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
   2012   2011   2011 
MARKET SERVICES       
Transaction Services       
Cash Equity Trading Revenues:       
U.S. cash equity trading   $ 340  $ 385  $ 365
Cost of revenues:       
Transaction rebates   (235)  (261)  (242)
Brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   (75)  (87)  (84)
Total U.S. cash equity cost of revenues   (310)  (348)  (326)
Net U.S. cash equity trading revenues  30  37  39
European cash equity trading   23  22  23
Total net cash equity trading revenues  53  59  62
Derivative Trading and Clearing Revenues:       
U.S. derivative trading and clearing   122  110  124
Cost of revenues:       
Transaction rebates   (71)  (63)  (67)
Brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   (9)  (6)  (9)
Total U.S. derivative trading and clearing cost of revenues   (80)  (69)  (76)
Net U.S. derivative trading and clearing revenues  42  41  48
European derivative trading and clearing   32  32  32
Total net derivative trading and clearing revenues  74  73  80
Access Services Revenues   57  56  53
Total Transaction Services revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   184  188  195
Market Data Revenues:       
Net U.S. tape plans   31  29  27
U.S. market data products   34  37  32
European market data products   22  21  22
Total Market Data revenues  87  87  81
Broker Services Revenues   5  5  4
Other Market Services Revenues   --   1  1
Total Market Services revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees   276  281  281
ISSUER SERVICES       
Global Listing Services Revenues:       
Annual renewal   28  30  29
Listing of additional shares   10  10  10
Initial listing   6  5  6
Total U.S. listing services   44  45  45
European listing fees   12  13  13
Corporate Solutions   20  20  18
Total Global Listing Services revenues  76  78  76
Global Index Group Revenues   14  13  13
Total Issuer Services revenues  90  91  89
MARKET TECHNOLOGY       
License, support and facility management   29  29  28
Delivery project   7  6  6
Change request, advisory and broker surveillance   9  13  9
Total Market Technology revenues   45  48  43
Total revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees  $               411  $               420  $               413

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(in millions)
  March 31, December 31,
  2012 2011
Assets (unaudited)  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 525  $ 506
Restricted cash  38  34
Financial investments, at fair value  215  279
Receivables, net  327  308
Deferred tax assets  14  16
Default funds and margin deposits  158  17
Open clearing contracts:    
 Derivative positions, at fair value  --   1,566
 Resale agreements, at contract value  --   3,745
Other current assets  129  110
Total current assets  1,406  6,581
Non-current restricted cash  103  97
Property and equipment, net  195  193
Non-current deferred tax assets  326  392
Goodwill 5,210 5,061
Intangible assets, net  1,680  1,648
Other non-current assets  101  119
Total assets  $ 9,021  $ 14,091
Liabilities     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $ 147  $ 164
Section 31 fees payable to SEC  69  106
Accrued personnel costs  56  132
Deferred revenue  237  124
Other current liabilities  120  112
Deferred tax liabilities  27  27
Default funds and margin deposits  158  17
Open clearing contracts:    
 Derivative positions, at fair value  --   1,566
 Repurchase agreements, at contract value  --   3,745
Current portion of debt obligations  45  45
Total current liabilities  859  6,038
Debt obligations  1,962  2,072
Non-current deferred tax liabilities  684  670
Non-current deferred revenue  173  154
Other non-current liabilities  182  171
Total liabilities  3,860  9,105
Commitments and contingencies     
Equity    
NASDAQ OMX stockholders' equity:    
 Common stock  2  2
 Additional paid-in capital  3,798  3,793
 Common stock in treasury, at cost  (906)  (860)
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (218)  (350)
 Retained earnings  2,476  2,391
Total NASDAQ OMX stockholders' equity  5,152  4,976
Noncontrolling interests  9  10
Total equity  5,161  4,986
Total liabilities and equity  $ 9,021  $ 14,091

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income, Diluted Earnings Per Share, Operating Income and Operating Expenses 
to Non-GAAP Net Income, Diluted Earnings Per Share, Operating Income and Operating Expenses
(in millions, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
   Three Months Ended 
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
   2012   2011   2011 
GAAP net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX:  $ 85  $ 82  $ 104
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Merger and strategic initiatives  2  1  5
Extinguishment of debt  --  25  --
Asset impairment charges  12  18  --
Restructuring and other charges  9  --  --
Other  --  --  4
Total non-GAAP adjustments  23  44  9
Adjustment to the income tax provision to reflect non-GAAP adjustments(1)  (3)  (13)  (3)
Significant tax adjustments, net  3  --  --
Total non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax  23  31  6
Non-GAAP net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX:  $ 108  $ 113  $ 110
GAAP diluted earnings per common share:  $ 0.48  $ 0.45  $ 0.57
Total adjustments from non-GAAP net income above  0.13  0.18  0.04
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per common share:  $ 0.61  $ 0.63  $ 0.61
   Three Months Ended 
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
   2012   2011   2011 
GAAP operating income:  $ 171  $ 161  $ 183
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
 Merger and strategic initiatives  2  1  5
 Extinguishment of debt  --  25  --
 Restructuring and other charges  9  --  --
 Other  --  --  4
 Total non-GAAP adjustments  11  26  9
Non-GAAP operating income:  $ 182  $ 187  $ 192
Total revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage,  clearance and exchange fees   $ 411  $ 420  $ 413
Non-GAAP operating margin (2) 44% 45% 46%
(1) We determine the tax effect of each item based on the tax rules in the respective jurisdiction where the transaction occurred. 
(2) Non-GAAP operating margin equals non-GAAP operating income divided by total revenues less transaction rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees. 

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income, Diluted Earnings Per Share, Operating Income and Operating Expenses 
to Non-GAAP Net Income, Diluted Earnings Per Share, Operating Income and Operating Expenses
(in millions)
(unaudited)
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
  2012   2011   2011 
GAAP operating expenses:  $ 240  $ 259  $ 230
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Merger and strategic initiatives  (2)  (1)  (5)
Extinguishment of debt  --  (25)  --
Restructuring and other charges  (9)  --  --
Other  --  --  (4)
Total non-GAAP adjustments  (11)  (26)  (9)
Non-GAAP operating expenses  $ 229  $ 233  $ 221

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Quarterly Key Drivers Detail
(unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
   March 31,   December 31,   March 31, 
   2012   2011   2011 
Market Services      
Cash Equity Trading      
NASDAQ securities      
Average daily share volume (in billions) 1.80 1.85 2.05
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ 26.3% 27.2% 26.8%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX BX 2.6% 2.5% 1.4%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX PSX 1.3% 1.1% 0.9%
Market share reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ       
 Trade Reporting Facility 33.2% 30.2% 32.7%
Total market share (1) 63.4% 61.0% 61.8%
New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, securities      
Average daily share volume (in billions) 3.91 4.14  4.54
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ 13.4% 13.3% 11.8%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX BX 2.5% 2.5% 2.0%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX PSX 0.7% 0.6% 0.8%
Market share reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ       
 Trade Reporting Facility 31.5% 27.5% 29.9%
Total market share (1) 48.2% 44.0% 44.5%
NYSE Amex and regional securities      
Average daily share volume (in billions) 1.12 1.45  1.35
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ 19.0% 19.2% 16.8%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX BX 2.3% 1.9% 1.7%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX PSX 1.9% 1.9% 1.3%
Market share reported to the FINRA/NASDAQ       
 Trade Reporting Facility 29.4% 27.2% 27.1%
Total market share (1) 52.6% 50.2% 46.9%
Total U.S.-listed securities      
Average daily share volume (in billions)  6.83  7.45  7.94
Matched share volume (in billions)  90.1  100.0  94.8
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ 17.7% 17.9% 16.5%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX BX 2.5% 2.4% 1.8%
Matched market share executed on NASDAQ OMX PSX 1.1% 1.0% 0.9%
NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic Securities      
Average daily number of equity trades 372,081 394,290  338,534
Average daily value of shares traded (in billions)  $ 3.2  $ 3.0  $ 4.1
Derivative Trading and Clearing      
U.S. Equity Options      
Total industry average daily volume (in millions) 15.9 15.5  17.3
NASDAQ OMX PHLX matched market share 22.2% 22.7% 23.5%
The NASDAQ Options Market matched market share 5.2% 4.5% 5.2%
NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic      
Average daily volume:      
Options, futures and fixed-income contracts 470,216 455,341  455,845
Finnish option contracts traded on Eurex 71,411 46,557  177,836
NASDAQ OMX Commodities      
Clearing Turnover:      
Power contracts (TWh)(2)  521  494  455
Carbon contracts (1000 tCO2)(2)  30,912  29,908  4,036
Issuer Services      
Initial public offerings      
NASDAQ 21 15 22
Exchanges that comprise NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic 1 1 1
New listings      
NASDAQ (3) 43 44 34
Exchanges that comprise NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic (4) 3 12 4
Number of listed companies      
NASDAQ (5)  2,665  2,680  2,760
Exchanges that comprise NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic (6)  769  776  773
Market Technology      
Order intake (in millions)(7)  $ 55  $ 36  $ 6
Total order value (in millions)(8)  $ 496  $ 458  $ 471
(1) Includes transactions executed on NASDAQ's, NASDAQ OMX BX's and NASDAQ OMX PSX's systems plus trades reported through the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility.
(2) Primarily transactions executed on Nord Pool and reported for clearing to NASDAQ OMX Commodities measured by Terawatt hours (TWh) and one thousand metric tons of carbon dioxide (1000 tCO2). 
(3) New listings include IPOs, including those completed on a best efforts basis, issuers that switched from other listing venues, closed-end funds and separately listed ETFs.
(4) New listings include IPOs and represent companies listed on the exchanges that comprise NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic and companies on the alternative markets of NASDAQ OMX First North. 
(5) Number of listed companies for NASDAQ at period end, including separately listed ETFs. 
(6) Represents companies listed on the exchanges that comprise NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic and companies on the alternative markets of NASDAQ OMX First North at period end.
(7) Total contract value of orders signed during the period. 
(8) Represents total contract value of orders signed that are yet to be recognized as revenue. 

CONTACT: Contact Media Relations: Joseph Christinat +1.646.441.5121 Joseph.Christinat@NASDAQOMX.Com Contact Investor Relations: John Sweeney +1.212.401.8737 John.Sweeney@NASDAQOMX.Com

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