Intercontinental Exchange Reports First Quarter 2017 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.84 on Revenues of $1.2 billion; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.74

ATLANTA & NEW YORK--()--Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), the leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses and provider of global data and listing services, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, consolidated net income attributable to ICE was $502 million on $1.2 billion of consolidated revenues less transaction-based expenses. First quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.84. On an adjusted basis, net income was $441 million in the first quarter, and diluted EPS were $0.74. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in the press release for more information on our adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS.

“The solid volume and open interest growth in our futures markets, together with strong results in our data and listings segment, demonstrates that we are holistically serving our customers on a global scale by leveraging our comprehensive trading, data and risk management solutions," said ICE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. "Our progress in reorganizing and integrating our data services allows us to serve our customers in new ways as their needs evolve. In addition, our success in hosting virtually every recent major IPO at the NYSE, demonstrates how our unique market model continues to be the preferred model for listed companies."

Scott A. Hill, ICE CFO, added: “Our results were driven by executing in our core business while integrating our acquisitions. We generated operating cash flows of $611 million in the quarter, the second highest quarter in our history, which enabled us to significantly increase our share repurchases to $229 million and to increase our dividend 17% to $120 million, while continuing to invest in our growth initiatives. We are well positioned to continue to deliver strong returns to our shareholders in 2017 and beyond."

First Quarter 2017 GAAP Results

First quarter 2017 consolidated revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $1.2 billion. Trading and clearing segment revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $538 million in the first quarter 2017, down 6% compared to the prior first quarter. Data and listings segment revenues were $626 million in the first quarter of 2017, up 8% compared to the prior first quarter, including data services revenues of $520 million, up 9% and listings revenues of $106 million, up 2%.

Consolidated operating expenses were $582 million for the first quarter of 2017, including $12 million in Interactive Data transaction and integration expenses. Consolidated operating income for the first quarter was $582 million and operating margin was 50%. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 30%.

Unrestricted cash was $360 million and outstanding debt was $6.2 billion as of March 31, 2017.

Financial Guidance

  • ICE's second quarter 2017 GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in a range of $550 million to $560 million and adjusted operating expenses(1) are expected to be in a range of $485 million to $495 million.
  • ICE's diluted share count for the second quarter and full year 2017 is expected to be in the range of 590 million to 600 million weighted average shares outstanding.

(1) The second quarter of 2017 Non-GAAP adjusted operating expense excludes $66 million in amortization of acquisition-related intangibles for the second quarter of 2017. The GAAP operating expense forecast does not reflect an estimate of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs for the second quarter of 2017.

Earnings Conference Call Information

ICE will hold a conference call today, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its first quarter 2017 financial results. A live audio webcast of the earnings call will be available on the company's website at in the investor relations section. Participants may also listen via telephone by dialing 888-317-6003 from the United States, 866-284-3684 from Canada or 412-317-6061 from outside of the United States and Canada. Telephone participants are required to provide the participant entry number 2407579 and are recommended to call 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The call will be archived on the company's website for replay.

The conference call for the second quarter 2017 earnings has been scheduled for August 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Please refer to the Investor Relations website at for additional information.

Historical futures, options and cash ADV, rate per contract, open interest data and CDS cleared information can be found at:


Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
March 31

Revenues: 2017   2016
Transaction and clearing, net $ 798 $ 929
Data services 520 477
Listings 106 103
Other revenues 45   45  
Total revenues 1,469 1,554
Transaction-based expenses:
Section 31 fees 91 98
Cash liquidity payments, routing and clearing 214   302  
Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses 1,164   1,154  
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 245 236
Professional services 32 32
Acquisition-related transaction and integration costs 14 27
Technology and communication 98 92
Rent and occupancy 18 18
Selling, general and administrative 41 22
Depreciation and amortization 134   143  
Total operating expenses 582   570  
Operating income 582   584  
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (45 ) (46 )
Other income, net 186   2  
Other income (expense), net 141   (44 )
Income before income tax expense 723 540
Income tax expense 213   163  
Net income $ 510   $ 377  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest (8 ) (8 )
Net income attributable to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. $ 502   $ 369  
Earnings per share attributable to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. common shareholders:
Basic $ 0.84   $ 0.62  
Diluted $ 0.84   $ 0.62  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 594   595  
Diluted 599   598  
Dividend per share $ 0.20   $ 0.17  


Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions)


As of As of
March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 360 $ 407
Short-term investments 21 23
Short-term restricted cash and investments 743 679
Customer accounts receivable, net 999 777
Margin deposits and guaranty funds 52,354 55,150
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 596   97  
Total current assets 55,073   57,133  
Property and equipment, net 1,132   1,129  
Other non-current assets:
Goodwill 12,302 12,291
Other intangible assets, net 10,356 10,420
Long-term restricted cash and investments 264 264
Long-term investments 432
Other non-current assets 336   334  
Total other non-current assets 23,258   23,741  
Total assets $ 79,463   $ 82,003  
Liabilities and Equity:
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 451 $ 388
Section 31 fees payable 90 131
Accrued salaries and benefits 104 230
Deferred revenue 440 114
Short-term debt 2,376 2,493
Margin deposits and guaranty funds 52,354 55,150
Other current liabilities 191   111  
Total current liabilities 56,006   58,617  
Non-current liabilities:
Non-current deferred tax liability, net 2,985 2,958
Long-term debt 3,872 3,871
Accrued employee benefits 415 430
Other non-current liabilities 361   337  
Total non-current liabilities 7,633   7,596  
Total liabilities 63,639   66,213  
Redeemable non-controlling interest 37   36  
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 6 6
Treasury stock, at cost (346 ) (40 )
Additional paid-in capital 11,351 11,306
Retained earnings 5,171 4,789
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (427 ) (344 )
Total Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. shareholders’ equity 15,755 15,717
Non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiaries 32   37  
Total equity 15,787   15,754  
Total liabilities and equity $ 79,463   $ 82,003  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation

We use non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate our performance and in making financial and operational decisions. When viewed in conjunction with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation, we believe that our presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency and a greater understanding of factors affecting our financial condition and results of operations than GAAP measures alone. In addition, we believe the presentation of these measures is useful to investors for period-to-period comparison of results because the items described below as adjustments to GAAP are not reflective of our core business performance. These financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP financial measures and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. We use these adjusted results because we believe they more clearly highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures, since these measures eliminate from our results specific financial items that have less bearing on our core operating performance. We strongly recommend that investors review the GAAP financial measures and additional non-GAAP information included in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including our consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto.

Adjusted net income attributable to ICE common shareholders and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the periods presented below are calculated by adding or subtracting the adjustments described below, which are not reflective of our cash operations and core business performance, and their related income tax effect and other tax adjustments (in millions, except for per share amounts):


Three Months
Ended March 31,

Three Months
Ended March 31,

Net income attributable to ICE $ 502 $ 369
Add: Interactive Data and NYSE transaction and integration costs 12 17
Add: Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 65 77
Add: Accrual relating to ongoing investigations and inquiries 10
Less: Cetip investment gain (176 )
Add/(Less): Income tax effect for the above items 28 (35 )
Add: Deferred tax adjustment on acquisition-related intangibles   13  
Adjusted net income attributable to ICE $ 441   $ 441  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to ICE $ 0.84   $ 0.62  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to ICE $ 0.74   $ 0.74  

About Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) operates the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses, and is a provider of global data and listing services. ICE’s futures exchanges and clearing houses serve global commodity and financial markets, providing risk management and capital efficiency. The New York Stock Exchange is the world leader in capital raising and equities trading.

Trademarks of ICE and/or its affiliates include Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, ICE block design, NYSE and New York Stock Exchange. Information regarding additional trademarks and intellectual property rights of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. and/or its affiliates is located at

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 - Statements in this press release regarding ICE's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as filed with the SEC on February 7, 2017. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of an unanticipated event. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all factors that may affect our business and prospects. Further, management cannot assess the impact of each factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: Intercontinental Exchange



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