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Intercontinental Exchange Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.59 on Revenues of $1.1 Billion; Fourth Quarter 2016 Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.71, +9% y/y

Released : 07 February 2017

  • Record full year 2016 revenues less transaction-based expensesof $4.5 billion
  • Full year 2016 GAAP diluted EPS of $2.37, +4% y/y; Adj. diluted EPS of $2.78, +14% y/y
  • Raises dividend 18% y/y; expects share repurchases of $200 million in first quarter 2017

ATLANTA & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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 fourth quarter and full year of 2016. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, consolidated net income attributable to ICE was $352 million on $1.1 billion of consolidated revenues less transaction-based expenses. Fourth quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.59. On an adjusted basis, net income was $428 million in the fourth quarter, and diluted EPS were $0.71.

For the full year of 2016 consolidated net income attributable to ICE was $1.4 billion on $4.5 billion of consolidated revenues less transaction-based expenses. Full year 2016 GAAP diluted EPS were $2.37. On an adjusted basis, net income was $1.7 billion for the full year of 2016, and diluted EPS were $2.78. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release for more information on adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS.

"Amidst a volatile and dynamic environment, we delivered our eleventh consecutive year of record revenue," said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. "Despite the challenges of market volatility driven by geopolitics, we achieved our objectives by working closely with our customers across trading, risk management and data to again deliver strong revenue growth, margin expansion and double-digit profit increases. We are excited about collaborating with our customers in 2017 given the range of ways we are working to serve their evolving trading, listing, data and risk management needs.”

Scott A. Hill, ICE CFO, added: “In the first year of our integration of Interactive Data, we surpassed our synergy target and met our ambitious revenue growth target while expanding margins. We also generated record operating cash flow of $2.1 billion in 2016, which enabled us to reduce our debt by approximately $1 billion, announce our third double digit increase in our dividend, and increase our share repurchases for 2017. Our strategy, execution, and disciplined capital allocation has led to significant value creation and future growth opportunities."

Fourth Quarter 2016 GAAP Results

Fourth quarter 2016 consolidated revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $1.1 billion. Trading and clearing segment revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $518 million in the fourth quarter 2016, flat compared to the prior fourth quarter. Data and listings segment revenues were $620 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, including data services revenues of $515 million and listings revenues of $105 million.

Consolidated operating expenses were $580 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, including $15 million in Interactive Data transaction and integration expenses. Consolidated operating income for the fourth quarter was $558 million and operating margin was 49%. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 32%.

Full Year 2016 GAAP Results

Full year 2016 consolidated revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $4.5 billion. Trading and clearing segment revenues, less transaction-based expenses, were $2.1 billion, in 2016, up 2% compared to 2015. Data and listings segment revenues were $2.4 billion in 2016, including data services revenues of $2.0 billion and listings revenues of $419 million.

Consolidated operating expenses were $2.3 billion for 2016, including $46 million in NYSE and Interactive Data transaction and integration expenses, $33 million related to the impairment of an intangible asset for Creditex customer relationships, and $4 million related to employee severance costs resulting from the closure of the Creditex U.K. brokerage operation. Consolidated operating income for 2016 was $2.2 billion and operating margin was 48%. The effective tax rate for 2016 was 29%.

Consolidated cash flows from operations were $2.1 billion for the full year of 2016, up 64% compared to the prior year. Operational capital expenditures in 2016 were $177 million and capitalized software development costs totaled $115 million.

Unrestricted cash was $407 million and outstanding debt was $6.4 billion as of December 31, 2016.

Financial Guidance

Based on ICE's outlook for continued solid top-line growth and ongoing integration and expense synergies, ICE provided the following guidance for 2017.

2017 Data Services Revenue   +5% y/y At least 6% in constant currency(2)
2017 Operating Expenses   $2.23-$2.27 billion$1.94-$1.98 billion(1)
1Q17 Operating Expenses   $565-$575 million$495-$505 million(1)
2017 Expense Synergies   ~$60 million
2017 Interest Expense   ~$44 - $45 million per quarter
2017 Capital Expenditures  

$280 - $300 million for operational capital expenditures and
capitalized development
$40 - $45 million for real estate capital expenditures

2017 Effective Tax Rate   28% - 31%
2017 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  

595 - 605 million shares reflected for expected 1Q17 share repurchases

(1) 2017 and 1Q17 Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangibles.

(2) Data revenues in constant currency are calculated holding both the pound sterling and euro at the average exchange rate from 2016.

Earnings Conference Call Information

ICE will hold a conference call today, February 7, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its fourth quarter and full year 2016 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 6446036 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 first quarter 2017 earnings has been scheduled for May 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)

Year Ended December 31  

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Revenues:2016   2015   2016   2015
Transaction and clearing, net $ 3,384   $ 3,228 $ 818   $ 814
Data services 1,978 871 515 257
Listings 419 405 105 102
Other revenues 177     178     46     46  
Total revenues 5,958 4,682 1,484 1,219
Transaction-based expenses:
Section 31 fees 389 349 99 86
Cash liquidity payments, routing and clearing 1,070     995     247     258  
Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses 4,499     3,338     1,138     875  
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 945 611 237 166
Professional services 137 139 36 37
Acquisition-related transaction and integration costs 80 88 19 54
Technology and communication 374 203 97 56
Rent and occupancy 70 57 18 12
Selling, general and administrative 116 116 33 34
Depreciation and amortization 610     374     140     98  
Total operating expenses 2,332     1,588     580     457  
Operating income 2,167     1,750     558     418  
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (178 ) (97 ) (44 ) (30 )
Other income (expense), net 40         16     3  
Other expense, net (138 )   (97 )   (28 )   (27 )
Income before income tax expense 2,029 1,653 530 391
Income tax expense 580     358     171     18  
Net income 1,449     1,295     359     373  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest (27 )   (21 )   (7 )   (3 )
Net income attributable to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. $ 1,422     $ 1,274     $ 352     $ 370  
Earnings per share attributable to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. common shareholders:
Basic $ 2.39     $ 2.29     $ 0.59     $ 0.66  
Diluted $ 2.37     $ 2.28     $ 0.59     $ 0.66  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 595     556     595     558  
Diluted 599     559     600     562  
Dividend per share $ 0.68     $ 0.58     $ 0.17     $ 0.15  


Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions)

As ofAs of
December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 407 $ 627
Short-term investments 23 29
Short-term restricted cash and investments 679 657
Customer accounts receivable, net 777 700
Margin deposits and guaranty funds 55,150 51,169
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 97     131  
Total current assets 57,133     53,313  
Property and equipment, net 1,129     1,037  
Other non-current assets:
Goodwill 12,291 12,079
Other intangible assets, net 10,420 10,758
Long-term restricted cash and investments 264 263
Long-term investments 432 299
Other non-current assets 334     238  
Total other non-current assets 23,741     23,637  
Total assets $ 82,003     $ 77,987  
Liabilities and Equity:
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 388 $ 398
Section 31 fees payable 131 116
Accrued salaries and benefits 230 215
Deferred revenue 114 98
Short-term debt 2,493 2,591
Margin deposits and guaranty funds 55,150 51,169
Other current liabilities 111     156  
Total current liabilities 58,617     54,743  
Non-current liabilities:
Non-current deferred tax liability, net 2,958 2,837
Long-term debt 3,871 4,717
Accrued employee benefits 430 478
Other non-current liabilities 337     337  
Total non-current liabilities 7,596     8,369  
Total liabilities 66,213     63,112  
Redeemable non-controlling interest 36     35  
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 6 6
Treasury stock, at cost (40 ) (1,448 )
Additional paid-in capital 11,306 12,290
Retained earnings 4,789 4,148
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (344 )   (188 )
Total Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. shareholders’ equity 15,717 14,808
Non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiaries 37     32  
Total equity 15,754     14,840  
Total liabilities and equity $ 82,003     $ 77,987  

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 included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, 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):


Year Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
December 31, 2016


Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015

Net income attributable to ICE $ 1,422 $ 1,274 $ 352 $ 370
Add: NYSE and Interactive Data transaction and integration costs 46 83 15 52
Add: Employee severance costs related to Creditex U.K. brokerage operations 4
Add: Creditex customer relationship intangible asset impairment 33
Add: Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 302 140 72 41
Add: Pre-acquisition interest expense on debt issued for Interactive Data acquisition 5 5
Add: Litigation settlements and accrual, net of insurance proceeds 15
Less: Income tax effect for the items above (143 ) (83 ) (32 ) (31 )
Less: Deferred tax adjustments on acquisition-related intangibles (22 ) (82 ) (2 ) (68 )
Add: Other tax adjustments 23     7     23      
Adjusted net income attributable to ICE $ 1,665     $ 1,359     $ 428     $ 369  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to ICE $ 2.37     $ 2.28     $ 0.59     $ 0.66  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to ICE $ 2.78     $ 2.43     $ 0.71     $ 0.65  

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.

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