February 5, 2013 / 8:01 AM / 7 years ago

NYSE Euronext to cut costs ahead of ICE sale

LONDON (Reuters) - NYSE Euronext NYX.N has pledged to reduce costs further to offset slower trading as it prepares for this year’s planned sale to IntercontinentalExchange (ICE)(ICE.N).

The global exchange operator reported net quarterly revenue down 11 percent to $562 million on Tuesday and said that it will sell all or part of its 5 percent stake in Mumbai-based commodities market MCX.

“We are focused on building momentum in our business prior to closing the deal with ICE, which we expect in the second half of this year,” NYSE Euronext Chief Executive Duncan Niederauer said.

The takeover of NYSE Euronext, which operates European futures exchange Liffe, by energy market ICE will create a powerful derivatives exchange and clearing house group.

NYSE Euronext Chief Financial Officer Michael Geltzeiler said that the MCX stake sale is in addition to the previously flagged unwinding of the BlueNext carbon-trading exchange, which was built in partnership with France’s Caisse des Depots et Consignations.

The group is also moving its clearing business to ICE’s in-house clearer ICE Clear as part of the $8.2 billion takeover deal announced in December.

The cost-cutting pledges came as NYSE Euronext said that fourth-quarter cash trading and listing revenue was down 10 percent at $282 million. Data and systems revenue fell 6 percent to $120 million and futures trading was off 14 percent at $160 million.

“The impact of lackluster trading volumes was somewhat mitigated by lower costs and lower share count,” Geltzeiler said.

Shares in NYSE Euronext, which is jointly listed in New York and Paris, rose 1 percent in Paris trading to 25.7 euros ($34.85) at 1000 GMT.

Editing by Mark Potter and David Goodman

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