ICE to buy IDC

Intercontinental Exchange, a global network of exchanges and clearing houses, says it is to acquire Interactive Data Corporation, a provider of financial market data, analytics and related trading solutions. The sellers are Silver Lake, a technology investor, and Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing.

The acquisition is valued at approximately $5.2 billion, including $3.65 billion in cash and $1.55 billion in ICE common stock, and builds on ICE’s global market data growth strategy by expanding the markets served, adding technology platforms and increasing new data and valuation services. An investor call to review third quarter 2015 results and the transaction details will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30am ET. Details for the call are included at the end of this announcement.

IDC, based in Bedford, MA, is described as one of the world’s leading providers of financial data, serving the mutual fund, bank, asset management, hedge fund, securities and financial instrument processing and administration sectors. ICE’s data business currently spans nine asset classes across the eleven exchanges and seven clearing houses it operates, including the NYSE Group and ICE Futures exchanges. ICE also offers benchmark and valuation services for Libor, exchange traded funds, a range of financial derivatives, and clearing house positions. The combined company will offer customers efficiencies in accessing data on an integrated platform while serving the growing demand for data, analysis, valuation and connectivity globally.

Said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C Sprecher: “This transaction furthers our expansion into meeting the financial information needs of our market participants globally. With our diverse markets across virtually all asset classes, IDC will enable us to address more growth opportunities by leveraging the distribution and reach of our complementary global platforms for trading, clearing and data on a combined basis. With IDC as the cornerstone in the next phase of extending our services, we will build on our track record of solid execution on integration and innovation by focusing on the needs of our customers in the evolving data services marketplace.”