CME Group Inc. Reports Strong First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

- First-quarter 2015 revenues rose 8 percent from first-quarter 2014 and represented second highest quarterly revenue

- First-quarter 2015 net income attributable to CME Group and diluted earnings per share both grew more than 15 percent from first-quarter 2014

Apr 30, 2015, 07:00 ET from CME Group Inc.

CHICAGO, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) today reported revenues of $843 million and operating income of $507 million for the first quarter of 2015.  Net income attributable to CME Group was $330 million. GAAP and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.981.

"We delivered strong revenue growth in the first quarter driven primarily by interest rate, energy and foreign exchange products, with double-digit average daily volume growth coming from Europe and North America and 22 percent growth from Asia," said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy.  "Total average daily volume was 15 million contracts, up 10 percent, which was the second highest quarter in our history.  We recorded solid revenue growth in our core futures products, swaps clearing and market data.  This clearly demonstrates the value of the unparalleled diversity of our product set."

"In addition to globalization, we made progress with our swaps clearing and options business," said CME Group Chief Executive Officer Phupinder Gill.  "Interest rate swaps clearing revenue grew 57 percent, and we are seeing additional signs that our 500+ swaps clients are increasing their usage of our core futures products.  Options volume reached a record 2.8 million contracts per day during the quarter.  Also, the combination of top-line growth and our internal efficiency and productivity enhancements led to significant operating margin expansion and earnings growth during the first quarter."

1. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial results mentioned to the respective GAAP figures can be found within the Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures chart at the end of the financial statements.

First-quarter 2015 average daily volume was 15.0 million contracts, up 10 percent from first-quarter 2014, representing the second-highest quarterly volume, and included average daily volume records in energy and options.  Clearing and transaction fee revenues were $708.2 million, up 9 percent compared with first-quarter 2014.  Market data revenue was $98 million, up 10 percent.  First-quarter 2015 total average rate per contract was 75.3 cents, up from 73.1 cents in fourth-quarter 2014, driven primarily by a higher proportion of total volume coming from commodities products, which have higher average fees.

As of March 31, 2015, the company had $1.8 billion of cash and marketable securities and $2.9 billion of long-term debt.  In January, we paid out $671 million in our variable dividend of $2 per share.  In March, we paid out $168 million in our regular quarterly dividend of 50 cents per share.

CME Group will hold a conference call to discuss first-quarter 2015 results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today.  A live audio Webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of CME Group's Web site at www.cmegroup.com.  An archived recording will be available for up to two months after the call.

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform, its trading facilities in New York and Chicago, and through its London-based CME Europe derivatives exchange.  CME Group also operates one of the world's leading central counterparty clearing providers through CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe, which offer clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and over-the-counter derivatives transactions.  These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk.

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.  CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc.  NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.  COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc.  KCBOT, KCBT and Kansas City Board of Trade are trademarks of The Board of Trade of Kansas City, Missouri, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and its products can be found at www.cmegroup.com.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. We want to caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Among the factors that might affect our performance are increasing competition by foreign and domestic entities, including increased competition from new entrants into our markets and consolidation of existing entities; our ability to keep pace with rapid technological developments, including our ability to complete the development, implementation and maintenance of the enhanced functionality required by our customers while maintaining reliability and ensuring that such technology is not vulnerable to security risks; our ability to continue introducing competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis, including through our electronic trading capabilities, and our ability to maintain the competitiveness of our existing products and services, including our ability to provide effective services to the swaps market; our ability to adjust our fixed costs and expenses if our revenues decline; our ability to maintain existing customers, develop strategic relationships and attract new customers; our ability to expand and offer our products outside the United States; changes in domestic and non-U.S. regulations, including the impact of any changes in domestic and foreign laws or government policy with respect to our industry, such as any changes to regulations and policies that require increased financial and operational resources from us or our customers; the costs associated with protecting our intellectual property rights and our ability to operate our business without violating the intellectual property rights of others; decreases in revenue from our market data as a result of decreased demand; changes in our rate per contract due to shifts in the mix of the products traded, the trading venue and the mix of customers (whether the customer receives member or non-member fees or participates in one of our various incentive programs) and the impact of our tiered pricing structure; the ability of our financial safeguards package to adequately protect us from the credit risks of clearing members; the ability of our compliance and risk management methods to effectively monitor and manage our risks, including our ability to prevent errors and misconduct and protect our infrastructure against security breaches and misappropriation of our intellectual property assets; changes in price levels and volatility in the derivatives markets and in underlying equity, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodities markets; economic, political and market conditions, including the volatility of the capital and credit markets and the impact of economic conditions on the trading activity of our current and potential customers; our ability to accommodate increases in contract volume and order transaction traffic and to implement enhancements without failure or degradation of the performance of our trading and clearing systems; our ability to execute our growth strategy and maintain our growth effectively; our ability to manage the risks and control the costs associated with our strategy for acquisitions, investments and alliances;  our ability to continue to generate funds and/or manage our indebtedness to allow us to continue to invest in our business; industry and customer consolidation; decreases in trading and clearing activity; the imposition of a transaction tax or user fee on futures and options on futures transactions and/or repeal of the 60/40 tax treatment of such transactions; the unfavorable resolution of material legal proceedings; and the seasonality of the futures business.  For a detailed discussion of these and other factors that might affect our performance, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent periodic reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

 

CME Group Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in millions)

March 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,694.8

$

1,366.1

Marketable securities

78.8

74.7

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

383.4

341.2

Other current assets (includes $32.0 and $37.0 in restricted cash)

154.8

196.5

Performance bonds and guaranty fund contributions

45,174.2

40,566.8

Total current assets

47,486.0

42,545.3

Property, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization

503.3

508.9

Intangible assets—trading products

17,175.3

17,175.3

Intangible assets—other, net

2,612.5

2,637.4

Goodwill

7,569.0

7,569.0

Other assets (includes $70.1 and $72.4 in restricted cash)

1,782.3

1,805.6

Total Assets

$

77,128.4

$

72,241.5

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

34.0

$

36.9

Other current liabilities

286.9

927.5

Performance bonds and guaranty fund contributions

45,174.2

40,566.8

Total current liabilities

45,495.1

41,531.2

Long-term debt

2,851.9

2,107.9

Deferred income tax liabilities, net

7,299.7

7,302.7

Other liabilities

386.2

376.2

Total Liabilities

56,032.9

51,318.0

CME Group shareholders' equity

21,095.5

20,923.5

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

77,128.4

$

72,241.5

 

CME Group Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands)

Quarter Ended March 31,

2015

2014

Revenues

Clearing and transaction fees

$

708.2

$

652.2

Market data and information services

98.0

89.4

Access and communication fees

21.3

20.4

Other

15.2

15.4

Total Revenues

842.7

777.4

Expenses

Compensation and benefits

141.3

135.5

Communications

7.6

8.2

Technology support services

15.6

13.9

Professional fees and outside services

29.1

29.6

Amortization of purchased intangibles

24.9

25.2

Depreciation and amortization

31.8

34.1

Occupancy and building operations

22.8

23.2

Licensing and other fee agreements

30.6

29.0

Other

31.7

24.2

Total Expenses

335.4

322.9

Operating Income

507.3

454.5

Non-Operating Income (Expense)

Investment income

5.7

3.2

Gains (losses) on derivative investments

(1.8)

Interest and other borrowing costs

(31.6)

(33.7)

Equity in net earnings (losses) of unconsolidated subsidiaries

22.5

22.4

Other non-operating income (expense)

21.7

Total Non-Operating

16.5

(8.1)

Income before Income Taxes

523.8

446.4

Income tax provision

193.4

179.8

Net Income

330.4

266.6

Less: net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

(0.2)

Net Income Attributable to CME Group

$

330.4

$

266.8

Earnings per Common Share Attributable to CME Group:

Basic

$

0.98

$

0.80

Diluted

0.98

0.79

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:

Basic

335,680

333,905

Diluted

337,416

335,644

 

CME Group Inc. and Subsidiaries

Quarterly Operating Statistics

1Q 2014

2Q 2014

3Q 2014

4Q 2014

1Q 2015

Trading Days

61

63

64

64

61

Quarterly Average Daily Volume (ADV)

CME Group ADV (in thousands)

Product Line

1Q 2014

2Q 2014

3Q 2014

4Q 2014

1Q 2015

Interest rate

6,725

6,668

7,181

7,445

7,564

Equity

2,890

2,465

2,586

3,114

2,772

Foreign exchange

817

638

797

959

954

Energy

1,705

1,457

1,562

1,797

2,142

Agricultural commodity

1,168

1,084

1,058

1,173

1,189

Metal

355

323

308

361

369

Total

13,659

12,636

13,493

14,848

14,990

Venue

Electronic

11,703

10,888

11,627

12,982

13,034

Open outcry

1,179

1,100

1,208

1,218

1,291

Privately negotiated

778

647

657

648

665

Total

13,659

12,636

13,493

14,848

14,990

Average Rate Per Contract (RPC)

CME Group RPC

Product Line

1Q 2014

2Q 2014

3Q 2014

4Q 2014

1Q 2015

Interest rate

$

0.481

$

0.473

$

0.473

$

0.472

$

0.480

Equity

0.712

0.714

0.687

0.697

0.721

Foreign exchange

0.804

0.861

0.788

0.760

0.831

Energy

1.364

1.298

1.291

1.279

1.250

Agricultural commodity

1.369

1.430

1.362

1.321

1.324

Metal

1.707

1.715

1.707

1.664

1.662

Average RPC

$

0.767

$

0.749

$

0.725

$

0.731

$

0.753

 

CME Group Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands)

Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

GAAP Net Income Attributable to CME Group

$

330.4

Foreign exchange transaction losses1

10.0

Acquisition-related costs

0.9

Severance

5.5

Loss on derivatives and debt costs for refinancing

2.3

GFI termination fee - net of the portion paid to outside advisers

(22.5)

Income tax effect related to above

2.9

Adjusted Net Income Attributable to CME Group

$

329.5

GAAP Earnings per Common Share Attributable to CME Group:

Basic

$

0.98

Diluted

0.98

Adjusted Earnings per Common Share Attributable to CME Group:

Basic

$

0.98

Diluted

0.98

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:

Basic

335,680

Diluted

337,416

1.

First-quarter 2015 results included foreign exchange transaction net losses principally related to cash held in British pounds within foreign entities whose functional currency is the U.S. dollar.

 

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SOURCE CME Group Inc.



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