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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 10-K

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011

Commission File Number: 001-33392

 

 

NYSE Euronext

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   20-5110848

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. employer

identification number)

11 Wall Street   10005
New York, N.Y.   (Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)  

(212) 656-3000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share  

New York Stock Exchange

Euronext Paris

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  þ        No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨        No  þ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  þ        No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  þ        No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.    ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer  þ    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨    Smaller reporting company  ¨
   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  þ

As of June 30, 2011, the aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $8.9 billion. As of February 22, 2012, there were approximately 258.3 million shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of NYSE Euronext’s Proxy Statement for its April 26, 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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NYSE EURONEXT

ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

INDEX

 

PART I   
ITEM 1.  

BUSINESS

     6   
ITEM 1A.  

RISK FACTORS

     23   
ITEM 1B.  

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

     37   
ITEM 2.  

PROPERTIES

     38   
ITEM 3.  

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

     38   
ITEM 4.  

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

     39   
 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF NYSE EURONEXT

     39   
PART II   
ITEM 5.   MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES      41   
ITEM 6.  

SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

     45   
ITEM 7.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS      50   
ITEM 7A.   QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK      73   
ITEM 8.   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA      76   
ITEM 9.   CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE      118   
ITEM 9A.  

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

     118   
ITEM 9B.  

OTHER INFORMATION

     118   
PART III   
ITEM 10.  

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

     118   
ITEM 11.  

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

     119   
ITEM 12.   SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS      119   
ITEM 13.   CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE      119   
ITEM 14.  

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

     119   
PART IV   
ITEM 15.  

EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

     120   

 

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In this Annual Report on Form 10-K, “NYSE Euronext,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries, except where the context requires otherwise.

 

 

“AEX®,” “Alternext®,” “ArcaBook®,” “ArcaVision®,” “Archipelago®,” “Bclear®,” “CAC 40®,” “Cscreen®,” eGovDirect.com®,” “Euronext®,” “Euronext 100 Index®,” “Intellidex®,” “NYSE Bluetm,” “NSC®,” “NYFIX®,” “NYSE®,” “NYSE Bonds®,” “NYSE Broker Volume®,” “NYSE Composite Index®,” “NYSE Liffe®,” “NYSE MAC®,” “NYSE MAC Alerts®,” “NYSEnet®,” “NYSE OpenBook®,” “NYX®,” “SFTI®,” “SmartPool®,” “UTPtm” and “Wombat®,” among others, are trademarks or service marks of NYSE Euronext or its licensees or licensors with all rights reserved.

“FINRA®” and “Trade Reporting Facility®” are trademarks of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), with all rights reserved, and are used under license from FINRA.

All other trademarks and servicemarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

 

 

About NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation, was organized on May 22, 2006 in anticipation of the combination of the businesses of NYSE Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Euronext N.V., a company organized under the laws of the Netherlands. The combination was consummated on April 4, 2007. NYSE Group, Inc. was formed in connection with the March 7, 2006 merger between New York Stock Exchange, Inc., a New York Type A not-for-profit corporation, and Archipelago Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation. Euronext was created with the 2000 merger of the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels stock exchanges.

Our principal executive office is located at 11 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005 and our telephone number is (212) 656-3000. Our European headquarters are located at 39 rue Cambon, 75039 Paris, France, and our telephone number is +33 1 49 27 10 00. Our website is www.nyse.com. We are not incorporating the information on our website into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We are required to file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The public may read and copy any materials that we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. In addition, the SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

We also make available free of charge, on or through our website, our proxy statements, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.

Unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, all the entities listed below are direct or indirect subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext and:

 

   

NYSE” refers to New York Stock Exchange LLC, a New York limited liability company, and, where the context requires, its subsidiaries, NYSE Market, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and NYSE Regulation, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation. New York Stock Exchange LLC is registered with the SEC under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) as a national securities exchange.

 

   

NYSE Arca” refers collectively to NYSE Arca, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, NYSE Arca, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and NYSE Arca Equities, Inc., a Delaware corporation. NYSE Arca, Inc. is registered with the SEC under the Exchange Act as a national securities exchange.

 

   

NYSE Amex” refers to NYSE Amex LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (formerly known as the American Stock Exchange LLC). NYSE Amex LLC is registered with the SEC under the Exchange Act as a national securities exchange.

 

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Euronext” refers to NYSE Euronext’s market operations in Europe, including the European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext, N.V. — the Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Lisbon securities exchanges and, where the context requires, the derivatives markets in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon.

 

   

NYSE Liffe” refers to NYSE Euronext’s derivatives markets in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon.

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue,” and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements, which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us, may include projections of our future financial performance based on our growth strategies and anticipated trends in our business and industry. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, you should consider the risks and uncertainties described under Item 1A. — “Risk Factors.”

These risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive. Other sections of this report describe additional factors that could adversely impact our business and financial performance. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks and uncertainties, nor can we assess the impact that these factors will have on our 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.

Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this report to conform our prior statements to actual results or revised expectations and we do not intend to do so.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about:

 

   

possible or assumed future results of operations and operating cash flows;

 

   

strategies and investment policies;

 

   

financing plans and the availability of capital;

 

   

our competitive position and environment;

 

   

potential growth opportunities available to us;

 

   

the risks associated with potential acquisitions, alliances or combinations;

 

   

the recruitment and retention of officers and employees;

 

   

expected levels of compensation;

 

   

potential operating performance, achievements, productivity improvements, efficiency and cost reduction efforts;

 

   

the likelihood of success and impact of litigation;

 

   

protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights;

 

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expectations with respect to financial markets, industry trends and general economic conditions;

 

   

our ability to keep up with rapid technological change;

 

   

the timing and results of our technology initiatives;

 

   

the effects of competition; and

 

   

the impact of future legislation and regulatory changes.

We caution you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. We expressly qualify in their entirety all forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf by the cautionary statements referred to above.

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

NYSE Euronext is a global operator of financial markets and provider of trading solutions. We offer an array of products and services in cash equities, futures, options, swaps, exchange-traded products, bonds, clearing operations, market data, commercial technology solutions and carbon trading, all designed to meet the evolving needs of investors, issuers, financial institutions and market participants. NYSE Euronext consists of three business segments: Derivatives; Cash Trading and Listings; and Information Services and Technology Solutions.

Terminated Business Combination

On February 15, 2011, we entered into a Business Combination Agreement (the “Business Combination Agreement”) with Deutsche Börse AG (“Deutsche Börse”), pursuant to which the two companies agreed to combine their respective businesses and become subsidiaries of a newly formed Dutch holding company (the “Proposed Business Combination”). Completion of the Proposed Business Combination was subject to the satisfaction of several conditions, including, among others, approvals by the relevant competition and financial, securities and other regulatory authorities in the United States and Europe.

On February 1, 2012, the EU Competition Commission issued a formal decision disapproving the Proposed Business Combination. In light of the EU Commission’s decision, on February 2, 2012, NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse announced that they mutually agreed to terminate the Business Combination Agreement. For the year ended December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext incurred approximately $85 million of legal, investment banking and other professional fees and costs related to the terminated business combination, which are recorded in “Merger expenses and exit costs” in the consolidated statement of operations. NYSE Euronext also incurred additional indirect costs associated with management’s significant time and focus negotiating and preparing to close the Proposed Business Combination, instead of pursuing other business opportunities that could have been beneficial to the Company.

General

In our Derivatives segment, our key initiatives in 2011 related to maintaining our position in the U.S. options market and growing our U.S. futures business. During May 2010, we announced plans to commence clearing our European securities and derivatives business through new, purpose-built clearing facilities, having given notice to terminate the current outsourcing arrangements with LCH.Clearnet SA in Paris for European cash and Continental European derivatives clearing. Although these standalone NYSE Euronext clearinghouse development plans were put on hold following the announcement of the recently terminated Proposed Business Combination, we have re-launched this project and are reviewing the strategic options available to develop these clearing facilities. See “— Products and Services — Clearing and Settlement — Europe.” In addition, New York Portfolio Clearing (“NYPC”), our joint venture with The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (“DTCC”) became operational in 2011. See “— Derivatives — New York Portfolio Clearing.”

In our Cash Trading and Listings segment, we continued to focus on our pricing and market share mix in the U.S. and European cash markets. In both the U.S. and Europe, our market share decreased slightly in 2011. Demand for our listing venues continued to be strong in terms of transfers, new listings and secondary offerings. In 2011, 16 companies with an aggregate market capitalization of $30.4 billion transferred to the NYSE from other exchanges, and, additionally, 4 companies with an aggregate market capitalization of $164.8 million transferred to the NYSE Amex from other exchanges. A total of 104 issuers listed their securities on NYSE Euronext markets in 2011, raising total proceeds of $33.5 billion.

Our Information Services and Technology Solutions segment exhibited growth in 2011, benefiting from an expanding customer base, improved software sales and the launch of colocation services in our data centers in Mahwah, New Jersey and Basildon, United Kingdom in 2010. Through colocation services, we allow our customers (including proprietary trading firms, hedge funds and other buy-side and sell-side traders) to host their trading platforms directly in our data centers and gain high-speed access to our matching engines. All of the matching engines for our markets in Europe are now consolidated in the Basildon facility, and we completed the migration of our U.S. exchanges to the Mahwah facility during the first half of 2011.

 

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We also commenced the migration of NYSE Liffe to our Universal Trading Platform, which we expect to complete in the second quarter of 2012 for our European derivatives markets. We also continued the migration of the NYSE to our Universal Trading Platform during 2011. This migration will likely be completed in 2012.

Our primary sources of revenue include our transaction and clearing fees, consisting of fees from our cash trading, derivatives trading and clearing businesses; revenues from the dissemination of our market data in the U.S. and Europe; listing fees and annual fees applicable to companies listed on our securities exchanges; and revenues generated from our technology services, including fees for connectivity services, software licenses, maintenance and strategic consulting services. See Item 7 — “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Sources of Revenues.”

Derivatives

Our Derivatives segment is comprised of our derivatives trading and clearing businesses and includes our subsidiaries NYSE Liffe, NYSE Liffe Clearing, NYSE Liffe US, NYSE Amex Options, NYSE Arca Options and our joint venture NYPC as well as our related derivatives market data business.

 

   

NYSE Liffe — NYSE Liffe is the international derivatives business of NYSE Euronext, comprising the derivatives markets operated by LIFFE Administration and Management and Euronext in each of Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London and Paris. NYSE Liffe offers customers the advantages of an advanced derivatives trading platform and a wide choice of products. NYSE Liffe offers customers access to a range of interest-rate, equity, index, commodity and currency derivative products. NYSE Liffe also offers its customers the Bclear and Cscreen services, which bridge the listed and over-the-counter (“OTC”) markets, providing a means to register and process wholesale derivatives trades through NYSE Liffe to clearing at NYSE Liffe Clearing.

 

   

NYSE Liffe Clearing — Following the launch of NYSE Liffe Clearing, NYSE Liffe assumed full responsibility for clearing activities for the London market of NYSE Liffe. In this regard, NYSE Liffe’s London market operates as a self-clearing Recognized Investment Exchange and outsources certain clearing guarantee arrangements and related risk functions to LCH.Clearnet Limited (“LCH.Clearnet”), a U.K. recognized clearinghouse. See “— Products and Services — Clearing and Settlement — Europe.”

 

   

NYSE Liffe US — NYSE Liffe US LLC (“NYSE Liffe US”), our U.S. futures exchange, makes available for trading full- and mini-sized gold and silver futures, options on full-sized gold and silver futures, futures on MSCI Indices and fixed income futures. In 2011, NYSE Liffe US launched a full suite of fixed income futures which clear at NYPC. NYSE Liffe US transitioned the trading and open interest of all existing MSCI-linked stock index futures in the U.S. to its platform during June 2011. A significant minority equity stake in NYSE Liffe US is held by six external investors — Citadel Securities, DRW Investments, Getco, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Under this ownership structure, NYSE Euronext remains the largest shareholder in the entity and consolidates it for financial reporting purposes. NYSE Euronext manages the day-to-day operations of NYSE Liffe US, which operates under the supervision of a separate board of directors and a dedicated chief executive officer.

 

   

NYSE Amex Options — In June 2011, we completed the sale of a significant equity interest in NYSE Amex Options, one of our two U.S. options exchanges, to seven external investors — Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citadel Securities, Citi, Goldman Sachs, TD AMERITRADE and UBS AG. Under the framework, NYSE Euronext remains the largest shareholder in the entity and manages the day-to-day operations of NYSE Amex Options, which operates under the supervision of a separate board of directors and a dedicated chief executive officer. NYSE Euronext consolidates this entity for financial reporting purposes.

 

   

NYSE Arca Options — NYSE Arca Options, one of our two U.S. options exchanges, offers electronic order execution in approximately 2,500 options issues.

 

   

New York Portfolio Clearing — NYPC, our joint venture with DTCC, became operational in 2011. NYPC currently clears fixed income futures traded on NYSE Liffe US and will have the ability to provide

 

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clearing services for other exchanges and Derivatives Clearing Organizations in the future. NYPC uses NYSE Euronext’s clearing technology, TRS/CPS, to process and manage cleared positions and post-trade position transfers. DTCC’s Fixed Income Clearing Corporation provides capabilities in risk management, settlement, banking and reference data systems. NYPC operates under the supervision of a separate board of directors and a dedicated chief executive officer. Our investment in NYPC is treated as an equity method investment. As of December 31, 2011, we had a minority ownership interest in, and board representation on, DTCC.

Products and Services

Trading Platform and Market Structure.    NYSE Liffe’s full service electronic trading platform features an open system architecture which allows users to access our system. Traders commonly access our system via one of the many front-end trading applications that have been developed by independent software vendors, and this has enabled our distribution to grow with widespread adoption around the world. These applications are personalized trading screens that link the user to the market, which allows users to integrate front/back office trading, settlement, risk management and order routing systems. NYSE Liffe’s trading platform has been designed to handle significant order flows and transaction volumes. Orders can be matched either on a price/time or pro rata basis, configurable by contract, with transacted prices and volumes and the aggregate size of all bids and offers at each price level updated on a real-time basis. Users are continually notified of all active orders in the central order book, making market depth easy to monitor. NYSE Liffe expects to complete the migration of its technology to the Universal Trading Platform during the second quarter of 2012 for our European derivatives markets. See “— Information Services and Technology Solutions — Global Technology Group.”

Products Traded.    A wide variety of products are traded on NYSE Liffe and NYSE Liffe US. NYSE Liffe’s core product line is its portfolio of short-term interest rate (“STIR”) contracts, with its principal STIR contracts based on implied forward rates denominated in euro and sterling. Trading volumes in NYSE Liffe’s flagship product in this area, the Euribor Contract, have grown as the euro has increasingly established itself as a global reserve currency. Overall, NYSE Liffe offers a number of derivatives products, including interest rate contracts on a number of currencies, equity futures and options on leading global stocks traded either through LIFFE CONNECT® (shortly to be the Universal Trading Platform) or Bclear (including a wide range of underlyings not listed on NYSE Euronext), index products covering national and international indices and a wide range of soft and agricultural commodity derivatives. NYSE Liffe US offers a variety of futures and options products, including a full suite of fixed income futures that launched in 2011 and clear at NYPC. NYSE Liffe US also successfully migrated the trading and open interest of all existing MSCI-linked stock index futures in the U.S. to its platform during June 2011. We continue to consider and develop new products for our NYSE Liffe US trading platform.

Options.    NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex operate marketplaces for trading options on U.S. exchange-listed securities. The underlying securities are listed on U.S. markets. These option market centers include trading facilities, technology and systems for trading options as well as regulatory, surveillance and compliance services. NYSE Arca’s options business uses a technology platform and market structure designed to enhance the speed and quality of trade execution for its customers and to attract additional sources of liquidity. Its market structure allows market makers to access its markets remotely and integrates floor-based participants and remote market makers. NYSE Amex’s options business uses a hybrid model combining both auction-based and electronic trading capabilities that is designed to provide a stable, liquid and less volatile market, as well to as provide the opportunity for price and/or size improvement.

Trading Members.    NYSE Liffe’s and NYSE Liffe US’s trading members are typically proprietary trading firms, dealers and brokers. Trading members can also become liquidity providers. Liquidity providers are able to place several series of bulk quotes in one order, allowing them to send buy and sell orders for many contract months using only one message.

Clearing and Settlement — Europe.    Clearing and settlement of trades executed on Euronext are currently handled by LCH.Clearnet SA (for central counterparty clearing), Euroclear Group (for settlement of cash equities except for Lisbon trades) and Interbolsa (for settlement of Lisbon trades). LCH.Clearnet SA also handles the clearing of the Continental European derivatives of NYSE Liffe. The London derivatives market of NYSE Liffe

 

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handles its own clearing, albeit using LCH.Clearnet Limited for certain services. In May 2010, NYSE Euronext announced plans to establish full-service clearing house facilities in Europe from mid-2012 and gave notice to terminate the current out-sourcing arrangements with LCH.Clearnet SA in Paris for European cash and Continental European derivatives clearing. During 2011, these termination dates were extended into 2013 by mutual agreement because of, among other things, the changes to NYSE Euronext’s clearing plans as a result of the Proposed Business Combination. Following the announcement of the recently terminated Proposed Business Combination, NYSE Euronext reviewed the strategic options available to it for clearing and has determined to re-launch the project to develop a full service derivatives clearing house in London, which was put on hold during 2011.

LCH.Clearnet SA and Euroclear are independent entities that provide services to Euronext pursuant to contractual agreement. As noted above, on June 16, 2011, an agreement was reached to extend the termination date for the out-sourcing contract with LCH.Clearnet SA in Paris from December 2012 until June 2013 for derivatives and until December 2013 for cash given the discussions around the recently terminated Proposed Business Combination. No termination fees or penalties will be payable.

The clearing arrangements for NYSE Euronext’s London derivatives market of NYSE Liffe have remained unchanged throughout 2011, whereby clearing remains in-sourced via the NYSE Liffe Clearing operation and LCH.Clearnet Limited in London provides certain services under a separate contractual arrangement upon which notice of termination has not been given.

As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext retained a 9.1% stake in LCH.Clearnet Group Limited’s outstanding share capital and the right to appoint one director to its board of directors. Interbolsa is one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries. We also have a minority ownership interest in, and board representation on, Euroclear.

Competition

NYSE Liffe and NYSE Liffe US compete with the OTC markets as well as a number of international derivatives exchanges, including the CME Group Inc. and Eurex, which is the derivatives platform operated by Deutsche Börse.

NYSE Liffe US, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex face considerable competition in derivatives trading. Their principal U.S. competitors are the CME Group Inc., Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE”), the International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc., BATS Global Markets, Inc. (“BATS”), the Boston Options Exchange Group, LLC and the Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. (“Nasdaq OMX”), as well as startups such as ELX Futures, L.P., backed by a consortium of banks and other market participants.

Cash Trading and Listings

Our Cash Trading and Listings segment consists of our cash trading and listings businesses and includes our subsidiaries the NYSE, Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Arca, NYSE Alternext, NYSE Arca Europe and SmartPool, as well as NYSE Blue and Interbolsa, and our related cash trading market data business.

 

   

NYSE — In addition to common stock, preferred stock and warrants, the NYSE lists debt and corporate structured products, such as capital securities, mandatory convertibles and repackaged securities (not including ETPs, as defined below), and new types of structured products.

 

   

Euronext — Euronext’s exchanges list a wide variety of securities, including domestic and international equity securities, convertible bonds, warrants, trackers and debt securities, including corporate and government bonds. All of Euronext’s markets are operated by subsidiaries of Euronext, N.V.

 

   

NYSE Amex — NYSE Amex, formerly the American Stock Exchange, became part of NYSE Euronext in 2008 and is our U.S. listing venue for emerging growth companies. NYSE Amex also provides a listing venue for a broader class of companies than are qualified for listing on NYSE.

 

   

NYSE Arca — NYSE Arca is a fully electronic exchange in the United States for equities, exchange traded products (“ETPs”), which include exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), exchange traded notes, exchange traded vehicles, certificates and options.

 

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NYSE Alternext — NYSE Alternext operates our European markets for emerging growth companies. NYSE Alternext-listed companies are required to satisfy less stringent listing standards than companies listing on Euronext. Companies listing on NYSE Alternext have greater flexibility in their choice of accounting standards and are subject to less extensive ongoing post-listing reporting requirements than companies listing on Euronext.

 

   

NYSE Arca Europe — NYSE Arca Europe is a pan-European multilateral trading facility (“MTF”), operated by Euronext Amsterdam. NYSE Arca Europe offers a fully electronic, low latency trading platform for blue chip stocks from eleven European countries.

 

   

SmartPool — SmartPool is a European dark pool dedicated to the execution of institutional order flow. This MTF, created in partnership with NYSE Euronext and three European investment banks (BNP Paribas, HSBC and J.P. Morgan), is operated by NYSE Euronext and has its own dedicated management team in London.

 

   

BlueNext/NYSE Blue — On February 18, 2011, the formation of the NYSE Blue joint venture was consummated. NYSE Blue is a new global company that is majority owned by NYSE Euronext. NYSE Blue consists of the businesses of APX (headquartered in the New York City region) and BlueNext S.A. (“BlueNext”) (headquartered in Paris). In its environmental unit, NYSE Blue provides infrastructure and services to environmental sponsors and market participants, through its environmental management account for asset and risk management as well as its registry services for renewable energy in the United States and voluntary carbon credits worldwide. Additionally, NYSE Blue operates, through BlueNext, a spot exchange for the European Emissions Trading System, a multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas emission trading scheme. In its power unit, NYSE Blue is a provider of hosted power scheduling and settlement services for wholesale power market participants. NYSE Euronext consolidates the results of operations and financial condition of NYSE Blue.

Products and Services

Order Execution.    We provide multiple marketplaces for investors, broker-dealers and other market participants to meet directly to buy and sell cash equities, fixed income securities, ETPs and a broad range of derivative products. One of the primary functions of our markets is to ensure that orders to purchase and sell securities are executed in a reliable, orderly, liquid and efficient manner. Order execution occurs through a variety of means, and we seek to continue to develop additional and more efficient mechanisms of trade.

Cash Trading.    In the United States, we offer cash trading in equity securities, fixed income securities and ETPs on the NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. We are able to offer our customers the option of using either auction trading with a floor-based component or electronic trading. In Europe, Euronext’s cash trading business consists of trading in equity securities and other cash instruments including funds, bonds, warrants, trackers and structured funds.

Trading Platform and Market Structure.    The NYSE and NYSE Amex markets combine both auction-based and electronic trading capabilities. These markets are intended to emulate, in a primarily automatic execution environment, the features of the traditional auction market that have provided stable, liquid and less volatile markets, as well as provide the opportunity for price and/or size improvement. The markets build on our core attributes of liquidity, pricing efficiency, low trading costs and tight spreads by broadening customers’ ability to trade quickly and anonymously. During 2011, we continued to migrate our U.S. exchanges to a single Universal Trading Platform. See “Information Services and Technology Solutions — Global Technology Group.” Designated Market Makers on the trading floor are charged with maintaining fair, orderly and continuous two-way trading markets by bringing buyers and sellers together and, in the relative absence of orders to buy or sell their assigned stock, adding liquidity by buying and selling the assigned stock for their own accounts. Supplemental Liquidity Providers are a class of high-volume members financially incentivized to add liquidity on the NYSE upon fulfilling quoting requirements. Floor brokers act as agents on the trading floor to handle customer orders.

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markets and by the various non-harmonized Euronext Rulebooks containing local exchange-specific rules. Euronext’s trading rules provide for an order-driven market using an open electronic central order book for each traded security, various order types and automatic order matching and a guarantee of full anonymity both for orders and trades. At the option of the listed company, trading of less-liquid listed securities on the European markets can be supported by a Liquidity Provider (“LP”) who is either an existing member of Euronext and/or a corporate broker. The LP is dedicated to supporting the trading in less-liquid small and mid-sized companies to foster regular trading and minimize price volatility.

NYSE Arca operates an open, all-electronic stock exchange for trading all U.S. listed securities (in addition to options, as discussed above). NYSE Arca also provides additional listing services for ETPs. NYSE Arca’s trading platform provides customers with fast electronic execution and open, direct and anonymous market access. NYSE Arca operates the Lead Market Maker (“LMM”) program, whereby an LMM functions as the exclusive dedicated liquidity provider in NYSE Arca primary listings. Selected by the issuer, the LMM must meet minimum performance requirements determined by NYSE Arca, which include percentage of time at the national best bid and offer, average displayed size and average quoted spread, and must support the NYSE Arca opening and closing auctions.

Trade Reporting Facility.    We operate a trade reporting facility with FINRA to serve our customers reporting off-exchange trades in all listed national market system (“NMS”) stocks. Our trade reporting facility enhances the range of trading products and services we offer customers and is a reliable and competitively priced venue to report internally executed transactions.

NYSE Bonds.    NYSE Bonds, our bond trading platform, incorporates the design of the NYSE Arca electronic trading system and provides investors with the ability to readily obtain transparent pricing and trading information. The platform trades bonds of all NYSE and NYSE Amex-listed companies and their subsidiaries without the issuer having to separately list each bond issued. NYSE Bonds maintains and displays priced bond orders and matches those orders on a strict price and time-priority basis. It also reports real-time bids and offers with size and trades to our network of market data vendors.

Trading Members.    Trading members in our U.S. cash markets include entities registered as broker-dealers with the SEC that have obtained trading permits or licenses in accordance with the rules of the NYSE, NYSE Arca or NYSE Amex. Trading members are subject to the rules of the relevant exchange. The majority of Euronext’s European cash trading members are brokers and dealers based in Euronext’s marketplaces, but also include members in other parts of Europe, most notably the United Kingdom and Germany.

Clearing and Settlement — Europe.    As discussed above, clearing and settlement of trades executed on Euronext are currently handled by LCH.Clearnet SA (for central counterparty clearing), Euroclear Group (for settlement of cash equities except for Lisbon trades) and Interbolsa (for settlement of Lisbon cash and derivatives equities). Clearing for trades executed on NYSE Arca Europe takes place on EuroCCP, a London-based subsidiary of DTCC. For SmartPool, trades are cleared by EuroCCP.

Listings.    Through our U.S. listing venues NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex, we have developed a market information analytics platform, complimentary to all listed companies, that is a combination of technology-enabled market intelligence insight and a team of highly skilled market professionals. This platform, called the NYSE Market Access Center (“MAC”), was created to provide issuers with better market insight and information across all exchanges and trading venues. This includes services that were either developed by the NYSE using proprietary data and/or intellectual property or built by a third party expressly for NYSE-listed companies. Within this platform all issuers have access to daily trading summaries, a trading alert system highlighting user-defined trading or market events, social and professional networking within the NYSE community, a messaging and communication platform with an NYSE client service team, a website with proprietary trading information and market data, a series of institutional ownership reports, weekly economic updates and regularly scheduled executive educational programming. All issuers listed on the NYSE have access to the NYSE MAC on the same basis. In addition to the NYSE MAC, the NYSE offers tools to certain currently listed issuers on a tiered basis. The NYSE has also developed eGovDirect.com, an interactive, web-based tool that helps listed companies meet their NYSE governance and compliance requirements.

 

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Through our European listing venues Euronext and NYSE Alternext, we have developed a broad range of services to meet the needs of Euronext and NYSE Alternext-listed companies. In July 2010, we launched a new London-based regulated securities market, NYSE Euronext London, aimed at attracting international issuers looking to seek a listing on the UK Official List in London. We also offer listed companies ExpertLine, a continuous push and pull communication and information platform that provides listed companies with real-time responses to topics relating to listing and stock trading as well as detailed information on their stocks. Companies listed on Euronext also have access to secure online tools, such as “Mylisting.euronext.com,” a web-based investor relations tool that provides real-time information and data on listed stocks and offers issuer-customized alerts and a range of other services. As part of our executive education, we offer workshops and information sessions to better inform and educate issuers on our new regulations and related legal matters, as well as guidance on investor relations and communication matters. Following the creation of our European Government Affairs department, we have launched an advocacy effort in order to represent the views of our issuers on both a national and European level. As part of this we provide input on reviews of European Union (“EU”) directives and regulations that affect our issuer community.

Indexes and Index Services.    We own and operate benchmark and strategy indexes that measure different segments of the NYSE Euronext and global markets. From time to time, we create new proprietary indexes when added value for market participants is identified or to provide measurement tools for all types of investment categories regardless of listing venue. We have licensed many of our indexes to asset managers for use in ETPs that are listed on our exchanges. We also offer third-party index calculation services for ETFs and other structured products.

Liquidity Aggregation.    We operate the New York Block Exchange through a joint venture with BIDS Holdings, L.P. (an entity owned by a consortium of 12 U.S. broker-dealers). The New York Block Exchange is designed to improve execution quality and access to liquidity in block trading in the United States. The New York Block Exchange is open to all NYSE members and accessible through BIDS Trading, a registered alternative trading system. The New York Block Exchange operates as a facility of the NYSE and is intended to respond to customer needs by creating a highly liquid, anonymous marketplace for block trading, and bring block-size orders back into contact with active traders, algorithms and retail order flow.

European MTFs.    To respond to increasing competition from electronic communications networks following the European Commission Directive 2004/39/EC, we launched European MTFs in 2009. We and our joint venture partners operate SmartPool, a dark MTF for trading pan-European stocks, which currently trades stocks from European markets, including NYSE Euronext’s four national markets. In addition, we operate NYSE Arca Europe, an MTF for trading the most active pan-European stocks that are not already traded on NYSE Euronext’s four national markets. In 2011, we launched a pan-European Multilateral Trading Platform, NYSE BondMatch, an order book-driven bond market dedicated to corporate bonds trading in Europe.

Competition

In the United States, we face significant competition with respect to cash trading, and this competition is expected to intensify in the future. Our current and prospective competitors include regulated markets, electronic communication networks, dark pools and other alternative trading systems, market makers and other execution venues. We also face growing competition from large brokers and customers that may assume the role of principal and act as counterparty to orders originating from retail customers, or by matching their respective order flows through bilateral trading arrangements. We compete with such market participants in a variety of ways, including the cost, quality and speed of trade execution; liquidity; functionality; ease of use and performance of trading systems; the range of products and services offered to trading participants and listed companies; technological innovation; and reputation.

In Europe, we face significant and growing competition from trading services provided by a wide array of alternative off-exchange trading venues. We also face competition from large brokers and customers, who have the ability to divert trading volumes from us. Furthermore, we compete with an array of automated multi-lateral trading platforms, such as BATS, Turquoise Global Holdings Limited and Nasdaq OMX.

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London Stock Exchange plc, Deutsche Börse Group and exchanges in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Toronto, Singapore and Australia. As other liquidity venues seek exchange status, we may face more competition for listings. The legal and regulatory environment in the United States may make it difficult for us to compete with non-U.S. securities exchanges for the secondary listings of non-U.S. companies and primary listings of U.S. companies.

In Europe, we do not currently face significant competition in providing primary listing services to issuers based in Euronext’s home markets because most issuing companies seek to list their shares only once on their respective domestic exchange. Accordingly, Belgian, Dutch, French and Portuguese companies typically obtain a primary listing on the relevant regulated national exchange operated by Euronext, and are admitted to trading either on Euronext, or, in the case of certain small- to medium-sized companies, NYSE Alternext. With the exception of ETPs, there are no competing regulated exchanges offering primary corporate listing services in Euronext’s home territories. Therefore no material competition exists in respect of those issuers located in Euronext’s home markets that seek a primary listing. Competition does exist, however, with MEDIP, a regulated market operated in Portugal by MTS Portugal, which provides a platform for the wholesale trading between specialists of Portuguese government bonds. In addition, we face competition for listings from the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse. NYSE Euronext also competes with other exchanges worldwide to provide secondary listing services to issuers located outside of NYSE Euronext’s European home territories and primary listing services to those issuers that do not have access to a well-developed domestic exchange.

Our NYSE Blue joint venture competes with a number of international derivatives exchanges in the trading of carbon emission allowances, including the European Climate Exchange (running on ICE systems), Eurex, the CME Group Inc., and Nasdaq OMX.

Information Services and Technology Solutions

Our Information Services and Technology Solutions segment refers to our commercial technology transactions, data and infrastructure businesses. NYSE Euronext operates a commercial technology business, NYSE Technologies Inc. (“NYSE Technologies”), and also owns NYFIX, Inc. (“NYFIX”), a provider of solutions that aims to optimize trading efficiency. NYSE Technologies provides comprehensive transaction, data and infrastructure services and managed solutions for buy-side, sell-side and exchange communities. NYSE Technologies’ integrated solutions power the trading operations of global financial institutions and exchanges, including non-NYSE Euronext markets in addition to all the exchanges in the NYSE Euronext group. NYSE Technologies operates five businesses: Global Market Data, which offers a broad array of global market information products covering multiple asset classes; Trading Solutions, which creates and implements high performance, end-to-end messaging software and real-time market data distribution and integration products; Exchange Solutions, which provides multi-asset exchange platform services, managed services and expert consultancy; Global Connectivity, which offers a financial transaction network connecting firms and exchanges worldwide; and Transaction Services, which primarily comprises the former NYFIX FIX business, and which incorporates the NYFIX Marketplace and FIX Software businesses.

Products and Services

Global Market Data.    The broad distribution of accurate and reliable real-time market data is essential to the proper functioning of any securities market because it enables market professionals and investors to make informed trading decisions. The quality of our market data, our collection and distribution facilities, and the ability of traders to act on the data we provide, attract order flow to our exchanges and reinforce our brand. Our primary market data services include the provision of real-time information relating to price, transaction or order data on all of the instruments traded on the cash and derivatives markets of our exchanges. In the United States, market data revenues from core data and non-core data (as discussed below) products are allocated between our Cash Trading and Listings and Information Services and Technology Solutions segments, respectively. In Europe, market data revenues from the distribution of real-time market data are allocated among our three segments.

 

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In the United States, we provide two types of market data products and services: core data products, or those governed by NMS plans, and non-core, or proprietary, data products.

 

   

Core Data Products.    The SEC requires securities markets to join together in consolidating their bids, offers and last sale prices for each security, and to provide this information to the public on an integrated basis. We work with other markets to make our U.S. market data available, on a consolidated basis, on what is often referred to as the “consolidated tape.” The data resulting from the consolidated tape is also referred to as “core data.” This intermarket cooperative effort provides the investing public with the reported transaction prices and the best bid and offer for each security, regardless of the market from which a quote is reported or on which market a trade takes place.

Last sale prices and quotes in NYSE-listed, NYSE Amex-listed and NYSE Arca-listed securities are disseminated through Tape A and Tape B, which constitute the majority of our market data revenues. We also receive a share of the revenues from Tape C, which represents data related to trading of certain securities (including ETPs) that are listed on Nasdaq.

 

   

Non-Core Data Products.    We make certain market data available independently of other markets, which is known as non-core, or proprietary, data. We package this type of market data as trading products (such as NYSE OpenBook, through which the NYSE makes available all limit orders) and analytic products (such as TAQ Data, NYSE Broker Volume and a variety of other databases that are made available other than in real-time and that are generally used by analytic traders, researchers and academics). These products are proprietary to us, and we do not share the revenues that they generate with other markets.

NYSE Real-Time Reference Prices is a data product that enables Internet and media organizations to buy real-time, last sale prices from the NYSE and provide it broadly and free of charge to the public. Google Finance and CNBC were the first organizations to make the product available to the public. NYSE Arca last sale prices are made available through this product. NYSE Arca also makes certain market data available independent of other markets. Through ArcaVision, NYSE Arca provides listed companies, traders and investors with a tailored and customizable means to view detailed market data on particular stocks and market trends. Another data product, ArcaBook, displays the limit order book of securities traded on NYSE Arca in real time. We continue to expand our market data business by accessing new customers for our non-core data products.

The pricing for U.S. market data products is subject to review by the SEC on the basis of whether prices are fair, reasonable and not unfairly discriminatory.

Unlike in the United States, European market data is not consolidated. In Europe, we distribute and sell both real-time and proprietary market information to data vendors (such as Reuters and Bloomberg), as well as financial institutions and individual investors.

 

   

Real-Time Market Data.    Our main data services offering involves the distribution of real-time market data. This data includes price, transaction and order book data on all of the instruments traded on the European cash and derivatives markets of NYSE Euronext, as well as information about NYSE Euronext’s indexes. The data is marketed in different information products, and can be packaged according to the type of instrument (shares, derivatives or indexes), the depth of the information (depth of the order book, number of lines of bid and ask prices), and the type of customer (professional or private). The data is disseminated primarily via data vendors, but also directly to financial institutions and other service providers in the financial sector.

NYSE Euronext intends to launch the first phase of a consolidated tape for European equity markets during the first half of 2012. The tape will be available both as a real-time consolidated data feed and as a 15-minute delayed “Tape of Record”, which will be free of charge to all investors and will be made broadly available via the internet and market data vendors. The consolidated tape will contain complete coverage of post-trade equities data from all European regulated exchanges, MTFs, and OTC markets.

 

   

Other Information Products.    In addition to real-time market data, NYSE Euronext also provides historical and analytical data services as well as reference and corporate action data services.

 

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Through NextHistory, we offer professionals in the financial industry access to historical data for all of our European markets via the Internet or DVD. Through our Index File Service, we also provide traders, analysts, investors and others who rely on up-to-date index information with daily information on the exact composition and weighting of our indexes and precise details of changes in index levels and constituent share prices.

Our market snapshots service in Europe provides full market overviews — including, among other things, quotes, prices and volumes relating to the full array of financial instruments traded on NYSE Euronext — at fixed times every trading day. Through our Masterfiles service, we offer information on the characteristics of all warrants and certificates for listed securities on NYSE Euronext markets.

Our TradeCheck service is designed to help buy-side and sell-side firms to demonstrate best execution to their customers and regulators. The product is web-based and allows users to perform post trade (T+1) verifications via three services: execution quality analysis, transaction quality analysis and order book replay. TradeCheck encompasses all the main markets of the European Economic Area that are covered by the European Commission Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”).

Finally, we publish a number of daily official price lists, such as the Cote Officielle in Paris, the Daily Bulletin in Lisbon and the Amsterdam Daily Official List.

Trading Solutions.    NYSE Technologies’ Trading Solutions business provides software solutions for the trading operations of hundreds of exchanges and global financial institutions. NYSE Technologies’ Market Data Platform provides real-time market data distribution and integration comprising high performance messaging middleware and sub-millisecond connectivity to global markets with numerous high-speed direct exchange and aggregated vendor feed handlers.

Exchange Solutions.    NYSE Technologies’ Exchange Solutions business provides international exchange clients with platforms to support dynamic, growing markets at the best price points possible, while ensuring market integrity and access to a global network.

Global Connectivity.    NYSE Technologies operates the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (“SFTI”), an expanding physical network infrastructure that connects our markets and other major market centers with numerous market participants in the United States and Europe. SFTI connects all NMS market centers in the United States and is expanding to link major and emerging markets around the globe. Through this single network, trading firms and investors can connect to real-time information and trading, while financial markets can provide customers with access to their data and execution services regardless of their trading platform or interfaces. Customers gain access to SFTI market centers via direct circuit to a SFTI access point or through a third-party service bureau or extranet provider.

Transaction Services.    NYSE Technologies’ Transaction Services business offers a wide range of products and services that help to facilitate trading. Community-driven services, FIX Order Routing and Liquidity Discovery are delivered to the NYSE Technologies Marketplace community, consisting of buy- and sell-side trading firms, over fully managed message channels. In addition, Transaction Services provides fully managed services, including a Hosted Transactions Hub solution (managed connectivity) and Risk and Market Access Gateways.

Competition

The market for our commercial trading and information technology services solutions is intensely competitive and characterized by rapidly changing technology, evolving industry standards and frequent new product and service installations. We expect competition for these services to increase both from existing competitors and new market entrants. We compete primarily on the basis of performance of services, return on investment in terms of cost savings and new revenue opportunities for our customers, scalability, ease of implementation and use of service, customer support and price. In addition, potential customers may decide to purchase or develop their own trading and other technology solutions rather than rely on an externally managed services provider like us. See Item 1A—“Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Our Business—We operate in a business environment that continues to experience significant and rapid technological change.”

 

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Our principal competitors with respect to commercial trading and information technology services solutions are Nasdaq OMX, Sungard, Reuters, Bloomberg and other financial technology firms.

Global Technology Group

NYSE Euronext is integrating its technologies globally to establish a single Universal Trading Platform, a multi-market, multi-geography and multi-regulation exchange platform for all NYSE Euronext markets (cash and derivatives in both the U.S. and Europe). This global technology initiative involves several upgrades to our current architecture, using technologies acquired through strategic initiatives and acquisitions. This initiative involves the simplification and convergence of our systems into a single global electronic trading platform system, with equities- and derivatives-specific versions, as well as the implementation of a common customer gateway and market data system to enable market participants globally to access our markets, products and services via a common architecture. We have completed the migration of our European cash market to the Universal Trading Platform. We are currently finalizing the migration of all our remaining markets to the Universal Trading Platform. We commenced the migration of NYSE Liffe, which we expect to complete in the second quarter of 2012 for our European markets. We also continued the migration of the NYSE during 2011. This migration will likely be completed in 2012.

Data Centers

To enhance the capacity and reliability of our systems, we launched two new data centers in Basildon, England, and Mahwah, New Jersey (U.S.). All of the matching engines for our markets in Europe are now consolidated in the Basildon facility, and we completed the migration of our U.S. securities exchanges to the Mahwah facility during the first half of 2011.

We seek to ensure the integrity of our data network through a variety of methods, including access restrictions and firewalls. We monitor traffic and components of our data network, and use an application to detect network intrusions and monitor external traffic. Customer circuits and routers are monitored around the clock and anomalies in customer circuits are reported to its staff and carrier support personnel for resolution.

Intellectual Property

We own the rights to a large number of trademarks, service marks, domain names and trade names in the United States, Europe and in other parts of the world. We have registered many of our most important trademarks in the United States and other countries. We hold the rights to a number of patents and have made a number of patent applications. However, we do not engage in any material licensing of these patents, nor are these patents, individually or in the aggregate, material to our business. We also own the copyright to a variety of material. Those copyrights, some of which are registered, include printed and online publications, websites, advertisements, educational material, graphic presentations and other literature, both textual and electronic. We attempt to protect our intellectual property rights by relying on trademarks, copyrights, database rights, trade secrets, restrictions on disclosure and other methods.

Employees

As of December 31, 2011, we employed 3,077 full-time equivalent employees. Overall, we consider our relations with our employees, as well as our relations with any related collective bargaining units or worker’s councils, to be good.

Financial Information About Segments and Geographic Areas

For financial information regarding our operating and geographic segments, see Item 7 — “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and Item 8 — “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

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NYSE Euronext on Corporate Responsibility

We believe in being good corporate citizens by integrating workplace, community, market, and environmental concerns into our business operations and interactions with stakeholders. In doing so, we seek to create long-term benefits for our shareholders, business relationships, customers, employees, constituents, communities, and environment. Our commitment to corporate responsibility is embedded in our corporate guidelines, serves as a framework to ethical decision making and practices, and is inherently apparent in our strategic business initiatives.

We believe that fulfilling our commitment to corporate responsibility demands high ethical standards and a corporate culture that values honesty, integrity, and transparency in all that we do. To contribute to our communities, NYSE Euronext financially supports and motivates its workers to become volunteers in their own communities in the United States and Europe and encourages our employees’ philanthropic activities through matching gift programs. As a company, we are committed to financial literacy and investor education, and we have a number of initiatives in these areas designed to help raise awareness and effect change. NYSE Euronext also has been focused on measuring and improving its environmental impact. In 2010, we became the first global exchange group to become carbon neutral. We have developed a global corporate Environmental Policy to guide and unify these efforts. We also provide the markets with solutions that help to address environmental concerns with investments such as NYSE Blue, which is a market-based carbon-trading solution to curbing emissions. We also are committed to corporate responsibility more broadly, and hold a seat on the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association’s Board of Governors.

In addition to these efforts, we partner with our listed companies and non-profit organizations to raise awareness of a variety of topics, holding highly visible bell-ringing ceremonies and other events. We also serve as a public forum for the exchange of new ideas and opportunities on issues such as environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.

We partner with our listed companies at all levels of advocacy on important public policy matters that impact investors and public companies. We will continue to participate in the debate and dialogue on the global economic recovery, working to ensure that all market participants are properly heard and represented and that the new emerging landscape provides for the integrity and confidence inherent to an effective economic framework and to properly functioning capital markets.

REGULATION

We are committed to cooperative, multilateral regulation, yet we maintain the strong and effective local regulatory frameworks that have been successfully established within the United States and Europe. We recognize that the existing local regulatory frameworks play an invaluable role in enhancing our value and reputation as well as the value and reputation of the listed companies and member organizations of our exchanges.

United States

U.S. federal securities laws have established a two-tiered system for the regulation of securities markets and market participants. The first tier consists of the SEC, which has primary responsibility for enforcing federal securities laws and regulations and is subject to Congressional oversight. The second tier consists of the regulatory responsibilities of self-regulatory organizations (“SROs”) over their members. SROs are non-governmental entities that are registered with, and regulated by, the SEC.

Securities industry SROs are an essential component of the regulatory scheme of the Exchange Act for providing fair and orderly markets and protecting investors. To be a registered national securities exchange, an exchange must be able to carry out, and comply with, the purposes of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations under the Exchange Act. In addition, as an SRO, an exchange must be able to enforce compliance by its members, and individuals associated with its members, with the provisions of the Exchange Act, the rules and regulations under the Exchange Act and its own rules.

 

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Broker-dealers must also register with the SEC, and members must register with an SRO, submit to federal and SRO regulation and perform various compliance and reporting functions.

NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex, as SROs, are registered with, and subject to oversight by, the SEC. Accordingly, our U.S. securities exchanges are regulated by the SEC and, in turn, are the regulators of their members. These regulatory functions of our U.S. securities exchanges are performed or overseen by NYSE Regulation, Inc. (“NYSE Regulation”) and certain of our regulatory functions are performed by FINRA.

The operations of our U.S. futures exchange, NYSE Liffe US, are subject to extensive regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). The CEA generally requires that futures trading conducted in the United States be conducted on a commodity exchange that is a designated contract market (“DCM”) by the CFTC, subject to limited exceptions. It also establishes non-financial criteria for an exchange to be designated to list futures and options contracts. Designation as a contract market for the trading of futures contracts is non-exclusive. This means that the CFTC may designate additional exchanges as contract markets for trading in the same or similar contracts. As a DCM, NYSE Liffe US is an SRO that has instituted detailed rules and procedures to comply with the “core principles” applicable to it under the CEA. NYSE Liffe US also has surveillance and compliance operations and procedures performed in part by the National Futures Association, as NYSE Liffe US’s regulatory service provider, to monitor and assist in enforcing compliance with its rules, and we expect that NYSE Liffe US will be periodically reviewed by the CFTC with respect to the fulfillment of NYSE Liffe US’s self-regulatory programs in these areas.

In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) was adopted. Few provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act became effective immediately upon signing and many of its provisions require the adoption of regulations by various federal agencies and departments. Furthermore, the legislation contains substantial ambiguities, many of which will not be resolved until regulations are adopted. As a result, it is difficult to predict all of the effects that the Dodd-Frank Act will have on us, although we do expect it to impact our business in various and significant ways. See Item 1A — “Risk Factors — Risks Relating to Regulation — We may be adversely affected by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”

NYSE Regulation

Our U.S. securities exchanges are charged with oversight of the financial and operational status and sales-practice conduct of members and their employees, and have responsibility for regulatory review of their trading activities on those exchanges. In addition, our U.S. securities exchanges are responsible for enforcing compliance with their respective financial and corporate governance standards by listed companies.

Financial, operational and sales practice oversight of the members of our U.S. securities exchanges is generally conducted by FINRA. In addition, FINRA performs the market surveillance and related enforcement functions for our U.S. securities exchanges, pursuant to an agreement with us, although our U.S. securities exchanges retain ultimate regulatory responsibility for the regulatory functions performed by FINRA under that agreement. NYSE Regulation, which is an indirect not-for-profit subsidiary of NYSE Euronext, oversees FINRA’s performance of these services; enforces listed company compliance with applicable standards; oversees regulatory policy determinations, rule interpretation and regulation related rule development; and conducts limited real-time monitoring of trading activity on the facilities of our U.S. securities exchanges.

In addition, our U.S. securities exchanges that maintain options trading markets have entered into a joint agreement with the other U.S. options exchanges for conducting options insider trading surveillances. Our U.S. securities exchanges continue to have regulatory responsibility for these functions, which are monitored by NYSE Regulation. Our U.S. securities exchanges have also entered into several agreements with FINRA and other U.S. securities exchanges pursuant to Rule 17d-2 under the Exchange Act, which have been approved by the SEC and pursuant to which our U.S. securities exchanges are relieved of regulatory responsibility with respect to enforcement of common rules relating to common members.

Structure, Organization and Governance of NYSE Regulation.    We have an agreement with NYSE Regulation to provide it adequate funding to allow it to perform or oversee, as applicable, the regulatory functions of our U.S. securities exchanges. NYSE Regulation can levy fines on members on behalf of our

 

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U.S. securities exchanges as part of disciplinary action. Income from fines is used only to fund non-compensation expenses of NYSE Regulation. The use of fine income by NYSE Regulation is subject to specific review and approval by the NYSE Regulation board of directors. No regulatory fees, fines or penalties collected by NYSE Regulation may be distributed to any entity other than NYSE Regulation.

NYSE Regulation incorporates several structural and governance features designed to ensure its independence, given our status as a for-profit and listed company. NYSE Regulation is a separately incorporated, not-for-profit entity. Each director of NYSE Regulation (other than its chief executive officer) must be independent under the independence policy of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, and a majority of the members of the NYSE Regulation board of directors and its compensation committee and nominating and governance committee must be persons who are not directors of NYSE Euronext.

To reduce the conflicts that can arise from “self listing,” NYSE Regulation is responsible for all listing compliance decisions with respect to NYSE Euronext’s listing on the NYSE. In addition, NYSE Regulation prepares for its board of directors quarterly reports summarizing its monitoring of NYSE Euronext’s compliance with NYSE listing standards, and its monitoring of the trading of NYSE Euronext’s common stock and derivatives thereof on U.S. exchanges. A copy of these reports must be forwarded to the SEC. In addition, NYSE rules require an annual review by an independent accounting firm to ensure that NYSE Euronext is in compliance with the listing requirements, and a copy of this report must be forwarded to the SEC.

Europe

Euronext operates exchanges in five European countries. Each of the Euronext exchanges and Euronext N.V. holds an exchange license granted by the relevant national exchange regulatory authority and operates under its supervision. Each market operator is also subject to national laws and regulations in its jurisdiction in addition to the requirements imposed by the national exchange authority and, in some cases, the central bank and/or the finance ministry in the relevant European country. Regulation of Euronext and its constituent markets is conducted in a coordinated fashion by the respective national regulatory authorities pursuant to a memorandum of understanding relating to the regulated markets. Representatives of Euronext’s regulatory authorities meet in working groups on a regular basis to coordinate their actions in areas of common interest and agree upon measures to promote harmonization of their respective national regulatory requirements.

The integration of Euronext’s trading platforms has been fostered and accompanied by regulatory harmonization. A single rulebook governs trading on Euronext’s cash and derivatives markets, which contains a set of harmonized rules and a set of exchange-specific rules.

Regulation of Euronext

The regulatory framework in which Euronext operates is substantially influenced and partly governed by European directives. In November 2007, MiFID went into effect. MiFID is one of the key directives of the Financial Services Action Plan (“FSAP”), which was adopted by the EU in 1999 in order to create a single market for financial services by harmonizing the member states’ rules on securities, banking, insurance, mortgages, pensions and all other financial transactions. The progressive implementation by European member states of the FSAP directives has enabled and increased the degree of harmonization of the regulatory regime for financial services, offering, listing, trading and market abuse. Regulators in Europe are currently reviewing issues related to market structure and financial regulation. In addition, in October 2011, the European Commission proposed significant amendments to MiFID related to, among other things, the clearing process. These proposals are still under consideration. See Item 1A—”Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Regulation—We may be adversely affected by significant proposed European Union financial reforms.”

At the time that Euronext was formed in 2000, Euronext N.V., together with Euronext Amsterdam, received a joint exchange license from the Dutch authorities to operate regulated markets, which means that Euronext N.V. is subject to the regulation and supervision of the Dutch Minister of Finance and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, or “AFM”). Powers of the Dutch Minister of Finance and the AFM include a veto or approval rights over (i) the direct or indirect acquisition of more than 10% of the shares in a market operator, (ii) the appointment of the policy makers of the market operators, (iii) any mergers,

 

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cross-shareholdings and joint ventures and (iv) any actions that may affect the proper operation of the Dutch exchanges.

National Regulation

Euronext’s European market operators hold licenses for operating the following EU regulated markets:

 

   

Euronext Amsterdam operates two regulated markets:    one stock market (Euronext Amsterdam) and one derivatives market (Euronext Amsterdam Derivatives Market, i.e., the Amsterdam market of NYSE Liffe);

 

   

Euronext Brussels operates two regulated markets:    one stock market (Euronext Brussels) and one derivatives market (Euronext Brussels Derivatives Market, i.e., the Brussels market of NYSE Liffe);

 

   

Euronext Lisbon operates two regulated markets:    one stock market (Euronext Lisbon) and one derivatives market (Euronext Lisbon Futures and Options Market, i.e., the Lisbon market of NYSE Liffe);

 

   

Euronext Paris operates three regulated markets:    one stock market (Euronext Paris) and two derivatives markets (MONEP and MATIF, i.e., the Paris markets of NYSE Liffe); and

 

   

LIFFE Administration and Management operates two regulated markets: a derivatives market (the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, i.e., the London market of NYSE Liffe) and NYSE Euronext London. Through the NYSE Liffe Clearing transaction, the London market of NYSE Liffe became the central counterparty to trades on its market.

Each market operator also operates a number of markets that do not fall within the EU definition of “regulated markets.” Each market operator is subject to national laws and regulations pursuant to its market operator status.

Euronext Amsterdam

Operation of a regulated market in the Netherlands requires a license from the Dutch Minister of Finance, which may amend or revoke the license at any time. AFM, together with De Nederlandsche Bank, acts as the regulatory authority for members of Euronext Amsterdam, supervises the primary and secondary markets, ensures compliance with market rules and monitors clearing and settlement operations. See also “— Regulation of Euronext” above.

Euronext Brussels

Euronext Brussels is governed by, and recognized as a market undertaking under, the Belgian Act of August 2, 2002. Pursuant to the Act, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) is responsible for disciplinary powers against members and issuers, control of sensitive information, supervision of markets, and investigative powers. Euronext Brussels is responsible for the organization of the markets and the admission, suspension and exclusion of members, and has been appointed by law as a “competent authority” within the meaning of the Listing Directive.

Euronext Lisbon

Euronext Lisbon is governed by the Portuguese Decree of Law no. 357-C/2007, which, along with the Portuguese Securities Code and regulations of the Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobilários (“CMVM”), govern the regime for regulated markets and multilateral trading facilities (as described under the MiFID regime), market operators and all companies with related activities in Portugal. The creation of regulated market companies requires prior authorization in the form of a decree from the Portuguese Minister of Finance, following consultation with the CMVM. The CMVM is an independent public authority that monitors markets and market participants, public offerings and collective investment undertakings.

 

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Euronext Paris

Euronext Paris is subject to the French Monetary and Financial Code, which authorizes the French Minister of Finance to confer and revoke regulated market status upon the recommendation of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (“AMF”) and following an opinion from the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel (“ACP”).

Euronext Paris is also subject to French banking legislation and regulations as a specialized financial institution, which means that it is subject to supervision by the ACP. Euronext, as the indirect parent of Euronext Paris for purposes of banking regulations, is also subject to certain reporting and statutory requirements, including those relating to minimum solvency and other ratios and minimum equity requirements.

LIFFE Administration and Management

LIFFE Administration and Management (the operator of the London market of NYSE Liffe) administers the markets for financial and commodity derivatives in London and also administers and operates NYSE Euronext London, both of which are currently overseen by the U.K. Financial Services Authority (“FSA”). In the United Kingdom, financial services legislation comes under the jurisdiction of Her Majesty’s Treasury, while responsibility for overseeing the conduct of regulated activity rests with the FSA. LIFFE Administration and Management is designated as a self-clearing recognized investment exchange pursuant to the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Other UK Regulated Firms

LIFFE Services Ltd. is regulated by the FSA as a service company. Smartpool Limited is an MTF regulated by the FSA.

Listing and Financial Disclosure

Companies seeking to list and trade their securities on a Euronext market must comply with the harmonized listing requirements of Rulebook I and, following admission, with the ongoing disclosure requirements set forth by the competent authority of their home member state. Companies may apply for admission to listing in one or more jurisdictions in which a Euronext market is located. Since the introduction of the Single Order Book, the liquidity of the multi-listed companies in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris is concentrated as each such company is given a single security code regardless of where it is listed. However, a single point of entry for issuers allows investors from other Euronext countries to have access to the order book for trading purposes. The settlement processes may still differ among the various Euronext markets, but are being integrated and harmonized within the Euroclear group settlement systems, with the exception of the Portuguese market for which settlement activities will continue to be performed by Interbolsa.

Trading and Market Monitoring

MiFID, the Market Abuse Directive, the European Securities and Markets Authority’s standards and the Euronext Rulebooks all provide minimum requirements for monitoring of trading and enforcement of rules by Euronext as the operator of regulated markets. Euronext has set up a framework to organize market monitoring by which it:

 

   

monitors trading in order to identify breaches of the rules, disorderly trading conditions or conduct that may involve market abuse;

 

   

reports to the relevant national regulator of breaches of rules or of legal obligations relating to market integrity; and

 

   

monitors compliance with and enforces the Euronext Rulebooks.

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rules are reported to the Market Integrity Department of Euronext. Post-trade monitoring is undertaken by the Market Integrity Department in respect of the cash and continental derivatives markets and by the Audit, Investigation and Membership Unit (“AIM”) in respect of the London derivatives market. Both departments have monitoring tools that are used to detect and deter particular types of abusive behavior and to conduct audits of member firms. The Market Integrity Department and AIM are also responsible for the conduct of on-site member inspections and investigations, and handle infringements of Euronext rules through enforcement actions.

Ownership Limitations

The rules set forth below apply to an acquisition of a direct or indirect interest in NYSE Euronext, and in the case of our European markets, our European market operator subsidiaries. These rules are in addition to shareholder reporting rules applicable to listed companies generally.

 

   

Under our charter, no person (either alone or together with its related persons) may beneficially own shares of our common stock representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter; and no person (either alone or together with its related persons) shall be entitled to vote or cause the voting of shares of our common stock representing in the aggregate more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter, and no person (either alone or together with its related persons) may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter by virtue of agreements entered into by other persons not to vote shares of our outstanding capital stock.

 

   

Under Dutch law, no shareholder may hold or acquire, directly or indirectly, or try to increase its stake to more than 10% of a recognized market operator without first obtaining a declaration of no-objection from the Dutch Minister of Finance.

 

   

Under French law, the acquisition and divesture by any person or group of persons acting in a concerted manner of 10%, 20%, 33 1/3% or 50% of Euronext Paris shares or voting rights must be authorized by ACP. Also under French law, any person or group of persons acting in concert who acquires Euronext Paris shares or voting rights in excess of 10%, 20%, 33 1/3%, 50% or 66 2/3% is required to inform Euronext Paris, which in turn must notify the AMF and make the information public. Any person acquiring direct or indirect control must obtain the prior approval of the Minister of Finance upon recommendation of the AMF.

 

   

Under Belgian law, any person who intends to acquire securities in a market undertaking and who would, as a result of such acquisition, hold directly or indirectly 10% or more of the share capital or of the voting rights in that market undertaking, must provide prior notice to the Commission Bancaire, Financière et des Assurances. The same obligation applies each time such person intends to increase its ownership by an additional 5%.

 

   

Under Portuguese law, a shareholder who intends to acquire, directly or indirectly, a dominant holding in a Portuguese market operator must obtain the prior authorization of the Portuguese Ministry of Finance. In addition, all entities acquiring or disposing of a holding (direct or indirect) in a market undertaking in Portugal at the level of 2%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 33 1/3%, 50%, 66 2/3% and 90% of the voting rights, must notify the CMVM of the acquisition or disposal within four business days following the relevant transaction.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

Risks Relating to Our Industry

We face intense competition and compete globally with a broad range of market participants for listings and trading volumes.

Our industry is highly competitive. We face significant competition for listings and trading of cash equities, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, structured products, futures, options and other derivatives. We expect competition in our industry to intensify. Increased competition from existing and new competitors could cause our exchanges to experience a decline in their share of listing and trading activity. Such a decline would mean that we would lose the associated transaction fees and proportionate share of market data fees, and could have increased pressure on our fee levels in order to remain competitive.

Recent trends towards the liberalization and globalization of world capital markets have resulted in greater mobility of capital, greater international participation in local markets and more competition among markets in different geographical areas. As a result, global competition among listing venues, trading markets and other execution venues has become more intense. In addition, in the last several years the structure of the exchange sector has changed significantly through industry consolidation and demutualizations (in which an exchange converts from member ownership to for-profit status), trends that have contributed to a more intense competitive environment.

Our current and prospective competitors are numerous and include both traditional and nontraditional trading venues. These include regulated markets, electronic communications networks and other alternative trading systems, multilateral trading facilities, market makers, banks, brokers and other financial market participants. Some of these competitors are also among our largest customers. We also face significant and growing competition from financial institutions that have the ability to divert trading volumes from us. For example, banks and brokers may assume the role of principal and act as counterparty to orders originating from their customers, thus “internalizing” order flow that would otherwise be transacted on one of our exchanges. Banks and brokers may also enter into bilateral trading arrangements by matching their order flows, depriving our exchanges of potential trading volumes. We expect to face competition from new entrants into our markets, as well as from existing market participants such as banks and liquidity providers who sponsor new initiatives.

We compete with other market participants in a variety of ways, including the cost, quality and speed of trade execution, market liquidity, functionality, ease of use and performance of trading systems, the range of products and services offered to customers and listed companies, and technological innovation and reputation. Additionally, our competitors may consolidate and form alliances, which may give their markets greater liquidity, lower costs and better pricing than we will be able to offer, and allow them to better leverage their relationships with customers and alliance partners or better exploit brand names to market and sell their services.

Many of our current and prospective competitors have greater financial resources than we do, and many are subject to less burdensome regulation than we face. See “— Risks Relating to Regulation — We may face competitive disadvantages if we do not receive necessary regulatory approvals for new business initiatives.” If we fail to compete successfully, our business, financial condition and operating results may be adversely affected. For more information on the competitive environment in which we operate, see Item 1 — “Business.”

Our industry is characterized by intense price competition.

Our industry is characterized by intense price competition. The pricing model for trade execution for equity securities has changed in response to competitive market conditions. In recent years, some of our competitors have engaged in aggressive pricing strategies, including lowering the fees that they charge for taking liquidity and increasing the liquidity payments (or rebates) they provide as an incentive for providers of liquidity in certain markets. In addition, our listing fees are subject to competitive pressures. It is likely that we will continue to experience significant pricing pressures, including as a result of continuing consolidations, and that some of our competitors will seek to increase their share of trading or listings by further reducing their transaction fees, by offering larger liquidity payments or by offering other forms of financial or other incentives. We could lose a

 

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substantial percentage of our share of trading if we are unable to effectively compete on price, or our profit margins could decline if we reduce pricing in response. Some competitors, especially those outside of the United States, have high profit margins in business areas in which we do not engage, which may enable them to execute these strategies. In addition, many internalization strategies are driven by a cost-saving or profit incentive, thus further increasing the desire for our customers to avoid incurring fees on our exchanges. This environment could lead to loss of order flow and decreased revenues, and consequently could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Adverse economic conditions could negatively impact our business, financial condition and operating results.

General economic conditions affect the overall level of trading activity and new listings in securities markets, which directly impact our operating results. A significant portion of our revenue depends, either directly or indirectly, on transaction-based fees that, in turn, depend on our ability to attract and maintain order flow, both in absolute terms and relative to other market centers. Adverse economic conditions may result in a decline in trading volume and demand for market data and a deterioration of the economic welfare of our listed companies, which may adversely affect our revenues and future growth. Declines in volumes may impact our market share or pricing structures.

We also generate a significant portion of our revenues from listing fees. Poor economic conditions, industry-specific circumstances, capital market trends and regulatory requirements may also negatively impact new listings by reducing the number or size of securities offerings.

Global market and economic conditions have been difficult and volatile in recent years, in particular for financial services companies that are our most significant customers. While volatile markets can generate increased transaction volume, prolonged recessionary conditions can adversely affect trading volumes and the demand for market data, and can lead to slower collections of accounts receivable as well as increased counterparty risk. In the event of a significant and sustained decline in trading volumes, we would lose revenue, and our inability to quickly reduce infrastructure and overhead expenses would likely adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

During 2009 and 2010, companies in many different industries found it difficult to borrow money from banks and other lending sources, and also experienced difficulty raising funds in the capital markets. While access to credit markets has improved, the upheaval in the credit markets continues to impact the economy. While we have not experienced reductions in our borrowing capacity, lenders in general have taken actions that indicate their concerns regarding liquidity in the marketplace. These actions have included reduced advance rates for certain security types, more stringent requirements for collateral eligibility and higher interest rates. Should lenders continue to take additional similar actions, the cost of conducting our business may increase and our ability to implement our business initiatives could be limited. In addition, our ability to raise financing could be impaired if rating agencies, lenders or investors develop a negative perception of our long-term or short-term financial prospects, or of prospects for our industry.

During 2010, 2011, and the first months of 2012, European countries such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain have been particularly affected by the recent financial and economic conditions. The EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have prepared rescue packages for some of the affected countries. Other Euro-zone countries have been forced to take actions to mitigate similar developments in their economies. We cannot predict with any certainty the consequences of these packages, other rescue plans or proposed actions, but their failure could adversely affect our business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition.

Risks Relating to Our Business

Our share of trading in NYSE- and Euronext-listed securities has declined and may continue to decline.

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declined from approximately 36% in 2010 to 35% in 2011. Our market share of Euronext-listed securities declined from approximately 73% in 2010 to 65% at the end of 2011. MTFs offer trading in the securities listed on Euronext and other European regulated markets and compete directly with us for market share. Although our share of the market for NYSE- and Euronext-listed securities has stabilized somewhat, if our trading share continues to decrease relative to our competitors, we may be less attractive to market participants as a source of liquidity. This could further accelerate our loss of trading volume. Similarly, a lower trading share of NYSE- or Euronext-listed securities may cause issuers to question the value of an NYSE or Euronext listing, which could adversely impact our listing business. If growth in our overall trading volume of NYSE- or Euronext-listed securities does not offset any significant decline in our trading share, or if a decline in our trading share in NYSE- or Euronext-listed securities makes the NYSE or Euronext market appear less liquid, then our business, financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected.

In addition, in the United States, the allocation of market data revenues among competing market centers is tied to trading share. A decline in NYSE trading share lowers the percentage of the NMS tape pool revenues from the Consolidated Tape Association and Unlisted Trading Privileges that NYSE keeps. Declines in our trading share could also adversely affect the growth, viability and importance of some of our market data products.

Broad market trends and other factors beyond our control could significantly reduce demand for our services and harm our business, financial condition and operating results.

Our business, financial condition and operating results are highly dependent upon the levels of activity on our exchanges, and in particular upon the volume of financial instruments traded, the number and shares outstanding of listed issuers, the number of new listings, the number of traders in the market and similar factors. Our financial condition and operating results are also dependent upon the success of our Information Services and Technology Solutions segment, which, in turn, is directly dependent on the commercial well-being of our customers. Among other things, we depend more upon the relative attractiveness of the financial instruments traded on our exchanges, and the relative attractiveness of the exchanges as a market on which to trade these financial instruments, as compared to other exchanges and trading platforms. We have no direct control over these variables. Instead, these variables are influenced by economic, political and market conditions in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world that are beyond our control, including those described under “— Risks Relating to Our Industry — Adverse economic conditions could negatively impact our business, financial condition and operating results” and factors such as:

 

   

broad trends in business and finance, including industry-specific circumstances, capital market trends and the mergers and acquisitions environment;

 

   

terrorism and war;

 

   

concerns over inflation and the level of institutional or retail confidence;

 

   

changes in government monetary policy and foreign currency exchange rates;

 

   

the availability of short-term and long-term funding and capital;

 

   

the availability of alternative investment opportunities;

 

   

changes in the level of trading activity;

 

   

changes and volatility in the prices of securities;

 

   

changes in tax policy (including transaction tax);

 

   

the level and volatility of interest rates;

 

   

legislative and regulatory changes, including the potential for regulatory arbitrage among regulated and unregulated markets if significant policy differences emerge among markets;

 

   

the perceived attractiveness, or lack of attractiveness, of the U.S. or European capital markets;

 

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the outbreak of contagious disease pandemics or other public health emergencies in the regions in which we operate, which could decrease levels of economic and market activities; and

 

   

unforeseen market closures or other disruptions in trading.

If levels of activity on our exchanges are adversely affected by any of the factors described above or other factors beyond our control, then our business, financial condition and operating results could also be adversely affected.

If our goodwill or intangible assets become impaired we may be required to record a significant charge to earnings.

Under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we review our amortizable intangible assets for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. Goodwill and indefinite-life intangible assets are tested for impairment at least annually, and are also tested when factors arise that may be considered a change in circumstances indicating that the carrying value of our goodwill or intangible assets may not be recoverable, such as a decline in stock price and market capitalization, reduced future cash flow estimates, and slower growth rates in our businesses. We may be required to record a significant charge in our financial statements during the period in which any impairment of our goodwill or intangible assets is determined. See Item 7 — “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Impairment of Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Assets.” If impairment charges are incurred, our financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected.

We face foreign currency exchange rate risk and other market risks.

Since we conduct operations in several different countries, including the United States and several European countries, substantial portions of our assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses are denominated in U.S. dollars, euros and pounds sterling. Because our financial statements are denominated in U.S. dollars, fluctuations in currency exchange rates can materially affect our reported results. We may also experience other market risks, including changes in interest rates and in prices of marketable equity securities that we own. We may use derivative financial instruments to reduce certain of these risks. If our strategies to reduce these market risks are not successful, our financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected.

Any strategic transactions that we undertake may require significant resources, result in significant unanticipated costs or liabilities or fail to deliver anticipated benefits.

We have in the past and may continue to enter into business combination transactions, make acquisitions and enter into partnerships, joint ventures and other strategic investments or alliances, some of which may be material. The market for acquisition targets and strategic alliances is highly competitive, particularly in light of consolidation in the exchange sector and existing or potential future restrictions on foreign direct investments in some countries. Market conditions may limit our ability to use our stock as an acquisition currency. In addition, our bylaws require acquisitions, mergers and consolidations involving more than 30% of our aggregate equity market capitalization or value (or, under certain circumstances, transactions involving an entity whose principal place of business is outside of the United States and Europe) to be approved by two-thirds of our directors. These and other factors may adversely affect our ability to identify acquisition targets or strategic partners consistent with our objectives, or may make us less attractive as an acquirer or strategic partner.

We cannot be sure that we will complete any business combination, acquisition, partnership, joint venture or strategic investment or alliance that we announce. Completion of these transactions is usually subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, over which we have limited or no control. See, for example, Item 1 — “Business — Terminated Business Combination” for a discussion of our recently terminated Business Combination Agreement with Deutsche Börse.

Even if we do succeed in completing a transaction, the process of integration may produce unforeseen operating difficulties and expenses and may absorb significant attention of management that would otherwise be available for the ongoing development of the business. In addition, in connection with any such transaction, we may issue shares of our stock that dilute our existing stockholders, expend cash, incur debt, assume contingent liabilities or incur other expenses, any of which could harm our business, financial condition or operating results.

 

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We cannot be sure that we will recognize the anticipated benefits of any transaction we undertake, such as any expected cost savings, growth opportunities, synergies or improvements in our competitive profile. A variety of factors, including unanticipated difficulties integrating our existing technology platforms onto our Universal Trading Platform, regulatory changes, competitive developments, labor conflicts and litigation, currency fluctuations and inflation, may adversely affect any anticipated cost savings, revenue potential or other anticipated benefits. The anticipated benefits of a particular transaction may not be realized fully, or may take longer to realize than expected.

We cannot direct the actions of strategic partners or joint ventures that we do not control. We are generally unable to cause dividends or distributions to be made to us from the entities in which we have a minority investment or to direct the management of such entities. Some of our investments may entail particular risks, including the possibility that a partner, majority investor or co-venturer may have different interests or goals, and may take action contrary to our instructions, requests, policies or business objectives, any and all of which could adversely impact our brand name and reputation. Also, our minority positions generally will be illiquid due to regulatory impediments to sale or because the market for them is limited. If we are unable to successfully maximize the benefits of our strategic investments and joint ventures, our business, financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected.

We face risks when entering into or increasing our presence in markets where we do not currently compete or entering into new business lines.

We may enter into or increase our presence in markets that already possess established competitors who may enjoy the protection of high barriers to entry. Attracting customers in certain countries may also be subject to a number of risks, including currency exchange rate risk, difficulties in enforcing agreements or collecting receivables, longer payment cycles, compliance with the laws or regulations of these countries, and political and regulatory uncertainties. We may also expand our presence or enter into newly developing arenas of competition, such as MTFs in Europe, where less regulated competitors exist and demand for such services is subject to uncertainty. As a result, demand and market acceptance for our products and services within these markets will be subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. We may be unable to enter into or increase our presence in these markets and compete successfully.

We have also expanded into the commercial technology business through our Information Services and Technology Solutions segment as a part of our business strategy. Our experience in this line of business is limited and demand and market acceptance for our products and services within this line of business will be subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk and we may be unable to compete successfully with more experienced market participants.

Our business may be adversely affected by risks associated with clearing activities.

Our U.K.-regulated derivatives subsidiary, the London Market of NYSE Liffe (for the purposes of this paragraph, “NYSE Liffe”), took full responsibility for clearing activities in our U.K. derivatives market on July 30, 2009. As a result, NYSE Liffe became the central counterparty for contracts entered into by its clearing members on the NYSE Liffe market and outsources certain services to LCH.Clearnet through the NYSE Liffe Clearing arrangement. NYSE Liffe has credit exposure to those clearing members. NYSE Liffe’s clearing members may encounter economic difficulties as a result of the continuing market turmoil, which could result in bankruptcy and failure. NYSE Liffe offsets its credit exposure through arrangements with LCH.Clearnet in which LCH.Clearnet provides clearing guarantee backing and related risk functions to NYSE Liffe, and under which LCH.Clearnet is responsible for any defaulting member positions and for applying its resources to the resolution of such a default. In addition, NYSE Liffe maintains policies and procedures to help ensure that its clearing members can satisfy their obligations, including by requiring members to meet minimum capital and net worth requirements and to deposit collateral for their trading activity. Nevertheless, we cannot be sure that in extreme circumstances, LCH.Clearnet might not itself suffer difficulties, in which case these measures might not prove sufficient to protect NYSE Liffe from a default, or might fail to ensure that NYSE Liffe is not materially and adversely affected in the event of a significant default. See Item 1 — “Business — Derivatives — NYSE Liffe Clearing.”

 

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We also entered into a joint venture with the DTCC to establish NYPC, which became operational in the first quarter of 2011. NYPC currently clears fixed income futures traded on NYSE Liffe US and will have the ability to provide clearing services for other exchanges and Derivatives Clearing Organizations in the future. We have agreed to make up to a $50 million financial guarantee as an additional contribution to the NYPC default fund, of which $25 million had been contributed as of December 31, 2011 and is held in escrow by NYPC, and will face clearing risks similar to those we face with respect to NYSE Liffe Clearing.

We may also in the future expand our clearing operations to other markets and financial products, which would increase our exposure to these types of risks. For example, in May 2010, we announced plans to commence clearing our European securities and derivatives business through new, purpose-built clearing facilities, having given notice to terminate the current out-sourcing arrangements with LCH.Clearnet SA in Paris for European cash and Continental European derivatives clearing. Although these standalone NYSE Euronext clearinghouse development plans were put on hold following the announcement of the recently terminated Proposed Business Combination, we have re-launched this project and are reviewing the strategic options available to develop these clearing facilities. We have reached an agreement to extend the termination date for the out-sourcing contract with LCH.Clearnet SA in Paris from December 2012 until June 2013 for derivatives and until December 2013 for cash, but if we are unsuccessful in building out these standalone clearing facilities in a timely, effective or efficient manner prior to the termination of our existing out-sourcing contract, our business, financial condition and operating results could be materially adversely affected.

We operate in a business environment that continues to experience significant and rapid technological change.

Technology is a key component of our business strategy, and we regard it as crucial to our success. We seek to offer market participants a comprehensive suite of best-in-class technology solutions in a centralized environment, including successfully transitioning to our Universal Trading Platform on a global basis and implementing our global data center strategy. However, we operate in a business environment that has undergone, and continues to experience, significant and rapid technological change. In recent years, electronic trading has grown significantly, and customer demand for increased choice of execution methods has increased. To remain competitive, we must continue to enhance and improve the responsiveness, functionality, capacity, accessibility and features of our trading platforms, software, systems and technologies. Our success will depend, in part, on our ability to:

 

   

develop and license leading technologies;

 

   

enhance existing trading platforms and services and create new platforms and services;

 

   

respond to customer demands, technological advances and emerging industry standards and practices on a cost-effective and timely basis; and

 

   

continue to attract and retain highly skilled technology staff to maintain and develop existing technology and to adapt to and manage emerging technologies.

The development and expansion of electronic trading and market data-related technologies entail significant technological, financial and business risks. Any failure or delay in exploiting technology, or failure to exploit technology as effectively as competitors, could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

The adoption of new technologies or market practices may require us to devote significant additional resources to improve and adapt our services. For example, the growth of algorithmic and so called “black box trading” requires us to increase systems and network capacity to ensure that increases in message traffic can be accommodated without an adverse effect on system performance. Keeping pace with these ever-increasing requirements can be expensive, and we cannot be sure that we will succeed in making these improvements to our technology infrastructure in a timely manner or at all. If we are unable to anticipate and respond to the demand for new services, products and technologies on a timely and cost-effective basis and to adapt to technological advancements and changing standards, we may be unable to compete effectively, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results. Moreover, we may incur substantial development, sales

 

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and marketing expenses and expend significant management effort to add new products or services to our trading platforms. Even after incurring these costs, we ultimately may not realize any, or may realize only small amounts of, revenues for these new products or services. Consequently, if revenue does not increase in a timely fashion as a result of these expansion initiatives, the up-front costs associated with expansion may exceed related revenues and reduce our working capital and income.

Our reliance on third parties could adversely affect our business if these third parties cease to perform the functions that they currently perform at NYSE Euronext.

We rely on third parties for certain clearing, regulatory and other services. For example, we are dependent on LCH.Clearnet to provide a clearing guarantee and manage related risk functions in connection with clearing on our European cash and derivatives markets. We also rely on the services of Euroclear for settling transactions on our European cash markets (except in Portugal). FINRA performs the market surveillance and enforcement functions for our U.S. equities and options markets: NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. Although NYSE Regulation oversees FINRA’s performance of regulatory services for our markets, and NYSE Regulation has retained staff associated with such responsibility as well as for rule development and interpretations, regulatory policy, oversight of listed issuers’ compliance with applicable listing standards and real-time stockwatch reviews, we are significantly reliant on FINRA to perform these regulatory functions. We also depend on the Consolidated Tape Association to oversee the dissemination of real-time trade and quote information in NYSE- and NYSE Amex-listed securities. To the extent that any of these third parties experiences difficulties, materially changes their business relationship with us or is unable for any reason to perform their obligations, our business or our reputation may be materially adversely affected.

We also rely on members of our trading community to maintain markets and add liquidity, and in general, our business depends in part on the roles and activities conducted by other market participants, including but not limited to issuers, broker-dealers and other financial institutions. See “—Risks Relating to Our Industry—Adverse economic conditions could negatively impact our business, financial condition and operating results.” Global market and economic conditions have been difficult and volatile in recent years, in particular for financial services companies. To the extent that any of our largest members, or other significant market participants on which we rely, experiences difficulties, materially changes their business relationship with us, is unable to satisfy any financial or other obligation owed to us, or is unable for any reason to perform their market function, our business or our reputation may be materially adversely affected.

Insufficient systems capacity and systems failures could adversely affect our business.

Our business depends on the performance and reliability of complex computer and communications systems. Heavy use of our platforms and order routing systems during peak trading times or at times of unusual market volatility could cause our systems to operate slowly or even to fail for periods of time. Our U.S. systems capacity requirements could grow significantly in the future as a result of a variety of factors, including changes in the NYSE market and continued growth in our options trading business. Our failure to maintain systems or to ensure sufficient capacity may also result in a temporary disruption of our regulatory and reporting functions.

We have experienced systems failures in the past, and it is possible that we will experience systems failures in the future. Systems failures could be caused by, among other things, periods of insufficient capacity or network bandwidth, power or telecommunications failures, acts of God or war, terrorism, human error, natural disasters, fire, sabotage, hardware or software malfunctions or defects, computer viruses, intentional acts of vandalism and similar events over which we have little or no control. We also rely on third parties for systems support. Any interruption in these third-party services or deterioration in the performance of these services could also be disruptive to our business. In addition, our systems may be adversely affected by failures of other trading systems, as a result of which we may be required to suspend trading activity in particular securities or, under certain circumstances, unwind trades.

If we cannot expand system capacity to handle increased demand, or if our systems otherwise fail to perform and we experience disruptions in service, slower response times or delays in introducing new products and services, then we could incur reputational damage, regulatory sanctions, litigation, loss of trading share, loss of trading volume and loss of revenues, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

 

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Our networks and those of our third-party service providers may be vulnerable to security risks.

The secure transmission of confidential information over public and other networks is a critical element of our operations. Our networks and those of our third-party service providers may be vulnerable to unauthorized access, computer viruses and other security problems. Persons who circumvent security measures could wrongfully access and use our information or our customers’ information, or cause interruptions or malfunctions in our operations. Our security measures are costly, and may prove to be inadequate. This could cause us to incur reputational damage, regulatory sanctions, litigation, loss of trading share, loss of trading volume and loss of revenues, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

We may be at greater risk from terrorism than other companies.

Given our position as the world’s leading market, our prominence in the global securities industry, and the concentration of many of our properties and personnel in U.S. and European financial centers, including lower Manhattan, we may be more likely than other companies to be a direct target of, or an indirect casualty of, attacks by terrorists or terrorist organizations, or other extremist organizations that employ threatening or harassing means to achieve their social or political objectives.

It is impossible to predict the likelihood or impact of any terrorist attack on the securities industry generally or on our business. In the event of an attack or a threat of an attack, our security measures and contingency plans may be inadequate to prevent significant disruptions in our business, technology or access to the infrastructure necessary to maintain our business. For example, if part or all of our primary data center facilities become inoperable, our disaster recovery and business continuity planning practices may not be sufficient and we may experience a significant delay in resuming normal business operations. Damage to our facilities due to terrorist attacks may be significantly in excess of insurance coverage, and we may not be able to insure against some damage at a reasonable price or at all. The threat of terrorist attacks may also negatively affect our ability to attract and retain employees. In addition, terrorist attacks may cause instability or decreased trading in the securities markets, including trading on exchanges. Any of these events could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Damage to our reputation could adversely affect our business.

One of our competitive strengths is our strong reputation and brand name. Our reputation could be harmed in many different ways, including by regulatory, governance or technology failures or the activities of members or listed companies whom we do not control. Damage to our reputation could cause some issuers not to list their securities on our exchanges, as well as reduce the trading volume on our exchanges. Any of these events could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

A failure to protect our intellectual property rights, or allegations that we have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others, could adversely affect our business.

We own or license rights to a number of trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights and patents that we use in our business, including rights to use certain indexes as the basis for equity index derivatives products traded on our futures markets. To protect our intellectual property rights, we rely on a combination of trademark laws, copyright laws, patent laws, trade secret protection, confidentiality agreements and other contractual arrangements with our affiliates, customers, strategic investors and others. The protective steps taken may be inadequate to deter misappropriation of our intellectual property. We may be unable to detect the unauthorized use of, or take appropriate steps to enforce, our intellectual property rights. Failure to protect our intellectual property adequately could harm our reputation and affect our ability to compete effectively. Further, defending our intellectual property rights may require significant financial and managerial resources, the expenditure of which may adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Third parties may assert intellectual property rights claims against us, which may be costly to defend, could require the payment of damages and could limit our ability to use certain technologies, trademarks or other intellectual property. Some of our competitors currently own patents and have actively been filing patent applications in recent years, some of which may relate to our trading platforms and business processes. As a result, we may face allegations that we have infringed or otherwise violated the intellectual property rights of third parties. Any intellectual property claims, with or without merit, could be expensive to litigate or settle and

 

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could divert management resources and attention. Successful challenges against us could require us to modify or discontinue our use of technology or business processes where such use is found to infringe or violate the rights of others, or require us to purchase licenses from third parties, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

We are subject to significant litigation risks and other liabilities.

Many aspects of our business involve litigation risks. These risks include, among others, potential liability from disputes over terms of a securities trade or from claims that a system or operational failure or delay caused monetary losses to a customer, as well as potential liability from claims that we facilitated an unauthorized transaction or that we provided materially false or misleading statements in connection with a transaction. Dissatisfied customers frequently make claims against their service providers regarding quality of trade execution, improperly settled trades, mismanagement or even fraud. Although aspects of our business are protected by regulatory immunity, we could nevertheless be exposed to substantial liability under U.S. federal and state laws and court decisions, laws and court decisions in the other countries where we operate, as well as rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC, CFTC or European and other regulators. We could incur significant expenses defending claims, even those without merit. In addition, an adverse resolution of any lawsuit or claim against us may require us to pay substantial damages or impose restrictions on how we conduct business, either of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results. For a discussion of certain legal claims against us, see Item 8 — “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements — Note 16 — Commitments and Contingencies — Legal Matters.”

Perceptions about the legal and regulatory environment in the United States may make it difficult for us to compete with non-U.S. exchanges.

Our U.S. exchanges compete for listings of securities of both U.S. and non-U.S. companies. However, the legal and regulatory environment in the United States, and market perceptions about that environment, may make it difficult for our U.S. exchanges to compete with non-U.S. exchanges for listings. For example, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 imposes a stringent set of corporate governance, reporting and other requirements on both U.S. and non-U.S. companies with securities listed on a U.S. exchange. Significant resources are necessary for companies to comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and we believe this has had an adverse impact on the ability of our U.S. exchanges to attract and retain listings. Furthermore, as described under “— Risks Relating to Regulation — We may be adversely affected by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” the Dodd-Frank Act imposes new corporate governance requirements on U.S. listed companies, which may diminish the relative attractiveness of a listing on a U.S. exchange and adversely affect the ability of our U.S. exchanges to attract and retain listings. The number of U.S. companies that have chosen to list shares exclusively on a non-U.S. exchange has increased in recent years. At the same time, both U.S. and non-U.S. companies are increasingly seeking to access the U.S. capital markets through private transactions that do not involve listing on a U.S. exchange, such as through Rule 144A transactions directed exclusively to mutual funds, hedge funds and other large institutional investors.

The SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board have taken steps to address some of these concerns through initiatives that include revisions to the rules relating to internal control over financial reporting established under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, rules that facilitate the delisting and deregistration of securities issued by some non-U.S. companies, and rules that exempt some non-U.S. companies from U.S. GAAP reconciliation requirements. It is unclear whether U.S. or non-U.S. companies will exhibit greater interest in accessing the U.S. public markets as a result of these changes. Moreover, the rules facilitating a non-U.S. company’s ability to delist its securities and exit the U.S. public company reporting system may make it more difficult for us to retain listings of non-U.S. companies, and may diminish the perception of our U.S. exchanges as premier listing venues, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

 

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Provisions of our organizational documents may delay or deter a change of control.

Our organizational documents contain provisions that may have the effect of discouraging, delaying or preventing a change of control, or an acquisition proposal, that our stockholders might consider favorable. These include provisions:

 

   

vesting our board of directors with sole power to set the number of directors;

 

   

limiting the persons that may call special stockholders’ meetings;

 

   

limiting stockholder action by written consent;

 

   

requiring supermajority stockholder approval with respect to certain amendments to our certificate of incorporation and bylaws;

 

   

restricting any person (either alone or together with its related persons) from voting or causing the voting of shares of stock representing more than 10% of our outstanding voting capital stock (including as a result of any agreement by any other persons not to vote shares of stock); and

 

   

restricting any person (either alone or together with its related persons) from beneficially owning shares of stock representing more than 20% of the outstanding shares of any class or series of our capital stock.

In addition, our board of directors has the authority to issue shares of preferred stock in one or more series and to fix the rights and preferences of these shares without stockholder approval. Any series of preferred stock is likely to be senior to our common stock with respect to dividends and liquidation rights. The ability of our board of directors to issue preferred stock could have the effect of discouraging unsolicited acquisition proposals, thus adversely affecting the market price of our common stock.

The market price of our common stock may be volatile.

Securities and derivatives markets worldwide experience significant price and volume fluctuations. This market volatility, as well as the factors listed below, could affect the market price of our common stock:

 

   

quarterly variations in our results of operations or the results of operations of our competitors;

 

   

changes in earnings estimates, investors’ perceptions, recommendations by securities analysts or our failure to achieve analysts’ earnings estimates or ratings downgrades;

 

   

the announcement of new products or service enhancements by us or our competitors;

 

   

announcements related to litigation;

 

   

potential acquisitions by us of, or of us by, other companies;

 

   

developments in our industry; and

 

   

general economic, market and political conditions and other factors unrelated to our operating performance or the operating performance of our competitors.

Risks Relating to Regulation

We operate in a highly regulated industry and may be subject to censures, fines and other legal proceedings if we fail to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.

We operate in a highly regulated industry and are subject to extensive regulation. The securities industry is subject to extensive governmental regulation and could become subject to increased regulatory scrutiny. As a matter of public policy, these regulations are designed to safeguard the integrity of the securities and other financial markets and to protect the interests of investors in those markets. The SEC and CFTC regulate our U.S. exchanges and have broad powers to audit, investigate and enforce compliance with their rules and regulations and impose sanctions for non-compliance. European regulators have similar powers with respect to our exchanges in their respective countries. As the scope of our business expands, we may also become subject to oversight by other regulators. In addition, as described below, there has been and may continue to be increasing demand for more regulation and stricter oversight, which could cause excessive regulatory burdens. Our ability to comply with applicable laws and rules will largely depend on our establishment and maintenance of appropriate systems and procedures, as well as our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel.

 

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Both the U.S. regulators and the European regulators are vested with broad enforcement powers over exchanges in their respective jurisdictions, including powers to censure, fine, issue cease-and-desist orders, prohibit an exchange from engaging in some of its operations or suspend or revoke an exchange’s recognition, license or registration. In the case of actual or alleged noncompliance with regulatory requirements, our exchanges could be subject to investigations and administrative or judicial proceedings that may result in substantial penalties, including revocation of an exchange’s recognition, license or registration. Any such investigation or proceeding, whether successful or unsuccessful, would result in substantial costs and diversions of resources and could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results. Furthermore, action by any of our regulators requiring us to limit or otherwise change our operations, or prohibiting us from engaging in certain activities, could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

We may be adversely affected by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The Dodd-Frank Act, which was signed into law in July 2010, introduced significant changes in U.S. financial legislation. Few provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act became effective immediately upon signing and many of its provisions require the adoption of regulations by various federal agencies and departments. Furthermore, the legislation contains substantial ambiguities, many of which will not be resolved until regulations are adopted. As a result, it is difficult to predict all of the effects that the legislation will have on us. But we do expect it to affect our business in various and potentially significant ways. For example:

 

   

NYPC, our joint venture derivatives clearing organization that became operational in the first quarter of 2011, is subject to heightened prudential standards adopted by the CFTC and may eventually be subject to additional risk management standards prescribed by the CFTC in consultation with the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Federal Reserve for systemically important financial market utilities. Such heightened regulatory oversight could result in NYPC incurring increased costs.

 

   

Certain of our subsidiaries that today are recognized but not directly regulated in the U.S. will be required to register with the CFTC. The Dodd-Frank Act requires the CFTC to adopt position limits on the trading of certain futures, options on futures and swaps contracts and requires the SEC to establish position limits for security-based swaps as necessary. These products may trade today or in the future on the facilities of certain of our subsidiaries. Such position limits could cause market participants to change their trading behavior and could result in our experiencing a loss of transaction-based revenue. On November 18, 2011, the CFTC finalized a rule to impose such position limits. However, the rule is contingent on certain yet-to-be finalized definitions. Additionally, the CFTC rule is the subject of a pending lawsuit.

 

   

The Dodd-Frank Act also provides regulators, such as the SEC, with enhanced examination and enforcement authorities, which could result in our regulated subsidiaries incurring increased costs to respond to examinations or other regulatory inquiries.

 

   

The Dodd-Frank Act imposes new corporate governance requirements on U.S.-listed companies, which may diminish the relative attractiveness of a listing on a U.S. exchange and adversely affect the ability of our U.S. exchanges to attract and retain listings.

 

   

Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires a group of regulatory agencies to jointly issue a rule (known as the Volcker Rule) that would, among other things, ban federally insured depository institutions (banking institutions) from conducting any proprietary trading. However, as proposed, there has been increased concern that although there is an exemption for banking institutions who conduct market making activities, the exemptions are too narrowly defined and may have the impact of decreasing the level of market making conducted by banking institutions. It is currently unclear as to the precise timing of any final rules, but if not adopted in a thoughtful manner, we believe these rules could have an adverse economic impact on the U.S. equity markets broadly and NYSE Euronext’s U.S. equity exchanges.

Market participants may change their behavior in response to new requirements and regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. We are highly dependent upon the levels and nature of activity on our exchanges, in particular the volume of financial instruments traded, the number of traders in the market, the relative attractiveness of the

 

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financial instruments traded on our exchanges and similar factors. To the extent that legislative changes pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act cause market participants to reduce the levels or restrict the nature of their activity on our exchanges, our business, financial condition and operating results may be adversely affected.

Furthermore, our U.S. exchanges compete for listings of securities of both U.S. and non-U.S. companies. If the Dodd-Frank Act adversely affects the legal and regulatory environment surrounding the markets we operate, or the market perceptions thereof, it may make it difficult for our U.S. exchanges to compete with exchanges or other trading platforms in non-U.S. jurisdictions.

We may be adversely affected by significant proposed European Union financial reforms.

The European Commission has proposed or is considering a number of potentially significant reforms, creating uncertainties for our European cash, listings and derivatives businesses, including our clearing operations, which may be substantially affected by changes in European regulations. We cannot predict when, or if, these reforms will be adopted, or whether they will be adopted as proposed. If some or all of the proposals are adopted, market participants may change their behavior in response. To the extent that regulatory changes cause market participants to reduce the levels or restrict the nature of their activity on our European exchanges or clearing operations, our business, financial condition and operating results may be adversely affected. Furthermore, if any of the pending European legislation adversely affects the legal and regulatory environment surrounding the markets we operate, or the market perceptions thereof, it may make it difficult for our European exchanges to compete with exchanges or other trading platforms in non-European jurisdictions.

In October 2011, the European Commission proposed significant amendments to MiFID, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which governs most of Euronext’s day-to-day activities as a market operator. The proposed measures would implement changes in the clearing process, including open access provisions for central counterparties (“CCPs”) and exchange platforms in respect of exchange-listed products, which could have a material adverse effect on our clearing operations due to increased regulation and costly operational requirements. In addition, as proposed, the changes in the trading process would introduce a de facto market making obligation on firms running algorithmic trading strategies by requiring them to post continuous orders during a trading day, thereby posting permanent quotes. This market making obligation could expose such firms to market risk on a continuous basis. As a result, they could shift trading away from our markets, which may decrease our revenue from trading and clearing operations, or they could assume additional financial risk, which may expose us to increased credit risk as their CCP counterparty.

Additional proposals would extend MiFID’s transparency requirements for cash equity securities to certain other securities, including bonds, derivatives and structured finance products, and would introduce position limits that would restrict the amount of commodities that could be traded on our platform. The proposed measures would also require us to make certain information regarding benchmarks over which we have intellectual property rights, such as an equity index, available to any CCP or trading venue wishing to clear or provide a trading service in derivatives based on that benchmark. If adopted, these and other proposed measures may make listing the affected securities on our exchanges less attractive for issuers, impose restrictions on what we can list, or increase competition for our indexed products, any of which could adversely affect our business.

Also in October 2011, the European Commission published its proposed review of the Market Abuse Directive, including a proposed Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) that would expand the scope of the Market Abuse Directive to cover, for the first time, different trading systems, financial instruments and technological developments, notably algorithmic trading and high frequency trading. The proposed changes would monitor the interaction between spot markets and derivative markets, including commodity markets, and address potential sources of abuse and manipulation between them, including through provisions allowing member states to introduce criminal sanctions for market abuse offenses. These changes, if adopted, could lead to increased regulation and operational requirements for our European markets.

Liquidity contracts are a key part of the trading landscape in some European countries, notably France and the Netherlands. A liquidity contract is a contract between an issuer and a financial institution in which the institution uses funds provided to it by the issuer to trade in the issuers’ shares to maintain liquidity. Provided an

 

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exemption from market abuse legislation, the contracts are usually subject to clear frameworks limiting their scope to the exact objectives of the liquidity contract. The proposed changes would remove the exemption, which, if adopted as proposed, could materially affect our European markets through loss of liquidity provider agreements and reduced liquidity.

As a final example, in September 2011, the European Commission proposed a Financial Transaction Tax in the EU. As proposed, a tax of 0.1% for stocks and bonds and 0.01% for derivatives would cover secondary trades in, among other things, capital market securities, money market instruments and derivatives used for investment purposes, including currency derivatives and commodity derivatives, irrespective of whether the trades were made in the regulated markets, multilateral trading facilities or OTC. The tax would also cover tradable securities or other financial instruments offered through securitization. EU Member States would have the flexibility to set higher tax rates, which could lead to different tax rates applying throughout the EU. The proposed tax, if approved, may make listing the affected securities on an exchange less attractive for issuers and may make it difficult for our European exchanges to compete with exchanges in other jurisdictions. The proposed tax, if adopted as proposed, could also reduce the liquidity and market efficiency of the European capital markets.

These and other potentially significant reforms in Europe could have a material adverse effect on our business and cash flows, financial condition and results of operations.

Changes to the regulators and agencies governing European financial markets could adversely affect our business.

A number of changes in the regulators and agencies governing European financial markets have been enacted or proposed. In 2010, the UK Government announced plans to reform the UK regulatory regime by abolishing the Financial Services Authority and replacing it with two regulators, one covering prudential risks and the other conduct of business matters. Accordingly, from the end of 2012, the new Financial Conduct Authority will be the primary regulator of NYSE Liffe, our London trading market, and the Bank of England will be the primary regulator of our London-based clearing activities. In addition, three new independent European agencies have been created to regulate the financial markets, banking and insurance industries, with the mandate of contributing to the stability of the EU’s financial system by ensuring the integrity, transparency, efficiency and orderly functioning of securities markets, as well as by enhancing investor protection. In particular, the new European Securities Markets Authority is intended to foster supervisory convergence both among national securities regulators and across financial sectors by working closely with the other competent European Supervisory Authorities.

Until any such changes take effect, we cannot estimate what effect they will have on the oversight and operation of our European market, clearing and other operations, but we do expect it to affect our business, potentially leading to increased regulation and oversight of our operations and the European capital markets generally.

We may face competitive disadvantages if we do not receive necessary or timely regulatory approvals for new business initiatives.

We currently operate three U.S.-registered national exchanges and one DCM. Pursuant to U.S. laws and regulations, these exchanges are responsible for regulating their member organizations through the adoption and enforcement of rules governing the trading activities, business conduct and financial responsibility of their member organizations and the individuals associated with them. Changes to the rules of the U.S.-registered securities exchanges are generally subject to the approval of the SEC, which publishes proposed rule changes for public comment. Changes to our certificate of incorporation or bylaws and changes to the organizational documents or rules of our U.S. exchanges, to the extent affecting the activities of these exchanges, must also be approved. We may from time to time seek to engage in new business activities, some of which may require changes to our U.S. exchanges’ organizational documents or rules.

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associated with them. All of our initiatives in these jurisdictions with regulatory implications must be approved by the relevant authorities in each of these countries, as well as by the coordinating bodies set up under the Euronext regulators’ memoranda of understanding. Changes to our certificate of incorporation or bylaws and changes to the organizational documents or rules of our European exchanges, to the extent affecting the activities of these exchanges, may also require approvals. We may from time to time seek to engage in new business activities, some of which may require changes to our European exchanges’ organizational documents or rules.

Any delay or denial of a requested approval could cause us to lose business opportunities, harm our ability to integrate our different markets or impede our ability to change our governance practices. Our competitive position could be significantly weakened if our competitors are able to obtain regulatory approval for new functionalities faster, or with less cost or difficulty, than we are, or if approval is not required for our competitors but is required for us. For instance, we may be adversely affected if we are unable to obtain SEC approval to make permanent our New Market Model pilot program, which includes the creation of designated market makers. Competitors that are not registered exchanges are subject to less stringent regulation. In addition, as we seek to expand our product base, we could become subject to oversight by additional regulatory bodies.

An “extraterritorial” change of law may adversely affect our business and, under certain special arrangements, our rights to control a substantial portion of our assets.

We operate exchanges and regulated markets in various jurisdictions and thus are subject to a variety of laws and regulations. Although we do not anticipate that there will be a material adverse application of European laws to our U.S. exchanges, or a material adverse application of U.S. laws to our European exchanges, the possibility of such an occurrence cannot be ruled out entirely. If this were to occur, and we were not able to effectively mitigate the effects of such “extraterritorial” application, our affected exchanges could experience a reduction in the number of listed companies or business from other market participants, or our business could otherwise be adversely affected.

In addition, in connection with obtaining regulatory approval of the merger between NYSE and Euronext, we implemented certain special arrangements consisting of two standby structures, one involving a Dutch foundation and one involving a Delaware trust. The Dutch foundation is empowered to take actions to mitigate the adverse effects of any potential changes in U.S. law that have certain extraterritorial effects on the European regulated markets of NYSE Euronext, and the Delaware trust is empowered to take actions to ameliorate the adverse effects of any potential changes in European law that have certain extraterritorial material effects on our U.S. exchanges. These actions include the exercise by the foundation or the trust of potentially significant control over our European or U.S. operations, as the case may be. Although the Dutch foundation and the Delaware trust are required to act in our best interest, subject to certain exceptions, and any remedies implemented may be implemented only for so long as the effects of the material adverse application of law persist, we may, as a result of the exercise of such rights, be required to transfer control over a substantial portion of our business and assets to the direction of the trust or the foundation. Any such transfer of control could adversely affect our ability to implement our business strategy and operate on an integrated and global basis, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Regulatory changes or future court rulings may have an adverse impact on our ability to derive revenue from market data fees.

Regulatory developments could reduce the amount of revenue that we obtain from market data fees. With respect to our U.S. exchanges, the ability to assess fees for market data products is contingent upon receiving approval from the SEC. There continue to be opposing industry viewpoints as to the extent that we should be able to charge for market data, and it is conceivable that the SEC could undertake an examination of exchange market data fees. If such an examination is conducted, and the results are detrimental to our U.S. exchanges’ ability to charge for market data, there could be a negative impact on our revenues. We cannot predict whether, or in what form, any regulatory changes will take effect, or their impact on our business. A determination by the SEC, for example, to link market data fees to marginal costs, to take a more active role in the market data rate-setting process, or to reduce the current levels of market data fees could have an adverse effect on our market data revenues.

 

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Our European exchanges are currently authorized to sell trade information on a non-discriminatory basis at a reasonable cost. This regulatory position could be modified or interpreted by the European Commission or future European court decisions in a manner that could have an adverse effect on our European market data revenues.

Conflicts of interest between our for-profit status and our regulatory responsibilities may adversely affect our business.

We are a for-profit business with regulatory responsibilities. In some circumstances, there may be a conflict of interest between the regulatory responsibilities of certain of our exchanges and some of their respective member organizations and customers. Any failure by one of our exchanges with self-regulatory responsibility to diligently and fairly regulate its member organizations or to otherwise fulfill its regulatory obligations could significantly harm our reputation, prompt regulatory scrutiny and adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

NYSE Regulation, our wholly owned not-for-profit indirect subsidiary, oversees FINRA’s performance of market surveillance of our SEC-regulated U.S. exchanges and related enforcement activities, and enforces listed company compliance with applicable standards. Similarly, Euronext is responsible for monitoring trading and enforcing Euronext rules. Conflicts of interest may exist when a for-profit entity, such as NYSE Euronext, also functions as the operator of a regulated exchange. The for-profit entity’s goal of maximizing stockholder value might conflict with the exchange’s responsibilities as a regulator of its member and listed companies. Conflicts also arise when a company lists its securities on an exchange that it owns. The listing of our common stock on the NYSE and Euronext could potentially create a conflict between the exchanges’ regulatory responsibilities to vigorously oversee the listing and trading of securities, on the one hand, and the exchanges’ commercial and economic interest, on the other hand. While NYSE Euronext has implemented structural protections to minimize these potential conflicts, we cannot be sure that such measures will be successful. For a discussion of some of these structural protections, see Item 1 — “Business — Regulation — United States — NYSE Regulation — Structure, Organization and Governance of NYSE Regulation.”

Our obligation to allocate significant resources to NYSE Regulation and FINRA limits our ability to reduce our expenses or use our cash in other ways.

Pursuant to an agreement with us, FINRA performs market surveillance and related enforcement functions for our U.S. equities and options markets: NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. NYSE Regulation oversees FINRA’s performance of these regulatory services for our markets, enforces listed company compliance with applicable standards, oversees regulatory policy determinations, rule interpretation and regulation-related rule development, and conducts limited real-time trading reviews. NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex are required to allocate significant resources to NYSE Regulation and FINRA. In addition, no regulatory fees, fines or penalties collected by NYSE Regulation may be distributed to NYSE Euronext or any entity other than NYSE Regulation. The obligation to fund NYSE Regulation and the regulatory functions performed by FINRA for our markets could limit our ability to reduce our expense structure, and could limit our ability to invest in or pursue other opportunities that may be beneficial to our stockholders.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

There are no unresolved written comments that were received from the SEC staff 180 days or more before the end of our fiscal year relating to our periodic or current reports under the Exchange Act.

 

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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

Our headquarters are located in New York City, at 11 Wall Street, and in Paris, France, at 39 Rue Cambon. Euronext’s registered office is located at Beursplein 5, 1012 JW Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In total, we maintain approximately 2.6 million square feet in offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Our principal offices, used by all of our segments, consist of the properties described below.

 

Location

   Owned/Leased      Lease Expiration      Approximate Size  

11 Wall Street,

New York, New York

     Owned         N/A         370,000 sq. ft.   

100 Wall Street,

New York, New York

     Leased         2014         76,850 sq. ft.  

20 Broad Street,

New York, New York

     Leased         2016         293,100 sq.  ft. (1) 

Mahwah, New Jersey

     Leased         2029         395,900 sq. ft.   

5 Beursplein,

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

     Owned         N/A         130,500 sq.  ft. (2) 

39 Rue Cambon,

Paris, France

     Leased         2015         145,500 sq. ft.   

1 Cousin Lane,

London, United Kingdom

     Leased         2022         91,000 sq. ft.   

1 Place de la Bourse/Beursplein,

Brussels, Belgium (3)

     Leased         2093         127,600 sq. ft.   

196 Avenida da Liberdade,

Lisbon, Portugal

     Leased         2015         13,000 sq. ft.   

Basildon, United Kingdom

     Owned         N/A         315,000 sq. ft.   

 

(1)

Does not include approximately 89,000 sq. ft. leased to third parties.

 

(2)

Does not include approximately 25,000 sq. ft. leased to third parties.

 

(3)

Property information as of December 31, 2011. Effective January 1, 2012, we entered into a new lease with respect to this property, the term of which is ten years with two five-year renewal options. The size of this leased property will be approximately 20,000 sq. ft.

In addition to the above, we currently lease administrative, sales and disaster preparedness facilities in Chicago, London and Northern Ireland. We believe the facilities we own or occupy are adequate for the purposes for which they are currently used and are well-maintained.

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

See Item 8 — “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements — Note 16 — Commitments and Contingencies — Legal Matters,” which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF NYSE EURONEXT

Set forth below is information regarding our executive officers. All of our executive officers have been appointed by and serve at the pleasure of our board of directors.

 

Name

   Age     

Title

Duncan L. Niederauer

     52       Chief Executive Officer and Director

Dominique Cerutti

     51       President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence E. Leibowitz

     51       Chief Operating Officer

Michael S. Geltzeiler

     53       Group Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Roland Gaston-Bellegarde

     50       Group Executive Vice President and Head of European Execution

Philippe Duranton

     51       Group Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources

Garry P. Jones

     53       Group Executive Vice President and Head of Global Derivatives

John K. Halvey

     51       Group Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Claudia O. Crowley

     56       Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Regulation, Inc.

Duncan L. Niederauer.    Mr. Niederauer was appointed chief executive officer and director of NYSE Euronext, effective December 1, 2007, after joining NYSE Euronext in 2007 as a member of the management committee. Mr. Niederauer also serves on the boards of NYSE Group and Euronext N.V. Mr. Niederauer was previously a partner at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (United States) (“GS”) where he held many positions, among them, co-head of the Equities Division execution services franchise and the managing director responsible for Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, L.P. (formerly known as Spear, Leeds & Kellogg L.P.). Mr. Niederauer joined GS in 1985. Mr. Niederauer currently serves on the boards of Colgate University, Operation Hope and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Dominique Cerutti.    Mr. Cerutti was appointed president and deputy chief executive officer in the first quarter of 2010. He joined NYSE Euronext on December 15, 2009 and was approved as deputy chief executive officer and head of Global Technology on December 31, 2009. Mr. Cerutti most recently served as General Manager of IBM Southwest Europe. In this role, he led all of IBM’s business operations, had full profit and loss responsibility and ensured risk management, compliance and business controls across IBM’s business units in southern and western Europe. Mr. Cerutti was a member of IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano’s Senior Leadership Team. Previously, he was general manager of IBM’s Global Services in Europe, Middle East & Africa, based in Paris. In 1999, he was appointed executive assistant at IBM’s New York headquarters to former IBM Chairman and CEO Louis V. Gerstner.

Lawrence E. Leibowitz.    Mr. Leibowitz has been chief operating officer since 2010. In this capacity, he is responsible for operations management, global cash execution and global listings. He previously served as group executive vice president and head of U.S. Execution and Global Technology from 2007 until 2009. He joined NYSE Euronext in 2007, having served as managing director and chief operating officer, Americas Equities, at UBS Investment Bank. Prior to joining UBS in 2004, Mr. Leibowitz held the position of executive vice president, co-head of Schwab Capital Markets, the trading and execution arm of Schwab. He has served on many industry boards and committees, among them the Market Structure Committee of the former Securities Industry Association (now SIFMA).

Michael S. Geltzeiler.    Mr. Geltzeiler has served as group executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2008. Most recently, he served as president, School and Educational Services for The Reader’s

 

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Digest Association, a global media and direct marketing company. He was the organization’s CFO and senior vice president from 2001 to 2007. In 2005, Mr. Geltzeiler’s responsibilities were expanded to also include oversight for global operations and information technology. While at ACNielsen Corporation, a global information and media company, from 1995 to 2001, Mr. Geltzeiler served as CFO, SVP and controller, and CFO for ACNielsen Europe, Middle East and Africa. He held a variety of positions in corporate finance in America and abroad while at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, a leading provider of commercial information and insight on businesses worldwide, from 1980 to 1995. Mr. Geltzeiler currently serves on the boards of the Museum of American Finance, University of Delaware, the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, the NYSE Foundation and the Euronext Supervisory Board.

Roland Gaston-Bellegarde.    Mr. Gaston-Bellegarde has been group executive vice president and head of European Execution since May 2009. He is responsible for European listing activities as well as trading, which includes managing market operations for the four Euronext markets and handling product development and user relations on the buy-side and sell-side. Mr. Gaston-Bellegarde previously served as head of Cash Trading beginning in 2000. As such, he has defined and developed the global Euronext market model for securities trading. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Gaston-Bellegarde served as head of Cash & Derivatives Markets-ParisBourse. From 1995 to 1998, he served as head of Cash Markets- ParisBourse.

Philippe Duranton.    Mr. Duranton has served as group executive vice president and global head of Human Resources since March 2008. Prior to joining NYSE Euronext, Mr. Duranton had been senior vice president of human resources for Cognos Inc., a world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, from 2007 until 2008. From 2003 to 2006, he was executive vice president for GEMPLUS, a digital security provider. Prior to these positions, Mr. Duranton served in senior human resources positions at Vivendi Universal TV and Film Group and Thales, a leader in defense, aerospace, security and transportation.

Garry P. Jones.    Mr. Jones has served as group executive vice president and head of Global Derivatives since May 2009. From 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Jones was executive director of Business Development and Strategy for NYSE Liffe, with responsibility for marketing, sales, product development and business strategy. Mr. Jones joined NYSE Liffe from ICAP plc, where he was CEO of ICAP Electronic Broking (Europe), and, prior to the merger in 2003, CEO and President of BrokerTec Europe Ltd, the bank consortium-owned global fixed income electronic trading platform. Mr. Jones worked for almost 20 years in a variety of senior management roles in trading, sales and research for investment banks in both the United States and Europe, focusing on the bond and derivatives markets, working for Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, Daiwa Securities and Banque Paribas.

John K. Halvey.    Mr. Halvey has served as group executive vice president and general counsel of NYSE Euronext since 2008. Mr. Halvey also serves on the supervisory board of Euronext N.V. Prior to joining NYSE Euronext in 2008, Mr. Halvey was a corporate partner with the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP from 1994 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2008. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Halvey was executive vice president of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a private equity and venture capital firm. Mr. Halvey has practiced in all areas of corporate, technology and intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on information technology and business process related transactions and private equity transactions involving technology companies.

Claudia O. Crowley.    Ms. Crowley was appointed chief executive officer of NYSE Regulation in July 2010. She is also the chief regulatory officer of the NYSE, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. Ms. Crowley joined NYSE Regulation in October 2008 as senior vice president of NYSE Regulation and chief regulatory officer of NYSE Amex. She also became chief of staff of NYSE Regulation in January 2009. Prior to joining NYSE Regulation, Ms. Crowley was senior vice president and chief regulatory officer at the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE Amex). She joined the American Stock Exchange in 1983 as an enforcement attorney and later served on the legal staff. Ms. Crowley performs certain policy-making functions with respect to NYSE Euronext. She has informed and assisted our management in developing regulatory policies and assisted management in the development and structuring of our U.S. market structure initiatives. Ms. Crowley reports solely to the NYSE Regulation board of directors, and does not report to the NYSE Euronext board of directors or any of its executive officers.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

The principal market on which our common stock is traded is the NYSE. Our common stock is also traded on Euronext Paris. Our common stock commenced trading on April 4, 2007 under the ticker symbol “NYX.” Prior to that date, there was no public market for our common stock.

Common Stock Price Range

The following table sets forth, for the quarters indicated, the high and low sales prices per share of our common stock.

 

     High      Low      High      Low  

2010

           

First quarter

   $ 29.80       $ 22.30       22.15       16.23   

Second quarter

   $ 34.82       $ 26.42       25.81       21.42   

Third quarter

   $ 30.92       $ 26.58       23.41       20.58   

Fourth quarter

   $ 31.00       $ 27.30       23.00       20.55   

2011

           

First quarter

   $ 39.99       $ 30.08       29.85       22.50   

Second quarter

   $ 41.60       $ 31.86       29.00       22.63   

Third quarter

   $ 35.49       $ 23.24       25.01       16.63   

Fourth quarter

   $ 28.92       $ 21.80       21.71       16.50   

2012

           

First quarter(1)

   $ 30.27       $ 26.43       22.73       20.10   

 

 

(1) 

Figures for the first quarter of 2012 are through February 22, 2012.

As of February 22, 2012, there were approximately 725 holders of record of our common stock. On February 22, 2012, the last reported sales price for our common stock on the NYSE and Euronext Paris was $30.27 and €22.06 per share, respectively.

Dividends

The declaration of dividends by NYSE Euronext is subject to the discretion of our board of directors. In December 2009, our board of directors adopted a quarterly dividend declaration policy such that dividends would be determined quarterly by the board taking into account such factors as our evolving business model, prevailing business conditions and our financial results and capital requirements, without a predetermined annual net income payout ratio.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, we paid quarterly dividends of $0.30 per share of common stock.

 

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Outstanding Options and Restricted Stock

The following table sets forth information regarding the outstanding options and restricted stock units on our common stock as of December 31, 2011 (in thousands, except exercise price):

 

                     
     Number of Securities to
be Issued Upon Exercise
of Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
     Weighted-Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
    Number of Securities
Remaining Available for
Future Issuance Under
Equity Compensation
Plans (Excluding
Securities Reflected in
Column (a))
 

Plan Category

   (a)      (b)     (c)  

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

     3,918       $ 11.70 (1)      4,111   

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

     N/A         N/A        N/A   

Total

     3,918       $ 11.70 (1)      4,111   

 

(1) 

Corresponding to the weighted-average exercise price of approximately 0.2 million stock options outstanding as of December 31, 2011. Does not include outstanding rights to receive approximately 3.7 million restricted stock units for which there is no exercise price.

Treasury Stock

The number of shares of common stock outstanding on February 22, 2012 (approximately 258.3 million shares) did not include shares held in treasury, consisting of approximately 1.6 million shares held by a wholly owned subsidiary and 18.2 million shares purchased as part of our share repurchase program.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

Consistent with customary practice in the French securities market, we are party to a liquidity agreement (contrat de liquidité) (the “Liquidity Agreement”) with SG Securities (Paris) SAS (“SG”). The Liquidity Agreement complies with applicable laws and regulations in France, including the ethical charter of the AFEI (the French Association of Investment Firms), as approved by the AMF. The Liquidity Agreement authorizes SG to carry out market purchases and sales of our common stock on Euronext Paris for our account in order to promote the liquidity and the orderly listing of such securities on Euronext Paris. Under the Liquidity Agreement, we deposited funds into a liquidity account with SG to be used by SG in its discretion to purchase and sell shares of our common stock on Euronext Paris. Presently, the liquidity account has a nominal balance. Proceeds of sales are deposited into the liquidity account. The Liquidity Agreement has a term of 12 months and renews automatically in April of each year unless otherwise terminated by either party. The Liquidity Agreement is consistent with the liquidity agreement maintained by Euronext, N.V. with respect to its securities prior to the combination of NYSE Group and Euronext.

Under the Liquidity Agreement and consistent with applicable laws in France, SG exercises full and complete discretion in making any decision to purchase or sell our common stock on Euronext Paris, and no discretion is retained by us. In order to reinforce SG’s independence in performing its obligations under the Liquidity Agreement, information barriers have been established between persons effecting transactions and persons with inside information.

All transactions under the Liquidity Agreement will be executed offshore (outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S) and, except for block transactions, only through the Euronext Paris electronic trading system. SG may also undertake block transactions under the Liquidity Agreement, provided such transactions are made in accordance with the rules governing Euronext Paris.

 

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In performing its obligations under the Liquidity Agreement, SG has agreed to comply with the guidelines and regulations of the AMF, the anti-manipulation and related provisions applicable in France, and the anti-fraud and anti-manipulation provisions of the Exchange Act.

Sales and purchases of our common stock may be suspended if we become subject to legal, regulatory or contractual restrictions that would prevent SG from making purchases and sales under the Agreement or upon our instruction.

No transactions have been carried out by SG on Euronext Paris under the Liquidity Agreement since 2008.

Stock Repurchase Program

In 2008, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of our common stock. Under the program, we may repurchase stock from time to time at the discretion of management in open market or privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, subject to applicable United States or European laws, regulations and approvals, strategic considerations, market conditions and other factors. This stock repurchase plan does not obligate us to repurchase any dollar amount or number of shares of our common stock and any such repurchases will be made in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, including rules and regulations of the SEC and applicable EU regulations and regulations of the AMF.

A summary of common stock repurchases is as follows:

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
     Average
Price Paid
Per Share
     Total Number of
Shares Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced Plans or
Programs
     Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans
or Programs
 
            $ 1,000   

2008

     13,363,661       $ 26.04         13,363,661         652   

2009/2010

                     13,363,661         652   

2011(1)

     3,712,261         26.96         17,075,922         552   
  

 

 

          
     17,075,922            
  

 

 

          

 

 

(1)

All shares were repurchased during the month of November 2011.

 

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Stock Performance Graph

The following performance graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock for the period from April 4, 2007 to December 31, 2011 with the cumulative total return of the S&P 500 Index and a peer group of companies consisting of five exchanges to which we compare our business and operations: CME Group, Deutsche Börse, Intercontinental Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq OMX.

COMPARISON OF 56 MONTH CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*

Among NYSE Euronext, the S&P 500 Index, and a Peer Group

 

LOGO

 

 

* $100 invested on 4/4/07 in stock or 3/31/07 in index, including reinvestment of dividends.
  Fiscal year ending December 31.

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

The following selected consolidated financial data has been derived from the historical consolidated financial statements and related notes for the years ended December 31, 2007 through December 31, 2011, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. As a result of a change in our reportable business segments effective in the first quarter of 2010, historical financial data has been revised to conform to this change. The information presented here is only a summary, and it should be read together with our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The information set forth below is not necessarily indicative of NYSE Euronext’s results of future operations and should be read in conjunction with Item 7 — “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007  
     (In millions, except per share data)  

Statement of Operations Data

          

Revenues

          

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 3,162      $ 3,128      $ 3,427      $ 3,536      $ 2,760   

Market data

     371        373        403        428        371   

Listing

     446        422        407        395        385   

Technology services

     358        318        223        159        130   

Other revenues

     215        184        224        184        292   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     4,552        4,425        4,684        4,702        3,938   

Transaction-based expenses:

          

Section 31 fees

     371        315        388        229        556   

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     1,509        1,599        1,818        1,592        951   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     2,672        2,511        2,478        2,881        2,431   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

          

Compensation

     638        613        649        664        612   

Depreciation and amortization

     280        281        266        253        240   

Systems and communication

     188        206        225        317        264   

Professional services

     299        282        223        163        112   

Impairment charges(1)

                          1,590          

Selling, general and administrative

     303        296        313        305        257   

Merger expenses and exit costs

     114        88        516        177        67   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expenses

     1,822        1,766        2,192        3,469        1,552   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

     850        745        286        (588     879   

Net interest and investment (loss) income

     (116     (108     (111     (99     (60

Other (loss) income

     (9     49        30        42        73   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax (provision) benefit

     725        686        205        (645     892   

Income tax (provision) benefit

     (122     (128     7        (95     (243
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     603        558        212        (740     649   

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax(2)

                          7        4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     603        558        212        (733     653   

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     16        19        7        (5     (10
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to NYSE Euronext

   $ 619      $ 577      $ 219      $ (738   $ 643   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Year Ended December 31,  
     2011      2010      2009      2008     2007  
     (In millions, except per share data)  

Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to NYSE Euronext:

             

Continuing operations

   $ 2.37       $ 2.21       $ 0.84       $ (2.81   $ 2.70   

Discontinued operations

                             0.03        0.02   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 2.37       $ 2.21       $ 0.84       $ (2.78   $ 2.72   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to NYSE Euronext:

             

Continuing operations

   $ 2.36       $ 2.20       $ 0.84       $ (2.81   $ 2.68   

Discontinued operations

                             0.03        0.02   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 2.36       $ 2.20       $ 0.84       $ (2.78   $ 2.70   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

     261         261         260         265        237   

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

     263         262         261         265        238   

Dividends per share

   $ 1.20       $ 1.20       $ 1.20       $ 1.15      $ 0.75   

 

     December 31,  
     2011      2010     2009     2008     2007  
     (In millions)  

Balance Sheet Data

           

Total assets

   $ 13,072       $ 13,378      $ 14,382      $ 13,948      $ 16,618   

Current assets

   $ 1,154       $ 1,174      $ 1,520      $ 2,026      $ 2,278   

Current liabilities

     1,149         1,454        2,149        2,582        3,462   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Working capital

   $ 5       $ (280   $ (629   $ (556   $ (1,184
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long term liabilities(3)

   $ 2,954       $ 3,006      $ 3,132      $ 3,005      $ 3,102   

Long term debt

     2,036         2,074        2,166        1,787        494   

NYSE Euronext stockholders’ equity

   $ 6,581       $ 6,796      $ 6,871      $ 6,556      $ 9,384   

 

(1) 

In 2008, we recorded a $1,590 million impairment charge primarily in connection with the write-down of goodwill allocated to our Cash Trading and Listings reporting unit ($1,003 million) and the national securities exchange registration of our Cash Trading and Listings reporting unit ($522 million) to their estimated fair value. This charge reflected adverse economic and equity market conditions which caused a material decline in industry market multiples, and lower estimated future cash flows of our European reporting unit within our Cash Trading and Listings business segment as a result of increased competition which has caused a decline in our market share of cash trading in Europe as well as pricing pressures following the November 2007 introduction of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”).

 

(2) 

The operations of GL Trade, which were sold on October 1, 2008, are reflected as discontinued.

 

(3) 

Represents liabilities due after one year, including deferred income taxes, accrued employee benefits, and deferred revenue.

 

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Selected Operating Data

The following tables present selected operating data for the periods presented. All trading activity is single counted, except European cash trading which is double counted to include both buys and sells. The information set forth below is not necessarily indicative of NYSE Euronext’s future operations and should be read in conjunction with Item 7 — “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

Volume Summary

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  
           (Unaudited)        

Number of trading days — European markets

     257        258        256   

Number of trading days — U.S. markets

     252        252        252   

European Derivatives Products (contracts in thousands)

     1,148,498        1,222,557        1,056,011   

of which Bclear

     293,243        340,840        260,950   

Avg. Net Rate Per Contract (ex. Bclear)

   $ 0.70      $ 0.66      $ 0.65   

Total interest rate products(1)

     578,255        587,652        517,700   

Short term interest rate products

     542,541        557,330        492,024   

Medium and long term interest rate products

     35,714        30,322        25,676   

Total equity products(2)

     549,513        618,226        526,170   

Total individual equity products

     401,004        464,563        369,915   

Futures

     250,442        289,334        199,045   

Options

     150,562        175,229        170,870   

Equity index products

     148,509        153,663        156,255   

of which Bclear

     293,243        340,840        260,950   

Individual equity products

     272,384        316,542        226,972   

Futures

     246,425        288,207        197,709   

Options

     25,959        28,335        29,264   

Equity index products

     20,858        24,298        33,978   

Commodity products

     20,730        16,679        12,141   

U.S. Derivatives Products (contracts in thousands)

      

Avg. Net Rate Per Contract

   $ 0.158      $ 0.171      $ 0.199   

Equity Options Contracts(3)

      

Options contracts

     1,110,193        925,162        665,560   

Total consolidated options contracts

     4,224,605        3,610,436        3,366,731   

Share of total consolidated option contracts

     26.3     25.6     19.8

NYSE Liffe US

      

Futures and Futures Options Volume

     20,938        4,079        4,471   

European Cash Products (trades in thousands)

     439,717        377,122        350,282   

Avg. Net Revenue Per Transaction

   $ 0. 655      $ 0.703      $ 0.948   

Equities

     422,517        361,870        335,405   

Exchange-Traded Funds

     5,270        4,540        3,677   

Structured products

     10,649        9,231        9,745   

Bonds

     1,281        1,481        1,455   

U.S. Cash Products (shares in millions)

     575,223        654,149        826,738   

 

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     Year Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  
           (Unaudited)        

Avg. Net Fee per 100 Shares Handled

   $ 0.0384      $ 0.0314      $ 0.0284   

NYSE listed (Tape A) issues(4)

      

Handled volume(5)

     404,910        474,539        604,231   

Matched volume(6)

     383,863        445,700        550,000   

Total NYSE listed consolidated volume

     1,101,268        1,227,390        1,432,761   

Share of Total Consolidated Volume

      

Handled volume(5)

     36.8     38.7     42.2

Matched volume(6)

     34.9     36.3     38.4

NYSE Arca & Amex (Tape B) Listed Issues

      

Handled volume(5)

     96,040        97,069        129,457   

Matched volume(6)

     86,460        87,252        113,278   

Total NYSE Arca & Amex listed consolidated volume

     371,409        366,527        475,653   

Share of Total NYSE Arca & NYSE Amex Listed Consolidated Volume

      

Handled volume(5)

     25.9     26.5     27.2

Matched volume(6)

     23.3     23.8     23.8

Nasdaq Listed (Tape C) Issues

      

Handled volume(5)

     74,274        82,541        93,050   

Matched volume(6)

     63,941        69,756        75,887   

Total Nasdaq listed consolidated volume

     509,421        552,422        563,411   

Share of Total Nasdaq Listed Consolidated Volume

      

Handled volume(5)

     14.6     14.9     16.5

Matched volume(6)

     12.6     12.6     13.5

Exchange-Traded Funds(4)(7)

      

Handled volume(5)

     90,741        93,109        126,431   

Matched volume(6)

     81,632        83,854        110,970   

Total ETF consolidated volume

     357,841        359,458        477,683   

Share of Total ETF Consolidated Volume

      

Handled volume(5)

     25.4     25.9     26.5

Matched volume(6)

     22.8     23.3     23.2

 

(1) 

Includes currency products.

 

(2) 

Includes all trading activities for Bclear, NYSE Liffe’s service for equity OTC derivatives.

 

(3) 

Includes trading in U.S. equity options contracts, not equity-index options.

 

(4) 

Includes all volume executed in NYSE Euronext’s U.S. crossing sessions.

 

(5) 

Represents the total number of shares of equity securities and ETFs internally matched on NYSE Euronext’s U.S. exchanges or routed to and executed at an external market center. NYSE Arca routing includes odd-lots.

 

(6) 

Represents the total number of shares of equity securities and ETFs executed on NYSE Euronext’s U.S. exchanges.

 

(7) 

Data included in previously identified categories.

Source: NYSE Euronext, Options Clearing Corporation and Consolidated Tape as reported for equity securities. All trading activity is single counted, except European cash trading which is double counted to include both buys and sells.

 

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Other Operating Statistics

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  
           (Unaudited)        

NYSE Listed Issuers

      

Issuers listed on U.S. Markets(1)

     2,947        2,940        2,939   

Number of new issuer listings(1)

     426        361        286   

Capital raised in connection with new listings ($ millions)(2)

   $ 27,388      $ 31,447      $ 18,997   

Euronext Listed Issuers

      

Issuers listed on Euronext(1)

     932        980        1,035   

Number of new issuer listings(3)

     59        78        42   

Capital raised in connection with new listings ($ millions)(2)

   $ 213      $ 812      $ 3,154   

NYSE Market Data(4)

      

Share of Tape A revenues(%)

     45.2     47.8     46.5

Share of Tape B revenues(%)

     30.2     33.2     33.1

Share of Tape C revenues(%)

     18.6     20.0     19.4

Professional subscribers (Tape A)

     371,878        377,481        387,627   

Euronext Market Data

      

Number of terminals

     226,282        238,539        240,201   

NYSE Euronext Employee Headcount(5)

      

NYSE Euronext headcount (as of December 31)

     3,077        2,968        3,367   

Foreign exchange rate

      

Average €/US$ exchange rate

   $ 1.39      $ 1.33      $ 1.39   

Average £/US$ exchange rate

   $ 1.60      $ 1.55      $ 1.57   

 

(1) 

Figures for NYSE listed issuers include listed operating companies, special-purpose acquisition companies and closed-end funds listed on the NYSE and NYSE Amex and do not include NYSE Arca or corporate structured products listed on the NYSE. There were 1,341 ETPs and 1 operating company exclusively listed on NYSE Arca as of December 31, 2011. There were 447 corporate structured products listed on the NYSE as of December 31, 2011. Figures for new issuers listings include NYSE new listings (including new operating companies, special-purpose acquisition companies and closed-end funds listings on NYSE) and new ETP listings on NYSE Arca (NYSE Amex is excluded). Figures for Euronext present the operating companies listed on Euronext and do not include NYSE Alternext, Free Market, closed-end funds, ETFs and structured products (warrants and certificates). As of December 31, 2011, 180 operating companies were listed on NYSE Alternext, 268 on Free Market and 690 ETFs were listed on NextTrack.

 

(2) 

Euronext figures show capital raised in millions of dollars by operating companies listed on Euronext, NYSE Alternext and Free Market and do not include closed-end funds, ETFs and structured products (warrants and certificates). NYSE figures show capital raised in millions of dollars by operating companies listed on NYSE and NYSE Amex only.

 

(3) 

Euronext figures include only operating companies listed on Euronext, NYSE Alternext and Free Market, and do not include close-end funds, ETFs or structured products (warrants and certificates).

 

(4) 

“Tape A” represents NYSE listed securities, “Tape B” represents NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex listed securities, and “Tape C” represents Nasdaq listed securities. Per Regulation NMS, as of April 1, 2007, share of revenues is derived through a formula based on 25% share of trading, 25% share of value traded, and 50% share of quoting, as reported to the consolidated tape. Prior to April 1, 2007, share of revenues for Tapes A and B was derived based on the number of trades reported to the consolidated tape, and share of revenue for Tape C was derived based on an average of share of trades and share of volume reported to the consolidated tape. The consolidated tape refers to the collection and dissemination of market data that multiple markets make available on a consolidated basis. Share figures exclude transactions reported to the FINRA/NYSE Trade Reporting Facility.

 

(5) 

Headcount for December 31, 2011 includes 75 and 36 employees in connection with the recent acquisitions of APX and Metabit, respectively.

Source: NYSE Euronext, Options Clearing Corporation and Consolidated Tape as reported for equity securities.

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

You should read the following discussion together with the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ from such forward-looking statements. See Item 1A — “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements.” Certain prior period amounts presented in the discussion and analysis have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

Overview

NYSE Euronext was formed from the combination of the businesses of NYSE Group and Euronext, which was consummated on April 4, 2007. Following consummation of the combination, NYSE Euronext became the parent company of NYSE Group and Euronext and each of their respective subsidiaries. Under the purchase method of accounting, NYSE Group was treated as the accounting and legal acquirer in the combination with Euronext. On October 1, 2008, NYSE Euronext completed its acquisition of The Amex Membership Corporation, including its subsidiary the American Stock Exchange, which is now known as NYSE Amex.

NYSE Euronext operates under three reportable segments: Derivatives, Cash Trading and Listings, and Information Services and Technology Solutions. We evaluate the performance of our operating segments based on revenue and operating income. We have aggregated all of our corporate costs, including the costs to operate as a public company, within “Corporate/ Eliminations.”

The following is a description of our reportable segments:

Derivatives consist of the following in NYSE Euronext’s global businesses:

 

   

providing access to trade execution in derivatives products, options and futures;

 

   

providing certain clearing services for derivatives products; and

 

   

selling and distributing market data and related information.

Cash Trading and Listings consist of the following in NYSE Euronext’s global businesses:

 

   

providing access to trade execution in cash trading;

 

   

providing settlement of transactions in certain European markets;

 

   

obtaining new listings and servicing existing listings;

 

   

selling and distributing market data and related information; and

 

   

providing regulatory services.

Information Services and Technology Solutions consist of the following in NYSE Euronext’s global businesses:

 

   

operating sell-side and buy-side connectivity networks for our markets and for other major market centers and market participants in the United States, Europe and Asia;

 

   

providing trading and information technology software and solutions;

 

   

selling and distributing market data and related information to data subscribers for proprietary data products; and

 

   

providing multi-asset managed services and expert consultancy to exchanges and liquidity centers.

For a discussion of these segments, see Note 5 to the consolidated financial statements.

 

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Factors Affecting Our Results

The business environment in which NYSE Euronext operates directly affects its results of operations. Our results have been and will continue to be affected by many factors, including the level of trading activity in our markets, which during any period is significantly influenced by general market conditions, competition, market share and the pace of industry consolidation; broad trends in the brokerage and finance industry; price levels and price volatility; the number and financial health of companies listed on NYSE Euronext’s cash markets; changing technology in the financial services industry; and legislative and regulatory changes, among other factors. See Item 1A — “Risk Factors”. In particular, in recent years, the business environment has been characterized by increasing competition among global markets for trading volumes and listings; the globalization of exchanges, customers and competitors; market participants’ demand for speed, capacity and reliability, which requires continuing investment in technology; and increasing competition for market data revenues. The maintenance and growth of our revenues could also be impacted if we face increased pressure on pricing.

Uncertainty in the U.S. credit markets that commenced with the upheaval in 2008 continues to impact the economy. Equity market indices have experienced volatility and the market may remain volatile throughout 2012. Economic uncertainty in the European Union and the political upheaval in certain North African countries could spread to other countries and may continue to negatively affect global financial markets. While markets may improve, these factors have adversely affected our revenues and operating income and may negatively impact future growth.

As a result of recent events, there has been, and it is likely that there will continue to be, significant change in the regulatory environment in which we operate. In particular, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law in July 2010. Although many of its provisions require the adoption of rules to implement, and it contains substantial ambiguities, many of which will not be resolved until regulations are adopted, such reforms could adversely affect our business or result in increased costs and the expenditure of significant resources. In addition, there are significant structural changes underway within the European regulatory framework. See Item 1A — “Risk Factors — Risks Relating to Regulation — We may be adversely affected by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; — We may be adversely affected by significant proposed European Union financial reforms; — Changes to the regulators and agencies governing European financial markets could adversely affect our business.”

While we have not experienced reductions in our borrowing capacity, lenders in general have taken actions that indicate their concerns regarding liquidity in the marketplace. These actions have included reduced advance rates for certain security types, more stringent requirements for collateral eligibility and higher interest rates. Should lenders continue to take additional similar actions, the cost of conducting our business may increase and our ability to implement our business initiatives could be limited.

We expect that all of these factors will continue to impact our businesses. Any potential growth in the global cash markets will likely be tempered by investor uncertainty resulting from volatility in the cost of energy and commodities, unemployment concerns, contagion concerns in relation to the sovereign debt issues faced by some members of the Eurozone, as well as the general state of the world economy. We continue to focus on our strategy to broaden and diversify our revenue streams, as well as our company-wide expense reduction initiatives in order to mitigate these uncertainties.

Recent Acquisitions and Other Transactions

NYSE Amex Options

On June 29, 2011, NYSE Euronext completed the sale of a significant equity interest in NYSE Amex Options, one of our two U.S. options exchanges, to seven external investors, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citadel Securities, Citi, Goldman Sachs, TD AMERITRADE and UBS. NYSE Euronext remains the largest shareholder in the entity and manages the day-to-day operations of NYSE Amex Options, which operates under the supervision of a separate board of directors and a dedicated chief executive officer. NYSE Euronext consolidates this entity for financial reporting purposes.

 

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As part of the agreement, the external investors have received an equity instrument which is tied to their individual contribution to the options exchange’s success. Under the terms of the agreement, the external investors have the option to require NYSE Euronext to repurchase a portion of the instruments on an annual basis over the course of five years starting in 2011. The amount NYSE Euronext is required to purchase under this arrangement is capped each year at between approximately 5% and 15% of the total outstanding shares of NYSE Amex Options. On September 16, 2011, the external investors put back approximately 5% of the total outstanding shares of NYSE Amex Options to NYSE Euronext. NYSE Euronext recognized the full redemption value, i.e. fair value, of this instrument as mezzanine equity and classified the related balance as “Redeemable noncontrolling interest” in the consolidated statement of financial condition as of December 31, 2011.

NYSE BlueTM

On February 18, 2011, the formation of the NYSE Blue joint venture was consummated. NYSE Blue is a new global company that is majority owned by NYSE Euronext. NYSE Blue consists of the businesses of APX (headquartered in the New York City region) and BlueNext (headquartered in Paris). In its environmental unit, NYSE Blue provides infrastructure and services to environmental sponsors and market participants, through its environmental management account for asset and risk management as well as its registry services for renewable energy in the United States and voluntary carbon credits worldwide. Additionally, NYSE Blue operates, through BlueNext, a leading spot exchange for the European Emissions Trading System, a multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas emission trading scheme. In its power unit, NYSE Blue is a leading provider of hosted power scheduling and settlement services for wholesale power market participants. NYSE Euronext consolidates NYSE Blue for financial reporting purposes.

New York Portfolio Clearing

NYPC, NYSE Euronext’s joint venture with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (“DTCC”), became operational in the first quarter of 2011. NYPC currently clears fixed income futures traded on NYSE Liffe US and will have the ability to provide clearing services for other exchanges and Derivatives Clearing Organizations in the future. NYPC uses NYSE Euronext’s clearing technology, TRS/CPS, to process and manage cleared positions and post-trade position transfers. DTCC’s Fixed Income Clearing Corporation provides capabilities in risk management, settlement, banking and reference data systems. As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext had a minority ownership interest in, and board representation on, DTCC. NYSE Euronext has agreed to make up to a $50 million financial guarantee as an additional contribution to the NYPC default fund, of which $25 million had been contributed as of December 31, 2011, and was held in escrow by NYPC. NYSE Euronext’s investment in NYPC is treated as an equity method investment.

Sale of American Stock Exchange building

In the first quarter of 2011, the American Stock Exchange building (“Amex building”) was sold and, in accordance with the Amex acquisition agreement, approximately 340,000 NYSE Euronext shares of common stock were issued to former Amex members in June 2011. The issuance of shares represents the final consideration due to former Amex shareholders as part of the Amex acquisition agreement.

National Stock Exchange of India

On May 3, 2010, NYSE Euronext completed the sale of its 5% equity interest in the National Stock Exchange of India for gross proceeds of $175 million. A $56 million gain was included in “Other income” in our consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2010 as a result of this transaction.

Impairment of Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Assets

Testing Methodology and Valuation Considerations

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price and related costs over the value assigned to the net tangible and identifiable assets of a business acquired. In accordance with the Intangibles – Goodwill and Other Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“Codification”), we test goodwill of our reporting units (which is generally one level below our three reportable segments) and intangible assets deemed to have indefinite lives for impairment at least annually and more frequently if events or

 

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circumstances, such as adverse changes in the business climate, indicate that there may be justification for conducting an interim test. We perform our annual impairment test of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets during the fourth quarter.

The impairment test of goodwill is performed in two steps. The first step compares the fair value of the reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is considered not impaired; however, if the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the second step must be performed. The second step compares the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill. An impairment loss is recorded to the extent that the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value.

In determining the fair value of our reporting units in step one of the goodwill impairment test, we compute the present value of discounted cash flows and terminal value projected for the reporting unit. The rate used to discount cash flows represents the weighted average cost of capital that we believe is reflective of the relevant risk associated with the projected cash flows.

To validate the reasonableness of the reporting unit fair values, we reconcile the aggregate fair values of the reporting units determined in step one of the goodwill impairment test to the enterprise value of NYSE Euronext to derive the implied control premium. In performing this reconciliation, we may, depending on the volatility of our stock price, use either the stock price on the valuation date or the average stock price over a range of dates around the valuation date, generally 30 days. We compare the implied control premium to premiums paid in observable recent transactions of comparable companies to determine if the fair value of the reporting units estimated in step one of the goodwill impairment test is reasonable.

In accordance with Subtopic 10 in the Property, Plant, and Equipment Topic of the Codification, impairment exists when the carrying amount of an amortizable intangible asset exceeds its fair value. The carrying amount of an amortizable intangible asset is not recoverable if it exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from it. An intangible asset subject to amortization shall be tested for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances, such as a significant or adverse change in the business climate that could affect the value of the intangible asset, indicate that its carrying amount may not be recoverable. An impairment loss is recorded to the extent the carrying amount of the intangible asset exceeds its fair value.

The process of evaluating the potential impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets is subjective and requires significant judgment on matters such as, but not limited to, the reporting unit at which goodwill should be measured for impairment, future operating performance and cash flows, cost of capital, terminal values, control premiums, remaining economic lives of assets, and the allocation of shared assets and liabilities to determine the carrying values for each of our reporting units. We use our internal forecasts to estimate future cash flows and actual future results may differ from those estimates.

In addition, in order to determine whether a decline in the value of certain securities and other investments is other-than-temporary, we evaluate, among other factors, the length of time and the extent to which the market value has been less than cost. In particular, we consider the impact of duration and severity on the period of time expected for recovery to occur. If we determine that the decline in value is other-than-temporary, we write down the carrying value of the related asset to its estimated fair value.

For the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, we did not record any material impairment charge.

Sources of Revenues

Transaction and Clearing Fees

Our transaction and clearing fees consist of fees collected from our cash trading, derivatives trading and clearing businesses.

 

   

Cash trading.    Revenues for cash trading consist of transaction charges for executing trades on our cash markets, as well as transaction charges related to orders on our U.S. cash markets which are routed to other market centers for execution. Additionally, our U.S. cash markets pay fees to the SEC pursuant to Section 31 of the Exchange Act. These fees are designed to recover the costs to the government of supervision and regulation of securities markets and securities professionals. Activity assessment fees are

 

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collected from member organizations executing trades on our U.S. cash markets, and are recognized when these amounts are invoiced. Fees received are included in cash at the time of receipt and, as required by law, the amount due to the SEC is remitted semiannually and recorded as an accrued liability until paid. The activity assessment fees are designed so that they are equal to the Section 31 fees. As a result, activity assessment fees and Section 31 fees do not have an impact on NYSE Euronext’s net income.

 

   

Derivatives trading and clearing.    Revenues from derivatives trading and clearing consist of per-contract fees for executing trades of derivatives contracts and clearing charges on the London market of NYSE Liffe and NYSE Liffe US and executing options contracts traded on NYSE Liffe’s continental Europe derivatives markets, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. In some cases, these fees are subject to caps.

Revenues for per-contract fees are driven by the number of trades executed and fees charged per contract. The principal types of derivative contracts traded and cleared are equity and index products and short-term interest rate products. Trading in equity products is primarily driven by price volatility in equity markets and indices and trading in short-term interest rate products is primarily driven by volatility resulting from uncertainty over the direction of short-term interest rates. The level of trading and clearing activity for all products is also influenced by market conditions and other factors. See “— Factors Affecting Our Results.”

Market Data

We generate revenues from the dissemination of our market data in the U.S. and Europe to a variety of users. In the U.S., we collect market data fees principally for consortium-based data products and, to a lesser extent, for NYSE proprietary data products. Consortium-based data fees are dictated as part of the securities industry plans and charged to vendors based on their redistribution of data. Consortium-based data revenues from the dissemination of market data (net of administrative costs) are distributed to participating markets on the basis of a formula set by the SEC under Regulation NMS. Last sale prices and quotes in NYSE-listed, NYSE Amex-listed, and NYSE Arca-listed securities are disseminated through “Tape A” and “Tape B,” which constitute the majority of the NYSE Euronext’s U.S. revenues from consortium-based market data revenues. We also receive a share of the revenues from “Tape C”, which represents data related to trading of certain securities that are listed on Nasdaq. These revenues are influenced by demand for the data by professional and nonprofessional subscribers. In addition, we receive fees for the display of data on television and for vendor access. Our proprietary products make market data available to subscribers covering activity that takes place solely on our U.S. markets, independent of activity on other markets. Our proprietary data products also include depth of book information, historical price information and corporate action information.

NYSE Euronext offers NYSE Realtime Reference Prices, which allows internet and media organizations to buy real-time, last-sale market data from NYSE and provide it broadly and free of charge to the public. CNBC, Google Finance and nyse.com display NYSE Realtime stock prices on their respective websites.

In Europe, we charge a variety of users, primarily the end users, for the use of Euronext’s real-time market data services. We also collect annual license fees from vendors for the right to distribute Euronext market data to third parties and a service fee from vendors for direct connection to market data. A substantial majority of European market data revenues is derived from monthly end-user fees. We also derive revenues from selling historical and reference data about securities, and by publishing the daily official lists for the Euronext markets. The principal drivers of market data revenues are the number of end-users and the prices for data packages.

Listing

There are two types of fees applicable to companies listed on our U.S. and European securities exchanges — listing fees and annual fees. Listing fees consist of two components: original listing fees and fees related to other corporate-related actions. Original listing fees, subject to a minimum and maximum amount, are based on the number of shares that the company initially lists. Original listing fees, however, are generally not applicable to companies that transfer to one of our U.S. securities exchanges from another market, except for companies transferring to NYSE Amex from the over-the-counter market. Other corporate action related fees are paid by listed companies in connection with corporate actions involving the issuance of new shares to be listed, such as stock splits, rights issues, sales of additional securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions, which are subject to a minimum and maximum fee.

 

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In the U.S., annual fees are charged based on the number of outstanding shares of the listed U.S. company at the end of the prior year. Non-U.S. companies pay fees based on the number of listed securities issued or held in the United States. Annual fees are recognized as revenue on a pro rata basis over the calendar year.

Original fees are recognized as revenue on a straight-line basis over estimated service periods of ten years for the NYSE and the Euronext cash equities markets and five years for NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. Unamortized balances are recorded as deferred revenue on the consolidated statements of financial condition.

Listing fees for our European markets comprise admission fees paid by issuers to list securities on the cash market, annual fees paid by companies whose financial instruments are listed on the cash market, and corporate activity and other fees, consisting primarily of fees charged by Euronext Paris and Euronext Lisbon for centralizing shares in IPOs and tender offers. Original listing fees, subject to a minimum and maximum amount, are based on the market capitalization at the time of the IPO. Revenues from annual listing fees relate to the number of shares outstanding and the market capitalization of the listed company.

In general, Euronext Paris, Euronext Amsterdam, Euronext Brussels and Euronext Lisbon have adopted a common set of listing fees. Under the harmonized fee book, domestic issuers (i.e., those from France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal) pay admission fees to list their securities based on the market capitalization of the respective issuer. Subsequent listings of securities receive a discount on admission fees. Domestic issuers also pay annual fees based on the number of equity securities and the market capitalization of the respective issuer. Non-domestic companies listing in connection with raising capital are charged admission and annual fees on a similar basis, although they are generally charged lower maximum admission fees and annual fees. Non-domestic companies that are in the Euronext 100 index are treated as domestic. Euronext Paris and Euronext Lisbon also charge centralization fees for collecting and allocating retail investor orders in IPOs and tender offers.

The revenue NYSE Euronext derives from listing fees is primarily dependent on the number and size of new company listings as well as the level of other corporate-related activity of existing listed issuers. The number and size of new company listings and other corporate-related activity in any period depend primarily on factors outside of NYSE Euronext’s control, including general economic conditions in Europe and the United States (in particular, stock market conditions) and the success of competing stock exchanges in attracting and retaining listed companies.

Technology Services

Revenues are generated primarily from connectivity services related to the SFTI and FIX networks, software licenses and maintenance fees as well as consulting services. Colocation revenue is recognized monthly over the life of the contract. We also generate revenues from software license contracts and maintenance agreements. We provide software that allows customers to receive comprehensive market-agnostic connectivity, transaction and data management solutions. Software license revenues are recognized at the time of client acceptance and maintenance agreement revenues are recognized monthly over the life of the maintenance term subsequent to acceptance. Consulting services are offered for customization or installation of the software and for general advisory services. Consulting revenue is generally billed in arrears on a time and materials basis, although customers sometimes prepay for blocks of consulting services in bulk. NYSE Euronext records revenues from subscription agreements on a pro rata basis over the life of the subscription agreements. The unrealized portions of invoiced subscription fees, maintenance fees and prepaid consulting fees are recorded as deferred revenue on the consolidated statement of financial condition.

Other Revenues

Other revenues include trading license fees, fees for facilities and other services provided to designated market markers (“DMMs”), brokers and clerks physically located on the floors of our U.S. markets that enable them to engage in the purchase and sale of securities on the trading floor, the revenues of our NYSE Blue joint venture and fees for clearance and settlement activities in our European markets, as well as regulatory revenues. Regulatory fees are charged to member organizations of our U.S. securities exchanges.

Components of Expenses

Section 31 Fees

See “Sources of Revenues — Transaction and Clearing Fees” above.

 

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Liquidity Payments, Routing and Clearing

We offer our customers a variety of liquidity payment structures, tailored to specific market, product and customer characteristics in order to attract order flow, enhance liquidity and promote use of our markets. We charge a “per share” or “per contract” execution fee to the market participant who takes the liquidity on certain of our trading platforms and, in turn, we pay, on certain of our markets, a portion of this “per share” or “per contract” execution fee to the market participant who provides the liquidity.

We also incur routing charges in the U.S. when we do not have the best bid or offer in the market for a security that a customer is trying to buy or sell on one of our U.S. securities exchanges. In that case, we route the customer’s order to the external market center that displays the best bid or offer. The external market center charges us a fee per share (denominated in tenths of a cent per share) for routing to its system. We include costs incurred due to erroneous trade execution within routing and clearing. Furthermore, NYSE Arca incurs clearance, brokerage and related transaction expenses, which primarily include costs incurred in self-clearing activities, and per trade service fees paid to exchanges for trade execution.

Other Operating Expenses

Other operating expenses include compensation, depreciation and amortization, systems and communications, professional services, selling, general and administrative, and merger expenses and exit costs.

Compensation

Compensation expense includes employee salaries, incentive compensation (including stock-based compensation) and related benefits expense, including pension, medical, post-retirement medical and supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP”) charges. Part-time help, primarily related to security personnel at the NYSE, is also recorded as part of compensation.

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization expenses consist of costs from depreciating fixed assets (including computer hardware and capitalized software) and amortizing intangible assets over their estimated useful lives.

Systems and Communications

Systems and communications expense includes costs for development and maintenance of trading, regulatory and administrative systems; investments in system capacity, reliability and security; and cost of network connectivity between our customers and data centers, as well as connectivity to various other market centers. Systems and communications expense also includes fees paid to third-party providers of networks and information technology resources, including fees for consulting, research and development services, software rental costs and licenses, hardware rental and related fees paid to third-party maintenance providers.

Professional Services

Professional services expense includes consulting charges related to various technological and operational initiatives, including fees paid to LCH.Clearnet in connection with certain clearing guarantee arrangements and FINRA in connection with the transfer of certain member firm regulatory functions, as well as legal and audit fees.

Selling, General and Administrative

Selling, general and administrative expenses include (i) occupancy costs; (ii) marketing costs consisting of advertising, printing and promotion expenses; (iii) insurance premiums, travel and entertainment expenses, co-branding, investor education and advertising expenses with NYSE listed companies; (iv) general and administrative expenses; and (v) regulatory fine income levied by NYSE Regulation. Regulatory fine income must be used for regulatory purposes. Subsequent to the July 30, 2007 asset purchase agreement with FINRA, the amount of regulatory fine income has been relatively immaterial.

 

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Merger Expenses and Exit Costs

Merger expenses and exit costs consist of severance costs and related curtailment losses, contract termination costs, depreciation charges triggered by the acceleration of certain fixed asset useful lives, as well as legal and other professional fees and expenses directly attributable to business combinations and cost reduction initiatives.

 

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Results of Operations

Year Ended December 31, 2011 Versus Year Ended December 31, 2010

The following table sets forth NYSE Euronext’s consolidated statements of operations for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, as well as the percentage increase or decrease for each item for the year ended December 31, 2011, as compared to such item for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
    Percent
Increase
(Decrease)
 
   2011     2010    
     (Dollars in Millions)        

Revenues

      

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 3,162      $ 3,128        1

Market data

     371        373        (1 )% 

Listing

     446        422        6

Technology services

     358        318        13

Other revenues

     215        184        17
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     4,552        4,425        3

Transaction-based expenses:

      

Section 31 fees

     371        315        18

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     1,509        1,599        (6 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     2,672        2,511        6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

      

Compensation

     638        613        4

Depreciation and amortization

     280        281       

Systems and communications

     188        206        (9 )% 

Professional services

     299        282        6

Selling, general and administrative

     303        296        2

Merger expenses and exit costs

     114        88        30
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expenses

     1,822        1,766        3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     850        745        14

Interest expense

     (123     (111     11

Interest and investment income

     7        3        133

Loss from associates

     (9     (6     50

Other income

            55        (100 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     725        686        6

Income tax provision

     (122     (128     (5 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     603        558        8

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     16        19        (16 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to NYSE Euronext

   $ 619      $ 577        7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Highlights

For the year ended December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext reported total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, operating income and net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $2,672 million, $850 million and $619 million, respectively. This compares to total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, operating income and net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $2,511 million, $745 million and $577 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 

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The $161 million increase in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, $105 million increase in operating income and $42 million increase in net income attributable to NYSE Euronext for the period reflect the following principal factors:

Increased total revenues, less transaction-based expenses — Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses increased primarily due to growth in technology services revenue, strong trading volumes in our European cash and U.S. derivatives businesses and positive foreign currency impact of $56 million.

Increased operating income — The period-over-period increase in operating income of $105 million was primarily due to an increase in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $56 million primarily related to legal, investment banking and other professional fees and costs incurred in connection with the terminated Proposed Business Combination with Deutsche Börse. Excluding the net impact of merger and exit activities, a tax settlement related to BlueNext ($42 million), the impact of foreign currency ($27 million) and new business initiatives ($31 million), our other operating expenses decreased $70 million or 4% as compared to the year ended December 31, 2010.

Increased net income attributable to NYSE Euronext — As compared to the year ended December 31, 2010, the period-over-period increase in net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $42 million was mainly due to increased operating income and slightly lower effective tax rate.

Segment Results

We operate under three reportable segments: Derivatives, Cash Trading and Listings, and Information Services and Technology Solutions. We evaluate the performance of our operating segments based on revenue and operating income. For discussion of these segments, see Note 5 to the consolidated financial statements and “— Overview” above.

 

                   % of Total
Revenues
 

Segment Revenues (in millions)

   2011      2010      2011     2010  

Derivatives

   $ 1,135       $ 1,088         25     25

Cash Trading and Listings

     2,929         2,893         64     65

Information Services and Technology Solutions

     490         444         11     10
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment revenues

   $ 4,554       $ 4,425         100     100
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Derivatives

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2011      2010      Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
           2011     2010  

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 1,046       $ 1,005         4     92     93

Market data

     48         47         2     4     4

Other revenues

     41         36         14     4     3
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     1,135         1,088         4     100     100

Transaction-based expenses:

            

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     274         262         5     24     24
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     861         826         4     76     76

Merger expenses and exit costs

     3         15         (80 )%      1     2

Other operating expenses

     388         372         4     34     34
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 470       $ 439         7     41     40
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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For the year ended December 31, 2011, Derivatives operating income increased $31 million to $470 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in our U.S. options trading volume of 20%, improved non-transaction-based revenues, reduced merger expenses and exit costs and the favorable impact of foreign currency translation (approximately $16 million), partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses.

Cash Trading and Listings

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2011      2010      Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
           2011     2010  

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 2,116       $ 2,123             72     73

Market data

     193         200         (4 )%      7     7

Listing

     446         422         6     15     15

Other revenues

     174         148         18     6     5
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     2,929         2,893         1     100     100

Transaction-based expenses:

            

Section 31 fees

     371         315         18     13     11

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     1,235         1,337         (8 )%      42     46
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     1,323         1,241         7     45     43

Merger expenses and exit costs

     19         56         (66 )%      1     2

Other operating expenses

     832         809         3     28     28
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 472       $ 376         26     16     13
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2011, Cash Trading and Listings operating income increased $96 million to $472 million. This was primarily due to an increase in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses reflecting improved listing fees, an increase in our European cash trading volumes, higher average net revenue capture for U.S. cash equity, and the favorable impact of foreign currency translation (approximately $10 million). Other operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2011 included a $42 million charge incurred in connection with BlueNext’s settlement of a tax matter with the French tax authorities of which 40% or $17 million was contributed by Caisse des Dépôts (see “Noncontrolling Interest”). Excluding the impact of the BlueNext tax matter, Cash Trading and Listings other operating expenses decreased $19 million as part of our cost containment initiatives.

Information Services and Technology Solutions

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2011      2010      Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
           2011     2010  

Market data

   $ 130       $ 126         3     27     28

Technology services

     360         318         13     73     72
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     490         444         10     100     100

Merger expenses and exit costs

     4         17         (76 )%      1     4

Other operating expenses

     364         355         3     74     80
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 122       $ 72         69     25     16
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2011, Information Services and Technology Solutions operating income increased $50 million to $122 million. The increase was primarily due to the growth of our software business and the increase in our global connectivity fees related to the new data centers in Mahwah and Basildon as well as the

 

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favorable impact of foreign currency translation (approximately $4 million), partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses in connection with the run of our data centers, as well as new personnel and consultants to support the growth of our Information Services and Technology Solutions revenues.

Corporate/Eliminations

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
                 Increase  
     2011     2010     (Decrease)  

Other revenues

   $ (2   $        (100 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     (2            (100 )% 

Merger expenses and exit costs

     88               100

Other operating expenses

     124        142        (13 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating (loss) income

   $ (214   $ (142     51
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Corporate and eliminations include unallocated costs primarily related to corporate governance, public company expenses, duplicate costs associated with migrating our data centers and costs associated with our pension, SERP and postretirement benefit plans as well as intercompany eliminations of revenues and expenses. The increase in merger expenses and exit costs was mainly due to legal, investment banking and other professional fees and costs incurred in connection with the terminated Proposed Business Combination with Deutsche Börse.

Non-Operating Income and Expenses

Interest Expense

Interest expense is primarily attributable to the interest expense on the debt incurred in connection with $750 million of fixed rate bonds due in June 2013 and €1,000 million of fixed rate bonds due in June 2015. (See “Liquidity and Capital Resources”). The increase is primarily a result of the fact that we no longer capitalize a portion of our interest expense for the development of our Mahwah and Basildon data centers which became operational in the second half of 2010.

Interest and Investment Income

The increase in our average cash and investment balances, reduction of interest rates and foreign currency rates were the primary drivers of the $4 million increase in investment income.

Loss From Associates

For the year ended December 31, 2011, the increase in loss from associates is primarily due to the impact of the investment in NYPC which was in development stage.

Other Income

For the year ended December 31, 2010, we recognized a $56 million one-time gain on the sale of our equity investment in the National Stock Exchange of India. We did not record any material other income or expense items in the 2011 period.

Noncontrolling Interest

For the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, NYSE Euronext recorded noncontrolling interest loss of $16 million and $19 million, respectively. In 2011, noncontrolling interest loss consisted primarily of (i) the portion of the NYSE Liffe U.S. and NYSE Blue losses not owned by NYSE Euronext, (ii) the noncontrolling interest portion of the BlueNext tax settlement corresponding to Caisse des Dépôts’ 40% pro rata share of such charge, partially offset by (iii) the noncontrolling interest income reflecting the profitability attributable to NYSE Amex Options. In June 2011, we completed the sale of a significant equity interest in NYSE Amex Options to seven external investors.

 

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Income Taxes

For the year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, NYSE Euronext provided for income taxes at an estimated tax rate of 17% and 19%, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext’s overall effective tax rate was lower than the statutory rate primarily due to a discrete deferred tax benefit related to an enacted reduction in the corporate tax rate in the United Kingdom and higher earnings generated from foreign operations, where the applicable foreign jurisdictions tax rate is lower than the statutory rate.

 

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Results of Operations

Year Ended December 31, 2010 Versus Year Ended December 31, 2009

For the year ended December 31, 2009, the results of operations of NYSE Euronext included the results of operations of NYFIX since its acquisition date on November 30, 2009.

The following table sets forth NYSE Euronext’s consolidated statements of operations for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, as well as the percentage increase or decrease for each item for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to such item for the year ended December 31, 2009.

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
    Percent
Increase
(Decrease)
 
   2010     2009    
     (Dollars in Millions)        

Revenues

      

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 3,128      $ 3,427        (9 )% 

Market data

     373        403        (7 )% 

Listing

     422        407        4

Technology services

     318        223        43

Other revenues

     184        224        (18 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     4,425        4,684        (6 )% 

Transaction-based expenses:

      

Section 31 fees

     315        388        (19 )% 

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     1,599        1,818        (12 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     2,511        2,478        1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Other operating expenses:

      

Compensation

     613        649        (6 )% 

Depreciation and amortization

     281        266        6

Systems and communications

     206        225        (8 )% 

Professional services

     282        223        26

Selling, general and administrative

     296        313        (5 )% 

Merger expenses and exit costs

     88        516        (83 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expenses

     1,766        2,192        (19 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     745        286        160

Interest expense

     (111     (122     (9 )% 

Interest and investment income

     3        11        (73 )% 

(Loss) income from associates

     (6     2        (400 )% 

Other income

     55        28        96
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     686        205        235

Income tax (provision) benefit

     (128     7        NM   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     558        212        163

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     19        7        171
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to NYSE Euronext

   $ 577      $ 219        163
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

NM = Not meaningful.

 

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Highlights

For the year ended December 31, 2010, NYSE Euronext reported total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, operating income and net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $2,511 million, $745 million and $577 million, respectively. This compares to total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, operating income and net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $2,478 million, $286 million and $219 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2009.

The $33 million increase in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses, $459 million increase in operating income and $358 million increase in net income attributable to NYSE Euronext for the period reflect the following principal factors:

Increased total revenues, less transaction-based expenses — Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses increased primarily due to increased volumes in our derivatives business and growth in information services and technology solutions offset by decreased volumes in certain U.S. cash trading venues and price changes in our European cash trading venues. See further detailed discussion within each segment analysis.

Increased operating income — The period-over-period increase in operating income of $459 million was primarily due to reduced other operating expenses of $426 million mainly associated with a one-time NYSE Liffe Clearing payment of $355 million in 2009 and increased total revenues, less transaction-based expenses. Excluding net impact of merger and acquisition activity ($54 million), the impact of foreign currency ($19 million), new business initiatives ($35 million) and data center integration costs ($45 million), our other operating expenses decreased $113 million or 7% as compared to the year ended December 31, 2009.

Increased net income attributable to NYSE Euronext — As compared to the year ended December 31, 2009, the period-over-period increase in net income attributable to NYSE Euronext of $358 million was mainly due to increased operating income and a $56 million one-time gain on the sale of our 5% equity interest in the National Stock Exchange of India, partially offset by a higher effective tax rate.

Segment Results

We revised our reportable business segments effective in the first quarter of 2010. The new segments are Derivatives, Cash Trading and Listings, and Information Services and Technology Solutions. Historical financial results have been revised to reflect this change. For discussion of these segments, see Note 5 to the consolidated financial statements and “— Overview” above.

 

                   % of Total
Revenues
 

Segment Revenues (in millions)

   2010      2009      2010     2009  

Derivatives

   $ 1,088       $ 918         25     20

Cash Trading and Listings

     2,893         3,397         65     73

Information Services and Technology Solutions

     444         363         10     7
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total segment revenues

   $ 4,425       $ 4,678         100     100
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Derivatives

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2010      2009     Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
          2010     2009  

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 1,005       $ 845        19     93     92

Market data

     47         42        12     4     5

Other revenues

     36         31        16     3     3
  

 

 

    

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     1,088         918        19     100     100

Transaction-based expenses:

           

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     262         195        34     24     21
  

 

 

    

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     826         723        14     76     79

Merger expenses and exit costs

     15         382        (96 )%      2     42

Other operating expenses

     372         381        (2 )%      34     41
  

 

 

    

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

   $ 439       $ (40     NM        40     (4 )% 
  

 

 

    

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

NM = Not meaningful.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, Derivatives operating income increased $479 million to $439 million. The increase was primarily due to (i) an increase in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses reflecting an increase in our European average daily volume of 14.8% as compared to the same period a year ago, (ii) the inclusion of the full year results of NYSE Liffe Clearing in 2010, (iii) an increase in our U.S. options market share, (iv) reduced merger expenses and exit costs which included a one-time NYSE Liffe Clearing payment of $355 million in 2009 and (v) a $9 million decrease of other operating expenses reflecting the results of operating efficiencies, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of foreign currency translation (approximately $10 million).

Cash Trading and Listings

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2010      2009      Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
           2010     2009  

Transaction and clearing fees

   $ 2,123       $ 2,582         (18 )%      73     76

Market data

     200         221         (10 )%      7     7

Listing

     422         407         4     15     12

Other revenues

     148         187         (21 )%      5     5
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     2,893         3,397         (15 )%      100     100

Transaction-based expenses:

            

Section 31 fees

     315         388         (19 )%      11     11

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

     1,337         1,623         (18 )%      46     48
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

     1,241         1,386         (10 )%      43     41

Merger expenses and exit costs

     56         104         (46 )%      2     3

Other operating expenses

     809         867         (7 )%      28     26
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 376       $ 415         (9 )%      13     12
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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For the year ended December 31, 2010, Cash Trading and Listings operating income decreased $39 million to $376 million. This was primarily due to a $145 million decrease in total revenues, less transaction-based expenses. Our U.S. venues average daily volume experienced a 20.9% decline while improving revenue capture. Our European venues had an increase in average daily volume of 6.8% and deteriorated, yet stabilized by year-end, revenue capture. The decline in our total revenues, less transaction-based expenses was partially offset by reduced levels of merger expenses and exit costs as well as a $58 million decrease of other operating expenses as part of our cost containment initiatives.

Information Services and Technology Solutions

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
     2010      2009      Increase
(Decrease)
    % of
Revenues
 
           2010     2009  

Market data

   $ 126       $ 140         (10 )%      28     39

Technology services

     318         223         43     72     61
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     444         363         22     100     100

Merger expenses and exit costs

     17         27         (37 )%      4     7

Other operating expenses

     355         309         15     80     85
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

   $ 72       $ 27         167     16     8
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2010, Information Services and Technology Solutions operating income increased $45 million to $72 million. The increase was primarily due to the growth of our software business and the inclusion of the full year results of NYFIX in 2010, a business acquired on November 30, 2009.

Corporate/Eliminations

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     (in millions)  
                 Increase  
     2010     2009     (Decrease)  

Other revenues

   $      $ 6        (100 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total revenues

            6        (100 )% 

Merger expenses and exit costs

            3        (100 )% 

Other operating expenses

     142        119        19
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Operating (loss) income

   $ (142   $ (116     22
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Corporate and eliminations include unallocated costs primarily related to corporate governance, public company expenses, duplicate costs associated with migrating our data centers and costs associated with our pension, SERP and postretirement benefit plans as well as intercompany eliminations of revenues and expenses. The increase in other operating expenses is mainly due to increased data center migration costs.

Non-Operating Income and Expenses

Interest Expense

Interest expense is primarily attributable to the interest expense on the debt incurred in connection with $750 million of fixed rate bonds due in June 2013 and €1,000 million of fixed rate bonds due in June 2015. (See “Liquidity and Capital Resources”). The reduction in interest expense is primarily driven by lower outstanding debt balances.

Interest and Investment Income

The decrease in our average cash and investment balances, reduction of interest rates and foreign currency rates were the primary drivers of the $8 million decrease in investment income.

 

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Income (Loss) From Associates

For the year ended December 31, 2010, the decrease in income (loss) from associates is primarily due to the impact of the investment in NYPC which was in development stage.

Other Income

For the year ended December 31, 2010, other income increased $27 million to $55 million as compared to the same period a year ago. The increase is primarily due to a $56 million gain on the sale of our equity investment in the National Stock Exchange of India, partially offset by foreign exchange gains and losses and dividends on certain investments, which may vary period over period.

Noncontrolling Interest

For the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, NYSE Euronext recorded noncontrolling interest loss of $19 million and $7 million, respectively. The increase of $12 million in noncontrolling interest loss year-over-year primarily reflects the reduced profitability of NYSE Blue and the operating losses of NYSE Liffe U.S., which was in development stage.

Income Taxes

For the year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, NYSE Euronext provided for income taxes at an estimated tax rate of 19% and benefited from income taxes at an estimated tax rate of 3%, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2010, NYSE Euronext’s overall effective tax rate was lower than the statutory rate primarily due to lower tax rates on its foreign operations, the expiration of the statutes of limitations in various jurisdictions and a discrete deferred tax benefit related to an enacted reduction in the corporate tax rate in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

NYSE Euronext’s financial policy seeks to finance the growth of its business, remunerate shareholders and ensure financial flexibility, while maintaining strong creditworthiness and liquidity. NYSE Euronext’s primary sources of liquidity are cash flows from operating activities, current assets and existing bank facilities. NYSE Euronext’s principal liquidity requirements are for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate use.

Cash Flows

For the year ended December 31, 2011, net cash provided by operating activities was $1,000 million, representing primarily net income of $603 million, depreciation and amortization of $286 million, partially offset by a positive change in working capital of $206 million. Capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $170 million.

Under the terms of the operating agreement of the NYSE, no regulatory fees, fines or penalties collected by NYSE Regulation may be distributed to NYSE Euronext or any entity other than NYSE Regulation. As a result, the use of regulatory fees, fines and penalties collected by NYSE Regulation may be considered restricted. As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext did not have significant restricted cash balances.

Net Financial Indebtedness

As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext had approximately $2.1 billion in debt outstanding and $0.4 billion of cash, cash equivalents and financial investments, resulting in $1.7 billion in net indebtedness. We define net indebtedness as outstanding debt less cash, cash equivalents and financial investments.

 

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Net indebtedness was as follows (in millions):

 

     December 31,  
     2011      2010  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 396       $ 327   

Financial investments

     36         52   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and financial investments [a]

   $ 432       $ 379   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Short term debt

     39         366   

Long term debt

     2,036         2,074   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total debt [b]

   $ 2,075       $ 2,440   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net indebtedness [b] – [a]

   $ 1,643       $ 2,061   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and financial investments are managed as a global treasury portfolio of non-speculative financial instruments that are readily convertible into cash, such as overnight deposits, term deposits, money market funds, mutual funds for treasury investments, short duration fixed income investments and other money market instruments, thus ensuring high liquidity of financial assets.

As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext’s main debt instruments were as follows (in millions):

 

     Principal
Amount
   Maturity

4.8% bond in U.S. dollar

   $750    June 30, 2013

5.375% bond in Euro

   €1,000($1,296)    June 30, 2015

In 2007, NYSE Euronext entered into a U.S. dollar and euro-denominated global commercial paper program of $3.0 billion in order to refinance the acquisition of the Euronext shares. As of December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext had no debt outstanding under this commercial paper program. The effective interest rate of commercial paper issuances does not materially differ from short term interest rates (Libor U.S. for commercial paper issued in U.S. dollar and Euribor for commercial paper issued in euro). The fluctuation of these rates due to market conditions may therefore impact the interest expense incurred by NYSE Euronext.

The commercial paper program is backed by a $1.4 billion syndicated revolving bank facility maturing on July 31, 2012. This bank facility is also available for general corporate purposes and was not drawn as of December 31, 2011. This bank facility was initially entered into in 2007 for an amount of $2.0 billion and was subsequently amended on December 8, 2011. Pursuant to the amendment, the size of the facility decreased to $1,357 million as of December 8, 2011 and will further decrease to $1.2 billion as of April 4, 2012.

In August 2006, prior to the combination with NYSE Group, Euronext entered into a €300 million revolving credit facility available for general corporate purposes, which matured on August 4, 2011. The commercial paper program and the credit facilities include terms and conditions customary for agreements of this type, which may restrict NYSE Euronext’s ability to engage in additional transactions or incur additional indebtedness

In 2008, NYSE Euronext issued $750 million of 4.8% fixed rate bonds due in June 2013 and €750 million of 5.375% fixed rate bonds due in June 2015 in order to, among other things, refinance outstanding commercial paper and lengthen the maturity profile of its debt. In 2009, NYSE Euronext increased the €750 million 5.375% notes due in June 2015 to €1 billion as a result of an incremental offering of €250 million. The terms of the bonds do not contain any financial covenants. The bonds may be redeemed by NYSE Euronext or the bond holders under certain customary circumstances, including a change in control accompanied by a downgrade of the bonds below an investment grade rating. The terms of the bonds also provide for customary events of default and a negative pledge covenant.

As of December 31, 2011, we were in compliance with all of our debt instruments covenants in all material respects.

Liquidity Risk

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diversify its sources of financing. NYSE Euronext anticipates being able to support short-term liquidity and operating needs primarily through existing cash balances and financing arrangements, along with future cash flows from operations. If existing financing arrangements are insufficient to meet anticipated needs or to refinance existing debt, NYSE Euronext may seek additional financing in either the debt or equity markets. NYSE Euronext may also seek equity or debt financing in connection with future acquisitions or other strategic transactions. While we believe that we generally have access to debt markets, including bank facilities and publicly and privately issued long and short term debt, we may not be able to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms or at all.

Because new issues of commercial paper generally fund the retirement of outstanding issues, NYSE Euronext is also exposed to the rollover risk of not being able to refinance outstanding commercial paper. In order to mitigate the rollover risk, we maintain backstop bank facilities for an aggregate amount exceeding at any time the amount issued under our commercial paper program. In the event that we are unable to issue new commercial paper, we may draw on these backstop facilities.

Share Repurchase Program

In 2008, our board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of our common stock. Under the program, we may repurchase stock from time to time at the discretion of management in open market or privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, subject to applicable United States or European laws, regulations and approvals, strategic considerations, market conditions and other factors. This stock repurchase plan does not obligate us to repurchase any dollar amount or number of shares of our common stock and any such repurchases will be made in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, including rules and regulations of the SEC and applicable EU regulations and regulations of the AMF.

A summary of common stock purchases is as follows:

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
     Average
Price Paid
Per Share
     Total Number of Shares
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
     Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet Be
Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs
 
            $ 1,000   

2008

     13,363,661       $ 26.04         13,363,661         652   

2009/2010

                     13,363,661         652   

2011(1)

     3,712,261         26.96         17,075,922         552   
  

 

 

          
     17,075,922            
  

 

 

          

 

(1)

All shares were repurchased during the month of November 2011.

 

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Summary Disclosures About Contractual Obligations

The table below summarizes NYSE Euronext’s debt, future minimum lease obligations on its operating leases and other commitments as of December 31, 2011 (in millions):

 

     Payments Due by Year(1)  
     Total      2012      2013      2014      2015      2016      Thereafter  

Debt (principal and accrued interest obligations)

   $ 2,075       $ 39       $ 749       $       $ 1,287       $       $   

Debt (future interest obligations)

     298         70         88         70         70                   

Operating lease obligations

     345         63         58         51         42         25         106   

Other commitments(2)

     77         40         37                                   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 2,795       $ 212       $ 932       $ 121       $ 1,399       $ 25       $ 106   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

As of December 31, 2011, obligations under capital leases were not significant. NYSE Euronext also has obligations related to other post-retirement benefits, deferred compensation and unrecognized tax positions. The date of payment under these obligations cannot be determined. See Notes 7 — “Pension and Other Benefit Programs,” 9 — “Stock Based Compensation,” and 15 — “Income Taxes” to the consolidated financial statements. In addition, the external investors in our NYSE Amex Options market have received an equity instrument which is tied to their individual contribution to the options exchange’s success and have the option to require NYSE Euronext to repurchase a portion of the instruments on an annual basis over the course of five years starting in 2011. The amount NYSE Euronext is required to purchase under this arrangement is capped each year at between 5% and 15% of the total outstanding shares of NYSE Amex Options. NYSE Euronext recognized the full redemption value, i.e. fair value, of this instrument as mezzanine equity and classified the related balance as “Redeemable noncontrolling interest” in the consolidated statement of financial condition as of December 31, 2011. However, NYSE Euronext cannot predict whether the external investors will elect to exercise their put option.

 

(2) 

Primarily reflects the outstanding commitment for our investment in the Qatar Exchange.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The following provides information about NYSE Euronext’s critical accounting policies and estimates. Critical accounting policies reflect significant judgments and uncertainties, and potentially produce materially different results, assumptions and conditions.

Revenue Recognition

There are two types of fees applicable to companies listed on our exchanges — listing fees and annual fees. Listing fees consist of two components: original listing fees and fees related to other corporate actions. Original listing fees, subject to a minimum and maximum amount, are based on the number of shares that the company initially lists. Original listing fees, however, are not applicable to companies when they list on the NYSE or NYSE Arca in the context of a transfer from another market. Other corporate action related fees are paid by listed companies in connection with corporate actions involving the issuance of new shares. Annual fees are recognized on a pro rata basis over the calendar year. Original listing fees are recognized on a straight-line basis over their estimated service periods of 10 years for NYSE and Euronext, and five years for NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. Unamortized balances are recorded as deferred revenue on the consolidated statements of financial condition.

In addition, NYSE Euronext, through NYSE Technologies’ Trading Solutions business, licenses software and provides software services which are accounted for in accordance with Subtopic 605 in the Software Topic of the Codifications.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

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NYSE Euronext’s goodwill would be reduced by the difference between the carrying value of goodwill and its fair value.

NYSE Euronext reviews the useful life of its indefinite-lived intangible assets to determine whether events or circumstances continue to support the indefinite useful life categorization. In addition, the carrying value of NYSE Euronext’s indefinite-lived intangible assets is reviewed by NYSE Euronext at least annually for impairment based upon the estimated fair value of the asset.

For purposes of performing the impairment test, fair values are determined using a discounted cash flow methodology. This requires significant judgments including estimation of future cash flows, which, among other factors, is dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for businesses, and determination of weighted average cost of capital. Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and/or goodwill and other intangible impairment for each reporting unit.

Income Taxes

NYSE Euronext records income taxes using the asset and liability method, under which current and deferred tax liabilities and assets are recorded in accordance with enacted tax laws and rates. Under this method, the amounts of deferred tax liabilities and assets at the end of each period are determined using the tax rate expected to be in effect when the taxes are actually paid or recovered. Future tax benefits are recognized to the extent that realization of such benefits is more likely than not.

Deferred income taxes are provided for the estimated income tax effect of temporary differences between financial and tax bases in assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets are also provided for certain tax carryforwards. A valuation allowance to reduce deferred tax assets is established when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

NYSE Euronext is subject to tax regulations in numerous domestic and foreign jurisdictions primarily based on its operations in these jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in assessing the future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in NYSE Euronext’s financial statements or tax returns. Fluctuations in the actual outcome of these future tax consequences could have material impact on NYSE Euronext’s financial position or results of operations.

Pension and Other Post-Retirement Employee Benefits

Pension and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) costs and liabilities are dependent on assumptions used in calculating such amounts. These assumptions include discount rates to measure future obligation and interest expense, health care cost trend rates, benefits earned, interest cost, expected return on assets, mortality rates and other factors. In accordance with U.S. GAAP, actual results that differ from the assumptions are accumulated and amortized over the future periods and, therefore, generally affect recognized expense and the recorded obligation in future periods. While management believes that the assumptions used are appropriate, differences in actual experience or changes in assumptions may affect NYSE Euronext’s pension and other post-retirement obligations and future expense.

Hedging Activities

NYSE Euronext uses derivative instruments to limit exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates. NYSE Euronext accounts for derivatives pursuant to the Derivatives and Hedging Topic of the Codification. The Derivatives and Hedging Topic establishes accounting and reporting standards for derivative instruments and requires that all derivatives be recorded at fair value on the statement of financial condition. Changes in the fair value of derivative financial instruments are either recognized in other comprehensive income or net income depending on whether the derivative is being used to hedge changes in cash flows or changes in fair value.

Recently Issued Accounting Guidance

The FASB issued ASU 2011-05, Presentation of Comprehensive Income, and ASU 2011-12, Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other

 

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Comprehensive Income in ASU 2011-05, which amend certain provisions in Subtopic 220-10 in the Comprehensive Income Topic of the Codification. The amendments in ASU 2011-05 require that the net income and other comprehensive income be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. In the two-statement approach, the first statement should present total net income and its components followed consecutively by a second statement that should present total other comprehensive income, the components of other comprehensive income, and the total of comprehensive income. The ASU 2011-05 also requires reclassification of other comprehensive income components to be presented in the face of the income statement as well as in the face of the statement of comprehensive income. The amendments in ASU 2011-05 do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income. The amendments also do not change the option for an entity to present components of other comprehensive income either net of related tax effects or before related tax effects, with one amount shown for the aggregate income tax expense or benefit related to the total of other comprehensive income items. In both cases, the tax effect for each component must be disclosed in the notes to the financial statements or presented in the statement in which other comprehensive income is presented. However, the ASU 2011-12 postponed the effective date for amendments to the presentation of reclassifications of items out of accumulated other comprehensive income in ASU 2011-05. Both ASU 2011-05 and ASU 2011-12 amendments should be applied retrospectively and are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. NYSE Euronext adopted these provisions in 2011, and they did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements.

The FASB issued ASU 2011-08, Testing Goodwill for Impairment, which amends certain provisions in Subtopic 350-20 in the Intangibles — Goodwill and Other Topic of the Codification. The amendments in ASU 2011-08 provide changes to the goodwill impairment guidance that are intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the annual impairment test. The changes allow entities an option to perform a “qualitative” assessment to determine whether further impairment testing is necessary. The new qualitative indicators replace those currently used to determine whether an interim goodwill impairment test is required. In addition, the indicators will be applicable for assessing whether to perform step two for reporting units with zero or negative carrying amounts. These amendments will be effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. We do not believe that this will have a significant impact on our financial statements.

The FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2009-13, Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements, which supersedes certain provisions in Subtopic 25 in the Revenue Recognition Topic of the Codification. ASU 2009-13 requires an entity to allocate arrangement consideration at the inception of an arrangement to all of its deliverables based on their relative selling prices. It also eliminates the use of the residual method of allocation which was allowed under previous guidance and requires the use of the relative-selling-price method in all circumstances in which an entity recognizes revenue for an arrangement with multiple deliverable subject to the Subtopic 25 in the Revenue Recognition Topic. ASU 2009-13 also requires both ongoing disclosures regarding an entity’s multiple-element revenue arrangements as well as certain transitional disclosures during periods after adoption. This new guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. We adopted this as of January 1, 2011, and the adoption of this ASU did not have a significant impact on our financial statements.

The FASB issued ASU 2009-14, Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include Software Elements, which amends certain provisions in Subtopic 605 in the Software Topic of the Codification. The amendments in ASU 2009-14 change revenue recognition for tangible products containing software elements and non-software elements as follows: (1) the tangible element of the product is always outside the scope of Subtopic 605 in the Software Topic; (2) the software elements of tangible products are outside of the scope of Subtopic 605 in the Software Topic when the software elements and non-software elements function together to deliver the product’s essential functionality and (3) undelivered elements in the arrangement related to the non-software components also are excluded from the software revenue recognition guidance. ASU 2009-14 applies to transactions which contain both software and non-software elements. For these transactions, companies will have to go through a two-step process for the software elements. First, a company has to allocate the total consideration to separate units of account for the non-software elements and software elements as a group, using relative selling-price

 

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method. Second, the amount allocated to the software elements as a group will then be accounted for in accordance with the requirements in Subtopic 605 in the Software Topic of the Codification. This may require the use of Residual Method of allocation if VSOE (vendor specific objective evidence) or TPE (third party evidence) does not exist for the undelivered elements. This new guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, and it is also applicable to existing arrangements that are materially modified after the effective date. We adopted this as of January 1, 2011, and the adoption of this ASU did not have a significant impact on our financial statements.

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

General

As a result of its operating and financing activities, NYSE Euronext is exposed to market risks such as interest rate risk, currency risk and credit risk. NYSE Euronext has implemented policies and procedures designed to measure, manage, monitor and report risk exposures, which are regularly reviewed by the appropriate management and supervisory bodies. NYSE Euronext’s central treasury is charged with identifying risk exposures and monitoring and managing such risks on a daily basis. To the extent permitted by local regulation and necessary, NYSE Euronext’s subsidiaries centralize their cash investments, report their risks and hedge their exposures with the central treasury. NYSE Euronext performs sensitivity analyses to determine the effects that market risk exposures may have.

NYSE Euronext uses derivative instruments solely to hedge financial risks related to its financial positions or risks that are otherwise incurred in the normal course of its commercial activities. It does not use derivative instruments for speculative purposes.

Interest Rate Risk

Except for fixed rate bonds, most of NYSE Euronext’s financial assets and liabilities are based on floating rates, on fixed rates with an outstanding maturity or reset date falling in less than one year or on fixed rates that have been swapped to floating rates via fixed-to-floating rate swaps. The following table summarizes NYSE Euronext’s exposure to interest rate risk as of December 31, 2011 (in millions):

 

     Financial
Assets
     Financial
Liabilities
     Net
Exposure
    Impact(2) of a
100 bps
Adverse Shift  in
Interest Rates(3)
 
          <