The transaction will significantly expand CBOE Holdings’ product line across asset classes, broaden its geographic reach with Bats’ strong pan-European equities and global FX positions, and diversify its business mix with significant non-transactional revenue streams. CBOE Holdings expects to utilize Bats’ leading proprietary trading technology by migrating trading in all of the combined company’s markets onto a single, proven platform.
Mr. Tilly continued, “CBOE Holdings and Bats share a culture based on the goal of efficiently utilizing innovation to better serve customers and the broader marketplace while enhancing stockholder value. We expect the acquisition to enhance the trading experience by streamlining access for customers and to allow CBOE Holdings to provide greater scale, while significantly increasing operational and cost efficiencies.”
Following the closing of the transaction, CBOE Holdings expects to incorporate the functionality offered by both technology platforms and migrate onto a leading proprietary Bats’ system. By utilizing Bats’ technology and the combined customer reach of CBOE Holdings and Bats, CBOE Holdings plans to broaden distribution of its expanded product line to provide greater breadth and depth of products and services.
The transaction is expected to be accretive to CBOE Holdings adjusted EPS in the first year following the completion of the transaction and deliver attractive returns on invested capital.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the stockholders of both companies, and receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals. Bats’ and CBOE Holdings’ directors and officers have signed supportive voting agreements. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2017.
Following the close of the transaction, the Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of 14 directors, 11 of the 14 members currently serving on the CBOE Holdings board, plus three members from the Bats Board of Directors. These changes will be effective immediately upon closing.
CBOE Holdings and Bats will hold a joint teleconference today with executives from both companies, including CBOE Holdings’ CEO, President, Chief Strategy Officer and CFO and Bats’ CEO. Following the prepared remarks, there will be a question and answer session exclusively for analysts. Upon conclusion of the analyst question and answer session, a second question and answer session will be held for media only. Please be advised that both the analyst and media call-in lines will be live during the analyst presentation; however, only the media line will be live during the press Q&A, and media will only be able to ask questions through their dedicated dial-in number. Participants should dial in 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start of the presentation and ask to join the CBOE Holdings call.
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Neither CBOE nor Bats undertakes, and each of them expressly disclaims, any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
SOURCE CBOE Holdings, Inc.