IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today reported record consolidated revenues of $257 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 24% from fourth quarter 2008 revenues of $207 million. Consolidated net income attributable to ICE for the fourth quarter grew 72% to $84 million from $49 million in the prior fourth quarter.
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the fourth quarter were $1.13, up 69% from fourth quarter 2008 diluted EPS of $0.67.
For the year ended December 31, 2009, ICE reported its sixth consecutive record year of consolidated revenues totaling $995 million, up 22% compared to 2008 revenues of $813 million. Consolidated 2009 net income attributable to ICE increased 5% to a record $316 million from $301 million in 2008, and diluted EPS increased 2% to $4.27 from $4.17. Consolidated cash flow from operations grew 30% to a record $487 million in 2009.
During the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, including during the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2008, certain items were included in ICE's operating results that management believes are not indicative of its operating performance. For the year ended December 31, 2009, consolidated adjusted net income attributable to ICE excluding these items was $334 million, up 7% from $312 million in 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2009, consolidated adjusted net income attributable to ICE excluding these items was $84 million, an increase of 39% versus the prior fourth quarter. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release for more information on adjusted net income attributable to ICE.
"ICE executed on its strategic and financial objectives with focus, speed and discipline in 2009," said Scott Hill, ICE CFO. "We delivered record financial performance and completed the integration of Creditex and The Clearing Corporation to deliver CDS clearing, while maintaining best-in-class technology, growing our core business, investing in future growth and strengthening our growth- and customer-focused company culture."
ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher said: "ICE's consistently strong performance, regardless of market conditions, is a result of our unwavering focus on our core markets, and on opportunities to expand our business to serve the evolving needs of our customers. In 2002, ICE took a leadership role in developing OTC clearing for the energy markets, and in 2009 we again led in developing a complete CDS clearing business. With a global footprint across trade execution, processing and clearing, ICE will continue to innovate and extend its risk management services, while creating value for our shareholders."
Fourth Quarter 2009 Results
Consolidated revenues grew 24% to $257 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $207 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Quarterly consolidated transaction and clearing fee revenues increased 29% to $229 million, from $178 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. The increase in transaction and clearing fee revenues was driven primarily by strong trading volume in ICE's futures and OTC energy segments, new products, and the addition of credit derivatives execution, processing and clearing.
Transaction and clearing fee revenues in ICE's futures segment totaled $102 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 19% from $86 million in the same period of 2008. Consolidated average daily volume in ICE's futures segment in the fourth quarter was 1,048,501 contracts, up 13% from the same period of 2008.
Transaction and clearing fee revenues in ICE's global OTC segment increased 37% to $127 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $92 million for the comparable period in 2008. Average daily commissions (ADC) for ICE's OTC energy business were $1.3 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 53% from $872,440 in the fourth quarter of 2008. Cleared contracts accounted for 97% of OTC energy contract volume during the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to 95% in the fourth quarter of 2008. In ICE's credit derivatives business, fourth quarter revenues totaled $39 million, comprised of $29 million from Creditex and $10 million from credit default swaps (CDS) clearing.
Fourth quarter 2009 consolidated market data revenues were $25 million, compared to $27 million in the same period of 2008.
Consolidated operating expenses increased 21% to $133 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $110 million in fourth quarter of 2008. This increase is primarily attributable to an $11 million increase in expenses related to credit derivatives execution, processing and clearing. ICE also incurred additional compensation expense of $5 million in the quarter relating to increased employee bonuses due to very strong fourth quarter performance that enabled ICE to further exceed its Board-established financial targets for 2009. As included in previous guidance, ICE also recorded $10 million in severance and tax-related expenses that are not indicative of its operating performance.
Also during the fourth quarter of 2009, ICE recorded an additional $11 million in non-operating income related to cost method investments, including the disposition of its stake in LCH.Clearnet.
Consolidated operating income grew 27% to $124 million, compared to $97 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating margin was 48%, compared to 47% in the prior fourth quarter. Adjusted for the aforementioned items, adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $133 million, up 37%, and adjusted operating margin was 52%. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release for more information on adjusted operating income.
The effective tax rate for the quarter was 35.9%, compared to 39.8% for the fourth quarter of 2008. The decline in the tax rate was primarily due to the impact of the NCDEX impairment charge and additional foreign tax credits.
Full-Year 2009 Results
For the year ended December 31, 2009, consolidated revenues were $995 million, an increase of 22% from $813 million in 2008. Consolidated transaction and clearing revenues rose 28% to $884 million in 2009 from $693 million in 2008. The growth in transaction and clearing revenues was driven primarily by new clearing houses, new products, strong trading volume in ICE's futures and global OTC segments, an increase in the number of participants in ICE's markets, and the acquisition of Creditex.
Transaction and clearing revenues in ICE's consolidated futures segment totaled $410 million in 2009, up 17% from $352 million in 2008. Volume in ICE's consolidated futures segment, comprising ICE Futures Europe, ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada, rose 11% over 2008, reaching a record 262 million contracts. ADV in 2009 was 1,035,887 contracts, crossing one million contracts for the first time.
Transaction and clearing revenues in ICE's global OTC segment increased 39% to $475 million in 2009 from $342 million in 2008. ADC for ICE's OTC energy business increased 8% to a record $1.20 million in 2009, compared to $1.12 million in 2008, and represented the sixth consecutive year of record ADC. Cleared contracts accounted for 96% of OTC energy contract volume throughout 2009, compared to 91% during 2008. Revenues from ICE's CDS businesses, both execution and clearing, totaled $165 million in 2009, comprised of $134 million from Creditex and $31 million from global CDS clearing. To date, ICE's CDS clearing houses have cleared over $5.5 trillion in gross notional value, including $4.6 trillion during 2009.
Consolidated market data revenues of $102 million in 2009 were roughly flat compared to $103 million in 2008.
Consolidated operating expenses during 2009 were $482 million, an increase of 51% compared to $320 million in 2008. The increase was attributable to a $126 million increase in spending related to our credit execution, processing and clearing businesses, a $19 million increase related to the amortization of expenses related to our Russell agreement and $22 million in various other expenses in 2009 related to the acquisition of The Clearing Corporation (TCC), employee termination costs, certain state tax true-up items and costs incurred to vacate office space as detailed in the non-GAAP reconciliation.
Consolidated operating income for the full year was $513 million, an increase of 4% from $494 million in 2008. Operating margin was 52% for the year ended December 31, 2009, compared to 61% for the same period in 2008. Adjusted for the aforementioned items, full year adjusted operating income was $534 million, up 8%, and adjusted operating margin was 54%.
The effective tax rate for both 2009 and 2008 was 36.4%.
Consolidated cash flow from operations was $487 million, up 30% from $375 million in 2008. Capital expenditures for 2009 were $25 million, compared to $30 million in 2008. Capitalized software development costs totaled $20 million for the full year, compared to $18 million in 2008. Capital expenditures primarily related to the development and expansion of ICE's trading, processing and clearing platforms, as well as expansion of ICE's primary data center.
Unrestricted cash and short-term investments were $554 million as of December 31, 2009. At the end of 2009, ICE had $308 million in outstanding debt.
Guidance and Additional Information
• ICE currently expects 2010 CDS clearing revenue in the range of $60 million to $80 million based upon assumptions relating to product roll outs, regulatory approvals, additional customers, founding member pricing structures and a gradual improvement in trading activity in the CDS market. After expenses and the 50% profit sharing with the former owners of TCC, ICE expects approximately 16% to 20% of the projected revenues to be recorded as net income. The non-controlling interest line item on ICE's income statement reflects profits distributed to the former TCC owners.
• ICE had 826 employees as of December 31, 2009. In 2010, headcount is expected to increase between 4% and 5% for the full year, excluding any personnel additions relating to merger and acquisition activity in 2010.
• ICE reiterates its guidance for non-cash compensation expense in the range of $45 million to $49 million for 2010, assuming the achievement of certain Board-approved financial objectives "at target" levels.
• ICE expects 2010 capital expenditures in the range of $25 million to $30 million, driven by continued investments in trading and clearing technology and data centers.
• ICE expects depreciation and amortization for 2010 in the range of $110 million to $114 million, including $26 million related to the amortization of the exclusive Russell Index license and $35 million for the amortization of intangibles associated with prior acquisitions.
• ICE expects interest expense in the range of $20 million to $25 million in 2010.
• ICE's consolidated tax rate is expected to be in the range of 34% to 36% for 2010.
• ICE's diluted share count for the first quarter of 2010 is expected to be in the range of 74.6 million to 75.2 million weighted average shares outstanding, and the diluted share count for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be in the range of 74.7 million to 75.7 million weighted average shares outstanding.
• ICE's Board has approved a $300 million share repurchase program, which replaces the $200 million remaining under the existing repurchase program.
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