Nyse Euronext (NYX) today reported net income of $87 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $155 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011.
Results for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 include $31 million and $21 million, respectively, of pre-tax merger expenses and exit costs. The $31 million in merger expenses and exit costs in the first quarter of 2012 included $16 million related to the terminated merger with Deutsche Boerse AG. In the first quarter of 2012, the GAAP effective tax rate included the release of a non-cash reserve related to a favorable settlement with the UK tax authorities, which was more than offset by a discrete, non-cash tax expense. Excluding merger expenses, exit costs and discrete tax items, net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $121 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $177 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011.
"Our first quarter results reflect the challenging operating environment which carried over into 2012 and will continue to result in near-term headwinds," said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. "Looking ahead into 2013 and 2014, we are focused on creating value by enhancing the underlying earnings power of the Company and solidly executing on the three core pillars of our earnings growth strategy outlined at our investor day: capturing growth opportunities in new markets and leveraging inter-asset class opportunities; delivering efficiencies through disciplined cost management and optimizing our shared services infrastructure; and strategically deploying our capital."
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