Euronext offers RM2.4bil for LSE’s French clearing business

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  • Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017

FILE PHOTO: Company stock price information are displayed on screens as they hang above the Paris stock exchange, operated by Euronext NV, in La Defense business district in Paris, France, December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

BENGALURU: Euronext said it has offered 510 million euros (RM2.39bil) to buy the London Stock Exchange Group’s French clearing business, helping clear the way for LSE Group’s proposed US$28bil (RM125.8bil) merger with Deutsche Boerse.

LSE Group and LCH Group Ltd confirmed that the companies have agreed on the terms of Euronext’s all-cash offer.

The announcement comes weeks after the three companies said they were in talks over the sale of the French clearing subsidiary of LCH.Clearnet to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission (EC) in relation to the LSE and Deutsche Boerse’s planned merger.

The EC had stated its objections to the LSE’s merger with Deutsche Boerse in December, but outlined fewer concerns than in its first letter sent to both exchange operators in September.

Its concerns were focused on the clearing of derivatives contracts.

Clearing is becoming a much more lucrative business as global reforms introduced after the 2007-09 financial crisis mean banks must clear the bulk of their derivatives trades to make them safer and more transparent.

Buying Clearnet would give Euronext control of a platform that it provides much of the revenue for. It would also mean Euronext would not have to rely on a competitor’s clearing services.

Euronext said it expected the deal to add to its earnings from the first full year in the double digits, before costs pegged at 40 million euros.

The French firm pegged synergies at 13 million euros before taxes. - Reuters

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