CME Group Inc. Reports Strong First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CME Group Inc. Reports Strong First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) reported revenues of $843 million and operating income of $507 million for the first quarter of 2015.
Net income attributable to CME Group was $330 million. GAAP and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.981.

“We delivered strong revenue growth in the first quarter driven primarily by interest rate, energy and foreign exchange products, with double-digit average daily volume growth coming from Europe and North America and 22 percent growth from Asia,” said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy. “Total average daily volume was 15 million contracts, up 10 percent, which was the second highest quarter in our history. We recorded solid revenue growth in our core futures products, swaps clearing and market data. This clearly demonstrates the value of the unparalleled diversity of our product set.”

“In addition to globalization, we made progress with our swaps clearing and options business,” said CME Group Chief Executive Officer Phupinder Gill. “Interest rate swaps clearing revenue grew 57 percent, and we are seeing additional signs that our 500+ swaps clients are increasing their usage of our core futures products. Options volume reached a record 2.8 million contracts per day during the quarter. Also, the combination of top-line growth and our internal efficiency and productivity enhancements led to significant operating margin expansion and earnings growth during the first quarter.”

1. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial results mentioned to the respective GAAP figures can be found within the Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures chart at the end of the financial statements.

First-quarter 2015 average daily volume was 15.0 million contracts, up 10 percent from first-quarter 2014, representing the second-highest quarterly volume, and included average daily volume records in energy and options. Clearing and transaction fee revenues were $708.2 million, up 9 percent compared with first-quarter 2014. Market data revenue was $98 million, up 10 percent. First-quarter 2015 total average rate per contract was 75.3 cents, up from 73.1 cents in fourth-quarter 2014, driven primarily by a higher proportion of total volume coming from commodities products, which have higher average fees.

As of March 31, 2015, the company had $1.8 billion of cash and marketable securities and $2.9 billion of long-term debt. In January, we paid out $671 million in our variable dividend of $2 per share. In March, we paid out $168 million in our regular quarterly dividend of 50 cents per share.

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