New prudential requirements deliver long-term certainty for Euronext N.V.


Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London and Paris – 11 May 2016 – Euronext and the Dutch Ministry of Finance have reached agreement on Euronext’s prudential requirements. The agreement follows an evaluation of the initial requirements  that were set following incorporation of the Company and ahead of its IPO in 2014. The agreed new requirements provide Euronext N.V. with the necessary flexibility to pursue its strategic objectives and remove uncertainty around its financial structure, while not hampering financial stability in the long-term. The improved requirements enable Euronext to pursue acquisitions and investments and to define a prudent and consistent dividend policy and financial structure.

The new prudential requirements are articulated into two key pillars:

  • A long-term positive tangible equity requirement mitigated by:
    • The possibility to deduct the potential goodwill arising from acquisitions in annual arrears of 10 years or more (“grow-in-period”) taking into account i) the dividend policy of Euronext N.V. and ii) the actual acquisition multiples paid, should the P/E ratio paid for the acquisition exceed 10 times;
    • The possibility to go into negative tangible equity territory without direct implication on the dividend policy of the Group.
  • Euronext N.V.will, in accordance with applicable requirements, be able to define its own dividend policy as determined by the Supervisory Board and approved in its Annual General Meeting, taking into consideration that a situation of negative tangible equity will not limit the distribution policy, provided that it does not endanger the long-term financial stability of the Company. Euronext considers that it does not endanger its long-term financial stability as long as its gross debt to EBITDA ratio does not exceed 3.5x.

As a result of the agreement, the Dutch Ministry of Finance has decided to withdraw its appeal against the ruling of the District Court of Rotterdam of 17 December 20152. The new prudential requirements will be integrated in a new license in a way that adequately ensures a stable capital structure3, complying with the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (‘Wft’).

At the Eurofi conference in Amsterdam on 21st April 2016, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands, said, “Euronext is a shining example of the pan European capital market. It's crucial for financing companies and this is what the Capital Market Union is about.

Stéphane Boujnah, Euronext CEO and chairman of the Managing Board, said, “We are very pleased to reach this agreement and I would like to thank the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the AFM  for their constructive and cooperative approach to forming the new prudential requirements. The outcome of our agreement means that Euronext is free to make acquisitions and investments, which deliver growth and further strengthen our competitive position. We can now unambiguously continue playing our key role in financing the real economy.

Notes to editors
1This grow-in period might be extended upon approval of the Dutch regulator.
2Euronext capital requirements lifted by District Court of Rotterdam
3Subject to regulatory capital requirements relating to the general financial soundness of the Group’s subsidiaries.

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About Euronext 
Euronext is the leading pan-European market infrastructure, connecting European economies to global capital markets, to accelerate innovation and sustainable growth. It operates regulated exchanges in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. With more than 1,900 listed issuers and around €6.5 trillion in market capitalisation as of end June 2023, it has an unmatched blue-chip franchise and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent equity and derivatives markets, one of Europe’s leading electronic fixed income trading markets and is the largest centre for debt and funds listings in the world. Its total product offering includes Equities, FX, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. The Group provides a multi-asset clearing house through Euronext Clearing, and custody and settlement services through Euronext Securities central securities depositories in Denmark, Italy, Norway and Portugal. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. In addition to its main regulated market, it also operates a number of junior markets, simplifying access to listing for SMEs.  
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