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Euronext today completes the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group and publishes Q1 2021 results

Euronext today completes the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group and publishes Q1 2021 results
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EURONEXT TODAY COMPLETES THE ACQUISITION OF THE BORSA ITALIANA GROUP AND PUBLISHES Q1 2021 RESULTS

  • Euronext today completes the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group1 for a final consideration of €4,444 million2, following the satisfaction of all condition precedents
  • Creation of the leading pan-European market infrastructure and the leading venue in Europe for listing and secondary markets for both debt and equity financing
  • Addition of significant capabilities in fixed income trading and enhanced post-trade activities, including a multi-asset clearing house and a significant CSD
  • Integration process has begun with governance structure established and integration plan being developed further
  • CDP Equity and Intesa Sanpaolo now join the Euronext Reference Shareholders through the subscription to a private placement for579 million, with long-term commitment to support the Group’s growth ambitions
  • Group-level governance in line with Euronext’s federal model, with one independent Italian Supervisory Board member, to become the next Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and one Supervisory Board member representing CDP Equity, as representative of the Reference Shareholders, to be proposed at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 11 May 2021
  • Strong start to the year with Q1 2021 revenue at €249.2 million up +5.2%3, despite lower volatility and volumes compared to an exceptional market environment in Q1 2020, EBITDA at €148.7 million, like-for-like EBITDA margin at 61.5% and adjusted EPS4at €1.53, up +6.3%

Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, Milan, Oslo and Paris 29 April 2021 – Euronext, the leading pan-European market infrastructure, today completes the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group (the “Transaction”) for a final consideration of €4,444 million. Euronext today also announces its results for the first quarter of 2021, driven by strong organic growth in non-trading activities, recent acquisitions and continued cost discipline.

Key figures - in €m, unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change % change

(like-for-like, constant currencies)
Revenue 249.2 236.8 +5.2% -3.7%
Operational expenses excluding D&A -100.4 -86.7 +15.8% +4.2%
EBITDA 148.7 150.0 -0.9% -8.0%
EBITDA margin 59.7% 63.4% -3.7 pts -2.9 pts
Net income, share of the Group 98.2 96.1 +2.2%  
EPS (non-diluted, reported, in €) 1.41 1.38 +2.3%  
EPS (diluted, reported, in €) 1.40 1.37 +2.4%  
EPS (non-diluted, adjusted, in €) 1.53 1.44 +6.3%  

Stéphane Boujnah, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board of Euronext said:
“Today marks a new chapter in the history of Euronext and of European capital markets. With the completion of the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group, Euronext delivers on its ambition to build the leading pan-European market infrastructure, connecting local economies to global capital markets, for the benefits of all market participants across Euronext’s markets. The significantly scaled-up Group is now positioned as the leading venue in Europe for listing and secondary markets for both debt and equity financing. In addition, Euronext increases its business diversification with new capabilities in fixed income trading and clearing, as well as consolidation of a significant CSD. This transaction strengthens Euronext’s profile and enhances its strategic prospects for future growth.
In Q1 2021, Euronext posted +5.2% revenue growth, to €249.2 million, thanks to a strong organic performance in non-trading activities and contribution from recent acquisitions. Even though Q1 2020 was an exceptional quarter in many respects, we continued to see during Q1 2021 the benefits of our diversification strategy as well as of the structural market dynamics of 2020. We recorded a 59.7% EBITDA margin in Q1 2021. We achieved our targeted synergies in Oslo one year in advance, and continued our cost control policy. The Adjusted EPS was up 6.3% to €1.53 per share, with received dividends offsetting exceptional costs related to the Borsa Italiana Group acquisition. As of today, we will consolidate the Borsa Italiana Group results, which will mark a considerable change of scale and profile for the combined Group. We will announce our combined strategic plan in Q4 2021.

Completion of the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group

Euronext today completes the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group, following the satisfaction of all condition precedents. The completion of the Transaction successfully creates the leading pan-European market infrastructure and the leading venue for capital markets in Europe.

Euronext believes that customers, of both Euronext and Borsa Italiana Group, will benefit from the greater size of the new Group, its diversified business mix and strengthened post-trade activities, including a multi-asset clearing house.

The Transaction firmly establishes Euronext as the leading pan-European market infrastructure in a post-Brexit Europe and strengthens its mission to finance the real economy through the creation of:

  • the leading listing venue in Europe, with more than 1,870 companies listed totalling €5.1 trillion in market capitalisation5;
  • the leading venue in equity financing6, with more than €63.6 billion raised in 2020 from investors to finance companies across Europe;
  • the leading venue for secondary markets in Europe7, with approximately €12.2 billion worth of cash equities and ETFs traded on a daily basis, on average8; and
  • a leading operator of post-trade infrastructures, including a multi-asset-class clearing house and a significant network of European CSDs with close to €6 trillion in assets under custody.

From a financial perspective, Euronext believes that the Transaction provides a compelling value proposition for shareholders. For the Financial Year ending 31 December 2020, the pro forma total revenue and income for the Group amounted to €1.4 billion; pro forma EBITDA amounted to €789.7 million and pro forma adjusted net income amounted to €497.6 million.

Euronext intends to leverage its enhanced capabilities to further improve European capital markets and serve as the backbone of the Capital Markets Union in Europe, while at the same time supporting local economies. Local investors, market members and issuers of each Euronext market have access to a significant range of active institutional investors across Europe and worldwide. The Transaction marks an important step towards securing Euronext’s future. It expands the Group’s strategic prospects in a rapidly changing environment and is expected to translate into new opportunities for growth, geographical expansion, business diversification and product innovation.

An integration plan is being developed, across several workstreams, under the oversight of an Integration Management Office, including representatives of both Euronext and the Borsa Italiana Group.

Euronext has signed a contract to host its Group core data centre with Aruba S.p.A. The data centre will be located in Bergamo, Italy. The date currently targeted for the first part of the Group core data centre migration, subject to regulatory approval and operational readiness, is set for 2022. The migration is being planned in response to multiple factors, including the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group, the dynamic created by Brexit and a strong rationale to locate the Group’s core data centre in a country where Euronext operates a large business. This migration is being planned to be ready for the migration of the Borsa Italiana markets onto the Optiq® trading platform by 2023.

Governance and shareholding evolution

On 15 February 2021, Euronext announced that Piero Novelli has been nominated by the Supervisory Board as an independent member of the Supervisory Board, to become the next Chairman of Euronext N.V., subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Today, CDP Equity and Intesa Sanpaolo become shareholders of Euronext N.V. through the subscription to a private placement of 5.6 million and 1.0 million newly issued shares in Euronext, respectively, for a price of 87.70€ per share, representing a total consideration of €579 million.

Both CDP Equity and Intesa Sanpaolo become parties to an amended and extended agreement with Euronext’s Reference Shareholders. Under the new Reference Shareholders Agreement, each of the Reference Shareholders has agreed not to sell or otherwise transfer or dispose of any of Euronext’s ordinary shares for a period of three years9, subject to certain exceptions.

As CDP Equity is now one of the two largest Reference Shareholders in Euronext with 7.31% of the share capital, it is entitled to nominate one of the Reference Shareholders representatives on the Euronext N.V. Supervisory Board. As such, on 30 March 2021, Euronext announced that Alessandra Ferone has been nominated by the Supervisory Board as member of the Supervisory Board of Euronext N.V. representing CDP Equity, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.

The presence of CDP Equity and Intesa Sanpaolo is expected to further support the Group’s growth ambitions while facilitating SMEs’ access to capital markets.

Financing

The final cash consideration to be paid to London Stock Exchange Group plc amounts to €4,444 million10.

The Transaction is financed through:

  • ~€0.3 billion from the use of existing cash;
  • ~€3.7 billion from the draw down of Euronext’s €4.4 billion bridge loan facility; and
  • ~€0.6 billion from the private placement to CDP Equity and Intesa Sanpaolo.

Euronext is expecting to refinance the bridge loan facility through:

  • ~€1.8 billion of new equity to be issued, through a rights offer to Euronext’s existing shareholders, as announced today11; and
  • ~€1.8 billion of debt to be issued in the debt capital markets with long term maturities.

Euronext is committed to maintaining an investment grade credit rating, with a pro forma net debt to pro forma EBITDA leverage ratio of 3.2x as at 31 December 2020, which is expected to reduce below 3x by the end of 2022. Euronext does not expect any change in its dividend policy of a pay-out of 50% of its reported net income.

Euronext today also enters into a new €600 million Revolving Credit Facility, replacing its €400 million existing facility and reflecting the increased size of the Group.

Strong performance over the first quarter of 2021

  • Revenue at249.2 million (+5.2%) driven by strong organic growth in non-trading activities and recent acquisitions:
    • Post-trade revenue increased to €63.2 million (+61.2%), mainly driven by the rise of retail investors and the increasing contribution of VP Securities. Like-for-like at constant currencies12, post-trade revenue increased +8.5%.
    • Listing revenue increased to €38.8 million (+9.4%), resulting from the strong performance of Corporate Services, from an excellent quarter for new listings and from positive traction in ESG bond listing. Like-for-like at constant currencies, listing revenue increased +8.3%.
    • Advanced Data Services revenue increased to €36.5 million (+4.8%) driven by the good performance of indices and ESG products. Like-for-like at constant currencies, Advanced Data Services revenue increased +4.2%.
    • Trading revenue decreased to €96.0 million (-14.2%), reflecting lower trading volumes compared to an exceptional market environment in Q1 2020, partially offset by a higher revenue capture and an improved market share in cash trading. Like-for-like at constant currencies, trading revenue decreased -15.8%.
    • Group non-volume related revenue13 accounted for 53% of Q1 2021 total revenue (vs. 44% in Q1 2020) and covered 132% of operating expenses excluding D&A (vs. 119% in Q1 2020).
  • EBITDA at148.7 million (-0.9%), with EBITDA margin at 59.7% (-3.7pts); EBITDA margin (like-for-like at constant currencies) at 61.5%:
    • Group operating expenses excluding D&A were up €13.7 million to €100.4 million as a result of the consolidation of costs from acquired businesses for €16.4 million, partially offset by continued cost discipline. Like-for-like, operating costs excluding D&A were up +4.2%, mainly driven by costs related to the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group and staff costs notably related to LTI computation.
    • Targeted Oslo Børs VPS run-rate cost synergies were delivered one year ahead of schedule and above target. €13.8 million of synergies have been extracted from Oslo Børs VPS at the end of March 2021, compared to a target of €12 million. VP Securities run-rate cash cost synergies amounted to €4.5 million at the end of March 2021.
  • Reported net income, share of the Group, at98.2 million (+2.2%):
    • Exceptional items were at €3.6 million, primarily resulting from costs related to the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group.
    • Results from equity investments amounted to €11.7 million thanks to a received dividend of €9.2 million.
    • Income tax rate at 27.4%.
  • Adjusted EPS14at1.53 (+6.3%).
In €m, unless stated otherwise

The figures in this document have not been audited or reviewed by our external auditor.
Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change Organic
(like-for-like, constant currency)
Revenue 249.2 236.8 +5.2% -3.7%
Listing 38.8 35.4 +9.4% +8.3%
Trading revenue 96.0 111.8 -14.2% -15.8%
o/w Cash trading 69.8 80.8 -13.7% -13.7%
o/w Derivatives trading 11.7 15.7 -25.7% -25.8%
o/w Spot FX trading 6.1 8.0 -24.5% -17.5%
o/w Power trading 8.4 7.2 +17.2% n/a
Investor Services 2.3 1.9 +19.0% +21.2%
Advanced Data Services 36.5 34.9 +4.8% +4.2%
Post Trade 63.2 39.2 +61.2% +8.5%
o/w Clearing 17.1 19.2 -11.0% -11.0%
o/w Custody, Settlement and other Post Trade 46.1 20.0 +130.4% +21.2%
Euronext Technologies & Other revenue 11.9 13.3 -11.0% -3.5%
Other income 0.6 0.3 +133.0% +133.0%
Operational expenses excluding D&A -100.4 -86.7 +15.8% +4.2%
o/w Salaries and employee benefits -55.7 -43.8 +27.2% +12.5%
o/w Other expenses -44.7 -42.9 +4.1% -4.2%
EBITDA 148.7 150.0 -0.9% -8.0%
EBITDA margin 59.7% 63.4% -3.7 pts -2.9 pts
Depreciation & amortisation -16.0 -12.9 +24.5% +4.5%
Operating profit before exceptional items 132.7 137.2 -3.2% -9.2%
Exceptional items -3.6 -1.1 +221.0%  
Operating profit 129.2 136.1 -5.1%  
Net financing income / (expense) -4.8 -2.0 +141.6%  
Results from equity investments 11.7 2.1 +453.6%  
Profit before income tax 136.1 136.2 -0.1%  
Income tax expense -37.2 -38.3 -2.8%  
Share of non-controlling interests -0.7 -1.8 -63.2%  
Net income, share of the Group 98.2 96.1 +2.2%  
Reported EPS (€ per share) 1.41 1.38 +2.3%  
Adjusted EPS (€ per share) 1.53 1.44 +6.3%  

Revenue

In the first quarter of 2021, Euronext consolidated revenue increased to €249.2 million, up +5.2%, primarily resulting from the consolidation of VP Securities and from organic growth in listing and post trade, partially offsetting lower trading revenue compared to Q1 2020. On a like-for-like basis (Nord Pool, Ticker, 3Sens and VP Securities in Q1 2020) and at constant currencies, Euronext consolidated revenue was down -3.7% in Q1 2021, at €218.5 million, compared to an exceptional Q1 2020.

Non-volume related revenue accounted for 53% of total Group revenue in Q1 2021, increasing from 44% of total Group revenue in Q1 2020, reflecting the expanded post-trade business. The operating cost coverage ratio was at 132% in Q1 2021, compared to 119% in Q1 2020.

EBITDA

In €m, unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change Organic
(like-for-like, constant currency)
Revenue 249.2 236.8 +5.2% -3.7%
Operational expenses excluding D&A -100.4 -86.7 +15.8% +4.2%
Salaries and employee benefits -55.7 -43.8 +27.2% +12.5%
Other expenses -44.7 -42.9 +4.1% -4.2%
EBITDA 148.7 150.0 -0.9% -8.0%
EBITDA margin 59.7% 63.4% -3.7 pts -2.9 pts

Operational expenses excluding depreciation & amortisation increased to €100.4 million, up +15.8%, or €13.7 million, primarily as a result of the consolidation of the costs from Nord Pool, VP Securities, Ticker and 3Sens for €16.4 million. On a like-for-like basis, operational expenses excluding depreciation & amortisation increased by +4.2% compared to Q1 2020, reflecting costs related to the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group and staff costs notably related to LTI computation.

Consequently, EBITDA for the quarter was stable at €148.7 million, representing an EBITDA margin of 59.7%, down -3.7 points compared to Q1 2020. On a like-for-like basis, EBITDA for Q1 2021 was down -8.0%, to
€134.4 million, and EBITDA margin was 61.5%, down -2.9 points compared to the same perimeter in Q1 2020.

Net income, share of the Group

In €m, unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change Organic
(like-for-like, constant currency)
EBITDA 148.7 150.0 -0.9% -8.0%
EBITDA margin 59.7% 63.4% -3.7 pts -2.9 pts
Depreciation & amortisation -16.0 -12.9 +24.5% +4.5%
Operating profit before exceptional items 132.7 137.2 -3.2% -9.2%
Exceptional items -3.6 -1.1 +221.0%  
Operating profit 129.2 136.1 -5.1%  
Net financing income / (expense) -4.8 -2.0 +141.6%  
Results from equity investments 11.7 2.1 +453.6%  
Profit before income tax 136.1 136.2 -0.1%  
Income tax expense -37.2 -38.3 -2.8%  
Share of non-controlling interests -0.7 -1.8 -63.2%  
Net income, share of the Group 98.2 96.1 +2.2%  

Depreciation and amortisation accounted for €16.0 million in Q1 2021, up +24.5%, resulting mainly from the consolidation of recently acquired businesses and their respective PPA15. On a like-for-like basis, depreciation & amortisation was up +4.5% compared to Q1 2020 at €12.6 million.

Operating profit before exceptional items was €132.7 million, a -3.2% decrease compared to Q1 2020. On a like-for-like basis, operating profit before exceptional items was down -9.2% compared to Q1 2020, at €121.9 million.

€3.6 million of exceptional costs was reported in Q1 2021, primarily in relation to the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group.

Net financing expense for Q1 2021 was €4.8 million compared to a net financing income of €2.0 million in
Q1 2020, reflecting the bond tap issue in June 2020 and financing costs related to the acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group.

Results from equity investments amounted to €11.7 million in Q1 2021, resulting from the interim dividend received from Euroclear and from the contribution from LCH SA, in which Euronext owns an 11.1% stake. As a reminder, in Q1 2020, Euronext reported €2.1 million of results from equity investments.

Income tax for Q1 2021 was €37.2 million. This translated into an effective tax rate of 27.4% for the quarter
(Q1 2020: €38.3 million and 28.1% respectively).

Share of non-controlling interests mainly relating to iBabs (100%-owned from 3 March 2021) amounted to €0.7 million in Q1 2021.

As a result, the reported net income share of the Group for Q1 2021 increased by +2.2% compared to Q1 2020, to €98.2 million. This represents a reported EPS of €1.41 basic and €1.40 fully diluted in Q1 2021, compared to €1.38 basic and €1.37 fully diluted in Q1 2020. The number of shares used was 69,665,485 for the basic calculation and 69,928,074 for the fully diluted calculation.

Adjusted EPS16 is up +6.3% in Q1 2021, at €1.53, compared to an adjusted EPS of €1.44 in Q1 2020.

In Q1 2021 Euronext generated a net cash flow from operating activities of €185.9 million, compared to €51.0 million in Q1 2020.

Q1 2021 business highlights

  • Listing
In €m, unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change
Listing revenue 38.8 35.4 +9.4%
Equity      
Annual fees 9.5 8.9 +6.9%
Follow-ons 4.6 5.2 -11.4%
IPOs 3.2 2.7 +16.0%
Debts 9.0 7.9 +14.3%
ETFs, Funds & Warrants 3.0 3.0 0.0%
Corporate Services 9.1 6.8 +32.9%
Others 0.4 0.9 -57.4%
Money raised 376,678 314,423 +19.8%

Listing revenue was €38.8 million in Q1 2021, an increase of +9.4% compared to Q1 2020, driven by the strong performance of Euronext Corporate Services, the best first quarter for new listings since the first quarter of 2015 and positive traction of ESG bond listing. On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, listing revenue increased by +8.3% compared to Q1 2020.

The first quarter of 2021 saw the strong primary equity listing dynamic continue, with 37 new listings on Euronext, including four large company listing such as Stellantis, InPost, CTP and Technip Energies. This momentum across Euronext markets was supported both by large capitalisations and SMEs. In addition, Euronext continued to demonstrate its strong value proposition for innovative companies with a majority of listings by tech companies. In Q1 2021, €6.4 billion was raised on Euronext primary markets, compared to €0.3 billion in Q1 2020.

Secondary markets reported a solid first quarter of 2021, with €14.0 billion raised in secondary equity issues, compared to €11.1 billion in Q1 2020.

Debt listing activity was solid in Q1 2021, notably supported by the continued momentum in ESG bond listing. In Q1 2021, €356.3 billion in debt was raised on Euronext’s markets, compared to €303.1 billion in Q1 2020.

In total, €376.7 billion in equity and debt was raised on Euronext’s markets in Q1 2021, compared to €314.4 billion in Q1 2020.

Corporate Services reported a strong performance, generating €9.1 million in revenue in Q1 2021, up +32.9% compared to €6.8 million in Q1 2020. This performance results from continued commercial development and an enhanced digital offering meeting high demand for digital solutions.

  • Trading
In €m, unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % change
Trading revenue 96.0 111.8 -14.2%
Cash trading 69.8 80.8 -13.7%
ADV Cash market 9,953 12,555 -20.7%
Derivatives trading 11.7 15.7 -25.7%
ADV Derivatives market (in lots)1 678,009 853,659 -20.6%
Number of trading days 63 64  
Spot FX trading 6.1 8.0 -24.5%
ADV spot FX Market (in USDm) 21,440 25,868 -17.1%
Number of trading days 63 64  
Power trading 8.4 7.2 n/a
ADV Day-ahead power market (in TWh) 2.94 2.90 +1.2%
ADV Intraday power market (in TWh) 0.06 0.08 -22.0%
Number of trading days 90 91  

Cash trading

Cash trading revenue decreased by -13.7% in Q1 2021, to a total of €69.8 million, reflecting lower trading volumes due to lower volatility compared to an exceptional Q1 2020. Average daily volume for cash trading decreased to €10.0 billion in Q1 2021, down -20.7% compared to Q1 2020. Revenue capture remained strong, with the average yield over the quarter reaching 0.56 bps, compared to 0.50 bps in Q1 2020. Average market share on cash trading was 70.3%17 in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 69.9% in the first quarter of 2020.

The average daily transaction value of ETFs on the electronic order book was €287 million over Q1 2021, down     -26.4% compared to Q1 2020, as a result of lower volatility.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, revenue from cash trading was down -15.8% compared to an exceptional Q1 2020, marked by the market volatility related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Derivatives trading

Derivatives trading revenue decreased -25.7% in Q1 2021, to €11.7 million, compared to €15.7 million in Q1 2020. Derivatives trading volumes in Q1 2021 decreased -20.6% compared to Q1 2020. Average daily volume on individual equity derivatives was down -7.3% at 396,082 contracts, while the average daily volume on equity index derivatives was down -41.6% to 198,345 contracts, reflecting uncertain market conditions.

Commodity products recorded a record quarter in Q1 2021, with average daily volumes increasing +8.5%, compared to Q1 2020, to 83,582 contracts, resulting from the high volatility on agricultural markets.

Yield on derivatives averaged €0.27 in Q1 2021, compared to €0.29 in Q1 2020.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, revenue from derivatives trading was down -25.8% compared to Q1 2020.

Spot FX trading

Spot FX trading activity on the Euronext FX spot foreign exchange market recorded average daily volumes of $21.4 billion in Q1 2021, down -17.1% compared to $25.9 billion in Q1 2020, resulting from a less volatile trading environment. As a result, spot FX trading generated €6.1 million of revenue in Q1 2021, down -24.5% compared to €8.0 million in Q1 2020.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, spot FX trading revenue was down -17.5% in Q1 2021 compared to Q1 2020.

Power trading

Power trading, encompassing the trading activities of Nord Pool, reported €8.4 million revenue, reflecting the usual seasonally higher winter months. Over Q1 2021, average daily day-ahead power traded was 2.94TWh, up +1.2% compared to Q1 2020, and average daily intraday power traded was 0.06TWh, down -22.0% compared to Q1 2020.

  • Investor Services

Investor Services reported revenue up +19.0% to €2.3 million in Q1 2021 reflecting its continued commercial development.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, Investor Services revenue was up +21.2% compared to Q1 2020.

  • Advanced Data Services

Advanced Data Services reported revenue up +4.8% to €36.5 million in Q1 2021 driven by the good performance of indices and ESG products.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, Advanced Data Services revenue was up +4.2% compared to Q1 2020.

  • Post Trade

Clearing

Clearing revenue was down in Q1 2021, at €17.1 million, -11.0% compared to Q1 2020, reflecting lower derivatives trading volumes over the quarter.

Custody, Settlement and other Post Trade

Revenue from Custody, Settlement and other Post Trade, notably encompassing Interbolsa, Euronext VPS and VP Securities activities, increased by +130.4% to €46.1 million in Q1 2021. This performance resulted primarily from the consolidation of VP Securities, higher settlement activities and increased retail participation in the Danish and Norwegian CSDs.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, revenue from Custody, Settlement and other other Post Trade was up +21.2% compared to Q1 2020.

As a reminder, Euronext announced on 22 March 2021 that it has completed the sale of Centevo to Profile Software.

  • Euronext Technologies & Other revenue

Euronext Technologies & Other revenue decreased by -11.0% in Q1 2021, to €11.9 million, mainly reflecting a decrease in Nord Pool’s shipping and cost recovery revenue, offsetting higher SFTI / Colocation revenue.

On a like-for-like basis at constant currencies, revenue was down -3.5% compared to Q1 2020.

Corporate highlights of Q1 2021 since publication of the 2020 Universal Registration Document on 30 March 2021

  • Euronext acquires remaining interest in iBabs

Euronext announced on 3 March 2021 the acquisition of the remaining 40% interest in iBabs, a leading provider of dematerialised and secured board portal solutions for corporate and public organisations in Europe, held by the founders of the company who are now exiting the business after a successful transition period. As detailed at the time of Euronext’s acquisition of iBabs in July 2017, Euronext has exercised its call option on the remaining interest of iBabs for a consideration of €53.2 million18, on a debt-free-cash-free basis, representing an Adjusted EBITDA 2020 multiple of 10x.

Since Euronext’s acquisition of a 60% stake in July 2017, iBabs has been a major contributor to Euronext Corporate Services performance. iBabs has reported high double-digit revenue growth every year, with compound annual growth rate of +33% between 2017 and 2020, while remaining cost-efficient and demonstrating the scalability of its SaaS model. Through its integration into Euronext Corporate Services, iBabs has expanded its footprint in Europe and doubled its number of clients and number of users, reflecting increasing needs for digital solutions, secured meeting management and continued product innovation.

  • Sale of Centevo

Euronext announced on 22 March 2021 that it has completed the sale of Centevo to Profile Software, an international financial solutions provider. Centevo had been acquired in 2019 as part of the acquisition of Oslo Børs VPS. Centevo generated c.€5.3 million of revenues in 2020.

The sale of this asset was implemented as part of a strategic review initiated following the integration of Oslo Børs VPS and the decision to divest non-core activities.

Centevo provides its clients with a comprehensive and standardised panel of services to support asset and fund manager processes, from onboarding of end clients to asset management services in the Nordic region.

Euronext VPS will continue to work in close collaboration with Centevo to deliver best-in-class services to their common clients.

Based on Euronext 2020 full-year results, the sale of Centevo would account for an increase of c.+0.4 pts to Euronext EBITDA margin. For 2021, this will result in an additional cost reduction on top of the mid-single digit decrease in operating costs excluding D&A previously expected in 2021.

  • Convening of the Annual General Meeting of Euronext N.V.

On 30 March 2021 Euronext announced that the virtual Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) will take place on Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 10:30 CET. Formally, the virtual AGM will be held at Beursplein 5, 1012 JW Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In the light of the Dutch emergency law regarding General Meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Managing Board of Euronext N.V. has taken the decision to allow shareholders to attend the meeting virtually only, via internet at https://channel.royalcast.com/landingpage/euronextwebcast/20210511_1/

The documentation is available at:

https://www.euronext.com/en/investor-relations/financial-calendar/annual-general-meeting-11052021

Corporate highlights post 31 March 2021

  • Q1 2021 Borsa Italiana Group results

In the first quarter of 2021, Borsa Italiana Group19 consolidated revenue was €124.1 million, stable compared to Q1 2020, primarily driven by growth in capital markets and information services, partially offsetting slower post-trade and technology services revenue.

Operational expenses excluding depreciation & amortisation decreased to €47.2 million, down 5.1%, or
€2.6 million compared to Q1 2020, mainly resulting from lower costs of sales, intercompany costs, other costs and marketing costs in Q1 2021.

Consequently, EBITDA for the quarter was €76.8 million, up +3.4% compared to Q1 2020, representing a margin of 61.9%, up +2.0 points compared to Q1 2020.

Borsa Italiana Group companies have adopted as of today the Euronext brand architecture, notably the “Pulse” symbol shared by all Euronext-owned companies. Reflecting Euronext’s federal model, starting today, Borsa Italiana, Monte Titoli, CC&G, MTS and Gatelab will integrate the Euronext visual identity in their branding.

Agenda

A conference call and a webcast will be held TODAY 29 April 2021, at 9.30am CEST (Paris time) / 8.30am BST (London time):

Website: www.euronext.com/investors

To connect to the conference call, please dial:

  • UK Number:         +44 330 551 0200
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  • BE Number:         +32 2 789 8603
  • PT Number:         +351 3 0880 2081
  • IR Number:        +353 1 436 0959
  • NO Number:        +47 2 156 3318
  • IT Number:        +39 06 83360400

Password:                Euronext
  
Live Webcast:
A live audio webcast and replay after the call will be available via this link and on Euronext’s Investor Relations website.

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Aurélie Cohen – Chief Communications and Investor Relations Officer        +33 1 70 48 24 17
Clément Kubiak – Investor Relations Manager                                +33 1 70 48 24 33; ir@euronext.com   

Media:
Aurélie Cohen - Chief Communications and Investor Relations Officer           +33 1 70 48 24 45; mediateam@euronext.com    
        

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APPENDIX

Non-IFRS financial measures

For comparative purposes, the company provides unaudited non-IFRS measures including:

  • Operational expenses excluding depreciation and amortisation
  • EBITDA, EBITDA margin.

Non-IFRS measures are defined as follows:

  • Operational expenses excluding depreciation and amortisation as the total of salary and employee benefits, and other operational expenses
  • EBITDA as the operating profit before exceptional items and depreciation and amortisation
  • EBITDA margin as the operating profit before exceptional items and depreciation and amortisation, divided by revenue.

Non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable IFRS measures and should be read only in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements.

Adjusted EPS definition

In €m unless stated otherwise Q1 2021 Q1 2020
Net income reported 98.2 96.1
EPS Reported (€ per share) 1.41 1.38
Intangible assets adj. related to acquisitions (PPA) (6.4) (4.8)
Exceptional items (3.6) (1.1)
Tax related to those items 1.3 1.3
Adj. net income 106.9    100.7
Adj. EPS (€ per share) 1.53 1.44

Consolidated income statement

Unaudited, In €m Q1 2021 Q1 2020 % var Organic
(like for like at constant currency)
Revenue 249.2 236.8 +5.2% -3.7%
Listing 38.8 35.4 +9.4% +8.3%
Trading revenue 96.0 111.8 -14.2% -15.8%
Cash trading 69.8 80.8 -13.7% -13.7%
Derivatives trading 11.7 15.7 -25.7% -25.8%
Spot FX trading 6.1 8.0 -24.5% -17.5%
Power trading 8.4 7.2 n/a n/a
Investor Services 2.3 1.9 +19.0% +21.2%
Advanced Data Services 36.5 34.9 +4.8% +4.2%
Post Trade 63.2 39.2 +61.2% +8.5%
Clearing 17.1 19.2 -11.0% -11.0%
Custody, Settlement and other Post Trade 46.1 20.0 +130.4% +21.2%
Euronext Technologies & Other revenue 11.9 13.3 -11.0% -3.5%
Other income 0.6 0.3 +133.0% +133.0%
Operational expenses excluding D&A -100.4 -86.7 +15.8% +4.2%
Salaries and employee benefits -55.7 -43.8 +27.2% +12.5%
Other operational expenses -44.7 -42.9 +4.1% -4.2%
System & communication -10.9 -9.2 +18.2% +4.0%
Professional services -15.7 -12.7 +23.1% +12.0%
Clearing expense -8.1 -9.1 -11.1% -8.6%
Accommodation -1.8 -1.9 -8.9% -22.4%
Other operational expenses -8.3 -10.0 -16.6% -22.7%
EBITDA 148.7 150.0 -0.9% -8.0%
EBITDA margin 59.7% 63.4% -3.7 pts -2.9 pts
Depreciation & amortisation -16.0 -12.9 +24.5% +4.5%
Operating profit before exceptional items 132.7 137.2 -3.2% -9.2%
Exceptional items -3.6 -1.1 +221.0%  
Operating profit 129.2 136.1 -5.1%  
Net financing income / (expense) -4.8 -2.0 +141.6%  
Results from equity investments 11.7 2.1 +453.6%  
Profit before income tax 136.1 136.2 -0.1%  
Income tax expense -37.2 -38.3 -2.8%  
Share of non-controlling interests -0.7 -1.8 -63.2%  
Net income, share of the Group 98.2 96.1 +2.2%  
         
EPS Reported (in € per share) € 1.41 € 1.38 +2.3%  
EPS Adjusted (in € per share) € 1.53 € 1.44 +6.3%  

The figures in this document have not been audited or reviewed by our external auditor.

Consolidated comprehensive income statement

Unaudited, In €m Q1 2021 Q1 2020
Profit for the period 98.9 97.9
     
Other comprehensive income    
Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:    
– Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 45.0 -114.7
– Income tax impact on exchange differences on translation of foreign operations -5.3 9.3
     
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:    
– Change in value of equity investments at fair value through other comprehensive income -0.4 2.6
– Income tax impact on change in value of equity investments at fair value through other comprehensive income 0.2 0.0
Other comprehensive income for the period net of tax 39.5 -102.8
Total comprehensive income for the period 138.3 -4.9
     
Comprehensive income attributable to:    
– Owners of the parent 136.7 -3.9
– Non-controlling interests 1.6 -1.0

The figures in this document have not been audited or reviewed by our external auditor.

Consolidated balance sheet

Unaudited, In €m As at 31 March 2021 As at 31 Dec 2020
Non-current assets    
Property, plant and equipment 56.4 56.0
Right-of-use assets 43.0 46.9
Goodwill and other intangible assets 1,568.4 1,536.1
Deferred income tax assets 21.5 20.8
Investments in associates and JV 70.7 68.1
Financial assets at fair value through OCI 204.5 204.5
Other non-current assets 7.5 8.6
Total non-current assets 1,972.0                      1,941.1
     
Current assets    
Trade and other receivables 299.0 195.0
Income tax receivable 2.9 3.3
Derivative financial instruments 23.7 23.7
Other current financial assets 104.0 92.1
Cash & cash equivalents 759.2 629.5
Total current assets 1,188.8                       943.5
Total assets 3,160.7                   2,884.6
     
Shareholders' equity    
Shareholders' equity 1,148.4 1,058.7
Non-controlling interests 21.6 30.2
Total equity 1,170.0 1,089.0
     
Non-current liabilities    
Borrowings 1,272.6 1,272.5
Lease liabilities 31.9                           35.1
Deferred income tax liabilities 99.8                           92.9
Post-employment benefits 27.2                           26.5
Contract liabilities 48.5                           44.6
Other provisions 13.0                              14.5
Total non-current liabilities 1,493.0 1,486.1
     
Current liabilities    
Borrowings 12.6 8.2
Lease liabilities 16.3 15.9
Other current financial liabilities - 0.5
Derivative financial instruments 0.0 0.4
Income tax payable 44.8 33.8
Trade and other payables 308.0 185.8
Contract liabilities 111.8 62.2
Other provisions 4.1 2.6
Total current liabilities 497.7 309.6
     
Total equity and liabilities 3,160.7 2,884.6

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Unaudited, In €m Q1 2021 Q1 2020
Profit before tax 136.1 136.2
     
Adjustments for:    
- Depreciation and amortisation 16.0 12.9
- Share based payments 2.4 1.4
- Share of profit from associates and joint ventures -2.6 -2.1
- Changes in working capital 61.5 -65.3
Cash flow from operating activities 213.5 83.0
Income tax paid -27.6 -32.0
Net cash flows from operating activities 185.9 51.0
     
Cash flow from investing activities    
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired -56.1 61.3
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary 3.3 0.0
Purchase of current financial assets -20.2 -15.3
Redemption of current financial assets 10.6 0.0
Purchase of property, plant and equipment -2.4 -1.7
Purchase of intangible assets -3.1 -2.4
Proceeds from sale of Property, plant, equipment and intangible assets 0.1 0.1
Dividends received from equity investments 9.2 0.0
Net cash flow from investing activities -58.9 41.9
     
Cash flow from financing activities    
Interest paid -0.1 -0.1
Payment of lease liabilities -2.8 -1.7
Transaction of own shares -0.2 -13.8
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests -3.6 0.0
Net cash flow from financing activities -6.7 -15.6
     
Total cash flow over the period 120.3 77.3
Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period 629.5 369.8
Non cash exchange gains/(losses) on cash and cash equivalents 9.4 -28.3
Cash and cash equivalents - End of period 759.2 418.8

The figures in this document have not been audited or reviewed by our external auditor.

Volumes for the first quarter of 2021
Cash markets activity

  Q1 2021 Q1 2020  
       
Nb trading days 63 64  
       
NUMBER OF TRANSACTIONS (buy and sells) (reported trades included)      
  Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Total Cash Market * 199,243,550 220,112,932 -9.5%
ADV Cash Market * 3,162,596 3,439,265 -8.0%
       
TRANSACTION VALUE ( € million - Single counted)      
(€m) Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Total Cash Market * 627,021 803,514 -22.0%
ADV Cash Market * 9,953 12,555 -20.7%
* (shares, warrants, trackers, bonds...)      
       
LISTINGSR      
  Mar-21 Mar-20 Change %
Number of Issuers on Equities      
EURONEXT ** 1,515 1,460 +3.8%
SMEs 1,177 1,108 +6.2%
Number of Listed Securities      
Bonds 48,772 46,933 +3.9%
ETFs 1,454 1,252 +16.1%
Funds 4,357 4,684 -7.0%
**(Euronext, Euronext Growth and Euronext Access)      
       
Capital raised on Equities on Primary and Secondary Market      
EURONEXT (Euronext, Euronext Growth)      
(€m) Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Nb New Listings ** 37 9  
Money Raised New Listings incl over allotment 6,377 257 2382.8%
of which Money Raised New Listings 6,377 248 2472.5%
Follow-ons on Equities 13,995 11,075 26.4%
Bonds 356,306 303,091 17.6%
Total Money Raised * 376,678 314,423 19.8%
       
of which SMEs      
(€m) Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Nb New Listings ** 33 8  
Money Raised New Listings incl over allotment 2,722 257 960.0%
of which Money Raised New Listings 2,722 248 998.3%
Follow-ons on Equities 4,567 1,205 279.1%
Bonds 910 375 142.6%
Total Money Raised * 8,200 1,837 346.4%

* includes New Listings including over-allotment, follow-ons on Equities, corporate bonds on Euronext Listed Issuers.
R: 2020 figures restated

Derivatives markets activity

  Q1 2021 Q1 2020  
Nb trading days 63 64  
Volume (in lots)      
  Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Equity 37,448,916 49,094,790 -23.7%
       
Index 12,495,741 21,747,758 -42.5%
Futures 7,681,013 15,095,373 -49.1%
Options 4,814,728 6,652,385 -27.6%
Individual Equity 24,953,175 27,347,032 -8.8%
Futures 3,917,702 5,566,394 -29.6%
Options 21,035,473 21,780,638 -3.4%
       
Commodity 5,265,652 4,928,127 6.8%
Futures 4,765,552 4,548,128 4.8%
Options 500,100 379,999 31.6%
       
Other 0 611,290  
Futures 0 611,290  
Options 0 0  
       
Total Euronext 42,714,568 54,634,207 -21.8%
Total Futures 16,364,267 25,821,185 -36.6%
Total Options 26,350,301 28,813,022 -8.5%


ADV (in lots)      
  Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Equity 594,427 767,106 -22.5%
       
Index 198,345 339,809 -41.6%
Futures 121,921 235,865 -48.3%
Options 76,424 103,944 -26.5%
Individual Equity 396,082 427,297 -7.3%
Futures 62,186 86,975 -28.5%
Options 333,896 340,322 -1.9%
       
Commodity 83,582 77,002 8.5%
Futures 75,644 71,065 6.4%
Options 7,938 5,937 33.7%
       
Other 0 9,551  
Futures 0 9,551  
Options 0 0  
       
Total Euronext 678,009 853,659 -20.6%
Total Futures 259,750 403,456 -35.6%
Total Options 418,259 450,203 -7.1%


Open InterestR      
  Mar-21 Mar-20 Change % YOY
Equity 17,814,613 19,426,494 -8.3%
       
Index 1,237,182 1,577,915 -21.6%
Futures 616,406 698,639 -11.8%
Options 620,776 879,276 -29.4%
       
Individual Equity 16,577,431 17,667,942 -6.2%
Futures 1,652,069 3,275,934 -49.6%
Options 14,925,362 14,392,008 3.7%
       
Commodity 974,336 766,668 27.1%
Futures 707,098 522,620 35.3%
Options 267,238 244,048 9.5%
       
Other 0 215,837  
Futures 0 215,837  
Options 0 0  
       
Total Euronext 18,788,949 20,228,362 -7.1%
Total Futures 2,975,573 4,713,030 -36.9%
Total Options 15,813,376 15,515,332 1.9%

R: 2020 figures restated

Spot FX Trading

  Q1 2021 Q1 2020  
Nb trading days 63 64  
       
Spot FX VOLUME (in USD millions, single counted)  
  Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Change %
Total Spot FX Market 1,350,733 1,655,579 -18.4%
ADV Spot FX Market 21,440 25,868 -17.1%

Power Trading

  Q1 2021 Q1 2020  
Nb trading days 90 91  
       
Power VOLUME (in TWh)  
  Q1 2021 Q1 2019 Change %
ADV Day-ahead Power Market 2.94 2.90 +1.2%
ADV Intraday Power Market 0.06 0.08 -22.0%

*END*


1 London Stock Exchange Group Holdings Italia S.p.A
2Including additional amount reflecting the cash generated since 30 June 2020
3 Percentages compare Q1 2021 to Q1 2020 figures
4 As defined in appendix
5 By aggregated market capitalization, as of 31 December 2020 (Euronext Group: c. €4.5 trillion; the Borsa Italiana Group: c€0.6 trillion)
6 By aggregated capital raised
7 By average daily traded value on cash markets. Source: Federation of European Securities Exchange
8 Over 2020
9 Please refer to the Euronext 2020 Universal Registration Document for further information on the Reference Shareholders Agreement (Section 6.4.1 – Reference Shareholders)
Unless stated otherwise, variations refer to Q1 2021 figures compared to Q1 2020 figures
10 Including additional amount reflecting the cash generated since 30 June 2020
11 Documentation available at https://www.euronext.com/en/offering-information
12 Like-for-like revenue are at constant FX rate and exclude in Q1 2020 VP Securities, Nord Pool, Ticker and 3Sens
13 Volume-related businesses include Cash, Derivatives, Spot FX trading, Power trading, Clearing, and IPOs
14 Definition in Appendix
15 Purchase price allocation
16 Definition in Appendix
17 Cash trading market share includes Euronext Dublin from Q1’2021
18 Enterprise value excluding pro rata share of normalized cash
19 Unaudited financials, can be subject to change

 

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