IntercontinentalExchange Reports Record Revenues and Net Income for First Quarter 2008

Released : 02 May 2008

ATLANTA, May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, reported record consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2008 of $92.3 million, a 66% increase compared to $55.6 million for the first quarter of 2007. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the first quarter were $1.29, an increase of 61% over the prior year's first quarter of $0.80. Consistent with prior guidance, first quarter EPS was reduced by $0.02 per share due to costs associated with the closure of the futures pits at ICE Futures U.S.(TM). Consolidated revenues in the first quarter increased 64% to a record $207.2 million, from $126.6 million in the first quarter of 2007. This marks ICE's ninth consecutive quarter of record revenues.

ICE's futures exchanges achieved record volume in the first quarter of 2008, increasing 39% to 62.5 million contracts. During the quarter, average daily volume (ADV) exceeded 1 million contracts for the first time: ADV for ICE Futures Europe(TM) was 616,150 contracts; ADV for ICE Futures U.S. was 370,372 contracts; and ADV for ICE Futures Canada(TM) was 18,190 contracts. Average daily commissions for ICE's global OTC segment during the first quarter of 2008 rose 70% to a record $1,280,223. For acquired businesses, volume and commission levels reflect only the time period after the closing date of each transaction. ICE Futures U.S., formerly the New York Board of Trade, was acquired on January 12, 2007 and ICE Futures Canada, formerly the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, was acquired on August 27, 2007.

"ICE's record first quarter is a result of our strategy to serve the rising demand for commodity price transparency, which enables efficient markets, hedging and risk management," said Jeffrey C. Sprecher, ICE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have numerous initiatives underway to support growth across new and existing asset classes. Our organic growth remains strong despite the broader credit market issues over the past three quarters, and we have experienced record transaction volume in our markets this year. We look forward to the launch of our European clearing house, which will further enhance credit intermediation in ICE's markets and beyond."

Sprecher continued: "We have been very focused on entering the equity index business and facilitating the transition of the Russell Index futures to ICE. Usage of Russell's U.S. indexes is at an all-time high, demonstrating the strong value in the Russell franchise and illustrating its potential impact to our business as exclusive trading of Russell equity futures products begins on ICE this fall. With the fastest matching engine in the futures markets today, we are continuing to offer additional user benefits through our extensive and ongoing technology enhancements. Finally, we continue to evaluate a range of M&A opportunities to expand our position as one of the most diversified and global derivatives markets in the world."

First Quarter 2008 Results

ICE's first quarter 2008 consolidated revenues increased 64% to $207.2 million compared to $126.6 million in the first quarter of 2007. Consolidated transaction revenues increased 62% to $177.4 million in the first quarter of 2008, from $109.3 million in the first quarter of 2007. The increase in transaction revenue was driven primarily by new products, strong trading volume in our futures and global OTC segments, and the entry of new participants in ICE's markets.

Transaction revenues in ICE's futures segment, comprising ICE Futures Europe, ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada, totaled $97.4 million in the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 57% over $62.1 million in the same period in 2007.

In the first quarter of 2008, ICE Futures Europe recorded volume of 38.8 million contracts. ADV for ICE's European futures business rose to a record 616,150 contracts, an increase of 16% compared to the first quarter of 2007. The average rate per contract (RPC) for ICE Futures Europe in the first quarter was $1.25. ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada recorded first quarter volume of 22.6 million contracts and 1.1 million contracts, respectively. ADV for ICE Futures U.S. was a record 370,372 contracts in the first quarter of 2008, a 79% increase compared to the same period in 2007. ADV for ICE Futures Canada was a record 18,190 contracts during the quarter, a 45% increase compared to the year-ago period. First quarter RPC for ICE Futures U.S. agricultural futures and options contracts was $2.14.

First quarter 2008 transaction revenues in the global OTC segment increased 69% to $80.0 million, compared to $47.3 million in the same period in 2007. Average daily commissions increased 70% to a record $1,280,223, compared to $754,499 in the first quarter of 2007. Average daily commissions reflect daily trading activity in ICE's OTC markets. Cleared contracts accounted for 89% of OTC contract volume during the first quarter of 2008.

Consolidated market data revenues increased 76% during the first quarter of 2008 to $24.7 million compared to $14.0 million in the same period in 2007. Consolidated other revenues increased $1.8 million during the first quarter to $5.1 million from $3.2 million in the same period in 2007.

Consolidated operating expenses for the first quarter of 2008 were $62.9 million, an increase of 34% compared to $47.0 million in the same period of 2007. This rise is primarily attributable to increased depreciation and amortization expenses recorded on fixed and intangible asset additions associated with acquisitions, increased non-cash compensation expenses, severance costs due to the closure of the futures pits at ICE Futures U.S., and professional services expenses relating to the establishment of ICE Clear Europe. Amortization expenses on acquired intangibles were $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2008 compared to $1.9 million in the same period of 2007. Floor closure costs during the first quarter, which primarily related to severance costs, were $2.1 million, reducing reported EPS for the quarter by $0.02 per share. Non-cash compensation for the quarter was $7.9 million, compared to $3.8 million in the first quarter of 2007. Expenses relating to the establishment of ICE Clear Europe were in line with guidance at $2.3 million during the first quarter of 2008, compared to $0.5 million in the first quarter of the prior year.

First quarter 2008 consolidated operating income was $144.3 million, up 81% compared to $79.6 million in the first quarter of 2007. Operating margin was 70% for the first quarter of 2008, compared to 63% for the same period in 2007.

Other income decreased $8.8 million year-to-year, primarily due to a $9.3 million gain recognized for the completed sale of the company's UK disaster recovery facility in the first quarter of 2007.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2008 was 35.2% compared to 36.7% for the first quarter of 2007.

    Additional Information
    -- ICE had 512 employees, including 18 from the acquisition of
       YellowJacket Software, Inc., at March 31, 2008. ICE expects headcount
       to increase between 5% and 10% during 2008, excluding headcount
       additions relating to any new acquisitions.
    -- ICE reiterates its non-cash compensation expense guidance in the range
       of $32 million to $34 million for 2008, assuming certain full-year
       performance targets are achieved. If performance targets are exceeded,
       non-cash compensation expense could increase by up to 45%. Non-cash
       compensation expense guidance will be provided quarterly to reflect
       updated business performance relative to targets.
    -- ICE has decreased expectations for depreciation and amortization for
       2008 to a range of $50 million to $54 million. This includes
       amortization relating to the exclusive license for U.S. Russell Index
       futures of $0.7 million in the third quarter and $6.5 million in the
       fourth quarter. ICE will also continue to record $1.5 million in
       interest expense relating to the license in each quarter of 2008.
    -- ICE's consolidated tax rate is expected to be in the range of 34% to
       36% for 2008.
    -- ICE forecasts the diluted share count for the second quarter of 2008 to
       be in the range of 71.1 million to 71.9 million weighted average shares
       outstanding, and the diluted share count for fiscal year 2008 to be in
       the range of 71.1 million to 72.1 million weighted average shares
    -- ICE Clear Europe is expected to commence operations in July 2008.
       Development expenses for ICE Clear Europe incurred in 2007 and 2008
       total approximately $7 million to date, in-line with guidance.

Earnings Conference Call Information

ICE will hold a conference call today, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its first quarter financial results. A live audio webcast of the earnings call will be available on the company's website at under About ICE/Investors & Media. Participants may also listen via telephone by dialing (888) 211-9951 if calling from the United States, or (913) 312-0827 if dialing from outside of the United States. For participants on the telephone, please place your call ten minutes prior to the start of the call.

The call will be archived on the company's website for replay. A telephone replay of the earnings call will also be available at (888) 203-1112 for callers within the United States and at (719) 457-0820 for callers outside of the United States. The passcode for the replay is 9403070.

Historical futures volume and OTC commission data can be found at:

About IntercontinentalExchange

IntercontinentalExchange(R) (NYSE: ICE) is a leading operator of global exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC) markets. ICE offers futures and OTC markets on a single trading platform, including markets for crude oil and refined products, natural gas, power and emissions, as well as agricultural commodities and financial products such as canola, cocoa, coffee, cotton, ethanol, orange juice, wood pulp, sugar, foreign currency and equity index futures and options. ICE(R) conducts its energy futures markets, including the leading oil benchmark contracts, through its London-based exchange, ICE Futures Europe(TM). ICE conducts its global agricultural commodity, foreign exchange and equity index futures markets through its U.S. and Canadian exchanges, ICE Futures U.S.(TM) and ICE Futures Canada(TM), and offers clearing services through ICE Clear U.S.(TM) and ICE Clear Canada(TM). ICE's state-of-the-art electronic trading platform serves market participants in more than 55 countries. ICE is included in the Russell 1000(R) Index and the S&P 500 Index. Headquartered in Atlanta, ICE has offices in Calgary, Chicago, Houston, London, New York, Singapore and Winnipeg. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements regarding IntercontinentalExchange's business that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. The factors that might affect our performance, include, but are not limited to: our business environment; increasing competition and consolidation in our industry; technological developments, including clearing developments; our initiative to establish a European clearing house; the accuracy of our cost estimates and expectations; adjustments to exchange fees or commission rates; our belief that cash flows will be sufficient to fund our working capital needs and capital expenditures, at least through the end of 2009; our ability to increase the connectivity to our marketplace; our ability to develop new products and services and pursue strategic acquisitions and alliances on a timely, cost-effective basis; maintaining existing market participants and attracting new ones; protecting our intellectual property rights and our ability to operate our business without violating the intellectual property rights of others; changes in domestic and foreign regulations or government policy; adverse litigation results; our belief that our electronic trade confirmation service could attract new market participants; our belief in our electronic platform and disaster recovery system technologies and the ability to gain access to comparable products and services if our key technology contracts were terminated; and the risk that acquired businesses will not be integrated successfully or the revenue opportunities, cost savings and other anticipated synergies from mergers or acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in ICE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, as filed with the SEC on February 13, 2008. This filing is also available in the Investors & Media section of our website. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for any obligations to disclose material information under the Federal securities laws, ICE undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

    Consolidated Unaudited Financial Statements


                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,
                                                      2008           2007
       Transaction fees, net                        $177,432       $109,341
       Market data fees                               24,720         14,019
       Other                                           5,062          3,248
    Total revenues                                   207,214        126,608

    Operating expenses:
       Compensation and benefits                      30,679         21,758
       Professional services                           6,972          4,863
       Patent royalty                                      -          1,705
       Selling, general and administrative            14,337         12,130
       Depreciation and amortization                  10,946          6,509
    Total operating expenses                          62,934         46,965
    Operating income                                 144,280         79,643
    Other income (expense):
       Interest and investment income                  2,919          2,824
       Interest expense                               (5,134)        (3,795)
       Other income, net                                 354          9,192
    Total other income (expense), net                 (1,861)         8,221
    Income before income taxes                       142,419         87,864
    Income tax expense                                50,129         32,278
    Net income                                       $92,290        $55,586

    Earnings per common share:
       Basic                                           $1.31          $0.82
       Diluted                                         $1.29          $0.80

    Weighted average common shares outstanding:
       Basic                                          70,361         67,534
       Diluted                                        71,348         69,758

                                (IN THOUSANDS)

                                                                   March 31,
    Current assets:
       Cash and cash equivalents                                   $215,877
       Restricted cash                                               18,146
       Short-term investments                                        60,776
       Customer accounts receivable, net                             74,524
       Margin deposits and guaranty funds                           945,511
       Prepaid expenses and other current assets                     19,506
    Total current assets                                          1,334,340
    Property and equipment, net                                      62,683
    Other noncurrent assets:
       Goodwill                                                   1,054,500
       Other intangible assets, net                                 544,516
       Cost method investments                                       38,778
       Long-term investments                                          9,375
       Other noncurrent assets                                        8,743
    Total other noncurrent assets                                 1,655,912
    Total assets                                                 $3,052,935

    Current liabilities:
       Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                     $25,073
       Accrued salaries and benefits                                  6,975
       Current portion of licensing agreement                        11,057
       Current portion of long-term debt                             37,500
       Income taxes payable                                          21,655
       Margin deposits and guaranty funds                           945,511
       Other current liabilities                                      6,769
    Total current liabilities                                     1,054,540
    Noncurrent liabilities:
       Noncurrent deferred tax liability, net                       111,213
       Long-term debt                                               175,000
       Noncurrent portion of licensing agreement                     88,174
       Unearned government grant                                      8,301
       Other noncurrent liabilities                                  21,221
    Total noncurrent liabilities                                    403,909
    Total liabilities                                             1,458,449
    Common stock                                                        715
    Treasury stock, at cost                                         (56,617)
    Additional paid-in capital                                    1,097,760
    Retained earnings                                               523,998
    Accumulated other comprehensive income                           28,630
    Total shareholders' equity                                    1,594,486
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity                   $3,052,935

SOURCE IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.