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IntercontinentalExchange Reports Third Quarter Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.42, up 20%; GAAP Diluted EPS of $1.29; Revenues of $287 Million, up 12%

Released : 01 November 2010

ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2010. Consolidated revenues were $287 million, an increase of 12% from $256 million in the third quarter of 2009. Consolidated net income attributable to ICE was $96 million, up 10% from net income of $87 million in last year's third quarter. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 9% to $1.29 compared to third quarter 2009 EPS of $1.18 per diluted share.

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Adjusted consolidated net income attributable to ICE, which excludes items related to the acquisition of Climate Exchange, grew 21% in the third quarter of 2010 and adjusted diluted EPS increased 20% to $1.42. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release for more information on adjusted net income attributable to ICE and adjusted diluted EPS.

Said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher: "At a time of considerable change and economic uncertainty, ICE delivered another solid quarter of growth, with an increasing number of futures and OTC customers relying on our global trading and technology platform, processing and clearing infrastructure. We continue to focus on delivering industry leading solutions to satisfy new transparency and risk mitigation standards and meet the needs of our customers through innovation."

ICE SVP and CFO Scott Hill added: "Strong global demand for commodities and an increasing need among emerging economies for hedging and risk management tools continue to drive very strong results for ICE. We believe these are long term secular trends, and that they will continue to provide a solid foundation for top- and bottom-line growth and investment in innovative new products and services to help our customers navigate regulatory change and market evolution."

Third Quarter 2010 Results

Third quarter 2010 consolidated revenues grew 12% to $287 million, compared to $256 million in the third quarter of 2009. Consolidated transaction and clearing revenues increased 12% to $256 million in the third quarter of 2010, from $229 million in the same period in 2009. The increase in transaction and clearing revenues was driven primarily by increased volume in ICE Brent Crude and ICE Gas Oil futures contracts, OTC North American natural gas and global oil contracts, and an increase in credit default swap (CDS) clearing revenues.

Transaction and clearing revenues in ICE's futures segment totaled $125 million in the third quarter of 2010, up 20% from $104 million in the prior third quarter. Consolidated average daily volume (ADV) in ICE's futures exchanges was 1,274,803 contracts, an increase of 20% from the third quarter of 2009, and was driven by double-digit increases in ADV at each of ICE's futures exchanges.

Transaction and clearing revenues in ICE's global OTC segment grew 5% to $132 million in the third quarter, compared to $125 million in the same period of 2009. Average daily commissions (ADC) for ICE's OTC energy business increased 9% to $1.4 million, compared to $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. Cleared contracts accounted for 97% of OTC energy contract volume during the third quarter of 2010. In ICE's credit derivatives business, third quarter transaction, processing and clearing revenues were $42 million, compared to $43 million in the same period of 2009. Revenues at Creditex, our CDS trade execution business, totaled $25 million, and global CDS clearing revenues were $18 million.

Consolidated market data revenues were a record $28 million in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 11% from $25 million in the year-ago quarter. Consolidated other revenues were $4 million, compared to $3 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Consolidated operating expenses were $136 million in the quarter, an increase of 17% from $116 million in the third quarter of 2009. The increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to costs associated with the acquisition of Climate Exchange plc, including $7 million of acquisition expenses and $5 million in severance charges. Operating expenses also include $5 million in amortization of intangibles and $8 million in ongoing operational expenses associated with Climate Exchange during the third quarter of 2010. Operating expenses outside of merger and integration expenses declined compared to the prior year, including improved cost efficiencies at Creditex.

Consolidated operating income increased 8% to $152 million in the quarter, compared to $140 million in the third quarter of 2009. Operating margin was 53%.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 32%, compared to 37% for the third quarter of 2009. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily due to favorable foreign tax rate differentials, legislative changes and tax credits during the current period.

First Nine Months of 2010 Results

Consolidated revenues in the first nine months of 2010 were $865 million, an increase of 17% compared to the year-ago period. Futures volumes in the first three quarters grew 27% to 248 million contracts, driving futures transaction and clearing revenues to $377 million, an increase of 23% compared to same period of 2009. ADV in the first nine months of 2010 was 1,318,788 contracts, up 28% from the year-ago period.

ICE's global OTC transaction and clearing revenues were $395 million in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 14% from the same period in 2009, and were driven primarily by an increase in energy contract volume, as well as an increase in CDS clearing revenues. ADC in ICE's OTC energy business were $1.4 million in the first nine months of the year, up 20% from the first nine months of 2009. Consolidated market data revenues increased 7% to $82 million and consolidated operating margins were 57% for the first nine months of 2010, compared to 53% in the comparable 2009 period.

Consolidated cash flows from operations totaled $379 million in the first three quarters of 2010, up 25%, compared to $303 million in the same period of 2009. Capital expenditures were $17 million and capitalized software development costs totaled $20 million in the first three quarters of 2010.

Unrestricted cash and investments were $541 million as of September 30, 2010. The company repurchased $90 million of its common stock during the third quarter of 2010 as part of its existing stock repurchase program. At the end of the quarter, ICE had $634 million in outstanding debt.

Financial Guidance and Additional Information

    --  ICE had 947 employees as of September 30, 2010. Headcount is expected to
        increase in the range of 1% to 2% for the balance of 2010, excluding any
        personnel additions relating to merger and acquisition activity, and
        inclusive of the Climate Exchange acquisition.
    --  Consistent with ICE's full-year guidance for CDS clearing revenues, the
        company expects revenues in the range of $14 million to $16 million
        during the fourth quarter of 2010.
    --  ICE expects depreciation and amortization in the fourth quarter of 2010
        in the range of $32 million to $34 million, which includes $5 million
        related to the amortization of Climate Exchange intangible assets.
    --  ICE expects its tax rate to be between 32-35% in the fourth quarter of
        2010 and in fiscal year 2011.
    --  ICE's diluted share count for the fourth quarter of 2010 is expected to
        be in the range of 73.8 million to 74.4 million weighted average shares
        outstanding, and the diluted share count for fiscal year 2010 is
        expected to be in the range of 73.9 million to 74.9 million weighted
        average shares outstanding.
    --  ICE's remaining capacity in its authorized share repurchase program is
        $210 million.


Earnings Conference Call Information

ICE will hold a conference call today, November 1, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its third quarter 2010 financial results. A live audio webcast of the earnings call will be available on the company's website at www.theice.com under About ICE/Investors & Media. Participants may also listen via telephone by dialing 888-569-5033 if calling from the United States, or 719-457-2607 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 4972645. Beginning with ICE's first quarter 2011 earnings call, the company will no longer offer telephone replays of its earnings calls. All earnings calls will continue to be available on the ICE website.

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

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About IntercontinentalExchange

IntercontinentalExchange® (NYSE: ICE) is a leading operator of regulated futures exchanges and over-the-counter markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index contracts. ICE Futures Europe® hosts trade in half of the world's crude and refined oil futures. ICE Futures U.S.® and ICE Futures Canada® list agricultural, currencies and Russell Index markets. ICE® is also a leading operator of central clearing services for the futures and over-the-counter markets, with five regulated clearing houses across North America and Europe. ICE serves customers in more than 70 countries. www.theice.com  

The following are trademarks of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. and/or its affiliated companies: IntercontinentalExchange, IntercontinentalExchange & Design, ICE, ICE and block design ICE Futures Europe, ICE Clear Europe, and European Climate Exchange (ECX). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information regarding registered trademarks owned by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. and/or its affiliated companies, see https://www.theice.com/terms.jhtml

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; conditions in global financial markets; domestic and international economic conditions; volatility in commodity prices; our ability to identify and effectively pursue acquisitions and strategic alliances and successfully integrate the companies we acquire on a cost-effective basis; changes in domestic and foreign laws, regulations or government policy; increasing competition and consolidation in our industry; our ability to minimize the risks associated with operating multiple clearing houses in multiple jurisdictions; the success of our initiative to clear credit default swaps transactions; the success of our global clearing strategy; technological developments, including clearing developments; the accuracy of our cost estimates and expectations, including, without limitation, those set forth in this press release under "Financial Guidance and Additional Information"; our belief that cash flows will be sufficient to service our debt and fund our working capital needs and capital expenditures at least through the end of 2011; our ability to increase the connectivity to our marketplace; maintaining existing market participants and attracting new ones; our ability to develop new products and services; protecting our intellectual property rights; not violating the intellectual property rights of others; potential adverse litigation results; our belief in our electronic platform and disaster recovery system technologies; identification of trends and how they will impact our business; and our ability to gain access to comparable products and services if our key technology contracts were terminated. 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, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on February 10, 2010. These filings are 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



Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)





                                      Nine Months Ended   Three Months Ended

                                      September 30,       September 30,

                                      2010      2009      2010     2009

Revenues:

Transaction and clearing fees, net    $772,024  $655,301  $256,102 $228,868

Market data fees                      81,567    76,490    27,528   24,891

Other                                 11,330    6,443     3,516    2,505

Total revenues                        864,921   738,234   287,146  256,264

Operating expenses:

Compensation and benefits             179,696   166,231   62,586   55,928

Professional services                 24,840    25,908    8,262    9,866

Acquisition-related transaction costs 9,062     6,139     7,019    -

Selling, general and administrative   69,788    68,457    25,982   22,613

Depreciation and amortization         87,867    82,750    31,739   27,868

Total operating expenses              371,253   349,485   135,588  116,275

Operating income                      493,668   388,749   151,558  139,989

Other income (expense):

Interest and investment income        1,544     1,252     478      298

Interest expense                      (22,123)  (16,534)  (7,511)  (4,374)

Other income (expense), net           (13,297)  (9,163)   2,716    1,493

Total other expense, net              (33,876)  (24,445)  (4,317)  (2,583)

Income before income taxes            459,792   364,304   147,241  137,406

Income tax expense                    153,834   133,142   47,328   50,524

Net income                            $ 305,958 $ 231,162 $ 99,913 $ 86,882

Net (income) loss attributable to
noncontrolling interest               (6,792)   572       (3,598)  572

Net income attributable to
IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.        $ 299,166 $231,734  $ 96,315 $ 87,454



Earnings per share attributable to
IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. common
shareholders:

Basic                                 $4.06     $3.18     $1.31    $1.20

Diluted                               $4.01     $3.13     $1.29    $1.18

Weighted average common shares
outstanding:

Basic                                 73,765    72,887    73,659   73,137

Diluted                               74,577    73,949    74,443   74,204








Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



                                                     September 30, December 31,

                                                     2010          2009

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents                            $ 539,198     $ 552,465

Short-term restricted cash                           79,445        81,970

Short-term investments                               1,998         2,005

Customer accounts receivable                         134,507       109,068

Margin deposits and guaranty funds                   24,330,932    18,690,238

Income tax receivable                                31,925        874

Prepaid expenses and other current assets            34,029        23,231

Total current assets                                 25,152,034    19,459,851

Property and equipment, net                          95,341        91,735

Other noncurrent assets:

Goodwill                                             1,896,565     1,465,831

Other intangible assets, net                         916,072       702,460

Long-term restricted cash                            135,219       123,823

Long-term investments                                -             23,492

Other noncurrent assets                              22,994        17,683

Total other noncurrent assets                        2,970,850     2,333,289

Total assets                                         $ 28,218,225  $ 21,884,875



LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities             $ 74,100      $ 57,288

Accrued salaries and benefits                        38,877        52,185

Current portion of licensing agreement               17,443        15,223

Current portion of long-term debt                    242,500       99,000

Income taxes payable                                 36,866        23,327

Margin deposits and guaranty funds                   24,330,932    18,690,238

Other current liabilities                            38,927        30,571

Total current liabilities                            24,779,645    18,967,832

Noncurrent liabilities:

Noncurrent deferred tax liability, net               236,951       181,102

Long-term debt                                       391,500       208,500

Noncurrent portion of licensing agreement            64,270        73,441

Other noncurrent liabilities                         24,702        20,353

Total noncurrent liabilities                         717,423       483,396

Total liabilities                                    25,497,068    19,451,228



EQUITY

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. shareholders' equity:

Common stock                                         783           776

Treasury stock, at cost                              (448,735)     (349,646)

Additional paid-in capital                           1,729,940     1,674,919

Retained earnings                                    1,348,291     1,049,125

Accumulated other comprehensive income               54,340        24,558

Total IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. shareholders'
equity                                               2,684,619     2,399,732

Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries 36,538        33,915

Total equity                                         2,721,157     2,433,647

Total liabilities and equity                         $ 28,218,225  $ 21,884,875







Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation

ICE presents adjusted net income attributable to ICE and adjusted earnings per share attributable to ICE as additional information regarding its operating results. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors should not rely on any single financial measure when evaluating ICE's business. ICE strongly recommends that investors review the GAAP financial measures included in this press release and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, including ICE's consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto.

When viewed in conjunction with ICE's GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation, ICE believes the presentation of these adjusted measures provide investors with greater transparency and a more complete understanding of factors affecting our business than GAAP measures alone. ICE management uses these measures to evaluate operating performance and management decisions made during the reporting period by excluding certain items that the company believes have less significance on, or do not impact, the day-to-day performance of the business.

Adjusted net income attributable to ICE for the periods presented below is calculated by adding net income attributable to ICE and various non-recurring, infrequent or other charges that are not routine operating expenses, and their related income tax effects. ICE does not believe these items are representative of its future operating performance because these charges were not consistent with historical and normal operating performance. The adjustments for the periods in 2010 related to the exclusion of charges associated with the acquisition of Climate Exchange, including the currency hedge implemented at the time of the transaction announcement, acquisition transaction costs and employee severance costs. The adjustments for the period in 2009 related to the exclusion of acquisition transaction costs, an impairment charge related to ICE's investment in India's NCDEX, and various other nonrecurring charges. The NCDEX impairment loss tax effect was additional tax expense of $1.8 million due to the rounding of a valuation allowance, related to the deferred tax benefit recorded in three months ended December 31, 2008, which was in excess of the tax benefit recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2009. The remaining tax effects of these items were calculated by applying jurisdictional specific marginal tax rates.

ICE uses these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate its performance and to make financial and operational decisions. ICE believes that its presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency and supplemental data relating to its financial condition and results of operations. In addition, ICE believes the presentation of these measures is useful for period-to-period comparison of results because the items described below do not reflect historical operating performance. ICE uses adjusted net income attributable to ICE and adjusted earnings per share because they more clearly highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures, since these measures eliminate from our results specific financial items that have less bearing on our operating performance.

The following table reconciles our net income attributable to ICE to adjusted net income attributable to ICE and calculates adjusted earnings per common share attributable to ICE for the periods presented below.




                       Nine Months Ended  Nine Months Ended  Three Months Ended

                       September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 September 30, 2010

                       (In thousands, except per share amounts)

Net income
attributable to ICE    $ 299,166          $ 231,734          $ 96,315

Add: Hedge for CLE
acquisition            15,080             —                802

Add:
Acquisition-related
transaction costs      9,062              6,139              7,019

Add: Severance costs
relating to
acquisitions           5,716              2,902              5,196

Add: NCDEX impairment
charge                 —                9,276              —

Add: Costs incurred to
vacate office space    —                2,980              —

Less: Net gain on
existing 4.8%
ownership of CLE       (1,825)            —                (1,825)

Less: Income tax
expense effect related
to the items above     (6,149)            (1,978)            (1,579)

Adjusted net income
attributable to ICE    $ 321,050          $ 251,053          $ 105,928

Earnings per share
attributable to ICE
common shareholders:

Basic                  $ 4.06             $ 3.18             $ 1.31

Diluted                $ 4.01             $ 3.13             $ 1.29

Adjusted earnings per
share attributable to
ICE common
shareholders:

Adjusted basic         $ 4.35             $ 3.44             $ 1.44

Adjusted diluted       $ 4.30             $ 3.39             $ 1.42

Weighted average
common shares
outstanding:

Basic                  73,765             72,887             73,659

Diluted                74,577             73,949             74,443







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