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CME Group Inc. Reports Solid First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

May 5, 2014



ENP Newswire - 05 May 2014

Release date- 02052014 - CHICAGO - CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) today reported revenues of$777 million and operating income of $454 million for the first quarter of 2014.

Net income attributable to CME Group was $267 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.79. Excluding the items noted in the reconciliation, adjusted earnings per share would have been $0.831.

'In first-quarter 2014, we posted industry-leading volume growth of 9 percent, driven by our interest rate, equity index and agricultural products,' said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy. 'Following Federal Reserve comments related to quantitative easing and the target federal funds rate, our Eurodollar futures reached a daily record of 6 million contracts traded on March 19. Further, market participants have begun to adjust their risk management activities in the short end of the interest rate curve, as evidenced by our 47 percent growth in Eurodollar volume in the first quarter followed by 73 percent growth in April.'

'In 2014, we continue to meet the needs of our customers by delivering innovative new products and services,' said CME Group Chief Executive Officer Phupinder Gill. 'We recently launched our London-based derivatives exchange, CME Europe, allowing our European clients to manage risk and access liquidity in their local jurisdiction. With London as the center of global FX trading, we will focus on FX futures initially, and add other products going forward. We also launched a Euro-denominated deliverable swap futures product, and plan to launch a North American physically delivered aluminum futures contract in second-quarter 2014.'

First-quarter 2014 average daily volume was 13.7 million contracts, up 9 percent from first-quarter 2013, and included 19 percent growth in interest rate volume. Clearing and transaction fee revenues were $652 million, up 10 percent compared with the same period last year. First-quarter total average rate per contract was 76.7 cents, down from 78.0 cents in fourth-quarter 2013, driven primarily by a higher proportion of total volume coming from interest rate products, which have lower average fees.

As of March 31, 2014, the company had $1.1 billion of cash and marketable securities and $2.1 billion of debt after paying off $750 million of debt in February.

CME Group will hold a conference call to discuss first-quarter 2014 results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. A live audio Webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of CME Group's Web site at www.cmegroup.com. An archived recording will be available for up to two months after the call.

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.

CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago. CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world's leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and over-the-counter derivatives transactions. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk.

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc.NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc. KCBOT, KCBT and Kansas City Board of Trade are trademarks of The Board of Trade of Kansas City, Missouri, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. We want to caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Among the factors that might affect our performance are increasing competition by foreign and domestic entities, including increased competition from new entrants into our markets and consolidation of existing entities; our ability to keep pace with rapid technological developments, including our ability to complete the development, implementation and maintenance of the enhanced functionality required by our customers while maintaining reliability and ensuring that such technology is not vulnerable to security risks; our ability to continue introducing competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis, including through our electronic trading capabilities, and our ability to maintain the competitiveness of our existing products and services, including our ability to provide effective services to the swaps market; our ability to adjust our fixed costs and expenses if our revenues decline; our ability to maintain existing customers, develop strategic relationships and attract new customers; our ability to expand and offer our products outside the United States; changes in domestic and non-U.S. regulations, including the impact of any changes in domestic and foreign laws or government policy with respect to our industry, such as any changes to regulations and policies that require increased financial and operational resources from us or our customers; the costs associated with protecting our intellectual property rights and our ability to operate our business without violating the intellectual property rights of others; decreases in revenue from our market data as a result of decreased demand; changes in our rate per contract due to shifts in the mix of the products traded, the trading venue and the mix of customers (whether the customer receives member or non-member fees or participates in one of our various incentive programs) and the impact of our tiered pricing structure; the ability of our financial safeguards package to adequately protect us from the credit risks of clearing members; the ability of our compliance and risk management methods to effectively monitor and manage our risks, including our ability to prevent errors and misconduct and protect our infrastructure against security breaches and misappropriation of our intellectual property assets; changes in price levels and volatility in the derivatives markets and in underlying equity, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodities markets; economic, political and market conditions, including the volatility of the capital and credit markets and the impact of economic conditions on the trading activity of our current and potential customers; our ability to accommodate increases in contract volume and order transaction traffic and to implement enhancements without failure or degradation of the performance of our trading and clearing systems; our ability to execute our growth strategy and maintain our growth effectively; our ability to manage the risks and control the costs associated with our strategy for acquisitions, investments and alliances; our ability to continue to generate funds and/or manage our indebtedness to allow us to continue to invest in our business; industry and customer consolidation; decreases in trading and clearing activity; the imposition of a transaction tax or user fee on futures and options on futures transactions and/or repeal of the 60/40 tax treatment of such transactions; the unfavorable resolution of material legal proceedings and the seasonality of the futures business.

For a detailed discussion of these and other factors that might affect our performance, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent periodic reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

Media Contact:

Anita Liskey

Managing Director

Tel: +1 312 466 4613

Email: anita.liskey@cmegroup.com


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