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Source: Deal Journal (The Wall Street Journal Digital Network), December 12, 2012 article

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December 12, 2012, 8:39 AM

Nasdaq Expands Services With Thomson Reuters Investor Relations Deal

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Thomson Reuters Corp.'s investor relations, public relations and multimedia services businesses for $390 million in cash, as the exchange operator looks to build out its corporate services.


The businesses, which have more than 7,000 clients worldwide, will be integrated into Nasdaq’s corporate solutions segment. The segment will become a larger investor-relations outfit and a provider of PR and webcasting services, giving Nasdaq more offerings it can sell to corporate clients.

With trading volume weak, Nasdaq has been working to build up a range of technology and data services and products to sell to its traders and listed companies that create recurring revenue contracts. To do so, Nasdaq has embarked on a series of acquisitions.

This deal is expected to close in the first half of next year and Nasdaq expects it to add to earnings within the first year, excluding transaction-related costs.

“We believe this is an exciting opportunity that will contribute to our ability to grow our business, better serve our customers and create opportunities for our people,” CEO Bob Greifeld said in a statement on Nasdaq’s website.

In October, Nasdaq agreed to acquire the index business of Mergent Inc. in a deal that would make the exchange operator one of the largest providers of dividend-themed indexes.

Meanwhile, Thomson Reuters unveiled a restructuring of its markets business last year amid disappointing early sales of a new markets desktop product called Eikon. It also underwent a major reshuffling of its top leadership ranks, including the departures of several high-level executives.

Thomson has been aiming to focus more on its struggling core financial-markets business. In April, the company said it would sell its health-care business to private-equity firm Veritas Capital for $1.25 billion in an all-cash deal.


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