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TMX Group Limited Reports Another Record Quarter in Q2/18

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  • Quarterly diluted earnings per share of $1.71, up 44%, or 55% before discontinued operations, from Q2/17
  • Record quarterly adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.34, net of a 6 cent lease termination charge, up 6%, or 16% before discontinued operations over Q2/17
  • Record quarterly revenue of $209.5 million, up 20% compared with Q2/17
  • Cash flows from operating activities of $119.7 million, up 38% over Q2/17

TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - TMX Group Limited [TSX:X] ("TMX Group") today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Commenting on the second quarter of 2018 and looking ahead, Lou Eccleston, Chief Executive Officer of TMX Group, said:

"Our record results for the second quarter were driven by TMX's diversified portfolio of global solutions, highlighted by a strong performance across all of our growth businesses, including data & analytics, capital formation and derivatives. Throughout the first six months of 2018, TMX continued to leverage the core strength of our business model to deliver results; achieving profitable growth and increased shareholder returns. As we look to the future, we remain in continuous pursuit of ways to augment the quality and value of the services we bring to clients across our markets and around the world while building on our track record of strategic execution."

Commenting on operating performance in the second quarter of 2018, John McKenzie, Chief Financial Officer of TMX Group, said:

"Once again, we were able to report record quarterly revenue and adjusted diluted earnings per share driven by organic revenue growth of 5% and our Trayport business.  Revenue in Trayport's core subscriber business grew by 10% year over year.  Our strong earnings performance in the second quarter of $1.71 in diluted earnings per share was bolstered by our gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE of 48 cents per share.  Adjusted earnings per share was a record $1.34 net of a charge of 6 cents per share related to lease termination following consolidation of our facilities, which will generate savings starting in the third quarter."

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Adjusted earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted earnings per share before discontinued operations, and adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations are non-IFRS measures and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and are, therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.  We present adjusted earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted earnings per share before discontinued operations, and adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations to indicate ongoing financial performance from period to period, exclusive of a number of adjustments.  These adjustments include amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions, non-cash impairment charges, increase in deferred income tax assets resulting from capital loss carryback, write-off of deferred income tax assets, net income tax recovery on gain on sale of Natural Gas Exchange Inc. (NGX), gain on sale of interest in TMX FTSE, and commodity tax provision.  Management uses these measures, and excludes certain items, because it believes doing so results in a more effective analysis of underlying operating and financial performance, including, in some cases, our ability to generate cash.  Excluding these items also enables comparability across periods.  The exclusion of certain items does not imply that they are non-recurring or not useful to investors.

Additional IFRS Measure

Income from operations before strategic re-alignment expenses and income from operations are important indicators of TMX Group's ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund future working capital needs, service outstanding debts and fund future capital expenditures.  The intent of these performance measures is to provide additional useful information to investors and analysts; however, these measures should not be considered in isolation.

Sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy - discontinued operations

On December 14, 2017, we completed the sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy Brokers Inc (Shorcan Energy). TMX Group has classified the sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy as discontinued operations. Prior to the sale, the operations of NGX and Shorcan Energy entirely comprised of the Energy Trading and Clearing operating segment and a small portion of the Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics operating segment.

The classification of discontinued operations occurred at December 14, 2017 which is the date of disposal of the operations.  Accordingly, TMX Group has re-presented the comparative consolidated income statements to show the discontinued operations separately from continuing operations.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 Compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2017

The information below reflects the financial statements of TMX Group for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 (Q2/18) compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2017 (Q2/17).






(in millions of dollars, except per
share amounts)

Q2/18   

Q2/17   

$ increase   

% increase

Revenue

$209.5

$174.9

$34.6

20%

Operating expenses

119.7

89.5

30.2

34%

Income from operations1

89.8

85.4

4.4

5%

Net income

95.6

66.5

29.1

44%






Earnings per share before discontinued operations2






Basic

1.72

1.11

0.61

55%


Diluted

1.71

1.10

0.61

55%

Earnings per share3






Basic

1.72

1.20

0.52

43%


Diluted

1.71

1.19

0.52

44%

Adjusted Earnings per share before
discontinued operations4






Basic

1.34

1.18

0.16

14%


Diluted                                                             

1.34

1.16

0.18

16%

Adjusted Earnings per share5






Basic

1.34

1.28

0.06

5%


Diluted

1.34

1.26

0.08

6%






Cash flows from operating activities

119.7

86.8

32.9

38%

 

Net income

Net income in Q2/18 was $95.6 million, or $1.72 per common share on a basic and $1.71 on a diluted basis, compared with a net income of $66.5 million, or $1.20 per common share on a basic and $1.19 on a diluted basis, for Q2/17. The increase in net income in Q2/18 largely reflected a gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE of $26.8 million before and after income tax (48 cents per basic and diluted share).   In addition, there was higher revenue from Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics (GSIA), which included $27.9 million related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017).   The increase in revenue was partially offset by higher operating expenses, which included $19.2 million related to Trayport, a commodity tax provision of $7.6 million (10 cents per basic and diluted share) and a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share).

There was a decrease in income tax expense, which reduced our effective tax rate for Q2/18, relating to realizing and utilizing a capital loss, increasing net income. In Q2/18, we realized a capital loss on the wind up of a limited partnership, resulting in a tax benefit of approximately $11.8 million. This capital loss was applied to eliminate income tax otherwise payable of $3.8 million on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE in Q2/18 and reduce the income tax of $8.0 million on our sale of NGX in 2017. Also, the non-taxable portion of the capital gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE resulted in a tax benefit of approximately $3.3 million.

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1 See discussion under the heading Additional IFRS Financial Measures.

2 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

3 Earnings per share information is based on net income.

4 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

5 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

 

The overall increase in diluted earnings per share was partially offset by the impact from an increase in the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding in Q2/18 compared with Q2/17 and higher net finance costs.  In addition, the basic and diluted earnings per share in Q2/17 includes net income related to NGX and Shorcan Energy (sold December 14, 2017).

Adjusted Earnings per Share and Adjusted Earnings per Share before discontinued
operationsReconciliation
for Q2/18 and Q2/17

The following is a reconciliation of earnings per share before discontinued operations7 to adjusted earnings per share8:





Q2/18

Q2/17

(unaudited)

Basic

Diluted

Basic

Diluted

Earnings per share before discontinued operations9

$1.72

$1.71

$1.11

$1.10

Adjustments related to:






Amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions

0.17

0.17

0.11

0.10


Increase in deferred income tax assets
resulting from capital loss carryback10

(0.04)

(0.04)


Net income tax recovery on gain on sale of NGX

(0.17)

(0.16)


Gain on sale of interest in TMX FTSE

(0.48)

(0.48)


Commodity tax provision

0.10

0.10

Adjusted earnings per share before discontinued operations11

$1.34

$1.34

$1.18

$1.16


Earnings per share from discontinued operations

0.09

0.09


Adjustment related to amortization of
intangibles related to acquisitions

0.01

0.01

Adjusted earnings per share12

$1.34

$1.34

$1.28

$1.26

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

55,578,475

56,045,700

55,305,850

55,785,847

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations increased by 16% from $1.16 in Q2/17 to $1.34 in Q2/18.  The increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations reflected higher revenue from Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics (GSIA), which included $27.9 million related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017).   The increase in revenue was partially offset by higher operating expenses, which included $19.2 million related to Trayport and a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share).  The increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations was partially offset by the impact from an increase in the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding in Q2/18 compared with Q2/17 and higher net finance costs.

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6 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures. 

7 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

8 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

9 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

10 Related to sale of Razor Risk.

11 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

12 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

 

Revenue






(in millions of dollars)

Q2/18   

 Q2/17

$ increase

% increase


Capital Formation

$57.8

$51.6

$6.2

12%


Equities and Fixed Income Trading and Clearing

46.8

46.7

0.1

0%


Derivatives Trading and Clearing

33.3

31.4

1.9

6%


Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics
(formerly Market Insights)

70.7

46.3

24.4

53%


Other

0.9

(1.1)

2.0

182%


$209.5

$174.9

$34.6

20%

 

Revenue was $209.5 million in Q2/18, up $34.6 million or 20% compared with $174.9 million in Q2/17 largely attributable to an increase in Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics revenue reflecting the inclusion of revenue from Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017) of $27.9 million, partially offset by a decline of $2.1 million in revenue from TMX Atrium (sold on April 30, 2017).  There were also increases in Capital Formation, Fixed Income trading, CDS, and Derivatives Trading and Clearing revenue.  Other revenue increased largely due to the impact from recognizing net foreign exchange gains mainly on U.S. dollar net monetary liabilities in Q2/18 compared with net foreign exchange losses in Q2/17.  Equities Trading revenue declined from Q2/17 to Q2/18.

Operating expenses






(in millions of dollars)

Q2/18

Q2/17

$ increase/
(decrease)

% increase/
(decrease)

Compensation and benefits

$54.2

$42.5

$11.7

28%

Information and trading systems

11.9

13.5

(1.6)

(12)%

Selling, general and administration

36.0

20.1

15.9

79%

Depreciation and amortization

17.6

13.4

4.2

31%


$119.7

$89.5

$30.2

34%

 

Operating expenses in Q2/18 were $119.7 million, up $30.2 million or 34%, from $89.5 million in Q2/17. There were increased costs related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017) of $19.2 million, a commodity tax provision of $7.6 million (10 cents per basic and diluted share), a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share) as well as an increase in severance costs of approximately $2.0 million related to organizational changes. The increases were offset partially by reduced costs related to TMX Atrium (sold on April 30, 2017) of approximately $2.0 million.

Additional Information

Income tax expense and effective tax rate



Income Tax Expense (in millions of dollars)

Effective Tax Rate (%)

Q2/18

Q2/17

Q2/18

Q2/17

$11.1

$18.6

10%

23%

 

  • Excluding adjustments, primarily relating to the items noted below, the effective tax rate would have been approximately 26% for Q2/18 and 27% for Q2/17.

  • In Q2/18, we realized a capital loss on the wind up of a limited partnership, resulting in a tax benefit of approximately $11.8 million. A portion of this capital loss was utilized to eliminate the income tax otherwise payable of $3.8 million on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE. In addition, we carried back the balance of this net capital loss to reduce the income tax of $8.0 million on the sale of NGX in 2017. Also, the non-taxable portion of the capital gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE resulted in a tax benefit of approximately $3.3 million. As a result, there was a decrease in the income tax expense, which reduced our effective tax rate for Q2/18.

  • In Q2/17, we carried back capital losses related to the sale of Razor Risk (sold December 31, 2016) against capital gains from the sale of PC Bond in 2013. As a result, there was a decrease in income tax expense of approximately $2.4 million for Q2/17, which reduced our effective tax rate.

Summary of Cash Flows





(in millions of dollars)

Q2/18

Q2/17

$ increase/
(decrease) in cash

Cash flows from operating activities

$119.7

$86.8

$32.9

Cash flows (used in) financing activities

(177.5)

(57.8)

(119.7)

Cash flows from investing activities

62.3

18.3

44.0

 

  • In Q2/18, Cash flows from operating activities increased reflecting higher income from operations (excluding depreciation and amortization) compared with Q2/17. There was also an increase in cash related to trade and other receivables, and prepaid expenses as well as other assets and liabilities. The increases in cash were slightly offset by a decrease in cash from higher income taxes paid.

  • In Q2/18, Cash flows used in financing activities increased from Q2/17 primarily due to a net reduction in Commercial Paper outstanding of $326.7 million offset by an increase in cash of $200.0 million from the issuance of our Series E Debentures.

  • In Q2/18, there was an increase in Cash flows from investing activities compared with Q2/17. We received higher proceeds on the sale of our stake in TMX FTSE in Q2/18 than on the sale of TMX Atrium in Q2/17.

Six months ended June 30, 2018 Compared with Six months ended June 30, 2017

The information below reflects the financial statements of TMX Group for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared with the six months ended June 30, 2017






(in millions of dollars, except per share
amounts)

Six months ended
June 30, 2018

Six months ended
June 30, 2017

$ increase

% increase

Revenue

$416.7

$346.2

$70.5

20%

Operating expenses

231.2

185.4

45.8

25%

Income from operations13

185.5

160.8

24.7

15%

Net income

158.7

113.8

44.9

39%






Earnings per share - before
discontinued operations14






Basic

2.86

1.88

0.98

52%


Diluted

2.84

1.87

0.97

52%

Earnings per share15






Basic

2.86

2.06

0.80

39%


Diluted                                        

2.84

2.04

0.80

39%

Adjusted Earnings per share before
discontinued operations






Basic

2.69

2.20

0.49

22%


Diluted

2.66

2.19

0.47

21%

Adjusted Earnings per share16






Basic

2.69

2.40

0.29

12%


Diluted

2.66

2.38

0.28

12%






Cash flows from operating activities

178.3

153.8

24.5

16%

 

Net income

Net income in the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $158.7 million, or $2.86 per common share on a basic basis and $2.84 per common share on a diluted basis, compared with a net income of $113.8 million, or $2.06 per common share on a basic and $2.04 on a diluted basis, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in net income in the six months ended June 30, 2018 included a before and after tax gain on the sale of TMX FTSE, of $26.8 million and higher revenue across each segment of our business, which included $55.4 million related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017). The increase was partially offset by higher operating expenses, including $37.1 million related to Trayport, a commodity tax provision of $7.6 million (10 cents per basic and diluted share), and a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share).

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13 See discussion under the heading Additional IFRS Financial Measures.

14 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

15 Earnings per share information is based on net income.

16 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

 

There was a decrease in income tax expense, which reduced our effective tax rate, relating to realizing and utilizing a capital loss, increasing net income. This capital loss was applied to eliminate income tax otherwise payable of $3.8 million on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE in 1H/18 and reduce income tax of $8.0 million on our sale of NGX in 2017. Also, the non-taxable portion of the capital gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE resulted in a tax benefit of approximately $3.3 million.

The overall increase in diluted earnings per share was partially offset by the unfavorable impact on basic and diluted earnings per share from an increase in the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding in the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared with the six months ended June 30, 2017, and higher net finance costs.  In addition, the basic and diluted earnings per share in 1H/17 includes net income related to NGX and Shorcan Energy (sold December 14, 2017).

Adjusted Earnings per Share and Adjusted Earnings per Share before discontinued operations17  
Reconciliation for Six months ended June 30, 2018 and Six months ended June 30, 2017

The following is a reconciliation of earnings per share before discontinued operations18  to adjusted earnings per share19:





Six months ended June 30, 2018

Six months ended June 30, 2017

(unaudited)

Basic

Diluted

Basic

Diluted

Earnings per share before discontinued operations20

$2.86

$2.84

$1.88

$1.87

Adjustments related to:






Amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions

0.35

0.34

0.22

0.22


Non-cash impairment charges21

0.09

0.09


Increase in deferred income tax assets
resulting from capital loss carryback22

(0.04)

(0.04)


Write-off of deferred income tax assets23

0.05

0.05


Net income tax recovery on gain on sale of NGX

(0.14)

(0.14)


Gain on sale of interest in TMX FTSE

(0.48)

(0.48)


Commodity tax provision

0.10

0.10

Adjusted earnings per share before discontinued operations24

$2.69

$2.66

$2.20

$2.19


Earnings per share from discontinued operations

0.18

0.17


Adjustment related to amortization of
intangibles related to acquisitions

0.02

0.02

Adjusted earnings per share25

$2.69

$2.66

$2.40

$2.38

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

55,511,869

55,972,415

55,214,060

55,701,940

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations increased by 21% from $2.19 in the six months ended June 30, 2017 to $2.66 in the six months ended June 30, 2018.  The increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations reflected higher revenue which included $55.4 million (including $55.2 million in GSIA, and $0.2 million in Other) related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017). The increase in revenue was partially offset by higher operating expenses which included $37.1 million related to Trayport, and a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share). The increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share before discontinued operations was partially offset by the impact from an increase in the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding in the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared with the six months ended June 30, 2017, and higher net finance costs.

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17 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

18 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

19 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

20 Earnings per share before discontinued operations is based on income before income from discontinued operations, net of tax.

21 Related to TMX Atrium.

22 Related to sale of Razor Risk.

23 Related to TMX Atrium Wireless.

24 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

25 See discussion under the heading Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

 

Revenue






(in millions of dollars)

Six months
ended June 30,
2018

Six months
ended June 30,
2017

$ increase

% increase


Capital Formation

$108.2

$96.4

$11.8

12%


Equities and Fixed Income Trading and Clearing

97.9

94.9

3.0

3%


Derivatives Trading and Clearing

64.6

59.5

5.1

9%


Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics

143.4

96.6

46.8

48%


Other

2.6

(1.2)

3.8

317%


$416.7

$346.2

$70.5

20%

 

Revenue was $416.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2018, up $70.5 million or 20% compared with $346.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2017.   There was an increase in Global Solutions, Insights and Analytics revenue reflecting $55.2 million revenue from Trayport (acquired on December 14, 2017), partially offset by $8.6 million decrease in revenue from TMX Atrium (sold on April 30, 2017).  There were also increases in Capital Formation, Fixed Income Trading, CDS, and Derivatives Trading and Clearing revenue.  Other revenue increased primarily due to the impact from recognizing net foreign exchange gains mainly on U.S. dollar net monetary liabilities in the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared with net foreign exchange losses in the six months ended June 30, 2017.   Equities Trading revenue declined from 1H/17 to 1H/18.

 

Operating expenses






(in millions of dollars)

Six months
ended June 30,
2018

Six months
ended June 30,
2017

$ increase/
(decrease)

% increase/
(decrease)

Compensation and benefits

$111.9

$89.7

$22.2

25%

Information and trading systems

24.5

29.5

(5.0)

(17)%

Selling, general and administration

59.9

39.1

20.8

53%

Depreciation and amortization

34.9

27.1

7.8

29%


$231.2

$185.4

$45.8

25%

 

Operating expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $231.2 million, up $45.8 million or 25%, from $185.4 million in the six months ended June 30, 2017.  There were increased costs related to Trayport (acquired December 14, 2017) of $37.1 million, a commodity tax provision of $7.6 million (10 cents per basic and diluted share), an increase in severance costs of approximately $5.0 million related to organizational changes and a lease termination payment of $4.5 million (6 cents per basic and diluted share).  The increases were offset partially by reduced costs related to TMX Atrium (sold on April 30, 2017) of approximately $9.4 million.

Income tax expense and effective tax rate             



Income Tax Expense (in millions of dollars)

Effective Tax Rate (%)

Six months ended June 30,
2018

Six months ended June 30,
2017

Six months ended June 30,
2018

Six months ended June 30,
2017

$34.7

$41.0

18%

28%

 

  • Excluding adjustments, primarily related to the items noted below, the effective tax rate would have been approximately 26% for 1H/18 and approximately 27% for 1H/17.

  • In 1H/18, we realized a capital loss on the wind up of a limited partnership, resulting in a tax benefit of approximately $11.8 million. A portion of this capital loss was utilized to eliminate the income tax otherwise payable of $3.8 million on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE. In addition, we carried back the balance of this net capital loss to reduce the income tax of $8.0 million on the sale of NGX in 2017. Also, the non-taxable portion of the capital gain on the sale of our interest in TMX FTSE resulted in a tax benefit of approximately $3.3 million. As a result, there was a decrease in the income tax expense, which reduced our effective tax rate for 1H/18.

  • In 1H/17, we wrote down $2.9 million of deferred income tax assets relating to TMX Atrium, which increased our effective tax rate and income tax expense. In addition, in 1H/17, we incurred non-cash impairment charges of $4.8 million related to TMX Atrium, which increased our effective tax rate.

  • Offsetting these adjustments, in 1H/17, we carried back capital losses related to the sale of Razor Risk (sold December 31, 2016) against capital gains from the sale of PC Bond in 2013. As a result, there was a decrease in income tax expense of approximately $2.4 million, which reduced our effective tax rate.

Summary of Cash Flows





(in millions of dollars)

Six months ended
June 30, 2018

Six months ended
June 30, 2017

$ increase /
(decrease) in cash

Cash flows from operating activities

$178.3

$153.8

$24.5

Cash flows from/(used in) financing activities

(238.8)

(82.2)

(156.6)

Cash flows from investing activities

52.6

7.0

45.6

 

  • In 1H/18, Cash flows from operating activities increased compared with 1H/17 reflecting higher income from operations (excluding depreciation and amortization) compared with 1H/17 and an increase in cash related to trade and other payables. The increases in cash were partially offset by a decrease in cash from trade and other receivables as well as higher income taxes paid.

  • In 1H/18, Cash flows used in financing activities increased from 1H/17 primarily due to a net reduction in Commercial Paper outstanding of $350.8 million offset by an increase in cash of $200.0 million from the issuance of our Series E Debentures.

  • In 1H/18, there was an increase in Cash flows from investing activities compared with 1H/17. We received higher proceeds on the sale of our stake in TMX FTSE in Q2/18 than on the sale of TMX Atrium in Q2/17.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS GOVERNANCE PRACTICE

The Finance & Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of TMX Group (Board) reviewed this press release as well as the Q2/18 unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and recommended they be approved by the Board of Directors.  Following review by the full Board, the Q2/18 unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements, MD&A and the contents of this press release were approved.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Our Q2/18 unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS and are reported in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated. Financial measures contained in the MD&A and this press release are based on financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, unless otherwise specified and are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

ACCESS TO QUARTERLY MATERIALS

TMX Group has filed its Q2/18 unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and MD&A with Canadian securities regulators.  These documents may be accessed through www.sedar.com, or on the TMX Group website at www.tmx.com.  We are not incorporating information contained on the website in this press release. In addition, copies of these documents will be available upon request, at no cost, by contacting TMX Group Investor Relations by phone at (416) 947-4277 or by e-mail at [email protected].

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This press release of TMX Group contains "forward-looking information" (as defined in applicable Canadian securities legislation) that is based on expectations, assumptions, estimates, projections and other factors that management believes to be relevant as of the date of this press release. Often, but not always, such forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "plans," "expects," "is expected," "budget," "scheduled," "targeted," "estimates," "forecasts," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," or variations or the negatives of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might," or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved or not be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information, by its nature, requires us to make assumptions and is subject to significant risks and uncertainties which may give rise to the possibility that our expectations or conclusions will not prove to be accurate and that our assumptions may not be correct.

Examples of forward-looking information in this press release include, but are not limited to, the ability of TMX Group to de-leverage and the timing thereof; TMX Group's business integration initiative including the integration of clearing platforms, including the expected cash expenditures related to the integration of our clearing platforms and the anticipated cost savings resulting from this initiative and the timing of the integration and the anticipated savings; costs associated with the consolidation of office premises, and anticipated cost savings related to consolidation of office premises; other statements related to cost reductions and strategic realignment expenses;  the impact of changes to each of our equity trading fees, market data fees, additional listing fees on TMX Group's revenue; the impact of the increase of market capitalization of TSX and TSXV issuers overall (from 2016 to 2017) net of changes to sustaining fees on TMX Group's revenue; the expected annual cost savings resulting from organizational changes made in early 2018, and the timing thereof; TMX Group's anticipated statutory income tax rate for 2018;  factors relating to stock, and derivatives exchanges and clearing houses and the business, strategic goals and priorities, market conditions, pricing, proposed technology and other initiatives, financial results or financial condition, operations and prospects of TMX Group which are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.

These risks include: competition from other exchanges or marketplaces, including alternative trading systems and new technologies, on a national and international basis; dependence on the economy of Canada; adverse effects on our results caused by global economic conditions or  uncertainties including changes in business cycles that impact our sector; failure to retain and attract qualified personnel; geopolitical and other factors which could cause business interruption; dependence on information technology; vulnerability of our networks and third party service providers to security risks, including cyber-attacks; failure to properly identify or implement our strategies; regulatory constraints; constraints imposed by our level of indebtedness, risks of litigation or other proceedings; dependence on adequate numbers of customers; failure to develop, market or gain acceptance of new products; failure to effectively integrate acquisitions, including the Trayport acquisition, to achieve planned economics, or divest under-performing businesses; currency risk; adverse effect of new business activities; adverse effects from business divestitures; not being able to meet cash requirements because of our holding company structure and restrictions on paying dividends; dependence on third-party suppliers and service providers; dependence of trading operations on a small number of clients; risks associated with our clearing operations; challenges related to international expansion; restrictions on ownership of TMX Group common shares; inability to protect our intellectual property; adverse effect of a systemic market event on certain of our businesses; risks associated with the credit of customers; cost structures being largely fixed; the failure to realize cost reductions in the amount or the time frame anticipated; dependence on market activity that cannot be controlled; the regulatory constraints that apply to the business of TMX Group and its regulated subsidiaries, costs of on exchange clearing and depository services, trading volumes (which could be higher or lower than estimated) and revenues; future levels of revenues being lower than expected or costs being higher than expected.

Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions in connection with the ability of TMX Group to successfully compete against global and regional marketplaces; business and economic conditions generally; exchange rates (including estimates of exchange rates from Canadian dollars to the U.S. dollar or British pound sterling), commodities prices, the level of trading and activity on markets, and particularly the level of trading in TMX Group's key products; business development and marketing and sales activity; the continued availability of financing on appropriate terms for future projects; productivity at TMX Group, as well as that of TMX Group's competitors; market competition; research and development activities; the successful introduction and client acceptance of new products; successful introduction of various technology assets and capabilities; the impact on TMX Group and its customers of various regulations; TMX Group's ongoing relations with its employees; and the extent of any labour, equipment or other disruptions at any of its operations of any significance other than any planned maintenance or similar shutdowns.

While we anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change, we have no intention to update this forward-looking information, except as required by applicable securities law. This forward-looking information should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.  We have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those current expectations described in forward-looking information.  However, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended and that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from current expectations.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect us. A description of the above-mentioned items is contained under the heading RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES in the 2017 Annual MD&A.

About TMX Group (TSX:X)

TMX Group's key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets and clearinghouses for multiple asset classes including equities, and fixed income. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange, The Canadian Depository for Securities, Montréal Exchange, Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, Trayport, and other TMX Group companies provide listing markets, trading markets, clearing facilities, depository services, technology solutions, data products and other services to the global financial community. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and operates offices across North America (Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver, and New York), as well as in key international markets including London, Beijing and Singapore. For more information about TMX Group, visit our website at http://www.tmx.com. Follow TMX Group on Twitter: @TMXGroup.

Teleconference / Audio Webcast

TMX Group will host a teleconference / audio webcast to discuss the financial results for Q2/18.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

To teleconference participants: Please call the following number at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

The audio webcast of the conference call will also be available on TMX Group's website at www.tmx.com, under Investor Relations.

Teleconference Number: 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191

Audio Replay: 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056

The passcode for the replay is 3698153.

SOURCE TMX Group Limited

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2018/08/c2716.html

Catherine Kee, Manager, Corporate Communications, TMX Group, 416-814-8834, [email protected]; Amanda Tang, Senior Manager, Investor Relations, TMX Group, 416-947- 4787, [email protected] CNW Group 2018


Source: Canada Newswire (August 8, 2018 - 7:33 PM EDT)

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