ICE Reports Record Annual Futures Volume in 2009; Double-Digit ADV Growth for 2009, Fourth Quarter and December; Record OTC Energy Commissions for Year and Quarter; $4.6 Trillion Cleared in CDS in 2009

January 5, 2010

ATLANTA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today reported record futures volumes and OTC energy commissions for 2009. Each of ICE’s futures exchanges established annual volume records in 2009, with average daily volume (ADV) surpassing one million contracts for the first time. ICE also established record OTC energy average daily commissions (ADC) of $1.33 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Said ICE Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey C. Sprecher: “ICE’s performance as a leading growth company in our sector, coupled with the development of key clearing capabilities in the global OTC markets, allowed us to once again deliver double-digit volume growth while providing our markets with tools to enhance risk management. ICE’s leadership role as a global clearing provider is helping to support the recovery of vital OTC markets and reduce systemic risk.”

Global Futures Exchanges

ICE operates three regulated futures exchanges: ICE Futures Europe, ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada.

  • December 2009 ADV across all three ICE Futures exchanges increased 17% over December 2008, to a record 988,212 contracts.
  • Fourth quarter 2009 ADV for all ICE Futures contracts increased 13% over fourth quarter 2008, to a record 1,048,501 contracts. ICE Futures Europe established its second consecutive ADV and total volume quarterly records, with 688,598 and 44,070,252 contracts, respectively.
  • ADV for the full year 2009 for all ICE Futures contracts was a record 1,035,887 contracts, 12% higher than 2008. ICE Futures Europe and ICE Futures U.S. established their twelfth and seventh consecutive annual volume records, respectively. ICE Futures Canada also established a new annual volume record.

Energy and Credit OTC Transaction Revenues

  • Fourth quarter ADC for ICE’s OTC energy business were a record $1.33 million, up 53% from the fourth quarter of 2008.
  • ADC for 2009 was $1.20 million, an increase of 8% from 2008.
    • ICE’s credit default swap (CDS) trade execution, processing and clearing revenues totaled $40.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2009, up 14% from the same period in 2008 on a pro-forma basis. ICE did not offer CDS clearing in 2008.
    • CDS revenues totaled $165.4 million for the full year 2009.

Operating and Financial Guidance Update

  • During the fourth quarter of 2009, ICE expects to record an incremental $11 million in non-operating income related to adjustments to various cost equity method investments, including the disposition of its LCH.Clearnet shares. In addition to its GAAP reporting, ICE will report fourth quarter and full year non-GAAP EPS which exclude these items.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2009, ICE expects to record $3 million in additional SG&A expense related to a one time true-up of certain state tax items. ICE will report fourth quarter and full year non-GAAP EPS which exclude these items.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2009, ICE expects to incur $4 million in severance charges related to its TCC and credit businesses, which will be recorded as non-cash ($2 million) and cash ($2 million) compensation expense. The company expects a similar level of savings on an annualized basis beginning in 2010. ICE will report fourth quarter and full year non-GAAP EPS which exclude these items.
  • Due to outperformance relative to 2009 financial targets, ICE expects to incur additional cash compensation expense of $3 million and additional non-cash compensation expense of $3 million during the fourth quarter of 2009. The company’s performance during the historically and seasonally weak fourth quarter was much stronger than anticipated, resulting in increased bonus payments to all employees due to further outperformance versus its 2009 financial targets. The impact on compensation expense reflects a full-year true-up and is not reflective of expected quarterly run-rate expense levels. For 2010, non-cash compensation expense is expected to be below 2009 levels and in the range of $45 million to $49 million, assuming achievement of 2010 financial objectives.

December 2009 Review

  • Through December 31, ICE’s CDS clearing houses have cleared $4.6 trillion in notional value across 56,259 transactions.
    • Since its inception in March 2009, ICE Trust has cleared $3.3 trillion of notional value, resulting in $232 billion of open interest.
    • ICE Clear Europe has cleared euro 885 billion ($1.3 trillion) of notional value since its July 2009 launch, resulting in euro 75 billion ($107 billion) of open interest.
  • On December 14, ICE Clear Europe launched clearing services for European single-name CDS contracts. Through December 31, ICE Clear Europe cleared 100 single- name transactions totaling euro 566 million ($829 million) of gross notional value, with open interest of euro 184 million ($265 million). ICE Clear Europe also announced that BNP Paribas and Nomura were approved as CDS clearing members and began clearing transactions.
  • On December 21, ICE Trust began clearing North American single-name CDS contracts. Through December 31, ICE Trust cleared 150 single-name transactions totaling $1.3 billion of gross notional value, with open interest of $500 million. ICE Trust is the only clearing house processing single-name CDS in North America.
  • On December 23, ICE announced the introduction of 23 new cleared OTC natural gas and power contracts. ICE will offer more than 310 cleared OTC energy contracts, including 226 new OTC contracts introduced since the launch of ICE Clear Europe in November 2008.
  • Trading days in December 2009:
    • ICE Futures Europe: 22
    • ICE Futures U.S.: 22
    • ICE Futures Canada: 21
  • ICE Futures Europe records achieved in December 2009:
    • The exchange set a daily volume record of 1,249,239 contracts on December 9.
    • The ICE Brent and ICE WTI crude futures contracts established daily volume records of 581,685 contracts and 409,727 contracts, respectively, on December 9.
    • Open interest records were established for several emissions and coal futures contracts.
  • ICE Futures U.S. records achieved in December 2009:
    • The U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) established a monthly volume record of 509,385 contracts, including a daily record of 74,562 contracts on December 9.

    ICE Futures Contracts & Markets Monthly ADV

                                                 ADV        ADV       ADV
                                               December   December  % Change
          Product Line                           2009       2008
          ------------                         --------   --------  --------
    ICE Brent Crude futures & options           287,668    232,916     23.5
    ICE WTI Crude futures & options             188,303    152,474     23.5
    ICE Gasoil futures & options                135,623    114,313     18.6
    ICE ECX emissions futures & options (1)      16,976      8,616     97.0
    Other futures contracts (2)                  11,404      6,119     86.4
    TOTAL ICE FUTURES EUROPE                    639,974    514,438     24.4
    Russell 2000(R) mini futures & options      132,607    183,179    -27.6
    Sugar No. 11 futures & options              117,096     78,176     49.8
    Other agricultural commodity contracts (3)   48,823     42,630     14.5
    Currency futures (4)                          5,836      4,800     21.6
    Index futures (5)                            25,437      9,781    160.1
    Other contracts (6)                             215        320    -32.8
    TOTAL ICE FUTURES U.S.                      330,014    318,887      3.5
    TOTAL ICE FUTURES CANADA                     18,224     12,964     40.6
    ------------------------                   --------   --------  --------
    TOTAL FUTURES CONTRACTS                     988,212    846,289     16.8%

    (1) ICE ECX EUA and ICE ECX CER futures and options contracts are the
        result of a cooperative relationship between ICE Futures Europe and
        the European Climate Exchange. ICE Futures Europe shares in the
        transaction fee revenue derived from these contracts.
    (2) "Other futures contracts" include ICE Middle East Sour Crude futures;
        ICE ASCI Gulf Coast Sour Crude futures; ICE Heating Oil futures; ICE
        Unleaded Gasoline Blendstock (RBOB) futures; ICE UK Natural Gas
        futures; ICE UK Electricity futures; and ICE Coal futures.
    (3) "Other agricultural commodity contracts" include futures and/or
        options for Cocoa, Coffee "C", Cotton No. 2, Orange Juice, Sugar No.
        14 and Sugar No. 16.
    (4) "Currency futures" include foreign exchange futures.
    (5) "Index futures" include futures for the U.S. Dollar Index, Russell
        2000 (full size), Russell 1000®, Russell 1000 mini, the Continuous
        Commodity Index, the Euro Index, and the NYSE Composite.
    (6) "Other contracts" include options on foreign exchange futures and
        options on index futures, excluding Russell 2000 mini options.

    ICE Futures Fourth Quarter 2009 and Year-to-Date ADV

                                  4Q2009           4Q2008     Percent Change
                                  ------           ------     --------------
    ICE Futures Europe           688,598          569,140              21.0
    ICE Futures U.S.             344,249          350,695              -1.8
    ICE Futures Canada            15,654           11,625              34.7
    Total Futures              1,048,501          931,460              12.6%

                             12-mos 2009      12-mos 2008     Percent Change
                             -----------      -----------     --------------
    ICE Futures Europe           652,463          590,541              10.5
    ICE Futures U.S.             369,147          318,085              16.1
    ICE Futures Canada            14,277           13,232               7.9
    Total Futures              1,035,887          921,858              12.4%

    ICE Futures Monthly, Quarterly and Year-to-Date Volume

                           December 2009    December 2008     Percent Change
                           -------------    -------------     --------------
    ICE Futures Europe        14,079,436       11,317,644              24.4
    ICE Futures U.S.           7,260,309        7,015,503               3.5
    ICE Futures Canada           382,710          272,250              40.6
    Total Futures             21,722,455       18,605,397              16.8%

                                  4Q2009           4Q2008     Percent Change
                                  ------           ------     --------------
    ICE Futures Europe        44,070,252       36,994,078              19.1
    ICE Futures U.S.          22,031,931       22,644,449              -2.7
    ICE Futures Canada           970,569          720,767              34.7
    Total Futures             67,072,752       60,359,294              11.1%

                             12-mos 2009      12-mos 2008     Percent Change
                             -----------      -----------     --------------
    ICE Futures Europe       165,725,488      152,950,133               8.4
    ICE Futures U.S.          93,025,024       80,954,837              14.9
    ICE Futures Canada         3,569,346        3,321,210               7.5
    Total Futures            262,319,858      237,226,180              10.6%

    ICE Futures Open Interest

                                 December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008
                                 -----------------     -----------------
    ICE Futures Europe                   2,647,694             2,102,574
    ICE Futures U.S.                     3,375,176             3,028,877
    ICE Futures Canada                     118,181                97,673

    Rolling Three-Month Average Rate per Contract (RPC)

                                Three Months    Three Months    Three Months
                                   Ending          Ending          Ending
                                December 2009   November 2009   October 2009
                                -------------   -------------   ------------
       Product Line
    ICE Futures Europe              $1.54           $1.54           $1.52
    ICE Futures U.S. Ag             $2.10           $2.10           $2.05
    ICE Futures U.S. Fin            $0.86           $0.85           $0.86

RPC is calculated by dividing transaction revenues by contract volume, and may vary based on pricing, customer and product mix.

    ICE OTC Transaction & Clearing Revenues

                                 4Q2009           3Q2009           2Q2009
                                 ------           ------           ------
    OTC Energy ADC            $1.33 million    $1.25 million    $1.13 million
    CDS Execution & Clearing  $40.5 million    $43.1 million    $44.4 million

Rate per contract, volumes and average daily commissions are estimated using best available current information. Final figures are reported in ICE’s quarterly and annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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


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