07.20.2022

Nasdaq Net Revenues Increase 6%

07.20.2022
Nasdaq Net Revenues Increase 6%

Nasdaq reported financial results for the second quarter of 2022.

•Second quarter 2022 net revenues1 increased 6% compared to the second quarter of 2021. Solutions segments2 revenues increased 10%, including 12% organic growth, partially offset by a negative 2% FX impact.

Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR)3 increased 9% compared to the second quarter of 2021. Annualized SaaS revenues increased 12% and represented 35% of ARR.

• Second quarter 2022 GAAP diluted earnings per share decreased 10% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to a gain on a divestiture in the prior year period. Second quarter 2022 nonGAAP4 diluted earnings per share increased 9% compared to the second quarter of 2021.

• During the first six months of 2022, the company returned $819 million to shareholders, including $633 million in share repurchases and $186 million in dividends.

• After receiving the required regulatory and shareholder approvals, the Board declared a three-for-one stock split, with trading of NDAQ on a split-adjusted basis to begin on August 29, 2022.

Adena Friedman, President and CEO said, “Nasdaq’s robust second quarter results and continued top-line growth demonstrate the importance of our diverse and distinctive offerings to our clients, even during challenging market environments. I am proud of our ability to deliver consistently while positioning our company to capture future growth opportunities through focused investments.”

FINANCIAL REVIEW

• Second quarter 2022 net revenues were $893 million, an increase of $47 million, or 6%, from $846 million in the prior year period. Net revenues reflected a $76 million, or 9%, positive impact from organic growth, including positive contribution from all segments, partially offset by a $19 million decrease from the impact of changes in FX rates and a $10 million decrease from the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures.

• Solutions segments revenues were $582 million in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of $55 million, or 10%. The increase reflects a $65 million, or 12%, positive impact from organic growth, partially offset by a $10 million decrease from the impact of changes in FX rates.

• Market Services net revenues were $310 million in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of $2 million, or 1%. The increase reflects a $11 million, or 4%, positive impact from organic growth, partially offset by a $9 million decrease from the impact of changes in FX rates. • Second quarter 2022 GAAP operating expenses increased $11 million, or 2%, versus the prior year period. The increase primarily reflects higher general, administrative and other expense, compensation and benefits expense, and computer operations and data communications expense, partially offset by lower restructuring charges and professional and contract services expense.

• Second quarter 2022 non-GAAP operating expenses increased $21 million, or 5% versus the prior year period. The increase reflects a $42 million, or 11%, organic increase over the prior year period, partially offset by a $17 million decrease from the impact of changes in FX rates and a $4 million decrease from the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures. The organic increase primarily reflects higher compensation and benefits expense, general, administrative and other expense, and computer operations and data communications expense, partially offset by lower professional and contract services expense.

• The company repurchased $166 million in shares of its common stock in the second quarter of 2022, including the completion of a share repurchase program to offset dilution related to the divestiture of our U.S. Fixed Income business. As of June 30, 2022, there was $293 million remaining under the board authorized share repurchase program.

• The Board of Directors has approved and declared a three-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend on each share of common stock. The company’s shareholders, and the SEC, approved the company’s proposed charter amendment to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock, and trading on a split-adjusted basis is expected to take place on August 29, 2022. 2022

EXPENSE AND TAX GUIDANCE UPDATE5

• The company is narrowing its 2022 non-GAAP operating expense guidance to a range of $1,710 to $1,740 million. Nasdaq continues to expect its 2022 non-GAAP tax rate to be in the range of 24% to 26%.

STRATEGIC AND BUSINESS UPDATES

• Nasdaq’s annualized SaaS revenues in the second quarter of 2022 increased 12% year over year. Annualized SaaS revenues totaled $679 million in the second quarter of 2022, representing 35% of total company ARR, up from 33% in the second quarter of 2021. The 12% year over year increase in annualized SaaS revenues primarily reflects strong growth in our Anti Financial Crime and Analytics businesses.

• Corporate Platforms delivered strong year over year growth from both Listing Services and IR and ESG Services, and Nasdaq has further expanded its ESG capabilities with the acquisition of Metrio. Listing Services revenues rose 15% to $107 million as the number of Nasdaq-listed corporate issuers increased 11% versus the prior year period. IR & ESG Services revenues in the second quarter of 2022 increased 9% and the number of clients increased 6%. Nasdaq also acquired Metrio, an ESG data collection, analytics and reporting services provider, which expands our platform of SaaS solutions.

Investment Intelligence continues to deliver strong revenue growth led by Index and Analytics. The Analytics business led by eVestment saw continued strong user adoption across both asset owners and asset managers as annualized SaaS revenues increased 12% to $215 million. In our Index business, revenue growth remained robust with a 16% year over year increase. The business continued to experience strong net inflows of $71 billion over the last 12 months, helping to offset the impact of market depreciation. Additionally, the number of contracts traded on futures and options on futures tracking Nasdaq indexes increased 64% year over year.

• Nasdaq led all exchanges in total multiply-listed options traded and set a record for the number of shares traded during the 2022 Russell U.S. indexes reconstitution. In the second quarter and first six months of 2022, Nasdaq led all exchanges during the period in total volume traded for multiply-listed equity options. Nasdaq continues to see higher participation in our auctions as passive strategies become a larger share of investment assets. As a result, Nasdaq achieved a record day for rebalancing Nasdaq listed securities in the annual Russell reconstitution, with 3.31 billion shares representing $63.8 billion, executed in 2.04 seconds.

• Market Technology achieved strong new order intake. New order intake totaled $102 million in the second quarter of 2022, with nearly 60% coming from new customers, including a client agreement with Climate Impact X (CIX) to leverage Nasdaq’s Marketplace Services Platform.

Source: Nasdaq

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