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CBOE Holdings Reports Fourth-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. 

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the company reported GAAP net income allocated to common stockholders of $44.7 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared with $50.2 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.  On an adjusted basis, net income allocated to common stockholders was $51.5 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared with $48.9 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  Operating revenue for the fourth quarter was $163.2 million, up 5 percent compared to $156.0 million in 2015's fourth quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, GAAP net income allocated to common stockholders decreased 9 percent to $184.9 million, or $2.27 per diluted share.  For 2015, the company reported GAAP net income allocated to common stockholders of $204.1 million, or $2.46 per diluted share.  On an adjusted basis, net income allocated to common stockholders decreased 1 percent to $197.3 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, from $198.9 million or $2.40 per diluted share in 2015.  Operating revenue of $645.1 million increased 2 percent in 2016, compared with $634.5 million in 2015.

Financial results presented on an adjusted basis for the fourth quarters and years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 exclude certain items that management believes are not indicative of the company's core operating performance, which are detailed in the reconciliation of non-GAAP results in the accompanying financial tables.

1A full reconciliation of CBOE Holdings' non-GAAP results to its GAAP results for the reporting periods is included in the attached tables. See "Non-GAAP Information" in the accompanying financial tables.

"The fourth quarter capped off another year of solid financial results for CBOE Holdings, highlighted by record trading in our SPX options and VIX futures.  In addition, we are closer to completing our pending acquisition of Bats Global Markets, Inc. (Bats), which we now expect to close by the end of the first quarter, pending the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.  We are preparing for a seamless integration process that will enable us to immediately begin to realize the benefits of bringing together Bats' U.S. and European equities, options, ETF trading and global FX platform with CBOE's wide array of equity and index options, multi-asset volatility products and educational resources," said Edward T. Tilly, CBOE Holdings' Chief Executive Officer.

"We finished 2016 on a strong note and enter 2017 excited about expanding our sources of value creation and the diversification of our earnings profile we expect to achieve through our acquisition of Bats," said Alan J. Dean, CBOE Holdings' Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  "Our strong financial position and operating cash flow generation has allowed us to invest in CBOE's future, and we look forward to executing on our strategy to deliver long-term value creation for our stockholders."

Key Statistics and Financial Highlights:

The table below highlights CBOE Holdings' operating results on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis for the comparative quarters and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Financial results presented on an adjusted basis provide supplemental information to facilitate period-over-period comparisons by adjusting for certain items that management believes are not indicative of the company's core operating performance.

(in millions, except per share, revenue per contract and trading days)

4Q 2016

4Q 2015

Y/Y
Change

FY 2016

FY 2015

Y/Y
Change

Key Statistics:







Total Trading Days

63


64



252


252



Average Daily Volume (options and futures)

4.85


4.25


14%


4.70


4.66


1%


Total Trading Volume (options and futures)

305.8


271.6


13%


1,184.5


1,173.9


1%


Average Revenue Per Contract

$

0.377


$

0.408


(8)%


$

0.391


$

0.388


1%


GAAP Financial Highlights:







Total Operating Revenues

$

163.2


$

156.0


5%


$

645.1


$

634.5


2%


Total Operating Expenses

88.1


80.1


10%


346.9


314.6


10%


Operating Income

75.1


75.9


(1)%


298.2


319.9


(7)%


Operating Margin %

46.0%


48.7%


-270 bps


46.2%


50.4%


-420 bps


Net Income

$

45.2


$

50.4


(10)%


$

185.7


$

205.0


(9)%


Net Income Allocated to Common Stockholders

$

44.7


$

50.2


(11)%


$

184.9


$

204.1


(9)%


Diluted EPS

$

0.55


$

0.61


(10)%


$

2.27


$

2.46


(8)%


Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

81.3


82.3


(1)%


81.4


83.1


(2)%


Adjusted Financial Highlights (non-GAAP):1







Total Operating Revenues

$

163.2


$

154.0


6%


$

645.1


$

632.5


2%


Total Operating Expenses

83.4


80.1


4%


330.4


314.6


5%


Operating Income

79.8


73.9


8%


314.7


317.9


(1)%


Operating Margin %

48.9%


48.0%


90 bps


48.8%


50.3%


-150 bps


Net Income Allocated to Common Stockholders

$

51.5


$

48.9


5%


$

197.3


$

198.9


(1)%


Diluted EPS

$

0.63


$

0.59


7%


$

2.42


$

2.40


1%


1A full reconciliation of our non-GAAP results to our GAAP results for the reporting periods is included in the attached tables. See "Non-GAAP Information" in the accompanying financial tables.

 

Operating Revenue

Operating revenue was $163.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of $7.2 million, or 5 percent, compared to $156.0 million in 2015's fourth quarter.  On an adjusted basis, operating revenue increased $9.2 million, or 6 percent, compared to $154.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase in both operating revenue and adjusted operating revenue primarily resulted from an increase of $4.6 million in transaction fees and $1.5 million in market data fees.  In addition to these increases, adjusted operating revenue includes a $2.4 million increase in other revenue.

Transaction fees increased $4.6 million, or 4 percent, for the fourth quarter of 2016 due to a 13 percent increase in trading volume, offset somewhat by an 8 percent decrease in the average revenue per contract (RPC) compared with 2015's fourth quarter.  Total trading volume for the quarter was 305.8 million contracts, or 4.85 million contracts per day, compared with 271.6 million contracts, or 4.25 million contracts per day in 2015's fourth quarter.  RPC for the quarter was $0.377 compared with $0.408 in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The decrease in RPC primarily resulted from higher volume discounts and incentives. 

The average RPC represents total transaction fees recognized for the period for Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®), C2 Options Exchange (C2) and CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE®) divided by total contracts traded during the period.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses were $88.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, up $8.0 million or 10 percent, compared with $80.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, driven by higher professional fees and outside services, royalty fees and compensation and benefits, partially offset by lower depreciation and amortization.  The increase in professional fees and outside services largely reflects fees incurred relating to the company's planned acquisition of Bats.  Total adjusted operating expenses, which exclude accelerated stock-based compensation, acquisition-related expenses and other unusual items were $83.4 million, up $3.3 million or 4 percent, compared with $80.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

The company's core operating expenses, which include total operating expenses less volume-based expenses, depreciation and amortization, accelerated stock-based compensation expense and unusual or one-time expenses, were $53.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of $3.5 million or 7 percent, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase primarily reflects higher expenses for compensation and benefits and travel and promotional expenses. 

Volume-based expenses, which include royalty fees and order routing, were $20.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of $2.3 million or 13 percent, compared with the same period a year ago.  The increase was due to higher royalty fees resulting from the growth in trading volume in licensed index options and futures products, which rose 12 percent versus 2015's fourth quarter.

Operating Margin

The company's operating margin was 46.0 percent for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with 48.7 percent in the prior year period.  The adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter was 48.9 percent, up 90 basis points from 48.0 percent in 2015's fourth quarter. 

Effective Tax Rate

The company's effective tax rate was 39.8 percent for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 36.7 percent in 2015's fourth quarter.  The company's effective tax rate for the full-year 2016 was 39.4 percent compared to 36.7 percent for 2015.  The increase in the effective tax rate for the quarter and year was due to an increase in uncertain tax positions in 2016 versus a decrease in the comparable periods in 2015. 

Fourth Quarter 2016 Operational Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On February 2, 2017, the company reported that January 2017 average daily volume (ADV) for total options was 4.66 million contracts, a 7 percent increase from December 2016 and a 10 percent decrease from January 2016. In addition, the company reported that January 2017 ADV for futures contracts traded on CFE was 233,707 contracts, an increase of 15 percent  from December 2016 and a decrease of 14 percent from January 2016.
  • On January 17, 2017, the company announced that at a special meeting, its stockholders approved the issuance of shares of CBOE Holdings common stock pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 25, 2016, by and among CBOE Holdings, two wholly-owned subsidiaries of CBOE Holdings, and Bats.  In addition, Bats' stockholders approved the proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger at a special meeting of Bats stockholders.
  • The company entered into a term loan agreement and completed a notes offering, securing $1.65 billion to finance the cash portion of its pending acquisition of Bats as well as the repayment of Bats' existing indebtedness.  On December 15, 2016, the company entered into a $1 billion five-year delayed draw term loan agreement and on January 12, 2017, the company completed an offering of $650 million of 3.650% senior notes due 2027. 
  • On December 22, 2016, the company announced that William J. Brodsky, R. Eden Martin and Susan M. Phillips, among CBOE Holdings' longest serving Board members, notified CBOE Holdings that they intend to step down from CBOE Holdings' Board of Directors upon the closing of the CBOE Holdings acquisition of Bats. Their resignations are conditioned upon the transaction closing.  In addition, the Board announced that it has unanimously elected Edward T. Tilly, CBOE Holdings' Chief Executive Officer, to serve in the additional role of Chairman of the Board upon the closing of the transaction.
  • On November 18, 2016, the company announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its proposed acquisition of Bats.
  • On November 9, 2016, CBOE Futures Exchange set record trading volume in futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) traded in non-U.S. trading hours with 263,663 contracts changing hands from 3:30 pm CT November 8 through 8:30 am CT November 9, surpassing the previous single-day record of 235,141 contracts set during the overnight session on June 24, 2016.
  • On October 25, 2016, CBOE announced the launch of the CBOE S&P 500® Smile Index (Ticker: SMILE), a premium-capture strategy benchmark index based on the steepness of the curve of implied volatilities of S&P 500 Index (SPX) options -- often referred to as the "smile."
  • On October 18, 2016, CBOE Vest, an investment manager focused on Target Outcome Investment strategies, launched the CBOE Vest Defined Distribution Strategy Fund (VDDIX).  VDDIX seeks to generate consistent monthly distributions, non-correlated to equity or bond markets, of 5.25% annualized over the one-month Treasury yield, before fees and expenses, while preserving capital over the long term.

Return of Capital to Stockholders

As of December 31, 2016, the company had approximately $97.0 million of availability remaining under its existing share repurchase authorization.  There was no activity in the company's share repurchase program during the fourth quarter, due to the company's planned transaction with Bats.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, the company repurchased 947,786 shares of its common stock at an average price of $63.83 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $60.5 million.

Since the inception of its share repurchase program in 2011 through December 31, 2016, the company has repurchased 10,947,401 shares of its common stock at an average price of $45.95 per share, for a total of $503.0 million.

2017 Fiscal Year Financial Guidance

CBOE Holdings currently expects the following for the year ending December 31, 2017.  This guidance does not take into account the company's planned acquisition of Bats.  The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to adjusted diluted EPS in the first year following the close and plans to update guidance for full-year 2017 after the acquisition closes. 

  • Core operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $214.0 million to $218.0 million, an increase of 3 to 5 percent compared with $208.4 million in 2016.(2)
  • Stock-based compensation expense, included in compensation and benefits expense, is expected to be approximately $27.5 million for 2017.  This includes $13.0 million in accelerated stock-based compensation, approximately $12.0 million of which is expected to be recognized in the first quarter of 2017.  The company plans to include the accelerated stock-based compensation in its non-GAAP reconciliation. The increase in accelerated stock-based compensation versus 2016, reflects a planned change in the retirement vesting schedule for equity award grants.
  • Depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be in the range of $40.0 million to $42.0 million
  • The effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 38.5 percent to 39.5 percent.  Significant changes in trading volume, expenses, state and local tax rates and other items, including ongoing state and federal tax audits, could materially impact this expectation.
  • Capital expenditures are projected to be in the range of $46.0 million to $48.0 million, reflecting the company's ongoing investments in systems hardware and software to support and enhance its trading technology.

(2)Specific quantifications of the amounts that would be required to reconcile the company's core operating expenses guidance are not available. The company believes that there is a degree of volatility with respect to certain of its GAAP measures, primarily related to volume-based expenses, which include royalty fees and order routing fees, the items that would be required to reconcile to GAAP operating expenses, which preclude the company from providing accurate guidance on certain forward-looking GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations.  The company believes that providing estimates of the amounts that would be required to reconcile the range of the company's core operating expenses would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors for the reasons identified above.

Earnings Conference Call

Executives of CBOE Holdings will host a conference call to review the company's fourth quarter financial results today, February 6, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT.  The conference call and any accompanying slides will be publicly available via live webcast from the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.cboe.com under Events & Presentations.  Participants may also listen via telephone by dialing (877) 255-4313 from the United States, (866) 450-4696 from Canada or (412) 317-5466 for international callers.  Telephone participants should place calls 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.  The webcast will be archived on the company's website for replay and is expected to be available on February 7, 2017.   A telephone replay of the earnings call is also expected to be available from February 7, 2017, through 11:00 p.m. CT, February 13, 2017, by calling (877) 344-7529 from the U.S., (855) 669-9658 from Canada or (412) 317-0088 for international callers, using replay code 10098281.

About CBOE Holdings

CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries.  CBOE, the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options and volatility trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE Holdings offers equity, index and ETP options, including proprietary products, such as options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index) and S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option. Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, Weeklys options, FLEX options, and benchmark products such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE Holdings is home to the world-renowned Options Institute, Livevol options analytics and data tools, and www.cboe.com, the go-to place for options and volatility trading resources.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain statements regarding intentions, beliefs and expectations or predictions, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to anticipated expenses, expected tax rate, planned capital expenditures, the timing of the completion of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 25, 2016, by and among CBOE Holdings, two wholly-owned subsidiaries of CBOE Holdings and Bats, and the anticipated effects of the transaction. The actual timing of the completion of the proposed transaction could differ materially from those projected or forecast in the forward-looking statements.  Words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "projects" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs, such as "will," "should," "would," "could," "may" or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which are not statements of historical fact or guarantees or assurances of future performance. However, the absence of these words or similar expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Actual results could differ materially from those projected or forecast in the forward-looking statements.  The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, without limitation, the following risks, uncertainties or assumptions: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including, without limitation, the receipt of regulatory approvals on the terms desired or anticipated; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed transaction, including, without limitation, difficulties that result in the failure to realize expected synergies, efficiencies and cost savings from the proposed transaction within the expected time period (if at all), whether in connection with integration, combining trading platforms, broadening distribution of offerings or otherwise; CBOE Holdings' ability to maintain an investment grade credit rating; risks relating to the value of CBOE Holdings' shares to be issued in the transaction; disruptions of CBOE Holdings' and Bats' current plans, operations and relationships with market participants caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction; potential difficulties in CBOE Holdings' and Bats' ability to retain employees as a result of the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction; legal proceedings that may be instituted against CBOE Holdings and Bats; and other factors described in the Risk Factors sections of (i) the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus dated December 9, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on December 12, 2016, (ii) CBOE Holdings' annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on February 19, 2016, (iii) CBOE Holdings' quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on August 2, 2016, (iv) CBOE Holdings' quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2016, and in other filings made by CBOE Holdings and Bats from time to time with the SEC.

The factors described in such SEC filings include, without limitation: CBOE Holdings' ability to retain its right to exclusively list and trade certain index options and futures products; economic, political and market conditions; compliance with legal and regulatory obligations (and changes thereto), including obligations under agreements with regulatory agencies; increasing competition in the industries in which CBOE Holdings and Bats operate; CBOE Holdings' and Bats' ability to operate their respective businesses without violating the intellectual property rights of others and the costs associated with protecting their respective intellectual property rights; decreases in trading volumes or a shift in the mix of products traded on CBOE Holdings' or Bats' exchanges; each of CBOE Holdings' and Bats' ability to accommodate trading volume and transaction traffic, including significant increases, without failure or degradation of performance of their respective systems; CBOE Holdings' and Bats' ability to protect their respective systems and communication networks from security risks, including cyber-attacks; the ability to manage CBOE Holdings' and Bats' growth and strategic acquisitions or alliances effectively, including the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of past acquisitions; the ability to adapt successfully to technological changes to meet customers' needs and developments in the marketplace; and the impact of legal and regulatory changes and proceedings, whether or not related to the proposed transaction.

Neither CBOE Holdings nor Bats undertakes, and each of them expressly disclaims, any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Additional Information Regarding the Transaction and Where to Find It

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. This press release relates to the proposed merger transaction involving CBOE Holdings, Bats, CBOE Corporation and CBOE V, LLC. In connection therewith, CBOE Holdings filed with the SEC on December 12, 2016 a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus dated December 9, 2016, and each of the companies may be filing with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. CBOE Holdings and Bats commenced mailing of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to CBOE Holdings stockholders and Bats stockholders on December 12, 2016.  BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF BATS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about each of CBOE Holdings and Bats, as such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by CBOE Holdings will be available free of charge on CBOE Holdings' website at http://ir.cboe.com/financial-information/sec-filings.aspx under the heading "SEC Filings" or by contacting CBOE Holdings' Investor Relations Department at (312) 786-7136. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Bats will be available free of charge on Bats' website at http://www.bats.com/investor_relations/financials/under the heading "SEC Filings" or by contacting Bats' Investor Relations Department at (913) 815-7132.

The condensed consolidated statements of income, balance sheets and cash flows are unaudited and subject to change.

CBOE Media Contacts:





Analyst Contact:


Suzanne Cosgrove


Gary Compton



Debbie Koopman


(312) 786-7123


(312) 786-7612



(312) 786-7136


cosgrove@cboe.com


comptong@cboe.com



koopman@cboe.com


CBOE-F

Trademarks:

CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CBOE Volatility Index®, CFE®, Livevol®, FLEX® and VIX® are registered trademarks and BuyWriteSM, BXMSM, CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, The Options InstituteSM, CBOE VestSM and WeeklysSM are service marks of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE).  C2SM and C2 Options ExchangeSM are service marks of C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (C2).  Standard & Poor's®, S&P® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and have been licensed for use by CBOE, C2 and CFE. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

CBOE Holdings, Inc.

Selected Quarterly Operating Statistics


Average Daily Volume by Product (in thousands)



4Q 2016

3Q 2016

2Q 2016

1Q 2016

4Q 2015

PRODUCT:






 Equities

1,494


1,478


1,363


1,449


1,435


 Indexes

1,741


1,638


1,691


1,811


1,547


 Exchange-traded products

1,383


1,269


1,239


1,298


1,075


   Total Options Average Daily Volume

4,618


4,385


4,293


4,558


4,057


 Futures

236


244


258


216


188


   Total Average Daily Volume

4,854


4,629


4,551


4,774


4,245


 

Mix of Trading Volume by Product



4Q 2016

3Q 2016

2Q 2016

1Q 2016

4Q 2015

PRODUCT:






 Equities

30.8

%

31.9

%

29.9

%

30.4

%

33.8

%

 Indexes

35.9

%

35.4

%

37.2

%

37.9

%

36.5

%

 Exchange-traded products

28.4

%

27.4

%

27.2

%

27.2

%

25.3

%

 Futures

4.9

%

5.3

%

5.7

%

4.5

%

4.4

%

   Total

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

 

Average Revenue Per Contract by Product



4Q 2016

3Q 2016

2Q 2016

1Q 2016

4Q 2015

Trading Days

63

64

64

61

64

PRODUCT:






 Equities

$0.053

$0.050

$0.070

$0.085

$0.097

 Indexes

0.712

0.707

0.701

0.720

0.726

 Exchange-traded products

0.083

0.079

0.103

0.117

0.143

   Total Options Average Revenue Per Contract

0.311

0.304

0.328

0.346

0.349

 Futures

1.683

1.709

1.682

1.643

1.686

   Total Average Revenue Per Contract

$0.377

$0.378

$0.405

$0.405

$0.408







Total Multiple-Listed Equity and ETP Options Average Revenue Per  Contract

$0.068

$0.064

$0.086

$0.100

$0.116












 


Transaction Fees by Product (in thousands)



4Q 2016

3Q 2016

2Q 2016

1Q 2016

4Q 2015

PRODUCT:






 Equities

$

5,004


$

4,748


$

6,146


$

7,505


$

8,866


 Indexes

78,147


74,092


75,861


79,551


71,891


 Exchange-traded products

7,259


6,440


8,140


9,263


9,839


   Total Options Transaction Fees

$

90,410


$

85,280


$

90,147


$

96,319


$

90,596


 Futures

25,021


26,646


27,786


21,685


20,257


   Total Transaction Fees

$

115,431


$

111,926


$

117,933


$

118,004


$

110,853


 


CBOE Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries





Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)





Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015


















Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)



2016


2015


2016


2015











Operating Revenues:










Transaction fees



$

115,431



$

110,853



$

463,294



$

456,016


Access fees



12,911



13,177



52,358



53,295


Exchange services and other fees



11,998



11,766



46,261



42,209


Market data fees



8,795



7,332



33,159



30,034


Regulatory fees



9,046



8,157



36,481



33,489


Other revenue



5,060



4,661



13,553



19,502


Total Operating Revenues



163,241



155,946



645,106



634,545












Operating Expenses:










Compensation and benefits



29,172



26,768



113,152



105,925


Depreciation and amortization



10,066



12,202



44,377



46,274


Technology support services



5,521



5,182



22,465



20,662


Professional fees and outside services



16,946



12,897



66,703



50,060


Royalty fees



20,103



17,830



77,953



70,574


Order routing



343



299



900



2,293


Travel and promotional expenses



3,355



2,548



10,971



8,982


Facilities costs



1,426



1,446



5,693



4,998


Other expenses



1,207



880



4,692



4,849


Total Operating Expenses



88,139



80,052



346,906



314,617












Operating Income



75,102



75,894



298,200



319,928












Other Income/(Expense):










Investment and other income



5,063



3,514



12,984



3,692


Net income/(loss) from investments



336



283



1,167



447


Interest and other borrowing costs



(5,515)



(27)



(5,747)



(43)


Total Other Income/(Expense)



(116)



3,770



8,404



4,096












Income Before Income Taxes



74,986



79,664



306,604



324,024


Income tax provision



29,825



29,262



120,884



119,001


Net Income



45,161



50,402



185,720



205,023


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests



308





1,100




Net Income Excluding Noncontrolling Interests



45,469



50,402



186,820



205,023


Change in redemption value of noncontrolling interests



(532)





(1,100)




Net Income allocated to participating securities



(189)



(222)



(775)



(898)


Net Income Allocated to Common Stockholders



$

44,748



$

50,180



$

184,945



$

204,125












Net Income Per Share Allocated to Common Stockholders:










       Basic



$

0.55



$

0.61



$

2.27



$

2.46


       Diluted



0.55



0.61



2.27



2.46


Weighted average shares used in computing income per share:










       Basic



81,285



82,344



81,432



83,081


       Diluted



81,285



82,344



81,432



83,081


 

CBOE Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries




Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)




December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015












(in thousands, except share amounts)


December 31,
2016

December 31,
2015

Assets




Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents


$

97,298


$

102,253


Accounts receivable—net allowances of 2016 - $127 and 2015 - $150


65,462


62,535


Marketing fee receivable


6,685


5,682


Income taxes receivable


62,192


27,901


Other prepaid expenses


5,360


5,122


Deferred financing costs


1,958



Other current assets


134


625


Total Current Assets


239,089


204,118






Investments


72,923


48,430








Land


4,914


4,914








Total Property and Equipment—Net


55,935


60,360








Goodwill and Intangible Assets—Net


35,134


10,033








Total Other Assets—Net


69,170


56,933


Total


$

477,165


$

384,788






Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests and Stockholders' Equity




Current Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

74,960


$

60,104


Marketing fee payable


7,218


6,141


Contingent consideration - current



2,000


Deferred revenue and other liabilities


3,107


4,019


Post-retirement benefit obligation - current


100


100


Income taxes payable


18


1,633


Total Current Liabilities


85,403


73,997






Total Long-term Liabilities


61,216


51,146


Total Liabilities


146,619


125,143


Commitments and Contingencies








Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests


12,600







Stockholders' Equity:




Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 or 2015




Common stock, $0.01 par value: 325,000,000 shares authorized; 92,950,065 issued and 81,285,307 outstanding at December 31, 2016; 92,738,803 issued and 82,088,549 outstanding at December 31, 2015


929


927


Additional paid-in-capital


139,249


123,577


Retained earnings


710,779


603,597


Treasury stock at cost – 11,664,758 shares at December 31, 2016 and 10,650,254 shares at December 31, 2015


(532,249)


(467,632)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(762)


(824)


Total Stockholders' Equity


317,946


259,645






Total


$

477,165


$

384,788


 



CBOE Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015







 Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in thousands)


2016

2015

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net Income


$

185,720


$

205,023


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization


44,377


46,274


Other amortization


78


81


Provision for deferred income taxes


232


(8,282)


Gain on settlement of contingent consideration


(1,399)



Stock-based compensation


14,503


12,181


Loss on disposition of property


9


617


Equity (gain)/loss in investments


(1,167)


(811)


Impairment of investment and other assets



118


Net change in assets and liabilities:


(12,790)


(9,923)


Net Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities


229,563


245,278


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Capital and other assets expenditures


(44,402)


(39,340)


Acquisition of a majority interest in a business, net of cash received


(14,257)


(2,960)


Payment of contingent consideration from acquisition


(1,980)



Investments


(23,326)


(35,386)


Other


(421)


(1,735)


Net Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities


(84,386)


(79,421)


Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Payment of quarterly dividends


(78,538)


(73,431)


Deferred financing costs


(8,148)



Payment of outstanding debt in conjunction with acquisition of a business



(4,040)


Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation


1,171


1,285


Purchase of common stock from employees


(4,119)


(3,178)


Purchase of common stock under announced program


(60,498)


(132,167)


Net Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities


(150,132)


(211,531)






Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents


(4,955)


(45,674)






Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period


$

102,253


$

147,927


Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period


$

97,298


$

102,253






Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information




Cash paid for income taxes


$

142,056


$

133,460


 

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to disclosing results determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), CBOE Holdings has disclosed certain non-GAAP measures of operating performance.  These measures are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP measures, and may be different from or inconsistent with non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  The non-GAAP measures provided in this press release include core operating expenses, adjusted operating revenues, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income allocated to common stockholders and adjusted diluted earnings per share.

Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in our core operations and a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons.  Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by management are provided as additional information to investors in order to provide them with an alternative method for assessing our financial condition and operating results.

The table below shows core operating expenses, which is the company's operating expenses after excluding (i) depreciation and amortization expense, (ii) accelerated stock-based compensation expense, (iii) volume-based expenses and (iv) other unusual or one-time expenses.




Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,










(in thousands)


2016


2015


2016


2015

Total Operating Expenses


$

88,139



$

80,052



$

346,906



$

314,617


Less:









   Depreciation and amortization


10,066



12,202



44,377



46,274


   Compensation and benefits (1)


182





1,487




   Assessment of computer-based lease taxes for prior period use (2)






296




   Acquisition-related expenses (3)


4,234





13,536




   Volume-based expenses:









   Royalty fees


20,103



17,830



77,953



70,574


   Order routing


343



299



900



2,293


Core Operating Expenses (non-GAAP):


$

53,211



$

49,721



$

208,357



$

195,476


Less: Continuing stock-based compensation expense


3,449



3,194



13,638



12,181


Core Operating Expenses Excluding Continuing Stock-Based Compensation (non-GAAP)


$

49,762



$

46,527



$

194,719



$

183,295











Detail of Core Operating Expenses (non-GAAP)









   Compensation and benefits (1)


$

28,990



$

26,768



$

111,665



$

105,925


   Technology support services (2)


5,521



5,182



22,169



20,662


   Professional fees and outside services (3)


12,712



12,897



53,167



50,060


   Travel and promotional expenses


3,355



2,548



10,971



8,982


   Facilities costs


1,426



1,446



5,693



4,998


   Other expenses


1,207



880



4,692



4,849


        Total


$

53,211



$

49,721



$

208,357



$

195,476



(1)For the fourth quarter of 2016, represents $182 for accelerated stock-based compensation expenses. For the year, represents $865 for accelerated stock-based compensation expenses and $622 in additional bonus accrual resulting from legal settlement income.

(2)For the year, represents $296 for assessment of computer-based lease taxes for prior period use, reported in technology support services.

(3)For the fourth quarter of 2016, represents professional fees and outside services related to CBOE Holdings' planned acquisition of Bats.  For the year, represents professional fees and outside services related to CBOE Holdings' investments in CBOE Vest Financial, CurveGlobal and its planned acquisition of Bats.

 

The information below shows the reconciliation of each financial measure from GAAP to non-GAAP.  The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of those items detailed below and are referred to as adjusted financial measures.



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


2016


2015


2016


2015










Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income Allocated to Common Stockholders to Non-GAAP









GAAP net income allocated to common stockholders


$

44,748



$

50,180



$

184,945



$

204,125


Less: Prior period revenue adjustment




(1,995)





(1,995)


Add: Compensation and benefits (1)


182





1,487




Add:  Acquisition-related expenses (2)


4,234





13,536




Add:  Amortization of intangible assets  - Vest (3)


191





765




Add:  Amortization of intangible assets  - Other


109





436




Add: Change in redemption value of noncontrolling interests


532





1,100




Add:  Assessment of computer-based lease taxes for prior period use






296




Less: Legal settlement (4)






(5,500)




Less: Gain on settlement of contingent consideration






(1,399)




Add: Interest and other borrowing costs related to pending Bats acquisition


5,515





5,747




Add: Impairment charge








364


Income tax expense related to the items above (3)


(3,996)



732



(5,681)



634


Uncertain tax position related to research and development credits (5)






1,661



(4,286)


Net income allocated to participating securities - effect on reconciling items


(28)



6



(52)



26


Adjusted net income allocated to common stockholders


$

51,487



$

48,923



$

197,341



$

198,868











Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to Non-GAAP









GAAP diluted earnings per common share


$

0.55



$

0.61



$

2.27



$

2.46


Per share impact of non-GAAP adjustments noted above


0.08



(0.02)



0.15



(0.06)


Adjusted diluted earnings per common share


$

0.63



$

0.59



$

2.42



$

2.40











Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP









GAAP operating revenue


$

163,241



$

155,946



$

645,106



$

634,545


Non-GAAP adjustments noted above




(1,995)





(1,995)


Adjusted operating revenue


$

163,241



$

153,951



$

645,106



$

632,550


GAAP operating expenses


$

88,139



$

80,052



$

346,906



$

314,617


Non-GAAP adjustments noted above


(4,716)





(16,520)




Adjusted operating expenses


$

83,423



$

80,052



$

330,386



$

314,617


GAAP operating income


$

75,102



$

75,894



298,200



319,928


Non-GAAP adjustments noted above


4,716



(1,995)



16,520



(1,995)


Adjusted operating income


$

79,818



$

73,899



$

314,720



$

317,933


Adjusted operating margin


48.9

%


48.0

%


48.8

%


50.3

%











(1)For the fourth quarter of 2016, this amount includes $182 for accelerated stock-based compensation expenses. For the year, this amount includes $865 for accelerated stock-based compensation expenses and $622 in additional bonus accrual resulting from legal settlement income.

(2)For the fourth quarter of 2016, this amount includes professional fees and outside services related to CBOE Holdings' planned acquisition of Bats.  For the year, this amount includes professional fees and outside services related to CBOE Holdings' investments in CBOE Vest Financial and CurveGlobal, and its planned acquisition of Bats.

(3)GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items that are associated with our controlling interest in CBOE Vest Financial Group Inc. are not tax effected.

(4)Settlement received for attorney fees and expenses relating to a litigation matter, reported in investment and other income.

(5)For the third quarter of 2015, the company recorded a benefit from the release of an uncertain tax position related to research and development credits, which were effectively settled. In the third quarter of 2016, the company no longer considered certain positions to be effectively settled and therefore recorded a related increase in unrecognized tax benefits.

 

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SOURCE CBOE Holdings, Inc.