Thomson Reuters To Acquire Hugin Group BV From NYSE Euronext
New York & Oslo – Thomson Reuters today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Hugin Group BV from NYSE Euronext. Thomson Reuters proposed acquisition of Hugin is well aligned with its strategy to provide its corporate clients with effective decision making tools across the investor relations and public relations workflows. As part of the agreement, Thomson Reuters and NYSE Euronext will expand their strategic partnership toward offering value-added services to the issuer community.
Since its start in Oslo, Norway in 1995, Hugin has built its position as the leading pan-European provider of investor relations and press distribution services and it currently helps over 1,700 companies in Europe to meet their communications and disclosure obligations. In recent years, Hugin has introduced solutions for the newly implemented EU regulatory framework and continues to develop innovative technology and workflow solutions for IR and PR professionals for the global market.
The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Terms were not disclosed.
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About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company’s exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With more than 8,000 listed issues, NYSE Euronext’s equities markets -- the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex -- represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, the leading European derivatives business and the world’s second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: www.nyx.com.
About Hugin Group BV
Hugin Group is the leading pan-European provider of innovative services and professional support for connecting communication professionals with their target audiences. At the same time, Hugin ensures compliance with market authorities’ regulations. From its start in 1995, Hugin has pioneered the regulatory and news distribution service industry, developing methods driving best practice. Hugin helps companies with their complete distribution and compliance needs. Hugin’s distribution channels connect companies directly to hundreds of thousands of journalists, analysts, institutional investors and their specific stakeholders. Hugin Group is the favored partner of Investor Relations and Public Relations Officers, offering a full range of services including: financial, regulatory and media news distribution, online services, broadcast services and client services. Hugin Group today forms an international group present in 11 countries through 12 offices in Belgium, France, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. Hugin solution is technically integrated to 27 stock exchanges in 15 markets. Hugin has more than 1700 clients in 26 countries. For more information, go to www.hugingroup.com.
NYSE Euronext Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning NYSE Euronext’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are based on NYSE Euronext’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause NYSE Euronext’s results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: NYSE Euronext’s ability to implement its strategic initiatives, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations, government and industry regulation, interest rate risk and U.S. and global competition, and other factors detailed in NYSE Euronext’s reference document for 2008 (“document de référence”) filed with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (Registered on April 28, 2009 under No. R. 09-031), 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers. In addition, these statements are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change. Accordingly, actual results may be materially higher or lower than those projected. The inclusion of such projections herein should not be regarded as a representation by NYSE Euronext that the projections will prove to be correct. This press release speaks only as of this date. NYSE Euronext disclaims any duty to update the information herein.
Thomson Reuters Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements that are based on certain assumptions and reflect Thomson Reuters current expectations. Forward-looking statements are those that are not historical facts and include Thomson Reuters expectations about the proposed Hugin acquisition. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include the need to satisfy conditions to closing, risks related to Thomson Reuters Corporate Services business’ ability to successfully integrate the Hugin business after the closing, and actions of competitors. Additional factors are discussed in the materials filed by Thomson Reuters from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Thomson Reuters disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law, rule or regulation.
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