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FT Partners Advises Mergent on the Sale of its Index Business to NASDAQ OMX

FT Partners Advises Mergent on the Sale of its Index Business to NASDAQ OMX
Overview of Transaction
  • On October 31, 2012, The NASDAQ OMX Group (Nasdaq: NDAQ) announced it agreed to acquire the Index business of Mergent, Inc. ("Mergent" or the "Company"), including Indxis, Ltd.
  • Mergent, a portfolio company of Carousel Capital, is an established index provider and a supplier of business and financial data
  • NASDAQ OMX is a global exchange group that provides trading, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services
Significance of Transaction
  • Nasdaq will acquire the Dividend AchieversTM Indexes, a leading index family that tracks companies with strong long-term dividend growth
  • Products based on the Dividend Achievers Indexes are offered by major investment management firms worldwide
  • Nasdaq will also acquire he Company's subsidiary, Indxis, Ltd., an expert provider of index calculation services to a wide spectrum of clients in the financial services industry
  • Post-transaction, Mergent will continue to focus on all of its remaining segments, which provide leading financial data and service offerings to reference and financial services customers
  • NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes will become one of the largest providers of dividend-themed indexes based on benchmarked assets
  • AUM of ETFs licensed by NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes are expected to increase 30% as a result of the acquisition
FT Partners' Role
  • FT Partners served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Mergent and its Board of Directors
  • This transaction highlights FT Partners' continued success in achieving highly attractive outcomes for leading capital markets technology firms