Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) Last Update 2/10/21
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Nasdaq OMX Group
$158.01
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Trefis Price
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$138
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RECENT NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Potential upside & downside to trefis price

Nasdaq OMX Group Company

VALUATION HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Market Technology & Corporate Services constitute 24% of the Trefis price estimate for Nasdaq OMX Group's stock.
  2. Broker and Access Services constitute 22% of the Trefis price estimate for Nasdaq OMX Group's stock.
  3. Market Data constitutes 20% of the Trefis price estimate for Nasdaq OMX Group's stock.

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Latest Earnings

In Q4 2020, NASDAQ reported Total Net Revenues of $788 million, which is 22% more than the year-ago period. This could mainly be attributed to 29% growth in Total Market Services revenues less transaction-based expenses mainly driven by higher U.S. industry trading volumes due to market volatility.

Impact of coronavirus outbreak

NASDAQ is a exchange holding company, which engages in trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public & private company services. It drives more than 62% of its revenues from market services which include Equity Derivative Trading and Clearing, Cash Equity Trading, FICC and Trade Management Services businesses. Due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainty, securities markets are witnessing high trading activity. This, in turn, means that the exchange would generate more revenue in terms of clearing and transaction fees. While the company’s result for each of the four quarters of 2020 were on the similar lines, we believe NASDAQ’s Q1 FY2021 results will also follow the same trend.

POTENTIAL UPSIDE & DOWNSIDE TO TREFIS PRICE

Below are some key drivers of NASDAQ's value with potential upside or downside to our price estimate for the company's stock.

  • Daily Volume of U.S. Listed Options Contracts The daily volume of options contracts traded across all exchanges in the U.S. has reached over 18.2 million in 2018, and we estimate that it will reach approximately 19.7 million by the end of our forecast period, largely because of the shift toward electronic trading. Also, growth in algorithmic (high-volume) trading will boost volumes moving forward. However, there could be about 5% upside to our price estimate for Nasdaq if the daily volume of options contracts increases to just over 29 million by the end of the forecast period.
  • Market Share of U.S. Listed Shares Since past couple of years, NASDAQ has been losing market share in U.S. cash equities due to increasing competition from electronic exchanges like BATS Global Markets and Direct Edge NASDAQ. NASDAQ's share in the U.S. market decreased from 21% in 2011 to 17.4% in 2016. However, 2017 saw the market share increase to around 18%. This value rose further to 19.43% in 2018. We expect NASDAQ's market share to increase maringally in the near term and then stabilize at about 19.7% throughout our forecast period. If NASDAQ manages to gain another 10% market share by the end of our forecast period this would present an upside of about 5% to our price estimate.

BUSINESS SUMMARY

Nasdaq OMX Group ("NASDAQ") is a global exchange group that provides trading, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services globally. The company's financial services include equity and derivatives trading, market data products, index services, financial services and market technology products.

SOURCES OF VALUE

NASDAQ Stock Market

As of December 31, 2018, the NASDAQ Stock Market had 4,077 listed companies. The company also operates a second equity market in addition to options and futures markets and a derivative clearinghouse. The NASDAQ market is the company's most well-known brand, and U.S. listing and cash-equity trading (which we present as two separate divisions) account for under 21% of the company's value, according to Trefis estimates.

Europe Operations

In Europe, NASDAQ operates the NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic and NASDAQ OMX Europe, in addition to NASDAQ OMX Commodities and NASDAQ OMX Armenia. According to Trefis estimates, European Cash & Options trading and European Listings account for over 1.5% of the company's value. However this doesn't include the market data, market technology and access services provided to European customers.

KEY TRENDS

Economic recovery to drive volumes

Over the past couple of years, recovery in economic conditions, coupled positive outlook of the capital markets have heightened investor confidence and improved the financial condition of listed companies. Consequently, the company saw strong growth in the number of new listings on the exchange. Further, enhanced volatility has resulted in greater trading volumes. As economic conditions continue to improve, we expect that these trends to sustain in near term and drive growth in trading volumes, and listings.

Intense competition among exchanges

There is intense competition among exchange operators such as IntercontinentalExchange Group (which owns NYSE), NASDAQ OMX Group and CME Group, for trading volumes, listings and technology services customers. Newer entrants have tried to offer discounted fees in order to attract volumes, which could force NASDAQ to follow suit. This could impact revenues and in turn margins.