London Stock Exchange (LSE) (LSE.L) is to buy Citigroup’s (C.N) Yield Book fixed-income analytics service and its related indexing business for $685 million in cash, the LSE’s first big deal since its merger with Deutsche Boerse (DB1Gn.DE) fell through in March.
The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices businesses have a client base of more than 350 institutions offering services used to analyze fixed income instruments including mortgage, government, corporate and derivative securities, Citi said.
The indexes business includes the widely followed World Government Bond Index series.
LSE (LSE.L) said the Citi acquisition would boost the size and capabilities of its FTSE Russell indexes business, taking assets under management using its indexes to about $15 trillion.
More acquisitions might be made but the focus now would be on developing the business it already has, the head of FTSE Russell told Reuters.
“Anything that we can acquire at a fair price, we will look at … But first and foremost we focus on the organic growth,” Mark Makepeace said.
“(The deal) gives us a multi-asset approach to benchmarking, which is what our clients increasingly want. They want to get equities, fixed income and other asset classes from a single provider,” he said.
The deal will also help the LSE compete better with rival index compilers MSCI (MSCI.N) and S&P (SPGI.N), with FTSE International projected to have more assets under management using its indexes than MSCI’s $11 trillion and S&P’s $10 trillion, Makepeace said
Shares in LSE, which have risen 12 percent since the Deutsche Boerse deal was blocked by EU regulators, citing concerns over a potential monopoly in the processing of bond trades, were up 0.3 percent at 3,404 pence at 1322 GMT (9:22 a.m. ET).
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