S&P Global Market Intelligence, a Division of McGraw Hill Financial, Agrees to Sell Two Assets to Intercontinental Exchange

Mar 01, 2016 / 04:15 PM
New York, NY

Announced today, McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations, Inc. (SPSE) and Credit Market Analysis (CMA), two assets within the S&P Global Market Intelligence division, to Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), an operator of global exchanges, clearing houses and data services. 

Under the terms of the agreement, ICE can elect to satisfy its payment of the purchase price due at the close of the transaction in either cash or shares of ICE’s common stock. All other terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including required regulatory approvals.

“After a strategic review of our portfolio, we determined that we do not have critical mass in the area of securities pricing. Therefore, this choice is the right decision for MHFI and S&P Global Market Intelligence,” commented Mike Chinn, President of S&P Global Market Intelligence. “ICE is positioned to expand coverage in derivatives and offer a multi-asset class, comprehensive source for pricing and reference data, so clients of SPSE and CMA will benefit as well. Once the transaction closes, we will work together with ICE to ensure a seamless transition.”

"With rising demand for independent data in the global fixed income and credit markets, this transaction will support the need for innovation and increased risk management and valuation services,” said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. "We look forward to serving customers in these markets as they become more transparent and as pricing becomes more accessible.”

Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations, Inc. (SPSE) is a leading provider of fixed income evaluated pricing, previously under McGraw Hill Financial’s S&P Global Market Intelligence division.

Credit Market Analysis (CMA) is a leading provider of independent data for over-the-counter (OTC) markets, previously under McGraw Hill Financial’s S&P Global Market Intelligence division.

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About McGraw Hill Financial

McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company's iconic brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ and SNL, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL, and J.D. Power. The Company has approximately 20,000 employees in 31 countries. Additional information is available at

About Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) operates the leading network of global futures and equity exchanges and provides world class clearing, data and listing services across many markets.  The New York Stock Exchange is the world leader in capital raising and equities trading.

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