Euronext announces new three-year strategic plan

Euronext’s revenue has increased by 60% between 2014 and 2018, to €734 million 2, with 51% of non-volume related revenue, and the EBITDA margin strongly improved from 41.7% in 2014 to 57%1 in 2018.

Euronext will continue to leverage its unique federal model and its strong set of assets to build the leading pan-European market infrastructure and to accelerate innovation and sustainable growth.

To fulfill this ambition, Euronext will strengthen its core businesses and transform itself. This ambition is reflected in its 2022 financial targets. At the same time, Euronext will continue to deploy its capital through a rigourous capital allocation policy, to further diversify its business and grow.

  • Euronext’s 2022 business ambitions

Euronext will build on its existing core assets to grow and diversify its local and global infrastructures. Euronext will proactively address the changing landscape by developing innovative solutions and models and capitalizing on local expertise.

  • Euronext will leverage its leadership in listing to expand its sectoral, Tech and SME expertises and attract even more international issuers. Euronext will be positioned upstream in the IPO process to accompany entrepreneurs and corporate leaders while getting closer to private equity players to become the preferred exit strategy. The Group will also develop its innovation and sustainable offering in Corporate Services to better meet the needs of its clients.
  • Euronext will develop its leading global position in the listing of debt and funds, expand ancillary services and its leading green bond offering.
  • Euronext will continue to extract value in cash trading, by leveraging its federal model and unrivalled European footprint, strengthening client relationships, and deploying new co-designed market models. The Group will roll-out its successful cash yield and liquidity management expertise to the derivatives business. Euronext will further expand its commodities franchise and target international clients.
  • Euronext FX will diversify through the development of new product sets, specifically derivatives, and target new client segments and geographies.
  • Euronext will invest in advanced data and build analytics products, while adapting its offering to the evolving needs of clients and to regulation. The Group will expand its agile and cost-effective index franchise.
  • Euronext will exploit the power of Optiq®, its proprietary new generation cutting-edge trading platform to build an entire ecosystem and become the trusted alternative trading platform.
  • Following the acquisition of VPS, Euronext aims to transform its post-trade assets from core local market infrastructures to value-added, innovative solutions.
     
  • Euronext’s 2022 transformation

Euronext will engage in transformation projects that will enable the Group to grow and make its model scalable.

  • Euronext will empower teams to grow, perform and innovate. It will support teams to execute, collaborate and challenge within a positive performance culture focused on clients.
  • Euronext will enhance client connectivity by developing new solutions through a focused client culture, cross-business alignment, improved data management and innovative tools deployment.
  • Euronext will deliver operational excellence by improving operating efficiency through an integrated technology backbone, enhance client service interaction and integrate new businesses while keeping its trademark cost discipline.
     
  • Innovation and sustainable finance at the heart of the strategy

Innovation

Euronext will pursue the development of innovation solutions and services to enable the Group to capture new opportunities and proactively address challenges from the industry. Euronext’s innovation framework to 2022 will be articulated around:

  • collective intelligence and co-design;
  • accelerated digitalisation;
  • enriching Euronext’s core technology capabilities;
  •  leveraging innovative technology such as tokenisation, bespoke trading models and artificial intelligence.

Sustainable finance

As a key market infrastructure, at the heart of the financial ecosystem, Euronext will support the acceleration of the transition towards sustainable growth and finance, notably by capitalizing on Oslo Børs VPS’s expertise and the Group’s franchise in green bonds and ESG indices.

Euronext commits to:

  • the development and active support of innovative and sustainable products and services for clients and other members of the financial community;
  • the promotion of tangible sustainable practices in Euronext and within its wider ecosystem to support the transition to sustainable growth and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
     
  • Euronext 2022 financial targets3

Euronext’s growth ambition is reflected in the 2022 financial targets and a rigorous capital allocation strategy.

  • Revenue is expected to grow by 2% to 3% CAGR2018PF-2022E, excluding potential acquisitions, driven by (i) organic growth, (ii) cross-cycle trading growth in line with European GDP and (iii) continued focus on revenue diversification and services.
  • EBITDA margin is expected to be above 60%, excluding potential acquisitions, driven by (i) continued best-in-class cost discipline, (ii) investments in operational excellence and (iii) uplift profitability of already-acquired companies to Euronext's level.
  • To realise these ambitions, Euronext expects to record one-off costs of €12m relating to internal project costs over the period.
  • Euronext expects to achieve €12m of run-rate cost synergies by 2022 at Oslo Børs VPS, to incur €18m of restructuring costs, and to achieve a ROCE4 on this transaction above the WACC by Year 3.
  • Capex is expected to remain between 3% and 5% of revenue.
  • Dividend policy set with a 50% pay-out of reported net income.

Article Published: 16/10/2019