Nasdaq confirmed on Tuesday last week that it was indeed finalizing plans to sell off its commodities futures line of business to a German entity, Energy exchange EEX Group. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed that a sale agreement was reached between the two exchanges to offload Nasdaq’s core assets relating to futures and options, which include the portfolio of open interest in NFX contracts to EEX Group.
Details of the agreement indicate that Nasdaq will transfer all open positions currently in U.S. Power, U.S. Natural Gas, Crude Oil, Ferrous Metals and Dry Bulk Freight futures and options contracts to Nodal Clear and European Commodity Clearing (ECC), the clearinghouse of EEX Group.
The acquisition marks another major milestone for German’s EEX expansion plan, as it hopes to increase its global investments mainly in the US.
EEX CEO Peter Reitz commented on the matter saying, “This is a landmark deal for EEX Group as we continue to follow our global expansion strategy and one which will bring significant benefits for our client base worldwide by creating an even larger liquidity network and offering higher capital efficiencies.”
Nasdaq Senior Vice President of North American Market Services Kevin Kennedy comments: “Nasdaq entered the U.S. futures marketplace in response to clients who wanted to develop new ways to innovate around energy and freight trading. After evaluating the steady progress, we made to expand our client base and grow open interest, the next step forward is for EEX and Nodal to continue this mission.”
Both parties immediately began handling the technicalities involving in finalizing the deal including facilitating the open interest transfer to guarantee a smooth transition for position holders. The two exchanges are committed to ensuring investor services remain uninterrupted at all levels such as customer support during and after the transition.
Handlers of the deal remain optimistic that the integration of the two platforms would be finalized by next month. Both Nasdaq and EEX Group hope to finalize the transfer of all open Dry Bulk Freight positions by next year February.
However, contracts for Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Ferrous Metals will be transferred in spring 2020.
“Nodal continues to grow its power futures market, and we expanded into natural gas in September,” Chairman and CEO of Nodal Exchange and Nodal Clear Paul Cusenza said.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to build upon the business NFX successfully created, to further expand our products and services in power and gas and to introduce oil and ferrous metals contracts thereby further broadening the commodity markets we serve.