CEO Comment

Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2017

2 March 2018

Commenting on performance for the year, David Warren, CFO and Interim Group Chief Executive, said:

“We have delivered another year of strong performance with growth across all of our core businesses, including double-digit revenue increases at FTSE Russell and LCH OTC. The Group has also continued to invest in new initiatives and acquisitions to drive further expansion of our global client offering. Reflecting the strong results, as well as confidence in outlook and focus on shareholder returns, the dividend per share increased in line with earnings at 19%, and the Group completed a £200 million buyback during the year.

"The Group is strategically, operationally and financially well positioned to capitalise on a range of opportunities ahead and to enhance shareholder returns. We also remain focused on delivering the financial targets we have set for the next two years. Our Open Access approach in partnership with customers will enable us to benefit from MiFID II and to adapt to an evolving regulatory and macroeconomic environment."