According to the press release, “IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today reported consolidated revenues of $285 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11% from fourth quarter 2009 revenues of $257 million. Consolidated net income attributable to ICE for the fourth quarter grew 18% to $99 million from $84 million in the prior fourth quarter. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the fourth quarter were $1.34, up 19% from fourth quarter 2009 diluted EPS of $1.13.
For the fourth quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, certain items were included in ICE’s operating results that management believes are not indicative of normal operating performance. Excluding these items from fourth quarter results, fourth quarter 2010 net income attributable to ICE increased 19% to $100 million. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 21% to $1.35 in the fourth quarter of 2010.
For the year ended December 31, 2010, ICE reported consolidated revenues of $1.15 billion, the seventh consecutive year of record revenues and an increase of 16% from $995 million in 2009. Consolidated 2010 net income attributable to ICE grew 26% to a record $398 million, from $316 million in 2009, and diluted EPS increased 25% to $5.35 from $4.27. Consolidated cash flow from operations grew 10% from the prior year to a record $534 million in 2010.
“As part of our commitment to our customers and shareholders, ICE consistently leads in terms of execution on new opportunities and growth despite an uncertain economic and regulatory environment,” said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. “We are serving the rising demands for risk management in global commodities and derivatives with our transparent markets and global clearing houses. With products that are globally relevant such as our flagship Brent crude and gasoil futures contracts, we are addressing risk management requirements and we will continue to bring innovation, growth and security to our customers and markets.”
Scott Hill, ICE SVP and CFO, said: “Once again in 2010, we delivered record revenues and earnings. The strength in our commodities business continues into 2011, and we continue to expand our trading, clearing and processing services for market participants world-wide. Our spending discipline, solid balance sheet and strong cash flow allow ICE to continue to invest in an expanded range of services for our customers, while delivering sector-leading growth and returns on capital.”"
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