Compass Point Starts IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) at Buy; Impressive Assets and Growth

January 9, 2013 7:03 AM EST
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Compass Point initiates coverage on IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE) with a Buy. PT $150.00.

The firm comments, "The company's collection of assets and track record of growth is impressive. Over the 2007-2011 period compound annual growth was 23% on the top line, 20% in terms of net profits attributable to common shareholders, and 25% in terms of operating cash flow. Future growth prospects remain bright. Share gains in Brent have been substantial. The NYSE Euronext acquisition makes ICE the world's #3 global derivatives exchange. The successful CDS venture demonstrates management can execute. We forecast FY'13 EPS of $9.65 assuming the NYX transaction closes at the start of 3Q'13 implying total earnings growth of 27% on the year of which 13% is attributable to NYX. We consider the shares attractively priced trading at ~13x our estimate of FY'13 EPS and at ~12x current enterprise value adjusted for the NYX acquisition relative to our estimate of FY'13 free cash flow."

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Shares of IntercontinentalExchange closed at $127.18 yesterday.

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