The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has confirmed it is in advanced merger talks with TMX of Canada in a move that would create the largest market in the world by number of listings. By combining businesses the enlarged entity would also be the number one market for natural resources, mining, energy and clean technology. Moreover the combined group will be the leading destination for growth companies from emerging markets that are seeking a listing.
The merger would create a £6 billion business offering access to a deep pool of international capital. Significant cost savings of £35 million by year three rising to £100 million in year five also provide a compelling attraction for the move. Shares in the LSE are up 8 per cent this morning to 965p as investors warm to the deal and the expectation that it will be earnings enhancing in the first full year following completion.
Combining forces makes commercial logic while also bringing 20 trading markets and platforms across North America and Europe. This will span cash equities, derivatives and fixed income. The move also brings together a substantial degree of technology expertise as well as a huge provider of global information.
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