Recent acquisitions help boost Nasdaq earnings

Reuters
The Xbox One logo is pictured on the NASDAQ building in Times Square in New York
The Xbox One logo is pictured on the NASDAQ building in Times Square in New York, November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (

(Reuters) - Transatlantic exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc on Wednesday reported a higher fourth-quarter profit, helped by increased revenue from recent acquisitions.

Net income attributable to Nasdaq totaled $141 million, or 81 cents per share, up from $85 million, or 50 cents per share, a year earlier.

Not including one-time items, the New York-based company earned 69 cents per share, topping the consensus of analysts by 2 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue rose 23 percent to $520 million.

Nasdaq last year closed a $390 million deal to buy Thomson Reuters Corp's investor relations, public relations and multimedia services businesses.

It also financed a $750 million deal to buy eSpeed, the electronic Treasuries-trading platform, from BGC Partners Inc , giving it a foothold in fixed income.

Market services revenues, which include derivatives, cash equities, fixed income and access and broker services, rose 9 percent to $204 million.

Technology solutions revenues, which include corporate solutions and market technology, rose 89 percent to $149, helped by the Thomson Reuters deal.

Information services revenues, which include market data and index licensing and services, rose 10 percent to $109 million.

Listing services revenues were up 2 percent to $58 million.

(Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Sophie Hares)