Financial Technologies completes sale of SMX for $150 mn to ICE

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 4 2014, 23:09pm hrs
NSEl ScamFMC has said Jignesh Shah and his firm FTIL are not 'fit and proper' to run any exchange in the country and charged him of being the 'highest beneficiary' in the NSEL scam. (AP)
The Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) today said it has completed the deal to sell its Singapore- based bourse SMX for USD 150 million (Rs 931 crore) to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies operates commodity bourse Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) and the crisis-hit National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL).

In a filing to the BSE, Financial Technologies said: "The transaction, relating to sale of Singapore Mercantile Exchange Pte Ltd (SMX) and Singapore Mercantile Exchange Clearing Corporation Pte Ltd (SMX CC) by Financial Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd, to ICE Singapore Holdings Pte Ltd (ICE) has been completed."

Financial Technologies held the stake in the Singapore multi-product exchange through a wholly-owned subsidiary Financial Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd.

In November last year, Financial Technologies had announced that its Singapore subsidiary has signed an agreement to sell 100 per cent of its equity in Singapore Merchantile Exchange (SMX) to ICE Singapore Holdings, an entity owned by US-based ICE group, for USD 150 million.

The agreement was also signed to sell SMX wholly-owned subsidiary SMX Clearing Corporation (SMXCC) in an all-cash transaction.

The company had said that it would utilise the sale proceeds towards repayment of outstanding debt in external commercial borrowing and foreign currency loans subject to regulatory approvals, if any. Pursuant to this, Financial Technologies will become debt/lien-free.

Financial Technologies has a debt of Rs 1,223.75 crore in External Commercial Borrowings and foreign currency loans, as per its annual report 2012-13.

SMX was launched with much fanfare in 2010 as a pan-Asia trading platform for various commodities.

Financial Technologies promoted National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is engulfed in 5,600-crore payment crisis after the bourse stopped operations on government directive following violation of certain norms.

After the NSEL crisis came to the fore, Financial Technologies and its group firms like MCX-SX came under scanner of market regulator Sebi. Top NSEL officials have been arrested and different investigative agencies are probing the case.