TMX rejects Maple's C$3.6 billion takeover bid

Fri May 20, 2011 8:11pm EDT
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By Euan Rocha

TORONTO (Reuters) - TMX Group, operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, said on Friday its board has rejected a C$3.6 billion ($3.7 billion) takeover bid from a group of Canadian banks and pension funds.

The TMX in a statement said its board still supports a plan put forth in February to join forces with the London Stock Exchange Group, forming a transatlantic powerhouse for trading stocks, derivatives and other financial assets.

The consortium, which calls itself the Maple Group Acquisition Corp, said it was disappointed with TMX's decision and will determine its next course of action in due course.

The group also said it was confident that its proposed transaction could obtain all requisite approvals and close the merger by late fall.

Last week, the all-Canadian consortium proposed to buy TMX and derail the LSE's $3 billion friendly offer, which opponents say would allow Canadian capital markets to fall under foreign control.

The TMX takeover battle is part of an intensifying drive by the world's biggest exchange operators to attain the scale now thought to be needed to compete in an increasingly global trading environment.

Germany's Deutsche Boerse AG is well on its way to buying the New York and Paris exchanges after U.S. antitrust officials pulled the plug on an $11 billion rival bid for NYSE Euronext.

The rejection is likely to leave Nasdaq -- which had bid for NYSE along with IntercontinentalExchange Inc -- scrambling for another target.   Continued...

<p>TMX Group CEO Tom Kloet speaks during a news conference regarding the merger of the TSX and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in Toronto, February 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>