MONTREAL, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - In a wide-ranging speech today to the Canadian
Club of Montreal, CEO Richard Nesbitt updated attendees on the progress of
four key initiatives currently underway including the new technology platform,
TSX Quantum(TM), that is going live before the end of the year; DEX, the new
derivatives exchange planned for launch in 2009; NGX's new alliance with ICE
which is expected to come to market in early 2008 and international listings
marketing efforts. "TSX Group is on the move, the future is bright and
Montreal will continue to be a major part of that."
TSX Quantum is beginning a phased roll out in December. He said, "This
new trading system will provide our customers with greater speed and more
capacity and we believe it will enable us to attract higher volumes and even
more liquidity. Substantially greater capacity in the TSX Quantum trading
engine will be able to handle these higher volumes with ease."
Given TSX Group will be entering the derivatives space with the launch of
DEX in 2009, Mr. Nesbitt acknowledged Quebec has played a leading role in both
the development and regulatory oversight of derivatives in Canada. "I would be
remiss if I did not mention the positive role that Jean St-Gelais and the AMF
have played in our business. We have great admiration for the work that Jean
and his colleagues are doing to modernize the regulatory system for derivative
On energy, Mr. Nesbitt discussed the arrangement to combine Natural Gas
Exchange's (NGX) strengths in physical clearing with the advanced technology
capabilities of IntercontinentalExchange Inc. "We are excited about the
opportunity that this represents for NGX to gain access to thousands of
trading screens, technology expertise and a global footprint for natural gas
and electricity contracts." Mr. Nesbitt also reviewed the recent purchase of
the option to acquire all the shares of NetThruPut Inc. (NTP) - a leading
Canadian electronic platform for trading and clearing crude oil - exercisable
after March 15, 2009. "NTP will secure a strong position for us on the oil
side of the energy business to complement our gas and electricity trading
Finally he updated on the 2007 U.S. listing campaign which concludes with
road show stops in Palo Alto and San Diego this week. "Feedback has been very
positive and we have added sixteen new U.S. listings already in the first ten
months of this year. More importantly, we have opened pipelines to new
business opportunities across the largest capital market in the world."
Quebec remains extremely important to TSX Group. There are over 350
Quebec-based issuers on the two equity exchanges as at the end of last month.
Within that number are over 30 new listed issuers this year, including the
Bourse de Montreal and 32 new Quebec-based issuers on TSX Venture Exchange.
The remarks are posted on tsx.com.
About TSX Group Inc. (TSX-X)
TSX Group operates Canada's two national stock exchanges, Toronto Stock
Exchange serving the senior equity market and TSX Venture Exchange serving the
public venture equity market, Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), a leading North
American exchange for the trading and clearing of natural gas and electricity
contracts and Shorcan Brokers Limited, the country's first fixed income
inter-dealer broker. TSX Group also owns The Equicom Group Inc., a leading
provider of investor relations and related corporate communication services in
Canada. TSX Group is headquartered in Toronto and maintains offices in
Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Kee, Director, Corporate Communications,
TSX Group Inc., Toronto Office, (416) 947-4682, Toll Free 1-888-873-8392,
Cellular (416) 358-3714, Vancouver Office (604) 602-6902, Calgary Office (403)