To operate as a stock exchange platform in 2022, artificial intelligence and data analysis tools are becoming essential. The London Stock Exchange has signed a new 10-year partnership with Microsoft to benefit from its technologies, as the company has acquired Refinitiv, a financial data services provider used by more than 40,000 institutions across the world. world.
In exchange, the American company headed by Satya Nadella, which is struggling to sustain its growth with its historical activity in the sale of computers, will enter the capital of the London Stock Exchange (LSEG) to the tune of 4%. It will benefit from part of the revenue from the stock market performance of companies listed on the City by leaving its cutting-edge technologies available.
The importance of financial data
Without it being immediately obvious, Microsoft has just bought part of the 308th most valuable company in the world, with its capitalization of more than 50 billion dollars (figures from December 2022). It is also an unprecedented opportunity to get your hands on the heart of European financial exchanges. An operation that is totally winning for him: it will be up to the stock exchange platform to pay.
Indeed, between 250 and 300 million pounds sterling will have to be disbursed by LSEG, from 2023 to 2025. A share of 100 million pounds sterling corresponds to investment expenditure. The project will eventually pay off for him as Microsoft’s tools dramatically lower his spending to increase “in a significative way” its revenue growth (additional £5 billion over 5 years). Data, cloud, artificial intelligence, Microsoft aims to provide solutions “across the entire financial market value chain”.
Support 40,000 institutions
Stock exchange platforms are among those companies that have to manage an astronomical amount of data, whose real-time updates must be carried out as quickly as possible. Banks, traders, asset managers, pure economic information intersects with needs in analyses, collaboration tools, and of course in the orders to be placed on the markets.
The London Stock Exchange has also had Refinitiv since last year, a provider of financial analysis and data services, used by more than 40,000 institutions in 190 countries. The partnership with Microsoft follows in particular this external growth operation carried out by LSEG.
“Advances in the cloud and AI will fundamentally transform the way financial institutions research, interact and transact across all asset classes, and adapt to changing market conditions”said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, following the announcement of the entry into the capital.
“Pessimists will focus more on the incremental costs of the partnership than the potential for synergies, but those costs appear low and the deal adds a strategic partner and credible shareholder who can make LSE’s cloud offering more competitive against to its competitors”rejoiced for his part the analyst of the Citi bank, Andrew Coombs, quoted by The echoes.
On Wall Street, Microsoft’s share price (+2%) reacted to the announcement of this new plan, paving the way for a whole new market. LSEG shares also climbed 4.3% in the December 12 session.