Deutsche Börse, which operates the Frankfurt stock exchange, and NYSE Euronext, which operates the New York Stock Exchange plus a couple of smaller bourses in Europe, are having talks about a possible merger (again). This would create the largest stock exchange operator in the world.
What I don’t quite get here is the part according to which Deutsche Börse shareholders would end up getting 60 % of the new company, with the remaining 40 % going to the NYSE Euronext shareholders.
Why is that so? Surely the Frankfurt, even though it’s the largest market in continental Europe, is much smaller in volume than Wall Street, and that is not even considering the other European markets run by NYSE Euronext. I understand that the market transaction volume on a stock exchange is not the same thing as the market value of the company running the exchange; but since companies like these mainly create revenue from commission fees on transactions, there should be a strong correlation between the two. I would expect Deutsche Börse to be the junior partner in such a deal.
I understand nobody here has access to details about the valuation of the two in the merger (and if somebody had, they would certainly not share it here), but there must be some flaw in my logic and an explanation why Frankfurt is the major partner in this deal even though its market is smaller.