SGX to fully acquire BidFX, advancing its global ambitions to offer end-to-end FX platform and solutions

Singapore Exchange (SGX), Asia’s most international multi-asset exchange and largest FX derivatives marketplace, today announced that it would acquire the remaining 80%[1] stake in BidFX from its other shareholder(s) for a cash consideration[2] of approximately US$128 million – a move that would expand SGX’s reach beyond FX futures into the global FX over-the-counter (OTC) market.

As part of its multi-asset strategy to build FX into another core pillar of growth, SGX first acquired a 20% stake in BidFX in March 2019, with the aim of bringing together FX futures with OTC markets. The synergies between SGX and BidFX, coupled with the opportunity to support international FX participants from pre-trade data and analytics, trade execution to post-trade clearing, propelled SGX to purchase the remaining stake. The transaction to fully acquire BidFX is expected to be completed in July 2020[3].

BidFX, a leading cloud-based FX trading platform for institutional investors, has seen record trading volumes in recent quarters. Since BidFX’s establishment in January 2017, average daily volumes have grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57% to US$31 billion in May 2020. BidFX continues to acquire new clients, with over 100 of the world’s largest banks, hedge funds and asset managers currently connected to its platform.

The FX market is the largest financial market in the world, with average daily turnover in the OTC market amounting to US$6.6 trillion[4] by traded volume. By comparison, the size of the exchange-traded FX derivatives market is only about 2% of the OTC market – presenting significant opportunities for SGX to build on its dominance in Asian FX futures to expand into a much larger global OTC FX market.  

Loh Boon Chye, Chief Executive Officer of SGX, said, “The future of FX lies in the ability for market participants to benefit from price discovery, liquidity and transparency for both OTC and listed futures trading, in a single unified venue. BidFX is ahead of the curve in developing sophisticated electronic FX trading and workflow solutions. With BidFX as part of the SGX Group, we can now serve a wider FX community with more comprehensive solutions and enhanced distribution capabilities, while bringing together the two growing and mutually-reinforcing pools of liquidity.”

Jean-Philippe Malé, CEO of BidFX, said, “We are delighted to join the SGX group of companies and combine forces with the largest FX futures marketplace in Asia. We will be, amongst other plans, expanding our coverage to include FX futures, which gives sophisticated investors a hedge to access the broader market across OTC and futures liquidity pools. As we continue to grow, we look forward to contributing to Singapore’s success as a central FX liquidity hub in Asia.”

BidFX was previously a subsidiary of TradingScreen, which had been incubating BidFX and spun it off in 2017.

Pierre Schroeder, CEO of TradingScreen, said, “We’ve purposefully focused our efforts and resources on our best opportunities for growth and this has led to exceptional results, such as the BidFX sale being announced today. TradingScreen clients will continue to have access to BidFX via its multi-asset TradeSmart® application.”

Since the start of this year, BidFX’s global clients have been able to trade across both OTC and futures FX markets, with the option to have bilateral counterparty or centrally cleared FX exposures, all in a single venue with an integrated workflow management system.

SGX’s FX futures franchise continues to grow from strength to strength, with US$3.8 trillion in traded volumes since it started in November 2013. Last year, SGX launched FlexC FX Futures, an innovative feature that allows market participants to trade customisable FX futures in an OTC manner and clear transactions on SGX.

The combination of SGX and BidFX’s expertise, client and distribution network and products will scale up the successes of both firms in this space and advance SGX’s global ambitions to offer end-to-end FX platform and solutions.  

 

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