Microsoft Acquires 4% of London Stock Exchange as Part of Cloud Partnership Deal

Microsoft established a 10-year relationship with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) on Monday, Dec. 12, and purchased a 4% share in the UK exchange operator.

The agreement reportedly includes next-generation data and analytics and cloud computing technologies. It features a new digital infrastructure for the London exchange with Azure, AI, and Microsoft Teams analytics and modeling tools.

Multibillion-dollar Deal

As part of the multibillion-dollar agreement between the two companies to collaborate on data analytics and cloud technologies, Microsoft will purchase 4% of the London Stock Exchange.

According to The Guardian, Microsoft will purchase the share from the Blackstone and Thomson Reuters group and will later get a seat on the board of directors of the LSEG. 

The partnership had previously completed a $27 billion sale of financial data firm Refinitiv to LSEG.

This new collaboration will bring together one of the world’s most influential financial centers and one of the most powerful technology firms in the industry. 

Strategic Approach

The LSEG has close ties to the UK government and is expected to play a significant role in ministers’ plans to revitalize the City of London since it is a component of the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 or FTSE 100 stock market index, which it manages.

Investors in the LSEG, headed by CEO David Schwimmer, will likely approve the stock acquisitions. 

Early Monday trading saw a 4% increase in LSEG’s share price, making it the FTSE 100’s top performer.

Businesses in the financial data industry, such as LSEG, Bloomberg, and S&P Global, are in a race to provide cutting-edge tools for investors and analysts to help them sift through massive volumes of data in search of profitable investment possibilities.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s senior vice president for cloud and artificial intelligence, will serve on the LSEG’s board of directors. This is still a part of the firms’ strategic relationship, lasting for ten years.

See Also: Microsoft Teases New Windows 11 Dev Channel Build: Fixes, New Features, More

Great Business Impact

LSEG will begin leveraging Microsoft’s cloud and data services, as well as its office productivity tools and integration with its offerings for the financial services sector.

Reports indicate that LSEG anticipates spending at least $2.8 billion on Microsoft’s cloud services over the next decade, putting a price tag on the transaction of between $306 million and $368 million in extra cash expenditures. 

It speculated that the expenditure might also grow if demand for new services increases.

LSEG said in a statement that the merger is anticipated to improve its revenue growth considerably over time as new products come on-stream.

Together, the businesses will be able to create business insights, automate complicated and time-consuming procedures, and ultimately “do more with less,” as Schwimmer put it.

According to him, this is a huge step forward that will completely revolutionize the company’s relationship with its clients.

“We are delighted to welcome Microsoft as a shareholder. We believe our partnership with Microsoft will transform the way our customers discover, analyse and trade securities around the world, and create substantial value over time,” he explained.

See Also: Pentagon Awards Google, Amazon, Oracle, and Microsoft $9 Billion Contracts to Build a Cloud Computing Network for the US Military

ⓒ 2022 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *