FRANKFURT, March 16 German stock exchange
operator Deutsche Boerse AG (DB1Gn.DE) has several interesting
strategic opportunities, Chief Executive Reto Francioni was
quoted as saying on Monday.
Asked if the U.S. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE.N) would be
a good match for Deutsche Boerse, Francioni told German business
weekly WirtschaftsWoche only that the company had several
interesting options. "Not only interesting, but also relevant,"
A Deutsche Boerse spokesman told Reuters the company was
constantly looking at growth opportunities but added: "We have
nothing to announce at the moment".
Deutsche Boerse has said its focus is on profitable organic
growth but it does not rule out acquisitions that create value
for shareholders and customers. The company, which bought U.S.
exchange ISE in 2007, has said it expects consolidation in the
industry to continue.
At 0849 GMT, Deutsche Boerse shares were up 4.8 percent,
outperforming the FTSE/Mondo Visione Exchange index's .FTMV,
which was 1.8 percent higher.
(Reporting by Peter Starck and Eva Kuehnen; Editing by David