LAKE SUCCESS, New York -- April 18, 2008 – Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) today released the following statement in response to recent inquiries related to a large clearing transaction that was disclosed in its Form 10-Q filing for the period ended December 31, 2007, its risk management practices and its clearing and outsourcing strategy.
The transaction that caused a rise in our short-term debt level to $426 million at December 31, 2007:
The $380 million transaction in question involved 143 specified pools of AAA-rated mortgage-backed bonds issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA). These securities are liquid and have low price volatility. There were no exotic or illiquid mortgage-backed derivative securities in this transaction. The party who had committed to purchase these bonds is a global financial services company rated A+ by Standard & Poor’s. Consequently, Broadridge’s risk in this transaction was low. The transaction settled and the related loan was repaid on January 17, 2008, as previously disclosed.
Risk management practices at Ridge Clearing & Outsourcing, our broker-dealer subsidiary:
Clearing and Outsourcing Strategy:
Broadridge created the clearing outsourcing model and estimates the market opportunity to be over $500 million. By combining the world class transaction processing capabilities of its Securities Processing Solutions segment with the specialized clearing expertise provided by Ridge, Broadridge created a unique service offering for broker-dealers with the size and financial means to finance their own businesses, but at the same time outsource to Broadridge their systems and back-office operations processing.
Broadridge is the pioneer and leader in the clearing outsourcing business. Since introducing the outsourcing solution, it has signed six clients representing $20 million in annual revenue and believes the clearing outsourcing solution is a global opportunity. Ridge operates to facilitate Broadridge’s outsourcing strategy, the goal of which is to grow all of Broadridge’s processing businesses.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and other corporations. Broadridge’s investor and customer communications, securities processing and managed services solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America and processes on average $5 trillion in equity and fixed income trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 10,000 associates in 16 countries.
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