: Microsoft to buy stake in London Stock Exchange, which commits to spending billions on cloud services

by | Dec 12, 2022 | Stock Market

Microsoft on Monday said it was investing in the London Stock Exchange in a deal that will see the stock exchange use the software giant’s data and cloud infrastructure. Microsoft
MSFT,
-0.80%
is going to buy a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange
LSEG,
+4.05%
— valued at £1.5 billion ($1.8 billion) using Friday’s closing price — from Blackstone
BX,
-0.72%
and Thomson Reuters
TRI,
-0.14%,
which hold a stake in LSE from the Refinitiv deal. In addition, Scott Guthrie, who is an executive vice president of cloud and artificial intelligence, will join the LSE as a board member.

LSE shares jumped 4% in early trade. Amazon’s
AMZN,
-1.39%
AWS has previously identified the LSE as a customer. Over the next three years, the LSE will be spending an additional between £250 million and £300 million, which will hit EBITDA margins by between 50 and 100 basis points. The LSE will commit to spending at least $2.8 billion with Microsoft on cloud consumption over 10 years. The LSE said the deal over time will result in more revenue growth, and that Microsoft will co-invest in the product development roadmap for data and analytics. Microsoft will be prevented from selling LSE shares for at least a year after deal completion, and won’t be able to sell more than half during the second year.

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