S&P Dow Jones Indices accounted for the largest share of global index revenues; Strong growth at MSCI and FTSE Russell supported industry revenue; Rising assets under management in ETFs drove a 23.1% surge in asset-based fees; Demand for custom index services resulted in an 15.7% jump in subscription revenues

Global index revenues totaled a record $2.7 billion in 2017, increasing by 18.8%, according to a benchmark study published by Burton-Taylor International Consulting, part of TP ICAP’s Data & Analytics division.  The new study provides a comprehensive analysis of the index industry with detailed reviews of leading index providers including S&P Dow Jones Indices, MSCI, FTSE Russell, STOXX, Nasdaq, Bloomberg, Solactive, Intercontinental Exchange, CRSP, and Morningstar.

Index industry revenues increased across all business segments in 2017, with asset-based fees surging 23.1% to a record $1.4 billion and accounting for 49.8% of total industry revenues.  Subscription fee revenues grew 15.7% to $1.1 billion in 2017, representing 39.9% of the industry total, while other index revenues (including non-recurring transaction revenue and revenue from index licensing for use with derivatives, OTC contracts, and structured products) increased 11.3% to $286.5 million.

Key findings in the study include:

  • S&P Dow Jones Indices accounted for the largest share of industry revenues, totaling $733.0 million in 2017 (26.6% of global revenues).
  • MSCI was the second largest index provider with revenues totaling $719.0 million in 2017 (26.1% of global revenues).
  • FTSE Russell rounded out the top three with index revenues reaching $703.6 million, (25.5% of global revenues).
  • Bloomberg index revenues surged 161.6% to $84.3 million, as full-year results from the 2016 acquisition of Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions supported revenue totals.
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices was the largest index provider in the Americas with a regional share of 33.8%, while FTSE Russell was second with a 27.2% share.  MSCI was the largest index provider in EMEA and Asia.

“Surging assets under management levels in exchange-traded funds and growing demand for custom indexing solutions propelled global index revenue to record levels in 2017,” said David Tabaka, analyst at Burton-Taylor. “While S&P Dow Jones Indices, MSCI and FTSE Russell dominated the index industry and held a combined market share of 78.1% in 2017, consolidation and the emergence of niche providers continues to reshape the landscape,” he added.

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