Intercontinental Exchange Responds to the FTC's Attempt to Block ICE's Acquisition of Black Knight
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology, and market infrastructure, announced today that it strongly disagrees with, and will vigorously oppose, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s challenge to ICE's previously announced acquisition of Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI).
In many public forums, ICE has outlined its vision for a more equitable housing finance system, one which is currently fraught with inefficiencies, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, unnecessary delay, and requires robust digitization to lower costs for all participants. The deal between ICE and Black Knight, which is intended to automate, streamline, and increase transparency in the mortgage industry, will help achieve that vision.
Although ICE strongly believes that acquiring Black Knight is entirely procompetitive, ICE and Black Knight previously announced an agreement to sell Black Knight's Empower loan origination system (LOS) business, including its Exchange, LendingSpace and AIVA solutions, to a subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU) in connection with efforts to secure clearance of ICE's proposed acquisition of Black Knight under the Hart-Scott Rodino-Act. The FTC's attempt to block the combination, despite this divestiture remedy, is without merit and serves only to delay improving the experience and outcomes for all participants in the mortgage industry.
"We are disappointed that the FTC has filed litigation to prevent ICE from closing our acquisition of Black Knight," said Tim Bowler, President of ICE Mortgage Technology. "The proposed acquisition can bring to life a true end-to-end solution for the mortgage industry, benefitting aspiring and current homeowners across the United States."
ICE is fully confident in our position and look forward to presenting it in court. While that litigation plays out, the company is continuing its work toward closing the acquisition, which it expects to complete in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
About Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) is a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. We provide financial technology and data services across major asset classes that offer our customers access to mission-critical workflow tools that increase transparency and operational efficiencies. We operate exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, and clearing houses that help people invest, raise capital and manage risk across multiple asset classes. Our comprehensive fixed income data services and execution capabilities provide information, analytics and platforms that help our customers capitalize on opportunities and operate more efficiently. At ICE Mortgage Technology, we are transforming and digitizing the U.S. residential mortgage process, from consumer engagement through loan registration. Together, we transform, streamline and automate industries to connect our customers to opportunity.
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Category: Mortgage Technology
SOURCE: Intercontinental Exchange
This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Rule 175 promulgated thereunder, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 3b-6 promulgated thereunder, which involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Any statements about Black Knight, Inc.'s ("Black Knight") or Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.'s ("ICE") plans, objectives, expectations, strategies, beliefs, or future performance or events constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are identified as those that include words or phrases such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "trend," "objective," "continue," or similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "might," "may," or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, estimates, and other important factors that change over time and could cause actual reults to differ materially from any results, performance, or events expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements about the benefits of the proposed acquisition of Black Knight by ICE (the "Transaction"), including future financial and operating results, Black Knight's or ICE's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, the expected timing of completion of the Transaction, the expected form and timing of debt financing to fund the Transaction and other statements that are not historical facts.
These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. In addition to factors previously disclosed in Black Knight's and ICE's reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the right of Black Knight or ICE to terminate the definitive merger agreement governing the terms and conditions of the Transaction, as amended by the parties on March 7, 2023; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Black Knight or ICE; the possibility that the Transaction does not close when expected or at all because required regulatory, stockholder, or other approvals and other conditions to closing are not received or satisfied on a timely basis or at all (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect Black Knight or ICE or the expected benefits of the Transaction); the risk that the benefits from the Transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected, including as a result of changes in, or problems arising from, general economic, political and market conditions, interest and exchange rates, laws and regulations and their enforcement, and the degree of competition in the geographic and business areas in which Black Knight and ICE operate; the ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses of Black Knight with those of ICE; the possibility that the Transaction may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; reputational risk and potential adverse reactions of Black Knight's or ICE's customers, employees or other business partners, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the Transaction; the diversion of management's attention and time from ongoing business operations and opportunities on merger-related matters; ICE's ability to complete the contemplated debt financing on a timely basis, on favorable terms or at all; and the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Black Knight's or ICE's businesses, the ability to complete the Transaction or any of the other foregoing risks.
These factors are not necessarily all of the factors that could cause Black Knight's or ICE's actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any of the forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could harm Black Knight's or ICE's results.
All forward-looking statements attributable to Black Knight or ICE, or persons acting on Black Knight's or ICE's behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and Black Knight and ICE do not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of these statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. If Black Knight or ICE update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that Black Knight or ICE will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. Further information regarding Black Knight, ICE and factors which could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein can be found in Black Knight's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and its other filings with the SEC, and in ICE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and its other filings with the SEC.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
In connection with Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 7, 2023, among Black Knight, ICE and Sand Merger Sub Corporation (the "Amended Merger Agreement"), ICE will file with the SEC a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement on Form S-4 (as amended by the post-effective amendment, the "Amended Registration Statement"), which was previously declared effective by the SEC on August 19, 2022, to register the shares of ICE common stock to be issued in connection with the Transaction. The Amended Registration Statement will include an updated proxy statement of Black Knight that also constitutes a prospectus of ICE. THE AMENDED MERGER AGREEMENT NECESSITATES A NEW VOTE BY BLACK KNIGHT'S STOCKHOLDERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION, AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REFERENCED HEREIN WILL BE A PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS FOR A NEW SPECIAL MEETING WITH RESPECT TO SUCH NEW VOTE.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE AMENDED REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4 AND THE UPDATED PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS INCLUDED WITHIN THE AMENDED REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4 WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE INTO THE UPDATED PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BLACK KNIGHT, ICE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS.
Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC by Black Knight or ICE through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov or from Black Knight at its website, www.blackknightinc.com, or from ICE at its website, www.theice.com. Documents filed with the SEC by Black Knight will be available free of charge by accessing Black Knight's website at www.blackknightinc.com under the tab "Investors" and then under the heading "Financials-SEC Filings" or, alternatively, by directing a request by mail or telephone to Black Knight, Inc., 601 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204, Attention: Investor Relations, (904) 854-5100, and documents filed with the SEC by ICE will be available free of charge by accessing ICE's website at www.theice.com and following the link for "Investor Relations" or, alternatively, by directing a request by mail or telephone to Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., 5660 New Northside Drive, Third Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, Attention: Investor Relations, (770) 857-4700, or by email to [email protected].
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Black Knight, ICE, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Black Knight in connection with the Transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about the interests of the directors and executive officers of Black Knight and ICE and other persons who may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of stockholders of Black Knight in connection with the Transaction and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the updated proxy statement/prospectus related to the Transaction. Additional information about Black Knight, the directors and executive officers of Black Knight and their ownership of Black Knight common stock is also set forth in the definitive proxy statement for Black Knight's 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, as filed with the SEC on Schedule 14A on April 28, 2022, and other documents subsequently filed by Black Knight with the SEC. Additional information about ICE, the directors and executive officers of ICE and their ownership of ICE common stock can also be found in ICE's definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, as filed with the SEC on March 25, 2022, and other documents subsequently filed by ICE with the SEC. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described above.
NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
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