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Bats/CBOE merger approved

First Published 18th January 2017

Bats Global Markets announces stockholder approval of merger agreement with CBOE Holdings.

Chris Concannon, Bats

Chris Concannon, Bats

Kansas City, New York and London - Bats Global Markets has announced that based on a preliminary vote tally from the special meeting of stockholders held today, Bats stockholders have voted to adopt the previously announced merger agreement pursuant to which CBOE Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of CBOE Holdings, will merge with and into Bats, with Bats surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of CBOE Holdings and, following the completion of the Merger, the surviving corporation will merge with and into CBOE V, a wholly owned subsidiary of CBOE Holdings, with CBOE V, surviving the Subsequent Merger and continuing as a wholly owned subsidiary of CBOE Holdings.

At the effective time of the Merger, each share of Bats common stock will convert into 0.3201 of a share of common stock of CBOE and $10.00 in cash or, at the election of the holder and subject to proration and adjustment, all cash consideration or all stock consideration.

Approximately 94.32% percent of the votes cast at the special meeting were in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement, representing approximately 70.81% percent of Bats' outstanding voting common stock as of December 9, 2016, the record date for the special meeting.

Chris Concannon, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bats, said, "We thank our shareholders for their continued support, moving us one step closer to completing this transformational combination. The Bats team looks forward to completing the transaction so we can integrate with CBOE."

Subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and satisfaction or waiver of the remaining customary closing conditions in the merger agreement, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017, at which time Bats common stock will cease to be traded on the Bats BZX Exchange.