Filed by CME Group Inc. pursuant
to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Subject Company: NYMEX Holdings, Inc.
Subject Companys Commission File No.: 001-33149
On July 24, 2008, CME Group posted a video to its Website. The following is a transcript of that video.
Stuart Varney, Co-Anchor:
Profits rose for the CME Group in the second quarter. The parent a the worlds largest derivatives exchange reported earnings before the bell this morning and they beat the Street. Were joined now by Craig Donohue, CME Groups chief executive, from the exchange in Chicago.
Sir, welcome to the program and congratulations, well done.
Craig Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, CME Group:
Thank you, good morning, thank you.
Would you have raised your profit level if the politicians had their way and if they made trading in derivatives a bit more difficult, more costly than it is now?
Well, a course, you know, we have, um, a lot of emphasis right now on the role of speculators in the market, but I think, in general, were making good progress. I think people understand that these hedging and risk transfer markets can only exist successfully with, uh, speculators, and I think they understand that ours are well-regulated markets with a lot
Craig, do, do you think, Craig, you can head em off? You cando you think you can stop really fundamental reform of the, the speculators in the marketplace?
You know, I think, if you look at the thrust of the legislation that is out there, its mostly focused on the lack of transparency and reportability of trading positions in the over-the-counter markets and in the foreign markets. And so I do think that well be successful in working with the Congress to introduce legislation thatll be, you know, appropriately tailored for those purposes.
I understand that you got the three billion dollars that you wantedthat you need, in factto complete your, uh, to secure the purchase of, of NYMEX. That money, you got it, right?
Thats right. We have committed financing and thats just one more milestone towards the successful completion of that transaction. As you know, we have the Department of Justice, uh, clearance to proceed without conditions, we have the effectiveness of our registration statement. We scheduled the vote for August 18th, and with the new revised agreement that we announced last Friday, I think were well position to succeed.
So, youre going towell, youve already got the worlds largest derivatives exchange. Now youre going to get NYMEX, thats virtually a done deal now that youve got the money. What kind of behemoth are you creating here, Craig?
Well, you have to realize that were competing in a very dynamic and global environment. And, a course, while its true that were getting larger, so are our competitors. You know, weve had transatlantic mergers of exchanges, um, weve got a tremendous amount of growth now occurring by exchanges into the much largerin fact, five times largerand fast-growing, over-the-counter derivative markets, and we think were well positioned. You know, weve got great technology, broad customer relationships, and, of course, central counterparty clearing services that really provide additional avenues of growth for CME group.
If the price of some of the underlying securities and commodities that you deal in, if it comes down and stays down, and theres less volatility, I take it that the expansion of the derivatives marketplace, the number of contracts traded, that would also contract, wouldnt it?
Well, I dont think so. Um, I love that question, because, if you look at the history of our growth in more recent years, say, for example, the last seven or eight years, what you would find is that, you know, weve had higher-than-average growth rates despite lower volatility. You know, of course, in the last year, weve seen increased volatility, but for much of the last seven or eight years and prior to a year ago, we actually had historically low equity market volatility and relatively low volatility measures in other product categories as well. And so the growth is really more a phenomenon of, you know, increased sophistication, you know, awareness about derivatives for hedging and risk transfer purposes, globalization, electronic trading and many other things.
Well, Craig, youve beat the Street, the stock market loves it, your stock is up twenty bucks a share. Congratulations, we appreciate you being with us.
Thank you, sir.
Thank you very much, my pleasure.
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Forward Looking Statements:
This video may contain forward-looking information regarding CME Group Inc. (CME Group) and NYMEX Holdings, Inc. (NYMEX Holdings) and the combined company after the completion of the merger that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, the benefits of the business
combination transaction involving CME Group and NYMEX Holdings, including future financial and operating results, the new companys plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based on current beliefs, expectations, forecasts and assumptions of CME Groups and NYMEX Holdings management which are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual outcomes and result to differ materially from these statements. Other risks and uncertainties relating to the proposed transaction include, but are not limited to the satisfaction of conditions to closing; including receipt of shareholder, antitrust, regulatory and other approvals on the proposed terms and schedule; the proposed transaction may not be consummated on the proposed terms and schedule; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of CME Group following completion of the proposed transaction; CME Group may not be able to achieve the expected cost savings, synergies and other strategic benefits as a result of the proposed transaction or may take longer to achieve the cost savings, synergies and benefits than expected; the integration of NYMEX Holdings with CME Groups operations may not be successful or may be materially delayed or may be more costly or difficult than expected; general industry and market conditions; general domestic and international economic conditions; and governmental laws and regulations affecting domestic and foreign operations.
For more information regarding other related risks, see Item 1A of CME Groups Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 and Item 1A of NYMEXs Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 and additional updates to these risks contained in our Quarterly reports. Copies of said 10-Ks and 10-Qs are available online at http://www.sec.gov/ or on request from the applicable company. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this video. Except for any obligation to disclose material information under the Federal securities laws, CME Group and NYMEX Holdings undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this video.
Important Merger Information
In connection with the merger transaction involving CME Group and NYMEX Holdings, CME Group has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 21, 2008 containing a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus. This video is not a substitute for the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus or any other documents CME Group and NYMEX Holdings have filed or will file with the SEC. Investors and security holders are urged to read the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed or to be filed by CME Group or NYMEX Holdings because they contain or will contain important information about the proposed transaction. The definitive prospectus/proxy statement and other documents filed or to be filed by CME Group with the SEC are or will be available free of charge at the SECs Web site ( http://www.sec.gov/ ) or from CME Group Inc., Attention: Shareholder Relations, 20 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606 , (312) 930-1000 or NYMEX Holdings, Inc., Attention: Investor Relations, at One North End Avenue, World Financial Center, New York, New York 10282, (212) 299-2000.
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