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2016-02-12

Nasdaq: Nasdaq to Acquire Marketwired

Acquisition expected to significantly enhance Nasdaq's corporate services and
product suite with Marketwired's media analytics and targeting capabilities

Expected to be accretive to Nasdaq's earnings within twelve months of closing
and generate attractive returns on capital

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today
announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire
Marketwired, a leading global provider of news distribution services and
analytics for communications professionals. Marketwired services over 8,500
clients, including Forbes 2000 companies, private corporations and public
relations agencies. The acquisition is expected to further bolster Nasdaq's
position as a leading, global corporate services provider. Subject to
customary conditions, the deal will be funded through a mix of debt and cash
on hand and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Nasdaq's corporate services clients will benefit from an enhanced experience
by gaining access to Marketwired's market-leading social media targeting
tools and analytics. As the media landscape continues to expand globally,
including tremendous growth of social media channels, the combined
organization will be a leader in global distribution of news releases through
Nasdaq's world-class GlobeNewswire distribution capabilities and work-flow
platform, as well as Marketwired's leading offering of social media targeting
and monitoring services.

"This transaction is a testament to our commitment to growing this business
and delivering the most innovative communications tools and intelligence to
our Corporate Solutions clients across the investor relations and public
relations solutions suite," said Adena Friedman, President and Chief
Operating Officer, Nasdaq. "As our clients' needs continue to expand, we will
be well-positioned to offer new tools, content, and services to meet their
evolving IR and PR challenges and opportunities."

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Nasdaq's non-GAAP earnings
within twelve months of closing and should have no material impact on
Nasdaq's financial leverage or capital return strategy.

"There is a natural fit between the two organizations in terms of our
long-term strategy and shared values based around innovation and customer
centricity," said Adnan Ahmed, President and CEO, Marketwired. "We are
excited about the benefits this combination will provide to Marketwired
clients through a broader global distribution network, a comprehensive
end-to-end workflow solution, and improved customer service."

"This is a major opportunity for our Corporate Solutions business to enhance
its end-to-end portfolio of services for communication
professionals-including news distribution, media research, social media and
analytics," said Stacie Swanstrom, Senior Vice President and Head of
Corporate Solutions, Nasdaq. "We will also make use of existing
resources-including an expanded presence in North America, particularly
Canada-to provide an even stronger service and account management experience
for our clients."

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange
technology, listing, information and public company services across six
continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables
customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with
confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight
for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's
first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70
marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities
transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a
market value of approximately $9.6 trillion and nearly 10,000 corporate
clients. To learn more, visit: nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com.

About Marketwired

Marketwired is a communications leader and partner of choice for marketing,
public relations and investor relations professionals worldwide seeking
premier news distribution and social communication solutions. For more than
30 years, the company has played a pivotal role in connecting newsmakers to
news consumers by sharing market-moving, direct-from-source information on
behalf of companies worldwide. The Marketwired team partners with thousands
of customers to help them discover better ways to create and share their news
with the people who influence their brands and impact their business. Visit:
www.marketwired.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made
under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements
about Nasdaq and its products and offerings. We caution that these statements
are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ
materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other
factors beyond Nasdaq's control. These factors include, but are not limited
to factors detailed in Nasdaq's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic
reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake
no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

NDAQG

For Media Inquiries:

Ryan Wells
Email: ryan.wells@nasdaq.com
Direct: +44 (0) 20 3753 2231
Mobile: +44 (0) 7809 596 390

Linda Recupero
Email: linda.recupero@nasdaq.com
Direct: +1 212 231 5534
Mobile +1 347 978 2911

For Investor & Analyst Inquiries:

Ed Ditmire
Email: ed.ditmire@nasdaq.com
Nasdaq Investor Relations
Direct: +1 212 401 8737

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This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Nasdaq via Globenewswire

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