Brad Katsuyama’s IEX is exiting the listings business after roughly one year, the company announced on Monday.
“We’re not an events company,” Katsuyama told Yahoo Finance.
IEX was being encouraged to consider staging opening and closing bell ceremonies at the Oculus mall in lower Manhattan, which is situated next to the World Trade Center and features a high-end shopping mall. The main listings providers Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, host high-profile opening and closing bell ceremonies at their respective New York City headquarters that often feature high-profile guests and are televised and streamed nationally.
Both IEX and Interactive Brokers shared the same concerns of only having one company listed on the exchange.
Katsuyama said there were challenges in getting the boards of other public companies to approve a switch. While corporate executives were on board with switching to IEX, Katsuyama said this was a board level decision. Plus, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq charge the listing fees at the start of the year, according to Katsuyama, leaving a shorter window for companies to decide on a switch.
“It didn’t feel like the highest return on investment,” Katsuyama said, referring to the notion of staying in the listings business.
What’s next for IEX
Instead, IEX will focus on its trading business and launching other technology businesses.
“Any exchange can trade all stocks regardless of where they are listed - when IEX was approved in 2016, we were approved to be a trading exchange and we decided to enter listings on top of that,” he said. “Exiting listings does not impact our trading business at all. We can focus all resources on trading.
Scott Gamm is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter @ScottGamm.
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