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CME is World’s Most Valuable Exchange Brand for Seventh Year Running

  • CME continues to dominate as world’s most valuable exchange brand, with brand value of US$2.1 billion
  • US exchanges account for five of top ten in ranking
  • Germany’s Eurex drops 14% in brand value, but remains in top 10
  • NYSE is sector’s strongest brand, scoring 75.0 out of 100

View the Brand Finance Exchanges 10 2020 report here

CME remains the most valuable brand among the world’s leading exchanges, improving its brand value by 16% to US$2.1 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy.

This substantial increase in brand value is the result of CME’s focus on new areas of opportunity, innovation and diversification including: the renewed popularity of futures contracts; new opportunities embraced in the market, most notably the trading of Bitcoin futures; and their acquisition of Britain’s NEX Group (formerly ICAP) for US$5.5 billion.

David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, commented:

"As the markets fluctuate in a direct response to ongoing COVID-19 threats, the industry will need to be braced to future proof the business models of exchanges. With cutting edge technology creating new and exciting avenues of opportunity, we are likely to see this trend undoubtedly accelerate between this year and next.”

HKEX disrupts US dominance

US exchanges account for 50% of the ranking, with the exception being HKEX, which is ranked second with a brand value of US$1.5 billion, rising 6%. After leader CME, HKEX is the second fastest-growing exchange brand this year, with NYSE remaining slightly behind in third rank. HKEX’s growth can be attributed to high forecast growth rates, with several Chinese brands looking to float.

HKEX is the owner of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the leading market for IPOs. The introduction of electronic IPOs, resulting in the removal of paper transactions, underlines the exchange’s continued reform programme. This initiative has enabled the exchange to reclaim its position as the leading IPO platform as it has increased the focus on technology and biotech companies. HKEX has also eyed the possibility of acquiring more blockchain companies.

Eurex & LSE slide down

The only brand among the top 10 to see its brand value decline significantly was Germany’s Eurex, (down 14% to US$382 million) despite its bid to expand its offering with a broader partnership programme that includes repo and OTC foreign exchange segments. Meanwhile London Stock Exchange, (down 6% to US$ 345million) remains within the top 10 but has slipped from 9th to 10th rank.

NYSE secures strongest brand rating

Aside from calculating overall brand value, Brand Finance also determines the relative strength of brands through a balanced scorecard of metrics evaluating marketing investment, stakeholder equity, and business performance. Along with the level of revenues, brand strength is a crucial driver of brand value.

NYSE (down 1% to US$1.3 billion) has secured the highest Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 75.8 out of 100 and is the only exchanges brand to receive an AA+ rating. 

View the Brand Finance Exchanges 10 2020 report here

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Note to Editors

Every year, Brand Finance values 5,000 of the world’s biggest brands. The 10 most valuable exchanges brands are included in the Brand Finance Exchanges 10 report.

Brand value is understood as the net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market. Brand strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors.

Additional insights, charts, and more information about the methodology, as well as definitions of key terms are available in the Brand Finance Exchanges 10 report.

Data compiled for the Brand Finance rankings and reports are provided for the benefit of the media and are not to be used for any commercial or technical purpose without written permission from Brand Finance.

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About Brand Finance

Brand Finance is the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy, with offices in over 20 countries. Brand Finance bridges the gap between marketing and finance by quantifying the financial value of brands.

Brand Finance helped craft the internationally recognised standard on Brand Valuation – ISO 10668, and the recently approved standard on Brand Evaluation – ISO 20671.

Brand Finance is a chartered accountancy firm regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and also the first brand valuation consultancy to join the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).

Brand Finance’s brand value rankings have been certified by the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) through the Marketing Metric Audit Protocol (MMAP), the formal process for validating the relationship between marketing measurement and financial performance.

Methodology

Definition of Brand

Brand Finance helped to craft the internationally recognised standard on Brand Valuation – ISO 10668. It defines a brand as a marketing-related intangible asset including, but not limited to, names, terms, signs, symbols, logos, and designs, intended to identify goods, services or entities, creating distinctive images and associations in the minds of stakeholders, thereby generating economic benefits.

Brand Strength

Brand strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures, relative to its competitors. In order to determine the strength of a brand, we look at Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and the impact of those on Business Performance.

Each brand is assigned a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score out of 100, which feeds into the brand value calculation. Based on the score, each brand is assigned a corresponding rating up to AAA+ in a format similar to a credit rating.

Brand Valuation Approach

Brand Finance calculates the values of the brands in its league tables using the Royalty Relief approach – a brand valuation method compliant with the industry standards set in ISO 10668. It involves estimating the likely future revenues that are attributable to a brand by calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for its use, to arrive at a ‘brand value’ understood as a net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market.

The steps in this process are as follows:

1 Calculate brand strength using a balanced scorecard of metrics assessing Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity and Business Performance. Brand strength is expressed as a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score on a scale of 0 to 100.

2 Determine royalty range for each industry, reflecting the importance of brand to purchasing decisions. In luxury, the maximum percentage is high, in extractive industry, where goods are often commoditised, it is lower. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database.

3 Calculate royalty rate. The BSI score is applied to the royalty range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty range in a sector is 0-5% and a brand has a BSI score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.

4 Determine brand-specific revenues by estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a brand.

5 Determine forecast revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates.

6 Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.

7 Brand revenues are discounted post-tax to a net present value which equals the brand value.

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