UBS analysts speculate on a LSEG takeover of Euroclear

LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – A London Stock Exchange Group takeover of “hidden jewel” Euroclear would make financial sense and give rival Deutsche Boerse a run for its money, UBS analysts said on Thursday.

UBS analysts Michael Werner and Alex Leng said they looked at the merits of a merger between LSE and Euroclear in a 32-page report. There has also been media speculation about a possible deal and LSE said in June it was interested in operating a settlement house.

“We believe a Euroclear acquisition would be value-accretive for LSE,” the UBS analysts said. The LSE would need to pay 6.69 billion euros ($7.93 billion) for a 100 percent stake, they said.

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