NEW YORK — Nasdaq OMX Group and Intercontinental Exchange Inc. are trying to reassure the owners of the New York Stock Exchange that they have adequate financing for their unsolicited $11.3 billion takeover bid. And they are willing to pay a hefty penalty if regulators object to a deal.
The companies, whose bid was rejected by NYSE Euronext Inc. in favor of an earlier $10 billion offer by the German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse AG, argued in a letter to the chairman of NYSE Euronext that their proposal is superior.
NYSE Euronext said it will review the proposal “in due course.’’
Nasdaq and ICE said their offer is valued at $42.67 per NYSE Euronext share, based on Monday’s closing stock prices. That compares with $35.29 per share under the Deutsche Boerse bid, they said.
Nasdaq and ICE said they plan to buy NYSE Euronext shares that would give them voting securities valued at more than $66 million.
Nasdaq OMX and ICE said they have lined up $3.8 billion in financing and are prepared to pay $350 million to NYSE Euronext if they are unable to get antitrust regulators’ approval.
Some analysts say the borrowing from lenders is a risk that could prompt ratings agencies to downgrade the NYSE.
NYSE Euronext previously said that it decided to turn down the Nasdaq OMX/ICE offer because it was “highly conditional’’ and would have caused unnecessary risk for shareholders.
The proposed merger of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext would create the world’s largest stock exchange operator. The rival bid from Nasdaq and ICE would split NYSE into two companies, with ICE taking on its lucrative derivatives business and Nasdaq taking its remaining businesses, which includes stock exchanges in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Lisbon, as well as its US options business.