TSX Group Inc. to purchase NetThruPut Inc. owned by a Canadian Enbridge and BVI-based Circuit Technology

TSX Group Inc. has made an announcement that it has entered into an agreement with a Canadian company Enbridge Inc. and BVI-registered Circuit Technology Ltd. This agreement will grant TSX Group the option to acquire NetThruPut Inc. (NTP), a company jointly owned by these two companies, at a time after March 15, 2009.

The Calgary-based NTP is the leading electronic trading platform and clearing facility for crude oil. TSX Group has paid $9.5 million for the right to acquire NTP from its shareholders at a price between $40 million and $95 million, depending on NTP’s 2008 net earnings.

BVI company will receive the TSX Group shares, issued subject to Toronto Stock Exchange regulatory approval. This agreement also provides Enbridge and Circuit Technology, with the right to sell NTP under the same terms to TSX Group.

NetThruPut Inc. is an independently operated company holding leading positions in Canada in internet-based crude oil trading systems. It is 52% owned by Enbridge Inc. (whose major business is in crude oil transportation), and 48% by Circuit Technology Limited – a private investment company registered in the British Virgin Islands. NTP provides a secure internet-based crude oil trading and clearing platform for customers to transact business anonymously in real-time, with the assurance of guaranteed commodity delivery and payment. The company has also created a liquid marketplace for buying and selling crude oil.

TSX Group operates two national stock exchanges of Canada, – Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, – as well as Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), a leading North American exchange for the trading and clearing of natural gas and electricity contracts.

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