CME Group Inc. Declares Annual Variable Dividend of $1.30 Per Share

     CME Group Inc. Declares Annual Variable Dividend of $1.30 Per Share

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) today
declared its annual variable dividend, amounting to $1.30 per share. The
dividend is payable December 28, 2012, to shareholders of record December 17,
2012. When CME Group adopted its annual variable dividend structure in
February 2012, the intention was to determine the amount after the end of each
year, with the level to increase or decrease from year to year based on
operating results, potential investment activity, and other forms of capital
return including regular dividends and share buybacks during the prior year.
Because of uncertainty regarding future taxation of dividends, CME Group's
board of directors has accelerated the timing of this dividend – which would
have been paid in first-quarter 2013 – into the fourth quarter of 2012 in
order to maximize the after-tax value to its shareholders.

CME Group paid its first annual variable dividend in March 2012, in the amount
of $0.60 per share on a post-split basis.

The accelerated annual variable dividend is supplemental to the regular
quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share payable December 26, 2012, to
shareholders of record December 10, 2012. In total during calendar year 2012,
considering four quarterly dividends and two variable annual dividends, the
company will have returned $3.69 per share to shareholders.

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group
( is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group
exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major
asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity
indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather
and real estate.CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME
Globex^® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York
and Chicago. CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world's leading
central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement
services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and
over-the-counter derivatives transactions. These products and services ensure
that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and
Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Inc. CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade
of the City of Chicago, Inc. NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and
ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.
COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group
(NASDAQ: CME) and its products can be found at

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are
difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ
materially from what is expressed or implied in any forward-looking
statements. Among the factors that might affect our performance are:
increasing competition by foreign and domestic entities, including increased
competition from new entrants into our markets and consolidation of existing
entities; our ability to keep pace with rapid technological developments,
including our ability to complete the development, implementation and
maintenance of the enhanced functionality required by our customers; our
ability to continue introducing competitive new products and services on a
timely, cost-effective basis, including through our electronic trading
capabilities, and our ability to maintain the competitiveness of our existing
products and services, including our ability to provide effective services to
the over-the-counter market; our ability to adjust our fixed costs and
expenses if our revenues decline; our ability to generate revenues from our
processing services; our ability to maintain existing customers, develop
strategic relationships and attract new customers; our ability to expand and
offer our products outside the United States; changes in domestic and non-U.S.
regulations; changes in government policy, including policies relating to
common or directed clearing and changes as a result of legislation stemming
from the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act; the costs associated with
protecting our intellectual property rights and our ability to operate our
business without violating the intellectual property rights of others; our
ability to generate revenue from our market data that may be reduced or
eliminated by the growth of electronic trading, the state of the overall
economy or declines in subscriptions; changes in our rate per contract due to
shifts in the mix of the products traded, the trading venue and the mix of
customers (whether the customer receives member or non-member fees or
participates in one of our various incentive programs) and the impact of our
tiered pricing structure; the ability of our financial safeguards package to
adequately protect us from the credit risks of clearing members; the ability
of our compliance and risk management methods to effectively monitor and
manage our risks, including our ability to prevent errors and misconduct and
protect our infrastructure against security breaches and misappropriation of
our intellectual property assets; changes in price levels and volatility in
the derivatives markets and in underlying fixed income, equity, foreign
exchange, interest rate and commodities markets; economic, political and
market conditions, including the volatility of the capital and credit markets
and the impact of economic conditions on the trading activity of our current
and potential customers stemming from the financial crisis that began in 2008
and any other future crises; our ability to accommodate increases in trading
volume and order transaction traffic without failure or degradation of
performance of our trading and clearing systems; our ability to execute our
growth strategy and maintain our growth effectively; our ability to manage the
risks and control the costs associated with our acquisition, investment and
alliance strategy; our ability to continue to generate funds and/or manage our
indebtedness to allow us to continue to invest in our business; industry and
customer consolidation; decreases in trading and clearing activity; the
imposition of a transaction tax or user fee on futures and options on futures
transactions and/or the repeal of the 60/40 tax treatment of such
transactions; the unfavorable resolution of material legal proceedings and the
seasonality of the futures business. More detailed information about factors
that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent periodic reports
filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, which are available in the Investor
Relations section of the CME Group Web site. We undertake no obligation to
publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.



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