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UPDATE 2-NYSE-owner ICE profit beats as Ellie Mae powers mortgage business

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Feb 4 (Reuters) - Intercontinental Exchange, owner of the New York Stock Exchange, beat profit quarterly estimates on Thursday, benefiting mainly from the $11-billion acquisition of mortgage tech firm Ellie Mae.

Its mortgage technology segment revenue jumped more than seven times to $350 million, as Ellie Mae accounted for more than three-fourth of the surge, adding $276 million.

ICE had expected Ellie Mae to generate $220 million to $235 million in revenue.

Revenue in the exchanges segment, ICE’s biggest business, jumped 20% to $1.43 billion.

Exchange operators are also benefiting from market volatility, induced in part by burgeoning retail participation as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift to working from home.

Excluding one-time items, ICE earned $1.13 per share. Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.08 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. It was not immediately clear if the estimates were comparable.

Net income attributable to the company rose 17% to $526 million, or 93 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Total revenue, excluding transaction-based expenses, rose 28% to $1.67 billion. Analysts were expecting it to be $1.63 billion.

In January, rival Nasdaq Inc topped Wall Street estimates for its fourth-quarter profit, helped by a boom in trading. (Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur)

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