This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 8-K filed Jan 27, 2006.
Note 3. Acquisitions and Other Significant Events
On March 31, 2005, the Company acquired Bridge, an agency execution broker, from Reuters for 3,752 shares of the Companys common stock, valued at approximately $21,500. The Companys unaudited quarterly financial statements and the accompanying notes reflect the results of operations as if Bridge had been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company since it was acquired by Reuters in September 2001. This acquisition was accounted for as a transfer of entities under common control.
On April 22, 2005, the Company announced that it entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (NASDAQ) will acquire all outstanding shares of the Company for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1,769,000 in cash, or $5.10 per share on a fully diluted basis. The estimated merger consideration of $5.10 per share has been adjusted for a special cash dividend of $0.32 per share that was paid on August 15, 2005. The final per share price will vary based on the actual closing date, which is currently estimated to be the end of the fourth quarter, the number of vested employees stock plan shares outstanding and transaction costs. Upon completion of the transaction, INET will be combined with NASDAQs current operations. Instinet, The Institutional Broker, along with certain Instinet Group corporate liabilities, will be acquired from NASDAQ by a group led by Silver Lake Partners and Instinet senior management immediately following the NASDAQ acquisition of the Company. On April 22, 2005, the Company also entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the Companys subsidiary, LJR, by The Bank of New York which was completed on July 1, 2005 for $174,000 in cash.
On June 17, 2005 the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials (a second request) to Instinet Group and NASDAQ in connection with the DOJs investigation under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of the pending acquisition of Instinet Group by NASDAQ. Instinet Group certified substantial compliance with the DOJ Second Request on September 30, 2005. Based on discussions with the DOJ staff responsible for reviewing the NASDAQ/Instinet transaction, we understand that the staff has forwarded its recommendation to senior DOJ officials and that we anticipate a formal decision from the DOJ soon.