This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 10-K filed Mar 14, 2005.
Nasdaq Charge to Amex
During 2003 and 2002, Nasdaq incurred technology costs on behalf of Amex related to development of new Amex systems and enhancement of existing Amex systems. Amounts were charged based upon specific projects requested by Amex. The amounts charged from Nasdaq to Amex were minimal for the year ended December 31, 2004. Amounts charged from Nasdaq to Amex are included in support costs from related parties, net and are summarized as follows:
During 2001, Nasdaq agreed to fund a portion of the necessary expenses related to the separation of software, hardware and data under a plan to transition technology applications and support from Nasdaq to Amex. NASD originally integrated certain Nasdaq and Amex technology subsequent to the 1998 acquisition of Amex by NASD. The total estimated cost of the separation had been established at a maximum of $29.0 million, and was to be shared evenly between Nasdaq and NASD. In 2002 and 2001, Nasdaq accrued $5.3 million and $9.2 million, respectively under this commitment, fulfilling its commitment. As of December 31, 2003, $9.5 million had been paid to Amex. The remaining commitment was paid by the end of the second quarter of 2004.
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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements(Continued)
Effective January 1, 2005, Amex was sold back to its members by NASD and is no longer considered a related party of Nasdaq.