NEW YORK (Reuters) - The parent of the New York Stock Exchange is considering several options to win support for its merger with Deutsche Boerse AG
Other options include NYSE Euronext
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Further highlighting their desire to fend off an unsolicited bid from Nasdaq OMX Group
This month, Nasdaq and ICE bid $11.3 billion to buy and divide the centuries-old NYSE between them. The offer was a 12 percent premium to Deutsche Boerse's acquisition plan, unveiled in February.
NYSE's board dismissed the counteroffer on Sunday as too risky and contrary to the company's strategy, though NYSE shareholders will likely have to decide between the competing offers.
Executives from all four exchange operators have met with shareholders to press their respective cases in the last few days. The options being considered by NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse are in part based on those meetings, one source said.
While NYSE and Deutsche Boerse currently pay dividends, Nasdaq and ICE do not.
(Reporting by Paritosh Bansal and Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)