LSEG marks three years since it bought Refinitiv for $27 billion from Blackstone and Thomson Reuters, turning the 300-year old exchange into a financial market data powerhouse to compete more effectively with leader Bloomberg, with data now representing 70% of group turnover

"We continued our track record of broad-based growth, despite an uncertain environment, and delivered on all the targets we set at the time of the Refinitiv acquisition," LSEG CEO David Schwimmer said in a statement.

"We look forward to further progress in 2024."

LSEG reported total income, excluding recoveries, of 8 billion pounds, up 7.8% from 2022, and at the higher end of a 6-8% forecast, and slightly above analysts consensus provided by LSEG.

Earnings per share totalled 323.9 pence, up 1.9% on the prior year and slightly below analysts consensus of 328.2

Thomson Reuters, which owns Reuters News, has a minority shareholding in LSEG following the Refinitiv deal. LSEG also pays Reuters for news.

At a capital markets day last November, the exchange raised its mid-term growth guidance to "mid to high single digits" as it looks beyond the integration of Refinitiv to the benefits of its $2 billion tie-up with Microsoft.

"In Data & Analytics, customers will shortly be using the first products from our partnership with Microsoft: together, we will transform how financial markets participants communicate, research, analyse data and trade," Schwimmer said.

The stock exchange has come under the spotlight as UK companies including chip designer Arm Holdings opt to list in New York, raising concerns about London's ability to attract international investors.

Schwimmer said there is an "encouraging" IPO pipeline for the London Stock Exchange.

LSEG is proposing a dividend of 79.3 pence per share added to the interim dividend of 35.7 pence, resulting in a total dividend of 115 pence per share, up 7.5%.

(Reporting by Huw Jones, editing by Sinead Cruise)

By Huw Jones