News Release

NYMEX Holdings, Inc. to Distribute Special Dividend to Shareholders

Tue Mar 21 2006

New York, N.Y., March 21, 2006 — NYMEX Holdings, Inc. announced that it will distribute a special dividend tomorrow in the amount of $196,078.43 per share of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. common stock, on a pre-split basis, to shareholders of record as of March 13, 2006.

This represents the gross proceeds from the General Atlantic transaction that was approved by the stockholders on March 13, 2006, and is described in the definitive proxy statement.

NYMEX Chairman Mitchell Steinhause said, "General Atlantic's 10% equity investment in NYMEX, enables us to return value to our shareholders and increases the potential for making an initial public offering. The business environment is growing increasingly competitive, and it is vital that the Exchange continues to expand its markets and build on its growth, particularly our achievements of the past year."



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