YouGov acquires Galaxy Research in Australia

YouGovYouGov plc, the market research and data analytics group, has acquired Galaxy Research Pty Ltd, a market research agency in Australia. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Galaxy, based in Sydney, has a market research offering comparable to YouGov’s Data Services offering. The agency known in the Australian market for opinion polling and as the administrator of the local political opinion polling brand, Newspoll.

YouGov’s existing Australian business, established two years ago, operates in keeping with YouGov’s core model of using data collected from its proprietary panel of members to provide syndicated data products and services. The combined business will be in a position to expand its data products and services offering.

GalaxyDavid Briggs, the founder and Managing Director of Galaxy, will lead the combined business and team of 11 employees in Australia, which will initially operate under the brand YouGov Galaxy.

Stephan Shakespeare, CEO of YouGov, commented: “With its reputation for accuracy and an excellent roster of corporate market research clients, Galaxy was an obvious fit for the YouGov Group. This acquisition increases our presence in Australia which is a significant market and one which is strategically important to our international clients.”

UK, London & Australia, Sydney

Information Publishing PLC Acquires Financial Data Provider CapitalTrack

CapitalTrackInformation Publishing PLC has announced the acquisition of CapitalTrack, a data provider of Floating Rate information to the Fixed Income market. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Established in January 2000, CapitalTrack Ltd is a financial data management company based in the UK, that maintains the largest independent, on-line Repository of static and event-based operational data for Fixed Income securities, with special focus on the Floating and Variable Rate space.

Michael Kaufman, Chief Financial Officer of Information Publishing, said, “We are pleased to welcome the CapitalTrack clients, suppliers and team into the Information Publishing PLC family, and to be adding their first-class database – covering Floating Rate, Asset Backed and Structured Securities markets – to our expanding range of financial reference data products. This is the first of several acquisitions that we will be making to add to our datasets”.

London, Pewsey, UK

PenskeMedia acquires FashInvest

PensPenske Media CorporationkeMedia Corporation and its subsidiary Fairchild Media today announced the acquisition of FashInvest, the innovator in connecting the fashion-tech, fashion, retail, and branded consumer goods sectors with the finance and investment sectors. This acquisition follows Penske Media and its subsidiary Fairchild Media’s acquisition last month of Sourcing Journal, a media brand for global executives focused on the sourcing and manufacturing industries. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FashInvest, known for being “where fashion meets finance,” began as a series of educational industry events in 2009 and has rapidly evolved to now be a leading global media resource. FashInvest’s daily online news posts, reports, and exclusive interviews on the emerging fashion tech and fashion arenas have established it as a news authority for a growing number of fashion-tech and fashion entrepreneurs seeking the latest news on who has received funding, who is providing the funding, and what strategies are attracting financing.

“FashInvest has tapped into the vital intersection of finance and fashion—a business that has been built over the last decade on discovering and developing emerging fashion and retail brands and their access to capital markets.  Fairchild Media has consistently been the leader in coverage of well-established global fashion brands, and with the acquisition of FashInvest the opportunity to deepen our coverage of emerging companies, start-ups, and the financial institutions (VC’s, Private Equity, etc.) that are shaping the future fashion industry is dramatically enhanced,” said PMC Chairman and CEO Jay Penske.

USA, New York, NY, Wilmington, DE

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Dotdigital acquires Comapi group of companies

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The dotdigital Group, the provider of intuitive software as a service (“SaaS”) and managed services to digital marketing professionals, has acquired Comapi, a business focused on the omni-channel messaging and cloud communication market.

Dotdigital will pay £11 million in cash plus a potential further £1.2 million in share options subject to performance targets over a 2 year post-acquisition period and remaining with the business.

Headquartered in Cheltenham with approximately 30 employees, Comapi has built a scalable software platform that allows businesses to communicate with their consumers across multiple conversational messaging channels including the growing market for live chat.

Comapi had revenues of £7.8 million which are primarily recurring and EBITDA of £1.2 million for the year ended December 2016. Revenues for Comapi in the current financial year are growing at approximately 15% based on their SAAS business model. The board expect there to be opportunities to further expand revenues once the integrations have been completed. Comapi has just completed a £2.7million R&D programme and on completion of the transaction will have a positive net asset position. The two subsidiaries combined are currently cash breakeven after spending roughly £1.0 million on R&D in the current year.

dotDigital Chief Executive Officer, Milan Patel, commented, “By adding Comapi to our business, dotdigital is executing on its vision to be an omni-channel marketing automation platform. Comapi has built an impressive platform that, integrated with our software, will allow our customers access to the next generation of consumer engagement marketing technology aiding retention and boosting our competitive advantage in securing new customers”.

UK, London & Cheltenham

ZPG Plc acquires Expert Agent

zpgZPG Plc has acquired Expert Agent. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Established in 2003, Expert Agent provides cloud-based software solutions and systems for the day-to-day management of inventory, marketing and communications for estate agents and lettings agents across the UK. 

expertagentUntil February 2017 ZPG Plc was called Zoopla Property Group Plc. The company is already the owner of Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group.

Expert Agent will continue to operate as a standalone platform and brand and the team will become part of the Property Services division of ZPG.

Mark Goddard, Managing Director, ZPG Property Services said, “This acquisition helps us continue to enhance the services we offer to UK property professionals, including software and CRM, digital marketing and data insight tools. We will integrate our MoveIT and MyPropertyFile products into the Expert Agent platform in time to provide its members with a range of new revenue opportunities. Our ambition is to be the most effective partner to the UK property industry and this deal is another step towards that goal. We look forward to welcoming Mike and his team to the ZPG family.”

UK, London

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Experian to acquire CSIdentity Corporation

experianExperian is to acquire CSIdentity Corporation, a provider of consumer identity management and fraud detection services, $360 million.

Founded in 2006, CSID uses its patent-protected technology to access a variety of data and scours the internet in real-time to monitor websites, blogs, bulletin boards and chat rooms to identify the illegal trading and selling of personal information. It provides a range of services, including credit data, to notify consumers of potential abuse of their identities and that their digital identity information is being actively sold or traded on the internet. This helps consumers to take action to protect themselves.

csid-logo-60CSID’s clients include information services companies, retailers, financial institutions, insurance companies and other institutions with large customer or membership bases.

Experian’s ProtectMyID product alerts consumers to potential abuse of their identity information when new credit enquiries are made and accounts are opened in their names. CSID enables us to move beyond credit monitoring and enrich our offer to create a superior identity protection service. This two-level approach, using both credit and identity information, means we will proactively inform a consumer that their identification data has been compromised and advise that stolen identity information is actively being used in credit enquiries.

Taking into account the full year revenue from recent contracted client wins, we expect the acquisition of CSID to add annualised incremental revenues of approximately US$120m and EBIT of approximately US$30m for the year ending 31 March 2017. Experian expect to report one-off integration costs of US$8m in the first 12 months.

Brian Cassin, Chief Executive Officer of Experian said: “The acquisition of CSID accelerates execution of our Consumer Services strategy and enables us to address a broader spectrum of the consumer market.”

CSID is being acquired from private equity and other investors, management and employees and will form part of Experian Consumer Services in North America.

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Under Armour acquires Endomondo and MyFitnessPal

Under Armour, the athletic sportswear maker, has acquired Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Under Armour already owns the MapMyFitness and UA RECORD™ suite of applications. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MyFitnessPal is a free resource for achieving and maintaining health and fitness goals. It has 80 million registered users

Endomondo is an open fitness tracking platform and social fitness network connecting athletes throughout the world. Endomondo has around 20 million registered users, approximately 80% of which are located outside of the U.S.

“Under Armour’s demonstrated global leadership in health and fitness innovation is greatly enhanced with the addition of Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, as we continue to redefine and elevate the Connected Fitness experience for millions of people around the world,” said Kevin Plank, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour. “Similar to MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal have established track records of unmatched equity, expertise and passion in the fitness and nutrition space, and they are ideal partners to enable Under Armour to provide data-driven, proactive solutions to help athletes of all levels lead healthier and more active lifestyles.”

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Under Armour, Endomondo will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the anticipated closing of the acquisition in the first quarter of 2015, MyFitnessPal will continue to operate out of its headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

USA, Baltimore, MD & Denmark, Copenhagen & USA, San Francisco, CA