Euromoney Institutional Investor to acquire HSBC’s Quantitative Techniques operation

Euromoney logoEuromoney Institutional Investor PLC is to acquire HSBC’s Quantitative Techniques operation.  QT is the benchmark and calculation agent business of HSBC Bank plc and creates and maintains more than 100 equity and bond indices for HSBC’s Global Markets division as well as over 60 external clients. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Completion of the sale will take place after a transition phase, which is expected to take six months.  Once the transaction has completed, HSBC has agreed to purchase index calculation services from QT for a minimum period of three years.

Euromoney believes the acquisition creates an opportunity to build a new business providing independent index compilation services.  Over more than 40 years Euromoney has built strong relationships with financial institutions which should help expand QT’s customer base and encourage other institutions to engage QT to calculate the indices for their own investable index products.  Euromoney also plans to use QT’s index calculation expertise to develop new index families across other parts of its business.

“We are delighted to acquire the Quantitative Techniques operation from HSBC,” said Richard Ensor, chairman of Euromoney.  “HSBC is a trusted and important partner as well as a key client.  Euromoney looks forward to working with HSBC over the next three years and, it hopes, for many years afterwards to develop the QT business.  This acquisition gives Euromoney the opportunity to establish a significant footprint in the attractive index compilation market.”

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Euromoney Institutional Investor acquires Insider Publishing

Euromoney logoEuromoney Institutional Investor PLC is expanding its insurance and reinsurance business with the acquisition of Insider Publishing Limited.

Euromoney has paid an initial £16.8 million for Insider Publishing, funded from its existing committed borrowing facility.  It expects to make an additional deferred consideration payment in 2015 based on the growth in profits of Insurance Insider from 2012 to the average of the 2013 and 2014 calendar years.  Insider Publishing recorded an unaudited pre-tax profit of £2.1 million on revenues of £4.7 million for the year to December 2012.

Insider Publishing, set up by former Lloyd’s insurance underwriter Peter Hastie in 2000, is a leading information source for the Insurance insiderinternational insurance and reinsurance markets.  Its business model is centred on trusted, premium subscription content served through The Insurance Insider, the non-life insurance and reinsurance online news service, and a number of other specialist titles, all providing senior industry professionals and advisers with insight and intelligence on the London and international insurance and reinsurance markets.  Insider Publishing also runs a series of events including The Insurance Insider Honours awards dinner and the London One Hundredforum for senior executives of the London insurance market.

“We are delighted to acquire Insider Publishing,” said Richard Ensor, chairman of Euromoney. “Euromoney expects the international non-life insurance and reinsurance markets to remain major consumers of business information.  The acquisition gives Euromoney the opportunity to build critical mass in these markets and it will continue to run the two complementary brands, Reactions and The Insurance Insider, side by side.”

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Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC – pre-close trading update

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC have issued a pre-close trading update ahead of the announcement of its results for the year to September 30, 2012.


Since issuing its Interim Management Statement on July 25, 2012, trading has continued in line with the board’s expectations.  As highlighted in that statement, market conditions became noticeably tougher from June, particularly in Europe.  As a result, revenues for the fourth quarter are expected to be broadly in line with the same period last year, with growth in subscriptions offset by weakness in advertising and delegate revenues.

Total revenues for the year to September 30, 2012 are expected to show a headline increase of approximately 9% on 2011.  The underlying increase, excluding acquisitions, is expected to be 3%.  Exchange rate movements have not had a significant impact on headline or underlying revenues.

Despite the challenging market conditions, the group expects to announce a record adjusted profit before tax* of not less than £105 million for the year to September 30, 2012 (2011: £92.7 million), helped by a reduction in net finance costs following the sharp reduction in the group’s net debt, as well as a lower long-term incentive expense.

Financial Position

At current exchange rates, group net debt at September 30, 2012 is expected to be no more than £40 million, against £88.5 million at March 31, reflecting the group’s strong second half operating cash flows.  Movements in the US dollar exchange rate have not had a significant effect on net debt levels.

Next Trading Update

The year end results will be announced on the morning of November 15, 2012, followed by an analyst presentation and investor meetings.

* Adjusted profit before tax is profit before tax, acquired intangible amortisation, accelerated long-term incentive expense, exceptional items, movements in deferred consideration, and non-cash movements in acquisition option commitment values.

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