Transaction will further fortify Interactive Data’s leadership position
in reference data services by adding Xcitek’s world-class corporate actions
collection, content and delivery capabilities
Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC), a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related services to financial institutions, active traders and individual investors, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets comprising the market data division of Xcitek LLC, as well as the market data assets of its affiliate Xcitax LLC, for $25.3 million in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next several weeks, contingent upon customary closing conditions.
Xcitek’s market data business, which is based in New York City, provides a broad range of North American corporate actions data, including reorganization information, as well as valuable cost basis and class action data. Xcitek provides this content to over 2,000 financial institutions worldwide through a variety of delivery platforms including electronic datafeed services, proprietary web-based offerings and an extensive network of redistributors. Xcitek’s offerings have earned numerous industry awards and accolades for accuracy, timeliness, coverage and delivery reliability.
This acquisition represents an important element in Interactive Data’s strategy to expand its reference data services and support enterprise-wide financial applications. Reference data content has become a mission-critical component used to ensure the timely processing of transactions, and help address regulatory and reporting requirements. Institutions are increasingly centralizing data administration and utilizing reference data content to support risk management and compliance applications. The addition of Xcitek Market Data’s corporate actions data covering North American securities will enhance the corporate actions content that Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data collects, processes and delivers to thousands of financial institutions and redistribution partners around the world. In addition, the Xcitek market data team will bring expertise and experience in helping Interactive Data’s customers address challenging corporate actions issues across front, middle and back office environments.
“Interactive Data continues to see growing interest from institutional customers for reference data and related services, which are used in both departmental and enterprise-wide applications that span the front, middle and back office,” stated Stuart Clark, president and chief executive officer of Interactive Data. “Corporate actions for equity and fixed income securities are a critical component of these services and the use of this content ranges from populating security master files, account statements and other workflow-intensive applications to supporting research activities and risk management applications. With the addition of Xcitek Market Data, we believe we will be better positioned to directly collect and deliver a broader range of mission-critical content, address our customers’ emerging enterprise-wide content and application requirements, and to further advance our efforts to automate key data collection and delivery processes.”
Interactive Data has worked with Xcitek for many years, with each company redistributing select sets of each others’ data to clients. Upon completion of the transaction, these assets will be integrated into the Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data business. Xcitek’s market data business currently employs approximately 45 people and it is expected that the vast majority will join Interactive Data as employees following the acquisition.
Clark continued, “We see Xcitek’s market data business as an excellent fit for our Pricing and Reference Data business in terms of content, capability and culture. We have an extensive history of collaboration with the Xcitek team and have long admired their domain knowledge of corporate actions workflow across the enterprise. Within our Pricing and Reference Data business, we have historically delivered our own corporate actions offerings for non-North American securities while working with Xcitek to augment the corporate actions content on North American securities that we provide to customers. We also view Xcitek’s cost basis and class action services as innovative, highly complementary offerings which are in the early stages of adoption by clients. By bringing Xcitek into our organization, we believe that Interactive Data can extend its global leadership in corporate actions and related information with a broader range of compelling content, a more diverse set of delivery platforms, and additional technical expertise and thought leadership.”
Joe Carvalhido, chief executive officer of Xcitek, said, “We have been a partner with Interactive Data for more than 20 years. During that period, we have come to know and respect Interactive Data and its products, people and culture. Going forward, we have every confidence that joining with Interactive Data is not only the right next step for our people, but also that, together, we can bring more opportunities, service and value to customers.”
Based on the unaudited financial statements provided to Interactive Data, Xcitek’s market data business generated 2006 revenue of approximately $9.0 million (net of $0.8 million generated from Interactive Data Corporation businesses) with operating expenses (net of $0.2 million in royalties payable to Interactive Data Corporation), including depreciation, of approximately $7.3 million. Assuming the transaction closes within the next several weeks, Interactive Data anticipates that the transaction will be cash flow positive but earnings neutral in 2007, and, through a combination of planned revenue growth and operational synergies, accretive to earnings in 2008.
The acquisition does not include XcitekSolutionsPlus, LLC (XSP), a software company affiliated with Xcitek LLC nor does it include Xcitek Consulting Services Inc. (XCS), both of which will continue to operate as independent entities. Marlin & Associates New York LLC (“M&A”) was the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Xcitek LLC.