Dear Members,

Here is the August 2011 Issue of the BIIA Newsletter:   BIIA NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2011 ISSUE

This issue contains the latest company results for the Second Quarter 2011.   Notwithstanding uncertain economic times all major players reported revenue and income growth.   Rating agencies reported double digit growth rates, with little change in market share.  According to some expert opinions the competitive landscape for credit rating is expected to change fundamentally during 2011/2012.  In the section on credit rating developments (below) we have outlined the factors which indicate why this will not be the case.

Late Breaking News?

  • SAP and Google Team to Put “Big Data” On the Map – What does This Mean for Business Information Applications?
  • McGraw-Hill Companies – Shareholder Activists Seek Break – up
  • Data Security:  The Cost of Data Breaches and Government Intervention
  • Cyber warfare:  Unprecedented Transfer of Wealth

Member News:

  • D&B Q2 Results – Exits Legacy Products – Ramps up Data Assets – Improves Match Rates
  • Asociation Panamena De Creditor (APC) Expands into Commercial Credit Information
  • Equifax Q2 Revenues up 6% – Merges Brazilian Operation with Boa Vista Services
  • McGraw-Hill Companies Revenues up 7.2%

Credit Rating Industry Development News

  • Credit Rating Q2 Results: Growth Continues and Margins Improve

Industry News:

  • Moody’s Q2 Revenues up 27% – Raises Guidance
  • Acxiom Revenues on the Up Again
  • Experian Australia:  No Objections by ACCC to Credit Bureau Venture with Banks
  • Nielsen Reports 10% Rise in Revenue in Q2
  • Thomson Reuters Q2 Profits Lifted by Legal, Tax, Accounting Products

News from China

  • Alibaba, Yahoo and Softbank Reach Deal over Alipay Spin-off
  • Alibaba Survey finds Chinese SMEs Struggling
  • Baidu Q2 Income Jumps 95%

People on the Move

  • Acxiom Names New CEO

We thank members for their contributions.

Please note:  Due to the vacation season there will be only one issue in August and September!


Joachim C Bartels

Managing Director