Experian has agreed to acquire KreditInform, a leading provider of commercial credit information and analytics in South Africa, in conjunction with its Black Economic Empowerment partner, Mowana Investments. KreditInform is a strong strategic fit with Experian’s existing consumer credit activities in South Africa and is in line with Experian’s strategy to own market-leading credit bureaus in high growth emerging markets globally. 

Founded in 1982, KreditInform operates one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date commercial information databases in South Africa. KreditInform maintains proprietary and public data on all registered companies in South Africa, including debtor records, payment histories, financial information, directorships, shareholding relationships and other commercial credit information, with records extending back over 25 years. KreditInform provides commercial information and solutions to over 2,000 customers in South Africa, including Nedbank, Standard Bank of South Africa, ABSA and FNB, helping companies to extend credit, monitor credit risk and assisting with collections strategies.

Revenue for KreditInform in the year to 31 January 2008 was ZAR146m and gross assets as at 31 January 2008 were ZAR79m. The company was purchased from its founders and its Black Economic Empowerment partner, Shanduka Group, and will form part of Experian’s Credit Services activities.   Source: Experian Press Release

BIIA Newsletter November 2008 Issue