Verisk Analytics (VRSK -1.6%) agrees to acquire LCI, a provider of risk insight, prediction and management solutions for banks and creditors, for $151M.

VRSK says the deal will combine data assets from its Argus business and LCI’s time-series data, including consumer and commercial bankruptcies, consumer behavior, and legal and technical terms associated with debtor settlements.

Acquisition to bring new range of risk management tools to banks

“The acquisition will bring together Verisk’s unique proprietary data assets from its Argus business and LCI’s high-quality proprietary time-series data, including consumer and commercial bankruptcies, consumer behavior, and legal and technical terms associated with debtor settlements. The combination will allow us to introduce a new and exciting range of insights, proprietary decisioning algorithms, and state-of-the-art risk management workflow solutions aimed at addressing a growing need among our banking clients,” said Nana Banerjee, group president of Verisk Analytics.

“We’re delighted to join Argus and together support the most forward-thinking financial companies in the world with data-driven solutions that can improve matters associated with regulation, bankruptcy, charge-off, and debt collection,” said Chris Lundquist, chief executive officer and president of LCI. “LCI is an excellent fit for Argus’s sharp focus on advising creditors throughout the account management life cycle.”

“Given LCI’s unique data assets, first-mover advantage, and deep bankruptcy management expertise, I’m confident LCI is an excellent fit for the Verisk Analytics family of businesses,” added Scott Stephenson, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Verisk Analytics.

The purchase price is $151 million, to be paid in cash to stockholders of LCI. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017, subject to the completion of customary closing conditions.

About LCI
LCI delivers bankruptcy data and consumer behavioral data, process automation software, expert services, and research to automate expensive processes in the bankruptcy life cycle. With expertise in the financial industry, specifically its focus on at-risk accounts, LCI innovates, develops, and delivers solutions that provide superior information and improved profitability. LCI’s high-tech approach, combining process engineering principles with management information systems, brings a sharp focus on quality control and process efficiency to the development of data processing systems. For more information, please visit www.lciinc.com.

Earlier this week, VRSK announced a deal to acquire insurance software firm Sequel for $323M, which it says will increase its visibility and market penetration in the London commercial and specialty insurance markets.

Source:  Seeking Alpha