There has been a significant uptick in aquisitions in the first four months of 2018 providing interesting insights about the current value of information companies:

    • Experian acquired ClearScore for £275 million (US$385 million) valuing the company at an implied 7x budgeted revenue. The company expects to grow revenue by 50% in 2018.  For details click here.
    • TransUnion agreed to acquire Callcredit for £ 1 billion (US$1.4 billion) signaling its entry into Europe. Callcredit 2016 revenues were £201 million, valuing the company at approximately 5x 2016 revenues.  For details click here.
    • S&P Global agreed to acquire Kensho Technologies for US$550 million, valuing the company at an implied 28.2x LTM revenue. For details click here.  “Kensho’s capabilities are critical for S&P Global to be at the forefront of the technology transformation taking place within the financial markets and it will accelerate multiple commercial and efficiency opportunities. S&P Global’s strategy is focused on strengthening our technology capabilities across the enterprise.”
    • Salesforce clinched one of the largest tech deals in the first quarter by agreeing to acquire MuleSoft for US$6.1 billion valuing the company at an implied 22.3x LTM revenue. For details click here.

The latest comparison of the market caps, enterprise values and revenue multiples are listed below.



Source: Press Releases and Marlin & Associates April 2018 General Market Update.