MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, and IPD Group Limited (“IPD”) confirmed today that they are engaged in exclusive advanced discussions regarding MSCI's potential acquisition of IPD.
There can be no assurances that any agreement will be reached or that a transaction will be completed.
We will have no further comment until an agreement is reached or the discussions are terminated.
-Ends-About MSCI MSCI Inc. is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to investors globally, including asset managers, banks, hedge funds and pension funds. MSCI products and services include indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and governance tools. The company’s flagship product offerings are: the MSCI indices with approximately USD 7 trillion estimated to be benchmarked to them on a worldwide basis1; Barra multi-asset class factor models, portfolio risk and performance analytics; RiskMetrics multi-asset class market and credit risk analytics; MSCI ESG (environmental, social and governance) Research screening, analysis and ratings; ISS governance research and outsourced proxy voting and reporting services; FEA valuation models and risk management software for the energy and commodities markets; and CFRA forensic accounting risk research, legal/regulatory risk assessment, and due‐diligence. MSCI is headquartered in New York, with research and commercial offices around the world. MSCI#IR 1As of June 30, 2011, based on eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg data. For further information on MSCI, please visit our web site at www.msci.com About IPD IPD is dedicated to the objective measurement of the commercial real estate market. It is the world’s number one provider of real estate performance analysis for funds, investors, managers and occupiers. IPD offers a range of services that include research, reporting, benchmarking, conferences and indices. IPD’s indices are the basis for the developing commercial property derivatives market. IPD operates in over 30 countries including most of Europe, the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Asia including Japan. Its databases hold details of 60,000 individual assets valued close to $2 trillion. IPD had revenues of approximately £30.5 million for the twelve month period ending June 30, 2012.