TransUnion Announces Agreement to Sell G2, LCI and Fintellix to Stellex Capital Management for $176 million
TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) has signed a definitive agreement to sell G2 Web Services, Inc. (“G2”), Lundquist Consulting, Inc. (“LCI”) and Fintellix India Private Limited (“Fintellix”), to an affiliate of Stellex Capital Management LLC (“Stellex”), a global, multi sector investment firm with offices in New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh and London with over $2.6 billion in assets under management.
The $176 million consideration consists of $104 million of cash and a $72 million note receivable with up to three years in duration. The companies are targeting to close the transaction by the end of the year, subject to the satisfaction of customary and other closing conditions and regulatory approval. We expect to use the net cash proceeds to pre-pay debt.
TransUnion acquired Verisk Financial Services in April 2022 for $515 million for its proprietary database of card and deposit transactions, and the related advisory services it provides in our major markets. We announced that we would retain Argus Information & Advisory Services and Commerce Signals and divest the other businesses acquired in this transaction.
With this transaction, the adjusted purchase price for Argus Information & Advisory Services and Commerce Signals further supports the value of the original acquisition.
“Argus is already performing in-line with expectations, with 4% revenue growth in the second and third quarter 2022 along with an Adjusted EBITDA margin in the low-30s excluding integration costs. We have also received strong interest from consortium members to find new ways to utilize Argus’ data and insights,” said Chris Cartwright, President and CEO of TransUnion. “At the same time, several existing TransUnion customers who are not currently consortium members have expressed interest in joining.”
As leading and tenured businesses, G2, LCI and Fintellix focus on deploying sophisticated data-driven solutions to provide mission-critical risk, fraud mitigation and regulatory compliance services to their respective global clients within the financial and digital commerce sectors. Stellex will continue to invest in the people, technology and portfolio of services these companies offer and seek to drive value for their customers. Additionally, Stellex will leverage its operating network with extensive experience in data, risk and compliance to drive further value creation opportunities.
“We are confident that Stellex’s industry knowledge, operating capabilities, network of senior executives, strategic insight and access to capital make it an ideal home for these businesses, and we look forward to a smooth transition,” added Cartwright.
About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)
TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing an actionable picture of each person so they can be reliably represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good®.
A leading presence in more than 30 countries across five continents, TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people.
About Stellex Capital Management LLC
Stellex is a global, multi sector investment firm with offices in New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh and London with over $2.6 billion in assets under management. Founded in 2014, Stellex seeks to identify and deploy capital in opportunities that have the potential to provide growth, stability and operational improvement. Portfolio companies benefit from Stellex’s industry knowledge, operating capabilities, network of senior executives, strategic insight and access to capital. Sectors of particular focus include both tech-enabled and data services, business services, industrial manufacturing, aerospace & defense, government services, transportation, logistics and food. Additional information may be found at www.stellexcapital.com.
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