Market Overview

IHS Markit Completes Acquisition of Ipreo

  • Business information company adds a leading provider of software
    solutions and data in global capital markets
  • Ipreo expands IHS Markit business and customer base in financial
    services and wide variety of industries

(NASDAQ:INFO), a world leader in critical information,
analytics and solutions, has completed its $1.855 billion acquisition of
Ipreo, a leading financial services solutions and data provider.
Previously, IHS Markit had announced its intent to acquire Ipreo from
private equity funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and from the
Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division on May 21, 2018; closing
occurred today, August 2, 2018.

"We are moving quickly to integrate the IHS Markit and Ipreo services
across multiple business lines to provide greater value to our
customers," said Lance
, chairman and CEO of IHS Markit. "We look forward to seeing
them benefit from our combined data, intelligence and workflows."

"With the combination of IHS Markit and Ipreo, we are bringing together
businesses with strong adjacencies and a large combined opportunity,"
said Adam
, president of financial services for IHS Markit. "In
addition to expanding our core businesses, we are especially excited
about our potential to grow in the alternatives segment with a focus on
delivering tools for greater transparency and efficiency."

"Having worked together on the integration planning since May, it is
clear that our teams have a lot in common," said Kevin Marcus, formerly
president and COO of Ipreo and now head of the Ipreo businesses for IHS
Markit. "There is a real focus on client service coupled with deep
product expertise. As we combine our go-to-market strategies, we are
excited by the potential to develop leading-edge solutions and connect
market participants at scale."

Ipreo supports all market participants in the capital-raising process,
including banks, public and private companies, institutional and
individual investors as well as research, asset management and wealth
management firms. Its products and services equip clients with critical
information and tools for more effective decision-making and more
efficient workflow, minimizing the increasing costs and complexities of
operating in the capital markets.

Financial details

Barclays acted as lead financial advisor and HSBC was financial advisor
to IHS Markit for the Ipreo acquisition. Davis Polk acted as legal
adviser to IHS Markit. HSBC served as sole lead arranger and book runner
for the acquisition's committed debt financing. Davis Polk & Wardwell
LLP acted as legal advisor.

About IHS Markit (

IHS Markit (NASDAQ:INFO) is a world leader in critical information,
analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive
economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information,
analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and
government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep
insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has
more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent
of the Fortune Global 500 and the world's leading financial institutions.

IHS Markit is a registered trademark of IHS Markit Ltd. and/or its
affiliates. All other company and product names may be trademarks of
their respective owners © 2018 IHS Markit Ltd. All rights reserved.

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proposed transactions or to make or take any filing or other action
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Important risk factors that may cause such a difference include, but are
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with its other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission
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and (i) the completion of the proposed transactions on anticipated terms
and timing, including obtaining regulatory approvals, potential
accretion, anticipated tax treatment, unforeseen liabilities, future
capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, benefits,
operating efficiencies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial
condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies
for the management, expansion and growth of IHS Markit's operations, and
other conditions to the completion of the proposed transactions; (ii)
expectations regarding continued availability and terms of capital and
financing, including financing required to consummate the proposed
transactions, rating agency actions, and debt repayments; (iii) the risk
that disruptions from the proposed transactions will harm IHS Markit's
business, including current plans and operations; (iv) the ability of
IHS Markit to complete the integration or separation of the proposed
transactions, including retaining and hiring key personnel; (v)
potential business uncertainty, including changes or adverse reactions
to existing business and customer relationships, from the announcement,
during the pendency and after completion of the proposed transactions;
and (vi) the potential negative effects of the announcement of the
proposed transactions on the market price of IHS Markit's common shares.
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