Buyout group Francisco Partners to acquire Macrobond for almost €700mn

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US non-public fairness agency Francisco Companions has agreed to purchase monetary knowledge supplier Macrobond for nearly €700mn, the newest deal in a sector that has attracted billions of {dollars} from traders lately.

Francisco Companions is buying the enterprise from rival non-public fairness agency Nordic Capital, in keeping with individuals aware of the matter. The US-based agency beat out competitors from different non-public fairness teams and strategic patrons.

Based in Sweden in 2008, Macrobond offers monetary knowledge and expertise companies to greater than 800 banks and asset managers, in keeping with its web site.

Nordic Capital has made about six instances its cash after first backing Macrobond in 2018, displaying the returns on supply to traders drawn to the usually predictable subscription-based revenues monetary knowledge suppliers have.

Over the previous 18 months, monetary knowledge suppliers Reorg and Leveraged Commentary and Information have each additionally traded fingers in large cash offers.

Buyout group Permira took a majority stake final August in Reorg which valued the distressed debt and chapter data supplier at about $1.3bn.

That got here months after knowledge group Morningstar acquired Leveraged Commentary and Information, which stories on debt financing transactions, from S&P in a deal value as much as $650mn.

Nordic Capital purchased Macrobond with the intention of serving to it to increase its market place.

“We made vital funding into the expertise of the enterprise in addition to placing a robust give attention to constructing its distinctive knowledge set and differentiating from its competitors,” mentioned Emil Anderson, a accomplice at Nordic Capital.

Nordic Capital additionally helped push the corporate into new markets in Asia and North America. Macrobond employs 230 individuals throughout six workplaces in Europe, Asia and North America.

The non-public fairness group is exiting its funding at a time when the broader buyout business faces strain to return capital to the institutional funds that again them.

The sale of Macrobond additionally marks a uncommon sale of an asset between non-public fairness teams. The quantity of such offers has plunged in Europe this 12 months as tumultuous markets have made it tougher to worth property, whereas rising rates of interest have made financing offers extra expensive.

Stockholm-based Nordic Capital has deployed €22bn throughout greater than 130 investments since its founding in 1989, together with billions for expertise and cost firms. It has raised €9bn for its most up-to-date fund.

The Macrobond transaction is predicted to shut by the top of August.

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