Markit to acquire Fitch CDS pricing service

Source: Markit

Markit (Nasdaq:MRKT), a leading global provider of financial information services, today announced it has acquired the credit default swap (CDS) pricing service of Fitch Solutions. The transaction closed today. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition reinforces Markit’s long-standing commitment to and leadership in the credit markets as a premier service provider. As part of the agreement, Fitch Solutions will integrate Markit CDS Pricing as a critical component of its risk analytics, implied ratings and other derived services. This will allow Fitch Solutions to use the best CDS data available in its services.

Ed Chidsey, global head of pricing and reference data at Markit, said: “We’re excited to expand our capabilities as a leading service provider to the credit markets. Our agreement with Fitch is an essential part of this expansion and we look forward to working with Fitch and their clients.”

Brian Filanowski, Global Head of Product, Fitch Solutions, said: “Fitch continues to strengthen and expand its information services business, and this agreement aligns with our strategic focus on delivering clients a world class platform for data, research, ratings and analytics.”

Markit provides independent pricing of CDS single names, indices and tranches to support price discovery, risk management, compliance, research and valuations. Markit’s CDS pricing service is driven by contributed CDS data from market makers’ official books of record, live quotes and clearing submissions and results.

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