FactSet to sell its market metrics business

Source: FactSet

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), a leading provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its market research business focused on advisor-sold investments and insurance, consisting of Market Metrics and Matrix Solutions, to Asset International, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital.

The total purchase price is approximately $165 million, subject to certain working capital adjustments, with an additional earn-out of $10 million based on the achievement of certain growth targets over the next two years.

"This transaction is consistent with our long-term strategic direction and our commitment to delivering value to our shareholders," said Phil Snow, Chief Executive Officer of FactSet. "We appreciate the efforts of the dedicated employees who have grown Market Metrics and Matrix Solutions into industry leaders."

Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in FactSet's fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, with the proceeds from the sale being primarily used for share repurchases under the Company's existing program. On May 19, 2016, FactSet's Board of Directors approved a $165 million expansion of the existing share repurchase program. The sale is not expected to have a material impact on FactSet's fourth quarter fiscal 2016 or full-year fiscal 2017 results.
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal advisor to FactSet on this transaction.

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