IHS Inc. to acquire R.L. Polk & Co. for $1.4 billion

R.L. Polk & Co. holdings include Carfax.

“Polk has an adjusted EBITDA margin in the mid-20 percent range and we see a clear path to drive the business to an accretive margin level within the next six to eight quarters,” Hyatt added. “Most importantly, like IHS, this is an asset that creates high levels of free cash flow and the combination creates an impressive free cash flow engine at IHS going forward as the basis of solid shareholder value creation. We have secured attractive financing and we expect the acquisition to be significantly accretive to 2014 earnings per share, excluding purchase price amortization, which is indicative of the transaction’s value.”

Stephen Polk, chairman, president and CEO of R.L. Polk & Co., said: “We’re excited about the opportunities this acquisition would offer R.L. Polk clients by supporting solutions and analytics for our more than 30,000 customers worldwide. The IHS global reach would expand the unique and vital role we’ve played in the auto industry over all these years, helping stakeholders across the value chain – from manufacturers to consumers and a range of service providers in between – to function more intelligently and efficiently.”

M. Klein and Co. acted as strategic and financial advisor to IHS in this transaction.


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