S&P Global has announced the acquisition of TruSight Solutions LLC (TruSight), a provider of third-party vendor risk assessments. The acquisition will combine with KY3P® by S&P Global and integrate into the Market Intelligence division. It will further expand the breadth and depth of S&P Global’s third party vendor risk management solutions by offering high-quality validated assessment data to clients designed to reduce further the vendor due diligence burden on service providers to the financial services industry.
John Barneson, Head of Network & Regulatory Solutions at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: “Providing innovative, connected solutions for risk management is a key area of strategic focus for our business. The combination of TruSight with our KY3P® business will accelerate the development of common industry standards for third-party risk management and will enable our clients to mutualize costs, streamline workflows and eliminate inefficiencies. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues from TruSight and together enhancing our value to clients.”
TruSight was founded by a group of leading financial institutions including Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. It has an extensive inventory of risk assessments created by detailed reviews of third-party suppliers to its customers.
The transaction closed effective January 1, 2023. Terms were not disclosed.
Broadhaven Capital served as exclusive sell side financial advisor to TruSight, and Morgan Lewis served as the company’s legal advisor. Gibson Dunn served as S&P Global’s legal advisor.
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Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements include, among other things:
- the impact of the acquisition of TruSight Solutions LLC, including the impact on the Company’s results of operations; any failure to successfully integrate the acquired departments into the Company’s operations; and any failure to attract and retain key employees.
- the risk of litigation, unexpected costs, charges or expenses relating to the acquisition.
- worldwide economic, financial, political, and regulatory conditions, and factors that contribute to uncertainty and volatility, natural and man-made disasters, civil unrest, pandemics (e.g., COVID-19), geopolitical uncertainty (including military conflict), and conditions that may result from legislative, regulatory, trade and policy changes.
- the ability of the Company to retain customers and to implement its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to IHS Markit’s business and realize expected synergies.
- business disruption following the Merger.
- the Company’s ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the Merger.
- the health of debt and equity markets, including credit quality and spreads, the level of liquidity and future debt issuances, demand for investment products that track indices and assessments and trading volumes of certain exchange-traded derivatives.
- the demand and market for credit ratings in and across the sectors and geographies where the Company operates.
- the Company’s ability to successfully recover should it experience a disaster or other business continuity problem from a hurricane, flood, earthquake, terrorist attack, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack, data breach, power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made event, including the ability to function remotely during long-term disruptions such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- the Company’s ability to maintain adequate physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect the security of confidential information and data, and the potential for a system or network disruption that results in regulatory penalties and remedial costs or improper disclosure of confidential information or data.
- the outcome of litigation, government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquiries.
- concerns in the marketplace affecting the Company’s credibility or otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of independent credit ratings, benchmarks and indices.
- the effect of competitive products and pricing, including the level of success of new product developments and global expansion.
- the Company’s exposure to potential criminal sanctions or civil penalties for noncompliance with foreign and U.S. laws and regulations that are applicable in the domestic and international jurisdictions in which it operates, including sanctions laws relating to countries such as Iran, Russia, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela, anti-corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, and local laws prohibiting corrupt payments to government officials, as well as import and export restrictions;
- the continuously evolving regulatory environment, in Europe, the United States and elsewhere around the globe, affecting S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Commodity Insights, S&P Global Mobility, S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global Engineering Solutions, and the products those business divisions offer including our ESG products, and the Company’s compliance therewith.
- the Company’s ability to make acquisitions and dispositions and successfully integrate the businesses we acquire.
- consolidation in the Company’s end-customer markets.
- the introduction of competing products or technologies by other companies.
- the impact of customer cost-cutting pressures, including in the financial services industry and the commodities markets.
- a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial institutions.
- the level of merger and acquisition activity in the United States and abroad.
- the volatility and health of the energy and commodities markets.
- our ability to attract, incentivize and retain key employees, especially in today’s competitive business environment.
- the level of the Company’s future cash flows and capital investments.
- the impact on the Company’s revenue and net income caused by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
- the Company’s ability to adjust to changes in European and United Kingdom markets as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, and the impact of the United Kingdom’s departure on our credit rating activities and other offerings in the European Union and United Kingdom; and
- the impact of changes in applicable tax or accounting requirements on the Company.
The factors noted above are not exhaustive. The Company and its subsidiaries operate in a dynamic business environment in which new risks emerge frequently. Accordingly, the Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it is made, except as required by applicable law. More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-Q, which can be obtained at its website at http://www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.