Experian, the global information services company, announces that it has reached agreement to divest part of its UK database marketing activities to a newly formed business venture with British Sky Broadcasting (Sky). The transaction is expected to complete on 30 June 2010.

The new company, in which Sky will hold a majority stake, will provide consumer and media insight services and customer management capabilities to a number of large hosted database clients, including Sky. The company will operate under a new brand, which will be announced in due course.

Over the past few years, Experian has been repositioning its global Marketing Services business to focus increasingly on digital marketing capabilities. By injecting part of its UK hosted database solutions into this new entity, Experian will further tighten the strategic focus of its Marketing Services portfolio on core data and analytics.

Gross assets for Experian’s UK database marketing business subject to this transaction were £8.6m at 31 March 2009.


Nadia Ridout-Jamieson Director of Investor Relations +44 (0)203 042 4215
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About Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2009 was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil.