Experian, the global information services company, announces that it has acquired Virid Interatividade Digital Ltda (“Virid”), a leading permission-based email marketing company in Brazil.
Founded in 1996, Virid is Brazil’s largest email marketing service provider, offering email delivery, email based behavioural segmentation, real-time campaign reporting, mobile delivery and social media integration. The company has over 800 direct and 3,000 indirect clients including retailers, advertising agencies and news organisations.
The acquisition is a further step in Experian’s strategy to expand its targeted digital marketing activities globally. It extends the geographic reach of Experian’s email marketing business into the key market of Brazil, where Virid will become part of Experian’s Marketing Services business in Latin America. Experian is the largest permission-based email marketer globally, providing services in all of the top 10 advertising markets in the world, including the US, the UK, Germany, France, China and now Brazil.
“This acquisition underlines Experian’s commitment to providing domestic and international brands in Brazil with innovative digital marketing services. Following the successful launch of Experian Hitwise, our digital marketing intelligence service, the addition of Virid to our portfolio offers organisations the very best in email marketing to help them achieve a high return on investment from their marketing spend,” said Juliano Marcílio, President of Experian Marketing Services, Latin America.
Walter Sabini Jr., founder and CEO, Virid, said: “We are excited at the prospect of being part of Experian and benefiting from the company’s global scale, resources and data expertise. This acquisition means that our existing clients will now also benefit from access to Experian’s comprehensive marketing services portfolio.”
For the year ending 31 December 2010, revenue for Virid was R$9m (c.US$5m). Gross assets as at 31 December 2010 were R$2m (c.US$1m). Virid was acquired from its founding shareholder and management. The acquisition has been funded from Experian’s existing cash resources.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 80 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 2011 was US$4.2 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 41 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.
For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.