Pearson to sell 61% stake in Interactive Data for $33.86 per share: total proceeds to Pearson of $2 billion

Interactive Data Corporation, a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and solutions, is today announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by investment funds managed by Silver Lake and Warburg Pincus in a transaction with a total value of $3.4 billion. Pearson, which owns approximately 61% of Interactive Data, has executed a written consent providing approval as a shareholder for the transaction. 

The agreement was unanimously approved by the Interactive Data board of directors taking into consideration the recommendation of the Special Committee composed solely of the company’s four independent directors. The Special Committee was formed as part of the review of strategic alternatives conducted by Interactive Data’s board of directors.

Under the agreement, Interactive Data shareholders will receive $33.86 in cash for each share of common stock they own. This represents a premium of approximately 32.9 per cent over the closing share price on Thursday, January 14 2010, the last trading day before Interactive Data announced that its board was reviewing strategic alternatives. Thetotal consideration to Pearson will be approximately $2 billion before tax.

The transaction has fully committed financing, consisting of a combination of equity to be invested by Silver Lake and Warburg Pincus and debt financing to be provided by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank PLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Investment Bank. It is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2010.

In 2009, Interactive Data contributed £484m in sales and £148m in operating profit to Pearson. After tax and minority interests, Interactive Data’s contribution to Pearson adjusted earnings was £55m or 6.8p per share. Pearson’s tax base in Interactive Data is estimated at approximately $600m and at the end of 2009 the company had total gross assets of $1.3bn.

Pearson intends to use the proceeds of the sale to accelerate the expansion of its businesses, including through bolt-on acquisitions, with a particular focus on adding complementary technology and services to its international, consumer and professional education businesses.

Marjorie Scardino, Pearson’s chief executive, said:

“Pearson has been proud to be associated with Interactive Data for many years as it has built a world-class financial information business. Pearson and Interactive Data have extensive growth opportunities and ambitious expansion plans, and we believe this transaction will give both companies greater focus and opportunity to invest more in their strong market positions. We wish everyone at Interactive Data every success with their new owners. We’ve been pleased to be their colleagues and will enjoy watching their progress from here.”

Rona Fairhead, chairman of Interactive Data’s board of directors, said:

“This transaction enables Interactive Data’s shareholders to realize substantial value and provides the company with partners who are committed to supporting its global expansion. Interactive Data has an outstanding team of more than 2,400 people and the Board thanks them sincerely for their skill and commitment in serving our customers and building the company over many years. With the support of Silver Lake and Warburg Pincus, I am confident that Interactive Data will take full advantage of its strong market position and the changes in technology and regulations that are shaping its industry.”

For more information

Pearson

Investors: Simon Mays-Smith + 44 (0) 20 7010 2317

Media: Charles Goldsmith + 44 (0) 20 7010 2314

Silver

Jenny Farrelly + 1 212 819 4807

Warburg Pincus

Rory Mackin + 1 212 878 9322

Interactive Data

Investors: Andrew Kramer + 1 781-687-8306

Media: John Coffey +1 781-687-8148

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Additional Information and Where To Find It

In connection with the merger Interactive Data will file an information statement with the SEC. The information statement will be mailed to stockholders of Interactive Data. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE INFORMATION STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT INTERACTIVE DATA AND THE MERGER. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by Interactive Data with the SEC may be obtained free of charge by contacting Investor Relations by electronic mail at investorrelations@interactivedata.com or by mail at Interactive Data Corporation, 32 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730. Interactive Data’s filings with the SEC are also available on its website at http://ir.interactivedata.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=95364&p=irol-sec.

 Information regarding the interests of Pearson and its directors and executive officers and Interactive Data’s directors and executive officers in the transaction described herein will be included in the information statement described above. Additional information regarding Interactive Data’s directors and executive officers is also included in Interactive Data's proxy statement for its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 15, 2010. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by Interactive Data with the SEC may be obtained free of charge by contacting Investor Relations by electronic mail at investorrelations@interactivedata.com or by mail at Interactive Data Corporation, 32 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.  Interactive Data’s filings with the SEC are also available on its website at http://ir.interactivedata.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=95364&p=irol-sec.

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