Last week, Dun & Bradstreet acquired long-time partner Bisnode, greatly strengthening its position in Europe. Bisnode provides them with direct access to regional and multi-national customers in the Nordic region, Eastern Europe, and D-A-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
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Dun & Bradstreet described the execution risk as low to medium as they know the company well, have established relationships with Bisnode, and Bisnode is “very familiar” with Dun & Bradstreet’s products and solutions. The deal was also structured as a mix of debt and equity so as not to increase Dun & Bradstreet’s financial leverage.
One the announcement call, Dun & Bradstreet did not discuss Bisnode products, but one asset that Dun & Bradstreet will likely operationalize quickly is Bisnode’s file of 40 million GDPR-compliant business contacts across 21 European countries.
Dun & Bradstreet anticipates the deal will close in January 2021 subject to standard regulatory reviews. The acquisition will add around 2,000 headcount to Dun & Bradstreet.
Bisnode revenue will be included in Dun & Bradstreet’s international division and will be broken out for the first year after acquisition.
Jabbour indicated that Dun & Bradstreet is strategically reviewing its World Wide Network of partners to “look for ways to improve the commercial arrangements that we have or make them more relevant.” Options include purchasing the partner, ending the partnership arrangement and picking a new partner, or renegotiating the relationship.
The market appeared pleased with the transaction as Dun & Bradstreet’s stock price increased 8.53% last Thursday following the announcement and analyst call.