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Business Information: What Grows and What Does Not?

Earning Reports Q4 2012 March 11 2013

This is BIIA’s latest update on 2012 revenue growth based on the latest annual reports.  We have mapped the individual growth rates of major business information suppliers against Outsell’s growth estimates for 2012.   Outsell’s Credit & Financial Information segment grew by 6% to US$ 55bn. The company information segment grew by 6% to US$ 5bn.  The Outsell growth benchmark of 6% has been added to the revenue growth chart above (green bar).

Rating Agencies have taken the lead in showing an incredible revenue and income growth in ratings and analytics.  Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk & Compliance Unit raked up also an impressive growth of 22% for the quarter (and 42% for the full year). FICO return to growth through acquisitions.  Verisk Analytics said its revenue growth in the fourth quarter was driven by a 28.7% increase in Decision Analytics.

Consumer credit information continues to grow rather well, while D&B’s commercial credit information services remained disappointingly stagnant. Equifax’s commercial credit information solutions only grew by 1% (not on the chart).  An exception in this segment is Creditsafe who’s revenues grew a respectable 25%.  Acxiom and Harte Hanks revenues also declined.  Bisnode reported lower revenues in marketing services offset by growth in credit information services.  The overall decline in revenues reflects the divestiture of product related information services.

We have added Onvia Inc., a small public company which tracks, analyzes and reports the spending of tens of thousands of federal, state and local government agencies, giving companies a single source for conducting open, intelligent and efficient business with government.

Source:  Company Earnings Releases – Outsell Information Industry Size & Share Rankings Preliminary 2012 Results

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