Transactions

April 2018
New York, NY
has sold Financial Engineering Associates, Inc. to
Dallas, TX
A portfolio company of


Background

In 1989, Professor Mark Garman, co-author of the “Garman-Kohlhagen” option pricing formula, founded Financial Engineering Associates (FEA). Over the next 13 years, he established the company as a leading provider of derivative instrument investment tools, physical asset optimization and securities analytics. In 2002, BARRA acquired FEA and shortly after, in 2004, MSCI acquired BARRA. Under the direction of new leadership in Frank Cummings, FEA grew and became profitable, serving more than 100 long-tenured clients with world-class quantitative risk tools. Its 100+ pricing models help traders and risk managers for the value, model and hedge of physical assets and derivatives across the energy, metals and commodity asset classes.



In 2017, MSCI hired M&A to advise them on the best way to divest the FEA business. M&A has extensive experience in advising buyers and sellers of data and analytics companies broadly as well as advising on relevant transactions in the energy and commodities software space.

One challenge of this assignment was that many elements of FEA’s support infrastructure had been integrated into that of MSCI. M&A worked with MSCI and FEA management to resolve separation issues, create a compelling information memorandum, build a comprehensive data room, identify potential partners, and advise on negotiating strategy, value and structure. Following a thorough review of options, MSCI accepted an offer from the Allegro Development Corp. (“Allegro”) to acquire the FEA business and combine it with its CTRM software. Allegro plans to integrate FEA into its existing commodity trading and risk management software and offer world-class analytics to its more than 100 clients.

Marlin & Associates served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to MSCI and FEA on a complex corporate carve-out. M&A led the preparation of detailed transaction marketing materials, conducted initial discussions with interested parties, facilitated information exchange, advised on the negotiation and evaluation of alternative offers, managed preliminary and confirmatory due diligence reviews, and coordinated the preparation of final legal documents.

Marlin & Associates Advises MSCI on its sale of FEA to Allegro

April 25, 2018
MSCI ANNOUNCES SALE OF FEA®

 

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics, announced today that it has completed the sale of Financial Engineering Associates, Inc., (FEA®) to Allegro Development Corporation, a global leader in Commodity Management software and solutions. The terms of the transaction, including the purchase price, were not disclosed.

FEA is a widely used and accepted set of risk and valuation tools for the energy and commodity markets, and the product line was included within MSCI's Analytics segment. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on MSCI's results of operations, and MSCI remains committed to its previously communicated guidance for 2018.

Henry A. Fernandez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSCI, said, "This move allows MSCI to continue to execute on our growth strategy, focus on innovation and help our global clients achieve their investment objectives more effectively and efficiently."

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP acted as legal advisers and Marlin & Associates, LLC acted as financial advisers to MSCI.

About MSCI

For more than 40 years, MSCI's research-based indexes and analytics have helped the world's leading investors build and manage better portfolios. Clients rely on our offerings for deeper insights into the drivers of performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and innovative research.

Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models, data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research.

MSCI serves 99 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the most recent P&I ranking.

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