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Marlin & Associates

December 03, 2010 06:00 ET

Marlin & Associates' Client, iSuppli Corporation Acquired by IHS Inc.

Simultaneously, iSuppli Acquires UK-Based Screen Digest

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - Marlin & Associates Holding LLC ("M&A"), the boutique investment banking and strategic advisory firm, announced that M&A's client, iSuppli Corporation, the global leader in technology value chain research and advisory services, has acquired UK-based Screen Digest and also has itself been acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight. Marlin & Associates acted as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to iSuppli's Management, Board and shareholders.

"We were pleased to advise iSuppli on this complex transaction," said Marlin & Associates' Partner, Michael Maxworthy. "iSuppli is the preeminent firm in technology value-chain research and Screen Digest is the leader serving the media value chain. The combination of these two firms and their subsequent merger with IHS makes for a truly powerful global market intelligence organization."

"This transaction highlights our comfort with complex situations; our extensive experience in the on-line information and information technology arena; our strong strategic focus; and, of course, our significant US and international deal-execution capabilities," said Marlin & Associates' Founder and Managing Partner, Ken Marlin.

Marlin & Associates is one of the most active firms worldwide advising buyers and sellers of middle-market information-technology firms. M&A's team of professionals has advised over 200 information-technology transactions. Recent M&A clients include Deutsche Börse; NYSE Euronext; Reed Elsevier; and McGraw Hill as well as a host of firms owned by entrepreneurs, corporations, private equity and venture capital firms.

The IHS/iSuppli Press release can be found at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IHS-Closes-Acquisition-of-bw-2893408036.html?x=0&.v=1

About iSuppli

iSuppli is the global leader in electronics technology research and advisory services serving more than 500 customers in high-tech services, consumer electronics, multi-national industrial conglomerates, financials, automotive and governments. The company's primarily subscription-based product offerings range from electronic component research to device-specific application market forecasts, from teardown analysis to display device and systems research to hardware design forecasting. This complete electronics value chain view from fundamental electronic component supply to end-market demand is critical to operating and investment decisions of high-tech manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, financial investors and government agencies across many core IHS market verticals.

Screen Digest provides information and analysis surrounding traditional and emerging media content and distribution technology value chain. The company's research and analysis team brings a combined 350 years of experience in covering the global media and technology markets with a deep understanding of market dynamics and technological developments and a strong analytical framework to bring perspective and insight to key issues. Screen Digest serves more than 180 major telecommunications, broadcasting and media production companies around the world with subscription-based intelligence services, industry reports, research bulletins and consulting services. The recent acquisition of Screen Digest represents the most complete, global understanding of the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) value chain available in the market research business today.

About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is a leading source of information and insight in pivotal areas that shape today's business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. Businesses and governments around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS employs more than 4,400 people in more than 30 countries around the world.

About Marlin & Associates

Marlin & Associates Holding LLC is a boutique investment banking and strategic advisory firm specializing in acquisitions and divestitures of U.S. and international middle-market firms that provide technology, digital information and healthcare-related products, technology and services. The firm is headquartered in New York, NY and has additional offices in Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada. More information is available at www.MarlinLLC.com.

Marlin & Associates was exclusive financial and strategic advisor to iSuppli.

Marlin & Associates Securities LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marlin & Associates Holding LLC, is a broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is a FINRA/SIPC member firm (www.finra.org). Investment banking and/or securities are offered through Marlin & Associates Securities LLC. Marlin & Associates' professionals have advised on more than 200 successfully completed transactions. Some other recent clients that Marlin & Associates has advised include:

-Qatarlyst of Doha, Qatar, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of RI3K;

-SMARTS Group of Sydney, Australia, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ);

- SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) of Brussels, Belgium, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of Ambit Messaging Hub from SunGard;

- Strategic Analytics of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK);

- Logical Information Machines, Inc. (LIM) of Chicago, Illinois, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN);

- NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) of New York, New York, which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its Hugin subsidiary to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI);

- Vhayu Technologies of Los Gatos, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI);

- Standard & Poor's of New York, New York a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its Vista Research subsidiary to Guidepoint Global;

- Tenfore of London, England, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN);

- LexisNexis of Dayton, Ohio, which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its subsidiary Mealey's Conference to Business Valuation Resources (BVR);

- InfoDyne Corp. of Park Ridge, Illinois, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM);

- Orimos of Zurich, Switzerland, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of ION Trading;

- LowerFees, Inc. of Westlake Village, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Bankrate, Inc.;

- Netik LLC of London, England and New York, New York, which Marlin & Associates advised on its simultaneous acquisition of Capco Reference Data Services and the replacement of its primary investor, The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK), with Symphony Technology Group;

- Applied Financial Technology (AFT) of San Francisco, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS);

- Xcitek LLC's Market Data Division of New York, NY, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Interactive Data Corp.

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