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March 14th, 2014

Fitch Group today announced it has acquired Business Monitor International (BMI), an independent provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The addition of BMI strengthens and expands Fitch Group’s client offering in financial information services. Subscribers to BMI’s products include decision makers at multinationals, governments, academia, financial institutions, investment funds and research centers in more than 160 countries.

Paul Taylor, President and CEO of Fitch Group, commented: “We are excited to add BMI’s world-class research, data, and analytical capabilities to Fitch’s global suite of financial information services. BMI and Fitch share a commitment to pairing robust data with sophisticated analysis to produce content that is insightful and accessible.”

Richard Londesborough and Jonathan Feroze, Founders and co-CEOs of BMI, commented: “The strategic fit between BMI and Fitch Group is excellent, not least in terms of the entrepreneurial culture shared by both companies. Clients will benefit from a broader platform of research products, greater global reach and Fitch Group’s focus on growth.”

BMI will continue to operate independently as Business Monitor International, a Fitch Group Company. Mr. Londesborough and Mr. Feroze will continue to lead BMI, reporting to Mr. Taylor. BMI was previously owned by growth equity investor Spectrum Equity in partnership with BMI Founders and employees.

About Business Monitor International:

Business Monitor International (BMI) integrates country risk and industry analysis and forecasts on global, regional, and country level developments and trends across 200 countries and 24 industry verticals. Business Monitor Online, the company’s enterprise platform, enables clients to access daily analyses, time series and forecast data, reports and proprietary databases. BMI has approximately 300 employees and is based in London with additional offices in New York, Singapore, and Pretoria. For more information visit www.businessmonitor.com

About Fitch Group:

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. In addition to Business Monitor International, Fitch Group includes: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; and Fitch Learning, a provider of learning and development solutions for the global financial services industry. Fitch Group is jointly owned by Paris-based Fimalac and New York-based Hearst Corporation. For more information visit www.fitchratings.com/fitchgroup

Business Contact:

Sheetal Chanderkar, +1 212 908 0502, sheetal.chanderkar@fitchratings.com

Simon Elgar, +44 (0)207 246 5108, selgar@businessmonitor.com

Media Contacts:

Daniel Noonan, +1 212 908 0706, daniel.noonan@fitchratings.com

Rebecca O’Neill, +44 20 3530 1697, rebecca.oneill@fitchratings.com

Partnership gives 330 World Trade Center licensees advantage of specialist analysis and insights covering 24 industries and 200 markets

New York, NY

March 3rd, 2014

The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) and Business Monitor International, Ltd (BMI) today announced the formation of a strategic partnership which will bring together complementary competencies and deepen the impact of cross-disciplinary research and analysis on global, frontier and emerging markets.

The new partnership will build upon the history of BMI’s strong innovation in macroeconomic and financial market analysis and the WTCA’s global network of WORLD TRADE CENTER landmark facilities and integrated international trade services.

"The affinity partnership between WTCA and BMI is a recognition that international businesses are more successful and profitable if they can better determine and manage operating risks in target markets,” said Bella Heule, WTCA Executive Vice President. “By aligning with BMI, our WORLD TRADE CENTER network will now be able to offer relevant, timely and affordable market intelligence to their members.”

"BMI is excited to collaborate and work closely with WTCA in the coming months and years," said Richard Londesborough, CEO & Co-Founder of BMI. "This partnership is an important step in advancing both organizations’ goals of helping their clients better assess risks and opportunities across the developing economies of the globe."

The WTCA is an apolitical, not-for-profit membership association that stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies, and international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally. The WTCA is the only association that has exclusive rights to license the WORLD TRADE CENTER and WTC brands.

BMI is a leading, independent provider of proprietary data, analysis, ratings, rankings and forecasts covering 200 countries and 24 industry sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Bella Heule
WCTA
Telephone: +1 212 432 2640

Terry Alexander
Business Monitor International
Telephone: +1 646 368 1319
talexander@businessmonitor.com

Business Monitor International strengthens its pharmaceutical and medtech portfolio with acquisition of Espicom Business Intelligence.

Business Monitor International, leading provider of country risk, financial markets and industry research across global markets, has announced the acquisition of Espicom Business Intelligence in a move which signals BMI’s continuing commitment to deepening its presence in key market sectors.

London, UK, August 22 2012 – Business Monitor International (“BMI”) is delighted to announce the acquisition of Espicom Business Intelligence (“Espicom”), a UK-based company with a 30-year pedigree providing business intelligence on Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare and Therapeutics across global markets. The acquisition reflects BMI's commitment to deepening its market coverage of more than 20 industry verticals with specialist product and company intelligence. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

The acquisition brings to BMI Espicom’s wide-range of information and business intelligence services for the global healthcare industries. In medical technology and devices, Espicom’s service features coverage of key operators in 70 country markets, proprietary 5-year forecasts, daily news on key technologies and critical management reports on areas such as advanced wound care, diagnostic products and market access. In pharmaceuticals, Espicom's service features country-level data, therapeutics, generics and biosimilars markets coverage and specialized drug development database services.

BMI co-CEO Jonathan Feroze commented that “Espicom’s product and company level content, combined with BMI’s existing pharmaceuticals and healthcare coverage across 97 countries, will produce a holistic, market-leading offering”. Co-CEO Richard Londesborough added that “the acquisition of Espicom deepens our content portfolio in a highly strategic growth segment for BMI”.

Espicom founder and CEO Eric Wigart, added that “BMI is the ideal platform for bringing Espicom’s content to a wider audience. Leveraging BMI’s global research, sales and account management capabilities will be a win-win for both companies”.

Matthew Brooks
Business Monitor International
Tel: +44 (0)207 246 5117
Nigel Chivers
Espicom Business Intelligence
Tel: 01271 850897

For more information, please contact press@businessmonitor.com or tel: +44 (0)20 7248 0468