RELX Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Information Technology Company

RELX Group has acquired 15 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 4 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 10 assets.

RELX Group’s largest acquisition to date was in 2000, when it acquired Harcourt General for $5.7B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 1998, when it sold IPC to Cinven for $1.3B. RELX Group has acquired in 7 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (27%) and publishing (20%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity25
    • M&A Buy Activity15
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 16

RELX Group Plc

1-3 Strand,
London, WC2N 5JR
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7166 5500
www.relx.com

RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. Company leverage a deep understanding of our customers to create innovative solutions which combine content and data with analytics and technology in global platforms. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom almost half are in North America. RELX was founded in 1903 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 14 - - 1 - - 15
vol $12.9B $893M $13.8B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 9 - 1 - - - 10
vol $2.4B $2.4B
  25

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
ThreatMetrix, Inc. 2018-01-29 893M GBP Add-on Acquisition
San Jose, California · www.threatmetrix.com
Landleven 2017-09-12 - Divestiture
, Netherlands
Jewelers International Showcase, Inc. 2015-06-22 - Add-on Acquisition
Boca Raton, Florida · www.jisshow.com
FircoSoft SAS 2014-09-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Paris, France · www.fircosoft.com
LexisNexis Group, Inc. 2014-07-22 - Divestiture
New York, New York · www.lexisnexis.com
Reed Elsevier - LexisNexis Legal Business 2014-07-22 - Divestiture
, Poland
Wolters Kluwer NV - Canadian Legal Publishing Activities 2014-07-22 - Divestiture
, Ontario
Mendeley Ltd. 2013-04-09 100M GBP Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.mendeley.com
Totaljobs Group Ltd. 2012-04-04 169M GBP Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.totaljobsgroup.com
Accuity, Inc. 2011-09-26 528M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Skokie, Illinois · www.accuity.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Reed Business Information, Inc.    - Chemical Data LLC 2020-07-13 6
New York, New York · www.reedbusiness.com Houston, Texas · www.chemicaldata.com
Accuity, Inc. 2011-09-26 Apply Financial Ltd. 2020-03-12 2
Skokie, Illinois · www.accuity.com Hampton, United Kingdom · www.applyfinancial.co.uk
Elsevier BV    - Authess 2020-03-11 24
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.elsevier.com Boston, Massachusetts · www.authess.com
LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc.    - Emailage 2020-02-03 14
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.lexisnexis.com/risk Chandler, Arizona · www.emailage.com
LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc.    - ID Analytics LLC 2020-01-13 13
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.lexisnexis.com/risk San Diego, California · www.idanalytics.com
Elsevier BV    - 3D4Medical Ltd. 2019-11-27 23
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.elsevier.com Dublin, Ireland · www.3d4medical.com
LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc.    - Numerica Corp. - Lumen Assets 2019-05-07 12
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.lexisnexis.com/risk Fort Collins, Colorado
Elsevier BV    - Science-Metrix Inc. 2018-12-19 22
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.elsevier.com Montreal, Quebec · www.science-metrix.com
Proagrica    - Proagrica - Dutch Agriculture Media 2018-11-15 1
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.proagrica.com , Netherlands
Elsevier BV    - Aries Systems Corp. 2018-08-02 21
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.elsevier.com North Andover, Massachusetts · www.ariessys.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Publishing 3 (20%) 5.7B (41%) 2 (20%) 1.3B (54%)
Software 4 (27%) 893M (6%) - -
Information Services 2 (13%) 1.9B (14%) 2 (20%) -
Business Services 2 (13%) 4.7B (34%) 1 (10%) -
Information Technology 2 (13%) 528M (4%) 1 (10%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (7%) 100M (1%) 2 (20%) 171M (7%)
Media 1 (7%) - - -
Digital Media - - 1 (10%) -
Education - - 1 (10%) 950M (39%)
Total 15 $13.8B 10 $2.4B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 11 13.1B 5 950M
  New York 2 1.5B 1 -
  Illinois 2 528M 1 -
  Pennsylvania 2 447M - -
  Georgia 2 4.1B - -
  New Jersey - - 2 -
  Massachusetts 1 5.7B - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  California 1 893M - -
United Kingdom 2 654M 3 1.5B
Canada 1 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
France 1 - - -
Netherlands - - 1 -
Poland - - 1 -
Domestic 2 (13%) 654M (5%) 3 (30%) 1.5B (61%)
Cross-border 13 (87%) 13.1B (95%) 7 (70%) 950M (39%)
Total 15 $13.8B 10 $2.4B

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 3 $11.3B
$100M to $1B 5 $2.5B
TOTAL $13.8B
Largest Harcourt General, Inc.
$5.7B (2000-10-27)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.3B
$100M to $1B 2 $1.1B
< $100M 1 $2M
TOTAL $2.4B
Largest IPC Ltd.
$1.3B (1998-01-06)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
50%
4 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
4 50%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
30%
3 30%
Strategic(s)
70%
7 70%

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