New Mountain and Vestar close on investment in IRI


New Mountain Capital and Vestar Capital have jointly closed on an investment in Chicago-based Information Resources Inc, a provider of data and predictive analytics . No financial terms were disclosed. According to the terms of the deal, New Mountain and Vestar will jointly govern IRI. Also, Jeffrey Ansell, a senior adviser at Vestar and board member at IRI, will become chairman of IRI. New Mountain is a previous backer of IRI.

Correction: An earlier headline and report of this news item misstated that New Mountain and Vestar have acquired Information Resources Inc. The information has since been corrected. 

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY – December 3, 2018 – New Mountain Capital (“New Mountain”) and Vestar Capital Partners (“Vestar”) announced today that they have closed the transaction through which Vestar will lead a new investment in Information Resources, Inc. (“IRI”). Under the terms of the agreement, initially announced on November 15, 2018, New Mountain and Vestar will jointly govern IRI.

IRI is a fast-growing, innovative, global provider of data and predictive analytics that help consumer goods, OTC health care, retail, financial services, and media companies accelerate growth.

Jeffrey Ansell, a Vestar Senior Advisor and IRI Board member since 2011, will serve as Chairman of IRI. New Mountain and other existing investors are retaining a meaningful investment in IRI.

Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Vestar. Evercore, Morgan Stanley, and Jefferies acted as financial advisor and Fried Frank served as legal counsel to New Mountain and IRI. Jefferies Financial Group, Nomura Securities and Ares Management provided committed financing for the transaction.

About IRI
IRI is a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG companies, OTC health care organizations, retailers, financial services and media companies grow their businesses. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal, and loyalty data, all integrated on an on-demand, cloud-based technology platform, IRI helps to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their efforts to remain relentlessly relevant, capture market share, connect with consumers, and deliver market-leading growth. A confluence of major external events — a revolution in consumer buying, big data coming into its own, advanced analytics and automated consumer activation — is leading to a seismic shift in drivers of success in all industries. For more information on IRI, please visit www.iriworldwide.com.

About New Mountain Capital
New Mountain Capital is a New York-based investment firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity, and credit funds with more than $20 billion in assets under management. New Mountain Capital seeks out what it believes to be the highest quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit www.newmountaincapital.com.

About Vestar Capital Partners
Vestar Capital Partners is a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm specializing in management buyouts and growth capital investments. Vestar invests and collaborates with incumbent management teams and private owners to build long-term enterprise value, with a focus on Consumer, Healthcare, and Business Services & Industrial Products. Since its founding in 1988, Vestar funds have completed more than 80 investments in companies – as well as more than 200 add-on acquisitions – with a total value of approximately $50 billion. For more information on Vestar, please visit www.vestarcapital.com.

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