UCG to sell OPIS for $650 mln

IHS Inc. said Monday that it agreed to buy Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) for $650 million. UCG Holdings LP, the parent of Buyouts Insider, is the seller. Gaithersburg, Maryland-based OPIS provides U.S. refined petroleum pricing data, news and analytics. Centerview Partners advised OPIS.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (January 11, 2016) – IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), an internationally referenced pricing reporting agency that serves the oil, natural gas and biofuels industries, for $650 million.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, including expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. More details will be provided on the IHS fourth quarter and year-end 2015 earnings call on January 12, 2016.
OPIS is the most complete source for U.S. refined petroleum pricing data, news and analytics. OPIS information primarily serves the downstream energy market and helps to further diversify the IHS Energy portfolio.
“The acquisition of OPIS represents a new area of business for IHS and gives IHS visibility across the entire petroleum value chain, from wellhead to consumer,” said Jerre Stead, IHS chairman and chief executive officer. “OPIS has continued to grow through the challenges in the energy markets due to the ‘must-have’ nature of its information and analysis for commercial contracts and to settle trades. Specifically, OPIS is the leader in the rack and retail downstream refined products pricing and it also has a strong position in the spot market. We expect to continue to see strong growth in these areas as well as future growth contributions from International downstream spot-market pricing.
“OPIS, along with our recently announced acquisition of CARPROOF, both provide IHS with high EBITDA margin and strong organic growth,” Stead added.
OPIS began covering petroleum news in 1977 with the launch of the award-winning Oil Express Newsletter. OPIS later pioneered “rack” price discovery for thousands of wholesalers, and now maintains the world’s most comprehensive database of U.S. wholesale petroleum prices, publishing more than 30,000 rack prices each day at over 1,500 terminals in nearly 400 market locations. Refinery feedstocks and liquefied petroleum gas prices from OPIS also are considered a preferred benchmark by many U.S. and international traders. All OPIS spot and rack prices are available historically to customers via its web-based TimeSeries database. Also, OPIS is the largest aggregator of retail petroleum pricing, covering more than 300,000 retail locations in over 30 countries
“By combining the capabilities of OPIS and IHS, we become the most complete source of U.S.-refined pricing information and analytics,” Stead said. “From this new platform, IHS will bring additional value to our customers by layering new insight on top of our current product offerings. We also will add commodity coverage areas and expand further outside of OPIS’s core U.S. market.”
OPIS customers across the oil supply chain can look forward to seeing further improvements in real-time news and pricing service, and market-specific benchmark pricing reports thanks to the OPIS acquisition by IHS, said Brian Crotty, OPIS chief executive officer.
“Joining forces with IHS strengthens our growth trajectory and also enhances our ability to deliver world-class OPIS pricing and news information, enabling our customers to make smarter, more informed decisions,” Crotty said.
OPIS (www.opisnet.com) employs 281 people and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It is owned by UCG, a privately held portfolio of business information, software and technology companies. OPIS was represented by Centerview Partners.
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