Great Hill Partners has committed a $100 million to Credibility Corp., a privately-held company based in Los Angeles. Great Hill Partners has also funded Credibility Corp.’s recent buy of Credit-on-Self division, also known as the Self Awareness Solutions (SAS) operating unit, of D&B. Additional terms of the deal were not announced.
Credibility Corp., a privately-held company based in Los Angeles, today announced that it has secured a $100M commitment from Boston-based Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm that manages over $2.5 billion in capital, to build a business focused on credit and credibility services for businesses. In addition to the $100M, Great Hill Partners has also funded Credibility Corp.’s recently announced acquisition of the North American Credit-on-Self division, also known as the Self Awareness Solutions (SAS) operating unit, of D&B (NYSE: DNB). Moving forward, this business will be called Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and is wholly owned by Credibility Corp. As part of this agreement, D&B and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. have entered into a long-term strategic alliance to develop and co-market products and services. The value of the transaction and long-term strategic alliance is approximately $100 million. Additional terms of both transactions remain confidential.
“In 2010, businesses are facing a credit crisis as access to capital is becoming increasingly harder to achieve. During a credit crisis, services that focus on improving credit and credibility are essential for businesses to come out on top,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO, Credibility Corp. “Our strategic alliance with D&B provides the fundamental services that businesses need to establish, monitor and build their credit. With the additional $100M from Great Hill Partners, we will be able to unlock the company’s inherent value and dramatically improve the product we offer to customers.”
The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will become the exclusive provider of Credit-on-Self solutions in North America built on D&B’s heritage of enabling businesses to establish, grow, and manage their business credit and credibility. In addition to its core set of services, the company also provides other related solutions focused on the needs of its customers. Primary examples of products and services include credit file building services, expedited DUNS numbers, business credit monitoring, business credit profiles, and web building tools.
“Great Hill Partners has historically focused on growth-oriented investments that provide core value to businesses and consumers,” said Michael Kumin, Partner of Great Hill Partners. “By partnering with Jeff and his team at Credibility Corp. we become involved with an organization focused on providing the single biggest need for businesses today — establishing, managing and building their credit and reputation.”
Credibility Corp. is led by Jeffrey M. Stibel and an established team of executives with considerable experience creating successful public and private enterprises. Stibel was previously President and CEO, Web.com, General Manager, United Online, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Search Agency, EdgeCast, Autobytel, and VitaCost, as well as on academic Boards for Tufts University and Brown University.