Morningstar to Acquire PitchBook Data, for $225M

pitchbookMorningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a provider of independent investment research, is to acquire Seattle-based private capital markets data, research, and technology platform provider PitchBook Data.

Morningstar was an early investor in PitchBook and currently owns approximately 20% of the company. The company expects to pay approximately $180m (subject to working capital adjustments) for the remaining ownership interest in a transaction that values PitchBook at $225.0m.

Founded in 2007, PitchBook delivers data, research, and technology covering private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Following the deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, PitchBook will maintain its brand and identity and will continue to be led by founder and chief executive officer John Gabbert.

Based in Seattle, PitchBook had $31.1 million in revenue for the trailing 12 months ended June 30, 2016. The company has more than 300 employees located in Seattle, New York, and London. Morningstar originally invested $1.2m in PitchBook as a Series A Preferred investor in September 2009 and another $10.0 million as a Series B Preferred investor in January 2016.



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