AXIO Group
B2B information services

Our investments

Since 2011, we have invested £1 billion in buyouts and loan-to-own debt investments. This represents the core of our investment strategy. To find out more about our investment strategy click here.

AXIO Group
B2B information services

AXIO Group

In 2013, Epiris invested £103 million to acquire the majority of UBM plc's Data Services businesses.

Business
AXIO originally comprised seven market-leading information businesses providing critical, and often industry-standard, information and tools used by professionals to support their decision-making. Today AXIO comprises two businesses, RISI in the forest products sector and TechInsights in the intellectual property licensing sector.

Rationale
A robust and cash generative portfolio of companies which offers diversity by virtue of operating across a range of sectors and geographies. The companies have strong brands benefitting from strong customer relationships and hold leadership positions in niche markets.

Strategy
To transform each business by developing the right long-term strategy and then delivering through strategic focus, operational improvement and growth investment. The intention is to identify strategic buyers for each of the components of the group.

Update
AXIO has made a number of acquisitions, including FOEX Indexes, a Finnish provider of pulp and paper price indices, FlightView, a US provider of real-time flight information, and Chipworks, a global leader in the intellectual property and technology services market.

Between December 2014 and May 2017 the seven businesses that comprised AXIO were sold in separate transactions. Five of the seven were to strategic buyers and two were to financial buyer. Following completion of the transactions we have realised total cash proceeds amounting to more than 5x original cost.

Status

Active

Activity

B2B information services

Sector

Business services

Transaction type

Buyout

Growth theme
Initial investment

Apr 2013

Location:

International

Website:

www.axiogroup.net

£103m

original cost

+5x

original cost
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