Bureau van Dijk is a leading global provider of private company information and business intelligence. It’s business model focuses on the aggregation, cleansing, integration and analysis of information on private companies and delivering this to customers through proprietary software.
EQT acquired Bureau van Dijk in September 2014 with a value creation plan centered around supporting the company’s sales, new product development and IT teams to drive growth both inside and outside of current markets. The focus was on increasing the penetration of Bureau van Dijk’s products in the corporate segment and developing additional "use cases" for the company’s databases.
During EQT’s ownership, Bureau van Dijk’s management, the Supervisory Board and EQT worked together to accelerate top-line growth through strengthening the organization by building a new functional management layer, implementing a best-practice global sales and marketing approach and investing in new product development. Under EQT’s ownership Bureau van Dijk opened several new sales offices, added close to 100 million companies to its flagship Orbis database, and significantly increased Bureau van Dijk’s employee base, underscoring EQT’s willingness to invest in its portfolio companies to drive growth.
In August 2017, EQT sold BvD to Moody’s Corporation in a transaction valuing BvD at EUR 3,000 million.
Key events during EQT’s ownership:
- Significantly revamped and invested in sales and distribution organization, including through a Sales Force Effectiveness project and the implementation of a global CRM system
- Focused on developing new and improving existing products. Launched new User Interface, added close to 100 million companies to the database and launched several new products
- Strengthened management team by promoting several internal managers and recruiting several external executives