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Company news: MSCI strengthens private asset capabilities with acquisition of Real Capital Analytics

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NEW YORK – August 2, 2021 – MSCI Inc. (“MSCI” or the “Company”) (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Real Capital Analytics (“RCA”) for $950 million in cash. 

Founded in 2000, Real Capital Analytics is a private company and the go-to data and analytics provider of the properties, transactions and participants that drive the commercial real estate capital markets globally. The company has built a sterling reputation within the commercial real estate industry for effectively aggregating timely and reliable transaction data and providing valuable intelligence on market pricing, capital flows and investment trends in more than 170 countries. The most active investors, lenders, brokers and advisors depend on RCA’s unique insight to formulate their strategies, source new opportunities, and execute their deals. 

This acquisition will expand MSCI’s robust suite of real estate solutions, providing the real estate industry with data, analytics and support tools to manage investments and understand performance and risk, including climate risk, within their portfolios. MSCI will leverage Real Capital Analytics’ database of more than $20 trillion of commercial property transactions linked to over 200,000 investor and lender profiles, enhancing MSCI’s commercial real estate capabilities. 

Henry Fernandez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MSCI, said: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Real Capital Analytics. The commercial real estate sector is seeing substantial transformation driven by several factors, including shifting consumer behaviors in work, lifestyle and travel accelerated by the pandemic, realignment in global supply chains, and the impact of climate change. The combined strength of MSCI’s existing data, analytics and tools, and the addition of Real Capital Analytics’ wealth of commercial real estate data and analytics, creates an unparalleled level of solutions for the real estate market. Investors will be better supported to access the opportunities that exist within this sector at scale, informed by industry-leading insights and the premier global database capturing the global commercial real estate footprint.”

Robert M White, Jr., Founder and President of Real Capital Analytics, commented: “MSCI is a natural home for Real Capital Analytics since our primary goal has always been to bridge the information gap between commercial real estate and other asset classes across the financial markets. The combination of the two firms creates a powerful team that will lead innovation and analytics in the real estate asset class well into the future.”  

In enhancing MSCI’s commercial real estate capabilities, this acquisition also underscores the firm’s commitment to accelerating and expanding the use of data, analytics and workflow applications for investors in global private assets. This builds on MSCI’s strategic partnership with Burgiss, a market-leading provider of data, analytics and technology solutions for investors of private capital.

The transaction is expected to be funded with existing cash on hand and close at the end of the third quarter, or early in the fourth quarter, of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Real Capital Analytics’ financial results will be presented as part of MSCI’s All Other – Private Assets reportable segment. 

MSCI's senior management will host a conference call to review this transaction on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the live event, visit the events and presentations section of MSCI's Investor Relations homepage, https://ir.msci.com/events-and-presentations, or dial 877-376-9931 conference ID:  9267888 within the United States. International callers may dial 720-405-2251 conference ID:  9267888. The teleconference will also be webcast with an accompanying slide presentation which will be available on MSCI's Investor Relations website by 7:15 a.m. Eastern Time today.

AIPUT partners with Datscha for high-quality commercial property data

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LONDON – Aberdeen Standard Investments’ AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) is an award-winning long-term specialist investor in industrial property on or near major UK airports. The fund has recently formed an exciting new partnership with Real Capital Analytics company, Datscha, a web-based solution providing fast, easy access to high quality data for all registered commercial properties in England and Wales. 

Celebrating its 16-year anniversary earlier this year, AIPUT manages a prime £650m, 2.3m sq.ft. portfolio of properties, delivering high-quality and customised warehouse and logistics space. Datscha will enable AIPUT’s Fund Manager, Nick Smith, and his team to conduct their own due diligence for specific fund assets and identify where current and potential prospects are located, with access to the full details of each lease.

Seeking to drive growth and competitiveness in the UK aviation real estate market, Datscha’s comprehensive and easy to use platform will offer AIPUT complete control and access to all the datasets available in the market, ensuring the fund stays ahead of its competition.

Commenting on the partnership, Nick Smith, Fund Manager at AIPUT stated: “Working with Datscha forms a new part of our strategic goal to improve decision making efficiency, helping us to make better, quicker and more accurate decisions for our customers and investors. This partnership provides a fantastic opportunity for AIPUT to utilise the data to source and secure new opportunities in the highly competitive airport-related industrial market. Having access to real time data including planning applications, site ownership, property search details and previous transactions all in one place will be a great asset for the fund. It is another critical tool in our predictive analytics armoury, which will enable us to release greater value beyond the real estate for our stakeholders.”

NEW LOOK, SAME GREAT FUNCTIONALITY

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Enjoy continued great functionality with a new and energetic look.

We are excited about showcasing our new look on the website and within the Datscha platform. The energetic colours reflect the successful collaboration we continue to enjoy since RCA acquired Datscha in 2019. The great functionality and data quality you expect remains uninterrupted. In fact, combining Datscha’s technological skills in linking complex public and private datasets with RCA’s global reach across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific has helped us facilitate increased market transparency as we continue to deliver innovative and intelligent solutions to the commercial real estate market.

Since the acquisition, Datscha and RCA offer a wider range of solutions, expanded reach and more granular coverage to our clients. Adding to our shared story, both Datscha and RCA celebrate a 20-year anniversary within the same year, bringing you more than 40 years of collective expertise and market intelligence through the most in-depth, comprehensive and current information of commercial property investment activity.

RCA is recognized globally as the authority on the deals, players and trends that drive the commercial real estate investment markets—delivering timely and reliable data with unique insights into market participants, pricing and capital flows. Datscha is recognized as a globally leading software as a service provider (SaaS) of web-based services for information and analysis of commercial properties. To learn more about the added advantage of RCA, click here.

DATSCHA INTRODUCES MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION (MFA)

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Beginning of December Datscha will introduce Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), a supplementary security measure being added to the standard username and password required to access the Datscha platform. Datscha will issue an SMS with a time-limited single use code to validate that the person accessing the account is the authorised user. When logging on to the Datscha platform for the first time after the introduction of MFA, users will be asked to confirm their mobile number and enter the provided code.

Why are we introducing MFA?

MFA is being introduced for two key reasons. Many of our customers now upload their own data into Datscha’s Insight and Valuation modules. In many cases this data is very sensitive, especially for our listed customers and banks. Therefore, MFA will help to secure and protect this data. Additionally, Datscha user licenses are personal. MFA will help to ensure that there is only one user per license. If your firm requires additional user licenses, please contact your sales representative.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

PRESS RELEASE – DATSCHA EXPANDS PRODUCT SUITE

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Datscha Expands Product Suite with the Launch of UK Lease Expiry Date Dataset

Instant access to lease start and expiry dates of all registered leases

London, United Kingdom 

Datscha, Sweden's leading provider of web-based services for information and analysis of commercial real estate in the Swedish, Finnish and UK real estate markets today announces the launch of another sought after feature  – UK Lease Expiry Date . Uniquely paired with the Datscha system, Lease Expiry Date allows users to view lease terms and lease expiry dates matched with their respective leasehold on a map or tied to their respective Freehold title.

Frequently requested by Datscha UK clients, Lease Expiry Date provides multiple benefits, allowing users to unearth and capitalise on new opportunities based on lease expiry dates to stay ahead of the competition.

Lease Expiry Date delivers the following benefits:

  • Instant access to lease start and expiry dates of all registered leases
  • Unparalleled property searching based exclusively on lease terms
  • Proactively identify properties due for re-gearing based on lease end dates
  • Verify lease terms without having to download title after title
  • Consistently updated register of all corporately owned registered leaseholds
  • Registered leasehold data linked to VOA building information data

Florin Iarca,  Head of UK Sales for Datscha UK comments: “Datscha has been working for 20 years on our award-winning technology and we are committed to delivering  innovative and intelligent solutions to the real estate market. Lease Expiry Date provides instant access to critical information, allowing clients to collect, aggregate, and visualize public and proprietary real estate data in the market’s most modern and intuitive web-based solution. We are pleased to offer an additional resource that helps our clients spend less time gathering data, and more time doing business. “

Datscha’s award-winning software service has become the standard for property markets in Sweden and Finland and was recently introduced into the UK

Florin Iarca, Datscha UK

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For more information, please contact:

Florin Iarca
Head of Sales, UK & Continental Europe
+44 (0)7429 707004 
florin.iarca@datscha.com

About Datscha

Datscha is Sweden's leading provider of web-based services for information and analysis of commercial real estate in the Swedish, Finnish and UK real estate markets. The service includes information on real estate, rental levels, property holdings and the possibility to simulate market values. Datscha has over 1,000 corporate customers, most of whom are active in the finance or real estate industry. Datscha was recently acquired by U.S. commercial real estate data provider Real Capital Analytics (RCA) in one of the largest European transactions within PropTech in 2019. www.datscha.co.uk.

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