London Stock Exchange Acquires ESG Data Provider

Paris-based Beyond Ratings will integrate with the exchange group's existing ESG services

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) released a statement on Monday saying that it has acquired data provider Beyond Ratings. Neither company disclosed the terms of the deal.

“The acquisition of Beyond Ratings will accelerate [the LSE’s] ability to deliver research-driven multi-asset solutions in sustainable finance investing to our global client base,” said Waqas Samad, group director of information services at the LSE.

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Based in Paris, the LSE’s newest acquisition provides information on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) value of fixed income investments.

Most notable among the company’s products is a solution that allows investors to integrate ESG criteria into their credit risk analysis.

The French company also provides research on approximately 10,000 companies based in 175 countries.

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It is these services that will be integrated into the LSE’s existing set of ESG data services.

Specialized models

“[The LSE and Beyond Ratings] have worked together for some time on potential solutions and products based on client demand and market trends and will build on our strong ESG foundations to deliver valuable investment tools in the near future,” said Beyond Ratings CEO Rodolphe Bocquet.

According to the statement released by the exchange group, Beyond Ratings’ solutions will be added to the FTSE Russell’s existing ESG index and data offering.

On top of that, the acquisition will help to support the LSE’s own fixed income analytics service – The Yield Book.

“Beyond Ratings has a number of highly-regarded ESG data models developed by a strong team of ESG specialists,” added Samad.

“We very much look forward to working with the team at Beyond Ratings to deliver exciting and differentiated solutions for our clients over the coming months.”

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