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Black Knight and Intercontinental Exchange Announce Agreement to Sell Black Knight’s Empower LOS Business to Constellation Software Inc.

Atlanta & New York & Jacksonville, FL, (Business Wire March 7, 2023) — Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) and Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) announced today that, in connection with their previously announced merger agreement for ICE’s acquisition of Black Knight, they have agreed to sell Black Knight’s Empower loan origination system (LOS) business, including its Exchange, LendingSpace and AIVA solutions, to Perseus Group, a subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU). ICE and Black Knight have also amended the terms of their merger agreement.

ICE and Black Knight entered into the divestiture agreement in connection with efforts to secure clearance of ICE’s proposed acquisition of Black Knight under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act. The divestiture transaction is subject to the closing of ICE’s acquisition of Black Knight and other customary closing conditions.

The amended merger agreement terms value Black Knight at $75 per share, or a market value of $11.7 billion, with consideration in the form of a mix of approximately $68 per share in cash and stock with an exchange ratio of 0.0682 based on ICE’s 10-day VWAP as of March 3, 2023 of $102.62. As under the original terms, Black Knight shareholders can elect to receive either cash or stock, subject to proration, with the value of the cash election and the stock election equalized at the closing of the acquisition.

ICE’s proposed acquisition of Black Knight remains under review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and closing is subject to the receipt of required regulatory clearances, Black Knight shareholder approval of the amended merger agreement and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. In connection with the amendment to the merger agreement, ICE has committed to, among other things, litigate with the FTC, if necessary, to obtain approval of the merger.

Truist Securities, Inc. served as lead financial advisor to Intercontinental Exchange and Black Knight for the sale of the Empower LOS.

About Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) is a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. We provide financial technology and data services across major asset classes that offer our customers access to mission-critical workflow tools that increase transparency and operational efficiencies. We operate exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, and clearing houses that help people invest, raise capital and manage risk across multiple asset classes. Our comprehensive fixed income data services and execution capabilities provide information, analytics and platforms that help our customers capitalize on opportunities and operate more efficiently. At ICE Mortgage Technology, we are transforming and digitizing the U.S. residential mortgage process, from consumer engagement through loan registration. Together, we transform, streamline and automate industries to connect our customers to opportunity.

Trademarks of ICE and/or its affiliates include Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, ICE block design, NYSE and New York Stock Exchange. Information regarding additional trademarks and intellectual property rights of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. and/or its affiliates is located here. Other products, services, or company names mentioned herein are the property of, and may be the service mark or trademark of, their respective owners. Key Information Documents for certain products covered by the EU Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation can be accessed on the relevant exchange website under the heading “Key Information Documents (KIDS).”

About Black Knight

Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI) is an award-winning software, data and analytics company that drives innovation in the mortgage lending and servicing and real estate industries, as well as the capital and secondary markets. Businesses leverage our robust, integrated solutions across the entire homeownership life cycle to help retain existing customers, gain new customers, mitigate risk and operate more effectively.

Our clients rely on our proven, comprehensive, scalable products and our unwavering commitment to delivering superior client support to achieve their strategic goals and better serve their customers. For more information on Black Knight, please visit their website.

About Constellation Software

Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU) acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses that provide mission-critical software solutions. For more information about Constellation Software, please visit their website.

The original story was first published on PRWeb on March 7, 2023.

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