At the recent IACT (Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers) Conference in Dublin, Antony Barnes, Group Treasurer of Experian plc delivered a presentation on his experiences of running a FTSE 100 treasury function in Dublin. This article is based on the presentation and gives an insight into some of his key areas of focus.
Experian is a global leader in providing information, analytical tools and marketing services to organisations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions. Experian became an independent company in October 2006 following the successful demerger from its parent company, GUS, a long-established retail and business services group in the UK. Since then, the company has made a series of strategic acquisitions, which have extended the scope and geographic reach of its activities, such as Serasa in June 2007, which took Experian into Latin America.
Around half of annual revenues are derived from North America and a quarter in UK and Ireland, with substantial activities in EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The company employs around 15,500 people in 38 countries, supporting clients in more than 65 countries. Its annual sales are US$4.1 billion with EBIT of $938m and net debt of $2.7bn.