StatPro Group provides cloud-based portfolio analytics solutions to the global investment community.
StatPro has acquired ECPI, a small Italian environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and index business, for c €2.9m. While the deal is small, we believe there is significant potential to cross-sell its products to StatPro’s large global client base. StatPro has announced a strategic partnership with JP Morgan’s Data and Analytics business to develop risk and performance attribution capabilities for portfolio managers through JP Morgan’s flagship data and analytics platform. In our view, the shares continue to look undervalued, given the group’s c £56m recurring revenue book and the attractive rating (c 14x FY20e), especially in light of the active M&A backdrop in the financial software sector.
StatPro’s products are targeted at the global wealth management industry. The outlook for fund managers has been showing improvements. PwC estimated global AuM were $98.1tn in 2017 and are expected to rise to $145.4tn in 2025 (5.0% CAGR). Asset managers have a reputation for being slow to adopt digital technology, but StatPro believes this is now changing. It says that many clients are transforming their technology and the middle office, where StatPro is strong, is part of this process. StatPro is the first cloud-based analytics platform targeting the sector and is therefore well-placed to address the market.