TRG Screen Announces Acquisition of Axon Financial Systems

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

TRG SCREEN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF AXON FINANCIAL SYSTEMS Investment Solidifies TRG Screen’s Position as Global Market Leader in Market Data Management June 20, 2019 – New York – TRG Screen, (“TRG”) the leading provider of enterprise subscription spend management solutions, today announced it has acquired Axon Financial Systems (“Axon”), the leading provider of exchange policy and compliance solutions which assist market data consumers, exchanges and vendors ensure compliance and optimize their spend and revenue. The acquisition of Axon will further solidify TRG’s position as a global market leader in enterprise spend management for financial market data. Axon’s offerings include the award-winning PEAR database of exchange policies and compliance rules, the ADS (“Axon Declaration Service”) managed exchange declaration service allowing consumer firms to ensure their exchange policy compliance and maximize netting and MISU credits, ACT (“Application Compliance Tool”) which gives a clear view of the exchange compliance obligations for a firm’s applications, and ADP (“Axon Declaration Portal”) which provides a solution for exchanges and vendors to streamline the collection and management of market data usage declarations. TRG plans significant future investment across Axon’s product and content set. Additionally, the deal will bring significant benefits to customers by connecting TRG’s subscription spend management capabilities seamlessly with Axon’s compliance capabilities providing a unique joined up solution to both challenges. TRG announced that it has already commenced initial activities to integrate information from Axon’s PEAR database into TRG’s FITS and INFOmatch spend platforms. FITS and INFOmatch licensees will benefit from exchange policy notifications delivered into their spend management platforms at no additional cost. Additionally, FITS & INFOmatch user firms who subscribe to PEAR will receive cost projections based on the exchanges in their inventory and be able to action changes. “I have known Chris, Aaron, Steve and the Axon team since they founded the business 4 years ago and have been very impressed with their focus and success in helping their clients address the ever-increasing compliance challenges” said TRG CEO Steve Matthews. “We have felt for some time that TRG Screen and Axon are natural partners given the growing demand for compliance solutions from our existing customer base of over 200 financial services customers. Combining our joint capabilities will enable us to provide the marketplace with an integrated suite of spend, usage and compliance solutions, consistent with our vision of providing a single platform meeting all of our clients enterprise subscription management needs.”. “We are very excited at the opportunities this acquisition brings” said Axon co-founder and CEO Chris Hutton. “This investment in Axon's product set will offer our combined client base access to a best of breed product suite, helping them address their market data compliance and administrative needs. We have long discussed the synergies between our two companies, and we are delighted that the combination of TRG and Axon is the culmination of those discussions. “ The acquisition demonstrates the TRG’s ongoing commitment to servicing the needs of the market data consumers, vendors and exchanges. Recent other transaction highlights include the acquisition of Screen Group and their INFOmatch product, acquisition of Priory Solutions and their ResearchMonitor usage management product, partnership with Vela as the exclusive reseller of DART, and investment from Pamlico Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. About TRG Screen TRG Screen (“TRG”) is the leading provider of enterprise subscription management solutions. Founded in 1998, TRG is uniquely differentiated by its ability to monitor both spend and usage of data and information services including market data, research, software licenses, consulting and other corporate expenses. TRG’s solutions provide its customers with full transparency into their vendor relationships and their subscription spend and usage, enabling them to optimize their enterprise subscriptions. TRG acquired Priory Solutions in 2016 and Screen Group in 2018 and with these acquisitions is now positioned as the global market leader in the financial, legal and professional services markets. TRG’s product portfolio includes FITS and INFOmatch spend management, ResearchMonitor usage monitoring and Quest enquiry management solutions. For more information visit About Axon Financial Services Since its launch in 2014 Axon has been disrupting the market data management industry by using technology to streamline market data reporting and administration. Axon products ease the burden of compliance for market data teams by helping them improve processes, reduce costs, and lower the risk of unwelcome audit findings caused by inaccurate monitoring of market data usage. ### For more information, please contact: Press Enquiries: Roel Mels, +31 73 6122940, Sales Enquiries: Jared Libby, +1 212 499 2683, or Leigh Walters, +44 (0)20 3887 0570,