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Acquisition of Research Firm Strengthens Retail Real Estate Offering

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We continue to enhance our predictive product offerings, including proprietary valuation algorithms, to better assess the future financial risk associated with the investment in retail real estate properties.

Industry-leading retail consulting firm Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI), through its F&D Reports and Creditntell divisions and sister company FDARMS, is pleased to announce its acquisition of New York-based research and consulting firm RetailSails.

RetailSails performs comprehensive research on the U.S. retail and consumer goods industries, with a focus on real estate valuation tools. The Company utilizes qualitative and quantitative data to provide a precise and concise analysis of the complex set of factors impacting retailers and consumers.    

The acquisition of RetailSails complements ICI’s full-service financial consulting platform and accelerates its current real estate services expansion strategy. In addition to offering in-depth financial analysis of a significant number of North American retailers, the combined company provides its clients with easy access to an array of intuitive and interactive tools to assist in their investment decisions. Moreover, ICI’s expert analyst team prides itself on being accessible for one-on-one consultations to aid in the financial decision-making process, whether it be leasing retail space, extending inventory on terms, lending money, underwriting debt or other situations.

Commenting on the deal, ICI’s CEO Lawrence Sarf stated, “We’re excited about this acquisition, which aligns perfectly with the development of our current retail real estate services. With a glut of retail space hitting the street, including more than 600 closings recently announced by Sports Authority, Jos. A Bank, Men’s Warehouse, Walmart, Macy’s, Kohls, etc., we understand the importance of proactively identifying these closings so that retail real estate executives can find viable replacement tenants or market properties for a maximum return rather than a fire sale. To this end, we continue to enhance our predictive product offerings, including proprietary valuation algorithms, to better assess the future financial risk associated with the investment in retail real estate properties.”

Marc Heller, former CEO of RetailSails, commented that the acquisition by Creditntell “will provide RetailSails’ clients access to the premier retail analytical resource.” Mr. Heller added, “Equipping our clients with the best-in-class service was the primary objective in becoming part of the Creditntell team.”

RetailSails will be merged into ICI’s new REtail Tools service, which provides an in-depth and dynamic look at key real estate health metrics, including sales per square foot and comparable store sales, and provides store concentration heat maps with peer locator functionality. Additionally, the Store Overlap feature of REtail Tools has proven to offer predictive analytics on potential store closings. Please contact us to receive our “Kmart/Walmart/Target” or “Sports Authority/Dick’s Sporting Goods” Store Overlap Analysis.

Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports, Creditntell, & ARMS) is a leading retail credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today’s busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. To learn more, visit our websites at http://www.fdreports.com, http://www.creditntell.com, http://www.fdarms.com.

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