Informatica: an MDM deal of its own?

Contact: Brenon Daly

With one rumored pairing in the master data management (MDM) market still buzzing, word of another deal is beginning to circulate as well. Several sources have indicated that Informatica may have picked up Siperian and could announce the transaction as soon as Thursday, when it reports fourth-quarter results. (On that note, Wall Street analysts project that Informatica will report earnings of roughly $0.28 per share on sales of $139m, which would represent growth of 12% over the previous fourth quarter.) We would note that Siperian has relatively close ties to Informatica, and continues its OEM relationships with two companies the data integration giant previously acquired (Identity Systems and AddressDoctor).

The Informatica-Siperian chatter comes as IBM is thought to be close to announcing the purchase of fellow MDM vendor Initiate Systems. (Once an IPO hopeful, Initiate instead is rumored to be heading to Big Blue, with a deal expected to be announced in the next week or so.) According to our knowledge, Siperian is slightly less than half the size of Initiate, which we estimate finished last year with around $90m in revenue. We understand that Siperian, which now counts more than 50 enterprise customers, recently crossed into profitability.

While we couldn’t learn the exact price Informatica is paying for Siperian, it is likely to be a significant transaction for a company that typically inks deals totaling around $50m. (In the previous seven buys Informatica made since 2002, it paid between $28-85m.) In fact, one source indicated that the purchase of Siperian could be in the neighborhood of twice the size of its previous largest acquisition, its April 2008 pickup of Identity Systems. Informatica closed three deals last year.