2017 Annual Report

Essential intelligence shapes a world of opportunity

Amidst changes in technology, in customer expectations and financial markets, S&P Global sees a global economy full of opportunity. To capitalize on these exciting opportunities, we know that the intelligence we provide—our data, benchmarks and analytics—needs to be relevant and delivered in a way that makes it essential to our customers and to the markets.

Data becomes essential intelligence

Since the acquisition of SNL Financial in 2015 and its integration with S&P Capital IQ, we have been working to realize the promise of these two businesses. Last year we completed a $100 million synergy program ahead of schedule, as all projects have been concluded or launched, and we showcased the clearest evidence yet of the potential of this powerful combination with the preview release of the Market Intelligence platform. The Market Intelligence platform unites the unique insights and user experience of the SNL desktop with S&P Capital IQ data, with additional functionality and content to be added over time. Data, news, research and analytics come together to form essential intelligence.

The Market Intelligence platform delivers essential intelligence for users.

Essential intelligence drives confident decisions

Essential intelligence—our fundamental data, research, price assessments and other offerings—enables companies, governments and individuals to make decisions with conviction when deep analytics and in-depth knowledge are applied to allow conclusions to be drawn.

S&P Global Platts Analytics exemplifies the way we harvest data and connect dots across markets, commodities and regions to provide a clear and complete view of a market.

When uncertainty is perhaps the greatest commercial challenge of our time, how do customers remove enough doubt to make a decision? S&P Global Platts Analytics helps customers not only through its ongoing assessments of transactional price but also its analysis of trade flows and future supply, demand and value.

S&P Global Platts Analytics gives customers a view of what drives commodity prices.

Confident decisions create opportunity

Financial technologies, or fintech, hold the promise of delivering new value for customers and new growth opportunities for fast-moving companies that embrace profound change. Already these technologies have had an impact on global financial markets, and given rise to “robo-advisors” in wealth management, new e-payment systems and virtual currencies.

At S&P Global we are deeply engaged with the rapidly developing environment, taking steps to drive innovation and acquire the capabilities to better serve customers in the future. We have recently made investments in a number of early-stage businesses that specialize in machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics.

Envisioning future opportunities with fintech investments today.

Opportunity sets the world in motion

During the rest of 2018 and beyond, our essential intelligence will power the markets of the future. That creates a world of opportunities. Opportunities for growth. Opportunities for economic progress. Opportunities to build shareholder value.

A Growing Ecosystem: S&P Global’s Recent Fintech Investments

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To scale exposure to emerging technologies both in the U.S. and around the world, S&P Global is a limited partner in two fintech-focused funds – Green Visor (San Francisco) and Arbor (Hong Kong and Israel).
Kensho Technologies, Inc.is a leading edge provider of next-generation analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization systems to Wall Street's premier global banks and investment institutions, as well as the national security community. In March 2018, S&P Global signed an agreement to acquire Kensho.
In 2018, S&P Global acquired Panjiva, a company that provides deep, differentiated, sector-relevant insights on global supply chains, leveraging data science and technology to make sense of large, unstructured datasets.
Ursa Space Systems Inc. is an analytics-as-a-service company and leverages its experience with a unique form of satellite imagery (Synthetic Aperture Radar, or SAR). With new funding from S&P Global and other investors, Ursa expects to expand its global oil and gas information products and continue development of its proprietary machine vision and machine learning algorithms to bring additional economic indicators to market.
Pragmatix delivers leading-edge solutions in the ‘data-to-intelligence’ lifecycle to banking, financial services and insurance customers. Its big data capabilities and advanced data models provide descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics. CRISIL—India’s foremost provider of ratings, data, research, analytics and solutions, in which SPGI is a majority investor—acquired Pragamatix.