Strategy

Our strategy remains consistent: to become a global professional information solutions provider, a company that delivers improved outcomes for professional customers across industries. Our goal is to help our customers make better decisions, get better results and be more productive. We do this by leveraging a deep understanding of our customers to create innovative solutions which combine content and data with analytics and technology in global platforms. These solutions often account for about 1% of our customers’ total cost base but can have a significant and positive impact on the economics of the remaining 99%.

We aim to build leading positions in long-term global growth markets and leverage our skills, assets and resources across the company, both to build solutions for our customers and to pursue cost efficiencies.

During the year we continued to make progress in this strategic direction. We are systematically migrating all of our businesses across the Group towards electronic decision tools, adding broader datasets, embedding more sophisticated analytics and leveraging more powerful technology, primarily through organic development.

We are transforming our core business, building out new products and expanding into higher growth adjacencies and geographies. We are supplementing this organic development with selective acquisitions of targeted data and content sets, and assets in high-growth markets and geographies, where we are the natural owner and can accelerate our strategy with good returns. We continue to divest assets that we are unable to migrate or where we do not see significant future value creation for the Group.

By focusing on evolving the fundamentals of our business we believe that, over time, we are improving the business profile of the Group and the quality of our earnings. This is leading to more predictable revenues through a better asset mix and geographic balance; a higher growth profile by expanding in higher growth segments, exiting from structurally challenged businesses and gradually reducing the drag from print format declines; and improved returns by focusing on organic development with strong cash generation.