FD announces its entry into Retail Analytics market

8 November 2016

First Derivatives plc
(“FD” or the “Group”)

Entry into Retail Analytics market

FD (AIM: FDP.L, ESM: FDP.I) announcesits entry into the retail analytics market, using its Kx technology as a platform to develop solutions under a team of leading retail technology specialists recently recruited by the Group. The move opens up an addressable opportunity which, according to MarketsandMarkets, is expected to grow at 19% per annum to be valued at more than $5 billion per annum in 2020.

The explosion of data volumes in the retail industry is driving demand for technologies that can provide real-time analysis, which Kx, with its pedigree in handling the most demanding data challenges in capital markets, is ideally placed to meet. FD has demonstrated the capabilities of Kx to a number of leading retailers across various market segments and as a result has identified an attractive range of solutions delivering high return on investment for prospective retail customers. These solutions include analytics combining streaming and historical data around point of sale, inventory control and planning, loss prevention and customer insights. Kx’s ultra-high performance, enhanced by predictive analytics and machine learning capabilities, provides the ideal next generation platform for retail analytics.

To deliver this opportunity FD has recruited a team of leading retail technology specialists headed by Damon Bryan, Peter Denby and Thomas Hill, who have held senior leadership positions at leading retailers including Asda and Walmart and consumer brands such as Sky. Their experience includes the creation of innovative data-driven solutions that have delivered operational efficiencies and competitive advantage across multiple industries.

FD intends to develop solutions that will focus on analysing large volumes of data in real time to allow instant decision making that supports the customer and provides operational efficiencies, as well as allowing business units to make more profitable decisions and provide an organisation-wide view of performance across multiple business units.

Damon Bryan commented:

“There is more data than ever in retail and this is growing as the industry becomes technology and multi-channel focused, but many retailers are still struggling to realise the full potential value through genuine, simple and executable solutions. Kx’s ability to deal with huge volumes of data takes the art of what is possible to the next level.Combining Kx with our proven retail analytics solutions and expertise will provide incremental value in areas such as merchandising, marketing and operational optimisation to deliver huge and immediate value to retailers.”

Brian Conlon, Chief Executive Officer of FD, commented:

“We are confident that the market-leading performance of our technology has the capability to disrupt a number of markets, of which retail is one that we consider to be sufficiently attractive to develop our own solutions. Combining the power of Kx with the deep domain expertise of Peter, Thomas and Damon will enable us to quickly develop and market solutions that we believe leading retailers will find compelling.”

For further information please contact:

First Derivatives plc
+44(0)28 3025 2242

Brian Conlon, Chief Executive Officer
Graham Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer
Ian Mitchell, Head of Investor Relations

Investec Bank plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
+44 (0)20 7597 4000

Dominic Emery
Carlton Nelson
Sebastian Lawrence

Goodbody (ESM Adviser and Broker)
+353 1 667 0420

Finbarr Griffin

FTI Consulting
+44 (0)20 3727 1000

Matt Dixon / Dwight Burden / Antonia Gray

About FD
FD is a global technology provider with 20 years of experience. The Group’s Kx technology is used by some of the world’s largest finance, technology and energy institutions. FD employs over 1,700 people worldwide and has operations in London, New York, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Palo Alto, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dublin, Belfast and its headquarters in Newry.

For further information, please visit www.fdtechnologies.com