U.S. credit reporting firm buys Datum in Costa Rica

Equifax Inc., the U.S. Credit reporting agency, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Datum, a major credit reporting company in Costa Rica. Financial details of the transactions were not disclosed.

Datum collects, synthesizes and provides consumer credit data to banks, telecommunications companies, retail and insurance businesses across Costa Rica. The company is headquartered in San José.

“The acquisition of this innovative, market-leading company is an indication of our commitment to the rapidly growing Costa Rican market, and further confirmation of our strategy to grow our presence internationally,” said Paulino R. Barros, Equifax president – international. “We will be able to offer Costa Rican businesses expanded products and services providing unprecedented financial insights to help them manage and grow their businesses.”

Equifax currently operates a global shared services center in Costa Rica that provides information technology, data processing and customer support. In 2010, the company doubled the size of the center, where it has more than 500 employees.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Equifax operates in four continents and 15 countries, is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

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