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Media Intelligence Has A New Name

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SYDNEY, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The 8th of February 2012 marks the launch of Sentia Media, the new corporate parent for the group of companies previously operating as part of the Media Monitors( ) Group, and owned by Quadrant Private Equity since July 2010.

Sentia Media CEO John Croll said: “Ours is a company with a long and proud history in media monitoring, with a record of industry leadership, providing ever faster and more accurate media information to our clients.

“Over the last five years, our growth path has become much broader, with the company commencing operations in a number of Asian markets as well as rapidly expanding our media analysis and introducing advisory and online business intelligence services. In all, we now have six industry leading brands providing services to over 6,000 clients across 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

“To put it simply, we are much more than a media monitoring business; we are a group of media services companies that can provide a broad range of information, analysis and advice, with solutions tailored to just about any type of organisation, large or small, single country or international.”

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“Sentia, derived from a Latin verb with three primary meanings, 1) I perceive, 2) I understand, 3) I have an opinion, more accurately reflects the comprehensive and customised nature of the company’s services. The new corporate structure will allow each of our service brands to develop their unique service proposition and meet both broad and niche market requirements across the entire region,” Mr Croll said.

Sentia Media now owns: Media Monitors, the leading media information supplier in the Asia-Pacific with 12 offices across Australia, New Zealand, mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore; MediaBanc, South East Asia’s largest monitoring company with offices in six countries; Brandtology, one of the world’s leading online business intelligence companies, headquartered in Singapore and experiencing exponential growth; 360m, our advisory and analysis company providing research-based insight and unrivalled experience; China Clippings, the leading provider of monitoring services to communications agencies across China; and Slice Media, Australasia’s most effective and comprehensive budget monitoring solution. Click here( ) for a video on the Sentia Media story.

About Sentia Media

Owned by Quadrant Private Equity, Sentia Media is the Asia-Pacific region’s leading media intelligence company, providing over 6,000 clients with media information, analysis and advice 24/7/365 through our range of six brands across the region. Sentia Media has more than 1,200 employees across 15 countries filtering information from over 10,000 print, radio and television media outlets and over 250 million online conversations per month. Our expert people, innovative technology, comprehensive coverage and rigorous research provides the tools and insight to allow our clients to manage media relationships effectively, track issues of interest across all media and analyse brands and industry developments.

For further information contact:

Patrick Baume
T: +612 9318 4012 M: +61 409 326 011
Tw: @sentiamedia

SOURCE: Media Monitors

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February 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

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Marsh: Interest in Trade Credit Insurance in Asia Soars By Up To 30%

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Recent Downgrades in Eurozone Increases Non-Payment Risk for Suppliers; Companies Seeking Greater Protection from Buyer Default

SINGAPORE, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Asian suppliers are becoming increasingly worried about the creditworthiness of their trading partners’ in Europe and the US, sparking increased interest in using trade credit insurance to protect their trade receivables.

Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, has seen a significant rise in requests for trade credit insurance quotes over past the three months compared to the same period last year, with interest up 30% and 20% in Singapore and Hong Kong respectively.

To help clients in Asia, Marsh has developed a regional trade credit insurance facility with a leading trade credit insurer specifically for small-to-medium sized enterprises. These are the companies most at risk for cash flow issues resulting from buyer default owing to reduced balance sheet strength and less ability to withstand financial shocks.

“Economic worries, particularly in Europe, are causing Asian suppliers to reassess the ability of their customers to pay,” said Richard Green, Head of Marsh’s Trade Credit and Political Risk Practice in Asia. “In response, companies are increasingly looking at trade credit insurance to protect cash flow.

“Given the environment, the trade credit insurance is market tightening with rates increasing in response to the poor macro-economic conditions in the Europe and the US. Our trade credit facility is one way we’re helping clients in Asia protect their revenue streams.”

With Asia being the engine for much of the world’s manufacturing output, the ability for its trading partners to pay — and the payment terms on which they transact — are critical for companies in the region. Trade credit insurance helps companies manage the risk of customers’ insolvency or payment default. It enables companies to trade on non-secure payment terms for account receivables, making them a more attractive trading partner for buyers.

From a buyer’s perspective, it is better to transact with a supplier on an open account basis rather than have to provide a letter of credit or a bank guarantee. Trade credit insurance allows suppliers to offer unsecured payment terms without taking on increased risk.

About Marsh

Marsh( ), a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, teams with its clients to define, design, and deliver innovative industry-specific solutions that help them protect their future and thrive. It has approximately 25,000 colleagues who collaborate to provide advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies( ) (NYSE: MMC), a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. With 52,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding US$10 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter( ), a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer( ), a global leader in human resource consulting and related services; and Oliver Wyman( ), a global leader in management consulting. Follow Marsh on Twitter @Marsh_Inc( ).


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February 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

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