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First Advantage Corporation Acquires International Employment Screening Firm Quest Research Ltd.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- First Advantage Corporation , a leading United States-based risk mitigation and business solutions provider, today announced that it has acquired Quest Research Ltd., the premier provider of employment screening services in India and East Asia. This strategic addition of Quest Research bolsters the international employment screening operations of First Advantage, situating First Advantage to more effectively service multinational corporations' demands for these services.

During the past two years, First Advantage has explored various strategic growth opportunities globally that would provide the company with a competitive advantage in serving multinational corporations. Growing market demand for international screening, coupled with First Advantage's early successes with operations in Bangalore, India, encouraged management to focus on Asia-based screening services.

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Quest Research currently provides comprehensive screening programs for more than 200 companies with presence in India and East Asia, including multinational corporations in the financial services, technology, and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries. The company also provides international services for other employment screening firms in the United States and Europe. With additional offices in New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai, India; Beijing; Hong Kong; Singapore; and Perth, Australia, Quest Research has nearly 400 employees and the infrastructure to deliver its global screening offering, which includes education, qualifications and employment verification, as well as public records searches.

"Although literally a world apart, Quest Research and First Advantage have very complementary objectives and resources that make this acquisition beneficial for both companies, our employees and respective clients," said John Long, chief executive officer of First Advantage Corporation.

"The addition of Quest's substantive infrastructure and expertise in the international marketplace, along with First Advantage's recent investment in fingerprinting biometrics, sets First Advantage significantly ahead in the screening industry," Long said. "Today, we have redefined First Advantage -- positioning ourselves as a truly unique, insightful and resourceful industry leader."

"We are excited to have First Advantage's resources to continue our expansion in the Asian marketplace," said Yogesh Bhura, general manager of India operations for Quest Research. "As employment screening becomes more commonplace in the Indian and East Asian workplace, the growth opportunities for First Advantage are significant."

"Our success in the past five years is evidence of the market potential that Quest Research can tap for First Advantage," said John Baxter, general manager of East Asia operations for Quest Research. "We are looking forward to integrating Quest's expertise and operations with First Advantage's technology to offer our clients comprehensive employment screening solutions worldwide."

First Advantage anticipates that all Quest Research locations will remain in operation as First Advantage provides additional investment to expand the infrastructure and scope of its newly acquired international employment screening operations.

As part of First Advantage, Quest Research will change its name to First Advantage Quest Research and will report to Bart Valdez, president of the Employment Screening Services division of First Advantage.

About First Advantage Corporation

First Advantage Corporation provides best-in-class, single-source risk mitigation and business process solutions for enterprise clients and consumers. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology, proprietary systems and data resources, First Advantage is a leading provider of employment background screening, drug-free workplace programs and other occupational health testing, corporate tax consulting services, resident screening, motor vehicle records, transportation credit reporting, investigative services (including computer forensics, data recovery, electronic discovery, and surveillance), supply chain security consulting, and consumer location services. First Advantage ranks among the top three companies in all of its major business lines. First Advantage is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has nearly 2,200 employees in offices throughout the United States and abroad. Further information about the company is available at

First Advantage is a majority-owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation , a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889. First American is the nation's largest data provider, supplying businesses and consumers with information resources in connection with the major economic events of people's lives. Additional information about the First American Family of Companies can be found at

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company that are considered "forward-looking statements." These statements, which may be expressed in a variety of ways, including the use of future or present tense language, relate to, among other things, enhanced products and services and growth opportunities. These forward-looking statements, and other forward-looking statements contained in other public disclosures of the company, are based on assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties and that are subject to change based on various important factors (some of which are beyond the company's control). Factors that could cause the anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements include: general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of the company's Class A common stock; the company's ability to successfully raise capital; the company's ability to identify and complete acquisitions and successfully integrate businesses it acquires; changes in applicable government regulations; the degree and nature of the company's competition; increases in the company's expenses; continued consolidation among the company's competitors and customers; unanticipated technological changes and requirements; and the company's ability to identify suppliers of quality and cost-effective data. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied as a result of these risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.
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CONTACT: Renee Svec, Director of Marketing & Communications, +1-727-214-3411, ext. 212,, or Cindy Williams, Investor Relations Manager, +1-727-214-3438, ext. 260,, both of First Advantage

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