Xylem makes major acquisition

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Xylem has announced that it will acquire Pure Technologies for CAD$509 million, or USD$397 million.

Xylem will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Pure Technologies for CAD $9.00 per share in cash.  Pure’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends that Pure shareholders vote in favor of the transaction.

Pure provides unique diagnostic and analytics solutions and services based on proprietary technologies to address key water and wastewater infrastructure challenges. It is a leader in intelligent leak detection and condition assessment solutions for water distribution networks, a rapidly growing market driven by the increasing adoption of digital solutions to improve utilities’ capital and operating efficiency.

Patrick Decker, Xylem President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The addition of Pure will strengthen Xylem’s position as a leading provider of intelligent solutions that address the water industry’s most persistent problems.

“Aging infrastructure is a top concern of water utilities around the world, and infrastructure assessment is an attractive, growing market that directly addresses this challenge in a cost-effective way. Pure’s solutions strongly complement the broader Xylem portfolio, particularly our recently acquired Visenti and Sensus solutions, creating a unique and disruptive platform of diagnostic, analytics and optimisation solutions for clean and wastewater networks.

“Pure will also bring greater scale to our growing data analytics and software-as-a-service capabilities. As one company, we will provide customers with even more powerful and innovative solutions enabled by cutting-edge technologies.”

In early 2017, Xylem and Pure entered into an exclusive commercial partnership in which Xylem represents Pure’s products and services in parts of the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

Mr Decker said, “We have already begun executing on significant international growth opportunities through our existing commercial collaboration. Upon closing this transaction, those efforts will accelerate and expand globally. We are excited to be adding a tremendously talented team to Xylem that shares our commitment to bringing innovative solutions to the water industry. We look forward to continuing that work together to create substantial value for our customers and shareholders.”

Pure reported consolidated revenue of CAD$126 million and CAD$21 million in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the 12 months ending September 30, 2017.

Xylem expects to achieve at least $12 million in annual cost synergies within two years of closing, including elimination of redundant public company costs, and procurement and footprint consolidation opportunities. Xylem also expects to generate revenue synergies that include accelerated international growth and cross-selling of complementary customer solutions.

The USD$397 million valuation represents a multiple of approximately 17x 2018 estimated adjusted EBITDA for Pure, or approximately 11x including run-rate cost synergies.

Jack Elliott, President and CEO of Pure, said, “Throughout Pure’s evolution, we have been committed to delivering innovative and value-added solutions for our infrastructure clients.

“Following this transaction, as we become part of a larger, global enterprise, we will be even better positioned to make a meaningful impact in solving the world’s most pressing water and infrastructure challenges. The acquisition of our company by Xylem will be of substantial benefit to Pure, its clients and employees.”

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Pure has approximately 500 employees globally. It has corporate offices in Mississauga, Ontario, and Columbia, MD, as well as regional offices across the US, Mexico, Colombia, Australia and China. Approximately 90 per cent of its 2016 revenues were generated in North America.

Xylem will finance the transaction with cash and low interest, short-term debt. The transaction is subject to various customary closing conditions, including receipt of Canadian Court, Pure shareholders’ and regulatory approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (United States). It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

All of the directors and executive officers of Pure, who together hold in aggregate approximately 12 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Pure, have entered into voting support agreements with Xylem pursuant to which they have agreed to vote all of their voting securities in favor of the transaction, subject to their ability to terminate such agreements in certain circumstances.

The definitive agreement provides for customary board support and non-solicitation covenants, subject to a “fiduciary out” for unsolicited superior proposals, subject to Xylem’s right to match such superior proposals. The definitive agreement provides for the payment of a termination fee of CAD$25 million to Xylem in certain circumstances.

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