Inspired Energy acquires Flexible Energy Management and Churchcom 

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Inspired Energy has acquired the trade and assets of Flexible Energy Management Limited and 100% of the shares in Churchcom Limited.

Flexible Energy Management Limited (FEM)

Founded in 2012 , FEM is a public sector energy procurement specialist, servicing a customer base comprising of NHS foundation trusts/hospitals and academic and sporting institutions, through two NHS sponsored OJEU frameworks*. The business is based in Manchester, the two Directors of FEM have over 20 years’ experience in the NHS. 

Inspired are paying £2.2 million in cash for FEM and in addition will issue of 2,993,653 new ordinary shares to the shareholders, who will remain with the business. For the financial year ended 31 March 2016, FEM delivered revenues of £0.65 million, EBITDA of £0.47 million and generated operating cash of £0.47 million.

Churchcom Limited

Churchcom is an energy procurement consultant based in Peterlee, County Durham. Churchcom operates under two trading divisions, Church Energy Purchasing Group, which specialises in energy procurement for churches and Energy Partners, offering energy procurement services for commercial customers, complementing Inspired’s core Corporate Division.

Inspired are paying £1.4 million in cash for Churchcom. For the financial year ended 31 January 2017, Churchcom delivered revenues of £0.64 million, EBITDA of £0.35 million and generated operating cash of £0.47 million. Net assets as at 31 December 2016 stood at £0.24 million. The founder directors of Churchcom have sold the business in order to retire and will leave after a handover period.

Commenting on the acquisitions, Janet Thornton, CEO of Inspired Energy said: “We are delighted to conclude the acquisition of Flexible Energy Management and Churchcom, which are highly complementary additions to the Group’s core corporate division. These acquisitions broaden our customer base, further enhance our sector specialisms and increase our geographical spread. “

The acquisitions are being financed from the Group’s existing financial resources, with funding provided by an extension to the Group’s existing £3.5 million acquisition facility with Santander to £5.1 million.

* OJEU frameworks are framework agreements which govern the procurement process for Public Sector Bodies with the intention of improving the effectiveness of the tender process. The frameworks are subject to the rules of Regulation 33 of the Public Contracts Regulation 2015 which transposes Article 33 of Directive 2014/24/EU.

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ESG logoEnergy Services Group (ESG), the retail energy industry’s provider of SaaS solutions including transaction management (EDI), billing and CIS, wholesale energy services, and sales and pricing, supported by private equity firm Accel-KKR, has acquired UK-based Utiligroup from NorthEdge Capital. Founded in 1997, Utiligroup is a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to the utilities and energy industries. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NorthEdge initially backed Utiligroup in a £16.1 million management buyout from owners Bglobal (now part of Energy Assets Group) in June 2014. Story Link

Global had acquired Utiligroup in 2010 for a reported maximum consideration of up to £12.8 million. Story Link

UtiligroupThe sale to ESG is the fifth exit from NorthEdge’s maiden £225m Fund I and has generated a gross 5.7x return on investment. NorthEdge is reinvesting alongside
Accel-KKR as part of the new deal.

“ESG continues to build on our strategy of providing best-in-class technology solutions and services to energy resellers and empowering energy choice around the world,” said CEO Phil Galati. “We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to grow our market presence and strengthen our product offerings through the partnership with Utiligroup.”

According to Matthew Hirst, CEO at Utiligroup, “We have built a leadership position in the UK market by consistently innovating, using our deep industry expertise to help our customers grow and evolve with the market.” “We look forward to this next chapter, bringing the best of ESG and Utiligroup to our customers across the globe.”

The UK entity will continue operations as Utiligroup, and Matthew Hirst will remain as CEO of the UK business, reporting to Phil Galati, ESG CEO.  Matthew will also join the board of directors of ESG.

The acquisition of Utiligroup by ESG follows the acquisition of Latitude Technologies in November 2016.

USA, Norwell, MA and UK, Chorley, UK

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ZPG Plc acquires Expert Agent

zpgZPG Plc has acquired Expert Agent. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Established in 2003, Expert Agent provides cloud-based software solutions and systems for the day-to-day management of inventory, marketing and communications for estate agents and lettings agents across the UK. 

expertagentUntil February 2017 ZPG Plc was called Zoopla Property Group Plc. The company is already the owner of Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group.

Expert Agent will continue to operate as a standalone platform and brand and the team will become part of the Property Services division of ZPG.

Mark Goddard, Managing Director, ZPG Property Services said, “This acquisition helps us continue to enhance the services we offer to UK property professionals, including software and CRM, digital marketing and data insight tools. We will integrate our MoveIT and MyPropertyFile products into the Expert Agent platform in time to provide its members with a range of new revenue opportunities. Our ambition is to be the most effective partner to the UK property industry and this deal is another step towards that goal. We look forward to welcoming Mike and his team to the ZPG family.”

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clearesult_logoCLEAResult, a provider of energy efficiency services in North America, has acquired Green Team Energy Services, a provider of digital, cloud-based energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM) software that leverages the Salesforce.com CRM platform. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

dsmtracker_4302013Green Team’s cloud based software, DSMTracker, will be incorporated into CLEAResult’s residential, commercial and industrial, and marketing offerings. CLEAResult will also offer DSMTracker as a standalone software platform. Several utility companies, including Duke Energy and Alameda Municipal Power, have adopted DSMTracker to automate key aspects of their DSM programs, including program planning and design, marketing, tracking, execution, electronic rebate processing, document management and reporting.

 

Green Team was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Atlanta. All of Green Team’s employees will join CLEAResult.

“As our clients’ industry evolves, leading-edge technology applications for energy efficiency have taken on tremendous importance in terms of creating differentiated experiences and customer growth,” said Aziz Virani, CLEAResult CEO. “This technology investment will allow us to further increase the value we are able to create for our clients as the leading provider of energy efficiency programs, and reflects our continued commitment to bring innovative technologies and capabilities that will help our utility clients succeed.”

 

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RWS Holdings plc to acquire life sciences language services provider LUZ

rwsRWS Holdings plc, a provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, is to acquire LUZ, Inc., a US based life sciences language services provider for $82.5 million. RWS is placing 12.1 million new Ordinary Shares to raise £40 million to part-fund the Acquisition. The balance will be funded from a new $26.3 million banking facility with Barclays Bank as well as existing RWS cash resources.The acquisition is expected to complete on 17 February 2017 following completion of the Placing.

luzBased in San Francisco with around 100 employees, LUZ is a life sciences translation provider, specialising in medical devices and regulatory activities. LUZ services a number of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Services include translation, desktop publishing, client review coordination, and project management.

In the year to 31 December 2016, LUZ delivered revenue of $29.2 million (2015: $23.7 million; 2014: $21.2 million) and operating profit of $7.7 million (2015: $3.6 million; 2014: $3.4 million).

The operational management team of LUZ is expected to continue in current roles; the founders and current owners will exit in full after a short transition period.

Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented: “We are delighted to be acquiring LUZ which, together with CTi, will strengthen the Enlarged Group as a leading player in the global Life Sciences translation space, with a significant presence across North America, Europe and Asia. We are also pleased with the level of support we have received from existing shareholders and new institutional investors in the Placing.”

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Independent British energy supplier Ovo acquires U.S. smart grid technology company VCharge

ovoOVO Energy, a UK based independent energy supplier, has acquired of US energy technology company, VCharge. Headquartered near Boston, VCharge has developed a proprietary technology platform that changes how electric grids are controlled in preparation for the rapid transition to renewable energy and energy storage, helping to solve the problem of renewables intermittency. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vchargeThe groundbreaking technology uses advanced algorithms to balance grid requirements with individual user requirements.  The first application of the pioneering technology controls electric storage heating in social housing to better manage resident comfort and to address the issue of fuel poverty in local communities, while simultaneously supporting the widespread adoption of renewable energy by providing valuable grid balancing services.

VCharge heating controls are fitted to new or existing electric storage heaters and can be controlled via a smartphone.  When coupled with a new smart tariff, residents experience dramatically improved comfort, lower bills and have control over their heating systems for the first time.

VCharge has completed a number of successful trials of the technology over the last year with major social housing landlords in London, Scotland and the North East, and, with OVO, will begin offering free heating control upgrades combined with a new smart energy tariff to the 1.5m households in Great Britain with electric storage heaters later this year.

The acquisition is the first in OVO’s seven year history.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO of OVO, said: “I’m thrilled to bring VCharge into the OVO family. The team have been doing incredibly exciting and important work in developing technologies that answer the enormous challenge of how to bring more renewable energy to grids around the world. We believe this platform will harness the potential of energy storage in reducing dependency on fossil fuels, while helping to make energy more affordable for all.”

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The Anthesis Group acquires energy and carbon management solutions provider Sustain

anthesis-logoThe Anthesis Group, a sustainability services and solutions provider, has acquired Sustain, the Bristol-based energy and carbon management solutions provider. This is the tenth acquisition since the formation of Anthesis in September 2013. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sustain is a UK energy and carbon management company dedicated to providing cost and carbon efficiencies. Through a team of expert engineers, consultants and project managers Sustain design, deliver and manage energy resources for clients in public and private sector organizations.

Stuart McLachlan, CEO of Anthesis Group, said “Joining forces with Sustain allows us to enhance the Group’s offering in the energy efficiency market, an area where we are seeing particular growth. We are now able to support our clients in the end-to-end design and implementation of energy and carbon management projects”; he continued “there are great synergies for Anthesis and Sustain, with strong alignment between our delivery ethos and driving business value through sustainability.”

Tobias Parker, Managing Director of Sustain remains with the company and will join The Anthesis Group board.

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