Emerson Electric by Permasense Ltd from Imperial Innovations for £30.6million

Imperial Innovations Group plc has announced that Fortune 500 company Emerson Electric, has purchased its portfolio company Permasense Limited (‘Permasense’ or ‘the Company’).

An initial consideration of £30.6 million was paid in cash on completion. Further amounts of up to £10.0 million may be paid in addition, subject to the Permasense business achieving certain performance targets during the next 13 months. Innovations owned a 23.0% equity stake in Permasense on completion. As at 31 January 2016, this had a net investment carrying value of £1.8 million (after accounting for the revenue share). The initial consideration has generated net proceeds to Innovations of £3.7 million. In addition, an equal payment of £3.7 million will be distributed to Imperial College as revenue share.

Permasense is the world leader in the field of continuous integrity monitoring for the oil & gas production, refining and power industries, providing real-time data-to-desk measurement of fixed equipment wall thicknesses in inhospitable and inaccessible environments. The Company’s non-intrusive integrity monitoring systems use proprietary sensor technology and wireless data delivery to continuously monitor pipes for metal loss from corrosion or erosion, and reliably deliver high integrity data even in the most difficult environments. Permasense’s systems therefore help to minimise the risk of unplanned outage and improve safety by reducing inspection personnel exposure to hazards such as high temperature metalwork, or in elevated or offshore locations.

Emerson based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.

Permasense was incorporated to develop and commercialise technology originally developed by Imperial College London and was co-founded by Innovations in 2008. Innovations’ equity stake largely derives from early commercial support provided to the founders by Innovations’ Technology Transfer Office, as well as from licensing the founding intellectual property. Permasense generated revenues, rapidly becoming self-financing, and hence did not require funding as part of the Group’s investment portfolio. Innovations ‘IP Equity’ stake was acquired at nil cost and is subject to a revenue share that that will return 50% of its proceeds to Imperial College London.

About Permasense

Permasense are a leading  leading provider of non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technology for oil production, refining, chemical, power, pipelines, metals and mining and other industries. Permasense monitoring systems use unique sensor technology, wireless data delivery and advanced analytics to continuously monitor for metal loss from corrosion or erosion in pipes, pipelines or vessels, and reliably deliver high-integrity data from even the harshest environments


Source: Imperial Innovations Group Press ReleaseA

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