MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: Xylem Acquires MultiTrode

Xylem Inc. announced last month that it has acquired MultiTrode Pty Ltd., a privately held Australia-based water and wastewater technology and services company, for approximately $26 million. The actual terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With its advanced monitoring and control technologies, MultiTrode helps municipal and private water and wastewater authorities realize significant savings on operating costs, reducing energy consumption, call-outs, failures and overflows. MultiTrode’s technology and services portfolio includes pump station controllers and supervisors, level-sensing devices, web-based monitoring services, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software, panels and engineering and integration services.

“As a standalone water company, an essential part of Xylem’s growth strategy is to acquire companies that complement our own technology and geographic presence to better meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Gretchen McClain, Xylems president and chief executive officer.

“MultiTrode’s state-of-the-art and scalable platform builds on Xylem’s robust monitoring and control capability and will enable us to commercialize future products for the water and wastewater markets more quickly.”
MultiTrode Pty Ltd. was founded in 1986 and has approximately 60 employees.With additional offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, the company has extensive distribution channels throughout the world and recorded sales of approximately $13 million in fiscal 2012. Water authorities in more than 20 countries rely upon MultiTrode’s solutions to control and optimize some of the largest pump and lift stations in the world.

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