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Xylem to acquire pure technologies

Xylem Inc.has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Pure Technologies Ltd. for CAD $9.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of CAD$509 million, or $397mn.

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Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Pure Technologies Ltd. for CAD $9.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of CAD$509 million, or $397mn.

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.

For today's industrial producers, water and wastewater are critical considerations but they are not necessarily core to their businesses. Being able to rely on a trusted expert gives manufacturers peace of mind, allowing them to focus on their key business objectives. We spoke with Mitch Summerfield, vice president and general manager of light industry technologies for Evoqua Water Technologies, about what it takes to be a leader in water and wastewater services for the industrial sector.

"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," said Patrick Decker, Xylem President and Chief Executive Officer.

"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."

Earlier this year, 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.

Decker continued, "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."

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 U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Australia and China. Approximately 90 percent of its 2016 revenues were generated in North America.

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

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