Pressure Technologies (LON: PRES), the specialist engineering group, today announced that further to its update on 28 May 2019 it has now completed the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, PT Biogas Holdings Limited (“Greenlane”), which is the holding company for the Group’s Alternative Energy Division, to Creation Capital Corp (TSX-V: CRN.P) (“Creation Capital”), a capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”), for an aggregate price of £11.1 million (the “Sale”).
Commenting on the Sale, Joanna Allen, Chief Financial Officer of Pressure Technologies, said: “The completion of this sale concludes the Board’s process to realise the potential of the Greenlane Biogas business in the expanding market for renewable natural gas. I would like to thank the Greenlane team for their hard work and wish them and the new leadership team all the best for their future as Greenlane Renewables Inc. We will remain a supportive shareholder and anticipate retaining our holding for the medium term.”
Summary of the Sale
The aggregate purchase price of £11.1 million is before adjustments for working capital and debtlike items based on a lock box balance sheet as at 2 February 2019. Under a lock box pricing mechanism, the purchase price is adjusted based on an historical balance sheet and there are no further post-closing adjustments for cash, debt and working capital. The lock box adjustments have reduced the consideration to £10.1 million.
Following the conclusion of the private placement, the final consideration for the Sale is therefore comprised:
· £2.0 million cash;
· £2.0 million of Consideration Securities in Greenlane Renewables Inc, representing a 21% holding after satisfaction of certain fees and completion incentives; and
· £6.1 million by way of a promissory note (the “Promissory Note”). The Promissory Note will (i) be denominated 50 per cent. in pounds sterling and 50 percent in Canadian dollars; (ii) mature 48 months from Completion; (iii) bear interest at the rate of 7% per annum and (iv) be secured by a pledge of all of the issued and outstanding Greenlane Ordinary Shares and all of the assets of Greenlane.
A Pressure Technologies nominee will be appointed as an outside observer to all Greenlane Renewables Inc. board meetings and activities until such time as the Promissory Note, together with all accrued and unpaid interest, is paid in full and retired.
Further details will be available in due course under Creation Capital’s SEDAR profile and can be accessed via this link. Link to SEDAR.
Benefits of the Sale
The cash to be received by the Group on Completion will be used to pay down the Group’s debt and the strengthened balance sheet will enable the Group to focus investment on its core specialist engineering businesses. As at 30 September 2018, the Group’s net debt was £6.7 million.
Pressure Technologies was founded on its leading market position as a designer and manufacturer of high pressure systems serving the global energy, defence and industrial gases market. Since listing on AIM in 2007 it has grown by acquisition and today continues to serve those markets from a broader engineering base with specialist precision engineering businesses.Gresham House Strategic PLC (LON:GHS) has a 5.4% ownership of Pressure Technologies as of June 2018