ABB acquires Ventyx to strengthen its network management business

Zurich, Switzerland, May 5, 2010 — Automation technology group ABB will acquire Ventyx for more than $1 billion from Vista Equity Partners to become a provider of software solutions for managing energy networks.

Ventyx, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a software provider to global energy, utility, communications, and other asset-intensive businesses, offering a range of solutions including: asset management, mobile workforce management, energy trading and risk management, energy operations and energy analytics. The company also provides software solutions for planning and forecasting electricity needs, including renewables.

ABB will combine its related network management business within the Power Systems division, with Ventyx to form a single unit for energy management software solutions. By providing ABB with broader access to the utility enterprise management market, the acquisition triples the energy management software market available to ABB.

Ventyx has a large installed base in the US market and Europe and operates in more than 40 countries. Its customers include leading power utilities in the U.S. and Europe as well as industrial businesses. The company employs 900 people and reported 2009 revenues of about $250 million.

The acquisition is in line with ABB’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities that complement the company’s product, technology and geographical portfolio. It is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and ABB expects the transaction to be completed in the second quarter. ABB intends to pay for the acquisition in cash.

One of Ventyx’s key software applications gives utilities and grid operators the information they need to better match electricity generation with consumption, even at the household level. By generating real-time information on electricity demand, pricing and availability, Ventyx’s software enables a practical business model for utilities to generate revenues from smart grids and carbon trading.

Ventyx’s load forecasting software can also help to integrate large amounts of unpredictable renewable energies, such as wind and solar power. The company provides other asset management applications to fully integrate a utility’s business and enterprise systems across the entire value chain, and a comprehensive service suite to facilitate efficient resolution of network failures.

Vista Equity Partners based in San Francisco is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multilevel support towards companies realizing their full potential.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 117,000 people.

 

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