FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7th February 2012, London: Brady plc (BRY.L), the leading supplier of trading and risk management solutions for energy, metals and soft commodities, announced today its intended acquisition of Navita Systems AS (”Navita”), a premier provider of software and services to the global energy and commodity trading community. This acquisition will further extend Brady’s footprint in the energy market as Navita’s solutions support trading and risk management in a number of segments already familiar to Brady, including electric power, gas, emissions / carbon and related commodities. Furthermore, Brady will gain an extended functional footprint in the areas of physical power and gas, as well as data management, scheduling and nominations, which will enhance its current product offering to the energy markets.
Norway-based Navita, founded in 2003, was formed out of the world’s first power exchange, Nord Pool, which was established in 1988. Navita has an established world-wide client base, with long-term clients, including major energy producers and traders. This acquisition will further strengthen Brady’s position as the largest European provider of specialist, integrated trading and risk management solutions to the global metals, commodity and energy markets. The deal is anticipated to complete in early March. Brady also announces a successful share placing with both existing and new investors which, along with existing cash resources and the issuance of Brady shares, will be used to finance the acquisition. This follows a £15 million placing in December 2010 and demonstrates continued strong support for Brady’s aggressive growth strategy. The Company looks forward to welcoming the new shareholders in what it sees as being another transformational deal.
“The completion of this acquisition will represent a significant step for Brady in our strategy to accelerate growth in our energy business and builds on the success to date of our Viz Risk Management acquisition in December 2010," Gavin Lavelle, Brady CEO, said. He continued, “The extended solution set which the combined company will bring to the market offers best of breed solutions, enabling customers to benefit from a one-stop shop for both their physical and derivatives trading and risk management solutions.”
"We will significantly increase the depth and breadth of our energy solutions portfolio by welcoming a team of highly-trained staff from Navita – individuals who know the marketplace and the market participants, and who already have existing client relationships. As a result of the acquisition we will also now have a greater presence in targeted international markets where we see significant opportunities for further growth. This will result in our being able to offer a greater service to our enlarged customer base.”
“It is Brady’s aim to be the definitive global partner of choice for trading, risk management and settlement solutions across all commodities and energy products. Navita will further strengthen our offerings in the energy markets following our entry into the market with the acquisition of Viz.” He added: “This will be of enormous benefit to customers of both Navita and Brady as energy prices are key for all industrial companies producing or fabricating commodities. The synergies, as well as the extended product offering, will serve to enhance Brady’s current solution portfolio. Brady has a successful track record of fast and efficient integration of acquired companies and we are confident clients will quickly see tangible and long term benefits from this latest acquisition.”
Knut Johansen, Navita CEO, commented, “Navita’s products are seen as the market standard for European energy trading and scheduling. Our close working relationships with the energy markets have resulted in Navita providing the most advanced solutions for energy data management, settlement, nomination, real-time trading, pricing, analysis and risk management currently available.” He continued, “Navita becoming part of Brady makes excellent strategic and commercial sense and provides a major opportunity to take Navita’s products to the global energy community. Through the current Brady Energy derivatives offering we anticipate being able to have an enhanced product portfolio to support our customers’ risk management requirements. We believe Brady’s complementary solutions, geographical coverage and strong balance sheet will help us to serve our customers and accelerate our growth.”
The acquisition has a compelling strategic and financial rationale for Brady and is expected to be an excellent opportunity to drive continued growth and further extend the geographical reach of the company. It comes quickly after the successful acquisition of Viz, which has shown substantial growth post-acquisition and performed ahead of the Board’s initial plans. Brady will now be able to offer its clients full cross-commodity coverage, with integrated solutions for the entire lifecycle of commodities and energy trading from capture, through processing, inventory, invoicing and, ultimately, reporting P&L on the trades.
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About Navita AS
Navita is a leading player in Europe in the market for systems for power, gas, and other energy and commodity trading, and has more than 100 system installations in the Nordics, Europe, North America and Asia. NAVITA has headquarters in Halden (Norway), and has grown into a global development with offices in Los Angeles (US), Houston (US), Toronto (Canada), London (UK), Edinburgh (UK), Oslo (Norway) and Frankfurt (Germany).
For further information visit: www.navita.com
About Brady plc
Brady plc (BRY.L) is a leading global provider of trading and risk management software to the worldwide energy and commodities markets. Brady combines fully integrated and complete solutions supporting the entire commodity trading operation, from capture of financial and physical trades, through risk management, handling of physical operations, back office financials and treasury settlement for energy, refined and unrefined metals, softs and agriculturals.
Brady has 25 years’ expertise in the commodity markets with over 150 customers worldwide, including some of the largest financial institutions, producers and mining corporations which depend on Brady's software solutions to deliver vital business transactions across their global operations. Brady clients include numerous leading European energy generators, traders and consumers and many of the world's largest miners, refiners and producers, trading companies, tier one banks and a large number of London Metal Exchange (LME) Category 1 and 2 clearing members.
For further information visit: www.bradyplc.com
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