Vestas Wind Systems’ Acquisition of Utopus Insights

Cravath is representing IBM in connection with the transaction and also represented IBM in the formation of Utopus.

Vestas has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Utopus Insights, Inc., an energy analytics provider with 15 years of experience in solutions development, a suite of innovative digital products, over 30 patents, and a highly experienced team with data science expertise in analytics, power engineering, energy software development, and meteorology.

The acquisition price for Utopus Insights is approx. USD 100m (approx. EUR 80m) on a debt and cash free basis. The consideration will be paid in cash from readily available sources. For 2017, Utopus Insights is, on a stand-alone basis, expected to report consolidated revenues below USD 10m (approx. EUR 8m). Utopus Insights will be included in Vestas’ financial reporting from the time of closing, which is expected to take place within the first quarter of 2018 and is subject to necessary third-party approvals being in place.

As the global energy sector is transforming, Vestas is looking to offer customers digital solutions to deliver greater predictability, increased renewable energy production, more efficient operations, and better integration with energy grids. This transformation means energy systems and power plant owners must improve forecasting accuracy for renewable production, optimise output from each individual generation asset and orchestrate a portfolio of resources across multiple sites and equipment types. They must also do so in a cost-effective manner that ensures grid stability as renewable energy sources gradually replace conventional, fossil-fuel generated power plants. With this purchase, Vestas seeks to seize the opportunity afforded by this ongoing transformation to deliver faster, smarter, and more holistic solutions.

The Cravath team is led by partner George F. Schoen (Picture) and includes associate Megan E. Fitzgerald on M&A matters, and partner J. Leonard Teti II and associate Cecily Xi on tax matters.

Involved fees earner: George Schoen – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Megan Fitzgerald – Cravath Swaine & Moore; J. Leonard Teti II – Cravath Swaine & Moore; Cecily Xi – Cravath Swaine & Moore;

Law Firms: Cravath Swaine & Moore;

Clients: IBM;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti