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PST, instruments and analyzers for precision measurements

Process Sensing Technologies (PST) provides a comprehensive suite of instruments and analyzers for precision measurements that help companies reduce process disruptions and optimize production efficiency.

Background:

PST—a platform constructed under Battery’s ownership comprising seven global businesses—sells its sensors and other technologies into industries including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, specialty gases, petrochemicals, food-and-beverage, semiconductors and building automation. The company’s products measure moisture, oxygen and pressure, among other things, and help improve customers’ profitability while helping them stay compliant with often-stringent industry regulations.

Battery’s involvement with PST began when Battery acquired Cambridge, U.K. company Michell Instruments in 2016. Michell provides moisture- and humidity-measurement solutions through a range of transmitters, instruments and other systems capable of measuring dewpoint, humidity and oxygen.

Battery’s investment in Michell, and the subsequent companies that together form PST, were the result of multiple core aspects of the firm’s investment strategy, including market-driven sourcing and partnering with a proven platform CEO. Battery invested in Michell after investment-team members conducted a dedicated research project on the market.

Battery’s Impact:

  • Impressed by Battery’s knowledge of the market and perspective on M&A, the management team of Michell partnered with Battery to pursue a proprietary transaction.
  • In tandem with the initial acquisition, Battery installed Adam Markin, previously CEO of Industrial Safety Technologies, a previous Battery portfolio company, as platform CEO.
  • Following the introduction of Markin to PST, Battery sourced and executed six additional proprietary acquisitions across multiple geographies (U.S., Canada, Switzerland, England, Ireland and Scotland) to create a global platform. Current brands operating under the PST umbrella include Analytical Industries, Dynament, LDetek, Michell Instruments, NTRON, Rotronic and SST Sensing Ltd.
  • From 2016 to 2020, PST’s overall revenue continued to increase through acquisition and organic growth, climbing steadily even amidst the difficult market environment of 2020.

Outcome:

On December 1, 2020, PST was purchased by AEA Investors, a private investment firm for a select group of industrial family offices. PST CEO Adam Markin continues to lead the business.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future performance and there can be no assurance that Battery or its portfolio companies will achieve comparable results.

Details
Focus area
Industrial Tech
INVESTED
2017
STATUS
Acquired by AEA Investors
Location
Ely, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
STAGE
Buyout
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