PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE: POWR) today announced that the company has acquired the assets of Encari, LLC, a leading provider of cybersecurity and compliance consulting services to the utility industry.
The company expects that the $4.8 million cash transaction will be neutral to 2013 earnings per share (EPS), slightly accretive to 2014 EPS and additive to the gross margin of the company’s existing utility infrastructure business. The company could pay up to an additional $1.2 million of consideration if Encari achieves certain income goals in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Encari helps large investor-owned utilities, municipalities and cooperative utilities assess, improve and maintain their compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. Utilities must comply with these standards or they could be subject to significant fines and penalties.
“PowerSecure is focused on serving our utility customers. By adding Encari’s technical consulting expertise, we are able to expand our service offering to our existing utility partners and bring new services to Encari’s impressive customer base,” said Sidney Hinton, chief executive officer of PowerSecure.Steve Hamburg, president of Encari said, “With our unparalleled understanding of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations and NERC CIP Reliability Standards, Encari has been able to help its utility customers achieve and maintain required compliance.” “Now, with the added resources and substantial capabilities of PowerSecure, we will be able to provide a broader range of services to utilities as they continue to adapt to new and complex cybersecurity compliance requirements,” Hamburg added. About PowerSecure PowerSecure International, Inc. is a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides products and services in the areas of Interactive Distributed Generation ® (IDG ®), energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company is a pioneer in developing IDG ® power systems with sophisticated smart grid capabilities, including the ability to 1) forecast electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly, power at peak power times, 2) provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation capacity to utilize for demand response purposes and 3) provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. Its proprietary distributed generation system designs utilize a range of technologies to deliver power, including renewables. The company’s energy efficiency business develops energy efficient lighting technologies that improve the quality of light, including its proprietary EfficientLights ® LED lighting products for grocery, drug and convenience stores, and its SecureLite area light and PowerLite street lights for utilities and municipalities. PowerSecure also provides electric utilities with transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance and construction services, and engineering and regulatory consulting services. Additional information is available at www.powersecure.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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