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Rockwell to take US$1b stake in software maker PTC
[BENGALURU] Factory automation equipment maker Rockwell Automation said on Monday it would buy an 8.4 per cent stake in PTC for US$1 billion as it looks to build on its software capabilities to make smarter manufacturing processes for customers.
Rockwell — which makes electronic motor starters, relays and timers for industries — has been strengthening its capabilities in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), or technology that allows different devices and systems to communicate with each other over the internet.
Shares of PTC, which offers computer-aided design (CAD) programs as well as lifecycle management software for manufacturers, rose as much as 10.2 per cent to a record US$95.88.
"We do view this agreement as a strategic positive for PTC as it will help open the doors into thousands of companies that traditionally have not used PTC for its core CAD capabilities," JP Morgan analyst Sterling Auty wrote in a note.
As part of the deal, Rockwell will acquire 10.6 million newly issued PTC shares for US$94.50 per share, to become its third-biggest shareholder.
The per-share price represents a premium of 8.6 per cent to software maker PTC's close on Friday.
Leveraging Rockwell's domain expertise with PTC's technology will help companies to capitalize on the promise of industrial IoT, PTC Chief Executive Officer Jim Heppelmann said.
Rockwell Automation's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Blake Moret will join PTC's board after the deal closes, which is expected within the next two months, according to a joint statement.
Morgan Stanley & Co LLC was the financial adviser to PTC, while Goldman Sachs & Co LLC advised Rockwell.
Goodwin Procter LLP was PTC's legal adviser to PTC, while Foley & Lardner LLP advised Rockwell.