Gas meter firm SMS buys Utility Partnership for £14m


Glasgow-based gas meter firm Smart Metering Systems SMS has expanded into the electricity sector by buying Utility Partnership Ltd UPL for £14m.SMS will pay £9.7m in cash, with the rest being met by the issue of shares.

UPL manages electricity meters across the UK and offers connections, design, meter installation, data management and energy management services.Last year Cardiff-based UPL reported annual turnover of £11.1m, with profits before interest and tax of £2m.It has managed and installed more than 80,000 meters for the UK’s electricity suppliers.SMS chief executive Alan Foy said: “The acquisition of UPL will enable SMS to expand its service offering across the gas and electricity sectors, and the enlarged group will now offer a fully integrated service in these markets.”It positions the enlarged company as a dual gas and electricity service provider and establishes a base from which we can enhance our existing respective client relationships.”

via BBC News – Gas meter firm SMS buys Utility Partnership for £14m.