Strat Aero plc / Index: AIM / TIDM: AERO / Sector: Support Services
3 September 2018
Strat Aero plc ("Strat Aero," the "Company" or the "Group")
Completion of Acquisition of controlling interest in GyroMetric Systems
Strat Aero is pleased to announce that it has received the approval of all shareholders of GyroMetric Systems Limited ("GyroMetric") for the acquisition of a further 228,000 ordinary shares in GyroMetric from Braveheart Investment Group plc ("Braveheart") as announced on 21 August 2018.
The consideration of £273,600 has been satisfied by the issue of 23,791,304 new ordinary shares ("Shares") in Strat Aero at a price of 1.15p per share ("Consideration Shares").
The Transaction increases the Company's shareholding in GyroMetric from 36.9% to 57.8% (and from 33.8% to 53.0% fully diluted based on the options currently exercisable).
The increased investment in GyroMetric reflects the Board's increased confidence in the prospects for GyroMetric. There are also potential synergies between GyroMetric and Geocurve as both have similar development needs for AI based data monitoring, processing, management, and storage.
The Strat Aero board welcomes Braveheart, which will retain a 19.9% interest in GyroMetric, as a significant new 7.2% shareholder in Strat Aero.
The 23,791,304 Consideration Shares have been issued, and application has been made for them to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will become effective and dealings will commence at 8:00a.m. on or around 7X September 2018.
Following this transaction, the Company has 332,467,690 ordinary shares of 0.2p each in issue, none of which are held in treasury. Therefore, the total number of voting rights in the Company is 332,467,690.
The above figure of 332,467,690 may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
GyroMetric Systems Ltd develops and manufactures digital monitoring and safeguarding equipment for rotating shafts, with proprietary intellectual property including algorithms, software and relevant patent protection. The company's technology is proven, operating reliably in harsh environments over many years. These systems set a new standard of measurement and protection that can be used on any rotating shaft from a bench tool spindle to a cruise liner propeller shaft.
In addition to the company's established Incremental Motion Encoder (IME) system, GyroMetric has recently filed a patent application for a new method of measuring the axial movement of rotating shafts which matches the reliability achieved by its digital radial measurement method.
The GyroMetric active protection system has been certified for the marine market by IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping). Working with global marine coupling supplier Vulkan Gmbh, GyroMetric has over 60 systems in service which protect large marine drives and couplings, producing considerable cost savings for their ship owners.
More recently GyroMetric has moved into monitoring and protecting wind turbines, having recently completed highly successful trials using the world's newest and most powerful offshore wind turbine drive train test facility at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult at Blyth. Working with ORE Catapult's drivetrain experts, GyroMetric's technology has been tested to improve the understanding of the behaviour of the components in use, with a view to increasing the efficiency and output of wind turbines, whilst reducing the requirement for unplanned maintenance.
Further applications in other industrial sectors are being considered as the company works to strengthen its sales and marketing resources.
Much of industry depends on rotating shafts and the health, or otherwise, of these systems is critical. Important sectors for the GyroMetric business to date have been in marine engines, machine tools and wind turbines and it has great potential in sectors such as nuclear and other power stations and within petrochemical plants. Monitoring the condition of rotating shaft mechanisms has traditionally been carried out using vibration sensors. Such sensors measure the frequencies and amplitudes of vibration. The GyroMetric approach is to measure accurately the actual displacements and the frequencies which, coupled with real time monitoring, enables automatic intervention to safeguard equipment and gives much richer data for assessing performance including wear and load calculations, and to facilitate optimal maintenance and replacement planning.
The GyroMetric system is able to measure the runout (positioning error) of bearings to one tenth of a micron (0.0001 mm) at speeds of up to 20,000 revolutions per minute. The unique ability of the GyroMetric system to do this reliably over a wide range of speeds and shaft sizes makes the system applicable to most industrial applications.
The system uses standard sensor and electronics technology so installation and operating costs are comparable with current technologies, but with significantly enhanced accuracy and diagnostic capabilities which are vital for condition monitoring of capital equipment. GyroMetric data can be used to optimise performance by continually maximising output and planning maintenance to minimise down time. Material operating cost reductions have been achieved using GyroMetric data, providing a substantial competitive advantage for owners.
Further details can be found on the GyroMetric website https://GyroMetric.systems
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For further information please visit www.strat-aero.com or contact:
Strat Aero plc
Trevor Brown (Executive Director) +41 7941 55384
Nigel Burton (Non-Executive Chairman) +44 7785 234447
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP +44 20 3470 0470
Peterhouse Corporate Finance +44 20 7469 0930
Strat Aero plc is focused on the continued development of the Company's Geocurve 'Survey & Inspection' business. The Company also has a 58% stake in GyroMetric Systems, which specialises in next generation digital monitoring and safeguarding technology and services for rotating shafts, acquired in 2018 in line with the enhanced growth strategy of appraising complementary acquisition or investment opportunities.
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