Clipper is a California-based wind energy manufacturer that trades on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange plc. UTC currently holds approximately 49.9 percent of the issued share capital of Clipper.
The acquisition will be implemented by way of a court-approved scheme of arrangement under the UK Companies Act 2006, and remains subject to customary closing conditions and the approval of Clipper’s shareholders.
The acquisition, which is valued at 65 pence per share or 70 million pounds (about $112 million), would allow UTC to secure full control of Clipper, thereby creating the long term financial stability necessary for Clipper’s continued growth.
The acquisition will enable Clipper to fully leverage UTC’s management and operational expertise as well as its world class technology in blades, wind turbines, and gearbox design. It also builds on UTC’s existing portfolio of energy efficient products and power generation systems that respond to the world’s growing demand for cleaner, more efficient products.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries.