Xebec Acquires Tiger Filtration to Leverage Recurring Element and Filter Manufacturing Platform for Renewable Gases

- Profitable aftermarket business with capabilities for hydrogen and renewable natural gas replacement parts -

MONTREAL, June 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSX: XBC) (“Xebec”), a global provider of clean energy solutions, is pleased to announce that on June 11, 2021, it has closed the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of United Kingdom based Tiger Filtration (“TFL”). The acquisition of TFL will provide Xebec with a very profitable and recurring aftermarket manufacturing business for elements and filters. TFL’s R&D capabilities will also allow for expansion of its product portfolio to include filtration products for hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Founded in 2004 by former Walker Filtration employees (Bob Thompson, Gary Ashton and Matthew Rowe), TFL has gained worldwide recognition for providing high-quality alternatives for the compressed air and gas industry. TFL was established 17 years ago and has become an internationally active company with worldwide sales. Two of its principals will retire and Gary Ashton will remain with TFL as Managing Director and continue his leadership in sales and business development.

“We started TFL almost two decades ago and are happy to be handing over the company to Xebec, a company with a clear focus on clean technologies. I am particularly proud of the efficient manufacturing platform that we’ve created and that can successfully compete with the compressed air & gas multinationals. I believe that TFL will enable Xebec to not only capture immediate sales and costs synergies but also help create products for the energy transition, as our knowledge will facilitate the development of filter products for hydrogen and RNG,” said Gary Ashton, Managing Director, Tiger Filtration.

Total consideration payable by Xebec is £12.0 million ($20.6 million CAD) and is subject to certain holdbacks, adjustments and time-based payments. TFL had revenues of £2.7 million ($4.6 million CAD), an EBITDA margin of 42% and a net income margin of 34% for FY2020. Furthermore, Xebec expects that TFL will immediately provide cost savings by displacing parts currently bought by its existing subsidiaries within the Cleantech Service Network, HyGear, Inmatec and its headquarters in Québec.

“TFL provides Xebec with a unique opportunity to vertically integrate into the valuable aftermarket business for filters and elements. The acquisition will be immediately accretive and bring TFL’s products to our service subsidiaries which will be leveraging our sales and distribution networks to increase revenues. Ultimately, the acquisition positions us well as we look to transition from being predominantly an equipment supplier to a support and service-oriented organization with recurring revenue streams for renewable and low carbon gases,” stated Kurt Sorschak, Chairman, CEO and President of Xebec Adsorption Inc.

About Tiger Filtration
Established in 2004, Tiger Filtration is an independently owned British based company specialising in the manufacturing of high-quality alternative in-line filter elements, vacuum pump separators, compressor air & oil separators, high-pressure stainless-steel filter housings and bespoke filtration solutions. Tiger’s products are supplied from its 14,000 sq ft facility in Sunderland, UK and sold globally to customers ranging from small businesses to international organisations who expect quality products and an exceptional level of service.

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About Xebec Adsorption Inc.
Xebec is a global provider of clean energy solutions for renewable and low carbon gases used in energy, mobility and industrial applications. The company specializes in deploying a portfolio of proprietary technologies for the distributed production of hydrogen, renewable natural gas, oxygen and nitrogen. By focusing on environmentally responsible gas generation, Xebec has helped thousands of customers around the world reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs. Headquartered in Québec, Canada, Xebec has a worldwide presence with six manufacturing facilities, eight Cleantech Service Centers and five sales offices spanning over four continents. Xebec trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol (TSX: XBC). For more information, xebecinc.com.

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