Distech Controls continues its development by welcoming new investors and plans to create new jobs in the Quebec green technology sector

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Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions based in Quebec, Canada, announced total investments of $38-million (CAD) in the company, to be approved by regulatory authorities. The investment will expand Distech Controls’ capital base and the proceeds of this financing will be used to accelerate the company’s growth plan and development roadmap worldwide, including acquisitions.

Distech Controls continues its development by welcoming new investors and plans to create new jobs in the Quebec green technology sector

Canadian company to pursue its dynamic growth strategy

Brossard, QC, March 21, 2013 – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions based in Quebec, Canada, announced total investments of $38-million (CAD) in the company, to be approved by regulatory authorities. The investment will expand Distech Controls’ capital base and the proceeds of this financing will be used to accelerate the company’s growth plan and development roadmap worldwide, including acquisitions.

The new investors include the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Export Development Canada (EDC), EnerTech Capital, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, W2 Investments and a strategic partner. They join Distech Controls’ existing group of investors and founder, President and CEO of Distech Controls Inc, Étienne Veilleux, in forming a majority Canadian ownership.

“As a company in the energy management solutions and green technology space, we feel that it is critical to bring together the right team internally as well as the right financial partners to help us best serve the needs of our customers and partners. We have definitely accomplished this goal, bringing together both the capital required to fuel our growth strategies as well as a fantastic group of investors that support mission-driven companies” said Étienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls Inc. “This positions us to accelerate our development globally and our continued investment in our unique products and solutions, as well as support our strategic plan, including acquisitions of complementary businesses, to take advantage of significant opportunities for Distech Controls in the marketplace.”

“By investing $8-million equity in Distech Controls, we are participating in the growth of a well-positioned Québec company in the cleantech industry, a sector that bodes well for the future,” said Normand Provost, Executive Vice-President, Private Equity at the Caisse. “The Caisse is supporting the growth of this company, while generating attractive returns for its depositors.”

“Distech Controls is a growing Canadian company in a sector that is inherently global, making them an ideal investment company for EDC”, said Stephen Wilhelm, Lead Investment Manager, Investments, EDC “EDC’s investment extends beyond the capital injection; we will be playing an active role in supporting Distech Controls as they enter new markets, by helping them identify new partnering opportunities through EDC’s international relationships and connections.”

“We have significant domain knowledge in the building automation space and our investment in Distech Controls fits squarely within our strategic investment landscape. The growing focus of building owners on increased energy efficiency through the use of open architecture controls /building automation solutions which Distech Controls provides will continue to fuel significant global revenue growth opportunities for the company. The investment in Distech Controls also demonstrates our continued focus on investments in high quality companies across Canada and our strong access to investment opportunities in leading companies in the Province of Quebec,” said Wally Hunter, Managing Director of EnerTech Capital.

“We are pleased to be part of this round of financing alongside great co-investors. Distech Controls is a truly “made in Québec” success story and we are excited about the company’s strong potential for continued growth.” continued Anne-Marie Bourgeois, Vice President of Investments, EnerTech Capital

“The Fonds de solidarité FTQ is proud to be associated to an entrepreneur like Étienne Veilleux, and to participate in the repatriation of the control of the company into Canadian hands,” declared Alain Denis, Senior Vice-President, New Economy of Fonds de solidarité FTQ. “This transaction will allow the creation of green technology jobs in Quebec. This $ 14.3 M investment meets the Fonds’ sustainable development objectives in that economic, environmental and social concerns are addressed.”

ABOUT DISTECH CONTROLS
An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs. We deliver innovative solutions for greener buildings through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability. Distech Controls serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized Partners. http://www.distech-controls.com

ABOUT THE CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2012, it held $176.2 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, the Caisse invests in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate globally. For more information: http://www.lacaisse.com.

ABOUT EDC
EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 7,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in nearly 190 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.

ABOUT ENERTECH
EnerTech Capital is a private investment firm focused on innovation in the energy and power industries: early to mid stage companies that offer products or services that dramatically improve the profitability of producing or consuming energy. Founded in 1996, the firm has managed approximately $490 million and has delivered 31 exits. EnerTech Capital is currently investing out of its fourth fund and has offices in Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.

ABOUT FONDS DE SOLIDARITÉ FTQ
Created in 1983, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ has been driving our economy for 30 years. With net assets of $8.8 billion as of November 30, 2012, the Fonds is a development capital investment fund that channels the savings of Quebecers into investments in all sectors of the economy to help further Québec's economic growth. Its investments contribute to the creation and maintenance of jobs in Quebec businesses and favour economic development. The Fonds is a partner, either directly or through its network members, of more than 2,000 companies. With close to 600,000 owner-shareholders, it has helped to create, maintain and close to 170,000 jobs. For more information, visit http://www.FondsFTQ.com.

ABOUT W2 INVESTMENTS
W2 Investments is a division of W Investments inc., a Canadian investment firm targeting companies with a strong potential for growth regardless of their industry. We seek to enhance the potential of the organizations in which we invest. Using an entrepreneurial approach, we work closely with companies on their development plans, by reinforcing their strengths and maximizing their efficiency without necessarily disrupting their business model or affecting key individuals in place. We truly promote talent, and we ensure positive change and guarantee expansion while bringing added value to make a difference. For more information, please visit http://www.winvestments.ca.

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Contact information for reporters and other media representatives only:

Caroline Cadieux
Director of Marketing and Communications
Distech Controls
ccadieux(at)distech-controls(dot)com
450-444-9898 ext. 237

Jean-Benoît Houde
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
514 847-5493
jbhoude(at)lacaisse(dot)com

Phil Taylor
Export Development Canada
613-598-2904
ptaylor(at)edc(dot)ca

Wally Hunter
Managing Director
EnerTech Capital
whunter(at)enertechcapital(dot)com
416-363-8563

Patrick McQuilken
Senior Advisor for Media Relations and Communications
Fonds de solidarité FTQ
pmcquilken(at)fondsftq(dot)com
514 850-4835

Nicolas Belanger
Managing Partner
W2 Investments
nicolas(at)winvestments(dot)ca

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