The US-based Valmont Israel Prosper Technologies is now a fully owned subsidiary of Valmont, Inc. This deal will close in the second quarter of 2021. Financial results could differ from those anticipated.
Deal to close in the second quarter of 2021
There are a number of deals that are slated to close in the second quarter of 2021. These include the acquisition of by Blackstone. This deal will help the company expand into new product categories and its online presence. It will also enable the company to grow its global footprint.
Another deal involves the acquisition of Current Health by Best Buy. The company provides and patient monitoring services. With this acquisition, Best Buy will have access to real-time data about a patient’s health. However, the deal still needs to be approved by regulatory authorities.
Additionally, Blue Nile was acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street. The deal has a value of $360 million. The transaction includes $80 million in PIPE from Bain Capital and $50 million in preferred capital from Capital.
Other deals include the acquisition of 11 by inclusive apparel retailer & Co. and the acquisition of California skincare company Youth to the People by L’Oreal.
The first quarter of 2018 saw increased sales across most of its product lines. This was driven by favorable pricing in certain markets and higher volumes.
In addition to its business segments, Valmont is engaged in the distribution of products and services for the infrastructure marketplace. The company’s Prosper Technologies division is the world’s largest vertically integrated AI Company in agriculture. It uses machine learning to gather data and advance the science of growing. By leveraging computer vision and artificial intelligence, it is able to create an ever-growing library of age information, which it then uses to improve agricultural productivity.
In particular, the Company is looking to repurpose Prospero’s technology to enable farmers to more efficiently use their resources. For example, it is using computer vision to gather and analyze growing data to enhance precision farming and reduce the cost and time it takes to grow produce.
One way the Company is looking to do this is by enhancing its Prosper Technologies platform with new capabilities, including artificial intelligence. While Prosper already provides farmers with a variety of valuable software tools and services, such as crop yield prediction, data visualization, and more, it is looking to extend its offerings with these new tools.
Financial results could differ from those anticipated
The first quarter of 2017 was a banner year for Valmont Industries. Sales grew 26.6% over the prior year, primarily driven by higher volume sales and favorable global pricing. Despite the uptick, the company posted a loss of $13.2 million, compared to the same period last year. That said, the company has managed to grow its net cash position to $1.9 billion. As the fiscal year unfolds, Valmont will keep pace with industry growth in the infrastructure and agriculture industries. In addition, the company has diversified its product offerings and services to include new technology in the fields of AI, autonomous vehicles and other emerging markets.
In addition to its robust infrastructure and agriculture segments, the company also maintains a portfolio of business units that includes tubular products and services, coatings solutions for metal products, and a few other miscellaneous tidbits. One of the most exciting facets of the company’s growth is the potential for future acquisitions. For example, if the company can manage to successfully consummate its acquisition of Prosper Technologies, a leading provider of AI technology, it could become a go-to supplier for big data applications in the field of cognitive computing.
Valmont Industries, a leading global provider of irrigation and water management equipment, recently announced a new partnership with Israeli artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision company Prosper Technologies. The partnership will enable Valmont to develop and market autonomous crop management solutions to farmers. Using its technologies, the two companies will help growers reduce production inputs and maximize yields. This partnership is expected to grow to one million acres by 2020.