03 December 2020

Process Sensing Technologies, a Battery Ventures Company, Announces New Majority Investment from AEA Investors

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Process Sensing Technologies (“PST”), a global manufacturer of instruments, analyzers and sensors for precision measurement and monitoring in a variety of critical industries, announced that private-equity firm AEA Investors LP (“AEA”) has made a majority investment in the company. PST backer Battery Ventures will maintain a minority stake in the business.

PST—a platform built under Battery’s ownership sells its measurement technologies into industries including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, specialty gases, petrochemicals, food-and-beverage, semiconductors and building automation. The company’s products measure moisture, oxygen and pressure, among other things, and help improve customers’ profitability while helping them stay compliant with often-stringent industry regulations.

Battery began the PST platform journey with its acquisition of Cambridge, UK company Michell Instruments in 2016. Since then, PST’s revenue has continued to increase through acquisition and organic growth, including through the difficult market environment of 2020.

“We are excited to partner with PST as it continues its strong growth trajectory, including with further acquisitions in attractive core and adjacent markets,” said Ramzi Gedeon, a Partner at AEA, a global private equity firm with extensive expertise in industrial technology. “PST has established itself as an international, market-leading platform and we look forward to supporting the management team in continuing to grow the business in the coming years.”

PST Chief Executive Adam Markin will continue to lead the business. “We have had a tremendous run with Battery and we are excited to welcome AEA to the team. AEA has an extremely strong brand in the industrial technology industry, and I look forward to utilizing their network and experience in scaling businesses as we go forward,” said Markin.

Battery General Partner Jesse Feldman added: “We are thrilled that AEA has chosen to partner with PST and its management team. The PST story is a great example of our industrial technology strategy in action—dynamic revenue expansion fueled by organic growth and complementary acquisitions. We are excited to stay involved with the business alongside AEA and we anticipate more growth for the company in the future.”

About AEA Investors

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. Today, AEA’s approximately 90 investment professionals operate globally with offices in New York, Connecticut, London, Munich and Shanghai. The firm manages funds that have over $15 billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small business companies and mezzanine and senior debt investments. AEA Private Equity invests across three sectors: value-added industrials, consumer, and services.