Infosys hives off products business into separate unit



Infosys has hived off its products, platforms and solutions (PPS) business into a wholly-owned subsidiary called Edgeverve Systems. Infosys’ board has authorized the company to execute a business transfer agreement and related documents with Edgeverve, subject to securing the requisite approval from shareholders at the annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled on June 14.

“Edgeverve was created to focus on developing and selling products and platforms,” said a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Edgeverve is Infosys’ 39th subsidiary and was incorporated on February 14 this year. Infosys is said to have appointed Sanjay Purohit as the CEO and Samson David as the COO of the newly-formed subsidiary. Purohit has been heading the products and platforms division since August 2011. Infosys has long been debating whether to keep PPS, which contributes 5.2% of Infosys’ $8.2-billion revenues, within the traditional IT services business or make it a separate entity. Unlike the services business where the company works for projects of other companies, in PPS, it has to predict market demand and create products and platforms in anticipation of demand. It also involves development of significant intellectual property to make the products distinct from rival products.


Rolls-Royce to sell energy gas turbine, compressor business to Siemens



Rolls-Royce announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a $785 million cash consideration. The business being sold supplies aero-derivative gas turbines, compressor systems and related services to customers in the Oil and Gas and Power Generation sectors.

On completion of the transaction, Rolls-Royce will receive a further $200 million for a 25 -ear licensing agreement, granting Siemens access to relevant Rolls-Royce aero-derivative technology for use in the 4 to 85 megawatt power output gas turbine range. Rolls-Royce’s Energy gas turbine and compressor business has around 2,400 employees. In 2013, it was reported within the results of the energy business where it contributed $871 million of revenue and $72 million of underlying profit.

Siemens’ Energy sector has around 83,500 employees and in 2013 contributed revenue of $26.6 billion and underlying profit of $1.9 billion. John Rishton, Rolls-Royce, CEO, said: “This agreement will give the Energy business greater opportunities as part of a much larger energy company and allows Rolls-Royce to concentrate on the areas of business where we can add most value.”

The transaction excludes certain smaller Power Generation sector assets. On completion of the transaction, Rolls-Royce?s shareholding in the Rolls Wood Group (RWG) joint venture, that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services, will be transferred to Siemens. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of Rolls-Royce and Siemens, and is expected to complete before the end of December 2014, subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The value of gross assets to be divested by Rolls-Royce in this transaction was $905 million at December 31, 2013. The transaction provides Rolls-Royce with additional cash to invest in growth.