Orica Buys Provider of Monitoring, Measurement for Mining Industry

By Robb M. StewartFeaturesDow Jones Newswires

MELBOURNE, Australia--Commercial explosives supplier Orica Ltd. (ORI.AU) said Wednesday it has struck a deal to buy a company that offers monitoring and measurement technologies to the mining industry for 205 million Australian dollars (US$157.1 million).

The Australian company said it had entered an agreement to acquire GP Holdco Pty. Ltd., which provides GroundProbe technologies, from Crescent Capital Partners.

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Orica Chief Executive Alberto Calderon said the acquisition would offer synergies with the company's existing operations and expands its ability to provide data-driven services for drilling and blasting in mining. GroundProbe's radar and laser based monitoring systems provide geotechnical slope stability monitoring and Orica said it is a profitable business.

The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter, Orica said.

Write to Robb M. Stewart at robb.stewart@wsj.com

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December 19, 2017 18:12 ET (23:12 GMT)