Cedrus Enterprises Holding expands its smart energy portfolio with a new acquisition in partnership with S&T AG

05 Nov 2014

Deal sees Cedrus Enterprises Holding acquire equity stake in the newly established (NES)
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 9:00 am CET
Dateline: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cedrus Enterprises Holding, a dynamic multi-faceted Lebanese Holding company, announced today that it has acquired an equity stake in ‘Network Energy Services’ (NES) – a newly established company spearheaded by S&T AG, a leading provider of IT systems in Austria and Eastern Europe. 
The new company was created following the purchase made by S&T AG of the Grid Modernization division (smart metering and smart grid) of the California-based Echelon Corporation. This newly established company ‘Network Energy Services Corporation’ (NES) brings Cedrus Enterprises Holding in partnership with S&T AG and Austro Holding. The closing took place in September 30, 2014.
Cedrus Enterprises Holding has developed a business model and plan with the object of spearheading an investment program targeting the MENA and Indian sub-continent regions. The underlying strategy seeks to identify, and subsequently capitalize upon and expand, regional business opportunities available for smart metering and smart grid. The approach Cedrus intends to adopt calls for joint collaboration and effort with local, regional and international players acting through joint venture partnerships. As an added incentive, Cedrus will explore with local partner and international partners prospects that may be available for establishing NES smart meter manufacturing facilities aimed at benefiting the region it intends to serve.
The transaction represents a strategic threshold for Cedrus Enterprises Holding as it continues to move forward in its pursuit of opportunities in the regions it serves. Given Cedrus Enterprises Holding historic relationship with Echelon Corporation and ubitronix System Solutions GmbH, this new venture that brings S&T and Cedrus Enterprises Holding within the NES organization is intended to further enhance and strengthen the capabilities and effectiveness of both partners.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding had previously invested considerable time, effort and resources in evaluating and testing almost all advanced Metering Infrastructure Vendors and had concluded that Echelon technology provides the best performing technology available in this field. It is in this context that Cedrus Enterprises Holding chose to join S&T AG in NES post acquisition of Echelon smart modernization division.
NES scope of work covers a large scale of business including the development, manufacture and sales of products for delivery, measurement, monitoring and control of electric power through the electric grid, the transport of data, and load management devices used to control the electric grid. The transaction includes the transfer of research and development facilities in Silicon Valley (California) and Fargo (North Dakota) and the team of experienced professionals and engineers formerly belonging to the grid modernization division of Echelon Corporation. Furthermore, the NES will have the right, under license, to utilize Echelon’s advanced power line communication (PLC) technology. It is worthwhile noting that over 34 million smart meters worldwide are currently running on Echelon-based technology.  
Cedrus Enterprises Holding believes that this strategic investment will substantially enhance its ability to remain highly competitive and to offer its target clients feasible, innovative and commercially viable solutions that meet their current and future needs and expectations. The company intends to capitalize on the existing demand for such smart solutions in the MENA region, especially in the Levant region, the Arab Gulf Countries and India.
Cedrus Enterprises Holding investment is consistent with its strategy of positioning itself as the premier provider of fully-integrated, innovative technology solutions serving the energy utility sector within the MENA region.  This had lead to the establishment of a long-term working relationship with one of the largest and best managed utility company on the Indian sub-continent – Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, a joint venture between Tata Power & the Government of Delhi.  It had also formed the basis of the relationship with Echelon Corporation, a decade-old company at the cutting edge of smart grid and network communications technology.  ubitronix system solutions GmbH, a leading provider of integrated energy management and smart grid solutions, served to further enhance our capabilities and provided the last link in the chain. This powerful combination of resources, expertise and capability was the cornerstone of the company’s drive to enter into the bid for the Kurdistan Regional Government AMI tender, meeting and surpassing all expectations with the result of having scored highest on technical grounds against all bidders. The awarding has since been delayed due to developments and disturbances within the region in question.
About Cedrus Enterprises Holding
Cedrus Enterprises Holding ( is a privately held dynamic multi-faceted Lebanese Holding company. Through its diverse portfolio of businesses, the group covers a wide and variable spectrum of business and technical consulting services, with particular emphasis on the energy sector as an area of strategic importance. Cedrus’s long-range investment strategy includes greater focus on areas related to the power generation, distribution and management and operation of utilities sector, the provision of smart grid solutions and AMI, and high technology (ICT, ISP, Smart Housing Solutions, Software and Telecommunications). Cedrus is also currently involved in arranging contracting services (Infrastructure, Commercial & Residential), Electromechanical Products & Solutions, Facility Maintenance and Cleaning Services, Defense and Security (specialized training and equipment), Transportation (airport ground-handling and management), and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, franchising and catering).
About S&T AG
S&T AG (, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,200 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T's prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed - comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (, the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH ( and the Group subsidiary RTSoft ( These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.

About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (ELON), a pioneer in developing open-standard control networking platforms, delivers all the elements necessary to design, install, monitor and control industrial-strength ‘communities of devices’ within the lighting, building automation, grid, Internet of Things, ‘maker’ and other markets worldwide. Echelon develops and sells complete systems and subsystems for target applications, plus system-on-chips (SoCs), embedded software, and commissioning and management tools for OEMs. With more than 100 million Echelon-powered devices installed worldwide, the company helps its customers easily and safely migrate existing control systems to the most modern platforms, while bringing new devices and applications into an ever-growing global Industrial Internet. Echelon helps its customers reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and safety, grow revenues and perform better in both established and emerging markets. More information about Echelon can be found at