Pentair, GE form global residential water filtration joint venture

Pentair Inc. and GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of the General Electric Company, have announced a joint venture to combine their respective global water softener and residential water filtration businesses. With GE's and Pentair's industry-leading technologies and Pentair's expansive distribution channels, the joint venture will provide reliable and affordable water treatment solutions to meet growing needs...

Jul 1st, 2008

TREVOSE, PA & MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 30, 2008 -- Pentair Inc. and GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of the General Electric Company, have announced a joint venture to combine their respective global water softener and residential water filtration businesses. With GE's and Pentair's industry-leading technologies and Pentair's expansive distribution channels, the joint venture will provide reliable and affordable water treatment solutions to meet growing needs.

"With the formation of this joint venture, Pentair and GE will be better positioned to serve residential customers with industry-leading technical applications in the areas of water conditioning, whole house filtration, point of use water management and water sustainability," said Randall J. Hogan, Pentair chairman and chief executive officer. "Further, this joint venture advances Pentair's current residential filtration strategy for growth. We believe we will accelerate revenue growth by selling GE's existing residential conditioning and treatment products through Pentair's sales channels, and by gaining access to some of GE's current and emerging filtration technologies."

Under the terms of the agreement, Pentair has an 80 percent ownership stake and GE has a 20 percent stake of the joint venture -- Pentair Residential Filtration. In 2007, the combined residential and commercial net sales of the parent companies were approximately $450 million USD.

"We are excited about the growth opportunities this unique partnership brings our business," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies. "Partnerships such as this one create an excellent opportunity to develop and introduce new technologies that will meet the needs of both developed and emerging markets. It is also another example of how GE continues to partner with industry leaders to drive growth while meeting the world's most pressing water needs."

Pentair Residential Filtration will serve as the primary sales channel for Pentair's and GE's respective global residential water filtration and water softener businesses. It will also serve as the manufacturing arm for residential and commercial tanks, valves, and some limited filtration products for the parent companies. Pentair and GE will continue to serve existing municipal, commercial and industrial water treatment customers separately, sourcing select products from the joint venture as needed. Pentair Residential Filtration will bring together approximately 1,100 employees from Pentair and GE in 15 facilities in the United States, Europe and China.

Pentair also said it will share additional information regarding the joint venture when it announces its second quarter results on July 22, 2008. The company will hold a conference call with investors at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) that day. To participate in Pentair's second quarter earnings conference call, please dial 866-271-5991 or 706-758-4966 prior to 12 p.m. EDT. Please inform the operator you are calling to participate in the Pentair investor call. A replay of the conference call will be available for investors from 4 p.m. EDT on July 22 through midnight on July 30 by dialing 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291. The access code for the replay is 42427868. Related presentation materials will be posted to the "Investors" section of the company's website (www.pentair.com) prior to the conference call, and will available there until July 22, 2009.

Pentair is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water.

GE Water & Process Technologies is a leader in water and wastewater treatment and process systems.

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