- Spectris, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, has signed an agreement with Macquarie Capital to acquire 50% of Spectris' environmental monitoring business EMS Bruel & Kjaer for AUD76.6 million (£43.4 million).

The sale is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals in China, the European Union and South Korea.

The net proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce net debt, thereby increasing the group's financial flexibility for future capital deployment.

EMS B&K is a global provider of environmental monitoring services to airports, cities, mines and construction companies. The business will now benefit from accelerated investment which will help create additional solutions and services that enable asset owners to monitor and manage their resources more effectively.

At 8:54am: [LON:SXS] Spectris PLC share price was -38.5p at 2467.5p

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