PPC is a globally leading provider of broadband-powerline-communication systems for smart grids and smart metering. Broadband-powerline is a key technology for the digitalization of the energy transformation (“Energiewende”) and for smart meter gateways. KALO is one of the leading providers of climate-intelligent analysis and billing solutions for the optimization of energy and water consumption in buildings. With an installed base of ten million meters in Germany, KALO plays an important role for real estate owners, property managers and tenants. With the stake in PPC, KALO gains access to new communication technologies, which will be utilized for the digitalization of the energy transformation as well as for data transmission to and within buildings. DC Advisory advised PPC on the growth financing. The investment, focused on sustainable growth, strengthens PPC's leading role in the market and prepares the Company for the upcoming smart meter rollout in Germany. Additionally, both companies are also planning to utilize their partnership for the development of solutions in the field of metering and submetering. Ingo Schönberg, CEO of PPC, commented: “We are excited to have found in KALO a strong strategic investor for our growth path and the forthcoming smart meter rollout in Germany. With this partnership we are moving the development of intelligent solutions forward into the area of multi-utility metering and communication-network solutions for real estate management."