ADT to Acquire Red Hawk Fire & Security, Significantly Expanding Commercial Security Offering
10/25/2018 | 07:11am EDT
Acquisition Significantly Enhances ADT’s Scale in Commercial Market
Acquisition To Be Accretive to Operating and Free Cash Flow Generation; Meaningful Synergies Expected
Upon Completion of the Acquisition, Business Customers to Represent ~25% of Total Revenue
BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT), the leading provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Boca Raton, FL-based Red Hawk Fire & Security, a leader in commercial fire, life safety and security services and portfolio company of Comvest Partners, for $317.5 million in cash.
This transaction accelerates ADT’s growth in the commercial security market and expands the Company’s product portfolio with the introduction of commercial fire safety related solutions. It is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions made over the last year to drive commercial growth and build on ADT’s strong foundation of superior customer service. With the addition of Red Hawk, ADT will have an increased geographic footprint and enhanced customer service capabilities across the nation. Revenues from the combined company’s business customers are expected to represent approximately 25% of total revenue.
Red Hawk is a leader in the design, installation, integration, monitoring and servicing of commercial fire, security and life safety solutions. Red Hawk represents one of the few last independent large national commercial integrators, offering complex, mission-critical solutions across its 45 district locations and is expected to generate approximately $300 million of revenues in 2018. In recent years, Red Hawk has demonstrated double-digit revenue growth across a diverse set of customers, markets and geographies, leveraging its strong local presence backed by its nationwide footprint and differentiated fire and security expertise.
“Commercial security is one of the core pillars of ADT’s growth strategy and today’s announcement marks a significant step in our concerted efforts to expand our commercial business with the critical capabilities and services that our customers expect,” said ADT President and incoming CEO, Jim DeVries. “Red Hawk’s exceptional portfolio of commercial fire and security solutions complements ADT’s existing commercial business, positioning us to provide a superior customer experience at a local and national level. We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced Red Hawk team to the ADT family while expanding our geographic reach, service capabilities and product offerings. Having long admired Red Hawk, we are confident that combining the strengths of our two companies will allow us to deliver increased value to our customers and shareholders.”
“We are delighted to join a company with ADT’s resources, growth potential and shared commitment to providing high quality customer service and innovative solutions to customers,” said Red Hawk President and CEO Michael McWilliams. “We look forward to our future with ADT, which we are confident will help us to achieve our next phase of growth.”
“It was a rewarding and collaborative experience working with Michael McWilliams, Mark Foley, Red Hawk’s CFO, and the other members of Red Hawk’s senior management team to build Red Hawk into a market leader from our original acquisition, and Red Hawk is positioned to continue to thrive under ADT’s leadership,” said Roger Marrero, the Managing Partner of Comvest Partners.
Strategic and Financial Benefits of Transaction
Substantial Increase in Scale to Accelerate ADT’s Commercial Growth: The combined commercial business will have substantially increased scale with an expanded commercial technician work force that will allow the Company to meet growing customer demand across the U.S. and provide enhanced customer service capabilities. This transaction creates the opportunity to leverage the capabilities of both organizations to create a more robust and differentiated commercial security offering in a highly fragmented industry.
Introduction of Fire Safety Solutions: This transaction expands ADT’s product portfolio with the introduction of Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions, allowing the Company to become a single destination for both fire and security needs at the commercial level. The Company intends to leverage Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions and expertise to help capture new business opportunities with new and existing customers.
Compelling Long-term Financial Benefits: Given the strong financial and operating profile of Red Hawk’s business – which, similar to ADT’s growing commercial and multi-site businesses, has very attractive net customer acquisition cost and retention characteristics – the acquisition is expected to be accretive to free cash flow generation, before taking into account meaningful expected cost benefits.
The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018.
Financing is being provided by Joint Lead Arrangers Barclays, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Citizens Bank, Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets, as well as Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Raymond James is serving as financial advisor to ADT, and Jefferies and Lincoln International are serving as financial advisors to Red Hawk. McDermott Will & Emery LLP is acting as legal advisor to Red Hawk. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP are acting as legal advisors to ADT.
About ADT ADT is a leading provider of security and automation solutions in the United States and Canada, protecting homes and businesses, people on-the-go and digital networks. ADT delivers same-day service and live answer within seconds in customer operations, making security more accessible than ever before, backed by 24/7 support, helping customers feel more safe and empowered. ADT is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and employs approximately 17,500 people throughout North America.
About Red Hawk Fire & Security Red Hawk Fire & Security designs, installs, tests, inspects and maintains a broad portfolio of fire, life safety and security solutions using the latest technologies and advanced systems integration for enterprise level access control, video surveillance systems and physical security equipment. An industry leader with over 1,300 employees and a national footprint, the company serves commercial facilities in financial services, retail, education, healthcare and manufacturing. Red Hawk Fire & Security is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and their website is http://www.redhawkus.com.
About Comvest Comvest Partners is a private investment firm providing equity and debt capital to middle-market companies across North America. Since its founding in 2000, Comvest has invested over $3.6 billion in over 170 companies. Today, Comvest’s funds have over $3.4 billion of assets under management. Through our extensive capital resources and broad network of industry relationships, we offer our companies financial sponsorship, critical strategic and operational support, and business development assistance. For more information, please visit www.comvest.com.
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