Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of most of its Security assets to Securitas AB (STO: SECU B) for $3.2 billion in cash. The proposed transaction includes Stanley Black& Decker’s Commercial Electronic and Healthcare Security business lines (“Security”).
The businesses carry 2021 forecasted revenues of approximately $1.7 billion with an adjusted EBITDA margin in the low double-digits, implying a purchase price multiple of approximately 16 trailing adjusted EBITDA.
Transforming the dynamics of the security industry
By acquiring Stanley Security, Securitas transforms the dynamics of the security industry by creating a unique combination of presence, connected technology and intelligent use of data. Securitas’ strategy is to deliver comprehensive, scalable, and innovative security solutions to meet its clients’ increasingly complex security needs. Stanley Security’s complementary offering of industry-leading tech-enabled security, together with complementary geographical coverage, is in perfect alignment with this ambition.
James M. Loree, Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO, stated, “The sale of Security is consistent with our commitment to generating substantial shareholder value and allows us to sharpen our strategic focus on growing our core businesses while also returning capital to investors through a significant share buyback.
Active approach to portfolio management
This transaction is a result of our active approach to portfolio management, and the attractive valuation we received reflects the investments we made in transforming our Security business over the last several years. The business is well positioned for ongoing growth within Securitas, a global leader in the security industry. On behalf of the entire Stanley Black & Decker organization, I want to thank our Security team members for their valuable contributions over the years.”
Magnus Ahlqvist, Securitas AB President & CEO, said, “We are incredibly excited to join forces with Stanley Security and are confident that we will form a winning team. Together, we will be perfectly placed to deliver outstanding expertise and potential for innovation which will create extraordinary opportunities not only for our shareholders, but for our colleagues and our hundreds of thousands of customers around the world.”
Investments in people, new partnerships and innovative commercial solutions
Donald Allan, Jr., Stanley Black & Decker’s President & Chief Financial Officer commented, “Three years ago we initiated a digital transformation in Security with investments in people, new partnerships and innovative commercial solutions to establish these businesses as leaders with a strong growth trajectory in their respective markets. The team has made incredible progress and the new combination with Securitas will provide them the best platform for the next stage of success. I want to personally thank my colleagues from Stanley Security on the outstanding amount of energy and passion they put into this transformation to make this phase a success.
“Our use of approaching $3 billion of net proceeds towards a planned $4 billion share repurchase program that we expect to complete in 2022 is consistent with our long-term capital allocation strategy focused on value maximization. Overall, this transaction will allow us to simultaneously strengthen Stanley Black & Decker’s core market position while returning significant value to our shareholders.”
The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of Stanley Black & Decker and Securitas and is expected to close in the first half of 2022, but timing is contingent upon receiving regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
The approximately $4 billion share repurchase program is expected to commence in 2022 with $2.0 – $2.5 billionexpected to occur in the first quarter and the remainder the Company expects to complete in the summer of 2022. The Company’s capital allocation strategy reflects its commitment to substantial capital return, strong investment grade credit ratings and opportunistic strategic value-creating M&A.