First Quarter M&A Activity in Physical Security Disappoints; Whist Demand Grows & New Opportunities Develop

In the first quarter of 2012 we recorded 15 acquisitions just 1 down on the same period in 2011. In our Report The Physical Security Business In 2011 we showed that 2011 was a record high for mergers and acquisitions for the industry; but we forecast that for this year the value of deals would fall by 2.5% but the volume would increase by 5%. Although many of the deals this quarter did not disclose the financial details their value has fallen significantly, more than we forecast for the average for the whole year and it’s unlikely that any one deal exceeded $100m. All the acquisitions were strategic with the 2 most notable being HID Global’s acquisition of Easy Lobby and Authentec’s acquisition of Proxure, Inc., a provider of syncing and cloud based storage services. None of the traditional multi faceted manufacturer / suppliers made acquisitions this quarter and for many of them this has […]

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