ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to sell its sensor technology business firm, CEDES in Switzerland to capiton AG. Sensor technology solutions major CEDES is a globally renowned sensor technology company in the elevators and door solutions business. The company was established in 1986 and has approximately 320 employees. The company is headquartered in Landquart, Switzerland. "I find it very satisfying that with capiton AG, CEDES and its employees and customers gain a committed long-term investor, creating new opportunities for the future and I wish them every success,” said Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Expanding elevator sensors business "CEDES now has the investment and expertise to grow and expand its core business of elevator sensors, allowing us to focus our resources on our core business of automated doors,” said Christopher Norbye, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of Entrance Systems Division. He adds, “CEDES is a well-performing business with high quality products, and we will continue to partner with the company as a preferred external supplier.” The transaction will have a neutral effect on ASSA ABLOY's operating margin. The divestiture is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2020.
The purchase price for the Acquisition amounts to approximately EUR 506 million, equivalent to an adjusted purchase price per agta record share of EUR 70.54. The Acquisition is expected to close during August 2020. After the Acquisition ASSA ABLOY will own approximately 93% of the share capital and voting rights of agta record. As previously announced, ASSA ABLOY has entered into agreements with Italy-based FAAC Group for the sale of certain agta record and ASSA ABLOY businesses, as part of the commitments to address the competition concerns of the EU Commission in connection with the Acquisition (the “Divestiture”). Strategic addition "I look forward to finally welcoming agta record and all of its employees into the ASSA ABLOY Group. I am convinced ASSA ABLOY will be a good home for agta record, which is a strategic addition to the Group and will bring important competence, products and services. I am also glad that the divested businesses, with its employees and customers, will be in good hands and I wish them future success,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. "Following a long acquisition journey we are happy to be near the end of the process. agta record brings the well-known brand “record”, a strong culture, high-quality products and a very strong workforce and management. We can now turn our focus to the many opportunities this acquisition will bring,” says Christopher Norbye, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of Entrance Systems Division. Simplified tender offer Immediately after the Acquisition, ASSA ABLOY will file a proposed simplified public tender offer for the remaining outstanding shares of agta record, listed on Euronext Paris, at an adjusted price of 70.54 EUR per agta record share (the “Offer”). The Offer is subject to the AMF’s prior regulatory approval. agta record will also apply for the delisting of its shares from Euronext Paris immediately after the Acquisition. Subject to the Euronext Paris approval, the delisting will become effective shortly after the closing of the Offer. Financial effects for ASSA ABLOY The purchase price for the Acquisition amounts to approximately EUR 506 million, equivalent to an adjusted purchase price per agta record share of EUR 70.54. Assuming all the free float will be tendered to the Offer, the total amount paid for the Acquisition and the Offer amounts to approximately EUR 575 million. Based on external financial information for 2019 for both agta record and ASSA ABLOY, the acquisition of agta record adds around 4% to ASSA ABLOY’s consolidated revenue, excluding the Divestiture. The operating margin effect for ASSA ABLOY will be dilutive and the acquisition accretive to EPS from start, based on agta record´s financial performance in 2019. As part of the transaction, the existing 39% ownership in agta record held by ASSA ABLOY, a shareholding in associates, will be revalued at fair value through the income statement at closing. The expected non-cash income in EBIT amounts to around SEK 2 billion.