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Convergint acquires Total Recall

Dan Moceri: Convergint will expand smart city expertise
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05/04/2016

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—One day after Convergint Technologies acquired New York-based systems integrator Total Recall, Total Recall president Jordan Heilweil was boarding a plane to meet a new customer in Savannah, Ga.

CCL to buy Checkpoint in $443m deal

Kessler: Combination will make Checkpoint ‘a better competitor to Tyco’
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03/02/2016

THOROFARE, N.J.—In a transaction valued at $443 million, Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of retail security and asset management solutions, today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by CCL Industries, a specialty packaging solutions company, for $10.15 per share in cash.

After ADT's news, Ascent stock rises

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ascent Capital Group’s stock price rose yesterday, on news of the ADT/Apollo deal.

I asked Imperial Capital’s Jeff Kessler about the stock’s jump and he characterized it as a “knee jerk reaction to the fact that the only other company in the United States that’s public, being traded, is being taken over.”

Yesterday (Feb. 16) Ascent’s stock price rose as high as 49 percent over its previous close of (Feb. 12) of $8.27 per share.  Yesterday’s high was $12.29. The stock closed at $11.00 and had been hovering around that price today.

Ascent’s stock price has been declining over the last 12 months. This time last year the stock price was $47.50.

Kessler pointed out that AlarmForce, another publicly traded alarm company, also saw a small increase after the news of ADT’s acquisition agreement. “If ADT is taken private [Alarm Force and Ascent] will be the only two publicly traded alarm companies,” he said.

Ascent Capital Group is a more well known peer to ADT, Kessler said, which is why Ascent’s price was affected more than that of AlarmForce.

“It will certainly have more people eyeing Ascent, to see whether or not there is some value in the Ascent monitoring capability for another buyer,” Kessler said. “Certainly I would think that private equity firms are looking at Ascent, because the stock has fallen down so far … but there’s no guarantees.” 

Axis’ Citilog purchase to bring more tools to customers

Kessler: Deal means easier access to intelligence and integration for higher end projects
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02/03/2016

STOCKHOLM—Network video provider Axis Communications on Feb. 1 announced the acquisition of Citilog, a provider of intelligent real-time video monitoring for traffic and transportation security and safety.

Securitas set to acquire Diebold division for $350m

Diebold to focus on self-service industry, it says
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10/26/2015

NORTH CANTON, Ohio—Securitas has agreed to buy Diebold’s North America-based electronic security division for $350 million. The divestiture by Diebold is aimed to better position it to pursue growth in the self-service industry, it said.

Industry divided on Google’s effect on security industry

News Poll: Few believe Google will seek professional monitoring
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05/19/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google, in March of this year, acquired patents relating to residential security. Twelve months earlier, Google acquired the smart home thermostat Nest. Is Google planning a big move into the security space? Should the industry be nervous? Security Systems News readers were evenly divided among those who are worried, those who are not worried, and those who plan to worry about Google if and when it gets seriously involved in the industry.

PE firm wants to combine Protection 1 and ASG

Deal reportedly $2b, multiple would be higher than 50x
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05/12/2015

NEW YORK—Apollo Global Management, a $163 billion private equity group, is in talks to acquire Protection 1 and ASG, with the goal of combining the two companies, a source close to the deal told Security Systems News.

Canon-Axis deal done despite hedge-fund holdout

Canon now owns 84 percent of shares, Elliott Management increases stake
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04/29/2015

TOKYO—In a bid that industry analysts told Security Systems News is intended to get Canon to increase its $2.8 billion offer for Axis Communications, Elliott Management, a New York hedge fund, increased its stake in Axis to 10.91 percent and has not yet sold those shares to Canon.

HID acquires Quantum Secure

Kessler: Acquisition is 'last step' to fill out identity portfolio
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04/06/2015

AUSTIN, Texas—Secure identity provider HID Global has acquired Quantum Secure, a provider of identity management software. Denis Hebert, HID Global CEO, told Security Systems News that the deal brings an important new capability to HID.

Who’s afraid of Google?

Smart resi providers should take Google’s move into home security seriously, but could wind up benefitting from it
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04/01/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s venture into home security and automation may turn out to be a very good thing for traditional resi companies, according to providers interviewed by Security Systems News.

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