Yesterday marked the first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange for The ADT Corp., the new name for independent ADT post its split with Tyco International. It did well on the market, according to news reports.
Tyco International Ltd (TYC) and spinoff [The] ADT Corp. (ADT) received warm receptions from the market during their first day of trading as slimmed-down companies focused on different parts of the market for building security and safety.
Fire-protection-and-suppression equipment manufacturer Tyco on Monday closed up 3.1% at $28.50 a share. Meanwhile, home-security-monitoring service ADT finished up 3.5% at $37.27 a share after being lower for the first half of Monday's trading session. Analysts said ADT's performance reflected investors' cautiousness about assigning a price to a company with no natural market peers.
"The shareholder profiles for these two companies are quite different," said Nicholas Heymann, an analyst for Robert W. Baird. "You've got a cyclical growth stock [in Tyco] and basically an industrial utility stock" in ADT.
Tyco, which has its headquarters in Switzerland, was once one of the world's largest industrial conglomerates. It grew over years of accelerated purchasing under former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski, who was convicted in 2005 of larceny, securities fraud and falsifying business records stemming from schemes that allowed him to reap hundreds of millions of dollars from Tyco and its stock to support his lavish lifestyle.
Edward Breen, who replaced Mr. Kozlowski in 2002, has spent the past 10 years methodically shrinking Tyco by selling dozens of businesses and spinning off parts of the company to shareholders as stand-alone companies.
A year ago, Tyco announced plans to further dismantle the company by spinning off ADT and the company's pipe and valve business as new public companies. The pipe and valve business merged earlier this year with pump maker Pentair Ltd. (PNR), leaving Tyco and ADT as the remaining pieces of the company in the breakup.
Tyco's focus is limited to fire-protection systems and equipment used in commercial buildings and institutions such as college campuses. Its Simplex Grinnell brand of sprinklers, fire-detection sensors and video-monitoring service are market leaders.