United Technologies to acquire GE Security

Nov. 13, 2009
United Technologies Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase the GE Security business from GE for $1.82 billion.

November 13, 2009 --United Technologies Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase the GE Security business from GE for $1.82 billion. The closing is pending regulatory approvals.

GE Security, part of the GE Technology Infrastructure business unit, supplies security and life safety technologies through a broad product portfolio for commercial and residential applications, including fire detection and life safety systems, intrusion alarms, and video surveillance and access control systems. Headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., the business has eight manufacturing facilities and approximately 4,700 employees in 26 countries.

"This acquisition enhances UTC Fire & Security's status as a leading franchise in the $100 billion global fire safety and electronic security industry," comments UTC president and chief executive officer Louis Chenevert. "It strengthens our North America footprint, extends our capabilities and complements our existing fire and security businesses."

Headquartered in Connecticut, UTC Fire & Security is a business unit of United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.

"The acquisition also brings additional world class product lines to the UTC portfolio, improves our aftermarket revenue potential and will deliver solid long-term value for UTC shareholders," concludes Chenevert. "We expect this transaction will be earnings neutral to UTC in 2010, after restructuring and transaction costs, and anticipate that the cost synergies will make it accretive in 2011 and beyond."

On the Web:www.utc.com; www.gesecurity.com

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