Allegion to Acquire Simonsvoss
Allegion, has agreed, through its subsidiary Allegion Luxembourg Holding & Financing S.à r.l, to acquire Simonsvoss Technologies GmbH from Hg Capital. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals.
Simonsvoss, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is an electronic lock company with a leading position in the growing European electronic market segment. The company’s comprehensive suite of solutions for electronic access control is sold globally. As a strong brand that’s well-known for innovation, SimonsVoss brings a legacy of global experts and technical expertise in the safety and security business. Simonsvoss generated sales of approximately €52 million in 2014 and has approximately 275 employees.
“Simonsvoss is highly complementary to Allegion’s portfolio and provides sound synergy opportunities,” said David D. Petratis, chairman, president and CEO of Allegion. “By adding Simonsvoss to the Allegion family of brands, we are expanding our technical expertise and solidifying our global leadership in electro-mechanical convergence. We believe Simonsvoss has strong growth prospects and established channel partners in a number of international markets, allowing Allegion to expand its product offering, while Allegion’s demand creation capability will benefit the Simonsvoss brand.”
Following the closing of the transaction, Simonsvoss is expected to operate within the EMEIA region of Allegion. Simonsvoss CEO Bernhard Sommer will continue to lead the business. Sommer said joining Allegion will provide the German company with exciting opportunities.
“We are pleased with what we have achieved with the active support of Hg Capital throughout our partnership,” Sommer said. “Allegion’s global footprint in both the commercial and residential security markets will help drive new growth opportunities for us. At the same time, Simonsvoss can contribute industry-leading technology to help Allegion develop more security solutions for unique customer needs. This is a great fit for both companies, and we look forward to joining the Allegion family.
"We are looking forward to being part of Allegion and thank Hg Capital for the good cooperation in the past years."