Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce the successful sale of Mercury Security (Mercury), a portfolio company of LLR Partners, to HID Global Corporation (HID), a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY AB (OM: ASSA B). The transaction was announced on September 19 and closed on October 18, 2017.
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Mercury is a leading OEM supplier of intelligent hardware and software for physical access control. Mercury has over three million controllers installed at tens of thousands of sites worldwide, including at more than 90 of the Fortune 100 companies. Mercury's intelligent controllers, interface boards, and software perfectly complement HID's industry-leading readers, smart cards, and mobile ID solutions. Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE), which is majority owned by LLR Partners.
This transaction reinforces key trends in the security and building technologies markets:
- Buyer interest in differentiated technology and capabilities in the areas of identity management, building automation and intelligence, and physical access security
- Strong organic growth and financial performance associated with companies that provide solutions within the integrated access, cloud-based security, IP-video managed software, and traditional security ecosystem
- Strategic interest from diversified buyers in technology-enabled security companies of size and scale
HID is a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions. HID's solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified, and tracked digitally. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID has over 3,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
Houlihan Lokey is a leading M&A advisor to companies in the security and industrial technologies markets.