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ASSA ABLOY Concludes Buyout of Cards Manufacturer Placard

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ASSA ABLOY AB ASAZY, on Sep 30, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Placard in Australia. The buyout will enable the company to strengthen its secure cards offering. Notably, the financial terms of the transaction were kept under wraps.

Placard is a leading manufacturer of secure plastic cards in Australia, offering service-based product solutions for several industries including financial, retail, government, and hospitality sectors. Founded in 1987, this Melbourne-based company employs around 170 people.

Following the announcement, ASSA ABLOY’s share price increased 1.1% to close at $11.09 on Monday.

Backed by expanded product offerings in the secure cards segment, the company expects to gain access to a larger customer base, particularly in the Australasia region. As a matter of fact, ASSA ABLOY expects this acquisition to be accretive to its earnings per share from the beginning.

Other Inorganic Moves

A notable inorganic move by the company was the buyout of LifeSafety Power in the previous month. Notably, this buyout will help ASSA ABLOY in strengthening its offerings within the access control portfolio.

This apart, in June 2019, the company entered into an agreement to purchase the U.K.-based De La Rue’s international identity solutions business. Notably, this buyout is likely to boost ASSA ABLOY’s secure identity solutions offerings.

ASSA ABLOY currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). In the past six months, the stock has gained 5.1% compared with the industry’s growth of 8.3%.



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