Garda acquires Intertec Security

Thursday, July 13, 2006

MONTREAL--On July 1, Garda World Security purchased the Toronto-based Intertec Security for $4.343 million, paying 29.5 percent of Intertec's $14.685 million in annual revenues. The 35-year-old company brings Garda 650 employees, grouped mainly around Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, and currently operates in physical guarding, system integration and alarm monitoring. The acquisition also provides Garda, for the first time, with a UL-listed central station.
Intertec founder Harold Ball will retire, but his wife, executive vice president Celia Ball, will remain for a transition period, said Garda senior vice president Allan Bentley, who oversees Ontario and western Canada. "When we look at acquisitions," Bentley said, "we're looking for people, and Intertec has an excellent management group ... You can buy a book of business, but if you don't have people to run it, you'll quickly lose your money."
The Intertec brand will also remain for some time. "It's very typical for us to not change the brand on day one," said Bentley. "We think that's disrespectful. They have a very good reputation and a good brand name." Garda did purchase the name, however, and the company will be re-branded "in the coming months and years."
Nathalie de Champlain, Garda's vice president of communications, also noted, "With this acquisition, our volume of business in Ontario will exceed $100 million [Canadian] in physical security."

For more on the acquisition, see the August issue of Security Systems News.