Tyco may soon sell Sonitrol

Thursday, February 19, 2004

February 19, 2004

NEW YORK - According to a company executive, Tyco International’s Fire & Security division may soon shed its Sonitrol alarm monitoring unit.

Tyco Fire & Security President Dave Robinson made the announcement on Wednesday during a conference call at Tyco’s investor meeting here. Robinson said the company is in talks with potential buyers for the unit and that a sale may close soon, but he did not identify Sonitrol’s suitors.

While business is good at Sontitrol, Robinson said, the unit competes with Tyco’s ADT Alarm Systems brand.

In all, Robinson said the Tyco Fire & Security plans to divest about 25 businesses, which are worth about $1 billion in revenue, as part of a broader divestiture and restructuring program at Tyco. Most of those divested businesses will be related to fire, he said. So far, Tyco Fire & Safety has sold four small operations outside the United States.

Most divestitures in the segment will be related to fire, with fewer in security, Robinson said. The segment - one of five at Bermuda-registered conglomerate Tyco - so far has sold four small operations, all outside the United States, he said.

As announced in November 2003, the company expects to close 184 facilities and shed 5,000 jobs.

For more on this story, see the March issue of Security Systems News.