LAWRENCE, Kan.—Three days after the largest security company (ADT) announced it was buying the second-largest alarm company (Broadview Security), Protection One, the third largest alarm company, announced it is exploring its strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company.
TOPEKA, Kan. - The long saga of the sale of Protection One ended in mid-February, when former parent company Westar Energy finalized its sale to New York-based investment firm Quadrangle Group LLC. Quadrangle paid Westar $122 million for Protection One, which comprises more than 2,300 employees and more than a million commercial and residential customers, and all of its debt. Westar acquired the company in 1997 for $320 million. For Richard Ginsburg, president and chief executive officer of Protection One, after 14 months of rumors about the company's future, the completion of the sale is a relief.