10 Major Security Mergers and Acquisitions From 2018

SSI rounds up the security industry’s most notable mergers and acquisitions of the year, including billion dollar deals for Avigilon, Ring and more.

10 Major Security Mergers and Acquisitions From 2018

M&A activity in the security industry kicked off 2018 at a torrid rate, with more than 20 deals being announced in the first three months alone.

Deal-making remained quite active among dealers, integrators and suppliers, especially through the summer. Companies like ADS Security and Convergint Technologies were frequently in the news with eight and nine acquisitions, respectively.

Though those companies take the cake for quantity of deals, this compilation takes a look at the largest M&A deals financial-wise. Since the terms of every deal are not disclosed, the list is rounded out by major or notable companies in the security industry.

This past year saw a handful of deals that involved $1 billion purchases, involving major names like Motorola, Amazon and Johnson Controls — interesting how two of those aren’t what you would consider a traditional security company, no?

Amazon continued its push for smart home dominance by acquiring smart doorbell maker Ring for more than $1 billion. This comes after Amazon purchased WiFi camera provider Blink last December.

ADT made four acquisitions in 2018, all of which were focused on building and expanding its commercial and cybersecurity solutions. Its most notable deal was for Red Hawk Fire & Security, which was just finalized earlier this month.

I also want to add that SSI was involved in an acquisition of its own in August when it was acquired along with select sister brands by Emerald Expositions. You can read all about that here.

Make sure to check out SSI’s overview of these transactions, plus deals made by Allied Universal, Johnson Controls, Best Buy and more in the slideshow.

View 10 Major Security Mergers and Acquisitions of 2018

Of course there’s still a couple more weeks left of 2018. Can Convergint hit double digits? Will we see another billion dollar deal? We’ll make sure to keep this page updated should any major deals hit the wire.

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Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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