Andrews International, a Valencia, Calif.-based provider of private security and risk mitigation services, has acquired the U.S. and Mexico guarding operations of Garda World Security Corp. (TSX:GW) for US$44.25 million. Andrews is a portfolio company of Audax Group.
Garda World Security Corporation (TSX:GW) (Garda), one of the most trusted cash logistics, physical security and global risk consulting firms in the world, today announced it has concluded the sale of its U.S. and Mexico guarding operations to Andrews International for a total cash consideration of US$44.25 million.
The U.S. and Mexico guarding operations were part of Vance International which Garda acquired in January 2006. In fiscal 2009, it posted sales of US$128 million and an adjusted last 12 months EBITDA of US$4.5 million.
“The divestiture will enable us to focus on our growing Global Risk Consulting Group created from the combined operations of Vance and Kroll Security Group acquired in December 2006 to form GardaWorld, one of the world’s leading risk consulting groups,” said Alain Dumont, Vice President, Business Transactional Group.
“We are experiencing rapid growth and unparalleled opportunities around the world,” said GardaWorld Global Risk Consulting Group President LeMarque Sheppard. “The outlook in this industry is extremely favourable, and with the global expertise and local engagement of our highly qualified experienced team, I look forward to our continued success in this important high-margin sector.”
Net proceeds from the transaction will be used towards debt repayment. Lazard Middle Market served as financial advisor to Garda in this transaction.
About Andrews International
Andrews International, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a full service provider of security and risk mitigation services with operations throughout the United States and internationally. As one of the largest privately-held, American-owned security firms, Andrews International employs more than 7,500 security personnel, providing uniformed security, consulting and investigative services, personal protection, special event security, specialized training, and disaster emergency response services. The company is owned by executive and management team members with investment backing from Audax Group. Please visit the Andrews International Web site at www.andrewsinternational.com.
Garda, one of the largest integrated physical security and cash logistics firms worldwide on an annualized revenue basis, is well known for addressing complex security and investigations issues. As a leading provider in security services, Garda is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies with operations across Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. With approximately 45,000 dedicated professionals, Garda offers integrated solutions in cash logistics, physical security, global risk consulting, investigations, and pre-employment screening. Its team includes specialists and some of the most highly qualified and best-trained experts in the industry. For more information, visit: http://www.gardaglobal.com, http://www.gardacashlogistics.com and http://www.garda-world.com.