Carlyle Group said May 9 that it agreed to sell ADT Caps to SK Telecom and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets for 2,970 billion Korean wons (USD 2.76 billion). ADT, of Seoul, Korea, provides security services in that country. Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Latham & Watkins, Lee & Ko, and PwC advised Carlyle on this transaction.
Seoul, Korea — Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”, NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to sell ADT Caps, the second largest security services provider in Korea, to SK Telecom (“SKT”, KRW:017670) and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”) for KRW 2,970 billion (USD 2.76 billion). SKT is the largest telecommunication operator in Korea and MIRA is one of the largest infrastructure asset managers globally. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2018.
The Carlyle Group acquired ADT Caps through Carlyle Asia Partners IV and Carlyle Partners VI in 2014 from Tyco. During Carlyle’s ownership, ADT Caps drove top-line growth through new product introductions, cross-selling, and channel development, and improved operating efficiencies by reducing false signals per account and dispatches per account, while upgrading service quality through technological development. By partnering with Jinhwan Choi, CEO of ADT Caps and the management team, Carlyle has supported the business to become the most profitable security services player in Korea.
Sanghyun Lee, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, said, “ADT Caps is a great example of Carlyle’s ability to create value through operational improvements and partnering with excellent management teams. It is an honor to have had such a journey with thousands of experts who make Korea a safer place. I am glad that we found the SKT-MIRA consortium as ADT Caps’ strong new partner.”
Jinhwan Choi, CEO of ADT Caps, said, “The Carlyle Group has been a fantastic partner for ADT Caps and our management team over the last four years as we have re-established our security services leadership in Korea. The acquisition by the SKT-MIRA consortium provides the business and the management with a phenomenal opportunity to continue delivering best-in-class central monitoring services to our customers, leveraging SKT’s leading AI and IoT technology.”
Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Latham & Watkins, Lee & Ko, and PwC advised Carlyle on this transaction.
Carlyle has invested more than US$1.5 billion of equity in more than 20 transactions in Korea as of March 31, 2018.
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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $201 billion of assets under management across 324 investment vehicles as of March 31, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,575 people in 31 offices across six continents.
About ADT Caps
ADT Caps is a provider of advanced security solutions in Korea, serving more than 427,000 customers through a network of 69 branches nationwide. The business provides central monitoring services, with video surveillance and dispatch, access control and other customized security solutions as well as guarding services. The business is headquartered in Seoul, Korea, with approximately 7,500 employees.