Francisco Partners has agreed to sell Metrologic Holdings Corp. to Honeywell International for $720 million in cash. Francisco had led a $346 million take-private buyout of Metrologic in December 2006, alongside hedge fund Elliott Associates and Metrologic chairman and then-interim CEO Harry Knowles. Metrologic makes data capture and collection hardware and software.
Partners, one of the world’s largest technology-focused private equity funds, announced today that its portfolio company Metrologic Holdings Corporation, parent company of Metrologic Instruments, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Honeywell International for $720 million in cash. Metrologic is a leading provider of data capture and collection hardware and software. The business will be merged with Honeywell Security, part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) business.
The combined businesses will offer a broad range of solutions in the AIDC industry, with a diverse base of customers in a number of industry verticals. The new business will serve customers in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, distribution and logistics, transportation, entertainment, and government sectors.
“We are excited about the opportunity to join Honeywell,” said Darius Adamczyk, Chief Executive Officer of Metrologic. “Combining Metrologic’s and Honeywell Imaging and Mobility’s product and solution portfolios will provide customers one of the most compelling value propositions in the AIDC industry. We will continue to be a leading player in the industry by maintaining our common commitment to innovation and customer focus.”
Andrew Kowal, a Principal with Francisco Partners, commented, “As a private company, Metrologic has been able to transform itself and improve many aspects of its business. We have been fortunate in the opportunity to partner with Metrologic’s management team to affect this transformation and support the company’s continued success.”
Elliott Associates is also an investor in Metrologic.
The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2008, subject to regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
As Metrologic Instruments, Inc. celebrates its 40th anniversary, it continues to be a global supplier of choice for data capture and collection hardware and software. Metrologic delivers innovative products that are cost effective, reliable and supported by a superior level of personal service. Metrologic products are sold worldwide through sales, service and distribution offices located in North & South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.metrologic.com.
About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. With approximately $5 billion of committed capital, Francisco Partners pursues structured investments in technology companies, targeting investments in private companies, public companies and divisions of public companies, with transaction values ranging from $30 million to $3 billion. For additional information, visit www.franciscopartners.com.
About Elliott Associates
Elliott Associates, L.P. and its sister fund, Elliott International, L.P. have more than $10.5 billion of capital under management. Founded in 1977, Elliott is one of the oldest hedge funds under continuous management. The Elliott funds’ investors include large institutions, high-net-worth individuals and families, and employees of the firm.