Anixter buys Tri-Ed Distribution for $420 Million

Anixter Int’l has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tri-Ed, a leading independent distributor of security and low-voltage technology products from Audax Group for $420 million. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings in the first full year of operation, exclusive of transaction and one-time integration expenses.

The Woodbury, N.Y.-headquartered Tri-Ed serves four major segments of the security business including video, access control, intrusion detection and fire/life safety, and provides approximately 110,000 products to more than 20,000 dealer and integrator customers. The company employs 600+ people across 63 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s multichannel distribution strategy integrates branches, technical sales centers and an e-commerce platform. Tri-Ed generated approximately $570 million in sales and $36 million in adjusted EBITDA over the trailing 12 months ending June 30, 2014.

In a press release, Anixter President and CEO Bob Eck said, “The acquisition of Tri-Ed is a strategic opportunity for Anixter and our security business, consistent with our vision to create a leading global security platform and to accelerate profitable revenue growth. Through expanding our offering into highly complementary product lines, our customers will benefit from a broader set of products and solutions in the areas of video, access control, fire/life safety, and intrusion detection. As well, the combination brings Anixter’s expertise in IP video surveillance to Tri-Ed’s customers. In addition, this transaction provides access to the residential construction end market at an attractive point

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