Allied Universal: 2015-2020

Published : 22.06.2020
#Success Story

In 2015, Wendel completed the purchase of AlliedBarton for approximately $1.7 billion in enterprise value. Wendel initially decided to invest $687 million in equity in AlliedBarton, convinced of its development potential in a security market driven by long-term trends.

From March 2016, Wendel’s teams actively worked to complete the merger between AlliedBarton and Universal Services of America, creating the North American leader in the security market. At the end of the merger, Wendel received approximately 33% of the new company, Allied Universal, and recovered $388 million.

Under Wendel’s leadership, Allied Universal has been transformed through a dozen acquisitions. In 2018, Allied Universal acquired U.S. Security Associates, the third largest U.S. player in security and related services in the United States. On this occasion, Wendel decided to reinvest $78 million in new equity to finance this new acquisition.

In February 2019, Wendel received an offer to acquire approximately 40% of its stake in Allied Universal by Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec at an enterprise value of over $7 billion.

In April 2020, Wendel sold its remaining stake in Allied Universal to a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus and a subsidiary of J. Safra Group.

This transaction valued Wendel’s net investment in Allied Universal at approximately $918 million, or approximately 2.5 times the total capital invested in dollars, representing an IRR of approximately 28% per year. It allowed Allied Universal to rely on partners with considerable resources to pursue its adventure under the best conditions.

Today, Allied Universal is the world leader in its segment.

  • 5 years of ownership
  • Creation of the world leader in security
  • Revenue multiplied by over 3x
  • Over 10 acquisitions
  • Sale to Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and to a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus and a subsidiary of J. Safra Group
  • Investment multiple of 2.5x
  • Amount invested by Wendel: $378 million
40 years

40 years of sustainable growth

For more than 40 years, Wendel has been a pioneer in the private equity sector. Over the decades, the Group’s teams have made bold investment choices at strategic times. These successes are illustrated by the creation of world leaders specializing in various sectors.