Schneider Acquisition Consolidates UPS Market

With an eye on becoming a global leader in uninterruptible power supplies, the French automation and electrical company will acquire UPS maker American Power Conversion for approximately $6.1 billion.

Schneider Electric, based in Rueil Malmaison, France, and American Power Conversion (APC), a West Kingston, R.I., manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Schneider Electric will acquire all outstanding shares of APC for an enterprise value of approximately $5.5 billion. The price per share is $31, an approximate 30 percent premium over the $23.76 price at the time of announcement. The shares will be paid for in cash for a total amount of approximately $6.1 billion. APC had $2 billion in sales in 2005. 

Schneider Electric states that by combining APC with its MGE UPS Systems subsidiary, it will become a global leader in the sector. APC is strong in small and medium UPS systems, but its profitability has been negatively affected by the need to develop large systems. Schneider expects the merger with MGE UPS Systems to help APC improve profitability on its large systems. 

Schneider expects to record $3 billion of additional value to its financials beginning in 2007. The turnaround plan for APC includes generating cost reductions from “synergies” in purchasing, research and development, support functions, sales, services and the like to the tune of $220 million—70 percent to be achieved by 2009. Schneider also expects to leverage research and development programs and accelerate profitability using MGE’s strengths in services.

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Schneider Electric
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