Schneider Electric Acquisition Enhances EcoStruxure Power Platform

Schneider Electric has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Asco Power Technologies (ASCO) for a consideration of $1,250M in an all cash transaction. The acquisition enhances Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power Platform in key markets and segments.
ASCO currently employs 2,000 people, mainly in North America, and operates 7 manufacturing sites.  ASCO, founded in Baltimore, has a history in Power Management first introducing ATS in 1925 and later expanding into surge, loadbanks, and fire pump and control applications. ASCO’s products are sold under the brands of ASCO, Firetrol, Avtron, Froment. Since December 2016, ASCO has been operating as an autonomous part of Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power).
ASCO is a market leader in power source management for critical buildings in North America. ATS transfers critical loads from the primary source of power to the back-up power source in the event of a power outage. It requires compliance with specific technical regulation standards. Schneider Electric is the market leader in the ATS market in China. Both companies also operate in the ATS market in the rest of the world. With this acquisition, Schneider Electric becomes the global market leader in ATS. With the addition of the ASCO portfolio, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power Platform is further enhanced in North America with additional opportunities in the rest of the world. From an end-market perspective, the acquisition further enhances Schneider Electric’s value proposition in the end-to-end energy management chain for customers in healthcare, financial services, Data centers and other critical buildings.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and CEO comments, “ASCO brings to Schneider Electric a recognized brand in North America, a high level of know-how, prescription skills and network and a diversified customer base. Its leading position in Automatic Transfer Switch in North America complements our current offer in power distribution equipment in North America and it reinforces Schneider Electric’s global leadership in energy management. With ASCO, we are enhancing our EcoStruxure Power management capabilities. This will help us to offer advanced solutions and technologies for critical buildings in a more decentralized world. A market with natural growth as more commercial and industrial customers move towards autonomous or multi-source energy management.”
The market for ATS presents long-term growth opportunities as more commercial and industrial customers move towards autonomous or multi-source power management. This trend is driven by a more decentralized power generation world, core to Schneider Electric’s strategic focus. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be closed by end-2017. Post deal closure, the ASCO business will form part of the Schneider Electric Building business (Low Voltage).

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