Stanley Works Announces Acquisition of Sonitrol Corporation for $275 Million




New Britain, CT, June 11, 2008: The Stanley Works (NYSE: SWK)

The company announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 100% of the shares of Sonitrol Corporation from an ownership group comprised of Carlyle Venture Partners, Wachovia Capital Partners andSpire Capital Partners as well as selected members of Sonitrol management for $275 million cash (approximately 10x EBITDA). Sonitrol, headquartered in Berwyn, PA, provides security monitoring services, access control and fire detection systems to commercial customers in North America via two monitoring centers and a national multi-channel distribution network. Sonitrol, the 8th largest electronic security company in the U.S., brings a strong brand, unparalleled capabilities in audio-verified monitoring and a substantial national account base to Stanley’s Convergent Security Solutions platform. Sonitrol, with revenue totaling approximately $110 million will report into Stanley’s Convergent Security Solutions business which had 2007 revenues approaching $600 million. The Boards of Directors of Stanley and Sonitrol have approved the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The acquisition is expected to close during the third quarter of 2008.  

Additional Information About Sonitrol

Sonitrol, a market leading independent U.S. commercial security company, had 2007 revenues of approximately $110 million. Sonitrol is well positioned for growth given its integrated suite of security solutions, its established brand and respected reputation and its national multi-channel distribution network. Sonitrol, an industry leader in apprehension rates, maintains one of the lowest false dispatch rates in the market, and is a leader in verified audio monitoring services.

Recurring monthly revenues (“RMR”) from commercial monitoring activities represents an important element of Sonitrol’s annual revenues; additional revenues are generated from security system and equipment installation, repair services, proprietary equipment sales and royalty fees generated from Sonitrol’s franchisees. A one-time installation fee (including the cost of equipment) is billed at the commencement of customer security contracts. Additionally, monthly monitoring fees are charged over the life of contracts, for which a typical initial length is five years, and service fees are generated from repairs that are not covered by warranty. Additional information on Sonitrol can be found at  

Additional Information About The Stanley Works

The Stanley Works, an S&P 500 company with 2007 revenues of $4.5 billion, is a diversified worldwide supplier of tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, construction and do-it-yourself use, and access security solutions for commercial applications. For over 165 years, the Stanley® brand has been synonymous with quality, reliable products. Its well-known tool and storage brands include Stanley® as well as FatMax®, Facom®, Bostitch®, Jensen®, Mac®, Proto®, La Bounty®, Vidmar®, and InnerSpace®. Security Solutions brands include Stanley®, Best®, National®, HSM®, Blick® and Frisco Bay®. The company employs approximately 20,000 associates. Additional information about The Stanley Works can be found at

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