Industrials

Tyco Break-Up Chases ITT... GE or United Tech Moves Ahead? (TYC, ITT, UTX, GR, GE)

Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC) already partly deconglomerized in a three-way break up of the company.  Now its core parent company is splitting up what is left of the operation into three separate companies all over again.  The process is nearly the same as what ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) announced earlier this year, with the difference being that Tyco has a market cap of $20.3 billion against $8.3 billion today for ITT. The separation will turn Tyco into three independent publicly traded companies and the three will pay a dividend that is equivalent to the current dividend.

One company will be the ADT North America residential security business with annualized revenue of approximately $3 billion and approximately 16,000 employees. Naren Gursahaney, the current president of Tyco’s security solutions segment, will become the new company’s chief executive officer.

The second will be a provider of flow control products and services with annualized revenue of approximately $4 billion and approximately 15,000 employees. Patrick Decker, the current president of Tyco’s flow control segment, will become the new company’s chief executive officer.

The third company will be commercial fire and security business with annualized revenue of approximately $10 billion and approximately 69,000 employees. George Oliver, the current president of Tyco’s fire protection segment, will become the company’s chief executive officer.

What is interesting is that this move comes at a time right after rumors that United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is out raising a large financing.  Reports over the weekend noted that the $68 billion United Tech is examining a bid for Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) with a market cap of $11.6 billion.  Other companies were on the rise last week as potential buyout candidates as well.

Calls have been made for General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) to also deconglomerize itself.  The company has made divesting moves like the NBC Universal (still partial sale) and others, although in recent months Jeff Immelt has said that he is happier with GE’s business portfolio than he has ever been.  If Immelt did not decide to break up GE shortly after the recession, he is unlikely to make such a move during better times or during less-bad times unless the benefit is overwhelmingly more.

Some conglomerates get larger while some shrink.  Former CEO Dennis Kozlowski put Tyco together by acquisition after acquisition.  His empire was taken away from him when he was ousted and sent to prison.  What remains of his former empire is now being broken up yet again.

JON C. OGG

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