Cadre Holdings to Acquire ICOR Technology
Adds Leading Provider of EOD Robots to Global Law Enforcement Agencies and Military Organizations
Advances Strategic Focus on Acquiring Accretive, High-Margin Businesses with Mission-Critical Products
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cadre Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CDRE) (“Cadre” or “the Company”), a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of safety and survivability equipment for first responders, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire ICOR Technology Inc. (“ICOR”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of explosive ordnance disposal (“EOD”) robots and specialized protective security equipment for EOD and military organizations worldwide, including SWAT and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) teams.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, strategically located near the national headquarters of the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ICOR is a trusted global supplier of high-quality, reliable, innovative, and cost-effective EOD robots to law enforcement agencies throughout the world. ICOR offers a complete suite of robots in varied sizes ranging from compact and versatile to heavy duty with strong towing capabilities that can respond to virtually any mission-critical situation, with additional revenues derived from training, support and complementary tactical products and tools that can assist technician teams in their interventions. Consistent with Cadre’s strategic focus, ICOR’s products provide users the critical protection they need to safely perform their duties and protect those around them in hazardous or life-threatening situations, such as countering IEDs, handling suspicious packages and hazardous materials. The business generated approximately $26 million CAD in revenues for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2023.
Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and CEO of Cadre, said, “We are pleased to enter into the Agreement to acquire ICOR, meeting our established M&A criteria. With a leading market position, high margins, compelling macroeconomic trends, and resiliency through cycles, ICOR is an ideal add-on to Cadre’s EOD business. Importantly, the addition of ICOR will meaningfully expand our ability to provide mission-critical EOD robots to law enforcement agencies and military organizations, which is an area that we are intimately familiar and supported by anticipated strengthening tailwinds. Taking advantage of Cadre’s scale and extensive sales channels, we expect to further penetrate ICOR’s key markets and look forward to partnering with the team there to capitalize on these growth opportunities.”
Mr. Kanders added, “As public safety expenditures increase globally and the number of security threat incidents rise throughout the world, our life-saving mission is more critical than ever. We have seen growing momentum in the M&A areas we target, and we are actively evaluating additional opportunities to augment our market leadership positions, as well as enter attractive, new adjacent markets, while maintaining our patient and disciplined approach. Based on the implementation of the Cadre operating model, we are confident that the team's relentless focus on constant improvement and optimized results will drive margin expansion and increased profitability as we continue to seek to expand our public safety platform moving forward.”
The transaction is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2024, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and is expected to be funded through available cash on the Company’s balance sheet and potentially a draw on its existing undrawn revolving credit facility.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Cadre is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of safety and survivability products for first responders. Cadre's equipment provides critical protection to allow users to safely and securely perform their duties and protect those around them in hazardous or life-threatening situations. The Company's core products include body armor, explosive ordnance disposal equipment, and duty gear. Our highly engineered products are utilized in over 100 countries by federal, state and local law enforcement, fire and rescue professionals, explosive ordnance disposal teams, and emergency medical technicians. Our key brands include Safariland® and Med-Eng®, amongst others.
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Released December 22, 2023