Philips Holding USA Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics, has agreed to acquire Genlyte Group Inc., a manufacturer of lighting fixtures, controls, and related products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets, for $2.7 billion in cash.
The acquisition allows Philips to expand in the green-lighting business in North America and to introduce Genlyte's products to the international market. About 90% of Genly'tes 2006 revenues were in commercial and industrial applications in 2006. The rest are focused on high-end residential applications.
Genlyte sells to distributors and electrical wholesalers. The company's products are also promoted through architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners.
Besides growing our presence in North America, this deal deepens our contacts to end users, such as wholesalers, contractors, architects and lighting designers, helping us speed up the market rollout of more energy efficient lighting and the introduction of new lighting technologies, like solid state lighting," said Theo van Deursen, CEO of Philips Lighting.
In the 12 months ended September 2007, Genlyte had sales of $1.6 billion.
Genlyte sells lighting and lighting accessory products under the brand names of Alkco, Allscape, Ardee, Canlyte, Capri/Omega, Carsonite, Chloride Systems, Crescent, D'ac, Day-Brite, Gardco, Guth, Hadco, Hanover Lantern, High-Lites, Hoffmeister, Lam, Ledalite, Lightolier, Lightolier Controls, Lumec, Morlite, Nessen, Quality, Shakespeare Composite Structures, Specialty, Stonco, Strand, Thomas Lighting, Thomas Lighting Canada, Vari-Lite, Vista, and Wide-Lite.