Anixter International Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Clark Security Products, Inc. and the Assets and Operations of General Lock, LLC

Dec 20, 2010, 07:30 ET from Anixter International Inc.

GLENVIEW, Ill., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE), a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, fasteners and other small parts, today announced that it has acquired all the outstanding shares of Clark Security Products, Inc. and the assets and operations of General Lock, LLC (collectively "Clark").

Clark, based in San Diego, California, is a distributor of security products and locksmith supplies to commercial, industrial and government entities throughout the United States, with major distribution centers in San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX; Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Lexington, KY; Silver Spring, MD; Phoenix, AZ; and Kent, WA. Clark's broad array of products includes locking hardware, access control devices, closed circuit television, along with various technical support services.

Anixter will pay consideration of approximately $36.6 million in cash for all the assets and operations of Clark. The final purchase price will be determined when the net asset balance of Clark is confirmed. Annual sales for Clark are expected to be approximately $115 million for 2010. Anixter expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the first full year of ownership.

Commenting on the acquisition, Bob Eck, President and CEO of Anixter, said, "We are pleased to have Clark become part of Anixter and look forward to gaining their insight and partnering with the excellent team that has successfully led these two businesses. As a market leader, Clark immediately positions Anixter as a significant player in the access control market. Combined with Anixter's existing security business, we will continue to lead the security market as it increasingly migrates towards IP (Internet Protocol) based systems. By leveraging Anixter's geographical presence and logistics capabilities, we will first expand the reach of Clark's product set across North America and then into international markets, which is consistent with our stated strategic growth initiatives."

About Anixter

Anixter International is a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, fasteners and other small parts.  The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs, 2) more than 450,000 products and over $950 million in inventory, 3) 218 warehouses with approximately 7 million square feet of space, and 4) locations in 260 cities in 50 countries.  Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.

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