ACRE Acquires Feenics and Matrix Systems

By John Honovich and Brian Rhodes, Published Dec 01, 2021, 09:13am EST (Info+)

ACRE has made 2 acquisitions, acquiring cloud access provider Feenics and conventional access control provider Matrix Systems. Earlier this year, ACRE itself was acquired by a new investment firm, at the time pledging greater ambition for acquisitions. These 2 deals are a major step towards that.

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For background on Feenics, see IPVM's 2021 test of Feenics access control and for Matrix, see IPVM's 2021 show session with Matrix.

IPVM spoke with ACRE CEO Joe Grillo to better understand these deals, the future of these 2 acquired companies, and ACRE's outlook on the hot cloud access control space, especially compared to recent deals for Openpath (Motorola) and Brivo (SPAC).

No ************ ******* *****

**** ********* **** ***** *** ***** are ***** ********* ******** **** ** simply ***** ** ******* ****** *** not *** ******** ** ******* ************ between ******* *** ******.

Feenics **** *********** ****

*******, **** *** ***** ** ***** access *******, ** *** **** ************* substantial *********** *** **** ** ** provides **** * **** ******** ****** the ******-******* ***** ****** *** ********** that **** ***** *** ****** *** portfolio.

** ********, ****-***** ****** ******* ** structurally **** ******* ** ******** **** portfolio ********* **** *********'* *** (**** ***********)*******'* **** ****** (**** ***********)*** ******** **** ************ ****** *****.

Cloud: ******* ** ********** ******

***** **** **** **** ** ******** cloud ****** ******** (************ ********** ******), ACRE ********* ******* ** **** **********-******* vs ****** ***** ** **** *** focused. ** ****** **** **** ** we ********* ***** ******* **** ****, "******* ****** ******* ************ *** functionality ** * ***** ****** ****** usually ********** ** *****, ********** ****** system."

"Robust ******** *** *** ** ****** ***"

***** *** **** **** ********** **** cloud ****** ******* ********* **** ******** received (*.*.,******** - ~$** ******* *******, $*** million ******** *****, ***** - $** ******* *******, $800 ******* *********), ** **** ********** surprised ***** *** ****, ***** **** has *** ************ **** **** **** valuations.

****'* *** ********* *** ******* *********** as ****** * "****** ******** *** not ** ****** ***". ***** **** did *** ******** ******* ******* *** the ***** ****, ** ******** *** price ** ** ** *** $** to $*** ******* *****, ***** ***** be ****** *** ** ***-******* ** OpenPath's.

Profitable *** ******-***** ******

**** *** ******* **** ******* ** profitable *** *** ******-***** ******* ****** significantly ****** **** *** ****** ******* market *******.

Fit ******* *** ****

**** ********** *** ****** ***, **** in ***** ** ******* *** ******** background, ******* **** *** *******. **** Feenics **** ********** **** *** ****'* have ******* ** ********** ****** *** access ******* ******** ******** ** ****** sustainable ******.

******* ********** **** **** ****** *** stay **** **** ******** ** ******* the ***** ********. **** ******** *** potential ** *** / *********** ******* cloud ********** **** ***** **** *********.

Matrix *********** ********

** ********, *** ****** *********** ** a **** *********** **** ** **** deal.***** ************** ****** ** **** *** *** the *******'* ***. ****** ********* *** business ** "****-**** ******** *** *** for *********** *** ************* ************." **** says **** ****** ************ **** *** Matrix *** **** ****** **** ** exiting *** ***** ****** ********** **** remain.

**** ********** **** ***** ****** ***** its *** ****** *********** (******) **** ****** **** ******* ******* controllers ** ** **** ********* ********* generally.

Mercury / *** / **** ****** ***** **********

******* ****** ***** ******** **** *** yet ****** * ****** *** ****, they ***, ****** **** ************ **** things ***** ******. ** ********, **** noted **** **** ******** **** * bigger ********* *** *** *******. *** advantage **** ***** *** ***** ******** and ************ ****** **** ***** **** mitigate **** ****** ***** ******.

Targeting $*** ******* ** ******* ****

**** **** **** *** ********* $*** million ** ******* *** **** ****, a ****** **** ** ****** ********** given **** **** **** ******** ***** to $*** ******* *** **** ******** Feenics, ******, ****** ******* **** ****, *** *** $**+ ******* ** 2020 *******.

Cloud ****** *******

***** ****** ******* ** ********* ****** to ** *** *******-******* **** ** the ****** *** *** ****** ** how **** *** ***** ****** ******* grow. *** *******,***** **** ** *********** ******* ****** **** **** * strong ~**% **** **** **** ** an ********* **** **%+ **** ****. By ********, ****'* *** **** **** were *** ****** *** **** **** growth ***** ** *****, *********** *** feasibility ** ********** **** *****.

**** *** *** **** **** ****** for ******-***** ******* ****** ***** ******* and ****** **** *** ***** ****** subsegment *** **** ***** ***** ** profitable ******.

Outlook - ******* *****

* ***** ********* *** **** ** that ************ ** ****** ********* ********* that **** ******* ** ***** (********* on ***'* ***********) *** *** **** leading-edge ****** *********. ***** **** ************ paying * "****** ********" ** ******* Feenics, ****** ******* ** ********* *** ACRE ** ****** *********** ** *** growth ** ***** ****** ******* ** the **** ******. **** **** ** interesting ** *** ** *** **** competes ******* ********* **** *** ******* to ***** *** **** ************ ** take ****** ***** ** *********** ***** up *** ********* ************ ** ***** access *********.

More ***** ******

** **** **** **** **** **** earlier **** ****, **** ********** **** they ****** ** ***** **** ************ in *** **** ****, *********** ** soon ** *** **** *** ******.

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******* *********** *** ****. ******* *** been ** ******** ******* ** *****.

*'* **** ** *** **** ********* develop ******* ****'* ****** ******* ********. As **** ******** ******** ** **** companies, **** **** ********* ******.

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******* ** * ********** ** ***** access ******* ****** *****, ** ** still ********** ***** *** ***** *** lots ** ***** ******* ** **** space. ** ** *****, ***** **** makes ***** ********* ****** ** ***** but **** *** ****** *** **** having ** ** ********* ***** ****-***** regulations.

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** *** ****'* **** ***** ********* scrutiny, **** ********** ***'* **** ** on *** ***'* *****. **** ******** is ********* *** ***** ******* ** garner **** **** ** ******.

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******** ** *** ****** ******* ****. I've *** *** ******** ** ******* with **** ******* **** *** ***** and **** *** *** ** *** best ****** ** *** ********.

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