CTSI To Acquire AFA Protective Systems

September 2021

Acquisition greatly enhances capabilities in fire and security solutions

CHANTILLY, Va., September 3, 2021 – Corbett Technology Solutions, Inc. (“CTSI”), a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”), is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AFA Protective Systems, Inc. (“AFA” or the “Company”), an industry leader in the design, installation, and service of state-of-the-art fire and security systems. Under the terms of the merger agreement, an affiliate of CTSI will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of AFA common stock (symbol: AFAP) for $743.50 a share as of September 2, 2021.

Founded in 1873, AFA has provided uninterrupted central station alarm service for longer than anyone in the industry. The Kleinman family acquired a controlling interest in AFA in 1968, and over the past 50 years developed the Company into the premier fire and security monitoring, service, and integration firm across the eastern United States. Today, AFA services over 28,000 customers throughout the East Coast via 17 branch locations with national account coverage throughout the United States.

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, CTSI designs, engineers, installs, and maintains highly engineered nurse call, audiovisual, conferencing, collaboration, sound, fire, security, and communication systems. CTSI serves thousands of private, public, and institutional clients.

“We are extremely excited to have AFA join the CTSI family,” said Joe Oliveri, CTSI President and CEO. “AFA’s team has established a world-class business with a renowned reputation that has flourished over a half century under the ownership of the Kleinman family. We look forward to further supporting AFA’s best-in-class service offerings using our increased scale to provide opportunities for both customers and employees alike.”

Nathan Brown, Wind Point Managing Director, added, “AFA is a transformational addition to the CTSI platform. The combined business forms a best-in-class fire, security, nurse call, and design-build audio visual platform with capabilities to service any highly engineered low voltage needs. The AFA brand is synonymous with excellence and the combination with CTSI will benefit all stakeholders across both companies.”

Robert Kleinman, AFA’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “This transaction is a win for all parties. CTSI’s added resources and similar services, combined with the geographical fit and customer relationships of both companies, should open new opportunities to deliver AFA’s capabilities to an even broader audience of customers. In turn, CTSI will be able to provide enhanced offerings to AFA’s existing account base, as well as new opportunities for many individuals across AFA’s team. Finally, we are confident that we have maximized the return to our shareholders, most of whom have been with and supported us for many decades.”

“We are excited about AFA joining with Joe Oliveri and the CTSI team.” added Richard Kleinman, AFA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “By the companies working together, we will each be able to offer our customers an enhanced list of services. Also very important to us was that CTSI recognized the importance of AFA’s legacy as the country’s oldest surviving central station alarm company, our commitment to codes and standards complying systems, and CTSI’s desire to preserve that legacy by keeping the AFA corporate entity intact. We believe this deal is good for AFA’s customers, its employees, and its shareholders.”

AFA represents the fourth acquisition for CTSI since partnering with Wind Point in June 2020. CTSI’s acquisition strategy will continue to focus on acquiring leading life safety, security, nurse call, collaboration, and communication solution providers with complementary employee-focused cultures and a trusted commitment to customers.

Mesirow acted as financial advisor to AFA. Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to CTSI and Killeen Law served as legal counsel to AFA.

The closing of the transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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“AFA is a transformational addition to the CTSI platform. The AFA brand is synonymous with excellence and the combination with CTSI will benefit all stakeholders across both companies.”
Nathan Brown, Managing Director