Business Strategy and Outlook| Brian Bernard, CFA, CPA |
Allegion, a global leader in security products and solutions, was spun off from Ingersoll-Rand in December 2013. No longer forced to compete for capital from a conglomerate parent, Allegion is now able to employ a more robust acquisition strategy to expand its scale, technological capabilities, and product portfolio. At over 70% of sales and 80% of segment profitability, Allegion’s Americas segment is the firm’s largest and strongest business, with a leading position in locks, exit devices, and door controls. The Americas business has been the key driver of Allegion’s stable, industry-leading profitability, which is a testament to the firm’s market position and pricing power. We expect the Americas business to post mid-to-high single-digit organic growth after the coronavirus-fueled downturn in 2020-21 as the segment capitalizes on increased retrofit and upgrade spending across commercial and residential end markets that is drive by the convergence of electronics and mechanical security solutions, elevated U.S. residential construction, and strategic acquisitions. The segment’s already strong profit margins should benefit from a mix-shift to higher-priced electronics products and operating leverage on increased volumes, partially offset by structurally lower profit margins from the acquired access technologies business.