Security group Fidelity announced on Thursday that it has finalised its acquisition of competitor ADT, with the new firm to be named Fidelity ADT. This was after the Competition Tribunal provided regulatory approval on March 8, according to Fidelity. This represented the first foreign sale of security ownership since the proposed bill that security companies in SA have at least 51% ownership, which has parliamentary clearance but is still, as yet, unsigned. ADT, which was owned by New York-listed Tyco, was one of the big four multi-national security firms in SA, the others being Chubb, Securitas and G4S. Fidelity CEO Wahl Bartmann said the merger "brings together two strong teams with deep industry knowledge and experience". This should allow Fidelity ADT to become "the leading provider of both residential and commercial and integrated security solutions in southern Africa", Bartmann said. Fidelity said the merger would allow it to increase the scope of its services. Fidelity tradit...

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