Control4 Corporation has acquired Triad Speakers, Inc for $9.6M (approximately £7.7M) in cash.
The acquisition of Triad is a strategic addition to the Control4 entertainment portfolio, which includes the fully programmable Control4 EA-series controllers with native high-resolution streaming music services, its family of multi-room audio matrix switches and amplifiers, and its family of ultra-HD 4K video matrix switches with audio down-mixing capabilities.
Triad manufactures a comprehensive range of built-to-order audio speakers for home theatres, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, as well as for outdoor environments.
Effective immediately, all Triad dealers in North America are now able – for the first time – to place their product orders and customisation requests via a brand new online dealer portal.
Control4 and Pakedge dealers may also order Triad solutions online, starting today. In the coming weeks, the Triad dealer portal will also include technical training information and additional marketing resources.
Nearly the entire Triad team will be joining Control4, including founder Larry Pexton, as well as the Triad’s R&D, manufacturing, and custom-services employees, all of whom will continue operating from Triad’s existing facility in Portland, Oregon.
Triad generated approximately $9 million (approximately £7.2M) in revenue in 2016. Control4 plans to invest in the operations of the business during 2017 in order to push adoption of these products through its larger sales channels. As a result, Control4 anticipates that the acquisition will be net income neutral in 2017, after adjusting for acquisition related expenses. Control4 will provide guidance for the second quarter and update its annual guidance to include the operations of Triad at its next earnings call.
“Entertainment is integral to the connected home and our Control4 dealers are designing end-to-end experiences for family room entertainment, home theatres, and indoor and outdoor multi-room music for their customers,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 chairman and CEO.
“The acquisition of Triad brings proven premium-acoustics experience and innovation to our company, enabling us to immediately deepen our entertainment offering and develop new integrated-audio experiences for the future.”
“At Triad, high-quality audio, custom design, and seamless integration have been the standards that we will continue delivering to our dealers and their end customers,” said Larry Pexton, founder and CEO of Triad. “Becoming part of the Control4 family enables us to expose our engineering expertise to those homeowners in the broader market of home automation and entertainment who are passionate about their listening experience.”