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CAC 40 Component
|Benoît Coquart (Chairman and CEO)|
|Revenue||€6.622 billion (2019)|
Number of employees
In 2011, the firm was the largest global producer of switches and sockets, with 20% of the global market, and in cable management (15% of the global market), generating 75% of its turnover internationally. The group is also expanding its product range in sustainable development and energy saving technologies, an has developed new products for photovoltaic installations and lighting control.
The company's origins date back to 1865, when a Limoges porcelain (in France's Limousin region) workshop was set up on the route to Lyon originally making porcelain dishes. In 1904, the company was taken over by Frédéric Legrand, who gave his name to the company. In 1919, the company entered into partnership with Jean Mondot, an artisan from Limoges who had started, a small factory, in Exideuil making electric switches using porcelain and boxwood.
Manufacturing subsequently gradually diversified into electrical equipment. At that time, before the appearance of plastic, porcelain was the best available insulating material. In 1949, following a factory fire, the decision was made to concentrate exclusively on electrical wiring devices (switches and sockets). The company very quickly extended its range to cover protection products (fuse-holders and circuit breakers, etc.), cable management products (trunking and mini-trunking), emergency lighting, etc.
Since then, Legrand has made 120 targeted acquisitions becoming a large, diversified maker of electrical wiring devices with more than 150,000 product items. As of 2006, it has bases in 70 countries and sales in 180 countries.
Some notable dates:
1966: First subsidiary outside France established in Belgium.
1977: Development outside Europe with the takeover of Pial in Brazil.
1984: First subsidiary in the United States with Pass & Seymour.
1998: Acquisition of Ortronics, a US leader in structured cabling and Voice Data Image (VDI).
2000: Acquisition of Wiremold in the United States (doubling the Group's size there), and Horton Controls, a US lighting controls company, merged into its WattStopper brand, and Quintela and Tegui in Spain.
2005: Acquisition of ICM Group (KZ and Cablofil brands), world leader in wire mesh cable trays.
2006: Acquisition of the electrical wiring devices division of TCL China (No. 1 in China) and Shidean, Chinese leader in audio and video door entry systems. Acquisition of Vantage Controls, US lighting control specialist.
2007: Acquisition of HPM, No. 2 in electrical wiring devices in Australia, and Kontaktor, the leading Russian manufacturer of power circuit breakers. Took over MACSE, the Mexican leader in cable trays, UStec, US specialist in residential networks, TCL Wuxi, Chinese specialist in modular circuit breakers and Alpes Technologies (Annecy, France), specialist in energy compensation and measurement.
2008: Acquisition of PW Industries, a US cable tray specialist; HDL, the No. 1 in Brazil producer of residential access control (entry phones); Estap, the Turkish leader in VDI enclosures, and Electrak, UK specialist in ground-laid cable trays.
2009: Legrand is severely affected by the economic crisis. The group sees a 15.6% fall in its turnover (to €3.6 billion). It still manages to maintain its operating margin at 17.6%, as against 17.7% in 2008. A return to growth is forecast for the second half of 2010
- The company returns to growth. Sales are up by 8.7%, operating income leaps by 35.5% and net income by 44.3% to €418.3 million. The group's operating margin reaches previously unseen levels: 20.2%.
- Creation of the EV PLUG alliance between Legrand, Schneider Electric and Scame (Italy) to create a common, dominant standard in Europe for electric vehicle charging systems.
- Resumption of the acquisitions strategy with the takeover of Inform in Turkey (leader in UPS) and of Indo Asian Switchgear in India (specialist in modular circuit breakers). December 2010: takeover of the Italian company Meta System Energy, specialist in UPS.
- Takeover of the US company Electrorack, specialist in VDI enclosures, and Intervox Systèmes, French leader in assisted living for dependent persons.
- In April, Legrand strengthens its position in emerging markets and the energy security market with the acquisition of SMS, Brazil's No. 1 in UPS.
- In May, the takeover of the American company Middle Atlantic Products (MAP - 520 employees and sales of $107 million), a company specialising in digital infrastructures (enclosures for audio and video applications), enables Legrand to strengthen its offering in this niche to customers in the hotel and conference centre market. In the last 12 months, Legrand has made seven acquisitions totalling additional sales of €300 million. In November 2011: entered Prestons, New South Wales, with HPM
2012: Takeover of Numeric UPS of India in 2012.
2014: In March, Legrand signed an agreement to acquire Lastar, Inc. a Moraine, Ohio cabling and connectivity products supplier which, in 2013, reported more than $140 million in revenue and had nearly 1,000 total employees in nine locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Brands falling under the Lastar umbrella are the Quiktron and Cables to Go which became C2G in 2012.
2015: Legrand North America acquired Raritan Inc., completed in September.
2017: In June, Legrand started procedures to purchase Milestone AV, the manufacturer of AV racks and mounts in the US and overseas. Milestone manufactures products under the brand names Chief, Sanus, Echogear, Da-Lite, Projecta, and Vaddio. In November, Legrand North America acquired Server Technology.
- 1970: listed on the Paris stock exchange for the first time.
- 2001: friendly share exchange/acquisition offer made by Schneider Electric for Legrand. This was vetoed by the European Commission due to the risk of distortion of competition. As the exchange of shares had already taken place, Schneider was obliged to resell all Legrand stock.
- 2003: purchase of the entire share capital by the investment funds Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Wendel Investissement. Legrand is withdrawn from the quoted market.
- 2006: return to the stock market with 20% of the capital or 57.7 million new shares for an additional capital of €1 billion. KKR and Wendel Investissement remain majority shareholders, each holding 30% of shares, while 16% are held by minority shareholders and 5% by management and employees.
At the end of 2006, the minority shareholders (banks and institutions) sell their holding via an accelerated private institutional placement, thereby taking traded shares to 35% of the capital and increasing the share's liquidity.
- 2007: Legrand appoints Thierry de La Tour d'Artaise, CEO of Groupe SEB, and Gérard Lamarche, CFO of Groupe Suez, to its board of directors.
- 2008: End of the shareholder pact between KKR and Wendel Investissement. Rumours of a possible takeover of Legrand by a competitor (Siemens, ABB or General Electric) abound. In April 2008, KKR and Wendel Investissement decide to renew their shareholder pact until 2012.
- François Grappotte (born in 1936 in Reims): CEO from 1983 to 2006, honorary chairman of the board of directors since 2006.
- Gilles Schnepp (born in 1958 in Lyon): CEO between 2006 and 2018, joined the company in 1989, with a degree in business studies, ex vice-president of the American merchant bank Merrill Lynch France. He joined Groupe PSA as Vice-Chairman in 2019.
- Benoît Coquart (born 1973), general director since February 2018, joined the company in 1997, member of the board of directors since 2010.
Board of Directors
MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As of July 1, 2020, the Board of Directors is composed of the following:
● Angeles Garcia-Poveda (nationality: Spanish), Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and member of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee; member of the Board of Directors as an independent Director since 2012 and as Lead Director from 2013, Chairwoman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and member of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee;
● Olivier Bazil (nationality: French), member of the Board of Directors since 2002 and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee;
● Isabelle Boccon-Gibod (nationality: French), independent Director of Legrand since 2016 and member of the Audit Committee and of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee;
● Christel Bories (nationality: French), independent Director of Legrand since 2012, Chairwoman of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee and member of the Audit Committee;
● Benoît Coquart (nationality: French), Chief Executive Officer of Legrand since 2018;
● Edward A. Gilhuly (nationality: American), independent Director of Legrand since May 30, 2018 and member of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee;
● Philippe Jeulin (nationality: French), Director representing employees since June 26, 2018;
● Patrick Koller (nationality: French and German), independent Director of Legrand since May 30, 2018 and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee;
● Michel Landel (nationality: French), independent Director of Legrand since May 29, 2019, and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee;
● Annalisa Loustau Elia (nationality: Italian), independent Director of Legrand since 2013 and Chairwoman of the Compensation Committee;
● Éliane Rouyer-Chevalier (nationality: French), independent Director of Legrand since 2011, Chairwoman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee;
● Gilles Schnepp (nationality: French), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Legrand from 2006 until June 30, 2020, member of the Board of Directors and of the Strategy and Social Responsibility Committee;
- "Forte hausse des résultats 2010 de Legrand, optimisme pour 2011". Reuters. 10 February 2011.
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