3M sells its library systems business
3M sells its library systems business
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
3M today announced that it has completed the sale of assets of its North American Library Systems business to One Equity Partners Capital Advisors L.P. (OEP). 3M also announced that it has entered into agreements for OEP to purchase the assets of its remaining global Library Systems business.

3M Library Systems business delivers circulation management solutions to library customers with on-premise hardware and software, maintenance and service, and an emerging cloud-based digital lending platform.

For 40 years, the business has delivered library security products, automated materials handling systems, and self-service technologies, both digital and library-based. 3M’s digital lending, security, and productivity solutions help libraries connect with the diverse and rapidly evolving communities they serve. The business posted global sales over the last 12 months of approximately $100 million.

“After a thorough strategic review, we have decided to exit the Library Systems business, and focus on our core businesses such as reflective traffic safety and vehicle identification solutions, and our public security identification and monitoring portfolio,” said John Riccardi, vice president and general manager, 3M Traffic Safety and Security Division.

The business includes a system that enables library patrons to check out books at a self-serve kiosk as well as a cloud-based lending service. This system gives patrons easy access to a huge array of digital books at their local library that can be downloaded to a tablet, smartphone or personal computer. The business also provides RFID (radio frequency identification) technology that reads information stored on tiny tags affixed to books and other circulating materials, which enables a variety of circulation, inventory, security and customer service functions to be automated.

“As a single source provider for tech-enabled library services, 3M’s Library Systems will allow us to deepen our presence in the education and library sector and broaden our product offerings in end-to-end automation solutions for public, private and academic libraries,” said Dr. Jörg Zirener, Partner, OEP. “OEP is committed to investing in and growing this business, so that the industry will continue to benefit from it presence and innovation in the library market.”

The remaining sale of assets is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015 subject to customary closing conditions and consultation or information requirements with relevant works councils. When both transactions are closed, approximately 100 3M employees are expected to join OEP.

3M expects the earnings impact from the transactions to be offset by additional portfolio management actions in the fourth quarter of 2015.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

About OEP Capital Advisors

OEP is a partnership passionate for compelling business ideas that create synergies and growth. Since the inception of OEP in 2001, the team at OEP has managed approximately $11 billion in total investments and committed capital for JPMorgan Chase & Co., and has delivered strong returns throughout this fourteen year period. OEP has proven to be an appreciated business partner for family owned companies and management teams in Europe and the Americas.

In early 2015, OEP investment professionals formed a new private equity investment advisory firm, OEP Capital Advisors, L.P. This new firm is independent from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and manages investments on its behalf as well as on other third-party investors. OEP’s capital comes with an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment aiming to make a difference for the most valuable asset: the customer. The team at OEP manages its business from New York, Chicago and Frankfurt.

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