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Gemalto enters into agreement to acquire 3M’s identity management business

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Gemalto has entered into agreements to acquire 3M’s Identity Management Business for US$850 million.

3M’s Identity Management Business is comprised of 3M Cogent Inc., which provides a full spectrum of biometric solutions with a focus in civil identification, border control and law enforcement, and 3M’s Document Reader and Secure Materials businesses.

3M’s Identity Management Business is headquartered in the United States and present on three continents. The business is a trusted partner to governments, law enforcement, border control and civil identification bodies worldwide and offers world-class biometrics based end-to-end solutions enabling identity verification and user-friendly authentication. Its team of approximately 450 experts has developed proven biometrics algorithms (finger, face, iris, etc.) and is at the forefront of innovation with the latest multi-modal biometric solutions. Annual revenue of the business is approximately US$215M and profit from operations at US$58M.

This acquisition both completes Gemalto Government Programs offer by in-sourcing biometric technology and ideally positions the company to provide solutions for the promising commercial biometrics market. Combining market access and technologies from 3M’s Identity Management Business and Gemalto will allow trusted national identities and strong biometric authentication to develop throughout the digital economy.

Once the acquisition is completed, 3M’s Identity Management Business will become part of Gemalto Government Programs business which recorded a revenue of €391 million in 2015.

“Gemalto is delighted to welcome new members to its international team. 3M’s Identity Management Business and Gemalto perfectly fit, solving authentication and identity management pain points across our customer segments, creating immediate increased differentiation and offering additional long term growth perspectives,” said Philippe Vallée, Gemalto CEO.

The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first half of 2017, after approval from the relevant regulatory and anti-trust authorities and employee consultation where required.

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