Tyco International (NYSE:TYC) is a manufacturing and industrial services conglomerate. Its largest subsidiary is the electronic security company ADT Worldwide, which provides safety devices like fire and burglar alarms and monitoring services. Tyco's other subsidiary divisions include Fire Protection Services, Flow Control, Safety Products, and Electrical and Metal Products. The company earned $17.2 billion in revenue but incurred a net loss of $1.2 billion in net income in 2009.
In each of its five main industries, Tyco is the largest player among a highly fragmented group of smaller competitors. This gives the firm a great advantage in controlling costs and funding research, and its large capacity helps it land major contracts to distribute its products. Tyco's Fire Protection Services segment, for example, benefits from a vertical market approach, meaning the company sells large contracts to organizations that operate in multiple locations, such as the health care, government, education, and commercial sectors.
Tyco operates in over 60 countries, and about half of its revenue comes from overseas. A weakening dollar has boosts Tyco's revenues, as American-made goods are cheaper to buyers in foreign countries, increasing sales.
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Tyco competes with a few large companies and a host of smaller companies, including some overseas. Tyco's strategy is to look for ways to decrease costs of production and target specific markets where profitable opportunities exist, using its size to handle different types of products. Some of Tyco's biggest competitors in the United States are big conglomerates, including 3M and United Technologies. None of these companies compete with Tyco in all the fields Tyco is in.
While it is necessary to note who Tyco competes with in its segments, these companies often cannot compare to Tyco in size, so they were not included in the table. Below is a small sample of Tyco's many competitors in the US by segment: