KippsDeSanto’s DealView — Top 10 Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) Deals of the Quarter(1)
KippsDeSanto & Co., an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace & Defense (“A&D”) and Government Technology Services (“GTS”) companies, is pleased to share its DealView – the “Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter” – for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Of the above transactions, the following were especially noteworthy:
The A&D deal of the quarter is Eutelsat S.A.’s (“Eutelsat”) (Paris: ETL.PA) pending merger with privately held OneWeb Global Ltd (“OneWeb”). OneWeb is a satellite communications provider that is building a communications network utilizing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (“LEO”) satellites that deliver low latency high-speed worldwide broadband connectivity. Eutelsat will combine its ~40-strong fleet of Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (“GEO”) satellites with OneWeb’s constellation of ~650 LEO satellites to create a fully mutualized network of one-stop shop solutions to its customers. Eutelsat and key OneWeb shareholders have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which Eutelsat will acquire OneWeb for €12 per share, or $3.4 billion (including the dividend, before synergies). Synergies from the merger are expected to generate annual run-rate savings of over €80 million pre-tax after five years. The potential combination of Eutelsat and OneWeb is occurring on the heels of other notable satellite deals, including the pending business combination announced in November 2021 between Viasat and Inmarsat, which will create a multi-billion dollar global communications provider, and SES’ $450 million acquisition of DRS’ satellite communications business that was completed in August 2022, which will create a multi-orbit satellite communications provider to federal customers. This recent uptick in transformational satellite and communications M&A could drive further appetite for these assets as players in the space look to expand capabilities and further position themselves to be end-to-end providers. The Eutelsat and OneWeb combination requires regulatory approvals, including permission from foreign investment authorities, and is expected to close by the end of first half of 2023.
The GTS deal of the quarter is the acquisition of LMI Consulting LLC (“LMI”), the for-profit subsidiary of Logistics Management Institute, by a consortium of investors formed by Declaration Partners, Capitol Meridian Partners, and 22C Capital. Headquartered in Tysons, VA, LMI is a leading provider of technology-enabled management advisory, logistics, and digital & analytics solutions to the U.S. government. Founded in 1961 to help the Department of Defense (“DoD”) solve complex challenges, LMI has leveraged decades of experience and past performance to establish a franchise position across nearly all federal markets. LMI is focused on bringing future-focused thought leadership and technology to customers within the Defense & Space, Health & Civilian, Homeland Security, and Intelligence markets. With Declaration Partners, Capitol Meridian Partners, and 22C Capital looking to expand on LMI’s rapid growth and build upon its in-demand capabilities and proprietary solutions across its core markets, this transaction highlights the continued demand for GTS acquisitions among private equity buyers with explicit growth strategies and industry knowledge. In the third quarter of 2022, private equity and private equity-backed portfolio companies represented approximately two thirds of all M&A transactions announced in the GTS market. This deal also represents the significant demand for diversified capabilities, market expertise, and intellectual property reinforced by highly skilled, experienced, and cleared employees in a tight labor market. This transaction was announced on July 12, 2022 and closed on July 18, 2022. The remaining nonprofit entity re-branded as NobleReach Foundation™ following the sale of LMI. KippsDeSanto & Co. served as the exclusive M&A advisor to LMI.
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KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Seneca Resources, LLC (“Seneca Resources”) to Caymus Equity Partners LLC (“Caymus”).
Headquartered in Reston, VA, Seneca Resources is a leading national information technology (“IT”), engineering, and business professional talent provider serving highly sought-after customers with established footholds across large, attractive end markets, including government, financial, and healthcare, among others.
Through the combination of its multi-pronged delivery model, deep IT and engineering domain expertise, proprietary systems and talent communities, and local presence in the core markets in which it operates, Seneca Resources has established itself as a premiere workforce solutions platform for its customers. Seneca Resources’ deeply entrenched relationships with its customers as their go-to-talent provider has allowed for demonstrable and consistent growth, driving additional workforce solutions and wallet share expansion across its diverse client base.
We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the Federal and commercial technology talent and consulting market:
- The confluence of several market trends including skilled worker shortage, unemployment, remote work, and demand for technology expertise has increased market appetite for more complex solutions for staffing and recruitment;
- Buyers continue to place significant value on firms with key market presence, entrenched customer relationships, and long-term contractual engagements to augment existing client portfolio, scale, and accelerate growth; and
- Private equity continues to deploy capital in the technology talent market, establishing middle market platforms through buy and build strategies.
About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity, and industry experience. We help market leaders realize their full strategic value. Having advised on over 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience. For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com.
Investment Banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-bank subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation, and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Products and services are Not FDIC insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency.
September 28, 2022
Caymus Equity Partners LLC (“Caymus Equity”) has acquired Seneca Resources, LLC (“Seneca” or the “Company”), a rapidly growing IT staffing company based in Reston, VA, with additional offices in Richmond, VA, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, and Dallas, TX. The acquisition represents Caymus Equity’s third staffing investment and the second investment out of Caymus Equity Partners Fund II.
Founded in 2010, and led by Rob Persiano, the Company services a nationwide customer base and focuses on the delivery of difficult to find, top-tier technology talent capable of addressing complex IT and engineering workforce needs. Seneca’s deep bench of high-end IT consultants has resulted in tenured relationships with numerous notable clients spanning industries including Government, Healthcare, and Financial Services. Caymus Equity’s investment provides Seneca with the capital support necessary to continue expansion with existing clients, penetrate new industry verticals and geographies, and pursue strategic acquisitions.
“Seneca’s clients have specialized IT needs requiring certain skill sets many businesses find difficult to recruit internally and other, less specialized staffing firms struggle to provide. Our success at Seneca is the result of a differentiated talent pool developed over the past decade, highly responsive delivery model, and long-term relationships with both our consultants and clients,” commented Mr. Persiano. “Caymus Equity’s historical successes in the staffing space and a shared vision for the future growth plan for Seneca strongly resonated with the entire management team.”
“With the digitization of the global economy and the remarkable growth that the IT staffing industry has experienced as a result, Seneca presented us with an opportunity to leverage our experience and existing relationships in the industry,” commented Blake Cummings, Principal and investment-lead at Caymus Equity. “We could not be more excited to partner with Rob and the Seneca team to continue building the business into the premier IT staffing company in the industry.”
“This transaction continues to deepen our staffing expertise at Caymus Equity, and also furthers the investment momentum we have in our first committed fund, Caymus Equity Partners Fund II,” commented Geoff Faux, Managing Partner. “We are excited to support Rob and his team and look forward to growing the business together.”
Caymus Equity’s staffing experience includes a prior investment in Hospitality Staffing Solutions, the nation’s largest provider of full-time staffing services to hotels, resorts and casinos, and a current investment in PlanIT Group, a technology consulting firm providing IT consulting and staffing services to a global client base.
The investment in Seneca on September 21, 2022 marks Caymus Equity’s fourteenth platform investment, and second investment out of Caymus Equity Partners Fund II.
To read more about Seneca resources, visit http://www.senecahq.com/
To learn more about Caymus Equity, visit https://www.caymusequity.com/
Caymus Equity Partners
Founded in 2001 and with offices in Atlanta and New York, Caymus Equity Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on control transactions in the lower middle market. We invest in profitable companies with significant upside potential where the owners and management teams are seeking a value-added partner to help fuel growth. Our partnerships center around mutual culture, business values, and goals as the foundation for driving sustainable growth and value for all stakeholders. We strive to work with management to develop and refine strategy and provide support while leaving day-to-day execution to the operators of the business.
Caymus Equity Partners’ other holdings include PureRED, a provider of a unique combination of marketing services that increase sales and customer engagement for world class retail, consumer packaged goods and business-to-business enterprises; Excel Physical Therapy, a premier provider of sports and orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation services in northern New Jersey; TriplePoint, a full-service mechanical contractor with operations across six states in the Midwest; Pan-Am Dental, a full-service manufacturer and distributor of high quality custom dental products; PlanIT Group, a provider of a full suite of IT consulting and staffing solutions to the government and commercial sectors; Colorado Barricade, a provider of roadway safety, pavement marking, traffic control, and sign installation solutions for commercial customers, utility contractors and roadway infrastructure maintenance providers in the Rocky Mountain region; and Overland Vehicle Systems, a leading branded supplier of outdoor and automotive aftermarket parts and accessories for Overlanding and off-roading enthusiasts.
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