KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Tapestry Technologies, Inc. on its sale to ManTech International Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Tapestry Technologies, Inc. on its sale to ManTech International Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Tapestry Technologies, Inc. (“Tapestry” or the “Company”) to ManTech International Corporation (“ManTech”) (Nasdaq: MANT).

Headquartered in Chambersburg, PA, Tapestry is a leading provider of comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) and Department of Defense (“DoD”). Tapestry offers a wide array of highly innovative solutions spanning cybersecurity architecture, policy and compliance, network and systems engineering, workload automation, training, and cloud architecture services. With a 15+ year history supporting the DoD and DISA, Tapestry has developed a highly regarded reputation and an entrenched position within the agency as a trusted and reliable partner with deep domain expertise. The Company’s focus on innovation has led to the development of proprietary methodologies and tools which enable Tapestry to deliver highly profitable, yet cost-effective, workload automation solutions.

The transaction enhances and extends ManTech’s cyber defense capabilities within the DoD, adding customers and new past performance qualifications, as well as long-term contracts.

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the current cybersecurity environment:

  • Cybersecurity capabilities continue to be a highly coveted growth and M&A area given the importance to IT Modernization efforts and increased budgetary focus
  • Significant demand for profitable, technology-centric, engineering solutions supported by proprietary tools and processes
  • Strong focus on companies that have embedded positions within sought-after federal customers, and strong competitive differentiators

 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 100 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. 

Press Release 

ManTech Acquires Tapestry Technologies to Expand Defensive Cyber Capabilities

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ManTech International Corporation (Nasdaq: MANT) has completed the acquisition of Tapestry Technologies, a leading provider of advanced cyber solutions. Headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and founded in 2005, Tapestry Technologies offers a full range of cyber defense solutions and expertise, including cyber architecture and policy development, DevSecOps-based systems and software engineering and cyber training.

This acquisition enhances and extends ManTech’s cyber defense capabilities within the Department of Defense, adding customers, new past performance qualifications as well as mission-critical contracts. Furthermore, Tapestry Technologies’ approximately 150 highly skilled and cleared professionals expand ManTech’s deep cybersecurity talent base.

“ManTech has a well-established reputation as a leader of full-spectrum cyber capabilities,” said Kevin M. Phillips, ManTech Chairman, CEO and President. “We are pleased to add Tapestry Technologies’ talented people and strong customer relationships to the ManTech family. The addition is highly complementary and further builds upon our differentiated cyber solutions, allowing us to deliver more to our customers while positioning us for continued growth.”

About ManTech

ManTech International Corporation (Nasdaq: MANT) provides mission-focused technology solutions and services for U.S. defense, intelligence and federal civilian agencies. In business more than 50 years, we excel in full-spectrum cyber operations, data collection & analytics, enterprise IT, agile DevOps systems engineering and software application development solutions that support national and homeland security. Additional information about ManTech can be found at mantech.com.

Forward-Looking Information

Statements and assumptions made in this press release, which do not address historical facts, constitute “forward-looking” statements that ManTech believes to be within the definition in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” or “estimate,” or the negative of these terms or words of similar import, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

 These forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes we anticipate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results we anticipate include, but are not limited to, the following: failure to maintain our relationship with the U.S. government, or compete effectively for contract awards; inability to recruit and retain sufficient number of employees with specialized skill sets or necessary security clearances who are in great demand and limited supply; adverse changes in U.S. government spending for programs we support, whether due to changing mission priorities, socio-economic policies, cost reduction initiatives by our customers, or other federal budget constraints generally; disruption of our business or damage to our reputation resulting from security breaches in customer systems, internal systems (including as a result of cyber or other security threats), or employee misconduct; failure to realize the full amount of our backlog or adverse changes in the timing of receipt of revenues under contracts included in backlog; issues relating to competing effectively for awards procured through the competitive bidding process; failure to obtain option awards, task orders or funding under contracts; renegotiation, modification or termination of our contracts, or failure to perform in conformity with contract terms or our expectations; failure to successfully integrate acquired companies or businesses into our operations or to realize any accretive or synergistic effects from such acquisitions; non-compliance with, or adverse changes in, complex U.S. government laws, procurement regulations or processes; and adverse results of U.S. government audits or other investigations of our government contracts. These and other risk factors are more fully discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in ManTech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 21, 2020, Item 1A of Part II of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and, from time to time, in ManTech’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this press release, and ManTech undertakes no obligation to publicly update any of the forward-looking statements made herein, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, changes in expectations or otherwise.

Products or services are Not FDIC Insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured By Any Federal Governmental Agency.

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Jim Crawford

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Stephen Vather

VP, M&A and Investor Relations

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Stephen.Vather@ManTech.com

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Braxton Science & Technology Group, LLC on its sale to Parsons Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Braxton Science & Technology Group, LLC on its sale to Parsons Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Braxton Science & Technology Group, LLC (“Braxton” or the “Company”) to Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN).

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, Braxton is a leading provider of command and control, data transport, and cybersecurity solutions that unify spacecraft ground control operations across the Department of Defense (“DoD”) and Intelligence Community (“IC”). Braxton leverages its broad, differentiated portfolio of integrated and cross-functional products and services to deliver comprehensive satellite system solutions, including ground system automation, communication, and flight dynamics. These advanced solutions provide Braxton’s customers with mission-critical support for all spacecraft ground control and spacecraft integration mission requirements. The Company has supported more than 100 spacecraft missions across all seven continents, developing significant space domain expertise and a robust track record providing solutions to a diverse set of customers across the DoD and IC.

The transaction complements Parsons Corporation’s space portfolio increases its product offerings in high-growth markets, and adds critical intellectual property that expands its capabilities for the U.S. Air Force, Space Force, and Space and Missile Command.

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the current defense environment:

  • Space continues to be a highly coveted growth and M&A area given its importance to National Security and increasing budgetary trends
  • Significant demand for advanced, technology-centric, engineering solutions supported by Company-owned intellectual property
  • Strong focus on companies that have high barriers to entry, embedded positions within sought-after and hard-to-reach space and IC customers, and strong competitive differentiators within the rapidly evolving space system ecosystem (i.e., LEO communications constellations, small satellites, and space cyber resiliency)
  • Strategic buyers continue to seek acquisitions that unlock value and accelerate growth, particularly for assets that demonstrate substantial revenue visibility, protected intellectual property, and seasoned management teams

 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 100 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.

Press Release

Parsons to Acquire Braxton Science & Technology Group

Acquisition enhances Space and Cyber portfolio; Accretive to top and bottom line growth

CENTREVILLE, VA (Oct. 27, 2020) – Parsons Corporation (NYSE:PSN) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Braxton Science & Technology Group, LLC (“Braxton”) and its subsidiaries for approximately $300 million in cash. The acquisition increases Parsons’ federal solutions, product and capabilities in the space and cyber markets.

Braxton’s broad portfolio of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products provide mission critical solutions including spacecraft ground control and spacecraft integration. Braxton has over 50 differentiated product offerings focused on space missions that are comprised of software and hardware products combined with advanced engineering services. Braxton’s industry leading product portfolio is built on a technology base of artificial intelligence leveraging machine learning, deep learning, and data analytics, and integrates advanced cybersecurity tool sets. The group will be integrated into Parsons’ space and geospatial solutions market, adding more than 370 employees, 80 percent of whom hold security clearances.

“The addition of Braxton complements our space portfolio, increases our product offerings in high-growth markets, and adds critical intellectual property that complements and expands our capabilities for the U.S. Air Force, Space Force, and Space and Missile Command,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to welcoming Braxton’s employees into the Parsons’ family, driving synergistic solutions that leverage our expanded set of space solutions, growing our technology and transactional revenues, and furthering our customer’s critical missions including joint all domain operations.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Co., Braxton operates at the forefront of satellite operations, ground system automation, flight dynamics, and spacecraft and antenna simulation for the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. These capabilities position Parsons to capitalize on the quickly evolving space missions of its national security space customers and address rapid market growth driven by proliferated low earth orbit (LEO) constellations, small satellite expansion, and space cyber resiliency. Braxton has specific domain expertise with the U.S. Air Force’s Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) effort: a next generation architecture that will unify spacecraft ground control operations across multiple major government agencies.

The transaction is consistent with Parsons’ strategy of acquiring high-growth, defense, and intelligence technology companies with software and hardware intellectual property that enhance its technology and transactional revenue growth and margin profile.

“The combination of Braxton’s leading defense capabilities, and decades of trusted customer relationships, combined with Parsons’ global scale, cross-industry experience, and disruptive mindset creates a leading space technology provider,” said Ken O’Neil, President of Braxton. “We’re excited to join an organization known for their entrepreneurial spirit, agility, culture of innovation and inclusivity, and successful track record of mergers, acquisitions, and integrations. Parsons is a large company with the operational agility of a smaller organization, which attracted us to them and gives us confidence in our future success together.”

The transaction is valued at approximately $258 million, including the net present value of a $42 million transaction-related tax benefit, or approximately 11x Braxton’s estimated 2021 adjusted EBITDA before considering any revenue or cost synergies. For 2021, Braxton is expected to generate revenue of approximately $133 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Parsons’ 2021 adjusted earnings per share and close in Q4 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Parsons was advised by Goldman Sachs & Co LLC and Latham & Watkins LLP. Braxton was advised by KippsDeSanto & Co and Sparks Wilson, P.C.

About Parsons:

Parsons (NYSE: PSN) is a leading disruptive technology provider in the global defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with capabilities across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, and smart cities. Please visit Parsons.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn how we’re making an impact.

Forward-Looking Statements

This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs and assumptions, and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks, changes in circumstances, trends and factors that are difficult to predict, many of which are outside of our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on the forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, including, among others: any issue that compromises our relationships with the U.S. federal government or its agencies or other state, local or foreign governments or agencies; any issues that damage our professional reputation; changes in governmental priorities that shift expenditures away from agencies or programs that we support; our dependence on long-term government contracts, which are subject to the government’s budgetary approval process; the size of our addressable markets and the amount of government spending on private contractors; failure by us or our employees to obtain and maintain necessary security clearances or certifications; failure to comply with numerous laws and regulations; changes in government procurement, contract or other practices or the adoption by governments of new laws, rules, regulations and programs in a manner adverse to us; the termination or nonrenewal of our government contracts, particularly our contracts with the U.S. federal government; our ability to compete effectively in the competitive bidding process and delays, contract terminations or cancellations caused by competitors’ protests of major contract awards received by us; our ability to generate revenue under certain of our contracts; any inability to attract, train or retain employees with the requisite skills, experience and security clearances; the loss of members of senior management or failure to develop new leaders; misconduct or other improper activities from our employees or subcontractors; our ability to realize the full value of our backlog and the timing of our receipt of revenue under contracts included in backlog; changes in the mix of our contracts and our ability to accurately estimate or otherwise recover expenses, time and resources for our contracts; changes in estimates used in recognizing revenue; internal system or service failures and security breaches; and inherent uncertainties and potential adverse developments in legal proceedings, including litigation, audits, reviews and investigations, which may result in materially adverse judgments, settlements or other unfavorable outcomes. These factors are not exhaustive and additional factors could adversely affect our business and financial performance. For a discussion of additional factors that could materially adversely affect our business and financial performance, see the factors included under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and speak only as of the date on which they are made. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement made in this presentation that becomes untrue because of subsequent events, new information or otherwise, except to the extent we are required to do so in connection with our ongoing requirements under federal securities laws.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc., on its sale to Tetra Tech, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc., on its sale to Tetra Tech, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc. (“BlueWater” or the “Company”) to Tetra Tech, Inc. (“Tetra Tech”).

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, BlueWater provides cybersecurity, information technology, systems / network engineering, and program management services to numerous agencies throughout the Federal Government, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense.

BlueWater provides these clients with a variety of high-end IT and mission-oriented services, systems, and solutions that are essential to these agencies’ operations. Over the past decade, the Company’s leadership team and workforce of highly skilled / certified employees have led BlueWater to achieve considerable growth. This growth has been supported by the Company’s ability to understand and address mission challenges while continuing to leverage its technical expertise as a means of expanding its customer footprint.

BlueWater provides Tetra Tech with significant past performance throughout the Federal Government, and is expected to drive continued success by way of leveraging Tetra Tech’s expansive portfolio of contract vehicles and customer reach. BlueWater represents Tetra Tech’s second acquisition of 2020.

We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the government technology M&A market:

  • Acquisition priority for companies with high-end technology and analytics capabilities, in addition to well funded DoD-oriented footprint
  • Buyers – public company and private equity firms alike – continue to deploy capital via M&A for well-positioned companies, notwithstanding COVID-19 and broader market turbulence
  • Strong company fundamentals in terms of prime contracts, scale, performance, and a track-record of growth drive M&A interest and value

 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 100 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.

Press Release

Tetra Tech Acquires BlueWater Federal Solutions to Broaden High-End Technology Service Offerings

09/29/2020

“Our ability to integrate high-end technology and analytics in the delivery of customized water, environment, and sustainable infrastructure solutions is a key differentiator for Tetra Tech in the marketplace today,” said Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO. “The addition of BlueWater builds on our strategy to grow our advanced analytics business with expanded capabilities in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity solutions, and mission-essential services for our U.S. federal customers.”

Brian Nault, BlueWater President, said, “Our team is thrilled to join Tetra Tech and work together to expand our capabilities and solutions that solve our clients’ most complex problems. By joining with Tetra Tech, BlueWater creates tremendous opportunities for our employees, expands our reach in the federal market through access to key contract vehicles, and increases the technical capacity and access to resources needed for us to deliver on our customers’ new and changing requirements.”

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. BlueWater is joining Tetra Tech’s Government Services Group.

About BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc.

BlueWater is a leading mission support services provider of Enterprise IT solutions, cybersecurity, engineering, global command and control, and applications development. BlueWater, based in Chantilly, Virginia delivers full lifecycle solutions and modernization for U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and Intelligence.

About Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With 20,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter (@TetraTech), or like us on Facebook.

Any statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made in this release represent management’s best judgment as to what may occur in the future. However, Tetra Tech’s actual outcome and results are not guaranteed and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions (“Future Factors”), and may differ materially from what is expressed. For a description of Future Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, see the discussion under the section “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Irving Burton Associates on its sale to DLH Corp

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Irving Burton Associates on its sale to DLH Corp

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Irving Burton Associates (“IBA” or the “Company”), to DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DLHC) (“DLH”).
Founded in 1979 and based in Falls Church, VA, IBA is a leading provider of innovative healthcare research, services and solutions to the Defense Health Agency (“DHA”), the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (“TATRC”) of the US Army’s Medical Research and Development Command (“USAMRDC”), and other health-focused agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”). IBA maintains a top-secret facility clearance, and its defense contracts provide for a range of health IT services including digital transformation, data analytics, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence (“AI”).

We believe this transaction illustrates various trends in the government technology M&A environment:

  • Strong strategic buyer interest in well-positioned, targets providing high priority support to health-related Federal customers
  • Demand for companies with embedded positions and long-term relationships on key programs within well-funded customers
  • Buyers continue to place emphasis on targets with larger, prime, full and open contracts

 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 100 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.

Press Release

DLH Acquires IBA to Bolster its DoD Health Technology Capabilities

Atlanta, Georgia – October 1, 2020

DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DLHC) (“DLH” or the “Company”), a leading provider of innovative healthcare research, services and solutions to the federal government, today announced that it has acquired privately-held Irving Burton Associates, LLC (“IBA”) of Falls Church, Virginia. The firm, with approximately 115 employees, provides research, systems development, and other technology-enabled solutions to the Defense Health Agency (“DHA”), the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (“TATRC”) of the US Army’s Medical Research and Development Command (“USAMRDC”), and other agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”). IBA maintains a top-secret facility clearance, and its defense contracts provide for a range of health IT services including digital transformation, data analytics, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence (“AI”).

IBA was purchased for $32.0 million in cash, or $26.5 million net of transaction-related tax benefits worth approximately $5.5 million on a net present value basis. DLH estimates that IBA will contribute annualized revenue of approximately $25 million to the Company going forward, and the firm’s backlog was approximately $143 million at closing. IBA will be a wholly owned subsidiary of DLH Holdings Corp. and a part of DLH’s Mission Services & Solutions operating unit led by Helene Fisher (former US Army Signal Corps). IBA’s current president, Mary Dowdall, will remain with DLH in leadership of the IBA organization.

“IBA complements our capabilities and enhances our readiness profile for military and other agency business through research, analytics, and advancing technologies,” said Zachary Parker, DLH President & CEO. “For several decades IBA has leveraged its expertise in program management, research and engineering, and health data analytics to expand its business in support of agencies in the Military Health System (MHS). We are confident that IBA will strengthen our growth outlook and bring new opportunities in technology-enabled healthcare solutions. I am proud to have IBA join the DLH family of operations.”

“We believe that DLH is an ideal partner for IBA, from both a business and cultural perspective” added Mary Dowdall, President of Irving Burton Associates. “Our employees will appreciate and embrace the collective spirit, shared objectives, and expanding opportunities that our combined organization will bring. We look forward to aligning our mutual commitment and mission-driven focus to deliver technology-enabled services to federal government agencies.”

DLH financed the acquisition through an amendment to its existing secured credit facility. Borrowing availability was provided by debt prepayments facilitated by the Company’s ongoing cash generation. First National Bank of Pennsylvania acted as agent, and F.N.B. Capital Markets and M&T Bank acted as joint lead arrangers. The credit facility was comprised of a syndicated term loan of $70 million and revolving credit facility of $25 million. All bank members of the syndicated credit facility committed funding to their original loan amounts. Additional terms of the transaction and financing arrangements will be available in the Company’s SEC filings.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Alliance Spacesystems, a subsidiary of SolAero Technologies Corp., on its sale to Applied Composites

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Alliance Spacesystems, a subsidiary of SolAero Technologies Corp., on its sale to Applied Composites

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the divestiture of its client, Alliance Spacesystems (“Alliance” or the “Company”) from SolAero Technologies Corp. to Applied Composites, a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners.

Headquartered in Los Alamitos, California, Alliance provides high-precision composite payload structures for use in satellite buses, antenna reflectors, booms, and support structures for use in both military and commercial satellite applications. As a qualified supplier for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, among others, the Company offers end-to-end composite manufacturing services, to include engineering, manufacturing, integration, and final qualification testing. The Company’s full suite of composite structure capabilities, state-of-the-art facilities in Los Alamitos and San Diego, and deep customer relationships uniquely position Alliance to complement Applied Composites existing capabilities and accelerate the combined company’s growth.

 

 

We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the aerospace and defense M&A market:

  • Continued interest and investment in the space end market
  • Demand for companies with entrenched position on well-funded programs, and the customer relationships needed to maintain that positioning
  • Value creation through the realization of operational and production synergies
  • Sustained private equity M&A activity in essential industries despite COVID-19 and associated macroeconomic uncertainty

 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 100 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.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Transformational Security, LLC and Intelligent Devices, Inc. on their sale to HEICO Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Transformational Security, LLC and Intelligent Devices, Inc. on their sale to HEICO Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its clients, Transformational Security, LLC and Intelligent Devices, Inc. (“TS,” “ID,” or the “Companies”), to HEICO Corporation (“HEICO”).

Headquartered in Columbia, MD, TS is a leading security technology company that designs, develops, manufactures and supports state-of-the-art detection and monitoring systems and sensors used to protect critical spaces from exploitation via wireless transmissions. TS’ solutions detect, identify and analyze an array of threats posed in communications, information and radio frequency security in support of its clients most exacting Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (“TSCM”), Counterintelligence, and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (“EMSO”) requirements. The Company’s proprietary, highly specialized hardware and software technology is used by its broad customer base across well-funded markets and applications including intelligence, military, law enforcement, government agencies, and the private sector.

Founded in 1995, ID provides state-of-the-art audio solutions to the enterprise, commercial, government and law enforcement communities in support of their most mission critical communications security requirements. Its highly specialized, revolutionary solutions and systems combine hardware, software and complex, proprietary algorithms with over fifty years of true expertise in audio recording, enhancement, and speech processing.

The HEICO family of companies is known for high quality and performance in providing products and services to niche segments within the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications, and electronics industries. HEICO entered the TSCM field in June 2019 when it acquired Research Electronics International (“REI”). While TS and ID will remain separate businesses from REI, adding the Companies’ complementary capabilities and technologies will help TS, ID, and REI realize synergies from their respective teams’ collaboration, customer and market access to develop new technology and offer unique, expanded product offerings to customers.

We believe this transaction highlights several key trends in the cybersecurity and defense electronics M&A market:

  • Strategic buyers recognize the value of proprietary technology and highly engineered and differentiated solutions
  • Continued demand for innovative companies that offer integrated hardware and software-based solutions, utilizing technologies that are approved to sell to a broad market, including U.S. and international government, military, intelligence, law enforcement, and commercial enterprises
  •  Attractiveness of deeply embedded installed base and long-term relationships with hard-to-penetrate customers across multiple well-funded market segments
  •  Significant value attributed to operational synergies, complementary technology, customer relationships, and market know-how that represent significant opportunity for growth

 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 100 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.

Press Release

HEICO Corporation Acquires Two Preeminent Surveillance Countermeasures Companies

Purchases are HEICO’s 4th and 5th acquisitions in this fiscal year to date

August 12, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MIAMI & COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HEICO Corporation (NYSE: HEI.A) (NYSE: HEI) today announced that its Electronic Technologies Group acquired Intelligent Devices, Inc. (“ID”) and Transformational Security, LLC (“TS”) from their founder-owner-managers for cash at closing, plus potential additional cash consideration to be paid if certain post-closing earnings levels are attained. Further financial details were not disclosed.

HEICO stated that it expects the acquisitions to be accretive to its earnings within the first twelve months after closing. The acquisitions are HEICO’s fourth and fifth acquisitions in its current fiscal year, as well as being HEICO’s second and third acquisitions since the COVID-19 pandemic’s start.

ID, which was founded in 1995 by Edmund Pirali, and TS, which was founded in 2004 by Jon Whittingham, are leading security technology companies that design, develop, manufacture and support state-of-the-art detection and monitoring systems used to protect critical spaces from exploitation via wireless transmissions, technical surveillance, and listening devices. Their products include hardware and software which detect, identify and analyze an array of threats posed in cellular communication security, information security and radio frequency security.

ID and TS offer these solutions, commonly known as Technical Surveillance Countermeasures, or TSCM, to well-funded markets and applications, including intelligence, military, law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector. HEICO believes that emerging technologies and continued espionage desires by many governments, companies and people render this an important and growing market.

Although ID and TS are separate companies, Mr. Pirali and Mr. Whittingham partnered their companies in 2010 when they became roughly equal owners in each other’s company in order to share certain resources and jointly develop critical technologies. The two companies, which together employ approximately 50 people, are co-located in state-of-the-art facilities in Columbia, MD and share extensive resources.

Mr. Whittingham will serve as the firms’ President and Mr. Pirali will serve as their Vice President. HEICO stated that it does not expect any staff turnover to result from the acquisition and stated that the businesses shall continue to operate from their existing location. HEICO expects that the two companies will be fully combined within a reasonable time after the closing, though no timetable has been set, and HEICO emphasized that it does not anticipate any changes to staff, location, products or services to result from this mostly administrative change.

HEICO entered the TSCM field in June 2019 through its acquisition of 75% of market-leader Research Electronics International (“REI”) from its founder-managers, Tom Jones and Bruce Barsumian, who continue to own the remaining 25% of REI. Mr. Jones and Mr. Barsumian acquired 25% of ID and TS by contributing their proportionate share of the cash investment, with HEICO acquiring 75% of ID and TS. ID and TS will report to Mr. Jones, though they will remain separate businesses from REI while cooperating on developing new technology and offering unique expanded product offerings to customers.

 

Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, along with Victor H. Mendelson, HEICO’s Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of its Electronic Technologies Group, and Mr. Jones, jointly commented, “We welcome Edmund, Jon and all of the Intelligent Devices and Transformational Security Team Members to our HEICO family. The crucial TSCM field provides vital equipment and services to keep sensitive information from reaching the wrong hands and we are excited about the potential for all of our companies to bring great products to our customers.”

Mr. Pirali and Mr. Whittingham jointly remarked, “Transformational Security and Intelligent Devices are proud to be joining the HEICO family of companies. HEICO represents a philosophy of excellence, innovation and customer service that are at the core of TS and ID products and technologies. Partnering with HEICO extends and enhances our commitment to our customers. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers within the umbrella of a larger group, while maintaining our culture, customer service, and the unique capabilities TS and ID bring to counterintelligence, SIGINT, and spectrum operations customers.”

HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of products and services to certain niche segments of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries through its Hollywood, Florida-based Flight Support Group and its Miami, Florida-based Electronic Technologies Group. HEICO’s customers include a majority of the world’s airlines and overhaul shops, as well as numerous defense and space contractors and military agencies worldwide, in addition to medical, telecommunications and electronics equipment manufacturers. For more information about HEICO, please visit our website at http://www.heico.com.

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks, uncertainties and contingencies. HEICO’s actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by those forward-looking statements as a result of factors including: the severity, magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak; HEICO’s liquidity and the amount and timing of cash generation; the continued decline in commercial air travel caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, airline fleet changes or airline purchasing decisions, which could cause lower demand for our goods and services; product specification costs and requirements, which could cause an increase to our costs to complete contracts; governmental and regulatory demands, export policies and restrictions, reductions in defense, space or homeland security spending by U.S. and/or foreign customers or competition from existing and new competitors, which could reduce our sales and profitability; our ability to introduce new products and services at profitable pricing levels, which could reduce our sales, sales growth or profitability; product development or manufacturing difficulties, which could increase our product development and manufacturing costs and delay sales; our ability to make acquisitions and achieve operating synergies from acquired businesses; customer credit risk; interest, foreign currency exchange and income tax rates; economic conditions within and outside of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries, which could negatively impact our costs and revenues; and defense spending or budget cuts, which could reduce our defense-related revenue and profitability. Parties reading this press release are encouraged to review all of HEICO’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to filings on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable law.