KippsDeSanto & Co., a leading aerospace / defense and government technology solutions investment bank, would like to share its thoughts on the “Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter” for the period ended
June 30, 2018. The following table is our take on the most notable announced M&A transactions — not only based on size, but also on strategic importance and / or impact.
Of the above transactions, the following were especially noteworthy:
The aerospace / defense deal of the quarter is Boeing Co.’s acquisition of KLX, Inc. (NASDAQ:KLXI). KLX primarily provides aerospace fasteners, consumables, and logistics services worldwide through its
Aerospace Solutions Group, which generated 90% of total sales in its most recent fiscal year. KLX’s Energy Services Group made up the remaining 10% of revenue, and Boeing plans to divest the business unit
before closing the deal. The transaction values the Aerospace Solutions Group at a multiple of 15.7x LTM.
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(2) Source: KLX Press Release on May 1, 2018
EBITDA(2) for FY2017 and values the entire business at $4.2 billion, representing 14.7x LTM EBITDA. KLX will operate as part of Boeing’s expanding aircraft services business, Boeing Global Services, and will be
fully integrated with Boeing’s parts subsidiary, Aviall. The acquisition continues Boeing’s strategic push into the highly profitable aftermarket and MRO sector, as Boeing continues to make acquisitions along its
vertical supply chain. The transaction is expected to generate $70 million in cost-savings by 2021, and Boeing plans to finance the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and $1.0 billion of net
The government technology solutions deal of the quarter is SOS International’s (“SOSi”) acquisition of STG Inc. The approximately $83 million all cash transaction closed on April 11th. The deal took place
approximately one year after STG’s failed transaction with Preferred Systems Solutions, and nearly five months after STG’s parent company, STG Group, was taken over by creditors. This marks the third and
largest acquisition in three years for SOSi, the Reston-based government services integrator, which also acquired Defense Group Inc., in September 2017, and New World Solutions, in January 2016. STG expands
SOSi’s capabilities across mission-critical technology, cyber, and data solutions. SOSi, with the addition of STG, now has 1,300 employees worldwide. STG also holds the Alliant 2 and Eagle II contracts, among
others, that provide SOSi with an ability to expand its customer base and pursue previously unavailable opportunities. This transaction highlights continued consolidation and capability expansion strategies
amongst mid-tier firms. Moreover, SOSi showcased deal ingenuity in its ability to navigate the complicated ownership and creditor dynamics of STG. As a result of this deal, the SOSi / STG combination
establishes a highly formidable mid-sized IT player with enhanced IT capabilities and footprint.
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creativity and industry experience to provide M&A, private financing and strategic consulting. Capitalizing on real-time industry trends and in-depth technical and strategic analysis, our solutions-driven approach
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KippsDeSanto is pleased to share its first annual survey of mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity and sentiment in the Aerospace/Defense and Government Services sectors.
In this study, we asked key dealmakers from relevant sectors to share their predictions about M&A deal activity and valuations over the next year. We also asked them to share their insights on strategic drivers of M&A activity and the impact of recent events, including 2017’s tax law changes and the Trump administration.
Respondents are very optimistic about the overall economy and M&A activity in the near- to medium-term. They expect activity levels and valuations to increase in 2018 due in part to the December 2017 tax law changes and greater budget visibility.
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