KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BEI Precision Systems & Space Company on its acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BEI Precision Systems & Space Company on its acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc., by our client, BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. (“BEI Precision”), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFLCO”).

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Wenzel is at the forefront in the design and manufacture of crystal oscillators, fixed frequency systems, integrated microwave assemblies, and synthesizers for military, space, and commercial applications.  This marks the second acquisition BEI Precision has made since it was acquired by JFLCO in April 2017, and further solidifies BEI Precision’s robust portfolio of high-end positioning sensor solutions.

Similar to BEI Precision, Wenzel products are differentiated via their ability to provide the highest performance (e.g., lowest phase noise) reliably in extreme environments. Wenzel’s oscillators are key components on numerous military and space platforms, typically on a sole source basis. Notable examples of Wenzel’s past work include providing space-flight hardware for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA, as well as oscillators for the Mars Pathfinder Lander and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (“NPOESS”).  Currently, Wenzel is engaged to supply oscillators for numerous radar and electronic warfare systems found on high-profile aviation, land and naval platforms. BEI Precision intends to leverage Wenzel’s position on these noteworthy programs to further penetrate existing and tangential customer opportunities.  The acquisition of Wenzel further deepens BEI Precision’s existing base of high-end engineering talent, along with offering additional manufacturing and testing capabilities in Austin.

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.

Press Release

BEI Precision Announces Acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc.

October 23, 2019

NEW YORK – BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. (“BEI Precision”), a portfolio company of investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFLCO”), announced today the recent acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc. (“Wenzel”).

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Wenzel is a leading designer and manufacturer of crystal oscillators, fixed frequency systems, integrated microwave assemblies and synthesizers for military, space and commercial markets. Since 1978, Wenzel has defined the state-of-the-art in ultra-low phase noise crystal oscillators, manufacturing products that are capable of highly reliable and precise performance in extreme environments. Wenzel is supported by its Croven Crystals division in Whitby, Ontario, which supplies precision quartz resonators with extremely low noise and low sensitivity to vibration. Wenzel is the second add-on acquisition completed by BEI Precision under JFLCO’s sponsorship.

BEI Precision is a leader in high-accuracy positioning sensor technologies, providing advanced design, manufacturing and testing for reliable and resilient products and systems. BEI Precision’s core product lines, which are used primarily in mission-critical defense and space applications, include optical encoder-based and resolver-based positioning systems, scanners for situational awareness requirements and precision accelerometers. BEI Precision is headquartered in Maumelle, Arkansas with an operating subsidiary in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has a longstanding track record of technological innovation, with corporate roots dating back to 1862.

Mark Mirelez, Chief Executive Officer of BEI Precision, commented, “Our partnership with Wenzel will further strengthen both organizations’ abilities to meet the unique and evolving requirements of our customers, particularly in the space and military markets.”

“The Wenzel acquisition further enhances BEI Precision’s reputation as a provider of the highest-performance advanced sensing and positioning solutions for critical applications,” said Steve Brooks, Partner at JFLCO. “We are excited to welcome Wenzel and its strong engineering-focused culture to the BEI Precision platform,” added Will Hanenberg, Principal at JFLCO.

KippsDeSanto & Co. served as financial advisor to BEI Precision and JFLCO, and Jones Day (lead counsel) and Baker Hostetler (international trade, government contracts and defense security compliance matters) provided legal counsel. Sperry, Mitchell & Company served as financial advisor to Wenzel while McGinnis Lockridge were Wenzel’s legal representatives for the transaction.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises CWPS on its Sale to Red River

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises CWPS on its Sale to Red River

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Computer Word Processing Systems, Inc. (“CWPS” or the “Company”), to Red River Technology, LLC (“Red River”).

Headquartered in Chantilly, VA, CWPS is a leading technology solutions provider specializing in managed services ranging from complex network, collaboration, data center, cloud management and security through Tier 1 service desk capabilities.  The Company was a first-mover toward building an expertise in managed cloud services, shifting over time from unified communications to services in major cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Amazon Web Services (“AWS”).

This acquisition strengthens Red River’s position as a cloud services provider, expands and enhances its geographic managed services portfolio footprint within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, and provides Red River an additional 24×7 Network Operations Center (“NOC”).

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the managed services market:

  • Strong demand for technology-driven, next-generation managed and cloud service companies;
  • Continued focus on high-growth oriented firms with proven scale and past performance, and sustainable, recurring revenue and profitability; and
  • Significant value attributed to deeply-embedded customer relationships and market know-how

 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.

Red River Acquires CWPS

The Acquisition Adds Depth, Breadth and Maturity to Red River’s Managed Services Portfolio

September 06, 2019 12:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

CLAREMONT, N.H. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red River, a technology transformation company, announced today that it has acquired Washington D.C.-based CWPS. The acquisition adds depth, breadth and maturity to Red River’s managed services portfolio and infuses the company with more than 150 talented, innovative people. The acquisition also enhances Red River’s geographic footprint within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and strengthens the company’s position as a leading cloud services provider by adding scale and scope in major cloud environments including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and AWS.

CWPS is a technology solutions provider specializing in managed services ranging from complex network, collaboration, data center, cloud management and security through Tier 1 service desk. This expertise enhances Red River’s ability to better serve its customers across the full spectrum of technology – from designing, selling and integrating technology infrastructure to full-lifecycle services, application development and support.

“CWPS has successfully navigated every growth cycle in our business without having to take outside investment,” said Jason Waldrop, CEO of CWPS. “To accelerate our future growth, CWPS needed to find a partner with substance. By joining with Red River and leveraging its scale, resources and mature operating framework, we can provide greater opportunities for our employees and have greater impact on our customers’ technology and business outcomes.”

Red River now has two 24 x7 Network Operations Centers (NOC) and a geographic footprint that features major office locations in New Hampshire, Virginia, Texas and California with engineering and sales resources in over 25 states. CWPS will fold into Red River’s Managed Services organization with Jason Waldrop serving as the division’s President.

About Red River

Red River brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration, bringing more than 20 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, analytics, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions. Learn more at redriver.com.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises AceInfo Solutions on its sale to Dovel Technologies, a portfolio company of Macquarie Capital

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises AceInfo Solutions on its sale to Dovel Technologies, a portfolio company of Macquarie Capital

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, AceInfo Solutions (“AceInfo” or the “Company”), to Dovel Technologies (“Dovel”), a portfolio company of Macquarie Capital.

Headquartered in Reston, VA, AceInfo has established itself as a preeminent provider of NextGen IT solutions addressing the IT transformation and modernization needs across a strong base of Federal civilian and Department of Defense (“DoD”) customers.

Leveraging its differentiated portfolio of solutions, including Application Services, Systems Modernization, Agile Development, DevSecOps, Cloud Services, Cyber Security, and Managed Services, AceInfo delivers emerging technology to advance its customers’ critical modernization missions and has established decades-long relationships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), Census Bureau, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), Department of Justice (“DoJ”) and NOAA, among many other Federal customers.

As Dovel’s first acquisition since being acquired by Macquarie Capital, AceInfo’s position across several strategic Federal agencies will augment Dovel’s customer base and further accelerate the combined market position through AceInfo’s contract vehicle portfolio, including Alliant 2, One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (“OASIS”), Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (“RS3”), the Defense Information System Agency’s (“DISA”) Encore III, and others.

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

  • As the requirements of government customers continue to evolve, firms that offer forward leaning, NextGen solutions to include cloud and agile remain highly attractive acquisition candidates
  • Strong demand for access to prime, full and open contract vehicles as a conduit to drive growth
  • Private equity continues to invest and build the middle market 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 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.

Press Release – September 04, 2019

Dovel Technologies Acquires AceInfo Solutions

McLean, VA, September 4, 2019 – Dovel Technologies, a leading expert to federal agencies that blends deep domain expertise and advanced technologies in the health IT, life sciences, and grants management markets, today announced the acquisition of AceInfo Solutions. The addition of AceInfo will help Dovel diversify its client base and expand its market capabilities. It will rapidly advance Dovel’s portfolio of solutions and services and open up new opportunities for employees to grow their talents and experiences within the combined company.

AceInfo is a trusted IT partner to the federal government with core competencies in Infrastructure & Data Center Support, Agile Software Development, Systems Modernization, DevSecOps, Cloud Engineering, and Data Analytics and holds a number of best-in-class government-wide contracts. Additionally, its technology Centers of Excellence bring emerging technologies and solutions to their customer environments such as Serverless Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

“AceInfo’s and Dovel’s deep technical capabilities and a shared commitment to our employees and customers are an ideal match”, said Jay Challa, Chairman and CEO, AceInfo. “Our cultures are both entrepreneurially focused and dedicated to delivering quality solutions. We are proud to bring our collective capabilities to make a positive impact across critical federal government projects.”

Dovel helps advance federal agency missions to bring about meaningful change to people around the world. The company has a long, proven history of integrating emerging technologies with domain expertise, mission requirements, and customer needs to produce lasting and highly innovative solutions to customers.

“The addition of AceInfo enables us to continue the aggressive pursuit of our long-term growth strategy of market expansion and competitive positioning in the mid-tier market,” said Paul Leslie, CEO of Dovel. “AceInfo adds complementary capabilities, a highly-skilled team of employees, and a diverse customer base that will help us advance our work in supporting the integration of emerging technologies with complex systems to manage data and information for more rapid decision making.”

Together, this newly formed mid-tier company will serve customers including government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of Commerce.

“AceInfo has exceptional large program past performance, as well as contract vehicles that will open doors, expanding our client offerings” said Dovel President and COO, Damon Griggs. “I am inspired by this opportunity to broaden our impact and very much look forward to working with the AceInfo team to use our joint capabilities to drive organic growth.”

Combining AceInfo’s capabilities and services with Dovel’s deep technology and market knowledge allows Dovel to now offer the expertise of more than 2,200 technologists, scientists, and support staff to accelerate modernization efforts across the federal government sector customer base. The AceInfo transaction enhances Dovel’s heavy presence in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with offices now in McLean and Reston, Virginia as well as Rockville, Maryland. The combined company also has offices in other locations including Fort Collins, Colorado and Raytown, Missouri.

Investment bank KippsDeSanto acted as the financial advisor to AceInfo for this acquisition.

About Dovel Technologies

Dovel Technologies blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to accelerate solutions that best fit the needs of our customers. We apply deep subject matter experience in health IT, life sciences, and grants management to drive innovation and expand customer capabilities. We harness the power of emerging technologies to integrate complex systems and manage information, allowing for rapid decision-making in data-rich environments. In May 2019, Dovel received a significant capital investment from Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets, and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group. For more information visit www.doveltech.com

About AceInfo Solutions

AceInfo Solutions, Inc. is a leading Federal contractor with a focused vision: empower our clients, challenge our employees, and grow our business. Deeply committed to ensuring quality and customer satisfaction, the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 maturity appraised company helps agencies transform and strengthen their processes, operations, infrastructures, and security practices to help them further their critical missions. For more information visit www.aceinfosolutions.com

 

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises JANUS Research Group on its recapitalization by CM Equity Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises JANUS Research Group on its recapitalization by CM Equity Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the recapitalization of its client, JANUS Research Group (“JANUS” or the “Company”), by CM Equity Partners (“CMEP”).

Based in Evans, GA, JANUS is a 350-person U.S. Federal services company providing engineering services as a solution, primarily for the U.S. Army and other Department of Defense (“DoD”) customers.   JANUS centers of gravity are in Programmatic Services, Futures Research, Study and Analysis, Modeling & Simulation, Live and Virtual Training, Mission Command / Tactical Communications, Distributed Simulation / Experimentation, Specialty Engineering, Data Management, and Software Development.

The Company has established a foundational presence in its Augusta-Fort Gordon Cyber District marketplace, as well as considerable depth within the Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (“C4ISR”) Center of Excellence located in Aberdeen Proving Ground (“APG”), and has closely aligned itself with DoD customers looking to grow investments in systems engineering, cyber, training, and technology innovation.  JANUS has leveraged its extensive operational expertise, past performance, and technological know-how as a leading provider to mission-critical tactical communications programs to include more than 20 years supporting the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical (“PEO C3T”) under the Project Manager Tactical Radio (“PM TR”) and Project Manager Tactical Network (“PM TN”) organizations.  The Company is also positioned at the forefront of next generation tactical and strategic defense and intelligence capability requirements through support of Army Futures Command, Future Concepts Center, and Joint Modernization Command (“JMC”), amongst others.

Jeannette Loop, JANUS Founder and Chairperson, stated that she and her management team are pleased to be partnering with CM Equity “whose vision is aligned with our growth strategy and have sufficient scale, experience and capabilities to grow with us over time.”

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

  • Keen market focus on differentiated engineering, analytic, and programmatic services mission support for well-funded government customers
  • Deep domain and subject matter expertise, particularly when coupled with long-term relationships, are critical differentiators for sellers in a crowded M&A market
  • Private equity firms continue to remain highly active in the government services market, given strong market dynamics and favorable credit markets

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is the largest independent investment banking firm exclusively focused on serving leading, 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.

Press Release

CM EQUITY PARTNERS ANNOUNCES THE RECAPITALIZATION OF JANUS RESEARCH GROUP, INC.

New York, June 12, 2019 – CM Equity Partners (“CMEP”) together with the Company’s founders and management, announce the recapitalization of JANUS Research Group, Inc. (“JANUS” or the “Company”).  JANUS, headquartered in Evans, Georgia and founded in 1997 by Chairwoman Jeannette Loop, is a 350 person U.S. Federal services company providing engineering services as a solution, primarily for the U.S. Army and other Department of Defense (“DoD”) customers.   JANUS centers of gravity are in Programmatic Services, Futures Research, Study and Analysis, Modeling & Simulation, Live and Virtual Training, Mission Command/Tactical Communications, Distributed Simulation/Experimentation, Specialty Engineering, Data Management, and Software Development.

Jeannie and Tony Loop will be members of the Board, with Ms. Loop continuing in her role as Chairwoman of JANUS.

JANUS will operate as a stand-alone company and will continue to be led by John Dewey as Chief Executive Officer and Rob Elich as Chief Operating Officer.

“We are excited to partner with CMEP to continue to build on the brand and legacy that we have built over the past 22 years” said Jeannie and Tony Loop.

John Dewey, CEO, said “We are looking forward to JANUS continuing to support our customers, providing them with lasting solutions to their most complex challenges, as we grow and broaden our business while maintaining the same culture and commitment to JANUS’s highly skilled employees and partners”.

About JANUS Research Group

JANUS (www.janusresearch.com) is an industry leader in Programmatic Services, Futures Research, Study and Analysis, Modeling & Simulation, Live and Virtual Training (with haptic feedback), Mission Command/Tactical Communications, Distributed Simulation/ Experimentation, Specialty Engineering, Data Management, and Software Development, primarily to the U.S. Army and other DoD customers.

About CM Equity Partners

CM Equity Partners (www.cmequity.com), based in New York, NY, provides capital to the Federal services and aerospace and defense industries.  For nearly thirty years, CMEP has partnered with management teams to build value by leveraging its long-standing industry knowledge, relationships, operating experience, and its corporate finance, M&A, and private equity expertise.  CMEP provides an active and collaborative management approach to its investments, developing long-term strategic plans and supporting re-investment of profits to grow and broaden a company’s revenue base and capabilities. CMEP’s investments are structured with flexibility across a broad spectrum of the capital structure, including equity, structured equity and mezzanine debt. CMEP is associated with Carl Marks & Co. (www.carlmarks.com). ​