KippsDeSanto & Co. advised QuantiTech LLC on its investment by Sagewind Capital LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. advised QuantiTech LLC on its investment by Sagewind Capital LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce that our client, QuantiTech LLC (“QuantiTech” or the “Company”) has received a strategic investment by Sagewind Capital LLC.

Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, QuantiTech has served as a leading provider of highly technical engineering and management support services for vital mission-critical programs for nearly 30 years, primarily for the Department of Defense (“DoD”).  The Company serves as a trusted partner for key defense agencies responsible for maintaining technological superiority and warfighter dominance through the delivery of detailed studies, risk analyses, internally developed tools and frameworks, and thought leadership to solve complex and continuously evolving mission requirements.  QuantiTech’s core capabilities are focused on systems engineering, cybersecurity, test and evaluation, and program management for innovative priority spending areas, including hypersonics, counter-unmanned aircraft systems, and human spaceflight for the Army, Air Force, NASA, and various other defense agencies.

The Company’s suite of advanced capabilities is supported by a highly talented team of engineers and subject matter experts who possess deep domain knowledge and diverse real-world experience across myriad engineering disciplines.  Dedication to protecting national security interests coupled with a focus on delivering exceptional customer satisfaction have translated into exceptional growth across the Company.  QuantiTech boasts the ability to integrate large programs, with the maturity and vision to support continued growth and performance.

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

  • Strong demand for advanced, engineering solutions and subject matter expertise designed to solve complex challenges for large scale and mission-critical programs across well-funded DoD and national security customers
  • Buyer focus on strategic alignment with high-priority, forward-looking, and well-funded mission areas such as space, hypersonics, and unmanned aircraft systems
  • Financial sponsors continue to deploy capital and compete with strategics in the defense and government services markets for coveted assets with long-term contracts, robust backlog, experienced management teams, and strategic footprints in growing markets as new platforms in the market

 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.

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Sagewind Capital Invests in QuantiTech

NEW YORK, July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sagewind Capital LLC (“Sagewind”), a New York-based private equity firm, announced today an investment in QuantiTech LLC (“QuantiTech” or “The Company”), a leading provider of highly technical engineering services to the Army, Air Force, NASA and various other key defense agencies. QuantiTech’s capabilities supporting hypersonics, counter unmanned aircraft systems and human spaceflight include systems engineering, cybersecurity, test & evaluation, and program management. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are very excited to partner with the QuantiTech team,” said Steven Lefkowitz, Managing Partner of Sagewind. “QuantiTech’s founder, Sheila Brown, and Chairman, Randy Cash, have built a reputation for excellence and established the Company as an essential partner for our nation’s defense community. QuantiTech has highly educated and talented personnel who are passionate about missions critical to our national security. We are very impressed with the business the QuantiTech team has built and look forward to supporting them as they execute on their growth strategies.”

The management team of QuantiTech will continue with the company and will retain a significant equity ownership.

Darryl Wortman, President and CEO of QuantiTech said, “Sagewind is an ideal partner for us that has a strong track record of supporting government services companies. They have backed many management teams to help grow their businesses through acquisitions and other growth initiatives, which is exactly what we need as we strive to better support our customers’ critical missions by providing a broader set of capabilities.”

Mr. Cash, the former CEO of QuantiTech and a former Vice President in various roles at SAIC, will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors. As part of the transaction, industry veterans Deborah Dunie, Dr. Paul G. Kaminski and General Paul Kern, US Army (Ret) will join the QuantiTech Board of Directors. Ms. Dunie brings over 30 years of senior level business experience in government services, most recently as the former CTO of CACI and a former Director of SAIC. Dr. Kaminski served as the Undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology from 1994 to 1997, has chaired and served on several company and government advisory boards, and was twice Chairman of the Defense Science Board, of which he is still a member. General Kern retired after almost 38 years with the US Army as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command and is currently a member of the Defense Science Board and a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as Sagewind’s legal counsel. Maynard Cooper & Gale served as legal counsel to QuantiTech. KippsDeSanto acted as the exclusive financial advisor to QuantiTech.

About QuantiTech LLC

QuantiTech is a leading provider of highly technical engineering and management support services for the federal government, based in Huntsville, AL. It serves mission critical programs, primarily to key defense agencies responsible for maintaining technological superiority and warfighter dominance. QuantiTech’s capabilities are focused on systems engineering, cybersecurity, test & evaluation and program management for key defense end-markets such as hypersonics, counter unmanned aircraft systems and human spaceflight for the Army, Air Force, NASA and various other defense agencies.

About Sagewind Capital LLC

Sagewind Capital LLC is a New York-based middle-market private equity firm. Sagewind seeks to partner with exceptional management teams and focuses on significant capital appreciation by helping businesses grow organically and through strategic acquisitions. Since inception, Sagewind has made eight investments across several industries, including government services, aerospace & defense, software, information technology, healthcare and business services. The firm is focused on long-term capital appreciation and has the flexibility to own businesses for extended periods. For more information please visit www.sagewindcapital.com.

KippsDeSanto’s DealView — Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter

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, Government Services and Technology companies, would like to share its thoughts on the “Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter” for the period ended June 30, 2020.

While the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted M&A activity, most notably fueling a decline in  April transaction volume (particularly in the Aerospace / Defense side of the market), buyers generally remain interested in strategic acquisitions. In addition, volume appears to be rebounding with 16 and 28 announced transactions in May and June, respectively, across all three sectors.

The following is our take on the most notable announced M&A transactions in the second quarter of 2020 — not only based on size, but also on strategic importance and / or impact.

Of the above transactions, the following was especially noteworthy:

The aerospace and defense deal of the quarter is AMERGINT Technologies’ pending acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ (NYSE: RTX) space-based precision optics business (“the Business”).  Formerly a part of Collins Aerospace, the Business provides precision electro-optical systems for national security space missions and defense survivability needs.  This transaction marks the third and final required divestiture as part of the regulatory terms laid out by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for the merger between United Technologies and Raytheon.  Upon completion of the transaction, the Business will become a wholly owned business unit of AMERGINT Technologies, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group.  AMERGINT is a leading provider of software-defined technology for military, intelligence, and commercial space customers with a focus on developing NextGen solutions for capturing, processing, transporting, and exploiting mission critical data.  The acquisition of preeminent electro-optical capabilities will vertically extend AMERGINT’s product offering and allow the combined entity to target more comprehensive space opportunities and contracts.  With a renewed federal and commercial interest in the space industry, the transaction highlights an optimistic outlook of sustained growth and investment in the sector.  In addition, the acquisition highlights the presence of private equity financing in an industry dominated by venture capitalists and start-up funding.

The government technology solutions deal of the quarter is Cognosante’s acquisition of Enterprise Information Services, LLC (“EIS”).  EIS is leading provider of biometrics, cybersecurity, application development, cloud migration, and other IT services to defense and civilian government agencies, including the U.S. Army, Intelligence Community, and Department of Homeland Security.  In addition to its in-demand, NextGen IT offerings, EIS has amassed prime positions on numerous high-profile, full & open (“F&O”) contract vehicles, including Alliant II, Army RS3, and ITES-3S. Through this transaction, Cognosante bolstered its capability set, greatly expanded its DoD presence, and enhanced its contract portfolio.  This deal underscores the continued demand for NextGen IT companies and buyer interest in prime, F&O positions on best-in-class vehicles.  Additionally, despite COVID-19 related market impacts, M&A deals continue to transpire between well-positioned buyers and sellers.

About

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.

Securities and investment banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-banking subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation. KippsDeSanto is a member of FINRA and SIPC. 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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KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Enterprise Information Services, LLC on its sale to Cognosante, LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Enterprise Information Services, LLC on its sale to Cognosante, LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Enterprise Information Services, LLC (“EIS” or the “Company”), to Cognosante, LLC (“Cognosante”).

Founded in 1994 and based in Vienna, VA, EIS provides cybersecurity, biometrics, application development, cloud migration, and other IT services to various U.S. Federal Defense, Intelligence, and Civilian government agencies.

In addition to its in-demand services offering, EIS has amassed prime positions on numerous high-profile full-and-open contract vehicles, including Alliant II, Army RS3, and ITES-3S.

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

  • Despite COVID-19 related market impacts, M&A deals continue to transpire between well positioned buyers and sellers
  • Full and open, prime contract positions, particularly on Best-in-Class and other in-demand vehicles, such as Alliant II, RS3, and ITES-3S, remain strong M&A drivers
  • Buyers continue to place importance on targets with prime, full and open contracts and embedded positioning within well-funded Defense and Intelligence customers

 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.

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EIS is Now a Cognosante Company

Vienna, VA – May 18, 2020

Enterprise Information Services, LLC (EIS), an IT solutions company, today announced that it has been acquired by Cognosante.

Since 1994, EIS has provided cybersecurity, biometrics, application development, cloud migration, IT operations, network engineering and program management support to a host of federal government agencies including Defense, the Intelligence Community, Homeland Security, Energy, Commerce, Labor, State, and the United States Postal Service.

“This is an exciting time for both EIS and Cognosante. We are proud of the company and reputation we have built since 1994 and Cognosante is the ideal company to propel EIS to the next level. We share the same commitment in continuing to provide the high-quality customer experience to our clients and an engaging culture for our talented employees,” said Vinod Goyal, President of EIS.

“EIS is a highly respected, well-positioned business providing comprehensive, technology services to its customers.  The addition of EIS is part of Cognosante’s growth strategy that will continue to bring new and enhanced capabilities to our existing customers while entering new customer segments,” said Michele Kang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cognosante.

Effective immediately, EIS becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Cognosante. EIS founder and CEO, Vinod Goyal will report directly to Cognosante CEO, Michele Kang. To ensure minimal disruption to customers and employees, the EIS name will remain and all EIS leadership will continue to lead daily operations. KippsDeSanto acted as the exclusive financial advisor to EIS as part of this transaction.

 

Getting Deals Done

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. on its investment by Bluestone Investment Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. on its investment by Bluestone Investment Partners

 KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce that Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. (“Continental” or the “Company”) has received an investment by Bluestone Investment Partners.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Continental is a rapidly growing geospatial data analytics and mapping solutions provider to defense, intelligence, federal and state government agencies, and commercial customers.  The Company combines remote sensing technologies, proprietary technology, automation tools, commercial cloud services, and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver products and solutions to its clients.  The Company’s geospatial expertise has evolved to allow for the integration and mission application of vast amounts of data from an ever-increasing number of sensors across all markets.  Continental fuses professional talent and technology (proprietary and commercial off-the-shelf) to curate, consolidate, validate, and disseminate geospatial solutions.  The Company maintains over 100 active production improvement tools, utilizes advanced artificial intelligence capabilities, and employs 165 highly credentialed professionals.  This deal closed on March 2, 2020.

At that date, we believe this investment demonstrated several key trends in the defense, and government and commercial technology M&A environment:

  • Strong market demand existed for growth oriented, intelligence, and national security focused mid-market companies.
  • Private equity continued to deploy capital for new platforms in the government technology market, especially in attractive markets for consolidation and value creation through scale.
  • Strategic buyers and investors recognized the value of highly differentiated solutions that leverage proprietary tools and technologies.

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. 

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Continental Mapping marks Bluestone’s seventh investment in the Defense, Government, and National Security Market

MCLEAN, Va., March 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bluestone Investment Partners, LLC (“Bluestone”), a McLean, Virginia-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the completion of an investment in Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC (“Continental Mapping” or the “Company”). Based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Continental Mapping is a rapidly growing geospatial data analytics and mapping solutions provider to Defense, intelligence, federal and state government agencies, and commercial customers. The Company combines remote sensing technologies, proprietary technology, automation tools, commercial cloud services, and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver products and solutions to its clients.

John Allen, co-founder and Managing Partner of Bluestone said, “We are excited about our partnership with Continental Mapping. The Company has a 20-year track record of successful delivery of complicated solutions, a great leadership team, a talented and technically differentiated workforce, and attractive clients. We look forward to helping the Company accelerate its growth and expand its capabilities.”

“Our management team and 170 employees are energized about the next phase of growth for Continental Mapping. We look forward to leveraging the experience of Bluestone’s principals to build our business through organic expansion and acquisitions,” said Dave Hart, Chief Executive Officer of Continental Mapping.

Founded in 1999 by Chris Gross, President, and Dave Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Continental Mapping initially provided photogrammetric solutions to local clients in Wisconsin. Through investment in people, technologies, and capabilities, the Company grew to support operations for multiple government and commercial clients around the world. Today, the company maintains over 125 active production improvement tools, utilizes advanced artificial intelligence capabilities, and employs a highly credentialed employee base in Sun Prairie, St. Louis, MO, San Antonio, TX, and Northern Virginia.

Holland and Knight LLP acted as Bluestone’s legal adviser in the transaction. Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP provided quality of earnings services for Bluestone. Morrison and Foerster LLP served as legal adviser to Continental Mapping. KippsDeSanto & Co. served as the investment banking adviser to Continental Mapping. Senior financing for the transaction was provided by EagleBank.

About Bluestone Investment Partners

Bluestone is a private equity firm investing exclusively in lower middle-market companies primarily in the defense and government services arena. Bluestone’s principals have a long and successful track record owning, operating, investing in, and advising companies in the defense and government services sector.  Additionally, many of Bluestone’s investors are industry luminaries who have successfully built, grown, and sold businesses to leading strategic buyers and private equity investors in the sector. Bluestone aims to leverage the industry expertise of its partners and investors to support both organic and acquisition-oriented growth strategies. Few private equity firms offer the combination of industry-focused intellectual and investment capital that Bluestone has assembled.
www.bluestoneinv.com.

About Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC

Established in 1999, Continental Mapping provides geospatial analytics to intelligence community, defense, federal government, state agencies, and commercial clients. The Company has provided products and solutions involving over 180 countries and on all seven continents. The Company was recently recognized for the second year in a row by Inc. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. The Company is headquartered in Sun Prairie (Madison area), Wisconsin. www.continentalmapping.com

 

Washington Business Journal Features Robert D. Kipps

When it comes to business advice, Bob Kipps goes ‘Godfather’

Generally, Bob Kipps is the guy who’s going to tell you where there’s a good merger or acquisition deal to be had.

As the managing director and co-founder of Tysons-based investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., Kipps has advised companies on more than $17 billion worth of M&A deals since opening the firm in 2007. But he found himself on the other end of a megadeal in August, when Capital One Financial Corp. acquired his firm to open a new avenue of investment banking that the larger financial giant, also based in Tysons, had yet to pursue. Terms of the 2019 deal were not disclosed.

Months into the new marriage, Kipps said he is already feeling the benefits of being part of a major business enterprise. We sat down with him to talk about what the M&A market looks like in 2020 for government contracting and where he feels at home, when away from the boardroom.

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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.

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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.