KippsDeSanto & Co. advises advises Outside Analytics, Inc. on its sale to SMX, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises advises Outside Analytics, Inc. on its sale to SMX, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of Outside Analytics, Inc. (“OA” or the “Company”) to SMX, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners.

Headquartered in Broomfield, CO, OA is a leading provider of remote sensing, real-time processing, analytics, and visualization solutions to address data-driven challenges across a variety of space-based mission areas. Through its software and technology solutions, OA transforms raw data into actionable intelligence for various commands and deltas of the U.S. Space Force, the broader Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community to address evolving National Security threats.

OA specializes in architecting and delivering Software Engineering solutions that serve the full spectrum of ground system and satellite domains, from LEO to GEO and beyond. The Company delivers solutions across its three core capabilities: sensor data processing, space-ground systems, and data analytics and visualization. OA’s innovative software solution, Deneir, provides real-time analytics and visualization for U.S. Space Force Guardians through its 4D web / mobile platform and has become the common operating environment platform. Deneir is deployed as part of multiple U.S. Space Force modernization efforts for Missile Warning and Battle Space Characterization.

The partnership with SMX will further accelerate OA’s growth in the National Security Space market as well as provide mission critical software engineering capabilities that will enhance SMX’s offerings, supporting application modernization and solution development at scale.

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

  • High-end, next-generation technologies in support of National Security missions remain attractive targets given increasing geopolitical tensions and budgetary priorities;
  • Continued interest and investments in companies with cutting-edge space capabilities and solutions given tailwinds in this ecosystem; and
  • Buyers with explicit growth strategies, industry knowledge, and private equity backing continue to deploy capital, particularly for companies with deep domain and subject matter expertise, established customer relationships, and differentiated proprietary technologies

Read more in the full press release.

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 200 industry transactions since 2008, 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.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Unitech Composites, Inc. on its sale to APEX Space and Defense Systems, a portfolio company of Charger Investment Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Unitech Composites, Inc. (“Unitech”) on its sale to APEX Space and Defense Systems (“APEX”), a portfolio company of Charger Investment Partners. Unitech is a portfolio company of Acorn Growth Companies, Caltius Structured Capital, and The Edgewater Funds.

Headquartered in Hayden, Idaho, Unitech is a leading provider of advanced structural and non-structural composite components and assemblies for defense, business / general aviation, and commercial aerospace platforms. The Company’s products yield weight reduction and reduced cost over platform operational lifecycles compared to traditional metal products that enable greater payload weights to execute demanding missions for warfighters and enhance travel experiences for general aviation and business jet passengers. The Company supports several marquee platforms across major fixed-wing (e.g., F-35 Lightning II, E-7 AEW&C) and rotary-wing (e.g., V-22 Osprey, CH-47 Chinook) aircraft, providing mission-critical composite products with high tolerance requirements such as a functionally essential structure for operating F-35 aircraft with Collins Aerospace; 35+ unique airframe components for the F-35 with Lockheed Martin; airframe structures for major turboprop aircraft; and other specialty components including gap seals, connectors, ducting, winglets, and niche armament structures on various military and business jet aircrafts.

Unitech delivers advanced manufacturing methods specific to composite manufacturing (e.g., autoclave cured epoxy structural parts, fabric-reinforced thermoset resins, carbon fiber reinforced toughened epoxy laminate, etc.). Demonstrated consistent delivery and quality results enables Unitech to maintain 55+ customer certifications with major Tier 1 integrators including Boeing, Airbus, Sikorsky, and Northrop Grumman. Unitech’s partnership with APEX augments the latter’s existing portfolio of space, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”), and defense-focused composites products and customers.

Unitech joins two of Charger’s recent acquisitions, Advanced Composite Products & Technology and All American Racers, to form APEX Space & Defense Systems. APEX and its three unique business units delivers innovative, lightweight and durable material manufacturing solutions for the space, defense and mission-critical infrastructure sectors.

This transaction highlights several key trends in the Aerospace and Defense composite markets as supply chain pressures continue to drive demand for providers of complex composite products:

  • Growing demand for end-to-end capabilities spanning from design engineering and manufacturing to testing and finishing across entire program lifecycles from original equipment manufacturing (“OEM”) through to aftermarket (“AM”) spares.
  • Continued investor interest in critical pieces of high-priority defense platform supply chains, including the F-35 Lightning II, and E-7 AEW&C.

Read more in the full press release.

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 200 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 Aethercomm, Inc. on its sale to Frontgrade Technologies, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Aethercomm, Inc. on its sale to Frontgrade Technologies, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Aethercomm, Inc. on its sale to Frontgrade Technologies, a portfolio company of Veritas CapitalKippsDeSanto & Co. advises Aethercomm, Inc. on its sale to Frontgrade Technologies, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Aethercomm, Inc. (“Aethercomm”), to Frontgrade Technologies (“Frontgrade”), a portfolio company of Veritas Capital (“Veritas”).

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Aethercomm is a leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of RF amplifier modules, sub-systems / systems and transceivers for mission-critical defense and space-capable platforms and technologies . The company’s regular and rackmount RF amplifiers and switches are used by all branches of the Armed Forces and some of the world’s largest and most respected defense contractors. Aethercomm has a stellar track record of engineering and manufacturing RF power amplifier modules, sub-systems / systems, and transceivers and other technologies that are tested and proven to operate without fail on the battlefield and in extreme situations in support of the warfighter.

Founded in 1999, Aethercomm specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of high-power SSPA modules that support global cross-domain warfighter connectivity across space, airborne, radar, electronic warfare, and other applications. By combining Aethercomm’s active RF amplifiers, switches and hardware with Frontgrade’s existing antenna solutions, the company will now offer a complete, integrated and turnkey solutions for the most complex defense and space missions.

Aethercomm will operate as a division of Frontgrade and be rebranded as Frontgrade Aethercomm.

This transaction highlights several key trends in the defense and space electronics markets:

  • Responsive space continues to be a high priority for SDA and U.S. military infrastructure, with an emphasis on high-volume, low-cost satellites to support the Department of Defense (“DoD”) mission of Joint All Domain Command and Control (“JADC2”)
  • Emergence of “next-gen” agile defense primes delivering high-volume, modular systems to support defense and space missions creating demand for defense and space electronics subcontractors with high-volume manufacturing and best-in-class research and development capabilities supporting the electronic warfare, radar, and communication markets
  • Private equity activity in the market remains active as “buy-and-build” strategies continue to augment portfolio companies with add-on targets with strong customer reputations, industry-leading capabilities, and ability to augment performance on existing platforms and contracts

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 200 industry transactions since 2008, 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.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Pegasus Steel on its sale to ACP

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Pegasus Steel, LLC on its sale to Arlington Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Pegasus Steel, LLC on its sale to Arlington Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Pegasus Steel, LLC (“Pegasus” or the “Company”), to Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington”), a Washington, DC-area private equity firm.

Headquartered near Charleston, South Carolina with approximately 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Pegasus is a leading provider of complex fabricated steel structures used for the construction of submarines, aircraft carriers, and other naval and industrial systems primarily to the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”). Employing a comprehensive array of advanced steel processing equipment, Pegasus cuts, forms, machines and welds a broad range of materials and can process small piece parts to extremely large and complex welded fabrications.

Pegasus is a critical vendor in the supply chain for the Navy’s highest priority programs, providing complex large-scale components to the Columbia- and Virginia-class submarines, as well as the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. Pegasus’s large-scale, highly-specialized nuclear welding expertise requires years of production experience, exacting standards, skilled, certified employees, and specialized equipment.

The acquisition is a new platform for Arlington, allowing Pegasus to partner with Arlington at a key inflection point in its growth trajectory to build towards becoming a leading ‘tier one’ supplier in the nuclear Navy supply chain.

This transaction highlights several key trends in the Aerospace and Defense markets as submarine and aircraft carrier supply chain pressures limit the Navy’s ability to meet future fleet goals and deterrence objectives:

  • Nuclear shipbuilding remains a critical priority in the naval supply-chain, with the Navy investing towards building out the domestic industrial base
  • Growing demand for suppliers that can support large-scale shipbuilding driven by the Navy’s need to modernize and replace aging fleets
  • Nuclear-powered submarines, such as the Columbia- and Virginia-class, will continue to play a critical role for the Navy over the next two decades
  • Private equity activity in the market remains high as “buy-and-build” strategies continue to establish portfolio companies with strong customer reputations, industry-leading capabilities, and ability to scale

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 200 industry transactions since 2008, 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.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Blackhawk Aerospace on its sale to New State Aviation Holdings, a portfolio company of New State Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Blackhawk Aerospace on its sale to New State Aviation Holdings, a portfolio company of New State Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Blackhawk Aerospace (“Blackhawk” or the “Company”) to New State Capital Partner’s general aviation-focused platform, New State Aviation Holdings (“NS Aviation”). Blackhawk is comprised of Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. (“BMI”), Blackhawk Aerospace Solutions, LLC (“BAS”), and Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (“BAT”). Blackhawk joins NS Aviation’s anchor aviation investment AVEX, which was acquired in December 2021. Both companies will continue to operate under their existing brands while broadening NS Aviation’s offerings through collaboration.

Headquartered in Waco, TX, with other locations in Columbia, MO and Huntsville, AL, Blackhawk is a leading provider of aircraft performance upgrades, primarily for the general aviation and government turboprop markets with a focus on engine and avionic upgrades. Blackhawk’s aircraft upgrades significantly improve aircraft performance by increasing climb, cruise, fuel efficiency, payload capacity, safety, and mission capability in special operations such as skydiving, humanitarian, and surveillance. Since its founding in 1999 as BMI, Blackhawk strategically added divisions for government support, maintenance, avionics, composites, and aircraft sales. The composites business is not included in this transaction and will continue independently operating under a new brand and name.

Since inception, Blackhawk has developed and obtained a wide range of Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates (“STCs”) and various corresponding foreign validations for leading turboprop platforms. Specifically, the Company has significant experience working with all King Airs as well as other aircraft that use the world’s most popular engine in its class, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A. Additionally, the Company leverages its avionic STCs to upgrade a variety of popular systems, to include avionics from Collins Aerospace, Garmin, and Honeywell. Blackhawk Aerospace has served customers across multiple platforms and the “Blackhawk” brand is recognized throughout the industry as the go-to provider for aircraft engine and avionic upgrades.

AVEX is an authorized distributor and recommended service center of Daher TBM turboprops and has delivered more than 1,000 TBM aircraft currently in service. AVEX also manages a robust maintenance and aftermarket services business, providing a one-stop solution and a high level of customer service to TBM owners across the country.  AVEX’s extensive experience and knowledge in the aircraft aftermarket services market, coupled with the strength of Blackhawk’s brand, market reputation, and upgrade offerings, is expected to help accelerate NS Aviation’s growth.

With Blackhawk as part of its portfolio, NS Aviation will now offer a broader suite of services and solutions to the light turbine market across a wider variety of platforms.

We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the Aerospace & Defense M&A environment:

  • Emphasis on highly differentiated offerings with a focus on delivering proprietary performance-enhancing solutions for aircraft engine and avionic upgrades
  • Strong outlook and growth prospects within the Business Jet and General Aviation markets
  • Continued private equity interest in Aerospace & Defense targets that add immediate scale and unique access to strategic partnerships within the industry

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity and industry experience. We help market leaders realize their full strategic value. Having advised on over 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience.  For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com

Investment Banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-bank subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation, and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Products and services are Not FDIC insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency.

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NEW STATE AVIATION HOLDINGS ACQUIRES BLACKHAWK AEROSPACE

Performance improvement leader joins Daher TBM provider AVEX, expanding general aviation platform

LARCHMONT, NY – January 3, 2023 – New State Capital Partners (“New State”) announced today that its general aviation-focused platform, New State Aviation Holdings (“NS Aviation”), has acquired Blackhawk Aerospace (“Blackhawk” or “the Company”), a recognized leader in aircraft performance improvements. Blackhawk joins NS Aviation’s anchor aviation investment AVEX, a leading provider of sales and maintenance for the Daher TBM turboprop aircraft, which was acquired in December 2021. AVEX and Blackhawk will continue to operate independently, while working together to expand NS Aviation’s offerings.  Blackhawk’s management will remain with the Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Waco, TX, with more than 60 employees, Blackhawk provides engine upgrades for a broad range of turboprop planes, improving an aircraft’s speed, safety, and climb capabilities, while extending engine life. The Company serves customers worldwide in the commercial and government markets. Blackhawk was founded in 1999 as Blackhawk Modifications, Inc, and added divisions for government support, maintenance, avionics, composites, and aircraft sales. The composites business is not included in the transition and will remain independent.

“This transformative acquisition more than doubles the size of our business and allows us to expand aircraft platforms serviced,” said Chad Cundiff, CEO of New State Aviation Holdings. “AVEX is a market leader in sales, brokerage and maintenance of the Daher TBM, and Blackhawk is the market leader in turboprop engine upgrades. Together, they will allow New State Aviation Holdings to offer a broader suite of services and meet more needs of light turbine aircraft owners, across a variety of aircraft manufacturers.”

“We are very excited to join New State Aviation Holdings and partner with the folks at AVEX,” said Blackhawk CEO Jim Allmon. “Our family of companies shares a singular focus: to increase an aircraft’s capabilities to unrivalled heights while maintaining the highest level of safety possible. We look forward to working with Chad and the rest of the New State Aviation team to further expand our services.”

“We are thrilled to have Blackhawk join our platform”, added Daniel Han, Senior Principal at New State and Chairman of New State Aviation Holdings.  “As the market leader in engine upgrades and STC development, Blackhawk represents a significant step towards our goal of being the premier service provider for the light turbine market.  More importantly, the outstanding reputation and culture of Blackhawk, focused on people and customers first, will mesh seamlessly with that of AVEX.  We believe this combination will build on the strengths at AVEX, expand our capabilities and enable us to provide the highest levels of service, quality and expertise in general aviation.”

Strong demand for AVEX and Blackhawk products and services has driven record backlogs for both companies and signals a bright future for New State Aviation Holdings.

About New State Capital Partners

New State Capital Partners is an entrepreneurial-minded private equity firm that strives to be nimble, decisive, and cooperative. New State prides itself on a long-term outlook, approaching each potential investment as an opportunity to create lasting and valuable relationships with company founders and especially independent sponsors. The firm has the ability to invest up to $100 million in equity per transaction and seeks to invest in market-leading companies with $8 million to $40 million of EBITDA in the areas of business services, industrials, and consumer. New State and its affiliates have invested in more than 35 companies to date. For more information visit www.newstatecp.com

 About Blackhawk Aerospace

Blackhawk Aerospace is the recognized leader in performance improvements for turboprop aircraft. Founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, the company serves customers worldwide in the commercial and government markets. Today, Blackhawk Aerospace is comprised of Blackhawk Aerospace Upgrades, Blackhawk Aerospace Solutions, and Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. Visit www.blackhawk.aero for more information.

https://www.blackhawk.aero/company/.

 About AVEX

AVEX is a leading aircraft dealer in North America with a robust maintenance and aftermarket services platform focused on the Daher TBM. With more than 1,000 aircraft in service, the TBM has an enviable position in the single-engine turboprop market.  AVEX was founded in 1985 and has operations in Colorado and California. For more information visit www.newAVEX.com.

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Lambert

Joanne Lessner

jlessner@lambert.com

212-222-7436

 

 

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Ophir on its sale to Lightridge Solutions, a portfolio company of ATL

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Ophir Corporation on its sale to LightRidge Solutions, a portfolio company of ATL Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Ophir Corporation on its sale to LightRidge Solutions, a portfolio company of ATL Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Ophir Corporation (“Ophir” or the “Company”) to LightRidge Solutions (“LightRidge”), a newly-formed portfolio company of ATL Partners.

Headquartered in Littleton, CO, Ophir is a leading developer of advanced, mission critical, laser-based sensors and avionics solutions.  Ophir’s products enable successful deployment of flight-critical systems to enable low-observable and stealth technologies in support of highly strategic and classified national security platforms. The Company’s primary capabilities encompass contrail detection, military air data systems, and other advanced avionics technologies in support of next-generation military aircraft requiring effective and reliable solutions. Through its cradle-to-grave development, engineering, manufacturing, and depot-level support capabilities, Ophir has built a portfolio of sole source contracts for these technically complex, mission critical, laser-based sensors and avionics solutions. Over its 40+ year history, the Company has developed a sterling reputation specializing in cutting-edge solutions where size, weight, and power (“SWaP”) are critical components of ensuring mission success and safety.  Its credentialed and cleared team of engineering professionals and physicists provide the unique expertise required to stay at the forefront of innovation in optical system design, production, and aftermarket support.

LightRidge, comprised of GEOST, LLC (acquired in 2021) and Ophir (acquired in 2022) is a newly-formed, leading space and airborne platform focused on high performance sensors and payloads for national security markets. Ophir will continue to operate as a standalone entity, but will be integrated into the broader LightRidge umbrella, offering capabilities that will both complement and augment GEOST’s current offerings of small-to-medium sized electro-optical infrared sensors. With these complementary capabilities and a depth of technical expertise, the combination is expected to enhance LightRidge’s ability to address an evolving threat landscape in support of mission-critical national security objectives.

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the current aerospace / defense M&A environment:

  • Emphasis on highly strategic platforms aligned closely with shifting defense budgets and priority funding areas resulting from the evolving global threat environment;
  • Focus on delivering differentiated, highly engineered, mission-critical avionics solutions from cradle-to-grave, ranging from initial design and development through production and aftermarket support;
  • Significant value for defensible, sole source positioning on programs of record, highly strategic platforms, and classified efforts with favorable long-term funding environments; and
  • Continued interest in assets with significant backlog and revenue visibility supported by recurring revenue streams and long-term production 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.

ATL Partners Forms Leading Space and Airborne Platform LightRidge Solutions

LightRidge Builds on ATL’s Deep Aerospace Sector Expertise and is Led by Seasoned Industry Veteran Bill Gattle Announces Acquisition of Airborne Sensor Provider Ophir Corporation

Business Wire | 20 March 2023

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ATL Partners today announced the formation of LightRidge Solutions (“LightRidge”), a portfolio company focused on the development, design and production of small, affordable, high-performance space and airborne sensors and payloads for vital national security needs.

LightRidge is comprised of GEOST, LLC, a leading provider of high-end space payloads acquired by ATL in 2021. More recently, LightRidge acquired Ophir Corporation, which develops and manufactures advanced airborne laser radar sensors, in late 2022.

LightRidge is led by Bill Gattle, a 35-year industry veteran with experience successfully leading significant space and airborne businesses. Mr. Gattle was previously the President of L3 Harris Technologies’ Space business where he led L3 Harris Technologies’ breakout in next generation national security space programs.

“We are excited to announce the launch of LightRidge Solutions to drive growth and build a unique and nimble provider of mission critical technologies that address our most pressing national security needs. When we acquired GEOST in 2021, we started a process of building out an enterprise that provides time-critical knowledge to our customers through affordable, yet small, powerful and increasingly autonomous space and airborne sensors,” said Mike Kramer, Partner at ATL Partners and Chairman of the Board of LightRidge Solutions. “To that end, we are thrilled to work closely with Bill Gattle and his talented management team as we drive growth in the portfolio and look for highly strategic acquisitions that allow us to bring more capability and differentiated solutions.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to partner with ATL and introduce LightRidge’s existing affordable, high performance and small space and airborne sensors and payloads to new markets, technologies and missions,” stated Bill Gattle, Chief Executive Officer of LightRidge. “Together, LightRidge, GEOST and Ophir will offer the power of scale, operating synergies and access to capital for research and development and other investment needs. We are realizing our vision of providing affordable yet small, powerful and increasingly autonomous space and airborne sensors, space electronics and C4ISR solutions that provide time-critical knowledge for operational advantage.”

LightRidge’s newest acquisition, the Ophir Corporation, is a leader in high performance airborne advanced laser radar sensors. Those sensors are entrusted as mission critical systems on some of the most treasured military aircraft, including the B-2 stealth bomber and operate in remote, extremely challenging environments.

LightRidge’s operating unit GEOST provides affordable, high performance space payloads in small size, weight and power. Disruptive in novel technical, business and cost approaches, GEOST’s solutions are enabling distributed space architectures.

About LightRidge Solutions

LightRidge Solutions is a rapidly growing designer, developer and producer of small, affordable high-performance space and airborne sensors and payloads and ancillary technologies. Its operating units GEOST, LLC and Ophir Corporation have been chosen to fly on some of the most treasured defense and national security assets, solving our customers’ mission critical sensor and payload challenges for over 50 years. For more information about LightRidge Solutions, visit www.lightridgesolutions.com.

About ATL Partners

Founded in 2014, ATL Partners is a premier sector-focused private equity firm that invests in aerospace, transportation and logistics companies. ATL brings deep sector expertise to its investment approach with an experienced bench of investment professionals and network of operating resources who have decades of experience and extensive relationships in each of ATL’s core sectors. For more information about ATL Partners, visit www.atlpartners.com.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd., a portfolio company of Lone Star Investment Advisors, on its sale to National Defense Corporation, a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPK)

 

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd., a portfolio company of Lone Star Investment Advisors, on its sale to National Defense Corporation, a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPK)

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd. (“Woodlawn” or the “Company”) to National Defense Corporation (“NDC”), a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc.

Headquartered in Marshall, TX, Woodlawn is a precision manufacturer of machined metal parts and assemblies for the defense industry. The Company is a first- and second-tier supplier to the U.S. military, manufacturing missile warhead bodies, countermeasure flare components, and other ammunition metal components that require a high degree of precision. Since its founding in 1973, the Company has maintained long-term relationships with blue chip customers including General Dynamics, Chemring, Northrop Grumman, TransDigm, AMTEC, and the Department of Defense.

The transaction augments NDC’s portfolio of explosive manufacturing, assembly, machining, and forming capabilities supporting the Department of Defense.

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the current Aerospace / Defense M&A environment:

  • Return to consistent, high-visibility programs with increased demand resulting from global conflicts
  • Focus on established relationships with prime defense contractors
  • Significant value placed on ability to deliver orders efficiently and effectively despite supply chain constraints

About Lonestar Investment Advisors Based in Dallas, Texas, Lone Star Investment Advisors shares the mission to make equity and equity-oriented investments in middle-market companies located in low to moderate income communities in the State of Texas. Lone Star has successfully invested in all types of economic and financial conditions. The firm invests in a wide variety of industry sectors including manufacturing, industrial, distribution, business services and energy.

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity, and industry experience. We help market leaders realize their full strategic value. Having advised on over 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience. For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

Investment Banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-bank subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation, and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Products and services are Not FDIC insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency.

Press Release

National Presto Industries, Inc. Acquires Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd.

October 26, 2022

National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPK) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, National Defense Corporation, and newly formed subsidiary Woodlawn Manufacturing, LLC, acquired the equity interests of Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd, located in Marshall, Texas. Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd, is a high volume manufacturer of precision metal parts and assemblies primarily for the defense and aerospace industry. The company is a first- and second-tier supplier to the United States military, producing rocket warhead bodies, countermeasure flare cases and other ammunition metal parts. It has annual sales of approximately $18,000,000. Major customers include U.S. government agencies, AMTEC and other defense contractors.

 National Presto Industries, Inc. operates in three business segments. The Housewares/Small Appliance segment designs and sells small household appliances and pressure cookers under the PRESTO® brand name. The segment is recognized as an innovator of new products. The Defense segment manufactures a variety of products, including medium caliber training and tactical ammunition, energetic ordnance items, fuzes, cartridge cases, and metal parts. The Safety Segment consists of three startup companies. The first is Rusoh, Inc., which designs and markets the Rusoh® Eliminator® fire extinguisher, the first owner-maintained fire extinguisher. The second is OneEvent Technologies, Inc. It offers systems that provide early warning of conditions that if not corrected, could ultimately lead to significant losses. The third is Rely Innovations, Inc., which designs and sells carbon monoxide detectors for residential use.

This release contains “forward looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. In addition to the factors discussed above, other important risk factors are delineated in the Company’s various SEC filings.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Numerica Corporation on the sale of its space division to Slingshot Aerospace, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Numerica Corporation on the sale of its space division to Slingshot Aerospace, Inc.  

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the asset sale of Numerica Corporation’s space division (“NSD” or the “space division”) to Slingshot Aerospace, Inc. (“Slingshot”).

Based in Fort Collins, CO, Numerica’s space division develops sophisticated hardware and software solutions for precision space domain awareness operations to help protect government and commercial space assets from hazards and threats.  Numerica’s space division operates a network (the Numerica Telescope Network, “NTN”) of more than 20 sites and 150+ sensors worldwide that can detect and track objects (satellites, debris, etc.) in all regimes of operational space (LEO, MEO, GEO and xGEO orbits). NTN’s autonomous network and proprietary data processing solutions enable precision-focused space domain awareness operations around the clock.  NSD’s unique ability to offer both daytime and nighttime tracking capabilities in LEO and beyond is a significant competitive differentiator.

The space division’s internally developed and operationalized end-to-end suite of advanced algorithms and software tools cover the entire TCPED chain to provide actionable intelligence and real-time data on thousands of satellites to over 200 individual data subscribers across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and commercial customers. NSD’s role at the forefront of space domain awareness creates well-established growth opportunities to support the accelerated need of customers to protect their most critical assets in space as investment and interest in space contribute to increased congestion.

We believe this transaction highlights several key trends in the aerospace / defense / space M&A market:

  • Intense interest in space domain awareness, encompassing the effective detection, tracking, identification, characterization, and understanding of any factor associated with the space domain that could affect space operations;
  • The tremendous increase in investment in the space economy in recent years has had knock-on effects contributing to the value of the technologies that protect that investment;
  • First-to-market technology developers can capture huge returns; and
  • Deep domain and subject matter expertise remains a critical differentiator for sellers

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity, and industry experience. We help market leaders realize their full strategic value. Having advised on over 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience.  For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

Investment Banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-bank subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation, and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Products and services are Not FDIC insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency.

Press Release

Numerica announces divestiture of space division

Strategic sale positions Colorado company with laser focus on air & missile defense for rapid growth

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2022) —A leader in air defense, missile defense and space domain awareness, Numerica is known for solving some of the nation’s most important defense challenges. After several years of innovation and growth, the Colorado company’s space division has been acquired by Slingshot Aerospace, a company focused on building space simulation and analytics products for Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Coordination. This divestiture will allow Numerica to focus on innovations in air and missile defense with even greater investment in its short-range air defense product line – including the Spyglass™ short-range surveillance radar and MIMIR™ C2 software.

Numerica’s distinguished space division provides high-quality data and state-of-the-art software solutions that inform operator action to help protect satellites from on-orbit hazards and threats. To help address critical space needs, Numerica has developed market-leading uncorrelated track processing software and transitioned it to multiple space operation centers, deployed a global telescope network to provide a responsive, robust and affordable commercial satellite tracking service and developed the world’s first commercial daytime optical LEO-to-GEO satellite tracking capability.

Through the agreement, Slingshot has acquired the following:

  • An autonomous global network of proprietary sensors and software comprising more than 150 sensors including 30 telescopes across 20 locations around the globe with advanced data processing capabilities.
  • The Numerica SDA team including research scientists, orbital analysts, software engineers and applied mathematicians in remote work settings including Vandenburg Air Force Base as well as the Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colo. offices.
  • The Numerica office in Colorado Springs.

“We are proud to have developed such an effective global network of proprietary ground-based sensors and software for deep space surveillance and look forward to seeing its continued evolution with an established industry leader like Slingshot Aerospace,” President Jeff Poore said. “This acquisition will help accelerate advancements in spaceflight safety and sustainability during a time of great need, but it will also allow Numerica to strategically focus resources on our growing air and missile defense business.”

The air and missile defense teams at Numerica are dedicated to developing and deploying high-performance command and control systems for applications from theater integrated air and missile defense to tactical counter-UAS. Several of their biggest developments lately have included:

  • Launch of Spyglass radar, a purpose-built multi-mission KU-band radar that addresses short-range air defense (SHORAD) missions inclusive of counter-small, unmanned aircraft systems (C-SUAS), ground surveillance and other missions.
  • MFATS™, a mature and widely deployed sensor fusion software engine used to generate fire control quality tracks from a network of heterogeneous sensors.
  • MIMIR, a software product for integrating networks of sensors and weapons, includes MFATS for sensor data fusion and a lightweight user display for operator engagement.
  • An 18-year membership of the Lockheed Martin-led Missile Defense National Team, providing advanced algorithms to assist the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • A 13-year position providing advanced algorithms and software on the Northrop Grumman-led Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) program.
  • Renovation of a 33,000 square foot facility to support the continued development of Spyglass radar – this new building located at 4450 Denrose Court in Fort Collins is the only location in Colorado that is currently manufacturing radar and one of only a few in the entire country.

About Numerica: Founded in 1996, Numerica focuses on creating innovative solutions to the most pressing technical challenges faced by customers in the areas of air defense and missile defense. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Numerica’s rapidly growing team of talented research scientists and engineers tackle data science problems by developing advanced algorithms to power mission-critical national security software. This year, Numerica celebrates 25 years of developing state-of-the-art technologies that have been deployed around the world to integrate networks, fuse data, precisely track targets and quantify uncertainty. Learn more at www.numerica.us.

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KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Blue Air Training, LLC, on its sale to Top Aces, a portfolio company of Clairvest Group Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Blue Air Training, LLC, on its sale to Top Aces, a portfolio company of Clairvest Group Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of Blue Air Training, LLC (“Blue Air” or the “Company”), to Top Aces, a portfolio company of Clairvest Group Inc. (“Clairvest”).

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Blue Air is one of the preeminent providers of Close Air Support (“CAS”) training for U.S. and foreign military Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (“JTAC”). Blue Air offers a comprehensive, end-to-end suite of training services for JTAC, satisfying its CAS training requirements and ensuring combat readiness. Blue Air’s experienced military CAS instructor pilots provide customized training services designed in collaboration with each customer, including mission planning, logistics support, simulation, platform instruction, live / dry weapons control, day / night control, laser control, multiple asset replication, and mission debrief, among others.

As the pioneer of the CAS training market for JTACs, Blue Air has established an exceptional reputation and enduring relationships with customers such as the U.S. Air Force, the Air National Guard, and Special Operations Terminal Attack Controllers through their high-quality training services. The Company’s fleet of turboprop and jet aircraft and team of highly experienced fighter pilots, special operators, and operations personnel drive realistic and cost-efficient exercises, cultivating in Blue Air’s status as the sought-after industry partner.

Blue Air with Top Aces will be well positioned to capitalize on the fundamental tailwinds of contracted Adversary Air (“ADAIR”) and JTAC training services globally.

We believe this transaction highlights several key trends in the M&A market:

  • Demand for companies with strong past performance and intimacy with well-funded customers
  • Preeminent leaders within high barrier-to-entry industries are rare and highly sought-after in the market
  • Attractiveness of operational synergies, complementary services, market know-how, and significant opportunities 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 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience.  For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

Investment Banking products and services are offered through KippsDeSanto & Co., a non-bank subsidiary of Capital One, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation, and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Products and services are Not FDIC insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value, Not a Deposit, and Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency.