KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Chemring Group PLC on the Sale of Chemring Ordnance, Inc. to Nammo Defence Systems Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Chemring Group PLC on the Sale of Chemring Ordnance, Inc. to Nammo Defence Systems Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce that it has advised on the sale of Chemring Ordnance, Inc. (“COR” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of CHG Group, Inc., to Nammo Defence Systems Inc.  The transaction expands Nammo’s customer access, while helping our client, Chemring Group PLC (LSE:CHG), pursue its strategic portfolio shaping initiatives.

Based in Perry, FL, COR manufactures a range of ordnance and pyrotechnic products primarily for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as foreign defense agencies.  The Company’s flagship product is utilized for counter-Improvised Explosive Device (“IED”) requirements, allowing its operators to quickly and safely deploy a system to neutralize potential minefields and similar threats.  COR also produces a variety of ammunition products utilized in land and sea missions, along with fuzing for various grenade systems.  In addition to its suite of products, the Company offers ammunition design, testing, and load, assemble, and pack (“LAP”) services.  With its extensive product line and intimate customer relationships, the Company is favorably poised to accelerate its overall growth and development.  The transaction was originally announced on November 21, 2019; it closed on May 6, 2020, subsequent to regulatory requirements.

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

  • Continued use of divestitures for portfolio shaping in line with shifting strategic plans
  • Intrinsic value of entrenched customer relationships throughout the defense industrial base
  • Driving value through the ability to realize operational and production synergies

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity and industry experience.  We help market leaders realize their full strategic value.  Having advised on over 100 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships.  There’s no substitute for experience.  For more information, visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

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

Press Release – May 07, 2020

Completion of disposal

On 21 November 2019 Chemring announced that it had entered into a conditional agreement to sell its US subsidiary Chemring Ordnance, Inc. to Nammo Defense Systems Inc. for a cash consideration of $17 million. The sale was subject to both regulatory approval by the US authorities and a working capital adjustment on completion.

Chemring is pleased to announce today that all regulatory approvals have now been received and the sale process has now completed.

The final working capital adjustment will be agreed in the next 60 days in accordance with the sale and purchase agreement, but at this stage, the net proceeds are expected to be approximately $15 million. These proceeds will be used by the Group for general corporate purposes.

 

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises FreeFlight Systems on its sale to ACR Group, a portfolio company of The Jordan Company

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises FreeFlight Systems on its sale to ACR Group, a portfolio company of The Jordan Company

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, FreeFlight Systems (“FreeFlight” or the “Company”), to ACR Group (“ACR”), a portfolio company of The Jordan Company.

Headquartered in Irving, TX, FreeFlight is a leading provider of next generation avionics systems to global commercial and military aerospace customers.

Established in 2001, FreeFlight is at the forefront of the ongoing airspace transformation, providing a full suite of positioning, data collection, state-sensing, flight management, and air traffic management solutions and services.  FreeFlight’s customer base spans commercial airline, business aviation, and military / government users worldwide.

ACR’s portfolio of brands is known for high quality and performance and adding FreeFlight’s well-known and respected brand will help the companies realize substantial benefits from their respective technology team collaboration and customer / market access.

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

  • Buyers are looking for proprietary, highly engineered, differentiated solutions
  • Cutting-edge IP and continued emphasis on R&D are critical for new systems development to exploit value in the midst of a holistic, global overhaul of legacy systems
  • Private equity continues to be an avid investor in the broader aerospace industry, looking to the middle market to implement 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.

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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FreeFlight Systems joins the ACR Group

February 24, 2020 – IRVING, Texas – NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company has joined the ACR Group’s portfolio of aviation companies which includes ARTEX, Flight Data Systems, Latitude Technologies, and SKYTRAC Systems.

“We’ve always made it our mission to make flying safer and more efficient with the highest-quality, longest-lasting, and most affordable products available,” said Tim Taylor, FreeFlight Systems’ President and CEO. “Both companies share common values and goals, with focuses on safety, product performance, and client satisfaction, and together we will continue to lead the industry in the development of critical technologies that supports the aviation industry.”

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, FreeFlight Systems is a leader in providing high-performance, safety of life technologies and solutions that bring the NextGen airspace transformation to all segments of aerospace. The Company will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary, retaining the existing leadership, products, brand, locations, engineering capabilities, and sales team.

Together the aviation division of the ACR Group provides every segment of the aviation market with high value solutions including Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Flight Data Recorders, Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems (GADSS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B), Flight Management Systems (FMS), Monitoring, and Data Acquisition including Flight Tracking and Messaging.

Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.

For more information on the FreeFlight Systems suite of avionics solutions, visit our product page. For more information on The ACR Group and other safety equipment, visit ACRARTEX.com.

About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions deliver substantial safety, cost, environmental, and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

About the ACR Group

The ACR Group is the leading innovator of satellite-based tracking, data communications, and emergency location products & services used across aviation, marine, and land environments. The ACR Group portfolio of companies includes ACR Electronics, ARTEX, Skytrac, Latitude Technologies, Flight Data Systems, NAL Research, Ocean Signal and United Moulders (UML).

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.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises McNally Industries, LLC, a portfolio company of Gardner Standard LLC, on its sale to Susquehanna Private Capital, LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises McNally Industries, LLC, a portfolio company of Gardner Standard LLC, on its sale to Susquehanna Private Capital, LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of McNally Industries, LLC (“McNally” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Gardner Standard LLC, to Susquehanna Private Capital, LLC.

Headquartered in Grantsburg, WI, McNally is a leading provider of advanced design engineering, complex test and assembly, and precision machining and manufacturing for mission-critical applications, primarily supporting both new and legacy platforms for the aerospace & defense and midstream oil & gas markets.  The Company’s full-service offerings range from initial product design and manufacturing to final testing and after-market support.  Deep engineering capabilities, including reverse engineering and technical data package development, have created significant competitive advantages and high barriers to entry.  Additionally, this expertise has enabled McNally to establish sole-source / single-source positioning on various highly-visible and well-funded Programs of Record (“PoR”) and to develop proprietary products.  McNally has an established history supporting various Department of Defense (“DoD”) customers with missions across land, air, and sea.  Supported programs include the Bradley Fighting Vehicle; Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopters; and DDG-51 destroyers.

Well-positioned in the growing defense and energy end markets, McNally maintains strong relationships with a strategically diversified portfolio of government end users, key system integrators and defense primes, as well as commercial oil & gas customers.  Continued investments in new machinery and equipment coupled with an emphasis on cultivating engineering talent with relevant industry certifications, educational backgrounds, and requisite security clearances has allowed McNally to succeed and drive continued growth.

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

  • Demand for companies with entrenched and defensible positions on PoRs and key enduring programs which provide significant revenue visibility and backlog;
  • Significant value placed on companies with single / sole-source status given high barriers to entry created by differentiated capabilities portfolios and proprietary solutions;
  • Interest in customer footprint diversified across government users, defense primes, and commercial players;
  • Private equity firms remain active; buyers look to acquire new platforms in well-funded and defensible markets.

 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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MCNALLY INDUSTRIES, LLC PARTNERS WITH SUSQUEHANNA PRIVATE CAPITAL, LLC

BALA CYNWYD, PA – (September 9, 2019) — Susquehanna Private Capital, LLC (“SPC”), a middle market investment firm and member of the Susquehanna International Group of Companies (“SIG”), is pleased to announce its investment in McNally Industries, LLC (“McNally”), a precision systems manufacturer to defense and industrial markets based in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

McNally has an established history supporting various U.S. Department of Defense customers with missions across land, air, and sea. Supported programs include Ground Combat Vehicles, including Bradley, Paladin and the Army’s new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Army Rotary Wing Aircraft, including Blackhawk, Apache and Chinook, the Navy’s fleet of DDG-51 destroyers as well as the Army’s 120mm, 81mm and 60mm Mortar Weapons Systems.

“We are excited to partner with McNally’s management team during the next phase of the Company’s growth” said Kyle Squillario, Director at SPC. “The Company’s impressive manufacturing operations coupled with its advanced engineering and design capabilities serve as clear differentiators at a time when the industry is demanding more from its suppliers.”

McNally recently built a new 17,500 square foot assembly and test facility at its Grantsburg, Wisconsin campus to better accommodate the significant growth the Company is experiencing. “The McNally team is very excited to partner with SPC and the strength they bring to continue advancing the Company’s growth,” said Jim Segelstrom, CEO of McNally.

As part of the transaction, SPC has already made significant capital investments in the latest automated manufacturing technology so the Company can better meet increased customer demand for McNally’s products and services. “We believe McNally’s focus on legacy systems and aftermarket components to the defense industry align well with the U.S. Department of Defense’s stated goals and objectives” said Leo Helmers, Co-Founder and Group Head of SPC. “We look forward to partnering with management and investing in the business to enhance the Company’s capabilities, market position, and quality of service.”

KippsDeSanto & Co. served as the financial advisor to Gardner Standard. As part of the transaction, Gardner Standard will retain a minority position in McNally.

About McNally Industries

Founded in 1942 and headquartered in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, McNally provides advanced design engineering, complex test and assembly, and precision machining and manufacturing for mission-critical applications, primarily supporting both new and legacy platforms for the aerospace & defense and midstream oil & gas markets. The Company’s full-service offerings range from initial product design and manufacturing to final testing and aftermarket support, including reverse engineering and technical data package development. The Company works with leading blue-chip clients that serve the U.S. Department of Defense and midstream oil & gas end markets. For more information, please visit www.mcnally-industries.com.

About Susquehanna Private Capital

SPC is an affiliate of Susquehanna International Group, LLP (“SIG”), one of the world’s largest privately-held financial services firms. SPC makes majority and minority investments in domestic, middle market companies across a variety of industries, including: aerospace, defense & government, business services, healthcare, and industrials. The firm is backed by a unique and patient capital base that gives management teams the freedom and flexibility to pursue business plans that maximize long-term value creation. For more information, please visit www.spcllc.com.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Chemring Group PLC on the Sale of Chemring Military Products to Global Ordnance

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Chemring Group PLC on the Sale of Chemring Military Products to Global Ordnance

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce that it has advised on the sale of Chemring Military Products (“CMP” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of CHG Group, Inc., to Global Ordnance. The transaction expands Global Ordnance’s customer access, while helping our client, Chemring Group PLC (LSE:CHG), pursue its strategic initiatives of reshaping its defense and security portfolio.

Based in Perry, FL, CMP is one of the largest suppliers of non-standard ammunition and ordnance to the U.S. Government and allied militaries.  The Company has direct access to ammunition and weapon systems, including small, medium, and large caliber direct and indirect fire systems.  The Company also supplies law enforcement personnel with high-quality and competitively priced ammunition, pyrotechnics, and weapons systems.  CMP partners with domestic and international customers and utilizes its core competencies in supply chain and program management, quality assurance, and logistics to deliver best-value solutions.

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

  • Continued use of divestitures for portfolio shaping in line with shifting strategic plans
  • Intrinsic value of entrenched customer relationships throughout the defense industrial base
  • Driving value through the ability to realize operational and production synergies

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.

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Global Ordnance Acquires Chemring Military Products Inc.

SARASOTA, Fla., April 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Global Ordnance LLC (“Global Ordnance”) announced it has completed the acquisition (“Acquisition”) of Chemring Military Products Inc. (“CMP”), a subsidiary company of Chemring Group PLC.

Global Ordnance is a veteran-owned small business that responds to the needs arising from critical missions of the US Government and its allies around the world. Since its inception in 2013, Global Ordnance has earned a reputation as a trusted and reliable partner of its customers, to include the US Special Operations Command and the US Army.

CMP procures and delivers worldwide US-standard and non-standard ammunition and weapons systems.  In FY2018, CMP generated revenues exceeding $111M with an operating profit of $10.5M.

Both Global Ordnance and CMP have been long-time suppliers of non-standard ammunition (NSA) and non-standard weapons (NSW) to US and foreign government entities. Today’s acquisition of CMP by Global Ordnance marks the synergy of two well-established organizations with complementary strengths and expertise. By absorbing the staff and contracts of CMP into its organization, Global Ordnance aims to improve its already stellar reputation as a reliable and dependable US Government business partner and a leading supplier of NSA and NSW. On a larger scale as a result of this purchase, the focus for Global Ordnance going forward remains on providing unmatched service and products to its current customers.

While today’s Acquisition magnifies the depth and breadth of an already strong NSA/NSW team and places Global Ordnance atop the NSA/NSW partner spectrum, it also allows Global Ordnance to broaden the extent of activities in the commercial space which the company entered in earnest within the last two years. Since then, Global Ordnance has become an exclusive US distributor of already established brands, such as Grand Power of Slovakia and Australian Outback Ammunition of Australia. The company plans to continue growing its presence and strengthening its competitive impact in the commercial US market.

For more information about defense sales, visit www.global-ordnance.com or inquire at info@global-ordnance.com.  For additional details regarding commercial sales, visit www.globalordnance.com or inquire at info@globalordnance.com.

Contact – Marc Morales, 941-896-2251, info@global-ordnance.com

 

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Systron Donner Inertial, Inc. on its Sale to Investment Affiliates of Resilience Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Systron Donner Inertial, Inc. on its Sale to Investment Affiliates of Resilience Capital Partners

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Systron Donner Inertial, Inc. (“SDI” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, PAI Partners, and Schneider Electric, to investment affiliates of Resilience Capital Partners.

Headquartered in Concord, CA, SDI is a leader in the inertial sensors industry, with considerable domain expertise in the design and development of high performance, precision, quartz microelectromechanical systems (“QMEMS”). SDI’s QMEMS are utilized in guidance, navigation, control, and stabilization applications for various aircraft, unmanned autonomous vehicles, land vehicles, and precision guided weapons. QMEMS provides clear, continuously improving size, weight, power and cost (“SWaP-C”) advantages over alternative technologies. The Company’s product portfolio, anchored by its flagship SDI500 inertial sensor, includes a range of highly accurate, reliable, and resilient instruments used in many notable strategic platforms, including the Boeing 777x, MK48 / MK54 torpedoes, business jets, and military aviation and guided munitions programs.

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

  • Companies holding single-source status on well-funded, mission-critical Programs of Record and enduring commercial platforms create compelling strategic interest as acquisition targets
  • Significant value continues to be derived from companies with deeply-embedded relationships with key aerospace and defense customers, especially those aligned with favorable budget forecasts
  • Private equity buyers remain actively focused on acquiring high-end design and manufacturing capabilities built on a foundation of proprietary processes and trade secrets

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.

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Resilience Capital Partners Announces Acquisition of Systron Donner Inertial

March 26, 2019

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Resilience Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies, announced it has acquired Concord, California-headquartered Systron Donner Inertial. As the world’s leading supplier of quartz microelectromechanical systems (QMEMS) used in inertial sensing products that provide precision guidance, navigation and locational solutions, Systron Donner develops products that have been used in everything from business aircraft to fighter jets to the MARS Rover.

“Systron Donner is an important player in an industry that is critical to America’s future economic prosperity, leadership in aviation and national security,” said Steven H. Rosen, co-chief executive officer of Resilience Capital Partners. “Technology and innovation leadership is important for our nation’s future, and Systron Donner has been at the forefront of developing high-performing, made-in-America inertial sensors and systems for more than 50 years.”

Systron Donner’s QMEMS technologies are used in gyroscopes, accelerometers, inertial measurement units and inertial navigation system/GPS products that provide highly precise and reliable stabilization, geo-location, guidance, navigation and flight control solutions for aerospace, marine and land vehicles and systems.

Among the leading users of Systron Donner products are a leading defense contractor; a premier aerospace company; a civil and defense aerospace manufacturer; a leader in helicopter production; and a naval research agency. Systron Donner’s customers have frequently honored it for superior performance; in 2018, the firm received a leading defense contractor’s Supplier Excellence Award for the second consecutive time.

The future for such sensing products is highly promising. The market for inertial navigation systems alone is projected to grow from $9.54 billion in 2017 to $12.26 billion by 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 5.15 percent, according to an analysis by the business forecasting firm ResearchAndMarkets.

“Systron Donner’s proprietary technologies, the increasing size of the inertial sensing market and the company’s long history of relationships with a roster of blue-chip customers make this a company with strong potential,” said Rosen. “We look forward to working with the Systron Donner team to maximize this opportunity.”

The continued domestic development and manufacture of products for the aerospace and defense industries is seen as vital, given fears that a decline in American technology leadership could impair national security. Recent analyses, including a whitepaper authored by experts from the Institute for National Strategic Studies and a study prepared by a team assembled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, have underscored these concerns.

An explanatory video about Systron Donner’s products is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6f1upekJbvE.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BEI Precision Systems & Space Company on its Acquisition of Thistle Design

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises BEI Precision Systems & Space Company on its Acquisition of Thistle Design

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Thistle Design (MMC) Limited (“Thistle”) by an affiliate of our client, BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. (“BEI PSSC”), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Co.

Following the acquisition of BEI PSSC in April 2017, J.F. Lehman has bolted-on Thistle to complement BEI PSSC’s portfolio of optical encoders, accelerometers, optical scanners, and custom space instruments, with Thistle’s engineering and production capabilities in encoders, resolvers, and other positioning and measurement sensors.

The acquisition provides BEI PSSC with an expanded, international customer base, as Thistle supports several high-profile UK land system and naval programs alongside several well-known prime contractors. Additionally, Thistle also supports numerous industrial applications for customers throughout the UK and Europe.

BEI PSSC hopes to leverage its strong reputation and customer relationships within the industry to market and promote Thistle’s products in both the U.S. and internationally to create significant value. This marks BEI PSSC’s first acquisition and the Company continues to focus on both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment bank focused on delivering exceptional M&A and financing transaction results for leading aerospace, defense, and technology companies. For more information on KippsDeSanto & Co., please visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

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BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Thistle Design (MMC) Limited

November 14, 2018

NEW YORK – BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. (“BEI PSSC”), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFLCO”), announced today the recent acquisition of Thistle Design (MMC) Limited (“Thistle”) by one of its affiliates.

Headquartered in Loanhead, Scotland, Thistle is a supplier of encoders, resolvers, and other positioning and measurement sensors for the defense and industrial markets, primarily in the UK.

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

“Thistle is BEI PSSC’s first add-on acquisition and represents an important step in executing BEI PSSC’s strategy of augmenting organic development with complimentary add-on acquisitions,“ said Steve Brooks, Partner at JFLCO.

“Thistle’s dedicated engineering talent, proprietary suite of products, and focus on customer service represents a strong strategic fit with BEI PSSC’s core operating principles. We are looking forward to further serving our collective customer bases with this broadened portfolio of solutions,” added Will Hanenberg, Principal at JFLCO.

KippsDeSanto & Co. served as financial advisors to BEI PSSC and JFLCO and Jones Day (lead counsel) and Miller & Chevalier Chartered (international trade, government contracts and defense security compliance matters) provided legal counsel.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Ballard Power Systems Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of the Power Manager business from Protonex (“Protonex”), a subsidiary of our client, Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP, “Ballard”) to Revision Military Ltd. (“Revision”).

Protonex designs and manufactures efficient, flexible power solutions for portable, remote, and military applications.  Protonex has deployed thousands of portable power solutions globally.  The Company’s products include both squad-based power manager systems, which can power any gear from any battery or charge any battery from any source, as well as man-wearable products which extend uptime of mission-critical devices and provide soldiers with full-power situational awareness.  In 2017, Protonex’s Squad Power Manager received signature approval for full rate production status, commonly known as “Milestone C” for the Mobile Soldier Power Program of Record.  This Program of Record includes a number of new devices focused on improving power and energy management on and around the soldier, including Protonex’s Squad Power Manager Kit (SPM-622), conformal wearable batteries, and man-worn power and data distribution devices, such as Protonex’s Vest Power Manager family.  Revision develops and supplies leading-edge protective equipment, including innovations in power management and integrated systems, for mission-critical military and tactical use.  The addition of Protonex to the Revision platform, along with planned increases in U.S. defense spending and achievement of Milestone C, creates significant synergies and a compelling growth opportunity for the combined business.

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

  • Companies continue to employ M&A to shape and refine their portfolios to better align their capabilities along core competencies
  • Buyers are focused on leveraging acquisitions to rapidly expand their existing product and solutions offerings
  • Buyers are seeking to gain a foothold in programs of record with access to well-funded and difficult-to-penetrate customers

KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment bank focused on delivering exceptional M&A and financing transaction results for leading aerospace, defense, and technology companies.  For more information on KippsDeSanto & Co., please visit www.kippsdesanto.com.

Press Release

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, USA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to divest certain non-core assets of its subsidiary, Protonex, related to the Power Manager business to Revision Military Ltd. (www.revisionmilitary.com), a private U.S.-based company, for up to $16.0 million in cash. Ballard will retain certain assets related to fuel cell propulsion systems for military and commercial unmanned vehicles.

Terms of the transaction include upfront consideration of $4.75 million to Ballard – payable in cash and note – subject to a customary working capital adjustment, and up to a further $11.25 million, based on achievement of specific sales objectives during a 12-month earn-out period. The transaction is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO said, “This divestiture is consistent with our strategy of continuous portfolio optimization. We decided to divest Protonex assets that are no longer aligned with Ballard’s strategic fuel cell focus, while retaining assets related to the unmanned vehicle market, under the Ballard brand. The divestiture reduces complexity while adding fuel for us to invest in our core fuel cell business.”

Mr. MacEwen continued, “We originally acquired Protonex to provide strategic diversification and to engage the U.S. military complex as a potential customer for portable fuel cell products. With the developing value proposition and attractive market opportunities for fuel cell electric vehicles or FCEVs in Heavy- and Medium-Duty Motive markets, including bus, truck, rail, marine and other applications, we are divesting the Power Manager business to focus on core fuel cell market opportunities. The Power Manager business is a good long-term business that better complements the Revision strategy.”

Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Military commented, “Revision is in the business of developing and supplying leading-edge protective equipment, along with innovations in power management and integrated systems, for mission critical military and tactical use. We are confident that our corporate platform, along with planned increases in U.S. defense spending and achievement of Milestone C, create a compelling growth opportunity for the Protonex Power Manager business.”

In 2015 Ballard paid approximately $17.5 million in shares and cash to acquire Protonex, which included the Power Manager business, a Solid Oxide Fuel Cells business which was divested in January 2018, and the unmanned vehicle business.

For additional information regarding unmanned vehicles, please visit http://www.ballard.com/markets/uav.

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in power and energy. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning future events or developments, anticipated product performance, customer benefits and market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy  securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Capewell Aerial Systems on its Sale to Argosy Private Equity

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Capewell Aerial Systems on its Sale to Argosy Private Equity

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Capewell Aerial Systems (“Capewell” or the “Company”) to Argosy Private Equity (“Argosy”).

Capewell is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of aerial delivery, life support, and advanced tactical products for aerospace, defense, public safety, and law enforcement customers.

Capewell supports customers both domestically and internationally through a broad range of capabilities, to include design engineering, machining, life cycle support services, precision assembly, RF welding, and technical sewing.  Capewell’s differentiated solutions have led to enduring positions on key programs and platforms, including the Army Air Warrior program, the C-130 aircraft, and various Boeing commercial aircraft.  In-house engineering and internal R&D efforts drive new product development, resulting in a variety of proprietary solutions among Capewell’s numerous product lines.  Customers depend on these proprietary products – to include parachute releases, emergency descent devices, and helicopter hooks, among others – to ensure the safe and successful execution of a wide variety of missions.

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

  • The global aerospace / defense market remains robust, as equity private equity firms continue to seek opportunities to acquire firms with exposure to industry tailwinds and strong market fundamentals
  • Companies with differentiated and proprietary solutions, coupled with entrenched positions on key, well-funded platforms and programs continue to drive interest among acquirers throughout the aerospace / defense M&A market
  • Private equity firms continue to leverage strong credit markets and remain active in the aerospace / defense market to compete alongside strategic buyers

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 

CapitalWorks, LLC Exits Investment In Capewell Aerial Systems

September 13, 2018

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Cleveland private equity firm CapitalWorks, LLC announced the sale of its investment in Capewell Aerial Systems (“CAS” or the Company), a designer and manufacturer of highly advanced air soldier tactical gear, search & rescue, parachute, and aerial delivery products, to Argosy Private Equity. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

After acquiring Capewell Holdings in 2014, CapitalWorks transformed Capewell from a component business to a full solution provider through its acquisition and integration of Aerial Machine and Tool.  The combined company, Capewell Aerial Systems, became the world leader in innovative tactical safety products for the air warrior.  “CapitalWorks added tremendous value through its network and strategy development.  CapitalWorks assembled a world class advisory board and provided us with management processes that have given us an advantage over our competitors,” said John Marcaccio, CEO and President of Capewell Aerial Systems.

Todd Martin, Managing Director of CapitalWorks, commented, “We have truly enjoyed the partnership with John Marcaccio, his team and the CAS Advisory Board.  While it is bittersweet, we are confident that John and his team have built a strong platform that will continue to create value. CAS is another example of CapitalWorks successfully partnering with management to position a business for future success.”

CapitalWorks, LLC was advised on the transaction by KippsDeSanto and legal counsel was provided by Calfee, Halter, & Griswold.  Ironwood Capital was a trusted financial partner.

Working with Todd Martin on the transaction for CapitalWorks were Vice President, John Corrigan and Associate, Patrick Chang.

About Capewell Aerial Systems

Capewell Aerial Systems (http://capewellaerialsystems.com/) designs and manufactures highly advanced air soldier tactical gear, search & rescue, parachute, and aerial delivery products. CapitalWorks’ initial investment in the Company was made through its acquisition of Capewell Holdings in 2014, which was subsequently separated into two distinct operating companies (Capewell Systems and Ripley Tools). The acquisition of Aerial Machine & Tool by Capewell Systems created Capewell Aerial Systems. Ripley Tools remains a CapitalWorks portfolio company and is the leading developer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools for the fiber optic, telecom and utility industries as well as testing equipment for the fiber optic industry.

About CapitalWorks

CapitalWorks LLC (capitalworks.net) is a Midwestern and family-focused private equity firm that encourages knowledgeable investors to partner with it in finding, vetting and owning companies. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, CapitalWorks acquires lower middle-market companies in the niche manufacturing, value-added distribution, and business services industries and gives them the capital, support and freedom to grow. Recent acquisitions include C&M Conveyor, GEMCITY Engineering and Manufacturing, Paradigm Windows and Chemtron Corporation.  Founded in 1999, CapitalWorks’ investors are primarily successful entrepreneurs and executives who contribute to the evaluation and investment process.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises GenNx360 Capital Partners on its acquisition of Precision Aviation Group, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises GenNx360 Capital Partners on its acquisition of Precision Aviation Group, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the acquisition by its client, GenNx360 Capital Partners (“GenNx360” or the “Company”) of Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (“PAG”), a portfolio company of PNC Riverarch Capital.  GenNx360 is a New York City-based private equity firm established in 2006 focused on acquiring middle market business services and industrial companies with proven and sustainable business models.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with nine additional locations across the globe, PAG is a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (“MRO”) and global supply chain network solutions for fixed and rotary-wing operations across a range of diverse end markets.  As the exclusive provider of its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (“ISMRO®”) capability focused on multi-site logistics and full lifecycle support, PAG delivers comprehensive support to varied general aviation, commercial, and military platforms.  In addition, the Company maintains its status as one of only a few companies, outside of Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEM”), to collectively hold unlimited ratings granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”).

The acquisition is expected to integrate GenNx360’s industry experience, OEM relationships, and operational expertise alongside PAG’s technical proficiency and talented management team to create new growth opportunities.   The partnership allows PAG to leverage GenNx360’s resources to enhance its current suite of products and services, providing PAG with multiple avenues to pursue growth within the aviation MRO services market.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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

  • Highly-fragmented aviation aftermarket, including distribution of parts and MRO services, provides opportunistic buyers diverse and numerous opportunities to consolidate the industry through tuck-in acquisitions
  • Significant value can be unlocked from acquisition targets with proprietary / differentiated technologies, such as Parts Manufacturer Approval (“PMA”) components and Designated Engineering Representative (“DER”) repairs
  • Attractive aviation market fundamentals, driven in part by increasing traffic demand, utilization, and commercial fleet size, are expected to continue into the foreseeable future
  • Sophisticated private equity buyers with intimate knowledge of target industries and explicit growth strategies can successfully compete against strategic buyers for coveted assets

Press Release 

GenNx360 Capital Partners (“GenNx360”), a New York-based private equity firm which invests in middle market business services and industrial companies is pleased to announce its acquisition of Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (“PAG” or the “Company”), effective July 26, 2018. PAG, established in 1993, is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and supply chain solutions for fixed and rotary-wing aircrafts serving diverse end markets.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the Company operates out of nine locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Singapore.

“PAG is a leading provider of MRO services with a talented management team and a lot of growth potential.” said Daphne Dufresne, the GenNx360 Managing Partner who led the transaction. “PAG operates in a space that we know well and can add value through our industry relationships and operating initiatives.  We look forward to working alongside management to capitalize on future growth opportunities.”

David Mast, President & CEO of PAG, commented, “We are excited about partnering with GenNx360.  Their industry experience, OEM relationships, and operational expertise will allow us to quickly enhance our current suite of products and services.  Additionally, we are now poised to pursue the multiple avenues of growth available to us and expand on our mission of providing industry leading Aviation MRO services.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About GenNx360 Capital Partners

GenNx360 Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on acquiring middle market business services and industrial companies. We invest in companies with proven and sustainable business models in expanding industries with the objective of implementing the required operating changes to deliver cost efficiencies, accelerate growth, and generate strong financial returns. Target industries include industrial and environmental services, packaging, food and agricultural products and services, logistics and supply chain solutions, industrial machinery and components, infrastructure equipment and services, specialty chemicals, and aerospace and defense. GenNx360 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City. For more information on GenNx360 Capital Partners, please visit www.gennx360.com.

About Precision Aviation Group, Inc.

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With nine locations and more than 260,000-square-feet of sales and service facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer-focused business model to serve aviation customers through two business functions – Aviation Supply Chain, and its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (ISMRO®) services. For more information on Precision Aviation Group, please visit www.precisionaviationgroup.com

For media inquiries about this press release, please contact:

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Carmen Rojas, Investor Relations Manager

Email: investorrelations@gennx360.com

Tel: 212.257.6772