“After significant HHB Systems contract wins, and a “do-it-yourself” sell miscue in 2019, external transaction interest in our firm became apparent, and we strategized with the KippsDeSanto team, and I am grateful we did. The market timing was right and the KippsDeSanto team went to work. In the middle of the COVID pandemic, they seemingly worked 24/7 guiding us through the transaction preparation, the offering, the management presentations (all online via Zoom), and the “win-win” close of the final transaction. The transaction was completed in record time and the KippsDeSanto team exceeded all of our expectations. We couldn’t be happier, and I could not have done it without them.”
“As a business owner, the team at KippsDesanto has been invaluable to me personally, to confide in and lean on as we built the business from a start-up company to a multi-million dollar business and award-winning industry leader. I’ve worked in the GovCon industry in the Washington DC area for more than 25 years, participating intimately in 6 M&A transactions along the way and can say without hesitation that the team at KippsDesanto is the very best in the business!”
Sandy Corbett, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
“TeraThink needed to do something dramatic to provide growth and opportunities for our employees, broaden our market presence, and enhance our services to transform the missions of our customers. In 2017 KippsDeSanto provided strategic advice, guidance, and validation on our merger thesis and invaluable input as our merger partner. Following successful integration of the two companies, KippsDeSanto again partnered with us to maximize shareholder value through diligent preparation, M&A expertise, and a ‘TeraThink-tailored’ approach that proved successful in facilitating our sale to CGI. I am beyond grateful for the partnership we developed and the guidance, competence, and dedication offered. It made two complex processes successful for our employees, management, and shareholders.”
Paul V. Lombardi
“When market timing aligned with our readiness for a transaction, the KippsDeSanto team ensured that we were thoroughly prepared and that our process was professionally managed. The deal team provided round-the-clock, outstanding advisory and investment banking services that ensured a maximum return for our owners. They were always available; we always felt like we were their only customer. Their ability to draw from a deep well of transaction experience provided significant value. They gently educated us throughout the entire process and treated our team with incredible respect. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them. They are true professionals and even though I spent years preparing and we were ready, I’m glad I didn’t attempt to navigate the process without them. Because of their expertise, I felt covered every step of the way, confident that we weren’t missing anything. With their guidance, we were able to achieve the right outcome for all stakeholders.”
Dom LaPore, CEO of Intelliware
“KippsDeSanto was a long-term, valued advisor for Smartronix. They provided timely, strategic insights over the years as we built Smartronix into a market-leading cloud technology and ISR business. As we embarked on the journey of determining the next strategic move in our lifecycle, which culminated in our partnership with OceanSound, it was logical to have KippsDeSanto lead that process. KippsDeSanto indeed delivers exceptional results.”
John Parris, Chief Executive Officer, Smartronix
“As a mid-tier firm we knew that a transaction could accelerate our growth to the next level. It was imperative to select the right investment banking firm that not only understood the Huntsville market, but also to guide us through the process, optimize market timing, and connect us with potential partners that both shared our vision and embraced our culture. The KippsDeSanto team was just that group! They worked with us until we were best positioned to maximize value, were relentless in helping us to navigate the complexities of a process, and leveraged their buyer relationships to find an excellent private equity partner in Arlington Capital.”
Steve Hill, Co-Founder & CEO, AEgis Technologies
“KippsDeSanto was a strategic partner for DELTA and its shareholders for 5+ years in advance of our eventual, successful exit. That deep, trusted relationship provided us valuable market insight and allowed us to make important preparatory steps and business decisions that enhanced our value and attractiveness once the timing was right for us to pursue a transaction. The senior level relationship provided us confidence that we were a priority for them and that they fully understood our transaction objectives.”
Maria Proestou, Chief Executive Officer, DELTA Resources, Inc.
The KippsDeSanto team provided invaluable guidance and advice in our strategic divestiture of Chemring Ordnance. The transaction was run through an efficient and effective process that identified the most likely and most aggressive buyers. From day one to the transaction closing, KippsDeSanto’s analytical rigor, strong communication, and hustle ensured our objectives were met.
This was the third time that we chose Kipps DeSanto to provide us the high quality guidance we require to execute on our strategic plan. This latest instance involved the divestiture of two businesses, each of which posed significant challenges for the deal team. The Kipps DeSanto team identified a number of options which allowed us to overcome obstacles which otherwise would have made the sale unlikely. The transaction process was efficient and effective. The team responded to short notice requests and was instrumental in helping us maintain the internal cadence needed to close these very complex sales. We will be looking to them again as we identify opportunities to further our strategic objectives.
Bill Currer, President
“The KippsDeSanto team did extraordinary work. I picked a great company to advise me in this process and could not be happier with the outcome. They helped us identify the best partner that shared our strategic vision. KippsDeSanto’s strong industry relationships and managed services expertise generated a process that yielded the best outcome for our firm and the right partner going forward.”
Jason Waldrop, Chief Executive Officer, CWPS
KippsDeSanto’s industry knowledge was instrumental in understanding the strategic positioning and helping us to communicate our vision to the marketplace. Their domain expertise, as well as their expertise in the M&A process provided the structure and transparency needed to complete the deal. They continued to support our team through close, and we firmly believe the transaction process wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without their guidance. We personally enjoyed working with every member of the KippsDeSanto team and would recommend them to any other company contemplating an M&A process.
– Nick Powers, Co-Founder and Co-President, Data Works
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