For this weekâs roundup weâre taking a look at the current landscape of M&A activity in the government contracting market. 2017 is coming to a close and the recent activity surrounding M&A will surely have an impression on the 2018 GovCon market. Recent activity in the M&A sector includes:
- Chenegaâs agreement to acquireÂ ADG Creative
- Rockwell CollinsÂ scheduling a shareholders meeting to decide on proposals associated with its acquisition byÂ UTC
- Northrop GrummanÂ moving forward with its acquisition ofÂ Orbital ATK
- System Oneâs purchase ofÂ GAP Solutions
- Triumph GroupÂ announcing its intent to combine two of its business units into a single entity
- TTM TechnologiesÂ agreeing to buyÂ AnarenÂ fromÂ Veritas Capital
- XatorÂ purchasingÂ Merlin Internationalâs professional services business group
- Hitachi VantaraÂ assuming control of some ofÂ Brocadeâs networking maintenance contracts & other assets
On December 13th,Â ChenegaÂ agreed toÂ acquireÂ strategic communications agencyÂ ADG CreativeÂ for an undisclosed sum in a move to bolster its user-focused designed and digital transformation offerings for government clients. The acquisition is expected to be completed in January, pending approvals and other customary closing conditions. Upon completion, Chenega plans to operate ADG as a wholly owned subsidiary. John Campagna, president of Chenegaâs MIOS business unit, said that the company plans to utilize ADGâs unique approach to build up its own offerings and strengthen its ability to meet the digital transformation requirements of federal agency customers. Jeff Antkowiak, ADG founder and chief creative officer, said that the transaction will help ADG obtain access to Chenegaâs government and commercial clients and pursue new business opportunities.
Rockwell CollinsÂ announcedÂ on December 11thÂ that it will be holding a shareholders meeting onJanuary 11thÂ to decide on proposals associated withÂ United Technologies Corp.âsproposed $30 billion acquisition deal. UTC agreed to purchase Rockwell Collins back in early September in order to establish a new aerospace systems supplier that will work to meet the evolving needs of UTCâs global clients. Rockwell Collins said that shareholders of record will be eligible to vote on the deal as of December 8th. A definitive proxy statement was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11thÂ and contains details for the meeting and proposals. Both companies anticipate that the transaction will be closed in the third quarter of 2018.
On December 6thÂ Northrop GrummanÂ acknowledgedÂ the Federal Trade Commissionâs second request for additional data regarding itsÂ proposed $9.2 billion acquisitionÂ ofOrbital ATK. The FTCâs request for additional information is part of the regulatory process and comes a week after Orbital ATK shareholders voted to approve the merger. Northrop will pay $7.8 billion in cash and assume $1.4 billion in net debt from Orbital ATK under the deal, which was originally announced in September. Northrop has stated that it expects to close the transaction within the first half of 2018.
System One, a workforce services provider,Â purchasedÂ professional services companyÂ GAPÂ Solutionsfor an undisclosed sum on December 6th. Troy Gregory, president and CEO of System One, said that the purchase was made in a move to expand System Oneâs offerings portfolio for federal civilian and defense clients. Gregory continued, saying that the company expects the acquisition to provide growth opportunities and broaden its federal market presence.
On December 4thÂ aircraft component manufacturerÂ Triumph GroupÂ announced its intent tomergeÂ itsÂ Precision ComponentsÂ andÂ Aerospace StructuresÂ business into a single business unit that will launch on January 1, 2018. The newly combine business unit will operated under the name Aerospace Structures. Daniel Crowley, president and CEO of Triumph, said that the new Aerospace Structures will leverage the two business unitsâ combined resources, closely linked performance goals, clients and suppliers to deliver greater value to its customers and shareholders.
TTM TechnologiesÂ agreed toÂ purchaseÂ Anaren, a microwave microelectronics provider, fromÂ Veritas CapitalÂ for approximately $775 million. TTM said on December 3rdÂ that the deal will assist inexpanding its products portfolio via the addition of Anarenâs radio frequency subsystems and components for aerospace and defense sectors, as well as provide growth opportunities across industrial, automotive and medical end markets. Tom Edman, CEO of TTM, said that the company intends to combine its manufacturing capabilities with Anarenâs RF engineering experience to deliver new platforms to clients across A&D and commercial markets. Both companies expect to close the transaction in the first half of 2018, pending approvals of regulatory processes and customary closing conditions.
On December 1stÂ Xator, an information technology and security services provider,announcedÂ that it had purchasedÂ Merlin Internationalâs professional services business for an undisclosed sum. Xator stated that the acquisition will assist in expanding its presence in the government and critical infrastructure markets. Xator CEO David Scott said that the transaction will broaden Xatorâs network operations and cybersecurity portfolio along with its health IT critical infrastructure footprint. David Phelps, CEO and chairman of Merlin, said that the divestiture will help the firm expand in the healthcare and government cybersecurity markets.
On November 17thÂ Hitachi Vantaraâs federal business assumed control of a number ofÂ Brocade Communications Systemsâ federal service maintenance contracts and other assets under aÂ definitiveagreementÂ that was signed in June. Hitachi Vantara said that the agreementâs completion will provide the company with access to Brocadeâs storage area networking, campus/edge networking and data center networking support maintenance contracts along with upwards of 20 technical engineers. David Turner, president and CEO of Hitachi Vantara, said that the asset acquisition marks the companyâs transition into a full-service data provider that can meet internet of things, big data and analytics requirements.