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Report: EchoStar Reveals 3% Equity Stake in Inmarsat

Colorado-based EchoStar (Nasdaq: SATS) disclosed in a stock exchange filing that it has secured a 3 percent equity stake in U.K.-based Inmarsat valued at approximately $108.9 million and a 10.4 percent position in the latter’s convertible bonds worth $67.4 million, Reuters reported Friday. EchoStar needs to decide by July 6 whether …

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MAG Aerospace Buys North American Surveillance Systems; Joe Fluet Comments

Fairfax, Va.-based aviation services provider MAG Aerospace has bought North American Surveillance Systems in a move to grow aircraft systems integration and technical service offerings. The deal adds more than 75 aircraft integration, modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul professionals to MAG’s workforce, the company said Monday. MAG works with federal customers to help them …

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Perspecta Leadership Team Rings NYSE Opening Bell; Mac Curtis Comments

Mac Curtis, Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP) president and CEO, led the ringing of the opening bell Monday at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the company’s launch after it completed its separation from DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) and merger with Vencore and KeyPoint Government Solutions. Mike Lawrie, chairman of Perspecta’s …

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Securitas Closes Buy of Kratos’ Public Safety, Security Division; Eric DeMarco Comments

Securitas Electronic Security has completed its $70 million cash acquisition of the public safety and security business from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions. Eric DeMarco, president and CEO of Kratos, said in a statement released Monday the company aims to focus growth efforts in the unmanned aerial drones, missile defense, training systems, …

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Reports: Inmarsat Turns Down EchoStar’s Takeover Offer

Inmarsat has declined to accept Colorado-based EchoStar’s (Nasdaq: SATS) takeover bid, saying the offer “undervalued” the U.K.-based satellite communications provider, Reuters reported Saturday. “After carefully considering the proposal with its advisers the board rejected the proposal on the basis that it very significantly undervalued Inmarsat and its standalone prospects,” Inmarsat …

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Culmen Buys PlanetRisk’s Federal Services Business; Dan Berkon Comments

Alexandria, Va.-based technical and management services contractor Culmen International has bought the federal services business of PlanetRisk for an undisclosed sum in a push to grow technology and expertise offerings in the federal market. Culmen CEO Dan Berkon said in a statement released Friday the company aims to establish new customer relationships within …

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Northrop Closes Orbital ATK Purchase; Blake Larson Named Innovation Systems Sector President

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) wrapped up its approximately $9.2 billion purchase of Orbital ATK on Wednesday and will now run the newly acquired company as its fourth business sector called Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Blake Larson, most recently chief operating officer at Orbital ATK, has been elected by the board as …

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FTC Clears Northrop’s Orbital ATK Purchase

The Federal Trade Commission has given Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) antitrust approval to proceed with its proposed $9.2 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA). Northrop said Tuesday the FTC clearance calls for it to make solid-rocket motors available to competitors on “a non-discriminatory basis” and that it expects to close the deal …

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Qualys to Buy Second Front Systems in Federal Market Expansion Push

Qualys (Nasdaq: QLYS) has signed a letter of intent to buy Arlington, Va.-based advisory services provider Second Front Systems for an undisclosed sum as part of efforts to expand its footprint in the federal government, military and national security markets. Qualys said Monday both companies need to sign definitive agreements before …

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Perspecta Announces Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors; Mac Curtis Comments

Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP) has unveiled the members of its senior leadership team and board following its spinoff from DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) and combination with Vencore and KeyPoint Government Solutions. Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Perspecta, will also serve on the board of the company that started trading Friday on the New …

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