CAMBRIDGE, ON, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware and subsystems, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of MESL Microwave Ltd. for £12.8 million in a transaction that expands COM DEV's market and product portfolios. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, MESL Microwave Ltd. plays a significant role in the global microwave technology market, designing and manufacturing high-reliability components and subsystems for the radar, communications, defence and aerospace industries.
The transaction is a positive strategic step for COM DEV on several fronts. First, it builds on the Company's core expertise in radio frequency ferrite equipment and microwave devices for satellites. Next, it adds skills, complementary capability and capacity to the Company's current UK facilities to address a rapidly expanding global demand for these products. In particular, over the next decade, COM DEV is facing an unprecedented demand for high-power, high-speed ferrite material-based switching networks used in space-based earth-observation and telecommunications satellites, and this transaction establishes COM DEV as a dominant player in that market.
The acquisition of MESL Microwave Ltd. also provides the Company with greater access to the aerospace market with microwave component products that are complementary to COM DEV's product offering in the space market. This represents a step forward in COM DEV's strategy to increase its participation in the aerospace market, and provides the opportunities to bring some of the aerospace technologies and manufacturing competence into the space domain. As COM DEV's traditional space customers continue to push the boundaries, the Company is looking for approaches from other industries that will bring improvements in performance and schedule. MESL Microwave Ltd. brings agility, knowledge and expertise in the aerospace market, which can be leveraged to gain efficiencies in the space business.
Finally, the additional capacity provided through this transaction will give the Company the capability to extend the geographic reach of its core products, progressing another of the Company's stated strategic goals.
The investment being made now in MESL Microwave Ltd. builds on COM DEV's 30-year history of operating a significant space business in the United Kingdom. Rob Spurrett, President of COM DEV International Systems, said, "Cross-party support from within government for the UK's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, and the leadership of the UK Space Agency and Innovate UK have shown us that the UK is serious about exploiting the potential of the space industry for the long term. The UK is a great place to develop new technology thanks to the incentives that are available, and the UK's increasing commitment to the European Space Agency and other international partnerships."
Continuing, Mr. Spurrett said, "COM DEV has been in the UK for several decades, with over 80 percent of the products designed and manufactured in its UK operations being exported around the world."
Michael Pley, CEO of COM DEV International Ltd., commented on the transaction, "We are now moving to a new phase in UK operations. We have seen growth in revenue in our Aylesbury facility over recent years and are anticipating further substantial growth in this supportive environment. We are now well-placed with a foothold close to the space hub in Harwell, England, and with this transaction now in the Scottish space cluster as well. We are here to build upon what we started almost 30 years ago."
The purchase price, which represents an EBITDA multiple of 8.5x projected full year EBITDA is being financed by a combination of cash on hand and additional borrowings under the Company's previously expanded credit facility. The Company expects the transaction, which is scheduled to close December 31, 2014, will be accretive to EBITDA and EPS in fiscal 2015.
About COM DEV
COM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdev.ca) is a leading global provider of space hardware and services. The company has a staff of 1,200, annual revenues of $216 million, and facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. COM DEV designs manufactures, and integrates advanced products, subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defence applications. The company has won contracts to supply its equipment on over 900 spacecraft. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services for global maritime surveillance.
This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.
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