Saab to acquire Sensis

Defence and security company Saab has announced a definitive agreement to acquire the US company Sensis Corporation (Sensis), a leading provider of air traffic management (ATM) solutions and surveillance technologies, for approximately $155 million (about MSEK 1,008).
In addition, the parties have agreed on a potential earn out payment of maximum $40 million (about MSEK 260) by 2014.
The acquisition advances Saab´s strategy to increase its North American presence. It also strengthens the product portfolio within radar, sensors, ATM, and defence systems development.
Sensis is a leading provider of air traffic management (ATM) solutions and surveillance technologies serving the global civil aviation and defence industries.
The acquisition of Sensis strengthens Saab´s existing offer within radar, sensors, ATM, and defence solutions and establishes a stronger market presence globally as well as in the U.S. The acquisition provides a growth platform from which Saab can build on the combined installed base and skills in systems engineering, design and integration. Sensis customers and partners will benefit from Saab´s product portfolio and global support operations.
Sensis will continue operations in the US as a subsidiary within the Saab Group.
The consideration amounts to approximately $155 million (MSEK 1,008) and an earn-out fee of maximum $40 million (about MSEK 260) by 2014 which is depending on the achievement of various conditions.
The maximum total consideration amounts to approximately $195 million(MSEK 1,268). Saab will use existing cash to fund the acquisition. The acquisition is estimated to have a negative effect of about SEK 0.5-1 on earnings per share in 2011.
“This acquisition is in line with our ambition to focus on selected markets and grow our core business. Sensis has complementing product lines and is well-positioned on several key markets. By combining our product portfolios, we gain a stronger position and broaden our market offering,” says Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab AB.
“Saab´s rich defence heritage and Sensis´ history of advanced expeditionary radar design is a powerful combination of legacy radar expertise and next generation radar innovation,” says Jud Gostin, Chairman, President and CEO, Sensis Corporation. “Further, the coupling of Sensis´ and Saab´s Air Traffic Management and civil security portfolios will provide a new level of ATM solutions.”
Sensis has a 26-year history in sensor and system development. The workforce of approximately 600 employees services a global base of more than 60 customers located in more than 35 countries across six continents. Its customers include 54 of the world´s 100 largest airports. The company´s estimated revenues are about $130 million (about MSEK 845) for the fiscal year ending June 2011.
The transaction is pending approval from, among others, competition authorities in the US and is expected to be concluded in the third quarter of 2011.