Maxar Technologies announces it will acquire Vricon to accelerate growth in emerging markets for 3D tech

Wednesday June 24, 2020 0 comments Tags: Westminster, Maxar Technologies, Vricon, Dan Jablonsky

WESTMINSTER -- Maxar Technologies announced its intent to acquire 3D data and analytics firm Vricon, Inc., for approximately $140 million -- or approximately $115 million net of estimated cash at closing.maxar-logo 

To fund the transaction, Maxar intends to issue $150 million in aggregate principal amount of new senior secured notes.

Maxar has also agreed to repurchase $150 million in aggregate principal amount of existing notes using the proceeds of the recent sale of its MDA business.

Vricon is a global leader in satellite-derived 3D data for defense and intelligence markets, with software and products that enhance 3D mapping, Earth intelligence data, military simulation and training and precision-guided munitions.

The company was formed as a joint venture between Maxar and Saab in 2015 to combine patented Saab IP with Maxar commercial satellite imagery to build highly accurate, immersive 3D products at scale.

Maxar said it intends to appoint Gilman Louie, chair of Vricon’s board of directors, to the Maxar board of directors once the transaction closes, which is expected by June 25.

Louie is co-founder and partner of Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm founded in San Francisco in 2006. He is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. intelligence community with venture-backed entrepreneurial companies.

Louie also serves as a commissioner on the U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

“Maxar commercial satellite imagery has long been foundational to U.S. and allied defense and intelligence operations, and this acquisition will enable training, simulation and tactical missions to be conducted in highly immersive and accurate 3D environments,” said Dan Jablonsky, Maxar CEO.

“Vricon will allow Maxar to accelerate the creation of a living digital model of the Earth -- The Digital Globe -- and become the global geospatial reference standard for existing and next-generation location-based applications.”

“The net cash purchase price would represent a valuation of roughly 10x, on a net cash basis, the trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA that Vricon generated from third-party sales. We expect this multiple to step down significantly over the next several years given the growth trajectory we see for the business,” said Biggs Porter, Maxar CFO.

“We would expect the transaction to be additive to the 2020 guidance we issued on our first quarter earnings call on May 11 while having an immaterial effect on the company's leverage ratio this year.

“Furthermore, we expect the business to be a solid cash generator, which we expect to contribute to a reduction in both Maxar’s indebtedness and leverage starting in 2021.”