Speedcast to acquire Globecomm

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

28 August 2018


The provider of remote communication and IT solutions Speedcast International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Globecomm Systems from affiliates of HPS Investment Partners, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, and certain other members of Globecomm for an estimated net purchase consideration of US$135 million, including expected purchase price adjustments.

Globecomm is a leading provider of remote communications and multi-network infrastructure to Government, Maritime, and Enterprise sectors in over 100 countries.

The acquisition strengthens Speedcast's global competitive position in these sectors by enhancing its current solutions, and complements the recent acquisition of UltiSat - doubling Speedcast's revenue in the Government sector, and adding more scale, visibility and capabilities in this growth market. In addition, Globecomm will benefit from Speedcast's scale and capabilities in the Maritime and Enterprise markets.

"This acquisition of Globecomm is fully in line with our strategy to consolidate our industry and thus build competitive advantages based on scale and capabilities. Globecomm is particularly complementary to UltiSat as it strengthens Speedcast's position serving Government customers at a time when government spending globally is expected to rise. Globecomm has built a strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers in the Government sector, as well as in the Maritime and Enterprise segments," said Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier.

Pierre-Jean added: "I am excited to have the Globecomm team joining Speedcast. They will strengthen our innovation capabilities with new solutions and strong engineering experience, as well as enhancing our system integration propositions. We expect to drive significant cost and revenue synergy potential from this acquisition, given the strong financial and operational benefits of scale across core verticals."

"The Globecomm team is thrilled to join forces with the global leader in remote communications. This is an exciting development for our employees and our customers and I look forward to building new solutions and further enhancing our customers' experience with the integrated team," said Jason D. Juranek, CEO Globecomm.

Speedcast estimates it will generate over US$15 million in annual cost synergies within 18 months after the acquisition. The cost synergies are expected to be generated across the business, including through footprint rationalisation, network improvements and improved procurement.

The acquisition will be funded by a fully underwritten US$175 million add-on to Speedcast's existing 7‐year senior secured credit facility (due 2025) from the US institutional term loan market, which will also be used to repay a portion of Speedcast's revolving credit facility and thus enhance Speedcast's liquidity position.

The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2018, subject to the completion of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.