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2016-11-03


Mercury Systems to Acquire Mission Computing Company Creative Electronic Systems


  • Positions Mercury as a leading commercial provider of secure and safety-critical processing subsystems for aerospace and defense applications 
  • Complementary capabilities in mission computing, safety-critical avionics and platform management up to the highest levels of design assurance 
  • Expands addressable market in mission computing, C4I, commercial aerospace, and defense platform management, both domestically and internationally 
  • Facilitates continued organic and acquisition-related growth 

 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Nov. 3, 2016 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CES Creative Electronic Systems, S.A. (“CES”). The acquisition is expected to close during Mercury’s second fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2016. For the twelve month period ended September 30, 2016 CES had revenue of approximately $23 million. The total purchase price for the transaction is approximately $38 million, subject to net working capital and net debt adjustments and will be funded with cash on hand.

“We are very pleased to welcome CES to the Mercury family,” said Mark Aslett, Mercury’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of CES adds important and complementary capabilities in mission computing, safety-critical avionics and platform management that are in demand from our customers. These new capabilities will also substantially expand Mercury’s addressable market into commercial aerospace, defense platform management, C4I and mission computing – markets that are aligned to Mercury’s existing market focus. Like Mercury, CES has exceptional technology, solid engineering talent and strong leadership, so we believe there is an excellent fit strategically, culturally and operationally between this business and Mercury,” Aslett concluded.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, CES is a leading provider of embedded solutions for military and aerospace mission-critical computing applications. CES specializes in the design, development and manufacture of safety-certifiable product and subsystems solutions including: primary flight control units, flight test computers, mission computers, command and control processors, graphics and video processing and avionics-certified Ethernet and IO. CES has decades of experience designing subsystems deployed in applications certified up to the highest levels of design assurance, DAL-A, for both DO-254 and DO-178. Their products and solutions are used on platforms such as aerial refueling tankers and multi-mission aircraft, as well as the several types of unmanned platforms.

For more information on the acquisition, visit www.mrcy.com/acquisition.

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters 

Mercury Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) is a leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems designed and made in the USA. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com.

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Contact:
Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications
Mercury Systems, Inc.
+1 978-967-1366 / rmcgrail@mrcy.com

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