British Aerospace Company Announces Aeroflex Acquisition

Aeroflex Inc. is actually composed of a group of companies: Gaisler Research, IFR Systems Inc, Marconi Instruments, Radiation Assured Devices, and Wavetek. All these companies were acquired over the course of the most recent decade, from 2002-2014. Their major acquisitions over the years include the following companies:

> IFR Systems Inc (2002) - Test equipment manufacturer > Gaisler Research (2008) - Designer of rad-hard IP for space applications > VI Technology (2009) - Test automation company > Willtek (2010) - Test equipment manufacturer > Radiation Assured Devices (2010) In 2007, the company was taken private by a group of private equity firms that included Veritas Capital, Golden Gate Capital, and GS Direct. However, this would only last 3 years, as Aeroflex announced their initial public offering of 17.25 million shares in 2010, taking the company public. Aeroflex now currently consists of two entities, Aeroflex Microelectronic Solutions (AMS), a manufacturer of rad-hard and high reliability semiconductor devices, and Aeroflex Test Solutions (ATS), a producer of electronic test equipment. AMS and ATS have contributed equally to net sales, with a majority of the sales for AMS coming from the aerospace and defense market.

Aeroflex, a publicly-traded company, has been a major producer of test equipment, RF and microwave integrated circuits, and components and systems for wireless communications for quite some time. In addition, they also make motion control products, mixed signal and digital ASICs, spectrum/signal analyzers, incircuit test systems, functional test platforms, and more. Their reported annual revenue is $655 million, with $1.36 billion in total assets and 2,850 employees. Their competitors are Agilent, National Instruments, Anritsu, and Rohde & Schwarz. Very recently, Cobham plc, a UK aerospace company, has reported that it will be acquiring Aeroflex in May 2014 in a deal valued at $1.46 billion. Cobham will pay $10.50 per share and assume $540 million of its debt. The deal, which was negotiated with the private equity firms that own the Aeroflex stock, has been approved by the Aeroflex board and is expected to be completed later on this year.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Aeroflex products from both its AMS and ATS divisions. We carry a large comprehensive inventory of both current and obsolete product lines and also operate a 24/7 database to procure any parts we do not have. As the reported merger progresses, we look forward to working with Cobham to continue supplying new product lines. Contact us today at if you have a requirement for any of these parts.


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