Arotech To Acquire FAAC Incorporated - A Leading Military Simulation Company.Business Editors
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2004
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Arotech Corporation (NasdaqNM: ARTX) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FAAC Incorporated, a privately-owned corporation with corporate headquarters located in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. . For more than 30 years, FAAC has provided simulators, systems engineering and software products to the United States military, government and private industry. This acquisition will significantly expand Arotech's simulation business into the military arena. The closing of this transaction is expected to take place next week.
FAAC's 2002 revenues totaled over $15 million, with a pre-tax profit of $1.8 million; pre-tax profit for 2003 is anticipated to be $1.6 million. The purchase price is $14,000,000 ($12,000,000 in cash and $2,000,000 in Arotech stock), plus an earn-out based on 2004 net pretax profit, with an additional earn-out on the 2005 net profit from certain specific and limited programs. FAAC management will stay with the company and will continue to manage FAAC as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arotech.
The financing for the acquisition will come from funds raised from the sale of the 8% convertible debentures in September and December 2003. McColl Partners, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control served as FAAC's exclusive financial advisor on the transaction.
FAAC (www.faac.com) is a leading provider of driving simulators. FAAC's fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. FAAC has an installed base of 169 simulators that have successfully trained over 78,000 drivers. FAAC's customer base includes all branches of the Department of Defense, state and local governments, and commercial entities.
FAAC is the premier developer of validated, high fidelity analytical models and simulations of tactical air and land warfare for all branches of the Department of Defense and its related industrial contractors. Simulations developed by FAAC are found in systems ranging from instrumented air combat and maneuver ranges (such as Top Gun) to full task training devices such as the F-18 Weapon Tactics Trainer.
FAAC supplies on-board software to support weapon launch decisions for the F-15, F-18, and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF (JavaServerFaces) A standard framework of components for building rich user interfaces for Java applications. JavaServer Faces run on the server, but are displayed on the client.
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FAAC designed and developed an Instructor Operator Station (IOS (1) (Internetwork Operating System) An operating system from Cisco that is the primary control program used in its routers. IOS is widely used and robust system software that supports the common functions of all products under Cisco's CiscoFusion architecture. ), Mission Operator Station (MOS (1) (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) See MOSFET.
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"This acquisition will significantly increase our revenues and lead us to consistent EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) A metric used to show a company's profitability, but not its cash flow. EBITDA became popular in the 1980s to show the potential profitability of leveraged buyouts, but has become profitability in 2004," said Robert S. Ehrlich, Arotech's Chairman, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "Furthermore, combining the strengths of FAAC, a leader in the military markets, and IES Interactive, a leader in simulators for the law enforcement market, clearly presents significant synergy advantages for Arotech."
Arotech also reported that it has not yet reached a satisfactory agreement with the lithium battery company with which it signed a letter of intent a few months ago. Arotech is continuing negotiations, which it hopes will result in a definitive agreement early in 2004.
About Arotech Corporation
Arotech's corporate mission is to provide quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including advanced zinc-air batteries, multimedia interactive simulators/trainers and lightweight armoring.
Arotech Corporation (www.arotech.com) operates two business divisions: Electric Fuel Batteries - developing and manufacturing zinc-air batteries for military and homeland security applications and developing electric vehicle batteries for zero emission public transportation; and Arotech Defense - consisting of IES Interactive, which provides advanced high-tech multimedia training systems for law enforcement and paramilitary organizations, MDT MDT
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Arotech is incorporated in Delaware and has corporate and sales offices in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of and Denver with research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Colorado and Israel.
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