Acquisition boosts advanced national security services and application development capabilities
HERNDON, VA—October 1, 2015—LGS Innovations (LGS), a provider of next generation networking and communication solutions for the US national security, defense, and advanced research communities,today announced it has acquired Axios, Inc, a provider of communications and signal processing solutions and mission support services for the Department of Defense and Intelligence communities.
The acquisition of the Dulles, VA-based provider of leading-edge processing solutions and products compliments LGS’ intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies with the addition of mission-attached services and application development capabilities. Over half of Axios’ 120+ employees hold advanced degrees in the fields of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
“Axios has a high caliber of project performance, corporate culture, and outstanding people,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “Both Axios and LGS employees share a dedication to the mission and a track record of developing creative solutions to complicated challenges, and we are looking forward to working together on communications and networking advancements.”
Founded in 2000, Axios supports its defense and intelligence clients through RF communications and signal processing, mission operations, frameworks and open source technology, software defined radio, tactical programs, and other solution areas. Axios will continue its operations as a wholly-owned subsidiary of LGS.
We are very excited to join the LGS team,” said Frank Nadal, President of Axios. “By joining forces, we will be able to tackle even more complex and large scale mission challenges for our customers, which is what brought us all into this line of work.”
The Axios acquisition is LGS’ first since it was purchased from Alcatel-Lucent by Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant in 2014.Houlihan Lokey served as exclusive financial advisor to Axios on this transaction.
LGS, which has a legacy of supporting mission critical government operations for over 75 years, also continues to invest internally to develop new capabilities for its customers. The company maintains a robust internal research and development (IRAD) program to advance its cybersecurity, photonic communications and sensing, cellular communications, and ISR solutions. “External acquisitions like Axios, coupled with our continuing internal investment strategy, are essential to the LGS growth strategy and efforts to provide more comprehensive and cutting-edge technologies and solutions to our customers,” Kelly explained.
About LGS Innovations
LGS Innovations delivers next generation solutions that solve the most complex networking and communications challenges facing governments, critical infrastructure operators, and large commercial enterprises. LGS offers groundbreaking research and development in the areas of wireless communications, radio frequency (RF) spectrum analysis, cybersecurity, fiber optic and free-space optical communications, and mobile broadband technologies. These cutting-edge technologies are integrated into communications, sensing, and analytical solutions that provide unique communications and cybersecurity advantages for our important customers.
LGS Innovations is a U.S.-owned company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Arizona, and North Carolina. Formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, LGS is the exclusive reseller of Alcatel-Lucent products and services to the U.S. Federal Government both directly and through any indirect supplier. LGS maintains strong ties to Bell Labs and its technologies, employing more than 600 scientists and engineers and over 800 employees worldwide. To learn more about LGS Innovations, visit www.lgsinnovations.com.
Axios is dedicated to protecting America from harm by supporting the missions of the Department of Defense and its Intelligence Community partners. With a highly educated and experienced team, Axios designs, develops, delivers, and operates leading-edge processing solutions and products in the fields of communications, digital signal processing, software, network engineering, system engineering, and system integration. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Axios provides mission-focused support across several U.S. and overseas locations. To learn more, visit www.axiosengineering.com
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Digital Global Systems Inc. Announces $4 Million Capital Raise and Strategic Relationship with LGS Innovations
July 28, 2015 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BELTSVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Global Systems Inc. (DGS), a provider of innovative broad spectrum management technology for public safety, enterprise, telecommunications and government customers, announced it has raised an additional $4 million of funding through the issuance of Series A-2 convertible preferred stock.
“We believe a strategic business relationship with DGS can help deliver an enhanced solution to address all of these client needs.”
The funding round included investments by LGS Innovations (LGS) and CoVant, as well as a broad representation of existing and new individual investors. The capital raised in its Series A-2 round is in addition to the $2 million of Series A and $2.25 million of Series A-1 convertible preferred stock previously issued. This brings the total capital raised through convertible preferred Series A Rounds to $8,250,000.
The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s continued market expansion and development of its flagship SigBase™ platform, which combines broad spectrum data capture with remote access and analytics capabilities so users can more efficiently monitor, manage and optimize their spectrum assets and wireless communications.
The DGS SigBase software utilizes Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) for signal analysis and signal classification. Although I/Q data is utilized in certain operations performed on the system, utilization of FFTs for analysis allows for improved processing speeds and optimized performance. Utilization of FFT scanning versus traditional sweeping also enables transient signals to be captured efficiently over wider spans.
The software package also includes modulation detection, channel conflict detection with alarm and trigger features, and patented features such as automatic signal detection, connect anywhere functionality, FCC database analytics and spectral environment learning . When engaged, the spectral environment learning function enables an operator to build a signal inventory for a specific environment.
DGS delivers its distinctive SigBase software platform on portable, mobile, and fixed hardware platforms, which are all remotely accessible and network enabled.
“In addition, DGS is rolling out our SigDB solution, a cloud-based data analytics platform where users have the ability to store, access, and analyze data from all deployed SigBase devices in their network,” said Fernando Murias, Chairman and CEO of DGS.
In its first two years of operations, DGS already has 20 issued U.S. patents, market traction into the four major tier 1 carriers, and growing presence in the transportation, public safety and federal government markets. In addition to the capital investment mentioned above, LGS and DGS are already teaming on a number of strategic business opportunities.
“DGS has been actively searching for the right strategic partner to help us expand our unique solutions into the federal government sector,” said Murias. “Teaming with LGS and leveraging the extensive experience they have in working with the federal markets is key for us.”
LGS provides secure networking, communications, VoIP, optical routers, and other solutions for the U.S. national security, defense, and advanced research communities.
“More effective management of limited spectrum resources has been a challenge for our federal customers for many years and has become a significant issue for commercial users as well,” said Kevin Kelly, LGS Chief Executive Officer. “We believe a strategic business relationship with DGS can help deliver an enhanced solution to address all of these client needs.”
Formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, LGS Innovations was purchased by CoVant Technologies II in 2014. Based in Herndon, Va., LGS and its legacy companies have a 75-year history of supporting government and commercial organizations worldwide in the research, development, and deployment of networking solutions. DGS will team with LGS’ Engineering Integration Services (EIS) and Advanced Research & Technology (ART) groups to deliver broader technology solutions to the market.
“We’re excited to have a teaming partner with such vast strategic experience in the broader government market,” said Murias.
CoVant Chairman and CEO Joseph Kampf said, “We are pleased to be supporting both DGS and LGS as they work together on the next generation of critically important spectrum management tools.”
ARLINGTON, Va., June 1, 2015 –PAE, a leading provider of enduring support for essential global missions, has completed the acquisition of A-T Solutions Corporate Holdings Prime, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, collectively “A-T Solutions”) from its stockholders.
“The acquisition of A-T Solutions fit perfectly in line with our strategy to grow through purposeful, value-based acquisitions that bring new customers and new capabilities to our portfolio,” said PAE CEO John Heller. “Together with our acquisition of USIS GS&S earlier this year, the addition of these highly skilled employees and technology solutions enable PAE to provide full spectrum identity management services, forensic and biometric operations, analysis and comprehensive training to an expanded set of customers engaged in complex national security missions worldwide.”
PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. In its 60th year of business, PAE provides services in capacity building and stabilization, expeditionary logistics, critical infrastructure, aviation services, test and training ranges, identity and information management, and training solutions to support the complex missions of our customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 50 countries and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.
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Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant Complete Acquisition of
LGS Innovations from Alcatel-Lucent
New Ownership Structure Unlocks New Markets and Growth Opportunities for the
Advanced Networking and Communications Solutions Provider
McLean, Va. and Chicago, April 1, 2014 – Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant announced today that they have completed their previously announced acquisition of LGS Innovations LLC from Alcatel-Lucent. LGS Innovations is a leading provider of groundbreaking research and advanced networking and communications solutions to the U.S. federal government. The new ownership structure unlocks new markets and growth opportunities that were previously unavailable to LGS Innovations. Kevin Kelly, CEO, and the rest of the LGS Innovations management team will remain with the company.
“LGS Innovations has long been at the leading edge of developing and delivering highly innovative products and services to the U.S. federal government, and we are pleased to now be in a position to help the team expand its business,” said Doug Grissom, a Managing Director at Madison Dearborn and the head of the firm’s Business and Government Services team. “We also are delighted to partner with CoVant. We look forward to growing LGS Innovations in concert with them, the LGS management team and the LGS employees.”
LGS Innovations delivers next generation solutions that solve the most complex networking and communications challenges facing the U.S. federal government, state and local governments, foreign governments, and commercial enterprises worldwide. Formed during the Alcatel and Lucent merger in 2006 as an independent subsidiary and sole channel to the U.S. federal government, LGS offers groundbreaking research and development and builds advanced wireless, optical, and wired products and applications customized for specific mission environments. LGS has a heritage as a trusted partner of the U.S. federal government extending back over 60 years.
“As a market leader with a differentiated offering, LGS Innovations is a highly attractive business,” said Joseph Kampf, CEO of CoVant, and the former CEO of Anteon International and current board director of A-T Solutions. “The company is uniquely positioned for new growth channels as it can now pursue markets and customers previously closed to them as a subsidiary of a non-U.S. company. LGS Innovations has a strong portfolio of intellectual property, patents and products. Our focus will be to help the company build on this platform and deliver its technology solutions to an expanded array of clients around the world.”
The cash transaction between Alcatel-Lucent and the Madison Dearborn/CoVant group comprises a total amount of up to $200 million, of which 50 per cent is being paid at closing. Up to a further 50 per cent will form a subsequent variable component to be determined on LGS Innovations’s results from operations during the 2014 fiscal year.
“This transaction will better enable us to serve our customers in the civilian, defense, and advanced programs communities by doing what we do best – researching, developing, and deploying secure networking and communications solutions”
LGS Innovations will remain the exclusive reseller of Alcatel-Lucent products and services to the U.S. federal government. The company also will have exclusivity in sales to the integration and reseller community where the end customer is the federal government.
About LGS Innovations
LGS Innovations delivers next generation solutions that solve the most complex networking and communications challenges facing the U.S. Federal Government, state and local governments, foreign governments, and commercial enterprises. LGS offers groundbreaking research and development and builds advanced wireless, optical, and wired products and applications customized for specific mission environments. These solutions provide unique information and data security advantages that lead to the operational success of its customers. LGS’ offerings include:
4G wireless deployable communications for public safety, battlefield, and emergency and first responder communities
- Cloud and data center infrastructure
- Campus and building networking solutions for military bases, hospitals, and corporate centers
- Maritime applications for in-port and at sea communications
- Global networks (long-haul communications, including undersea cable)
- Enterprise voice, video, and data networking
- Network engineering, integration, and installation
- Video teleconferencing and IPTV suites
- Research and development in advanced multimedia/RF communications, cybersecurity, sensing technologies, and photonics
LGS Innovations is a U.S.-owned company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, LGS is also the exclusive reseller of Alcatel-Lucent products and services to the U.S. Federal Government and any other entity when the end customer is the U.S. Federal Government. LGS maintains strong ties to Bell Labs and its technologies, and employs more than 450 scientists and engineers. To learn more about LGS Innovations, visit www.lgsinnovations.com.
About Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since Madison Dearborn’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised six funds with aggregate capital of over $18 billion and has completed approximately 125 investments. Madison Dearborn invests in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including business and government services; basic industries; consumer; financial and transaction services; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. Its noteworthy investments include Aderant, Asurion, Cbeyond, CDW Corporation, Fieldglass, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Intelsat, and Stericycle. For more information, please visit www.mdcp.com.
Founded by former executives of Anteon International, CoVant invests in and provides strategic, financial and operational resources to a portfolio of companies specializing in technology and related solutions that serve the needs of government customers. With an experienced team of business executives and a respected board of former government and military leaders, CoVant delivers a unique and highly strategic approach to maximizing company growth and value. Visit www.covant.com for more information.
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