Summitek Instruments, Inc., a closely held company based in Englewood , Colorado , is a technology leader in the development of interference testing instrumentation for wireless applications.
Smiths Group plc, a publicly traded company headquartered in London, England with annual revenues over US$5,000 million, is focused on avionic systems, medical equipment, seals, and electrical interconnect systems, components and devices. The acquisition of Summitek Instruments, Inc. expands its activities in specialized products for electronic and microwave applications in the aerospace, space, defense and communications sectors.
OEM Capital was asked to assist Summitek Instruments, Inc. in managing the sale of its business to maximize shareholder value. Its shareholders believed that, in light of significant market opportunities for its products and technology, it was strategically important that it become part of a larger company.
OEM Capital worked closely with the management to groom the company prior to beginning its marketing program. We assisted in strategic planning, including the preparation of multi-year financial projections, and developed a marketing program aimed at soliciting interest from strategic acquirers. This program elicited several attractive offers and a selected group met with management and received a detailed presentation of the business.
As a result of our involvement, Summitek Instruments, Inc. was able to conclude a transaction in a timely manner with a cash price at closing of almost two times the company’s current year revenues plus a significant earn-out opportunity.
Our success with Summitek Instruments, Inc. illustrates that superior valuations can be realized through a well-executed sales approach by merger and acquisition professionals who are knowledgeable about the industry and the intentions of its participants.