Date: December 10, 2013
Aronson Capital Partners (“ACP”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Kimmich Software Systems, Inc. (“KSSI” or the “Company”) by Vistronix Corporation. ACP served as the exclusive financial advisor to KSSI in this transaction. The acquisition of KSSI significantly expands Vistronix’s technology solutions for the U.S. Intelligence Community, particularly in the areas of cyber operations, signals processing, data analytics, software development and systems engineering.
Headquartered in Columbia, MD and founded in 1994, KSSI is at the forefront of the development of cyber security and strategic intelligence systems. The Company possesses significant domain expertise in cloud and data analytics, signal protocol processing, malware detection, health and status monitoring, filtering and selection and mission management. KSSI’s highly skilled technical employee base of software and system engineers support cyber and SIGINT mission requirements through the development of enterprise IT systems which facilitate the storage, processing, fusion, and sharing of vital intelligence data throughout the Intelligence Community.
Founded in 1990, Vistronix provides national security systems, solutions, and services that protect our nation’s safety, security and economic well-being through ingenuity, technology innovation and mission expertise. Vistronix’s offerings leverage its differentiated capabilities in big data analytics, cyber operations, cloud computing, signals processing and geospatial decision support for government customers charged with our nation’s security.
KSSI’s President and Founder Jeanne Kimmich Roberts stated, “Aronson Capital Partners was a tremendous help throughout the entire process. The ACP team led a thoughtful, customized process that demonstrated their in-depth market insight and resulted in me having numerous options at the end of the day. Their senior bankers exhibited strong financial acumen and negotiation skills while their staff of associates and analysts supported the heavy lifting to reduce the burden on the management team, leading to a streamlined, successful transaction.”
We believe this transaction illustrates several key trends in the government technology M&A market:
- Continued M&A interest amongst strategic buyers focused on pure-play software engineering targets that are well-positioned in areas shielded from budgetary pressures
- Growing interest in acquisition targets with experience in utilizing preferred Intelligence Community development methodologies, enterprise architectures, and big data analytic frameworks
Companies with differentiated cyber security and intelligence solutions continue to be a strategic priority for acquirers given the higher growth prospects of these segments