Date: January 2, 2015
Aronson Capital Partners (“ACP”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of TATE, Incorporated (“TATE” or the “Company”) by CENTRA Technology, Inc. The transaction expands CENTRA’s training and technical solutions for high risk personnel of the United States Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Diplomatic communities. Following the acquisition, TATE will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of CENTRA and will continue to be led by its founder and senior management team.
With significant operations in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington State, TATE has been a leading provider of Personnel Recovery and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (“SERE”) training solutions for the past two decades having supported a diverse collection of coveted military clients that operate in highly stressful and hostile environments. Many of TATE’s 230 employees have extensive careers drawing upon the operational military and intelligence communities, which uniquely qualify them to provide realistic training in support of Unconventional Warfare and Counter-Terrorism missions. More recently, the Company has expanded its offerings to include Counter-IED and WMD training for a diverse customer base on a 20-acre facility south of Washington, DC.
The acquisition of TATE will provide CENTRA additional scale for its existing operations in Fayetteville, NC; further expand its support to Airborne and Special Operations Forces; and provide access to a diverse set of long-term prime, competitively awarded contracts that can be further leveraged. We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the aerospace, defense and government services M&A environment:
- Highly specialized solutions providers in mission-critical areas of the defense and civilian government markets continue to generate significant interest from strategic acquirers and private equity sponsors
- Well capitalized, privately owned strategic buyers have become more active participants in the M&A market as they seek to enhance their competitive posture in priority segments of the National Security market
- The capital markets focused on this industry continue to support M&A transactions which are led by strong management teams that have track records operating in all cycles of defense spending