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QinetiQ pays £58m for Meggitt Target Systems

Staff Writer | December 21, 2016
Meggitt and QinetiQ confirmed that QinetiQ has acquired Meggitt Defence Systems and Meggitt Holdings Canada, together Meggitt Target Systems, from Meggitt for £57.5 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis.
Meggitt Target Systems
Acquisition   An international provider of target systems
During the year to December 31, Meggitt Target Systems generated £26.1 million revenue and £4.9 million EBITDA.

Meggitt said it has agreed with the trustee to pay £10.2m of the sale proceeds into the Meggitt Pension Plan to reduce the deficit.

"This transaction is consistent with Meggitt's strategy to focus on businesses of scale in attractive markets where our leading positions offer greater potential for growth and operational efficiencies," its board said.

QinetiQ described Meggitt Target Systems as an international provider of unmanned aerial, naval and land-based target systems and services for test and evaluation and operational training and rehearsal.

"The business is expected to generate approximately £28m of revenue and approximately £5.5m of operating profit in the year to 31 December," QinetiQ said.

Meggitt Target Systems provides target systems to approximately 40 countries from its operations in the UK and Canada, and performs on-site target services in 15 of those countries.