CAE announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with L3Harris Technologies to acquire L3Harris’ Military Training business for US$1.05 billion, subject to customary adjustments (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition value represents approximately 13.5 times the L3Harris Military Training business estimated adjusted 2020 EBITDA(1) or approximately 10 times, including cost synergies, which are expected to reach a range of C$35 to C$45 million (approximately US$28 to US$35 million) annually by the end of the second year following closing of the Acquisition. The Acquisition will expand CAE’s position as a platform-agnostic training systems integrator by diversifying CAE’s training and simulation leadership in the air domain, complementing land and naval training solutions, and enhancing CAE’s training and simulation capabilities in space and cyber.
L3Harris Military Training will bring significant experience in the development and delivery of training systems for fighter and bomber aircraft, Army rotary-wing platforms, submarines and remotely piloted aircraft. L3Harris Military Training will also bring a significant backlog and position on key programs, including the USAF Simulators Common Architecture Requirements and Standards (SCARS) program, USAF F-16 Simulators Training Program (STP), US Navy/Marine Corps F/A-18 aircrew training systems, USAF Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) training and USAF B-2 training system. The L3Harris Military Training business includes Link Simulation & Training, Doss Aviation and AMI. L3Harris Link is one of the leading providers of military training solutions in the United States; Doss Aviation is the provider of initial flight training to the United States Air Force (USAF); and AMI is a design and manufacturing facility for simulator hardware.
“The proposed acquisition represents a significant value creation opportunity for all CAE stakeholders. It accelerates our growth strategy in Defence and Security and is highly complementary to our core military training business, broadening our position in the United States,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are adding new customers, experience on new platforms and building our depth of expertise to address all domains – air, land, sea, space and cyber – as well as expanding into adjacent markets such as mission and operations support. This proposed transaction will provide greater balance to CAE across businesses and geographies, and like our recent acquisitions in the civil aviation market, it demonstrates our focus on bolstering and expanding our position in the markets we serve. We are making investments with a view to emerge from the pandemic stronger and prepared to meet the growing demands of our customers.”
“With annual revenues of approximately US$500 million in 2020, L3Harris Military Training brings scale and capabilities that support our imperative to align closely with the National Defense Strategy in the United States,” said Dan Gelston, Group President, Defence & Security, CAE. “We expect increasing demand for simulation-based training and the use of synthetic environments across multi-domain operations. This acquisition will further support CAE in providing those vital digitally immersive solutions for training and operational support. We look forward to welcoming the team at L3Harris Military Training as we grow CAE and position the company to support the mission of our defence and security customers.”
L3Harris Military Training is CAE’s fourth announced acquisition in the past four months and demonstrates CAE’s commitment to thoughtfully deploying capital to broaden the company’s position across key markets. The Acquisition is aligned with CAE’s strategic priorities and meets the strict financial parameters the company has in place. L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately US$18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. Upon closing, the L3Harris Military Training business would operate under CAE USA, headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, the company continue to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionize training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. CAE are the partner of choice to customers worldwide who operate in complex, high-stakes and largely regulated environments, where successful outcomes are critical. Testament to our customers’ ongoing needs for our solutions, over 60 percent of CAE’s revenue is recurring in nature. We have the broadest global presence in our industry, with approximately 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries.