SpaceDev agrees to be acquired
North County Times
Private space flight pioneer SpaceDev Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to be bought for $38 million, or 68 to 72 cents per share, by Sierra Nevada Corp., a privately held company based in Sparks, Nev.
The price represents a 42 percent to 50 percent premium to the average closing price of SpaceDev stock in the previous 30 trading days.
In over-the-counter trading Monday, SpaceDev shares closed at 42 cents, up 2 cents for the day. Announcement of the sale was made after markets closed.
SpaceDev Signs Agreement to be Acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation
SpaceDev Press Release
SpaceDev, Inc. (OTCBB: SPDV ) announced today that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by privately-held Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Under the agreement, SNC would acquire for cash the outstanding equity of SpaceDev for the gross purchase price of $38 million, which after certain deductions is expected to result in a net price to holders of SpaceDev common stock between $0.68 and $0.72 per share. The expected price represents a premium of between 42% and 50% over the average closing price of SpaceDevâ€™s common stock over the 30 trading days preceding this announcement.
The transaction, which is subject to certain conditions, including stockholder approval, has been approved by SpaceDevâ€™s Board of Directors and will be presented to SpaceDevâ€™s stockholders for a vote which is expected to occur in December. Stockholder approval will be solicited by SpaceDev by means of a proxy statement, which will be mailed to SpaceDevâ€™s stockholders upon completion of the required Securities and Exchange Commission filing and review process. Certain of SpaceDevâ€™s officers and principal security holders, who collectively beneficially own approximately 37 percent of SpaceDevâ€™s common stock (including shares issuable upon conversion of preferred stock and exercise of options and warrants held by them), have agreed to vote in favor of the merger at the SpaceDev stockholder meeting and have granted proxies to SNC for that purpose.
â€œThe acquisition of SpaceDev, which has a tremendous space heritage with products that have flown on 250 spacecraft, represents a dynamic expansion of SNCâ€™s space technology capabilities, proven system integration, communications, networking and intelligence capabilities in the space sector,â€ said Fatih Ozmen, Chief Executive Officer of SNC. â€œWe believe that combining SpaceDevâ€™s unique technological offerings, manufacturing capabilities and talented team with our existing space business and technology base will allow us to significantly increase our capacity and scalability while better serving our customers and making us a leader in space technology with access to a much wider customer and technology base.â€
SNC expects to form an integrated space technologies unit with this SpaceDev acquisition, SNCâ€™s subsidiary, MicroSat Systems, and the other SNC space operations and capabilities that will provide advanced satellite systems, propulsion systems, space vehicle systems and a wide array of subsystems and components to defense, civil government, and corporate customers.
â€œThis is an exciting and positive step for us and our shareholders,â€ said Mark N. Sirangelo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SpaceDev. â€œThere are significant synergies between SNC and SpaceDev and we believe that our combined space products will be well received by the emerging space markets. We expect our employees and customers to greatly benefit in the future from this acquisition. My team and I look forward to working with the outstanding management and staff of SNC.â€
Cowen and Company acted as the exclusive financial advisor to SpaceDev for this transaction. Heller Ehrman LLP and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauthand acted as legal advisors to SpaceDev, while Holland & Hart LLP acted as legal advisor to SNC.
About SpaceDev, Inc.
SpaceDev, Inc. is a space technology/aerospace company that creates and sells affordable and innovative space products and mission solutions. For more information, visit www.spacedev.com .
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is known for its rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, micro-satellite, aircraft and communications systems for both the private and public sectors. Founded in 1963, SNCâ€™s seven unique business areas employ more than 1,300 people in 30 different locations in 20 states â€“ all of whom are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNCâ€™s dynamic customer base.
Over its 45 year history, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. SNC has grown into one of the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractors in the United States while maintaining its reputation for innovation and agility. The company continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of telemedicine, nanotechnology, energy and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com .