TTM Technologies to Acquire Anaren

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TTM Technologies Inc. has agreed to acquire Anaren Inc. for approximately $775 million in cash from affiliates of Veritas Capital.

The transaction combines TTM’s strength in printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing with Anaren’s product portfolio of unique and proprietary radio frequency (RF) components and subsystems for the aerospace and defense and networking/communication end markets. The combined company will be strongly positioned to benefit from the expected increased spending towards advanced radar technology in the aerospace and defense market, and 5G technology in the wireless infrastructure market.

“TTM has had a long working relationship with Anaren, serving beside them on supplier councils, and has always been impressed with their RF engineering expertise,” said Tom Edman, CEO of TTM. “We expect that integrating our manufacturing strength with Anaren’s RF engineering talent will enable us to deliver superior value-added solutions to our customers in Aerospace & Defense and our broader commercial markets. We also believe that the combination will result in meaningful synergies created by complementary capabilities that will benefit the customers and employees of both companies.”

“This is a compelling strategic combination that makes for an exciting new chapter for Anaren,” said Larry Sala, CEO of Anaren. “We have admired TTM’s manufacturing strength for some time and believe this acquisition will accelerate the opportunities and potential for Anaren to grow its offerings. This combination also positions TTM with industry leading high frequency electronics engineering and manufacturing capabilities to better meet our customer needs. We are grateful for our partnership with Veritas over the past several years. With Veritas’ support, we strengthened our market position and generated outstanding growth.” 

Strategic Rationale

The acquisition of Anaren is expected to provide a number of benefits to TTM:

Broadens TTM’s product portfolio, adding highly engineered and differentiated RF products and contributes significant RF engineering talent.

Increases TTM’s capabilities in the Aerospace & Defense end market, enabling the company to rapidly develop value added solutions to better serve the U.S. Defense sector, and positioning the combined company for further long-term growth.

Provides new growth opportunity in the industrial, medical and automotive end markets.

Accretive to non-GAAP operating margins, adjusted EBITDA margins, non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow, providing a unique opportunity to achieve industry-leading financial performance, create significant value for customers and shareholders, and provide greater opportunities for employees.

Terms of the Transaction and Financial Highlights

Anaren will be purchased in a debt free, cash free transaction for $775 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments at closing.

In the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, the combined company would have generated pro forma revenues of $2.8 billion and pro-forma adjusted EBITDA of $450 million. For a reconciliation of pro-forma adjusted EBITDA to pro-forma GAAP net income, see Appendix A to TTM’s presentation filed as Exhibit 99.2 to TTM’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 4th, 2017.

TTM has identified $15 million in pre-tax, run rate, cost synergies which are expected to be realized within the first two years after closing. TTM believes that significant additional synergies will result from other integration efforts over a longer period of time. This transaction is expected to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings.

TTM expects to finance the purchase with a $700 million add on to its existing Term Loan B and cash on hand.  In addition, TTM has received a fully-underwritten commitment from Barclays to finance the transaction.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018. Barclays acted as financial advisor for TTM, and Houlihan Lokey and Evercore acted as financial advisors for Anaren. O’Melveny & Myers LLP acted as legal counsel for TTM.  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as legal counsel for Anaren.

About TTM

TTM Technologies, Inc. is a major global PCB manufacturer, focusing on quick-turn and volume production of technologically advanced PCBs and the backplane and sub-system assembly business. TTM stands for time-to-market, representing how TTM’s time-critical, one-stop manufacturing services enable customers to shorten the time required to develop new products and bring them to market. Additional information can be found here.

About Anaren

Anaren is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-frequency RF and microwave microelectronics, components, and assemblies for the space, defense, and telecommunications sectors. Anaren's engineering expertise and products are utilized by major manufacturers around the world, in everything from telecommunications networking products, fighter-jet jammers, base-station amplifiers, to communication satellite systems. Anaren’s products are the result of innovative engineering, design, materials processing, and world-class volume manufacturing.

About Veritas Capital

Veritas Capital is a leading private equity firm that invests in companies that provide critical products and services, primarily technology or technology-enabled solutions, to government and commercial clients worldwide, including those operating in aerospace & defense, healthcare, technology, national security, communications, government services, energy and education. Veritas Capital seeks to create value by strategically transforming the companies in which it invests through organic and inorganic means. For more information on Veritas Capital and its current and past investments, click here



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