Ultra electronics holdings plc (“Ultra” or “Ultra Electronics”) Ultra acquires cmc electronics Military Communications for Cdn$52. 9 million

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19 August 2002


(“Ultra” or “Ultra Electronics”)
Ultra acquires CMC Electronics Military Communications for Cdn$52.9 million
Ultra, the UK based aerospace and defence electronics group, announces that it has agreed to acquire all of the issued share capital of CMC Electronics Military Communications (“MilComm”) from CMC Electronics Inc for a cash consideration, subject to net asset adjustment on Completion, of Cdn$52.9 million (£21.9 million).
MilComm, located in Montreal, Canada, is a leading global supplier of UHF military radios and systems. Primarily operating in the land forces environment of the military communications arena, MilComm provides advanced radio products that serve as the backbone of modern tactical line-of-sight radio networks. These radio networks provide secure, battlefield trunk telephone and high capacity data telecommunication services to link battlefield theatre commanders and their combat forces.
MilComm has a long tradition of providing tactical communication solutions. For more than 30 years the Company has supported the United States, its allies and international customers with advanced, robust technologies, systems and support services. More recently MilComm has secured two line-of-sight radio programmes with the United States and Korean armies. MilComm also has contracts to supply tactical radios to the UK, Taiwan, Sweden and other allied nations.
MilComm sales for their year ended 31 March 2002 were Cdn$60.2 million. Net assets at Completion are projected to be Cdn$7.9 million. The order book at 31 July 2002 was Cdn$56.2 million.
The financing for the purchase will be satisfied by a loan from Barclays Bank plc.
Dr Julian Blogh, Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics, commented:
“I am delighted that we have agreed the acquisition of MilComm which has shown excellent growth over recent years. The requirement for improved military command and control is a key driver for battlefield IT services and battlefield digitisation. High capacity communications are an essential prerequisite for the successful provision of such services. MilComm is uniquely positioned to provide the high capacity radios that are a key enabling technology to satisfy the expected growth in video, local area and wide area networks as well as traditional voice and data communications on the modern battlefield”.

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc 020 8813 4321

Dr Julian Blogh, Chief Executive

Weber Shandwick Square Mile 020 7950 2800

Susan Ellis or Susanne Walker

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