OSI Systems, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a leading provider of detection solutions for advanced cargo, parcel, and personnel inspection, for $37.00 per share in cash, representing a total purchase price of approximately $187 million, net of $82 million of AS&E cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2016.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the OSI Systems and AS&E Boards of Directors. The closing of the transaction, anticipated during OSI Systems' fiscal second quarter ending December 31, 2016, is subject to the approval of AS&E's shareholders, antitrust approval, and other customary closing conditions.
Deepak Chopra (photo), OSI Systems' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The acquisition of AS&E will be the most significant security acquisition in our Company's history and we believe represents an excellent strategic fit consistent with our expansion strategy. AS&E's backscatter X-ray technology has long been a leader within the security industry, and its cutting-edge products, extensive service network, and premier customer base are highly complementary to our current operations. We look forward to welcoming AS&E's talented team to OSI Systems.”
“We are very pleased to join OSI Systems. The capabilities of our respective organizations are extremely well-matched. We expect our customers and employees to benefit substantially from the combination of our technology-driven businesses,” said Chuck Dougherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of AS&E.
The transaction is expected to result in at least $18 million of annual pre-tax cost synergies within the first two years post-closing. These synergies include the benefits of optimizing global business development and administration, manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure, as well as the elimination of redundant public company costs. The transaction is expected to be accretive to OSI Systems' fiscal year 2017 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share excluding one-time transaction expenses and integration costs and at least 10% accretive to OSI Systems' fiscal year 2018 GAAP diluted earnings per share.
OSI Systems expects to fund the acquisition with a combination of balance sheet cash and borrowings from its existing $450 million credit facility. Pro forma for the acquisition, OSI Systems is anticipated to have a leverage ratio of 2.1x trailing 12 months pro forma adjusted EBITDA as of March 31, 2016, excluding anticipated annual cost synergies. OSI Systems expects continued strong cash flow generation from the combined business.
The acquisition of AS&E is consistent with OSI Systems’ strategy to expand its security offerings, enhance its product development capabilities, and grow in attractive end markets and geographies. AS&E's track record of innovation, including its Z Backscatter® X-ray technology, established its position in the global cargo and vehicle inspection market. Furthermore, its significant installed base and related service offerings provide a stable, highly profitable base of business accounting for approximately half of its annual revenue.
Once combined, the businesses will offer comprehensive, best-in-class technologies driven by a common focus on continued innovation. This unique portfolio, supported with a worldwide sales and service presence, and the significant anticipated cost synergies are expected to provide a foundation for accelerated growth in revenues and profits.
OSI Systems, Inc. is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications in the homeland security, healthcare, defense and aerospace industries.
AS&E is a global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud.