L-3 acquires MacDonald Humfrey

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L-3 Communications, a global provider of communication and electronic systems for military, aviation and commercial platforms, has announced the acquisition of UK-based MacDonald Humfrey for an initial purchase price of approximately US$280m. The price is subject to an upward adjustment of up to US$37.5m, based on the company’s post-acquisition performance ending December 31, 2019, which would be payable in 2020.

MacDonald Humfrey, a provider of checkpoint security solutions for airports across Europe, the Middle East and Canada, has recently engaged with airlines and airports in the USA to help reduce lengthy checkpoint delays. The company is also developing passenger and baggage tracking systems for airports and has engaged in programs to automate the assembly of aircraft engines. The company has 350 employees.

Following the acquisition, MacDonald Humfrey will report to the L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) division of L-3 Communications and will operate under the branding of L-3 MacDonald Humfrey. The new company is projected to generate sales of approximately US$135m for the year ending December 31, 2017.

Michael T Strianese, chairman and CEO, L-3, said, “L-3 has been very focused on developing total aviation checkpoint solutions built around our innovative ClearScan carry-on baggage screening system and our ProVision personnel screener. The acquisition of MacDonald Humfrey, with its market-leading checkpoint management systems and security efficiency software, will enhance our ability to deliver scalable, operationally based networked security systems. L-3 MacDonald Humfrey enhances our position in the global aviation security market while at the same time creating new opportunities for that business as it leverages existing worldwide distribution channels.”

Tom Ripp, president of L-3 SDS, said, “MacDonald Humfrey is a strong cultural fit with L-3 SDS and expands our capabilities, which will enhance traveler satisfaction while reducing the cost of security operations and airport infrastructure requirements. We will be able to more effectively address continually evolving security requirements and the growing end-user demand for centralized screening supported by common data networks.”

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