VANCOUVER, British Columbia, 14 Dec. 2005. Offshore Systems International Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of CHI Systems Inc.
Founded in 1985, CHI is a privately-owned research, development, and engineering company with approximately 70 employees, supplying advanced technology and services that improve the work performance, mission success, and cost effectiveness of its clients.
In 2004 CHI reported unaudited revenue of approximately $12 million from key customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Northrop Grumman; General Dynamics; and BAE Systems.
Under the terms of the agreement, OSI paid $9 million for all of the outstanding shares of CHI, of which approximately $8.1 million was paid in cash from treasury, with the balance paid by the issuance of 1,067,975 OSI common shares. OSI first announced a non-binding letter of intent to acquire CHI on July 11, 2005, followed by its November 8, 2005 press release announcing the signing of a formal agreement.
"The completion of today's acquisition marks an important milestone in our strategic plan," stated Ken Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of OSI. "With the addition of CHI, OSI has secured a significant corporate presence in the U.S. market, gained a complementary product and customer base within the broad U.S. defense community, and expanded its critical mass to pursue much larger-scale contracts."
CHI has grown steadily over the last five years and has a record of profitability throughout its history. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to OSI's earnings and will contribute to the consolidated financial results of OSI beginning in the 2006 fiscal first quarter ending February 28.
"We foresee excellent future growth opportunities as a combined entity. Both companies are broadly focused on command and control applications -- CHI in the land domain and OSI in the marine," continued Mr. Kirkpatrick. "This acquisition will not only enable us to cross-sell products and services internationally to existing customers but also to leverage the technical expertise of both companies to develop products that capitalize on a growing number of new opportunities in the global defense industry."
CHI will retain its current U.S.-based management operating as an independent subsidiary of OSI at its headquarters in Philadelphia, Penn. With the addition of CHI, OSI will have an employee base of approximately 160, with offices in Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, Calif.; and Vancouver, Canada.
CHI Systems Inc. is a research, development and engineering company that provides interactive computer applications and technology to the defense and aerospace industry. It specializes in providing solutions that make advanced technologies more usable, intuitive and effective for individuals and organizations. Areas of focus include advanced simulation-based training systems, command and control applications, software systems engineering, and mobile/wireless applications. For more information, see www.chisystems.com.
Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) makes geographic-intelligence software, systems and data products mainly for large government and civilian customers. The company has three business units: OSI Navigation Systems (moving map display systems and software for naval surface ships and submarines); OSI Applications (network-based map and target display software and services for national defence) and Mapcon Mapping (land mapping and marine chart production services for civilian and military customers). For more information, see www.osil.com.