Ansys and Analytical Graphics Ink Acquisition Agreement

Acquisition will empower users to simulate from the component level to customers' entire mission.

Acquisition will empower users to simulate from the component level to customers' entire mission.

Earth imaging satellite coming up on a pass over Central America. Image courtesy of Ansys.

Ansys has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), a provider of mission-driven simulation, modeling, testing and analysis software for aerospace, defense and intelligence applications. Once closed, the acquisition will expand the scope of Ansys' solution offering, empowering users to solve challenges by simulating from the chip now all the way to a customers' entire mission—like tracking an orbiting satellite and its periodic connection to ground stations, Ansys says. 

The purchase price for the transaction is $700 million, of which 67% of the consideration will be paid in cash and 33% will be paid through the issuance of Ansys common stock. In conjunction with the transaction, Ansys anticipates obtaining new debt financing to fund a significant portion of the cash component of the purchase price.

Once closed, the acquisition of AGI will expand Ansys' simulation footprint into customers' missions, an area of simulation beyond the traditional component or product level. Missions are typically higher-level endeavors that support space, telecommunications, national defense and search-and-rescue initiatives. Mission-driven simulation, integrated with systems engineering, enables organizations to provide the best configuration to achieve various desired mission objectives, Ansys reports.

Satellite communication footprint with Ansys HFSS Antenna. Image courtesy of Ansys.

AGI's software will help its customers design, launch and safely operate the next generation of satellite constellations critical for navigation, earth imagery, weather and communications. AGI's software models and simulates many important elements, such as a satellite's orbital mechanics, enabling users to design, operate or use space systems with improved efficiency and effectiveness.

As an existing Ansys partner, AGI's technology already connects into the Ansys simulation portfolio. Once closed, AGI's strong customer relationships will help Ansys reach new aerospace and defense customers while the Ansys sales channel can drive mission-based simulation to its broader existing installed base.

“Ansys' acquisition of AGI will help drive our strategy of making simulation pervasive from the smallest component now through a customer's entire mission,” says Ajei Gopal, president and CEO of Ansys. “It will also expand the use of simulation in the key aerospace sector, where the stakes can be at their highest levels. We are excited to welcome the expert AGI team—and to expand the reach of their world-class technology to industries outside of aerospace, including for autonomy and 5G applications.

Cubesat imaging pass downlink with Ansys HFSS Antenna. Image courtesy of Ansys.

“In the three decades since our founding, we have continuously invested in our technology to create and advance digital mission engineering,” says Paul Graziani, CEO and co-founder of AGI. “We are thrilled to become part of Ansys so we can dramatically extend the reach of our world-class products and help more customers accomplish their critical missions.”

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to receipt of regulatory clearance and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not expected to have a meaningful impact on the 2020 non-GAAP results. Ansys expects that the transaction will add $75 million to $85 million of non-GAAP revenue to its 2021 results and will be modestly accretive to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share.

Non-GAAP projections exclude the effects of acquisition adjustments to deferred revenue, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets and transaction costs related to the acquisition. The corresponding GAAP revenue and diluted earnings per share measures are not estimable on a forward-looking basis at this time, as such measures require a fair valuation to be performed on the net assets purchased, which will be completed subsequent to the closing.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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