Digital Barriers Closes its Acquisition of Brimtek

MCLEAN, VA – March 3, 2016 – Digital Barriers plc (AIM:DGB) acquired Brimtek, Inc. for an aggregate consideration of up to $45 million. The transaction was signed and announced December 10, 2015, and closed March 2, 2016 after the successful completion of CFIUS review. The McLean Group’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services (ADG) practice served as the exclusive transaction advisor to Brimtek.

Ashburn, VA-based Brimtek, is a provider of state-of-the-art technical surveillance solutions to the US defense, homeland security, federal law enforcement and intelligence communities. Brimtek’s products and solutions are designed to operate in the most demanding and hostile environments and include intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), data collection and processing, and secure communications. The company offers an end-to-end capability for its clients, from concept design to engineering, manufacturing, integration, delivery, training and ongoing solution support. Acquiring Brimtek enhances UK-based Digital Barriers’ organic growth in the region and offers significant sales synergies in the US.

Brimtek’s acquisition demonstrates several important trends in the current government technology M&A market:

  • Buyers continue to place premium valuations on companies with differentiated ISR products and solutions. Brimtek develops its own proprietary, customizable surveillance products, packaged with third party hardware and software to deliver a robust “plug and play” integrated surveillance system. Approximately 85 percent of Brimtek’s revenue is generated from Brimtek engineered product variants, which are only available from the Company.
  • Companies that exhibit above-market organic growth drive broad interest from multiple categories of buyers and investors. Brimtek is growing rapidly due to the Company’s unique blend of specialized capabilities in ISR technologies, customer intimacy, and contract vehicles. The Company has grown revenue at a tremendous rate over the past two years and anticipates continued double digit growth.
  • Strategic full and open, prime contracts are highly coveted by buyers. Brimtek holds several highly desirable prime, full and open positions on multi-billion dollar contract vehicles, which provides significant additional growth potential.

Brimtek will become the US Government Services division of Digital Barriers.


The McLean Group is a leading independent investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A), debt and equity recapitalizations, business valuation and strategic consulting services to middle market companies. The firm’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services (ADG) team is one of the largest dedicated groups in the country and has deep transactional expertise in nearly every segment of the government market.

The McLean Group’s ADG practice leaders have advised on more than 150 government sector transactions with cumulative deal value exceeding $4 billion, including 50 transactions closed since 2010. The firm’s transaction advisory and valuation services reflect comprehensive industry knowledge, extensive transactional successes, commitment to providing senior-level attention to every client engagement, and real-time understanding of industry-specific valuation drivers.

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