MCLEAN, VA – October 11, 2016 – Synaptic Solutions, Inc. (Synaptic) was acquired by Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSS), a portfolio company of CM Equity Partners. The McLean Group’s Defense & Government Services (DGS) practice served as the exclusive transaction advisor to Synaptic. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Synaptic’s co-founder and CEO Josh Curry said, “Having never been through a sale, we found the process to be daunting. We interviewed many M&A firms and felt that The McLean Group was the only one that really understood our business and our goals for a sale. It was very important that we find a buyer that is employee-focused and that would take care of our people. The McLean Group’s process and leadership led to the ideal transaction for us. The McLean Group exceeded all of our expectations and we are fortunate to have worked with their team.”
Synaptic’s sale highlights several prominent trends in the government services M&A market:
- Buyers prioritize M&A candidates that employ a highly-specialized workforce. Synaptic’s employees hold TS/SCI or higher security clearances and average more than 15 years’ experience providing solutions for the government and commercial sectors.
- The Intelligence Community and National Security segments remain areas of heightened buyer interest, although it is increasingly important for companies to demonstrate customer access, long-standing relationships, and strong past performance even within these priority markets.
- Companies that exhibit above-market organic growth drive broad interest from multiple categories of buyers and investors. Synaptic has shown impressive revenue growth since inception and consistently strong profit margins.