Rocket Lab, a publicly-listed US-based aerospace manufacturer and provider of small satellite launch services, has reportedly continued its ongoing acquisition spree, with a cash-and-stock deal to acquire Planetary Systems Corporation (PSC), a spacecraft separation systems firm.
Supposedly, the announcement comes ahead of the release of the firm's third-quarter earnings report. Rocket Lab announced that it would pay $42 million in cash and 1,720,841 shares of common stock for, with the possibility of more shares dependent on future performance.
The takeover deal comes as Rocket Lab works toward its aim of establishing itself as a wholly vertically integrated satellite services organization that can handle everything from the spacecrafts to transportation to orbit as well.
The company stated that it would utilize the product throughout the Rocket Lab Space Systems division, which encapsulates its Photon satellite buses as well as spacecraft component products.
Rocket Lab has made three acquisitions in the last 18 months. The business revealed last month that it had purchased Advanced Solutions, Inc., a company based in Colorado that develops spacecraft flight software. Last year, Rocket Lab also purchased Sinclair Interplanetary, a space hardware firm.
Mike Whalen, PSC’s present CEO, will continue to lead the organization post successful completion of the proposed deal.
Meanwhile, company founder Walter Holemans would also be retaining in his existing role of Chief Engineer.
Holemans stated that after opening its doors as a one-person firm over 23 years ago from a row house in Washington, DC, PSC has successfully accomplished its mission of providing innovative, high-value technologies to its customers, all thanks to its super talented team and their hard work.
Now, the company is thrilled to join the Rocket Lab team to deliver the next iterations of space systems.
According to reliable reports, the proposed transaction is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of this year.