Intelsat acquires Comsat to strengthen it's govt sol. business unit

MUMBAI: Intelsat has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of end-to-end communications services integrator Comsat General Corporation and certain of its affiliates, in a transaction which is expected to strengthen Intelsat's competitive position in the US government commercial satellite capacity and services market.

Comsat is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, which owns 24.1 per cent of Intelsat, Ltd.

The total agreed purchase price is approximately $90 million, including approximately $40 million that may be paid in the form of ordinary shares of Intelsat Ltd. Intelsat will also purchase an Atlas launch vehicle from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc., an affiliate of Lockheed Martin, for the launch of a future satellite, informed an official release.

Comsat General is a provider of integrated satellite-centric communications services to commercial and government users, including the resale of satellite capacity purchased from Intelsat and other operators. In addition, it also provides value-added services such as bandwidth management and host nation agreement management.Under the transaction terms, Intelsat has agreed to acquire the customer contracts and vendor contracts associated with Comsat General's business, as well as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental licenses, leased business premises and other related assets, said the release.

"This agreement is another step forward in our strategy to develop and grow our managed services capabilities in segments that we believe represent stable, long-term growth opportunities for fixed satellite services operators," said Intelsat, Ltd CEO Conny Kullman. "The US and other NATO country governments currently rely on commercial satellite capacity for a substantial portion of their mission-critical communications and customized services. We believe that the acquisition announced today, when completed, will solidify Intelsat's competitive position in this important market."

Intelsat Government Solutions Corporation president Susan Miller said, "Government agencies from the US and other countries already depend on Intelsat's global network resources for a variety of communications needs. We look forward to directly serving these key customers with a greater range of end-to-end solutions upon the closing of this acquisition."

The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of several conditions, including the receipt of US FCC, US Department of Defense and other governmental approvals. Intelsat currently expects the closing of the transaction to occur in the fourth quarter of 2004

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