Ottawa’s Allen-Vanguard divests EOD and Crew Survivability units to SafariLand

Allen-Vanguard, a portfolio company of Versa Capital Management, has sold its Explosive Ordnance Disposal business and its Crew Survivability business to SafariLand Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Allen-Vanguard is a provider of solutions for the military and homeland security markets. Update: Allen-Vanguard was taken private by U.S. private equity firm Versa in 2009. SafariLand, a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military, was acquired by an affiliate of Kanders and Company in 2012.


OTTAWA, ON – September 23, 2013 – Allen-Vanguard today confirmed the sale of its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, consisting of the MedEngTM bomb suit, bomb disposal robots, and ancillary tools, and its Crew Survivability business, consisting of blast attenuation and thermal management products. Purchase terms for the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

The successful transaction announced today follows from a strategic review of Allen-Vanguard’s portfolio of products and services, which determined that its mature business lines would be attractive to a buyer. The company’s mission remains focused on providing high value-add solutions in support of global counter-terrorism through its strategic Electronic Systems and Counter-Threat Solutions business units, both of which will continue to operate under the Allen-Vanguard name. As a result of the transaction, Allen-Vanguard retired 100% of its outstanding 3rd party debt, and is well capitalized to pursue the growth potential of its remaining businesses.

Allen-Vanguard’s Electronic Systems business is a world leader in sophisticated jamming and electronic sensing solutions that protect the soldier, law enforcement personnel and dignitaries including heads of state. The Company’s Counter-Threat Solutions business provides specialized intelligence services, tools and training in the fight against extremist network operations. These remain areas of high-growth potential in the evolving defense and security landscape globally.

Business units under the Allen-Vanguard name are portfolio units of Versa Capital Management, LLC, a private equity firm based in Philadelphia, PA, with over $1.3 billion of assets under management.

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