Trive Capital-backed Karman Missile acquires Systima Technologies

Systima Technologies is a provider of advanced composite and metallic structures for military and commercial aircraft and missile systems.

Trive Capital’s Karman Missile & Space Systems, a technology provider on the most critical portions of rockets, spacecraft and missiles, has acquired Systima Technologies. For Karman, Systima follows the acquisition of AAE Aerospace, a manufacturer for the space systems.

PRESS RELEASE

DALLAS, Texas; LOS ANGELES, California — The senior leadership team of Systima Technologies, Inc. (“Systima”) has partnered with Karman Missile & Space Systems (“Karman” or the “Company”) backed by Trive Capital (“Trive”), the Dallas-based private equity firm. The addition of Systima represents another acquisition that expands the core competencies, customer base, and platform content in a strategic way to enable Karman to deliver more comprehensive solutions to its customers in the space and hypersonic markets. The leadership team of Systima will continue as equity holders and senior leaders of Karman. The acquisition of Systima represents the fifth transaction Trive has completed in the last 12 months in building the Karman platform, a purpose-built strategy dedicated to space and hypersonic system infrastructure.

Systima is one of the only companies in the world that can integrate energetic and mechanical systems into the structural design of mission critical space or hypersonic systems. Energetic technology utilizes specialized materials, such as propellants, to create separation and deployment in space launch vehicles and hypersonic platforms. In addition, one of the fastest growing product lines for Systima is high performance composite structures using high temperature materials for missile and launch platforms. Systima employs the most advanced composite manufacturing techniques and utilizes novel and proven resin formulations, fibers, and ply materials. Systima works closely with its OEM customers to design, engineer, prototype, test, qualify, and manufacture for full rate production on dozens of platforms across space, missile, and hypersonic end markets. All of these capabilities come together in order to produce a complex system like a hypersonic shroud for our customers.

“We have been watching the Karman business come together over the past year and believe with conviction that the strategic rationale of investing in the space, missile, and hypersonic supply chains is absolutely critical. The vast set of differentiated capabilities, capacity, talented team, and incredible complementary fit of Systima with Karman gave us confidence that this was the right home for Systima and its employees. We know that joining forces with Karman will only accelerate the opportunities for Systima and better equip us to be responsive to the needs of our customers,” commented Tom Prenzlow, President and former owner of Systima.

“This is another big milestone for Karman,” said Tony Koblinski, Chief Executive Officer of Karman. “Systima’s robust engineering capabilities allow Karman to work collaboratively with our customers at an earlier stage of a platform’s development to identify the ways that Karman can add value.”

“With this acquisition, Karman can now address highly engineered content from tip to tail of a rocket. We have sole sourced content from the nose cone or shroud at the front of rockets and hypersonics, to motor and nozzle assemblies at the back, and composite and metallic structural components in between,” commented David Stinnett, Partner at Trive. “We believe our ability to attract such industry leading talent and pedigree to Karman is further validation of this thesis. The alignment of what Karman is building with the industry need is resonating with business owners and being reinforced by incredibly positive feedback from our customers.”

KAL Capital advised Systima Technologies, and D.A. Davidson advised Karman on the acquisition.

About Karman 

Karman Missile & Space Systems (www.karmanmss.com) is one of the largest independently owned suppliers of mission critical flight hardware and complex sub-assemblies to the space, missile, and hypersonic markets. The Company provides design & engineering, precision machining, large part forming, high temperature and structural composite material processing, and sub-assembly services, while actively adding new capabilities in collaboration with customers.

About Trive

Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm with approximately $3.6 billion in assets under management. Trive focuses on investing equity and debt in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. We seek to maximize returns through a hands-on partnership that calls for identifying and implementing value creation ideas.

The Trive team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals who have been involved in over 100 middle-market transactions representing in excess of $6 billion in revenue across Trive’s targeted industry sectors and situations