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26 Jan 18. Nammo takes ownership position in MAC LLC.
Nammo has taken an ownership position in MAC LLC, a leader in the development and production of lightweight polymer cartridge cases for small and medium caliber ammunition.
Managing the weight of weapons and ammunition continues to be a major challenge for today’s armed forces, causing fatigue for individual soldiers, while reducing range and endurance for vehicles and aircraft. Responding to this challenge, MAC LLC has spent several years developing and commercializing lightweight, polymer-based solutions for military and aerospace markets, significantly reducing the weight of military ammunition products. Nammo, as one of the leading providers of specialty ammunition for military and commercial customers in the western world, believes that this technology will strengthen its ability to provide a reliable advantage to its customers.
Morten Brandtzæg, President and CEO of the Nammo Group says, “Our ownership position in MAC LLC is perfect for Nammo. Their technology and products are complementary to our product portfolio and we see a strong future for lightweight solutions. MAC LLC will strengthen our group’s strategic position in the US and international ammunition markets.”
Reijo Bragberg, Executive Vice President of Nammo Small and Medium Caliber Ammuniton says: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Nammo. We are now joining with a company that is the frontrunner in development of lightweight technologies, which are of great importance for our defense customers”.
Nick Malkovich, President of MAC LLC , “Supported by Nammo, MAC LLC will continue to develop technologies and support our troops with superior lightweight ammunition solutions. We are extremely satisfied to have Nammo as one of our owners. Nammo is well known for their high performance products and for being a reliable supplier of products that give advantage to US and allied customers. Nammo and MAC LLC are in many ways a perfect match.”
MAC LLC will continue to operate as they have, providing a leadership role in lightweight ammunition solutions, and will be an important partner in Nammo’s US growth plan going forward.
Nammo is an international aerospace and defense company headquartered in Norway. With 2300 staff spread across more than 30 sites and offices in 14 countries, Nammo is one of the world’s leading providers of ammunition, rocket motors and demilitarization services for both military and civilian customers.
26 Jan 18. GKN pension deficit ‘is a takeover poison pill.’ Doubts are being raised about the scale of the shortfall in GKN’s pension funds amid questions over whether it could become a “poison pill” in the £7.4bn hostile takeover of the FTSE 100 engineering giant. Questions have been asked in the City about the relationship between GKN and trustees of its £4bn retirement schemes, and it has now emerged that GKN directors believe that the schemes’ deficits could be less than half the £1.1bn that has been claimed. GKN is under attack from Melrose, a £4.5bn industrial conglomerate that has launched the first hostile takeover in the FTSE 100 in a decade.
In an unprecedented intervention last week GKN’s pension trustees warned that the deficit in the schemes should be prioritised in the event of any change of control of the company, or break up of its businesses.
However, it has emerged that GKN’s new finance director, Jos Sclater, appeared to brief investors this week that they should be working on the assumption that the figure could be nearer £400m, assuming the engineer’s current management remains in charge.
One investor said last night: “The question is: what is the true deficit in the pension funds? Is it what the