ORBCOMM completes acquisition of SkyWave

ORBCOMM's acquisition of M2M provider SkyWave will further expand the company globally, including in Eastern Europe and Asia.

ORBCOMM Inc., a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, announces that it has completed the acquisition of SkyWave Mobile Communications (SkyWave), the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network, on January 1. Based in Ottawa, Canada, SkyWave adds more than 250,000 subscribers, 400 channel partners, annualized revenues of over $60 million and Adjusted EBITDA of over $12 million.

The acquisition of SkyWave furthers ORBCOMM’s strategy to provide the most complete set of options and capabilities in the industry, while adding multiple synergies to strengthen its M2M solutions portfolio. With the addition of SkyWave, ORBCOMM now has one of the largest combined engineering teams in the M2M industry and gains significant economies of scale in operations and manufacturing. SkyWave’s robust distribution channels in South America, Asia and the Middle East, along with Inmarsat’s support, provide ORBCOMM with even broader global distribution. ORBCOMM gains access to new geographies in Eastern Europe and Asia while adding diverse vertical markets such as security and marine. The addition of SkyWave’s higher bandwidth, low-latency satellite products and services that leverage the IsatDataPro (IDP) technology, which is now jointly owned by ORBCOMM and Inmarsat, also further expands the breadth of ORBCOMM’s solutions portfolio.

“This transformative acquisition creates the largest space-based global M2M company with unparalleled capabilities, established go-to-market channels and global network coverage,” says Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “With our expanded scope and scale, we are well-positioned to provide the industry’s most diverse portfolio of M2M solutions and connectivity options that leverage both the ORBCOMM and Inmarsat networks.” 

Raymond James served as financial advisor to ORBCOMM on this transaction, and William Blair & Company served as financial advisor to SkyWave. For additional information on this transaction, please refer to ORBCOMM’s SEC filing on Form 8-K regarding this transaction.