Wyle enters IT market with RSIS buy

HEADQUARTERS: El Segundo, Calif.

OWNERSHIP: Littlejohn and Co., Greenwich, Conn., equity group.

LEADERSHIP: George
Melton, chairman, chief executive officer and president.

EMPLOYEES: 4,200, after RSIS acquisition

REVENUE: $800 million after acquisition

DIVISIONS: Aerospace Group; Life Sciences Group; and Test, Engineering and Research Group. RSIS will become the fourth division.

BUYER: Wyle Inc., El Segundo, Calif.

SELLER: RS Information Systems Inc.

PRICE: Not disclosed

WHAT WYLE GETS: $330 million in
annual revenue; 100 prime contracts
with civilian and military customers,
1,400 employees.

A new player has emerged
in the government market,
while an established company
loses its independent status.

Wyle Inc. of El Segundo,
Calif., is buying RS Information
Systems Inc., one of the more
successful companies to
emerge from government
small-business programs.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed,
but McLean, Va.-based
RSIS had $330 million in
2006 revenue from more than
100 prime contracts with
defense, civilian and law
enforcement agencies. RSIS
also has 1,400 employees.

The acquisition, when it
closes early next year, will
push Wyle to $800 million in
annual revenue and 4,200
employees, the company said.

RSIS has often been cited as
a model for small businesses.
It was founded in 1992 by
Rodney Hunt, who led the
company through the 8(a)
program and established it as
a stable midtier company.
RSIS was ranked No. 49 on
the Washington Technology
2007 Top 100 rankings.

The company now will
become Wyle's fourth strategic
business unit, joining the
Aerospace Group; Life
Sciences Group; and Test,
Engineering and Research
Group. The investment bank
Stifel, Nicolaus and Co.
was the financial adviser to
RSIS.

"This acquisition will enable
Wyle to significantly broaden
its presence in the information
technology services sector
and add key new contracts
and customers that will complement
our current client
base," said George Melton,
Wyle's chairman, chief executive
officer and president.

Wyle is a portfolio company
of Littlejohn and Co., a private
equity firm based in Greenwich,
Conn.

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