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Constellis buys Omniplex for investigation, intelligence community footprints

Security services contractor Constellis has agreed to acquire investigative services provider Omniplex World Services Corp. in an effort to combine technology and consulting work and increase footprints in the intelligence community.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the deal ends private investment firm Altamont Capital Partners’ almost five years of majority ownership in Chantilly, Va.-based Omniplex.

The deal comes nearly one year after private equity firm Apollo Global Management purchased Reston, Va.-headquartered Constellis for what Reuters reported at the time was a value of at least $1 billion including debt.

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Service lifted its outlook on Constellis from “stable” to “positive” in a March 30 report on forecasts of higher demand for diplomatic and commercial sector protective services. Moody’s backed Constellis’ effort to diversify revenue beyond Afghanistan and Iraq in light of its acquisition of Centerra Group in March.

Founded in 1990, Omniplex has almost 3,800 total employees including investigators that work with intelligence agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. The company’s services include background investigations and physical security of personnel and facilities.

Reston, Va.-based Constellis was formed in 2010 as a provider of risk management, humanitarian, social intelligence, training and operational support services to government and commercial agencies worldwide. The company has 20,000 employees in its enterprise that work in at least 45 countries.

Constellis’ family of security services companies includes Academi, International Development Solutions, Triple Canopy, Centerra, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social, National Strategic Protective Services and Olive Group.

Constellis and Omniplex expect their transaction to close in August 2017, pending a review by the Defense Security Service and other closing conditions.

New York City-based Apollo has $197 billion in assets under its management as of March 31, the firm says.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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