GIS Tech News (#115)25 Jul, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
As competitors become comrades, the already small number of commercial satellite operators shrinks further.
By Cyrena Respini-Irwin
On Monday, two of the largest satellite imagery companies in the world announced that they will become one: DigitalGlobe will purchase GeoEye in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $900 million. The merger is expected to close late in the fourth quarter of this year or early in 2013. The combined company will keep the DigitalGlobe name, and Jeffrey Tarr, DigitalGlobe's current president and CEO, will continue in those roles.
The announcement concludes a series of acquisition offers from both parties that began in February. The buyout battle gained urgency from proposed budget cuts that will affect the Pentagon's EnhancedView imagery program, threatening federal contracts that are an essential source of revenue for GeoEye and DigitalGlobe.
Tarr expects the merger to have a beneficial impact on the company's scale and diversification. "We'll be more diversified than traditional defense-sector players," said Tarr during a conference call held Monday to discuss the transaction. "The combined business will be more diversified than either company is today," he said, earning roughly half its revenue from customers outside the U.S. government.
DigitalGlobe's satellite imagery has diverse uses, including disaster monitoring. Google has incorporated imagery of Colorado's Waldo Canyon Fire (above) into its Crisis Map so citizens and disaster management personnel can check on the status of neighborhoods and homes. Image (c) 2012 DigitalGlobe, Inc.
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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.
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