Aeronautics to Be Acquired by Defense Contractor Rafael and Businessman Avihai Stolero
The deal is still subject to approval from Aeronautics’ shareholders, including Israeli businessman Aaron Gover Frenkel, who recently acquired a 30% stake in the company
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Aeronautics develops military drones and has more than 45 defense, military, and homeland security customers worldwide. The company’s stock took a big hit when in August 2017 the Israeli Ministry of Defense halted the company’s license to export a loiter munition UAV system to an unnamed but prominent client, leading to the launch of an investigation by Israeli Police and the Israel Securities Authority for suspected violations of the Israeli defense export controls law. The license was reinstituted earlier this month.
The deal is still subject to approval from Aeronautics’ shareholders, including Israeli businessman Aaron Gover Frenkel, who recently acquired a 30% stake in the company. Aeronautics stated it expects the merger to be completed within four to six months.
Aeronautics rejected a NIS 430 million (approximately $116.6 million) offer from Rafael and Stolero in August. The two increased their bid to $231 million in January, after Frenkel and government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. also started expressing interest in the company.