Rafael Receives Final Approval for Aeronautics Acquisition

The Israeli drone maker will now delist from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

Golan Hazani 10:3814.08.19
The Israeli government has on Tuesday signed off on the acquisition of drone maker Aeronautics Ltd. by Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Israeli businessman Avihai Stolero, according to one person familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. The Israeli Government Companies Authority greenlit the deal last week.


Aeronautics confirmed the matter in a Wednesday filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Calcalist's Hebrew version first reported it Tuesday.


The NIS 850 million (approximately $243.5 million) deal was approved a few days before its deadline. Aeronautics’ controlling shareholders, Viola P.E.P.G., Beresheit General Partner Ltd., and KCPS Manof (2009) Ltd., are some of the big beneficiaries of the deal, as just a few months ago Aeronautics was trading at a market capitalization of NIS 400 million (approximately $114.6 million).


Aeronautics, which listed in June 2017, will now be delisting from TASE.


An Aeronautics UAV. Photo: Aeronautics An Aeronautics UAV. Photo: Aeronautics

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