Viasat acquires RigNet, gains AI, machine learning capabilities

December 21, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Viasat acquires RigNet, gains AI, machine learning capabilities
Acquisition diversifies commercial connectivity portfolio and adds complementary technology such as cybersecurity, AI analytics and real-time machine learning.

Viasat Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RigNet, Inc., a leading provider of ultra-secure, intelligent networking solutions and specialized applications, that will help to further accelerate Viasat's strategy to provide high-quality, ubiquitous, affordable broadband connectivity and communications to the hardest-to-reach locations around the globe. RigNet provides premier, global end-to-end, secure managed communications service and installation capabilities, along with digital transformation products including AI analytics and real-time machine learning, which will enable Viasat to quickly expand into new adjacent industries, including: energy, shipping, maritime, mining and additional enterprises.

Rick Baldridge, Viasat's president and CEO commented, "With the acquisition of RigNet, we are accelerating the diversification of our connectivity portfolio and establishing a global foundation for expansion of our remote enterprise service offerings. RigNet's successful track record, global footprint, deep customer relationships and emerging technology expertise in areas like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) make this transaction an ideal fit as we launch our integrated global broadband platform. The transaction is accretive to cashflow, and is expected to improve our leverage position as well as offer multiple opportunities for expansion and performance upside beyond RigNet's robust energy services business."

The all-stock acquisition values RigNet at an enterprise value of approximately $222 million based on Viasat's share price as of the date of the agreement and RigNet's net debt at September 30, 2020.


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