Vance Street Capital Acquires Smart Electronics & Assembly as an Add-on Acquisition for Secure Communication Systems

Acquisition Provides Secure Communication Systems with Entry into New Industries

LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2013 – Vance Street Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that its acquisition of Smart Electronics & Assembly, Inc. (Smart Electronics) closed on May 1, 2013. Smart Electronics is the first add-on acquisition for Secure Communication Systems, an innovator in rugged handheld and deployable computer systems and data encryption equipment, which Vance Street acquired in October 2009. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Anaheim, Calif., Smart Electronics is a provider of electronic solutions, including electronic circuit boards, sub-assemblies, cable/harnesses and modules/box builds to the defense, commercial aerospace, industrial and homeland security markets.

“The purchase of Smart Electronics provides both firms with a number of strategic advantages, including new cross-selling opportunities across a broader range of industries,” said Brian Martin, principal at Vance Street Capital.

“We are pleased to welcome Smart Electronics and its talented and dedicated employees to Secure Communication Systems,” said Allen Ronk, CEO of Secure Communication Systems. “The result of this transaction is a more diversified client base, and our complementary offerings provide both companies with new opportunities for growth.”

While Smart Electronics will become a division of Secure Communication Systems, its daily operations will remain unchanged.

“We look forward to partnering with Vance Street Capital as we join Secure Communication Systems,” said Smart Electronics’ President Robert Swelgin. “Smart Electronics and Secure Communication Systems share a long history of innovation and an unwavering commitment to building long-term customer relationships by delivering quality products and outstanding service. Together we are even better positioned to meet customer demand for speed, reliability and security across defense and commercial industries.”

Fifth Third Bank provided debt financing for the transaction. O’Melveny & Myers LLP acted as legal advisor to Vance Street Capital and Secure Communication Systems in the transaction. Smart Electronics was represented by Arent Fox.

About Smart Electronics & Assembly, Inc.

Smart Electronics & Assembly, Inc. is a leading developer and provider of electro-mechanical solutions for high reliability applications in the defense, commercial aerospace and industrial markets. The company’s four main product categories include electronic circuit boards, sub-assemblies, cable/harnesses and modules/box builds. In addition to providing electronics solutions to the defense and aviation end markets, the company also offers exclusive function testing, prototype, quick turn and production run capabilities. Smart Electronics was founded in 1994 and is based in Anaheim, CA. For more information please visit: www.smartelec.com.

About Secure Communication Systems

Secure Communication Systems designs and manufactures high reliability tactical mission computing systems, encryption equipment, communications products and related equipment for defense and industrial applications.The company offers handhelds, rugged tablet PCs, workstations and servers, routers, accessories, translators, tactical displays, and ultra-mobile PCs for various branches of the military as well as for civilian applications. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Santa Ana, CA. For more information please visit: www.securecomm.com.

About Vance Street Capital

Vance Street Capital is a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that makes control investments in companies with enterprise values up to $200 million. Preferred industries include precision industrial manufacturing, aerospace & defense and medical components and devices. For over two decades, Vance Street’s partners have worked with management, family owners and other co-investors to accelerate revenue growth, improve operations and acquire strategic assets for the companies in their investment portfolio. For more information please visit: www.vancestreetcapital.com.

Mickey Mandelbaum
Maya Pogoda
Muirfield Partners
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