Cobham plc has acquired the entire share capital of Axell Wireless Limited, a privately-owned supplier of wireless communications for commercial and public safety markets, for a total consideration of up to £85 million on a cash and debt-free basis. Cobham has paid an initial £60 million for the business, with a further conditional cash consideration of up to £25 million in total being payable during 2014 and 2015, contingent on future performance.

Axell is a leading global provider of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and wireless solutions for the public safety and cellular markets, with a specific focus on communication systems for buildings and critical infrastructure applications. Axell’s markets have been growing strongly, driven by rapidly increasing demand for indoor mobile data traffic and more stringent public safety regulations, which support the ability of emergency services to communicate within large buildings and at international events.

The company designs, develops and supplies innovative technology products including digital repeaters, fibre optical master units, multi band remotes and network management tools all of which are complementary to the technology in Cobham’s existing Antenna Systems and Tactical Communications and Surveillance businesses.

The acquisition of Axell presents significant opportunities to sell products to the respective customer bases of each company and provide larger system solutions for future customer requirements. The company has approximately 250 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Chesham, UK. It will become part of the Antenna Systems Strategic Business Unit, within Cobham’s Aerospace and Security Division.

Cobham Chief Executive Officer, Bob Murphy commented: “Axell operates in an exciting and growing global market, bringing complementary technology to our existing businesses. This transaction, following the acquisition of Thrane & Thrane in 2012, represents another step towards achieving our strategic objective of bringing more balance to our portfolio.”