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Airbus Defence and Space wins award for Strategic M&A Transaction of the Year from Euroconsult

Paris, 9 September 2009 - At the annual World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris, Airbus Defence and Space received the award for the Strategic M&A Transaction of the Year for its purchase of Earth observation services company Spot Image.


Airbus Defence and Space, the space services division of Airbus Defence and Space, purchased a majority share in Spot Image and now holds 82% of the equity.  Spot Image is now closely aligned with Airbus Defence and Space’s existing major Earth observation business Infoterra – providing a greater range of value added services to the market.

Accepting the award from Pacôme Revillon of Euroconsult, Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “I am honoured to receive this award – as it recognises our vision and strategy in bringing Spot Image into the Airbus Defence and Space family to expand our in-house data capabilities and strengthen our downstream services offerings.  Spot Image brings 280 high quality staff with huge experience of running a worldwide sales business. This will help our common ambition to become global.”


He continued: “I would like to make a special mention of the French Space Agency CNES, for having had the vision more than 20 years ago to set up Spot Image – for appreciating, that the transfer of mature space services from the state to industry brings mutual benefit and then for turning this conclusion into reality.”


Airbus Defence and Space comprises four business divisions, Telecom Services, Secure Satcom Systems, Earth Observation Services, and Navigation.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118,000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                              Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41


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