Blackwater International sold
Private US security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater International, has been bought by a group of investors, they announced on Friday.
New York-based USTC Holdings said it will acquire Xe and its core operating subsidiaries, but did not disclose the price or terms of the agreement in a statement.
USTC Holdings is an investor consortium led by private equity firms Forte Capital Advisors and Manhattan Partners.
Xe’s current owner Eric price, will sell his entire stake in the company and “will not be involved in the management or operation of the company,” USTC Holdings said.
“The company going forward will be managed by a board appointed by the equity owners which will include independent, unaffiliated directors.”
The New York Times reported Friday the sale came after the State Department threatened to stop awarding contracts to the company as long as it was owned by Prince, a former Navy SEAL.
The company, once the best known security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, has come under pressure since Blackwater guards were accused of killing 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.
Prince put the company up for sale in June and moved his family to Abu Dhabi.
The Times said people involved in the negotiations said the sale was worth 200 million dollars, but Prince will receive payments into the future depending on the company’s financial performance.
A lead investor is Jason De Yonker of Forte Capital Advisors, who helped Prince develop a business plan after he founded the company in 1997, and negotiated its first training contracts.
An investment group with ties to the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater announced Friday that it has bought the security firm, which was heavily criticized for its contractors’ actions in Iraq.
USTC Holdings said in a statement that the acquisition of the company now called Xe Services includes its training facility in North Carolina.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the statement said owner and founder Erik Prince will no longer have an equity stake and no longer be involved in Xe’s management or operations. The company will be managed by a board appointed by the equity holders and will include independent, unaffiliated directors, the statement said.
Prince founded the company in 1997 along with former colleagues from the Navy SEALs.
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note prinz and his family moved to abu dhabi..the new world..