Ms. Antenucci has 15 years of investment banking experience including mergers, acquisitions, financing and valuation. She has worked on the buyside and the sellside for a wide array of Fortune 500 firms, small-caps, entrepreneurs and private equity owners. Her clients have included most of the world's leading aerospace/defense contractors.
In addition to her transactional expertise, Ms. Antenucci has advised companies, investor groups and government entities on the impact of industry restructuring and procurement reform, and is frequently cited by financial and trade press on these issues. In 2008, she was named one of the Top 40 under 40 Investment Bankers by Investment Dealers' Digest and has recently been recognized with other such awards by The M&A Advisor and Corporate Board Member.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Antenucci served as the co-president and managing director of Quarterdeck Investment Partners, a boutique M&A advisor to the aerospace, defense and government services industries. She held these and other roles at the firm and its predecessor company from its founding until 2002.
Ms. Antenucci holds degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University and from Northwestern University, and she studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a member of the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, sits on the corporate advisory board of the National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation, and is a member of the board of directors of the Space Foundation. She is also registered with FINRA (formerly the NASD) as a General Securities Principal (Series 7, 24 and 63).
1) How did you get started in the satellite business?
I began investment banking in the aerospace and defense industries in 1993 with a start-up firm called Quarterdeck Investment Partners. From the very beginning, many of our merger & acquisition clients were involved as suppliers to the satellite industry - companies like Wyle Laboratories (testing), Ithaco (attitude control), Spar (antennae, deployable structures, and satellite integration), Herley (microwave components), Tecstar (solar arrays), Pressure Systems (propellant tanks and composite structures), Raytheon Optical Systems (high-end optics), in addition to a couple satellite operators like Digital Globe. I have continues to be very involved with this satellite industry as the head of an investment banking practice at Houlihan Lokey - advising investors and business owners on the value of their businesses and opportunities to grow through acquisition or reposition themselves through divestitures.
2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?
I was involved in the change of ownership of part or all of many of the companies named above. This is part of a larger scale consolidation that had changed the shape of the satellite supply chain, and continues to. For example, I advised when GeoEye (then called OrbImage) acquired Space Imaging LLC. My team helped put a value on the company, structure an attractive proposal to Raytheon and Lockheed, and assist our client in raising the money to make this strategic acquisition. I also advised last year when Orbital Sciences decided to divest a "non-core" business unit called TMS.
3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?
I am lucky enough to have watched a Space Shuttle launch last year and encourage anyone who hasn't witnessed this to catch one before the end of the Shuttle program. It is a powerful visual and the incredible culmination of decades of technical development, American industrial prowess, courageous astronauts, and committed government spending. The physical forces literally stun you, but the impact of what you see sticks with you for much longer.
4) What was the greatest obstacle?
The greatest challenge I have seen in the space industry is the overmatch of the tremendous capital required to realize the technical possibilities presented by space technology versus the very long timeline to realizing the possible profit of these investments. It generally requires investors in this industry - whether commercial or government - to accept extraordinary technical and market risk for several years before they can expect to get a return on their investment. It therefore narrows the sources of capital to a limited group of inspired individuals who can afford to invest for the very long term at high levels of risk.
5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?
I believe the "space" industry will come to understand itself and promote itself to investors as being much more mainstream to the established commercial markets for its technology. Communications, GPS, and imaging technologies - among others - will be more commonly understood byproducts of the forty-some years of space investment, and will accelerate the capital commitments to the sector and the pace of innovation.
6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?
Don't limit your understanding of the industry to companies that launch equipment. Think about the whole exploitation chain of those assets as "the space industry." The more professionals who combine understanding of the potential of space and the market demand for byproducts of that potential, the more capital the sector will attract and the bigger it will become.
Women in Space
Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group
Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government
Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News
Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.
Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems
Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat
Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat
Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat
Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS
Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.
Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.
Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America
Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer
Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat
Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.
Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional
Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant
Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.
Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO
Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin
Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association
Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications
Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation
Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC
Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies
Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base
Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat
Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer
Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio
Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.
Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services
Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office
Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director
Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC
Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army
Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer
Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada
Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies
Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.
Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT
Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC
Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General
Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX
Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC
Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales
Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International
Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA
Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU
Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant
Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO
Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat
Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union
Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat