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Jacobs to acquire CH2M

Written by  OE Staff Wednesday, 02 August 2017 13:20

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. have entered into a definitive agreement that will see Jacobs acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately US$3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.

CH2M is a world-renowned design, engineering and program management firm with a team of 20,000 employees.

Applying CH2M’s advanced design, technical and program management expertise across Jacobs’ global footprint will enable the combined company to deliver more solutions to more clients in both the government and private sector, says Jacobs.

“By increasing our industry reach and adding to our already extensive skills, this transaction enhances our value to our clients and bolsters Jacobs’ position as a premier consulting, design, engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance technical services firm. CH2M brings to Jacobs a talented, engaged team with capabilities and values that are very complementary to our own. Together, we will bring more solutions to our clients, give more opportunity to our employees and create increased value for Jacobs’ shareholders. In addition, this transaction is consistent with our M&A criteria, accelerating our ability to achieve our financial growth targets and propelling Jacobs toward our vision of providing innovative solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” says Steve Demetriou, Jacobs’ chairman and CEO.

“We are delighted about the prospects of combining CH2M with Jacobs,” says CH2M chairman and CEO Jacqueline Hinman. “Since late 2014, we’ve been transparent about our plans to pursue an ownership transition, providing sustained access to capital for growth. Considering all of the options, we focused on securing greater opportunities for our employees, delivering superior value to our clients and enhanced value for our stockholders, all while continuing to serve the higher purpose our company is known for, providing sustainable solutions for a better world. Throughout this time, we strengthened our business portfolio and performance, which put us in a position to deliver the best possible value and outcome for the future of the company. This was the unanimous choice of our Board, and the value Jacobs will provide to our stockholders, reflects genuine appreciation for our employees and the world-class work we deliver to our clients.”

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