Amentum to acquire PAE
On October 25, Falls Church, VA-based PAE Incorporated announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Amentum Government Services Holdings LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion, including the assumption of debt and certain fees. Amentum is a premier global technical and engineering services partner supporting critical programs of national significance across defense, security, intelligence, energy, and environment.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, PAE shareholders will be entitled to receive $10.05 per share in cash upon the consummation of the transaction, which is subject to shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The purchase price represents an approximately 70% premium over PAE’s closing price on October 22, 2021, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the transaction. The exercise price of PAE’s outstanding warrants will be adjusted pursuant to PAE’s warrant agreement unless the warrants are called for redemption pursuant to such warrant agreement.
“By achieving an approximately 70% premium over PAE’s closing price on October 22, 2021, PAE’s board believes this transaction will deliver significant value for PAE’s shareholders. This is a historic milestone in PAE’s legacy of service to the U.S. Government spanning over 66 years,” said Marshall Heinberg, chairman of the board of directors. “I want to commend Interim President and CEO Charlie Peiffer and the rest of the PAE management team for their outstanding work in getting the transaction to this point given many competing demands,” Heinberg said.
“I believe joining the capabilities and resources of PAE and Amentum will benefit the customers and employees of both companies. This transaction creates new opportunities for the technology innovation our customers need to drive their critical missions,” said PAE Interim CEO and President Charlie Peiffer. “Aided by an attractive demand environment and PAE’s diversification across its customer base, contract portfolio and geographic reach, combining with Amentum is expected to provide our customers a wide array of capabilities and services via a broad range of contracting vehicles. Furthermore, this transaction should provide strong growth opportunities in terms of career development for our employees.”
“Having a similar mission-oriented culture and creating new opportunities for our employees while maximizing shareholder value were of significant importance in the selection criteria for partnership in PAE’s next chapter,” said Peiffer. “We believe that joining with Amentum will enable PAE’s talented workforce to deliver even more innovative solutions to our customers.”
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