General Dynamics to Acquire CSRA for $9.6 Billion
February 12, 2017
- Combination creates the premier provider of high-tech IT solutions to Government Technology Services market
- With approximately $9.9 billion in revenue and strong double-digit EBITDA margins, the combined GDIT and CSRA is well-positioned to serve its customers’ current and evolving mission requirements
- Expected to generate run-rate pre-tax cost synergies of approximately 2% of combined sales by 2020
- Accretive to earnings and free cash flow per share in 2019
- Robust cash flow allows for rapid deleveraging and maintaining capital deployment flexibility
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which General Dynamics will acquire all outstanding shares of CSRA for $40.75 in cash. The transaction is valued at $9.6 billion, including the assumption of $2.8 billion in CSRA debt.
“The acquisition of CSRA represents a significant strategic step in expanding the capabilities and customer base of GDIT,” said Phebe Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics. “CSRA’s management team has created an outstanding provider of innovative, next-generation IT solutions with industry-leading margins. We see substantial opportunities to provide cost-effective IT solutions and services to the Department of Defense, the intelligence community and federal civilian agencies. The combination enables GDIT to grow revenue and profits at an accelerated rate. It will allow us to deliver even more innovative, leading-edge solutions to our customers.”
Larry Prior, chief executive officer and president of CSRA, said, “Our combination with General Dynamics represents an excellent outcome for CSRA’s stockholders, employees and customers. It builds on strong shared values, culture and a passion for serving our customers’ missions. We believe that this combination creates a clear, differentiated leader in the Federal IT sector, with a full spectrum of enterprise IT capabilities, including unique depth in Next-Gen offerings in conjunction with our commercial IT alliance partners.”
Novakovic continued, “I am very pleased to welcome CSRA’s talented leadership team and employees. This combination brings together two industry leaders with highly complementary capabilities to create a strong business with approximately $9.9 billion in revenue and double-digit EBITDA margins in the consolidating Government Technology Services sector.”
General Dynamics expects the transaction to be accretive to GAAP earnings per share and to free cash flow per share in 2019, and expects to generate estimated annual pre-tax cost savings of approximately 2 percent of the combined company’s revenue by 2020. We are committed to maintaining our strong credit ratings and using our robust cash flow for reduction of debt from the transaction, continuation of our dividend policy and the flexible deployment of capital, including ongoing investment in the business.
Transaction Terms and Financing
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, a subsidiary of General Dynamics will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of CSRA common stock for $40.75 per share in cash. The tender offer is subject to customary conditions, including antitrust clearance and the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of CSRA common stock. Following successful completion of the tender offer, General Dynamics would acquire all remaining shares not tendered in the offer through a merger at the same price as in the tender offer. General Dynamics expects to complete the acquisition in the first half of 2018.
We anticipate financing the transaction through a combination of available cash and new debt financing. Upon completion of the transaction, General Dynamics anticipates retaining strong credit ratings with net debt of approximately $10.5 billion.
Stone Key Group, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to General Dynamics and Jenner & Block LLP served as legal counsel. Evercore and Macquarie Capital served as financial advisors to CSRA and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel.
General Dynamics and CSRA executives will discuss the transaction in a webcast on Monday, February 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. The live webcast of the conference call will be available on the General Dynamics website, www.generaldynamics.com, and the CSRA website, www.CSRA.com.
About General Dynamics
Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services business aviation; combat vehicles, weapon systems and munitions; C4ISR and IT solutions; and shipbuilding. The company’s 2017 revenue was $31 billion. More information is available at www.generaldynamics.com.
CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) is a leading government IT business providing next-generation technology solutions to federal customers. CSRA's solutions are organized into six service areas: cyber; data and analytics; digital platforms; digital services; enterprise business services; and intelligent business process services. The company’s FY2017 (March) revenue was $5 billion. To learn more about CSRA, visit www.CSRA.com.