MONTREAL, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) (SNC-Lavalin) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Kentz Corporation Limited (Kentz), approved by the boards of directors of both companies, on the terms of a cash acquisition by which the entire ordinary share capital of Kentz--issued and to be issued--will be acquired by SNC-Lavalin. Kentz is a global oil & gas services company, with 14,500 employees operating in 36 countries who provide engineering, construction and technical support services to clients in the oil & gas sector. The full announcement was issued earlier publicly and may be viewed on SNC-Lavalin's website.
The proposed acquisition of Kentz is fully aligned with SNC-Lavalin's strategy of becoming a global Tier-1 engineering and construction (E&C) services firm. The addition of Kentz's capabilities will make SNC-Lavalin a leading global E&C player in the oil & gas sector, with a greater presence in key growth regions, including the Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific, with a significant presence in Australia. The acquisition also meets the strategic priority of balancing the Company's risk profile by significantly raising the percentage of revenues it derives from services. This has been supported by discussions between both parties and a robust due diligence process.
"We look forward to adding Kentz to our group and significantly strengthening our capabilities in the oil & gas sector," said Robert G. Card, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "We are excited by the prospect of merging the excellent capabilities of our two oil & gas teams under the leadership of Christian Brown, Kentz's CEO, which will create a world-class team inside of SNC-Lavalin to better serve our combined clients worldwide. This proposed acquisition and the agreement to sell AltaLink are important milestones in our stated strategy for growth. Together, they give us confidence to increase our focus on the disposition of other mature assets. " he added.
"On behalf of our Board I am pleased to announce SNC-Lavalin's recommended cash offer to our shareholders, which has received unanimous support from our Board members. We feel that the Offer recognizes the value of our future prospects, world-class client base, and our excellent people; the ultimate assets of our business. It also offers certainty, in cash, to Kentz Shareholders today," said Christian Brown, CEO, Kentz. "Our track record in providing complex engineering and construction solutions to the energy sector globally, has evolved considerably from our first international projects in the 1970s, and many of the people instrumental to our growth remain with us today. We have a bright future and I believe that SNC-Lavalin's technical abilities and scale can support our continued success and bring further benefits to our employees, clients, and partners. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to all of the people that make Kentz what it is and look forward to continuing our success together."
Consistent with the stated strategy
Extending geographic reach and expanding in high-growth regions
"We are thrilled at the prospect of joining forces with Kentz, a company with an excellent reputation, repeat business from satisfied clients and an extensive track record for high-quality work," said Neil Bruce, President, Resources Environment & Water, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "This acquisition complements our existing client offering, further broadens our geographic reach in high-growth regions, and is expected to drive future revenue growth and cross-selling opportunities. By increasing our mid- and upstream greenfield capabilities in oil & gas, as well as enhancing our ability to efficiently complete, commission and provide asset support for projects, we will jointly be better able to help clients maintain and enhance their facilities affordably, safely and efficiently."
RBC Capital Markets is acting as financial adviser and corporate broker to SNC-Lavalin. Morgan Stanley and Ondra Partners have also provided financial advice to SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin's legal adviser is Norton Rose Fulbright and Stikeman Elliott acted as special board consel. SNC-Lavalin's accountants are Deloitte LLP. Maitland acted as financial communications consultants.
OFFER DETAILS AND TIMETABLE
The acquisition is planned to be effected by means of Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement in Jersey. The transaction will be subject, inter alia, to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions, the approval of the scheme of arrangement by the Kentz shareholders, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the Court's sanction of the scheme of arrangement. All relevant documentation will be made available on SNC-Lavalin's website at www.snclavalin.com.
Details of the recommended acquisition will be sent to Kentz shareholders within 28 days of the date of this announcement. It is anticipated that the acquisition will be completed in the third quarter of 2014.
Note: the reference exchange rates assumed are £1:C$1.832 and US$1:C$1.077
* Pro-forma 2013 figures based on 2012A of the Valerus business (Kentz Circular dated December 9, 2013)
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
SNC-Lavalin will hold a conference call on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:00am EDT to discuss the proposed acquisition of Kentz with the financial community and media. Participants will include Robert G. Card, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin; Neil Bruce, President, Resources, Environment & Water, SNC-Lavalin; and Alain-Pierre Raynaud, Executive Vice-President and CFO, SNC-Lavalin. To participate, please dial toll-free at 1-866-530-1553, or 416-847-6330 in Toronto, or 514-223-0612 in Montreal, or 08002790444 in the United Kingdom. Please note that this call will be accompanied by an online presentation that will be available on the main page of SNC-Lavalin's website approximately one hour prior to the call. A recording of the conference call will also be available on our website within 24 hours following the end of the call. Members of the media are welcome to listen-in during the question period dedicated to financial analysts, following which they will be invited to ask questions related to this announcement.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, and is a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 other countries around the world, and is currently active in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com
ABOUT KENTZ CORPORATION LIMITED
Kentz is a global engineering specialist solutions provider, which serves a blue chip client base primarily in the oil & gas, petrochemical and mining and metals sectors. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: KENZ). Kentz has over 14,500 employees in 36 countries. Its three main business lines are: Engineering and Projects, Construction, and Technical Support Services (TSS). It has a proven track record of delivering mechanical, electrical, controls and instrumentation engineering, construction and management services in some of the most remote locations on earth.
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