Amentum to buy PAE for $1.9 billion
PAE Inc., which offers operational services to the U.S. government and its allies, said Monday it has struck a deal to be acquired by a unit of Amentum Government Services Holdings LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.9 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Pae shareholders will receive $10.05 per share in cash, or a roughly 70% premium over the closing price on Oct. 22, the last trading day before the deal was announced. The stock jumped 72% premarket on the news. Amentum offers technical and engineering services for programs across defense, security, intelligence, energy, and environment. Pae now has a "go-shop" period effective through Nov. 29, where it may seek alternative bids from third parties. The agreement includes a break fee, should Pae terminate the merger agreement.
“The acquisition of PAE complements Amentum’s growth into intelligence and technology services, deepens its relationship with key agencies such as the Department of State, NASA and the Intelligence Community, and meaningfully adds to Amentum’s scale, depth of client relationships and breadth of capabilities,” said John Vollmer, Amentum’s CEO. “We look forward to welcoming PAE’s extremely talented employees to the Amentum family. Our complementary capabilities and cultures are expected to propel Amentum to the top of our market by further solidifying our value proposition of employing the best people and offering the most differentiated solutions in support of our clients.”
“This strategic combination of two market leading companies will benefit our customers and create increased opportunities for our employees while maximizing shareholder value,” said Charles Peiffer, Interim President and CEO of PAE.
Amentum is a premier global technology and engineering services partner supporting critical programs of national significance across defense, security, intelligence, energy, and the environment. We draw from a century-old heritage of operational excellence, mission focus, and successful execution underpinned by a strong culture of safety and ethics. Headquartered in Germantown, Md., we employ more thanaqui 34,000 people in all 50 states and perform work in 105 foreign countries and territories. Visit us at amentum.com to explore how we deliver excellence for our customers’ most vital missions.
For more than 66 years, PAE has tackled the world’s toughest challenges to deliver agile and steadfast solutions to the U.S. government and its allies. With a global workforce of approximately 20,000 on all seven continents and in approximately 60 countries, PAE delivers a broad range of operational support services to meet the critical needs of our clients. PAE’s headquarters are in Falls Church, Virginia.