Aug 07, 2013

Mission Solutions to Acquire Michael Baker Corp.

The transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2013

Missions Solutions LLC Acquires Michael Baker Corp.

Michael Baker Corp. entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Integrated Mission Solutions LLC (IMS), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Baker’s Board of Directors, Baker shareholders will receive $40.50 in cash for each share of common stock that they own, in a transaction valued at $396.9 million. The per share price represents a 37% premium to Baker’s closing share price of $29.60 on July 26, 2013, a 55% premium to the average 90-day share price, and a 93% premium to the share price on Dec.18, 2012, the day before DC Capital publicly proposed to acquire Baker.

Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of IMS will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding Baker common shares. Baker’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the offer. Any shares not tendered in the offer will be acquired in a merger at the same cash price as paid in the tender offer. Closing of the tender offer is conditioned upon customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2013.

In an effort to preserve Baker’s heritage and culture, IMS has agreed to retain the Baker name, maintain Baker’s presence in the Pittsburgh area and keep the current organization and staff of Baker essentially intact.

Thomas J. Campbell, chairman of IMS and founder of DC Capital, said, "This is a significant step for both companies. The combination of Michael Baker and IMS will create a company with over $1 billion in revenue, approximately 5,000 employees, and a platform with global reach. IMS has a strong presence internationally with a history of operating on all five continents. This geographic footprint in support of our customers in growth areas such as infrastructure, development, intelligence, and technology combined with Michael Baker’s complementary capabilities, highly certified, security cleared workforce and distinctive North American presence will greatly enhance our collective ability to manage and execute larger projects.”

The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash provided by IMS as well as debt financing that has been committed, subject to the terms of a commitment letter, by Jefferies Finance LLC. 

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