SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX), a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations and commercial clients, today announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which SRA will be acquired by an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners in an all-cash transaction.
Pursuant to terms of the agreement, SRA shareholders will receive $31.25 in cash for each share of common stock, for a total value of approximately $1.88 billion. The transaction represents a 10.2% premium based on the closing price of $28.36 on March 31, 2011 and a premium of 52.8% over the closing price of $20.45 on Dec. 31, 2010, the company’s unaffected share price.
SRA’s Board of Directors – acting upon the recommendation of a Special Committee consisting of independent and disinterested Directors and in conjunction with the Special Committee’s outside financial and legal advisors – unanimously approved the transaction and recommended that SRA shareholders approve the transaction, with SRA Founder and Chairman Dr. Ernst Volgenau abstaining.
Dr. Volgenau said, “We believe in the merits of this transaction, which serves the best interests of our shareholders, as well as those of our 7,300 employees and more than 1,400 contracts with customers. We also look forward to partnering with Providence, whose values and culture are consistent with SRA’s longstanding ethic of honesty and service. We believe these characteristics are critical as we continue to build SRA and sustain its competitive positioning for the future.”
Julie Richardson, a Managing Director at Providence, said “The government information services market is a highly attractive area of investment for Providence, and SRA is a leading innovator within the national security, civil government, global health and intelligence sectors. Under Ernst’s remarkable stewardship since founding the company over 32 years ago, SRA has built a strong culture of integrity and a sterling reputation for high-quality service that differentiates the company from its competitors and positions them well to compete and win in this market. We are excited about partnering with Ernst and the SRA management team to build lasting value for the company, its employees and its customers.”