Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today that the shareholders of Australian professional services firm Sinclair Knight Merz voted to approve the proposed merger transaction with Jacobs, in accordance with the terms previously announced on September 8, 2013. The proposed transaction is subject to final approval by the Australian Federal Court in a hearing scheduled for December 10, 2013, with closing expected to occur shortly thereafter. Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such statements relate to a variety of matters, including but not limited to, the timing and expected completion of the proposed transaction. We base these forward-looking statements on management’s current expectations as well as currently available competitive, financial and economic data. Forward-looking statements, however, are inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks relating to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including the risk that the closing conditions of the transaction will not be satisfied; any difficulties associated with requests or directions from governmental authorities resulting from their reviews of the proposed transaction; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction; litigation relating to the proposed transaction or its completion; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction or its completion; any operational, cultural or financial difficulties associated with the integration of Jacobs’ and SKM’s businesses; and any changes in general economic and/or industry-specific, or company specific conditions. For a description of some of the additional factors which may occur that could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements please refer to our 2013 Form 10-K, and in particular the discussions contained under Items 1 - Business, 1A - Risk Factors, 3 - Legal Proceedings, and 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.