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KBR to acquire Honeywell’s government services provider, HTSI

KBR, Inc. has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTSI), a leading professional, technical and mission support services organization providing an array of mission-critical services and customized solutions throughout the world primarily to U.S. government agencies.

August 12, 2016  By Kellogg Brown & Root LLC

HTSI is headquartered in Columbia, Md. and has approximately 3,550 employees operating primarily in the U.S., the Middle East and Asia. Through its three business lines — space, mission support, and security solutions — HTSI offers services throughout the satellite mission lifecycle, military equipment prepositioning and logistics services, and cyber security capabilities to protect customers’ digital information and physical security. HTSI’s primary customers include NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Intelligence community.

HTSI will be integrated into KBRwyle, a wholly owned subsidiary of KBR, to create a total capability government services organization that spans the spectrum of the life-cycle of aerospace and defense programs from research and development, through test and evaluation, to operations, maintenance, and field logistics. HTSI’s specialized, technical expertise provides KBR with complete lifecycle service capabilities, including cyber security and IT capabilities. The addition of HTSI secures KBR’s position as a leader in high end technical engineering and mission support, logistics and equipment maintenance, and provides access to new opportunities from aerospace logistics to core services for intelligence clients.

“This acquisition is in-line with our previously announced strategy to expand our government service offerings into higher end technical services that tend to carry increased margins and reduced levels of risk,” said Stuart Bradie, President and CEO of KBR, Inc.

“Adding HTSI’s highly specialized and differentiated offerings to KBR’s government services portfolio grows our capabilities as well as our geographic footprint, and provides us access to new funding streams as well as an outstanding record of past performance. The inclusion of HTSI further diversifies KBR’s offerings and provides more balance between the Engineering & Construction (E&C) segment of our business and the rest of KBR’s business which is a combination of our Government Services (GS) and the Technology & Consulting (T&C) businesses. This balance provides KBR with a strong base load of high value, low-risk, more predictable and long-term earnings capabilities to balance the more cyclical E&C sector while expanding our ability to share resources between the segments,” Bradie continued.


Bradie also added: “With HTSI, we create additional synergies between our businesses, specifically between the project and program management skills in E&C and GS providing further opportunity to transfer personnel between the two. Further, with the addition of HTSI, we continue to lower KBR’s risk profile, with further opportunity for higher margin, cost-reimbursable work in GS.”

The transaction is expected to be accretive to KBR’s earnings per share in 2017. Annual estimated revenues for HTSI are approximately $600 million.

The transaction price to KBR is $266 million, after adjustments for approximately $34 million of acquired tax benefits, and subject to other customary adjustments, including for net working capital of HTSI. The transaction will initially be funded through KBR’s existing line of credit facility.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the KBR Board of Directors and is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close by the end of October 2016.


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