Stantec Acquires MWH Global Inc.

May 11, 2016
MWH has nearly 200 years of recognized industry history

Stantec Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Broomfield, Colo.-based MWH Global Inc. (MWH), a 6,800-person engineering, consulting and construction management firm focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment. With award-winning project work and 187 offices distributed across 26 countries, the acquisition expands Stantec’s position in water resources infrastructure while gaining presence in geographies including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, Europe and the Middle East.  The acquisition closed pursuant to the agreement announced by both firms on March 29, 2016. Ninety-seven percent of the issued and outstanding MWH shares were voted, and the vote was 99.7% in favor of approving the acquisition.

“MWH brings new geographic presence, acclaimed industry reputation, and most importantly, shared values in their dedication to communities,” said Bob Gomes, Stantec president and chief executive officer.

Recognized Projects and History

With nearly 200 years of recognized industry history, MWH has supported some of the world's most technically significant water and natural resource infrastructure projects, including:

  • Serving as the lead designer on the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project in Panama;
  • Providing asset management, design and construction strategies, as part of an alliance of industry-leading organizations, for the Thames Water Asset Management Programme 6 in the United Kingdom; and
  • Serving as the construction manager for the Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4 in Texas, which effectively treats 50 mgd of water from nearby water sources.

“By combining the talents and expertise of our employees, we have forged an even stronger team to address our clients’ most challenging issues in water and infrastructure,” said Alan Krause, MWH chairman and CEO. “Inspired by our shared values and guided by our united purpose, we are now Building a Better World and Designing with Community in Mind for an exciting new world of opportunities. Working together in this way, we can be more and do more for all of our employees, clients and communities.”

New Opportunities

Along with its global network of staff, MWH brings capabilities that are new to Stantec, including its Engineering and Technical Services group, which provide water-related design services to hydropower, oil and gas, mining and industrial clients. MWH contributes construction management, program management and management consulting business services related to water infrastructure. Within the construction field, MWH has a range of capabilities, with the majority being construction management at-risk performed on water-related projects in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Strategic Combination of Teams

Executive leaders from Stantec and MWH are working together to develop an integration strategy that identifies and leverages the firms’ combined strengths. In combination, Stantec will have approximately 22,000 team members distributed across more than 400 offices located around the world.

New Credit Facilities

In connection with the closing of the acquisition, Stantec completed the financing of $1.25 billion syndicated senior secured credit facilities, consisting of an $800 million senior secured revolving credit facility, and a $450 million senior secured term credit facility. The acquisition and the refinancing of existing Stantec debt was funded by a combination of: (i) net proceeds of approximately $786 million drawn under the New Credit Facilities, and (ii) the net proceeds of approximately $580 million from the previously announced offering of 19,964,000 subscription receipts, inclusive of 2,604,000 subscription receipts issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.

Subscription Receipts to Convert to Common Shares

As a result of the closing of the acquisition, Stantec’s 19,964,000 subscription receipts were, in accordance with their terms, automatically settled on a one-for-one basis for common shares of the company. 

Source: Stantec

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