ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, today announced that it has signed a merger agreement through which it acquired the ownership of Davis Langdon & Seah (“DLS”), a cost and project management consultancy working across Asia, with 2,800 people in 10 countries. DLS 2011 revenues were over US$125 million, with normalized operating margins well above the ARCADIS target level. The business was owned by 15 international partners and 42 local partners that will all stay with the company to build a joint future with ARCADIS.
ARCADIS has financed this merger by issuing 2.2 million shares to the DLS partners, in addition to an undisclosed cash amount through existing credit facilities. The shares have lock-up periods of 12 to 36 months after closing. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share (based on net income from operations, which excludes amortization). Further financial details were not disclosed.
Established in Singapore in 1934, DLS is the longest established and largest cost/project management and quantity surveying consultancy in Asia. The company has 37 office locations with major positions in mainland China (14 offices, 1,050 people), Hong Kong/Macau (2 offices, 400 people) and other parts of Asia (21 offices, 1,350 people), including Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, India and affiliates in Malaysia and Brunei. The company holds the #1 or #2 market position in its field of activities in all countries where it operates.
In addition to its core activities, the company provides cost engineering services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries and due diligence advisory services and dispute resolution/litigation support. DLS clients are primarily local and international property developers, government agencies, public utilities, financial institutions and leading international corporations in the hotel and resort, technology, petroleum and communications sectors.
Through this merger, ARCADIS grows to well over 21,000 professionals and €2.4 billion in revenues, with 3,500 people across Asia. The DLS operations are complementary to our existing activities in Asia, including RTKL and EC Harris, with many synergy opportunities. These include the expansion of the Built Asset Consultancy services of EC Harris and using the Asian platform to further grow other core ARCADIS services in Water and Environment. Furthermore, we anticipate significant synergies in supporting our combined multinational clients, having now a greatly expanded footprint, capacity and services offering throughout the region.
The merger also fits ARCADIS’ strategic goal to build a leading global position in program management and related services. ARCADIS, including EC Harris and DLS, now has some 8,000 professionals in this service area and leading market positions in most major geographic markets throughout the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia, US and Brazil.
The DLS leadership team will remain in place, with Mr. Joseph Lee as Chief Executive Officer, who will also join the ARCADIS Senior Management Committee. The other partners will continue as Regional and Country Directors.
ARCADIS CEO Harrie Noy said: “This merger meets our long-standing strategic ambition of expanding our presence in Asia and brings an excellent and well-known brand with substantial experience in the region. We now have an established and highly successful platform for further expansion of our business in Asia. The strong urbanization and social infrastructure development in this part of the world are major drivers for growing demand for services in all our business lines.”
Joseph Lee, DLS CEO added: “This opportunity is unique as ARCADIS brings us additional capabilities and experience, which allows us to further expand our business by diversifying our service offering. This will benefit our clients, as well as our staff. In addition, we obtain access to new multinational clients that seek to invest in the countries where we are well established. We are confident of the success of this merger because of our similar values, cooperative culture and our joint commitment to service excellence, staff development and financial performance.”
Neil McArthur, ARCADIS Executive Board Member who will succeed Mr. Noy as CEO upon his retirement in May commented: “This merger creates a strong platform for growth with ample opportunities for synergies for the benefit of our combined clients throughout one of the most dynamic regions in the world. DLS’s rich history and long track record of success fit well with ARCADIS. I welcome all of the DLS leaders and staff and look forward to our combined future.”
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ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. We enhance mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance in the built and natural environment. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 19,000 people and €2.3 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Please visit: www.arcadis.com