RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCI, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCIT), a leading provider of information technology (IT) and professional services and solutions to U.S. Federal Government agencies, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by private funds managed by an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private equity investment firm, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $283 million.
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, H.I.G. will commence a tender offer no later than July 17, 2017, to acquire all outstanding shares of NCI’s Class A and Class B common stock for $20.00 per share in cash. NCI’s board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction. Concurrently with the execution of the merger agreement, the chairman of the board of NCI, Charles Narang, in his capacity as a stockholder of the Company, entered into a tender and support agreement pursuant to which he will, subject to certain exceptions, tender all of his shares of NCI common stock in favor of the offer.
“On behalf of NCI, I am pleased to announce this agreement today and excited by the prospect of what it means for our customers and employees,” said Paul A. Dillahay, president and CEO. “This partnership with H.I.G. Capital will offer NCI an opportunity to accelerate our growth strategy; enhance our delivery of premier solutions to our customers, including the use of artificial intelligence and agile software development to increase the speed, productivity and capability of their missions; and create new opportunities for our employees.”
“We are excited to partner with Paul Dillahay and the entire NCI workforce,” said Rick Rosen, an executive managing director at H.I.G. “We believe NCI is well positioned to continue to deliver differentiated technology solutions to its federal government customers, including the men and women of our armed forces, and we look forward to working with the NCI management team through the next stage of the Company’s growth.”
The closing of the tender offer will be subject to certain conditions, including the tender of shares of NCI common stock representing at least a majority of the voting power of the shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding on a fully-diluted basis (assuming that the shares of Class B common stock will convert to Class A common stock upon consummation of the tender offer, the exercise of all options and the vesting of all restricted stock awards), the expiration of the waiting period under any applicable antitrust laws and other customary conditions. Upon the completion of the tender offer, H.I.G. will acquire all remaining shares through a second step merger without the need for a stockholder vote under Delaware law. The closing of the transaction is not contingent on financing. The parties currently expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017. Upon the completion of the proposed transaction, NCI will become a privately held company.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated are serving as financial advisors to NCI. Paul Hastings LLP is acting as NCI’s legal advisor. Teneo Capital is acting as H.I.G.’s financial advisor. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as H.I.G.’s legal advisor.
About NCI, Inc.:
NCI is a leading provider of enterprise solutions and services to U.S. defense, intelligence, health and civilian government agencies. The company has the expertise and proven track record to solve its customers’ most important and complex mission challenges through technology and innovation. NCI’s team of highly skilled professionals focuses on delivering cost-effective solutions and services in the areas of agile development and lean software O&M cybersecurity and information assurance; engineering and logistics; big data and data analytics; IT infrastructure optimization and service management; and health and program integrity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, NCI has approximately 2,000 employees operating at more than 100 locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.nciinc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with over $21 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/ value-added approach. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.