AECOM to buy URS Corporation in $6 billion deal

AECOM has announced that it will pay about $4 billion for URS and will take on about $2 billion in debt. 

July 15, 2014 |

Massive construction firm AECOM Technology Corporation has made a $6 billion deal to buy San Francisco-based URS Corporation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Together, the firms will form a global giant with more than $19 billion in revenue and 95,000 employees in 150 countries.

AECOM has announced that it will pay about $4 billion for URS and will take on about $2 billion in debt. Michael S. Burke, CEO of AECOM, has said that the firm will get bigger over time, but not immediately, as it will focus on paying down its debt. AECOM will pay $56.31 per URS share, and URS stockholders will receive $33 per share, 0.734 shares of AECOM common stock for each URS share. 

Burke said that he expects to add employees, specifically engineers, architects, and construction managers in the company's hometown of Los Angeles, though he didn't give specific numbers, according to the Times.

AECOM generates revenue through a number of industries: architecture, construction, management, and finance. Currently, it's working on the complex for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as a stadium for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.  

URS, on the other hand, is a major player in the energy sector, and provides integrated engineering, construction and technical services. It is managing the John F. Kennedy International Airport Redevelopment Program and the Orange County Public Schools Capital Improvement Program in Orlando. 

Though the companies have competed over the years, the merger gives AECOM a stronger grip on the energy and oil industries, as well as federal contracting, which brought in 34% of URS's revenue in 2013. 

"The combined company will be a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm, serving clients across a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government," URS said in a statement on the merger. "The two companies are world leaders in the infrastructure industry."

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