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07:01  21 april  2017
07:01  21 april  2017 Source:   Reuters

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By Allison Lampert. (Reuters) - Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc ( SNC .TO: Quote) on Thursday said it would buy British engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L: Quote) for C $ 3 . 6 billion (.67 billion)

By Allison Lampert. (Reuters) - Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc ( SNC .TO: Quote) on Thursday said it would buy British engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L: Quote) for C $ 3 . 6 billion (.67 billion)

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Canadian engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc (SNC.TO) on Thursday said it would buy British engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L) for C$3.6 billion ($2.67 billion), firming up an indicative offer it made earlier this month.

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(Reuters) - Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc (TO: SNC ) on Thursday said it would buy British engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc (L:ATKW) for C $ 3 . 6 billion (2.08 billion pounds), firming up an indicative offer it made earlier this month.

Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc ( SNC .TO) said on Thursday it would acquire British engineering consultant WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L) in a deal valued at about $ 3 . 6 billion (£3.35 billion).

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SNC-Lavalin's offer of 2080 pence ($26.66) per share in cash is the same as the indicative offer Atkins disclosed on April 3. It represents a 35.1 percent premium to Atkin's closing price on March 31.

“This acquisition is fully aligned with our stated growth strategy of becoming a recognized E&C (engineering and construction) powerhouse,” Neil Bruce, chief executive of Montreal-based SNC, said on a conference call.

The combination creates a global company specializing in professional services and project management with C$12.1 billion in revenues and 53,000 employees.

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Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc ( SNC .TO) on Thursday said it would buy British engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L) for C $ 3 . 6 billion (.67 billion), firming up an indicative offer it made earlier this month.

(Reuters) – Canadian engineering and construction company SNC - Lavalin Group Inc < SNC .TO> said on Thursday it would acquire British engineering consultant WS Atkins Plc in a deal valued at about $ 3 . 6 billion (£3.35 billion).

Bruce said the deal would boost SNC’s position in its nuclear, rail and transportation and infrastructure core businesses, while reducing its exposure to oil and gas.

Canadian pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ), SNC's biggest shareholder, will extend a loan of C$1.5 billion ($1.11 billion) to SNC and buy C$400 million ($297.00 million) of equity in the company to help finance the acquisition.

The loan will be secured by the value and cash flows of SNC-Lavalin's interest in the Highway 407 ETR project in Ontario, CDPQ said separately.

SNC said its funding will also include an C$800 million ($594.00 million) public bought-deal offering.

The deal is expected to generate about C$120 million in cost savings, including C$90 million ($66.83 million) from Atkins and C$30 million ($22.28 million) from SNC, through efforts such as eliminating corporate costs and consolidating offices, Bruce said.

RBC was SNC's financial adviser, while Norton Rose Fulbright provided legal counsel.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, SNC said.

(Reporting by Allison Lampert; Additional reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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