Jan
24
2008

ICF International to Acquire Jones & Stokes Associates, Integrated Planning and Resource Management Firm

Transaction Positions Companies as National Leaders in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management

 

 

Fairfax, Virginia, January 24, 2008 -

ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Jones & Stokes Associates, an integrated planning and resource management firm specializing in the transportation, energy, water, and natural resource management sectors. Closing is subject to certain closing conditions, including Jones & Stokes shareholder approval, and is anticipated to occur in February. The purchase price will be $50 million, subject to a working capital adjustment at closing.

Established in 1970, Jones & Stokes supports a broad mix of federal, commercial, and state and local government clients on projects to plan and implement required infrastructure improvements and mandated government programs. It is an employee-owned company headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., with approximately 400 regular employees. ICF expects the company to generate revenue of approximately $72 million in 2008 with an EBITDA margin of between 9 percent and 10 percent. Going forward, ICF anticipates annual revenue growth of at least 10 percent and similar EBITDA margins. ICF expects the transaction to be accretive to 2008 earnings.

“This transaction illustrates a major element of our growth strategy—to expand our implementation capabilities,” said ICF Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan. “In addition to deepening our environmental planning and natural resource management capabilities, Jones & Stokes brings established client relationships that will allow us to sell the full range of advisory and implementation services to these clients.”

Building on Jones & Stokes experience implementing government programs, the business combination will provide for organic growth by securing large-scale implementation-oriented contracts in markets that both firms know well. The company’s strong presence in the western U.S. will help ICF grow its business in that part of the country, while ICF’s presence in the eastern U.S., as well as internationally, will help Jones & Stokes execute engagements around the world. The transaction also will significantly expand ICF’s environmental capabilities and offerings across such strategic growth areas as transportation, energy, climate change, and water resources in a number of important ways.

  • Jones & Stokes’ substantial experience in project delivery within the transportation arena enables ICF to broaden its scope and accelerate growth in that segment of its business.
  • Jones & Stokes’ experience in assessing the environmental ramifications of investments in the energy sector strengthens ICF’s ability to provide end-to-end services to its energy clients.
  • Jones & Stokes’ work to help clients incorporate climate change provisions into their policies and programs is a natural extension of ICF’s extensive climate change experience.
  • Jones & Stokes brings significant water resources capabilities, an area that is becoming the primary environmental constraint associated with infrastructure development, especially in the western United States. With ICF’s capabilities and experience in federal contracting and Jones & Stokes’ areas of expertise, the companies are well positioned to pursue large-scale federal contracts in this area.

“Joining ICF, with its robust operational infrastructure and like-minded mission to implement programs to improve our natural and built environment, is a logical progression of our growth strategy and one that will enhance our business opportunities and contribute to the success of our dedicated and distinguished professionals,” said Jones and Stokes President and Chief Executive Officer John Cowdery. “ICF’s established reputation in federal contracting and its broad geographic presence offers unparalleled opportunities and outlets for many services across the suite of Jones & Stokes’ capabilities.”

 

 

About ICF International

ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver consulting services and technology solutions in the energy, climate change, environment, transportation, social programs, health, defense, and emergency management markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from analysis and design through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 2,500 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF’s Web site is www.icfi.com.

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