KeyW Corporation
Apr 4, 2017

KeyW Completes Acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions

Strategic Combination Accelerates Growth Strategy, Expands Footprint Into Target Agencies, Enhances Cash Flow Profile and Creates Differentiated, Pure-Play Intelligence Community Provider of Scale

HANOVER, Md., April 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The KeyW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. (Sotera) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $235 million, inclusive of tax assets acquired as a result of the transaction. This transaction will augment the strengths of both companies to create a leading pure-play products and solutions provider to the Intelligence Community (IC) and related customers. Integration is expected to be completed by December 2017.

"The new KeyW offers a unique value proposition for customers, employees and shareholders alike," said Bill Weber, KeyW's chief executive officer. "We'll purposely remain nimble to deliver advanced solutions that address ever-evolving, complex national security challenges. At the same time, we'll have the scale to provide highly competitive cost models to further drive growth and create value for our customers and additional opportunities for our employees."

Sotera is an agile, mid-sized national security technology company that delivers innovative systems, solutions and services in support of the critical missions and programs of Civilian Agencies, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal law enforcement agencies and other parts of the federal government charged with ensuring the safety and security of our nation. With more than 1,100 employees, Sotera delivers essential enterprise IT, cyber security systems and operations, data fusion and analytics, intelligence analysis and C5ISR solutions to customers throughout the federal government and is a prime contractor on approximately 80% of its work.

Together, KeyW and Sotera will deliver an advanced portfolio of engineering and technology solutions, including cyber, cloud and data analytics, geospatial, analysis and operations and machine learning. The combined companies are expected to generate approximately $535 million in revenue on a pro-forma basis and more than $55 million in adjusted EBITDA in 2017 before synergies.


In addition to funds provided by KeyW's recently completed secondary common stock offering, further financing for the transaction was supported by a five year senior secured $135 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit facility arranged by RBC Capital Markets.

The combined companies will have pro-forma debt to trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA of approximately 4.4x. The merger structure is expected to preserve certain tax attributes of Sotera (subject to applicable U.S. Code 382 limitations on net operating loss carryforwards), providing tax benefits with an expected net present value of up to approximately $46 million. 

KeyW's Bill Weber and Mike Alber will continue in their current respective roles as chief executive officer and chief financial officer. Additional leaders will be drawn from both companies and named as the integration progresses—and KeyW's current board of directors will continue to provide executive oversight of the organization.

KeyW is a total solutions provider for the Intelligence, Cyber and Counterterrorism Communities' toughest challenges. We support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of their missions. We employ and challenge more than 2,000 of the most talented professionals in the industry with solving such complex problems as preventing cyber threats, transforming data into intelligence and combating global terrorism.

Forward-Looking Statements 
Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include but are not limited to: statements about our future expectations, plans and prospects; statements regarding  our strategies, plans, and operations; and other statements containing the words "estimates," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," "potential," "opportunities," and similar expressions. Our actual results, performance or achievements or industry results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. These statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated and filed March 15, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as required under the Securities Act of 1934, and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. KeyW is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in KeyW's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), the following factors could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements: (i) KeyW being unable to successfully implement integration strategies or realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including the possibility that the expected synergies and cost reductions from the proposed acquisition will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; (ii) the increased leverage and interest expense of the combined company; (iii) general economic conditions and/or conditions affecting the parties' current and prospective customers and/or (iv) difficulties with, or delays in, the inability to achieve the parties' and combined company's revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2017, due to, among other things, unanticipated circumstances, trends or events affecting the combined company's financial performance. Factors other than those referred to above could also cause KeyW's or Sotera's results to differ materially from expected results.


This press release contains forward looking estimates of adjusted EBITDA, including adjusted EBITDA margin. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by KeyW, is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Our adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies because other companies may not calculate adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures in the same manner as we do. We prepare adjusted EBITDA to eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our core operating performance. We encourage you to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate.

We believe adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance for the following reasons:

Our board of directors and management use adjusted EBITDA:

Although adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluations of companies, adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results of operations as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

As used in this press release, with respect to estimated adjusted EBITDA, KeyW defines adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding stock-based compensation, transaction and integration costs and other adjustments, as applicable, associated with the proposed transaction. Reconciliations of estimated adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income is not provided because GAAP net income generated by the Sotera operations for the applicable future period is not accessible or estimable at this time. In this regard, KeyW has not yet completed the necessary valuation of the various assets to be acquired in the proposed acquisition, for accounting purposes, or an allocation of the purchase price among the various types of assets. In addition, the final interest and debt expense associated with the transactions contemplated by the commitment letter have not been finalized and are therefore unavailable. Accordingly, the amount of depreciation and amortization, interest and debt expense and other factors that will be included in the additional GAAP net income assuming the proposed transaction is consummated is not accessible or estimable at this time, and is therefore not available without unreasonable effort. The amount of such additional resulting depreciation and amortization, applicable interest and debt expense, and other factors could be significant, such that actual GAAP net income would vary substantially from the estimated adjusted EBITDA included in this presentation.

Heather Williams
Corporate Media Relations

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Investor Relations