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General Dynamics to buy internet tech CSRA for almost $7B

Defense contractor says the acquisition will help it provide cost-effective internet technology solutions.


A General Dynamics Piranha loading for transport.
Photo: General Dynamics

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The defence contractor General Dynamics will spend almost $7 billion to acquire CSRA with the Trump administration pushing defence spending aggressively higher.

Shares of CSRA Inc., an internet technology company, soared more than 31% before the opening bell Feb. 12.

President Donald Trump signed a budget bill on Feb. 9 that provides $700 billion for the Pentagon, giving it $94 billion more this budget year to spend on troops, training, ships and other hardware. It’s the biggest year-over-year windfall since the budget soared by 26.6% in 2003, when the nation was fighting in Afghanistan, invading Iraq and expanding national defence after the 9-11 attacks.

Next year, the figure is expected to jump to $716 billion.

General Dynamics said that it will pay $40.75 per CSRA share. That’s a 32% premium to its Feb. 9 closing price of $30.82. The deal includes an additional $2.8 billion in debt.

Chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said in a printed statement that the acquisition will help General Dynamics provide cost-effective internet technology solutions to the Department of Defence, intelligence community and federal civilian agencies.

The defence sector has made huge gains over the past year under the new administration with a number of friction points rising globally.

The Standard & Poors 500’s index that traces aerospace and defence stocks has risen almost four times as fast as the S&P 500 over the past 12 months.

CSRA and General Dynamics Corp. are based in Falls Church, Va.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of the year.

 

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