Arlington, VA - Alliant Techsystems Inc. ("ATK" or the "Company") (NYSE: ATK) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to create two independent, public companies with leadership in Outdoor Sports and Aerospace and Defense (A&D). The board approved a definitive agreement that provides for the tax-free spin-off of the Company's Sporting Group ("Sporting") to ATK shareholders. The spin-off will be immediately followed by a tax-free, all-stock merger between ATK's Aerospace and Defense Groups ("ATK A&D") and Orbital Sciences Corporation ("Orbital") (NYSE: ORB), pursuant to which Orbital shareholders will receive shares of ATK common stock as consideration. Upon completion of the transaction, ATK will change its name to Orbital ATK, Inc. ("Orbital ATK"). Current ATK shareholders will own approximately 53.8 percent of Orbital ATK on a fully diluted basis and current Orbital shareholders will own approximately 46.2 percent. Approximately $1.7 billion of existing ATK debt will remain at Orbital ATK.
"We are creating two strong, standalone companies committed to sustained leadership and success in their markets," said Mark W. DeYoung, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATK. "ATK's Board of Directors and management team continuously evaluate opportunities to best position the company to drive value for its shareholders. This transaction presents a compelling opportunity to position and build strong, durable and focused enterprises that deliver innovation, execution excellence and enhanced opportunities for our customers, partners and employees, and thereby deliver long-term shareholder value. Orbital has been a customer of ATK for more than 25 years; we are familiar with each other and each company's capabilities, and our respective cultures share a commitment to innovation and excellence. This alignment provides a solid opportunity to deliver great products to our customers at affordable prices with the opportunity to capture significant synergies."
"The Board of Directors believes this plan provides a compelling opportunity for ATK to continue to deliver solid shareholder value and for both companies to excel in their respective businesses," said General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret.), Chairman of ATK's Board of Directors. "We believe both companies will be better able to support and respond to the needs of their markets and customers, creating a stronger player in the A&D industry, while unlocking the potential to grow the value of the ATK Sporting Group."
"This merger-of-equals combination of Orbital and ATK brings together two of the space and defense industry's most innovative developers and cost-efficient manufacturers who have worked closely together for over 25 years," said David W. Thompson, Orbital's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "By building on complementary technologies products and know-how and highly compatible cultures, Orbital ATK will deliver even more affordable space, defense and aerostructures systems to our existing customers and be well positioned to expand into adjacent markets."
Spin-off of Sporting
ATK operates in three business segments today: Aerospace Group, Defense Group, and Sporting Group. The company has grown significantly over the past two decades through organic growth and acquisitions, building leadership positions in several core and adjacent market segments.
The company's Sporting and A&D businesses operate in two fundamentally different markets with very different operating dynamics, compliance requirements, customer sets and growth opportunities. As standalone companies, they will be more focused businesses, with clear and distinct strategic visions and objectives, additional operational flexibility and the financial strength to make the most of their unique opportunities in their respective industries.
Since entering the commercial ammunition and sporting accessories space in 2001, ATK has built a leading position in the shooting sports for hunters, shooting enthusiasts and law enforcement professionals. The acquisitions of Savage and Bushnell in 2013 enabled ATK to expand its core competencies while creating opportunities to enter into new, adjacent markets in the outdoor recreation industry.
In today's growing market, the Sporting Group enjoys expanded distribution for some of the most widely known and respected brands in the industry: Federal Premium, Bushnell, Savage Arms, BLACKHAWK!, Primos, Final Approach, Uncle Mike's, Hoppe's, RCBS, Alliant Powder, CCI, Speer, Champion Targets, Gold Tip Arrows, Weaver Optics, Outers, Bollé, Cebe, and Serengeti.
"Sporting continues to deliver excellent performance," said DeYoung. "Results from our recently completed fourth quarter demonstrated continued revenue and earnings growth, and margin expansion. Full details on our fourth quarter results will be discussed on our May 15 earnings call."
ATK believes that separating Sporting into a standalone entity will facilitate opportunities to further drive growth and marshal resources to broaden and deepen its market leadership. ATK believes that a more focused corporate leadership team, operating within a clearly defined commercial market with a competitive business model, will contribute to unlocking significant value for ATK shareholders. Following the completion of the transaction, Sporting will also enjoy a strong balance sheet that will provide the ability to fund its growth strategy. Over the past 10 years, ATK's Sporting Group has delivered annual sales growth of approximately 16 percent (14 percent organic growth).
Sporting is expected to be a world leader in outdoor recreation products with adjusted pro forma last twelve months ended December 2013 (LTM Dec) revenues of $2.2 billion1 and LTM Dec 2013 adjusted EBITDA of $361 million2 (see reconciliation table for details).
Merger between ATK's Aerospace and Defense Groups and Orbital
ATK A&D is the world's top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and a growing supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures and satellite systems. ATK A&D is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, defense electronics systems, missile warning solutions and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems, and ATK A&D has consistently generated strong cash flows and profitability.
Following the completion of the transaction, Orbital ATK will be a focused and leading Aerospace & Defense player with combined LTM Dec 2013 revenues of $4.5 billion, EBITDA of $585 million (see reconciliation table for details), and contracted backlog of $11.0 billion, which includes $3.0 billion in unexercised options from Orbital and $0.2 billion in unexercised options from ATK A&D.3 The combined company will provide customers with advanced capabilities and a commitment to continuous innovation in support of the U.S. military and allied military requirements, space missions, and aerospace capabilities. Orbital ATK will serve the following core markets: aerospace through launch vehicles, spacecraft and satellites, military and commercial structures, and special mission aircraft; and defense through munitions, weapons systems, defense electronics systems, targets, interceptor vehicles and missile products. Both Sporting and Orbital ATK will continue to benefit from arrangements regarding the sale by Orbital ATK to Sporting of ammunition from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which ATK currently maintains and operates for the U.S. Army, and the sale of components and gun powder from New River Energetics.
The combination is expected to generate pre-tax cost synergies of $70-100 million through the elimination of duplicate public company costs, economies of scale, and additional streamlining of operations. Additionally, Orbital ATK is expected to realize revenue synergies of $100-200 million through improved product offerings, improved competitiveness and strengthened customer relationships. The combined company expects to realize partial synergies in 2015 and fully recognize identified synergies by late 2016. Once fully realized, after accounting for the impact of cost-type government programs, cost and revenue synergies are expected to result in annual EBIT improvement of between $40-65 million. Orbital ATK will have a strong capital structure and with its ability to generate strong free cash flow, it will be well-positioned to grow, return capital to its shareholders and de-lever.
Governance and Management
Upon completion of the transaction, Mr. DeYoung will serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sporting. Mr. DeYoung is working with ATK's Board of Directors to develop detailed plans for an efficient and capable corporate structure with experienced management and strong governance policies and practices, as well as to establish the name and branding of Sporting. Sporting will be headquartered in Utah and is expected to employ nearly 5,800 workers in 11 states and worldwide.
Mr. Thompson, a co-founder of Orbital, will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbital ATK. Gen. Fogleman will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orbital ATK. Blake Larson, ATK Senior Vice President and President of the Aerospace Group, will serve as Chief Operating Officer of Orbital ATK. Garrett Pierce, Orbital Chief Financial Officer, will serve as CFO for the combined company. Orbital ATK will be headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, where Orbital is currently headquartered, and is expected to have approximately 13,000 employees across 17 states.
1 Includes ATK Sporting Group for LTM Dec plus a full year of Bushnell and Savage
2 Includes ATK Sporting Group for LTM Dec, a full year of Bushnell and Savage, allocation of ATK corporate EBIT and estimated public company standalone costs going forward as if the transaction happened on January 1, 2013. The corporate allocations that were based upon good faith estimates and judgments, which allocations may require adjustment resulting from the audit of Sporting for purposes of the Form 10 for the Distribution.
3 All figures unaudited, Orbital calendar year 2013 and ATK Aerospace and Defense segments for calendar year 2013 and an allocation of ATK corporate EBIT. This allocation was based on good faith estimates and judgment.
Under the terms of the transaction agreement, ATK will distribute ownership of Sporting to ATK shareholders in a spin-off transaction, following which, ATK shareholders will own 100 percent of Sporting. The spin-off will be immediately followed by a merger of Orbital with a subsidiary of ATK, with Orbital surviving the merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ATK. In connection with the merger, Orbital shareholders will receive 0.449 shares of ATK common stock for each share of Orbital common stock that they hold. Upon the closing of the merger, ATK shareholders will own approximately 53.8 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis and Orbital shareholders will own the remaining approximately 46.2 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. As part of the transaction, Sporting has secured a $750 million senior secured financing commitment from BofA Merrill Lynch and will dividend $300-350 million of the proceeds of such new indebtedness to ATK immediately prior to the closing, which will be used by ATK to repay existing debt. Post issuing dividend to Orbital ATK, Sporting's net debt and total debt will be equal to the dividend. At the closing, Orbital ATK is expected to have a total of approximately $1.7 billion in gross debt and $1.4 billion of net debt. The transaction is expected to be tax-free to both companies as well as to ATK and Orbital shareholders.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2014, and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals and the approval of each of ATK's and Orbital's shareholders. ATK and Orbital will continue to operate separately until the transaction closes.
ATK intends to continue issuing a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders until the transaction closes.
ATK's financial advisor is BofA Merrill Lynch and its legal advisor is Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Orbital's financial advisor is Citigroup and its legal advisor is Hogan Lovells US LLP. Conference Call and Webcast Details
ATK and Orbital will jointly host a teleconference call to discuss today's announcement. The companies welcome members of the investment community to listen to the call live. A copy of management's presentation will be available in the investor relations section o www.atk.com.
The call is being webcast and can be accessed via the investor relations page a www.atk.com
. For those who cannot participate in the live webcast, a telephone recording of the conference call will be available. The telephone number is 719-457-0820 and the confirmation code is 7630707. The recording will be available for one month after the call. Institutional investors can access the call via the password-protected event management site StreetEvents(www.streetevents.com).
When: 9:00 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Who: Mark DeYoung, ATK President and Chief Executive Officer
Neal Cohen, ATK Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David Thompson, Orbital Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Garrett Pierce, Orbital Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet a www.atk.com
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. For more information on Sporting brands, visi www.outdoorwriters.atk.com.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human- rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories. More information about Orbital can be found athttp://www.orbital.com
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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this communication regarding the proposed "Morris Trust" transaction between ATK and Orbital, pursuant to which Sporting will be distributed to ATK's stockholders and Orbital will merge with a subsidiary of ATK with Orbital surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ATK (the "Transaction"), the expected timetable for completing the Transaction, benefits and synergies of the Transaction and the expected tax treatment for the Transaction, future opportunities for Sporting and the ATK/Orbital combined company (the "Combined Company") and products and any other statements regarding Sporting's, ATK'S, Orbital's, and the Combined Company's future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, financial conditions, assumptions or future events or performance that are not historical facts are "forward-looking" statements made within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expected," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "project," or "continue," and similar expressions.
All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the statements. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are the following: the parties' ability to consummate the Transaction; the conditions to the completion of the Transaction, including the receipt of approval of both ATK's stockholders and Orbital's stockholders; the regulatory approvals required for the Transaction not being obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; the parties' ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the Transaction; the possibility that the parties may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the Transaction within the expected time-frames or at all and to successfully integrate Orbital's operations with those of the ATK Aerospace &Defense ("ATK A&D"); the integration of Orbital's operations with those of ATK A&D being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected following the Transaction; the retention of certain key employees being difficult; Sporting's ability to operate successfully as a standalone business; Sporting's, ATK's and Orbital's ability to adapt its services to changes in technology or the marketplace; Sporting's, ATK's and Orbital's ability to maintain and grow its relationship with its customers; reductions or changes in NASA or U.S. Government military spending, timing of payments and budgetary policies, including impacts of sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and sourcing strategies; intense competition; increases in costs, which the business may not be able to react to due to the nature of U.S. Government contracts; changes in cost and revenue estimates and/or timing of programs; the potential termination of U.S. Government contracts and the potential inability to recover termination costs; reduction or change in demand for commercial ammunition, firearms or accessories, including the risk that placed orders exceed actual customer requirements; risks associated with expansion into commercial markets; actual pension and other postretirement plan asset returns and assumptions regarding future returns, discount rates, service costs, mortality rates, and health care cost trend rates; greater risk associated with international business, including foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; other risks associated with U.S. Government contracts that might expose Sporting, ATK or Orbital to adverse consequences; costs of servicing debt, including cash requirements and interest rate fluctuations; security threats, including cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats, and other disruptions; supply, availability, and costs of raw materials and components, including commodity price fluctuations; government laws and other rules and regulations applicable to Sporting, ATK and Orbital, such as procurement and import-export control, and federal and state firearms and ammunition regulations; the novation of U.S. Government contracts; performance of subcontractors; development of key technologies and retention of a qualified workforce; fires or explosions at any of Sporting's, ATK's or Orbital's facilities; environmental laws that govern past practices and rules and regulations, noncompliance with which may expose Sporting, ATK or Orbital to adverse consequences; impacts of financial market disruptions or volatility to customers and vendors; results of acquisitions or other transactions, including the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and realize anticipated synergies, cost savings and other benefits, and costs incurred for pursuits and proposed acquisitions that have not yet or may not close; unanticipated changes in the tax provision or exposure to additional tax liabilities; and the costs and ultimate outcome of litigation matters and other legal proceedings. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in ATK and Orbital's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including ATK and Orbital's most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. ATK and Orbital assume no obligation to update or revise publicly the information in this communication, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed "Morris Trust" transaction between ATK and Orbital, pursuant to which Sporting will be distributed to ATK's stockholders and Orbital will merge with a subsidiary of ATK, with Orbital surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ATK, ATK and Orbital intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including an ATK registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a joint proxy statement of ATK and Orbital that also constitutes a prospectus of ATK. In addition, Sporting, a subsidiary of ATK, intends to file a registration statement on Form 10 or S-1 that will constitute a prospectus of Sporting. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT AND REGISTRATION STATEMENTS/PROSPECTUSES AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ATK, ORBITAL, SPORTING AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The joint proxy statement and registration statements/prospectuses and other documents relating to the proposed transaction (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website a www.sec.gov
. These documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge from ATK upon written request to ATK by emailing email@example.com
or by calling Michael Pici at 703-412-3216 or from Orbital upon written request to Orbital at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling Barron Beneski at 703-406-5528.
Participants in Solicitation
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any investor or securityholder.
However, ATK, Orbital and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information regarding ATK directors and executive officers may be found in its Annual Report for the year ended March 31, 2013 on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on May 23, 2013 and the definitive proxy statement relating to its 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on June 14, 2013. Information regarding Orbital's directors and executive officers may be found in its Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2013 on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 25, 2014 and the definitive proxy statement relating to its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on March 11, 2014. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants will also be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available.
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