KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to send you the attached press release announcing the acquisition of our client, Labat-Anderson Incorporated (“Labat”), on May 18th, 2009 by US Investigations Services, Inc.
Based in McLean, VA, Labat is a leading litigation support and information management solutions firm, and leverages its nearly 700 employees to provide such solutions to the Department of Justice and other U.S. Civilian Agencies. KippsDeSanto & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Labat in this transaction.
This transaction represents a number of key trends in government services contracting M&A:
- The M&A market for leading government services firms has materially rebounded over the past few months.
- Given its size, performance, and focus, Labat received very strong market interest (even during recent turbulent market times).
- Like Health IT, Intel, Energy, Cybersecurity, and other “hot” areas, given recent scandals and the overall litigious environment, Litigation Support is expected to be a significant growth area in the future.
KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment bank focused on delivering M&A and financing transaction results for leading technology and defense companies. For more information on KippsDeSanto & Co., please visit www.kippsdesanto.com.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss how KippsDeSanto & Co. can help you achieve your strategic objectives. For more information on this particular transaction, please contact one of our senior professionals.
USIS acquires Labat-Anderson, professional services firm
Labat-Anderson adds new depth to USIS’ solution approach to government market
FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 19, 2009 – US Investigations Services, Inc. (USIS), the largest commercial provider of security investigation services to the federal government, a leading provider of pre-employment screening solutions, and a top provider of information services to the insurance industry, announced today the close of the financial transaction and acquisition of Labat-Anderson, Incorporated, a professional services firm serving government agencies in the areas of litigation support and information systems and services. Terms of the transaction were not announced.
“The Labat-Anderson business and its team of professionals adds to the solutions we provide our government customers and creates additional momentum behind our corporate strategic growth initiatives in the government markets we serve,” said Mike Cherkasky, Chief Executive Officer of USIS. “This is another significant step forward for our growth initiatives in the government sector of our business, adding another suite of solutions that we can deliver to the markets we serve.”
Labat-Anderson, with its more than 700 employees, will operate as a stand-alone division in USIS’ Government Solutions Group (GSG), joining the Investigative Services Division and the National Security Division. With its headquarters in Falls Church, Va., USIS GSG already has more than 6,500 employees that support business operations in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and overseas.
USIS and its controlling stockholder, Providence Equity Partners, are receiving legal advice from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Labat-Anderson is receiving financial advice from KippsDeSanto & Co.
“We are looking forward to having the Labat-Anderson team onboard,” said Bill Mixon, president and CEO of USIS’ Government Solutions Group. “Labat-Anderson’s specialized approach to the markets it services fits the solutions approach we use with our government customers. We believe the investments we will make in this business will not only well serve Labat-Anderson’s current government customers, but will help us broaden the range of services we can deliver to our existing government customers. This acquisition marks an important step forward in USIS GSG’s growth strategy.”
According to Walter Malinowski, this business combination also fits the needs of Labat-Anderson and will be a catalyst for its strategic growth. “With this partnership, USIS will invest in our existing capabilities and we will be able to better serve our government customers. USIS provides us with the resources, scale, and functional support needed to enhance our service and solution offerings while maintaining the excellent service levels that our government customers have come to expect.”
“We are confident that the combination of these two great companies will increase the product and service options available to our government customers and they should expect the same superior service to which they are accustomed,” said Mixon. “Labat-Anderson’s great government customer base and leadership team were two reasons that we were interested in this business and saw potential for additional investment and overall growth our core government business.”
Michael John, 703.637.1694 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Established in 1996, USIS (www.usis.com) has more than 7,400 employees that support business operations in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and overseas. The first privatization of a government program into a private sector business, USIS is the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government, a leading supplier of pre-employment screening solutions to commercial businesses, and one of the largest providers of data services to the insurance industry. USIS is headquartered in Falls Church, Va.
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