Lockheed Martin has completed the separation of its Information Systems & Global Solutions business segment and merged it with a subsidiary of Leidos Holdings, Inc.
The transaction concludes Lockheed Martin’s portfolio reshaping strategy announced last year and was finalized through a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction.
The merger creates tangible value for both businesses. It will enable Lockheed Martin to reinforce its heritage in aerospace and defense and deliver more value to stockholders. As for the newly combined company, it will offer a broader and more affordable portfolio of capabilities and services to customers.
“This strategic transaction enhances our competitive posture in our core aerospace and defense markets and increases the value we deliver to our stockholders,” said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. “As we position our company for the future, this action will enable us to focus our business growth strategy, align our technology investments and increase the value we deliver to customers worldwide.”
The closing of the merger followed the expiration of the exchange offer and the satisfaction of certain other conditions. As part of the transaction, Lockheed Martin received a $1.8 billion special cash payment, which the Corporation will use to repay debt, pay dividends, and/or repurchase its stock. As a result of the exchange offer, Lockheed Martin reduced outstanding shares of its common stock by 9,369,694 shares, or approximately 3% of the outstanding common shares. Lockheed Martin stockholders who participated in the exchange offer received an approximately 50.5 percent stake in Leidos (approximately 77 million shares of Leidos common stock). The special cash payment, plus the shares of Leidos common stock to be received by participating Lockheed Martin stockholders (valued based on Leidos’ Aug. 15 closing price adjusted for the $13.64 per share Leidos special dividend to be paid), results in an aggregate transaction value of approximately $4.6 billion.