ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Ironworks Consulting, L.L.C. Ironworks is an interactive web development firm that provides customer engagement solutions across web, mobile, and social media platforms to blue chip companies in the health, energy, and financial services industries, as well as to U.S. federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations. For 2011, Ironworks is expected to have revenues of $57 million and an operating income margin of greater than 20 percent. The cash purchase price will be $100 million, prior to the net present value of a tax benefit of approximately $23 million. The purchase will be funded through ICF's existing bank credit line.
Founded in 2001, Ironworks offers integrated customer-facing applications, including interactive, portal and content management solutions, and business and IT alignment services to a growing roster of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Commercial business is expected to account for approximately 65 percent of Ironworks' 2011 revenues, representing its work for companies in the health; energy; nonprofit; financial services; and manufacturing, retail, and distribution markets. In the government arena, Ironworks's clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, and National Science Foundation, among others.
"This transaction is emblematic of ICF's strategy -- to continuously expand our range of implementation service offerings in our markets," said ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan. "Ironworks is an excellent strategic fit for ICF, adding complementary capabilities and clients across several of our key markets. With its record of sustained growth and deep client relationships in similar verticals, it strengthens our position in the fast-growing interactive digital services space."
"We are pleased to be joining ICF, which we see as an excellent platform to support our future growth," said Ironworks Chief Executive Officer Scott Walker. "Our priority markets, emphasis on long-term client relationships, and 'go-to-market' strategies are consistent, and both of our firms have entrepreneurial cultures that value collaborative work environments."
The combination of Ironworks with ICF creates value in several ways:
-- Leverages Ironworks' Attractive Balance of Commercial and Government Verticals. Ironworks, like ICF, has grown rapidly by serving vertical segments in both the commercial and government markets. Its complementary services provide new selling opportunities for ICF in the federal, commercial energy, and nonprofit space, while offering additional opportunities in the financial and commercial health segments for ICF services.
-- Provides Entree into Commercial Health Market and Additional Implementation Services in Commercial Energy. The transaction also represents ICF's first substantive entrance into the commercial health/IT market, where Ironworks has a number of long-standing relationships with major payers and providers. Ironworks also extends ICF's ability to provide customer-facing applications in the commercial energy market.
-- Creates a Unique, End-to-End Provider in ICF's Markets in the Rapidly-Growing Digital/Interactive Space. This transaction combines ICF's strong capabilities in strategic communications and systems integration with Ironworks' expertise around digital/interactive media, mobile technologies, social media, and portal and content management to provide end-to-end customer experience management services. The increased scale and range position ICF as one of the leaders in the high-growth digital/interactive market for both government and commercial clients.
About ICF International
ICF International partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, and transportation; health, education, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program lifecycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 4,000 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF's website is http://www.icfi.com.