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Aecon acquires medium to high-voltage electrical transmission contractor Voltage Power

Feb 3, 2020

Toronto, Ontario – February 3, 2020: Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that it has acquired Voltage Power, an electrical transmission and substation contractor headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The base purchase price is $30 million in cash, with additional earnout payments possible based on achieving minimum EBITDA targets over the next three years.  The base purchase price implies a transaction multiple of approximately 3.75x Voltage Power’s average EBITDA over the past three years and will be fully financed using Aecon’s available cash. 

A private, employee-owned company, Voltage Power brings key medium to high-voltage power transmission and distribution capabilities to Aecon. Voltage Power, with average annual revenue of approximately $60 million over the past three years has successfully completed over 20 projects in the past four years with an aggregate value of $200 million spanning Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland. Key projects include Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask 138 kV Switching Station and Bipole III 500 kV Transmission Line, Emera’s Maritime Link 230 kV Transmission Line and New Gold’s 230 kV Substation and Switching Station.

“The added ability to self-perform medium to high-voltage transmission and distribution work complements our existing core utility capabilities and further positions Aecon as a leading player in executing the strong pipeline of utility infrastructure opportunities across Canada,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc.  “Voltage Power is the third strategic, tuck-in acquisition Aecon has made over the past 18 months, extending our integrated, self-perform capabilities and, along with the divestiture of Aecon's Contract Mining business in 2018, reflects Aecon’s focus on core clients and end markets in our drive to be the number one Canadian infrastructure company.”

“This acquisition extends Aecon’s offering in our key utilities portfolio – enhancing our ability to serve clients across multiple business lines,” said Eric MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Aecon Utilities. “Voltage Power’s strong team is well-aligned with Aecon’s core values and culture.  Their solid relationships with key clients and local Indigenous workforces fit well with Aecon’s collaborative approach to client and Indigenous engagement nationwide.”

“Becoming a part of Aecon’s organization will strengthen our ability to bid on and successfully secure larger projects, while further expanding our offering within primary markets and creating opportunities in new markets,” said Jody Rideout, Vice President and Managing Director, Voltage Power.

About Aecon

As a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development with global expertise, Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) strives to be the number one Canadian infrastructure company. Aecon safely, profitably and sustainably delivers integrated solutions to private and public-sector clients through its Construction segment in the Civil, Urban Transportation, Nuclear, Utility and Conventional Industrial sectors, and provides project development, financing, investment and management services through its Concessions segment. Join our online community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram @AeconGroup.

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For further information:  

Adam Borgatti
SVP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
(416) 297-2610

Nicole Court
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
(416) 297-2600 x3824