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General Dynamics Buys Vangent for $960M

Publicly traded General Dynamics will pay $960 million in cash for Vangent Inc., a provider of healthcare information-technology and business systems to federal agencies, the companies announced Thursday. Vangent is majority-owned by the Veritas Capital Fund III. General Dynamics says that following the close of the deal, expected by October 1, that Vangent will become part of its information technology group.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Vangent Holding Corp., the parent company of Vangent, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare information-technology and business systems to federal agencies, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $960 million. Vangent is majority-owned by The Veritas Capital Fund III, L.P. Vangent will become part of General Dynamics Information Technology, which has been providing healthcare information-technology (IT) systems and solutions to federal, commercial and military customers for nearly 30 years.

The proposed acquisition, which has been approved by the board of directors of General Dynamics and by the seller, would be accretive to General Dynamics’ earnings in 2012. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions (including normal regulatory approvals) and is expected to close by October 1.

“Vangent is a well-regarded, fast-growing company that will add significant depth and breadth to General Dynamics’ healthcare IT organization, creating a Tier 1-level healthcare IT business unit with the scope and scale to compete in markets that are receiving high priority in current funding and entitlement-reform initiatives,” said Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics. “Increasingly agencies will rely on efficient, modern business and information systems as key enablers of their citizen-service missions, and Vangent is a leader in meeting those information technology and business system requirements.”

Vangent, Inc., based in Arlington, Va., primarily supports the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, State and Defense. The company’s core offerings include health informatics and information exchange, electronic health records and data analytics, as well as state-of-the-art business-process outsourcing solutions. Vangent has more than 7,500 employees.

General Dynamics Information Technology, headquartered in Fairfax, Va., provides information technology, systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training support to customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, health, federal civilian, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 17,000 professionals worldwide, the company manages large-scale, mission-critical programs delivering IT services and enterprise solutions.

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