AECOM acquires Shimmick Construction, adding California strength to global business

Shimmick Construction project image of the Transbay Tower SOE excavation, and de-watering

Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has agreed to acquire Shimmick Construction, Shimmick, a business serving California and Western U.S. heavy civil construction market.

“As momentum across our Americas infrastructure markets builds, enhancing our construction capabilities is a critical next step to ensure we best capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in front of us,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Shimmick has approximately 1,000 employees and a total backlog of approximately $1.35 billion, including a wide portfolio of infrastructure projects. Annually, the company generates approximately $300 million of revenue and is responsible for put in place construction value of approximately $400 million.

The enterprise value of the acquisition is $175 million and the transaction is expected to be accretive to AECOM’s adjusted EPS upon closing, AECOM said in its announcement.

The addition of Shimmick provides AECOM with leading civil construction capabilities across the Western U.S., which is set to benefit from several years of expected growth from the nearly $180 billion of recently-approved ballot measures, including Measure M in Los Angeles, Measure RR in San Francisco and Sound Transit 3 in Seattle.

In addition, the California legislature recently passed the $52-billion Road Repair and Accountability Act, which will significantly increase transportation-specific spending in the state over the next decade. These developments in California are expected to support nearly double-digit annual growth projected over the next four years in the state’s infrastructure market, which will begin to address its estimated $190 billion of unmet infrastructure needs.

“Shimmick’s civil infrastructure expertise provides an immediate complement to our leading North American design practice, further enhancing our integrated delivery offering as governments and their constituents have approved hundreds of billions of dollars to improve infrastructure across the Western U.S.,” Burke said in a statement. “As momentum across our Americas infrastructure markets builds, enhancing our construction capabilities is a critical next step to ensure we best capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in front of us.”

AECOM says it will be better positioned to capture a greater share of the market spend, especially as clients increasingly procure services on an integrated basis. Approximately half of all large non-residential projects in the U.S. are now executed through design-build delivery, and AECOM has a nearly $40-billion pipeline of alternative delivery pursuits across the U.S., including $6 billion in California alone.

“No organization is better positioned to plan and deliver the next generation of American infrastructure than AECOM, with the addition of Shimmick further bolstering our design-build capabilities,” said Daniel P. McQuade, AECOM group president, Construction Services. “Drawing on our successful history of integrating leaders in the construction industry, we are excited to welcome the talented Shimmick team and leverage our combined expertise to meet the needs of our clients and the cities they serve.”

“This is a compelling combination that significantly enhances our value proposition with key clients, and provides new growth opportunities for our employees,” said Paul Cocotis, Shimmick’s chairman and chief executive officer. “AECOM is an ideal partner, with world-class expertise and leadership, strong financial discipline and a proven ability to integrate construction services into more complex projects in more geographies.”

Shimmick’s portfolio of projects include more than a decade of experience on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement in Long Beach, the E320 South Bellevue Extension in Seattle, the HART Airport Guideway and Stations design-build project in Honolulu, and the Miramar Clearwell Improvements project in San Diego.


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