Finmeccanica to Acquire DRS for US$5.2 billion (euro 3.4 billion)

ROME and PARSIPPANY, N.J. , May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Finmeccanica, S.p.A. ( Milan : FNC), a world leader in the supply of electronics equipment and defense and security systems and services, and DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS), a leading...


Financing for the acquisition will be structured so as to preserve a solid capital structure, guarantee adequate financial flexibility to further support growth and deliver value creation to Finmeccanica's shareholders.

Finmeccanica will fund the acquisition with a Syndicated Loan Facility to be taken out by a combination of equity issuance, long-term debt issuance, and divestitures of its assets. Among these will be an IPO of AnsaldoEnergia. Terms and conditions will be determined upon completion of the transaction.

The transaction is subject to approval by the stockholders of DRS, the receipt of regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, including review by U.S. Antitrust Authorities, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Defense Security Service (DSS). The transaction is expected to close by the fourth quarter of 2008.

Goldman Sachs International, IntesaSanPaolo S.p.A., Mediobanca-Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A. and Unicredit Group are serving as Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers of the Syndicated Loan Facility. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is acting as legal advisor to Finmeccanica in connection with the Syndicated Loan Facility. Linklaters and Legance are acting as legal advisors to the banks.

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is serving as financial advisor to Finmeccanica, with Goldman Sachs International and Mediobanca providing a fairness opinion. Arnold & Porter LLP is serving as legal advisor to Finmeccanica. Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. are serving as financial advisors to DRS and rendered fairness opinions to the DRS board of directors. DRS' legal advisors are Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

European Presentation to the market/Webcast Information

Finmeccanica will hold a presentation in London on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 12:00pm (UK time) at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London . The presentation is also available via live webcast at www.finmeccanica.com, under Investor Relations section, and via conference call. To access the conference call please dial the following number:

About Finmeccanica

Headquartered in Italy , Finmeccanica is a leading global high-tech company with core competencies in the design and manufacture of helicopters, civil and military aircraft, aero structures, satellites, space infrastructure, missiles and defense electronics and security. The company is listed on the Milan stock exchange and operates throughout the world. It employs more than 60,000 people worldwide and 10,000 in the United Kingdom . For more information about Finmeccanica visit www.finmeccanica.com.

About Finmeccanica in North America

In North America , Finmeccanica employs more than 2,100 employees at 32 sites across the country through its subsidiaries: AnsaldoBreda; Ansaldo STS; Ansaldo Energia; Thales Alenia Space; MBDA; Alenia North America ; Bell Agusta Aerospace; SELEX Systemi Integrati; SELEX Galileo; SELEX Communications; Global Military Aircraft Systems; Global Aeronautica; Telespazio North America; OTO Melara North America; and Elsag North America. Whether flying the President, transporting troops and cargo, securing the borders, tracing criminals, enhancing the Navy's capabilities, Finmeccanica products ensure safety and security in the United States .

About DRS

DRS, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. , is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, government agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company employs approximately 10,000 people and in FY2007 generated revenues of US$2,821 mln. For more information about DRS, please visit the company's web site at www.drs.com.