Shareholders approve Veridian sale

The path is now clear for General Dynamics Corp. to buy Veridian Corp.

General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, Va., proposed June 9 to pay a total of about $1.5 billion for Veridian, including assumption of about $270 million in debt. Veridian shareholders approved the transaction late last week in a special stockholder meeting.

The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and has cleared the mandatory waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

The transaction is expected to close this week. Veridian stock owners will receive $35 a share for their stock.

Veridian, with 7,300 employees, specializes in a wide array of technology services, include network security, information systems development and integration, network and enterprise management, and large-scale systems engineering. The company is based in Arlington, Va.

General Dynamics has about 57,000 employees worldwide. It specializes in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and commercial aviation.

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