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Xerox To Acquire Affiliated Computer Services

Xerox Corporation and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Xerox to acquire ACS in a cash and stock transaction valued at $63.11 per share or $6.4 billion as of the closing price of Xerox stock on Sept. 25.

"We're proud of our significant profitable growth over the past 20 years and our ability to manage our clients' operations with a global infrastructure and workforce," said Lynn Blodgett, president and chief executive officer, ACS.  "We also know that for ACS to expand globally and differentiate our offerings through technology, we need a partner with tremendous brand strength and leading innovation.  Xerox offers that and more to bring our business to the next level while strengthening theirs."  

ACS's expertise is in managing paper-based work processes and providing specialized BPO and information technology services for industries that range from telecommunications, retail and financial services to healthcare, education and transportation.  Business process outsourcing is estimated to be a $150 billion market, growing at a rate of 5 percent per year.  Through its multi-year contracts with more than 1,700 federal, state, county and local governments, ACS is the largest provider of managed services to government entities in the United States.  

"When ACS was founded, we had a vision of becoming a best-in-class company by working harder than our competitors. More than 20 years and 74,000 employees later, as the world's top BPO company, we have now found a partner to help us reach even greater heights," said Darwin Deason, founder and chairman of ACS.  "This is a tremendous outcome for our shareholders driven by the commitment of a strong management team and incredibly dedicated employees.  At closing, I will become one of the combined company's largest individual shareholders, and I intend to remain a long-term investor because I could not be more optimistic about the future of the combined company."

With this acquisition, Xerox is confident it will achieve significant incremental revenue growth by leveraging Xerox's strong global brand and established client relationships to scale ACS's business in Europe, Asia and South America.  In addition, Xerox will integrate its intellectual property with ACS's services to create new solutions for end-to-end support of customers' work processes.  

Xerox expects to achieve annualized cost synergies that will increase to the range of $300 million to $400 million in the first three years following the close of the transaction. The synergies are primarily based on expense reductions related to public company costs, procurement and using ACS's expertise in back-office operations to handle some of Xerox's internal functions.

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