Bowman Consulting Group Expands into Marine Engineering through Acquisition of Anchor Consultants LLC

Aug 29th, 2022 7:30 EST

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. (the “Company” or “Bowman”) (NASDAQ: BWMN), today announced the purchase of Anchor Consultants LLC (“Anchor”). Headquartered in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Anchor specializes in the planning, inspection, design, environmental permitting, dredging engineering, and construction management of waterfront infrastructure along coastal and inland waterways throughout North America. Under the leadership of Ahmad Nadeem, PE, the company’s founder, Anchor’s experience ranges from industrial ports and harbors to urban waterfront development. On the industrial side, Anchor services facilities handling bulk materials and containerized freight. On the urban side, Anchor services commercial and mixed-use waterfront developments, ferry terminals, and recreational docks. Anchor has also worked on military port facilities and cruise terminals.

“The acquisition of Anchor furthers our diversification initiative adding to our customer base that builds and maintains critical infrastructure,” said Gary Bowman, CEO of Bowman. “Ports and harbors are a critical component of the nation’s infrastructure and Anchor provides us with a solid platform from which to build our presence and market share in this growing space. Ahmad has built a great team of experienced marine engineers serving an impressive list of clients with a broad array of services. Their expertise in waterfront planning, design and engineering will enable us to provide these services to many of our current clients and gain immediate cross-selling opportunities for our client relationship managers.”

“Bowman’s vision for expanding Anchor's business was extremely compelling to us,” said Ahmad Nadeem, founder of Anchor. “Being part of a larger organization with more resources and a national footprint will no doubt facilitate accelerated growth for us. Bowman’s culture aligns with what we have worked so hard to build here at Anchor and that was a major factor in our decision to join with them. We are grateful for the trust that Gary and his team have placed in us to build Bowman’s ports and harbors and waterfront engineering practice.”

The Company expects the Anchor acquisition to initially contribute approximately $2.5 million of annualized net service billing and be immediately accretive. The transaction was financed with a combination of cash and notes including an unsecured seller note and a convertible seller note with an $18.00 per share conversion option.

“Anchor is our fifth acquisition of 2022, bringing the total annualized net revenue we have acquired this year to just under $50 million,” said Bruce Labovitz, Bowman’s CFO. “The Anchor acquisition, which was transacted well within our target multiple range, meets all objectives for operating metrics, revenue synergy and cross-selling opportunities. As is our practice, we will provide more detailed information on M&A activities, pipeline, and guidance in connection with our scheduled quarterly communications.”

About Anchor Consultants

Anchor Consultants, LLC provides engineering services related to waterfront facilities with primary focus on port facilities. The highly skilled engineers of Anchor have extensive experience in feasibility studies; cost estimation; planning; under and above water inspection & investigation; design; permitting; construction inspection & management; dredging; and claim and litigation support. Anchor uses state of the art technology for analysis and design projects. Anchor’s client list includes both public and private clients. Anchor’s engineers have planned, analyzed, permitted, and designed numerous waterfront facilities. Anchor has also engineered the dredging of port facilities including sediment sampling and testing, environmental permitting, securing AUD, and managing the dredging and disposal operations. For more information on Anchor, their projects, and services, visit www.anchor-consultants.com.

About Bowman Consulting Group Ltd.

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bowman is an engineering services firm delivering infrastructure solutions to customers who own, develop, and maintain the built environment. With over 1,700 employees and more than 65 offices throughout the United States, Bowman provides a variety of planning, engineering, construction management, commissioning, environmental consulting, geomatics, survey, land procurement and other technical services to customers operating in a diverse set of regulated end markets. Bowman trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol BWMN. For more information, visit bowman.com or investors.bowman.com.

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