MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) today announced that the federal charges arising from legacy activities in Libya between 2001 and 2011 have been settled.
The Court of Quebec has accepted a plea of guilty from SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. (a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.) to a single charge of fraud.
All charges against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and its international marketing arm, SNC-Lavalin International Inc., have been withdrawn.
As part of the settlement, SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. will pay a fine in the amount of $280 million, payable in equal instalments over 5 years, and will be subject to a three-year probation order.
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. will comply with the probation order for the three-year period. Accordingly, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. will engage an independent monitor who will provide initial and annual reports, executive summaries of which will be posted on the company's website, and will make any changes to its compliance and ethics programs that are identified by the independent monitor and are required. SNC-Lavalin group is already subject to monitoring by Public Services and Procurement Canada and the World Bank, and has put in place a robust ethics and compliance program that meets the highest international standards.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Kevin G. Lynch, Chairman said, "We are pleased to settle these legacy issues and remove these legal uncertainties overhanging the Company. We feel this settlement is fair, and we deeply regret this past behaviour which was contrary to our values and ethical standards. The company has changed a great deal, embraced a world-class integrity regime and culture, and going forward we have renewed confidence about the Company's future."
Ian L. Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, SNC-Lavalin commented, "This is a game-changer for the Company and finally allows us to put this issue behind us. I apologize for this past misconduct and welcome the opportunity to move forward. We are beginning an exciting new chapter that is focused on our future growth and further de-risking our business. I want to thank all of our stakeholders, and especially our employees, for their continued dedication and support."
With the withdrawal of the charges against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and SNC-Lavalin International Inc., the settlement mitigates uncertainty and distraction that has been a drag on performance and will assist the company in executing its newly announced strategy of building a global engineering services leader. The company does not anticipate that the guilty plea by a construction subsidiary (which has not bid on any new contracts since it was charged in 2015) will affect the eligibility of SNC-Lavalin Group companies to bid on future projects that are aligned with the SNC-Lavalin Group's newly announced strategic direction, and continuing to serve its strategic clients here and abroad. While it is possible that the guilty plea by the subsidiary may present risks in the near-term, the company believes these risks will be manageable and does not anticipate that the plea will have any long-term material adverse impact on the company's overall business.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging — consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital – and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. www.snclavalin.com
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