Huron to Acquire Growth Strategy Firm Innosight

Business Wire 16-Feb-2017 6:15 PM

The firms combination of strategy and execution will help organizations imagine the future and transform for tomorrow

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global professional services firm Huron (NASDAQ: HURN) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Innosight Holdings LLC, a growth strategy firm focused on helping companies navigate disruptive change, enable innovation and manage strategic transformation. When combined, Huron and Innosight will use their strategic, operational and technology capabilities to help clients across multiple industries develop pioneering solutions to address disruption and achieve sustained growth.

No industry is immune to disruption. Faced with increased competition, often from unconventional sources, organizations are forced to rethink their historical strategies to stay ahead of market forces and changing customer preferences, said James H. Roth, chief executive officer and president of Huron. Together, we will provide a full spectrum of services - from strategy to execution - that will help organizations think, plan and act differently to confront disruption and accelerate growth.

Built by leading strategic thinkers and co-founded by renowned strategy consultant Mark Johnson and Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton Christensen, the worlds foremost authority on disruptive innovation, Innosight is a trusted partner to Fortune 500 companies and other leaders looking to strengthen todays business while creating tomorrows growth engines. The firms innovation and transformational strategies have proven successful in industries undergoing disruptive change such as aerospace, automotive, energy, financial services, healthcare, insurance, life sciences and retail.

Companies are under mounting pressure to satisfy a range of competing interests, said Scott Anthony, managing partner at Innosight, who will become a Huron managing director. But shifting stakeholder expectations, combined with disruptive change, create significant opportunities for todays leaders. Huron and Innosights combination of capabilities in strategy, operations, technology and analytics will enable us to offer transformative change to address these opportunities.

Formed in 2000, Innosight recognized that traditional approaches to strategy and growth were not enough to help companies accelerate transformational change. This became the basis for its future back approach to strategy. Organizations that apply Innosights approach build leadership alignment on a vision for the future and create portfolios of new innovations and growth businesses that address changing customer needs and outpace their competitors.

Applying the same methodology alongside Hurons deep industry expertise in healthcare, education and life sciences, the combined firms will help leaders in these critical industries successfully navigate changing market dynamics, regulations and consumer expectations to grow for the long-term.

Huron and Innosight are a natural fit, Christensen said. They are both passionate about creating repeatable and sustained growth for their clients. Together they are uniquely positioned to build resilience in todays business while at the same time creating future growth engines.

Innosight has more than 90 employees and a global footprint with locations in the United States, Singapore and Switzerland.

TRANSACTION OVERVIEW

Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Huron will purchaseInnosight Holdings, LLCfor$100 million upon closing, consisting of$90 millionin cash and$10 millionin Huron common stock, plus contingent consideration of up to $35 million if specific financial performance targets are met over a four-year period. The cash component of the transaction will be financed with cash on hand and borrowing under the companys senior secured credit facility. The shares of Huron common stock will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and will be subject to restrictions on transfer under applicable securities law.

For reporting purposes,Innosight will be included in the Business Advisory segment. The transaction is expected to close inMarch 2017, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

The company will host a conference call and webcast Friday, February17, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time (6:30 a.m. Central Time). The conference call is being webcast by NASDAQ OMX and can be accessed at Hurons website at http://ir.huronconsultinggroup.com. To participate by telephone, the dial-in number is (844) 413-0948 with passcode 68344625. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the webcast and for 90 days thereafter.

A supplemental presentation that will be discussed during the webcast will be made available on the Investor Relations page of the company's website at http://ir.huronconsultinggroup.com prior to the webcast, and will be available for 90 days thereafter.

ABOUT HURON

Huron is a global professional services firm committed to achieving sustainable results in partnership with its clients. The company brings depth of expertise in strategy, technology, operations, advisory services and analytics to drive lasting and measurable results in the healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. Through focus, passion and collaboration, Huron provides guidance to support organizations as they contend with the change transforming their industries and businesses. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com.

ABOUT INNOSIGHT

Innosight is a growth strategy consulting firm focused on helping organizations design and create the future, instead of being disrupted by it. As the leading authority on disruptive innovation and strategic transformation, Innosight works with clients across a range of industries to identify new growth opportunities, build new ventures and capabilities, and accelerate organizational change. With offices in the United States, Switzerland and Singapore, Innosight serves leading organizations around the world. Learn more at www.innosight.com.

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HuronMEDIA CONTACTSarah McHugh312-880-2624smchugh@huronconsultinggroup.comorINVESTOR CONTACTJohn D. Kelly312-583-8722investor@huronconsultinggroup.com

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