WSP Acquires UK-Based Consulting Firm RPS
WSP has struck an agreement with RPS Group plc's board to purchase RPS, a UK-based consulting firm with approximately 5,000 people and $875 million in annual revenue.
RPS is a broad and well-recognised global professional services organisation, founded in 1970 and built on a tradition of environmental and social commitment. As an established, technology-enabled, multi-sector consulting firm, RPS focuses on providing front-end consulting to clients in the public and private sectors.
The Environment Analysis ranked RPS number one in the UK for climate change and energy consultancy in 2019/2020; Engineering News-Record ranked RPS among the top 200 environmental firms in 2021; and the Institution of Civil Engineers named RPS one of the first "carbon champions" in 2021.
Alexandre L'Heureux, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSP, said:
"We are pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of RPS as it will enable us to rapidly deliver on our Global Strategic Action Plan and create value for all our stakeholders. RPS is a perfect fit as it adds depth to our current platform and is highly complementary, in terms of geographies and sectors, to our recently announced agreement to acquire the Environmental and Infrastructure (E&I) business of the John Wood Group plc.
"When completed, our recently announced transactions will bring our workforce to approximately 70,000, with approximately 23,000 environmental experts across the globe. We are proud that we are building a strong ESG leader with significant capabilities in water and energy and are contributing significantly towards the transition to a greener and low-carbon world."