ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB) have delayed their expected closure date for the spinoff of ATK’s sporting groupÂ and theÂ merger between Orbital and ATK’s aerospace and defense groups to February.
The companiesÂ said MondayÂ they have alsoÂ rescheduled their stockholder meetings to Jan. 27, 2015Â from the previous announced date of Dec. 9, 2014 forÂ ATK stockholders toÂ decide on the issuance of shares to Orbital stockholders, who will hold a separate vote on theÂ proposed merger.
Orbital CEO David Thompson said in an October earnings call that the firms expected to close the deal in January but both companies have now offered the new February date after a review of October’sÂ Antares rocket launch explosion and Orbital’s long-term plans.
“During the course of the last two weeks, both companies have diligently evaluated and analyzed information relating to the Antares incident and Orbital’s go-forward plan, ” saidÂ Mark DeYoung, ATK president and CEO.
“We believe it was responsible and essential to conduct this special due diligence.”
“Orbital has implemented a comprehensive go-forward plan to fulfill the company’s commitment to the space agency’s commercial cargo program and to upgrade the propulsion system on the Antares rocket, ” Thompson said.
“Orbital does not believe this plan will cause material adverse financial changes in 2015 or future years.”
Both companies are still awaiting regulatory approvals.