Quanta Services Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Valard Construction, Edmonton, Alberta, one of Canada’s largest contractors for electric power lines. The transaction, announced that on Oct. 22, is valued at approximately $219 million. Valard stockholders will receive about $118.9 million in cash and about 4.5 million in common and exchangeable shares of Houston-based Quanta stock. Quanta ranked No. 2 on this year’s ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list (ENR 11/11 p. 56) with contracting revenue of $3.32 billion in 2009. “We expect Valard’s revenue to be between $225 million and $250 million in 2011,” says John R. Colson,
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