Dubai: Kuwait’s Agility, one of the largest Gulf logistics companies, said it would be able to bid again for new US government work after settling a criminal case involving food-supply contracts to the US military between 2003 to 2010.
Agility was the largest supplier to the US Army in the Middle East during the war in Iraq but was later accused of defrauding the military on multibillion-dollar supply contracts.
A criminal suit, first filed in November 2009, led Agility to be replaced as the main Middle East supplier to US forces and the firm was barred from bidding for any new US contracts while the court case was pending.
In a statement on Wednesday, Agility said it had agreed to plead to a misdemeanour in connection with a single invoice valued at $551 (Dh2,023). The misdemeanour was unrelated to any of the original criminal charges, requiring Agility to pay a maximum of $551 in restitution, but no criminal fine, it said.
Agreement to settle was conditional upon Agility signing a separate agreement with the US Department of Justice resolving the pending civil case against the company, it said, adding that any deal would be subject to final district court approval.
Once finalised, a settlement will resolve all outstanding criminal issues with the US government in connection with the prime vendor contracts for Agility, its affiliates, employees, directors and officers, it said.
Civil proceedings with the US Department of Justice in connection with the contracts remain pending, it added.
At one stage, the contracts accounted for around 40 per cent of Agility’s revenues and also provided it with a 30 per cent margin, analysts estimated at the time.
Separately, Agility said it had settled agreements with the US Defence Logistics Agency resolving pending and potential administrative claims between Agility and DLA involving the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and resolving Agility’s suspension from federal government contracting.
The agreements were conditional upon Agility signing a further settlement deal with the US Department of Justice resolving a pending civil case.
Once effective, the agreements will allow Agility to pursue new US government contracts, it said, with the removal of Agility and its subsidiaries from the list of suspended companies on its System for Award Management within 60 days.
Kuwait’s Agility has ‘sizeable’ financing requirements- CEO
Kuwait: Kuwait’s Agility has “sizeable” financing requirements as it aims to reach a core profit (EBITDA) target of $800 million (Dh2.9 billion) by 2020, its chief executive said. “To get to that plan requires massive investment in infrastructure and other projects, all of which requires financing,” Tarek Sultan told reporters. “There are sizeable financing requirements [for Agility] going forward.” The firm’s EBITDA reached 115.2 million dinars ($379.7 million, Dh1.3 billion) in 2016.
The company, which is present in more than 100 countries, expects profit and revenue in its logistics business to grow faster in 2017 than it did in the previous year, Agility President and Chief Executive of Global Integrated Logistics Essa Al Saleh told Reuters in January.