Austral press release
The DoD has entered into the agreement with Austal USA as part of the national response to COVID-19 to maintain, protect, and expand critical domestic shipbuilding and maintenance capacity. The scope of this agreement is still to be definitized but subject to agreement with the DoD, Austal intends to use the funds to commence investment in the development of additional capacity for steel naval vessel construction at the Mobile shipyard.
It is likely that Austal will match the DPA Agreement funding which would take the total investment to circa US$100m. These investments will also have long-term benefits for U.S. Navy shipbuilding while accelerating pandemic recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will protect jobs and bolster the local economy in a region hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure critical capabilities are retained in support of U.S. Navy operational readiness. Austal USA is based in Mobile, Alabama, which is the principal place of performance.
Further details about the purpose and specific use of these funds will be released as they are agreed between Austal and the DoD in the following months. Austal is currently in a trading halt, having requested that trading halt pending an announcement in relation to investment in its US facilities. This announcement is the announcement referred to in the trading halt request, hence Austal now requests an end to the trading halt.