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KeyW Enters into Employment Agreements with Four Employees of Sotera Defense Solutions

HANOVER, Md., March 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The KeyW Corporation (“KeyW”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The KeyW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) (“Holdings”), announced today that in connection with its definitive agreement to acquire Sotera Defense Solutions  (Sotera), KeyW entered into employment agreements with four Sotera employees. The employment agreements provide for grants of inducement equity awards outside of Holdings’ Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The agreements and grants were authorized by the Compensation Committee of Holdings’ Board of Directors, as inducements material to the four individuals entering into employment with KeyW following the closing of the acquisition. The inducement grants, which are issuable upon commencement of the individuals’ employment, consist of an aggregate of 20,000 restricted shares of Holdings’ common stock as a retention incentive inducement, and up to an aggregate of 200,000 shares of Holdings’ common stock as a long-term incentive inducement that will be granted during the five-year period following commencement of employment, in the amounts set forth below, provided Holdings’ stock price exceeds the applicable target share prices set forth below for at least 30 consecutive trading days:

Target Price Per Share Long-Term Incentive Shares
$13.00 25,000
$16.00 25,000
$20.00 50,000
$25.00 50,000
$30.00 50,000

The issuance and vesting of the inducement shares will be contingent upon the individuals’ continued employment with KeyW, subject to acceleration upon certain events.

ABOUT SOTERA

Sotera is an agile, mid-sized national security technology company that delivers innovative systems, solutions and services in support of the critical missions and programs of Civilian Agencies, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security, federal law enforcement agencies and other parts of the federal government charged with ensuring the safety and security of our nation. Our over 1,100 employees remain focused on delivering essential enterprise IT, cyber security systems and operations, data fusion and analytics, intelligence analysis, and C5ISR solutions to our customers throughout the Federal Government.

About KeyW
KeyW is an innovative national security solutions provider to the Intelligence, Cyber, and Counterterrorism communities. KeyW’s advanced technologies in cyber; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and analytics span the full spectrum of customer missions and enhanced capabilities. The company’s highly skilled workforce solves complex customer challenges such as preventing cyber threats, transforming data to actionable intelligence, and building and deploying sensor packages into any domain. For more information, please visit www.KeyWCorp.com and follow KeyW on Twitter @KeyWCorp.


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Media Contact:
Karen Coker
Director, Corporate Communications
443.733.1613
communications@keywcorp.com

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Mark Zindler
Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasury
703.880.9379
investors@keywcorp.com