Northrop Grumman Acquisition of Orbital ATK Strengthens Diverse Space Offerings

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, and Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Antares launch. Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Behind all the sound and fury surrounding the recent UTC/Rockwell deal, Northrop Grumman quietly moved in earlier this week and scooped up rocket and missile maker Orbital ATK in a deal valued at $9.2 billion.  Under the agreement Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Orbital ATK shareholder approval. Continue reading

Safran Expands with $9.1 Billion Zodiac Aerospace Buy

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Zodiac Seats

Safran has announced that it will acquire seats manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace for approximately EUR8.5 billion ($9.1 billion).

The new entity will combine Safran’s capabilities in landing gear, wheels and brakes, nacelles, power systems, actuation systems and avionics with Zodiac Aerospace’s positions in seats; cabin interiors; power distribution; lighting; fuel, oxygen and fluid systems; and safety equipment. Zodiac Aerospace’s electrical systems assets will reinforce Safran’s portfolio of technologies and position the group ideally for future developments toward the “more electrical aircraft.”

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KANT Can. KMW/Nexter Merger Complete

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Leopard 2A6. Source - KMW

Leopard 2A6. Source – KMW

Finally, after years of discussion, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter have merged.  The newly merged firm is now based in Amsterdam, with each partner holding a 50 percent stake in the umbrella company, KANT (KMW And Nexter Together). KANT is co-owned by the French government through Giat Industries and Germany’s Wegmann Group, which is controlled by the Bode family. Continue reading

Nexter and Krauss-Maffei to Create European Land Systems Giant

By Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Leopard 2A6E

KMW Leopard 2A6E

It was a long time coming, but the Holy Grail of defense industry consolidation between France and Germany is about to be realized. As budget austerity grips Europe, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter have finally – after years of on-again, off-again discussion – signed an agreement on a merger plan. Continue reading

Harris To Become Major Midtier Contractor with Exelis Buy

by Richard Pettibone, Forecast International.

The acquisition of Exelis by Harris is one for the record books. While not as dramatic as merger deals in the last big downturn, which saw, for example, the creation of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, the $4.75 billion transaction will instantly create one of the largest aerospace and defense firms outside of the industry primes.Harris_Corporation_Logo.svgThe combined company, with some estimated $4.6 billion in federal sales, may just crack the top 10 list of federal contractors as well.

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