Rockwell Collins announces acquisition of ARINC

Rockwell Collins, Inc. has completed the acquisition of ARINC Incorporated (ARINC) from The Carlyle Group in a deal claimed to be $1.4 billion.

The impact of the acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive once certain transaction and integration costs have been incurred. The majority of integration activities are scheduled to be completed in six to nine months. For the near term, customers can expect business as usual.

"With this move we take a major leap forward to realising our vision of providing a richer set of seamless information management solutions that encompass the aircraft and ground-based systems," explained Kelly Ortberg, CEO and president of Rockwell Collins. "The acquisition represents an exciting new growth platform for Rockwell Collins and shifts the balance of the company toward the expanding commercial aviation sector."

In an aim to serve the best interests of the industry, and avoid any perceived conflicts of interest, Rockwell Collins has completed the sale of ARINC's Industry Standards Organization to SAE International simultaneously with the completion of the ARINC acquisition. In addition, due to a lack of fit with its long-term strategy, Rockwell Collins has initiated preparatory efforts to divest ARINC's Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support business, which provides military aircraft integration and modifications, maintenance, and logistics and support. In total these businesses accounted for approximately 15 percent of ARINC's FY'13 revenues.

"Combining ARINC's high-performance, high-quality and high-assurance networks and services with our information systems onboard the aircraft strengthens our ability to deliver improved efficiency and safety, and enhanced connectivity," added Ortberg.

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