Mission control: First-quarter 2014 aerospace and defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

April 2014
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Mission control: First-quarter 2014 aerospace and defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

At a glance

Deal activity in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was off to a slow start in 2014. While aerospace-focused deals are expected to continue at high valuations, the defense mergers & acquisitions (M&A) market remains sluggish. Unless long-term defense priorities become clearer, a sustained increase in the overall pace of A&D M&A is unlikely.

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Mission control, a quarterly analysis of global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the A&D industry, provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

This report highlights several trends expected to affect the characteristics of deals in the A&D sector, including:

  • The aerospace and defense M&A market is headed upward, driven by first-quarter deal volume.
  • Private equity sellers contributed to one-third of deals this quarter.
  • There is continued enthusiasm toward commercial aerospace transactions.

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