Mission control: Third-quarter 2015 aerospace & defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

November 2015
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Mission control: Third-quarter 2015 aerospace and defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

At a glance

2015 will be a record year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector. The announced deal value for third quarter (3Q15) alone exceeds the deal-making value for any full year on record for this sector.

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Mission control is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global aerospace & defense sector. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:

  • The deal-making value for this quarter alone exceeds that of any full year on record for the A&D sector.
  • A&D companies are actively splitting public sector and commercial units and divesting lower margin businesses, such as IT services.
  • They are optimizing portfolios to simplify operating models, align with core capabilities, or faster growing markets.
  • The current fundamentals in commercial aerospace are among the strongest and most favorable in any industry.
  • Activist investors continue to take big positions in the commercial aerospace sector.

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