Rockwell Collins’ Shareholders OK UTC Merger; Kelly Ortberg Comments

Shareholders at Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) have cleared a deal for United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) to acquire the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based avionics contractor for approximately $30 billion.

Holders of at least 72 percent of outstanding shares in Rockwell Collins as of record date voted to approve the transaction during the Thursday meeting, the company said Thursday.

Farmington, Connecticut-based conglomerate UTC will pay approximately $23 billion in cash and stock, or $140 per share, and assume $7 billion in net debt from Rockwell Collins under the deal originally announced in September.

Kelly Ortberg, chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, said the shareholder vote brings the deal closer to completion in order to form a new business – Collins Aerospace Systems – that will work to offer aerospace products and services.

The companies expect to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2018.

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