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Leonardo to Launch New Unit as Part of Defense, Security Electronics Portfolio Reorg

Italy-based conglomerate Leonardo has moved to combine three divisions into a new electronics division as part of growth efforts in the defense and security technology market. Leonardo said Thursday the new business will consolidate the firm’s land and naval defence electronics, airborne and space systems and defense systems businesses. The …

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Cerberus to Acquire Sparton; Tarek Ajouz Quoted

New York-based private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has agreed to pay $18.50 in cash for each outstanding share of Sparton’s (NYSE: SPA) common stock. Sparton said Wednesday its board of directors cleared the transaction, which is expected to conclude in the first quarter of calendar year 2019. Tarek Ajouz, a managing director …

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Harris Refiles Antitrust Notification for L3 Merger Deal

Harris (NYSE: HRS) has withdrawn and refiled a notification required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with regard to its proposed merger with L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL). Harris resubmitted the notification Tuesday and the waiting period for the notice under the antitrust law is set to expire on Jan. 10, …

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Red Hat to Hold Special Stockholders’ Meeting on IBM Merger

Shareholders in Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will vote Jan. 16 on whether to approve IBM‘s (NYSE: IBM) proposed $34B acquisition of the Raleigh, N.C.-based open source technology provider. A Dec. 11 record date has been established for Red Hat’s special meeting of stockholders, the company said Monday. IBM first announced Oct. 28 it would acquire Red …

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Speedcast Receives CFIUS Clearance for Globecomm Deal

Speedcast International announced Thursday that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the company’s $135M acquisition of Globecomm Systems. CFIUS found no unresolved national security concerns holding up the acquisition. Speedcast expects the purchase of Globecomm to finalize before the end of 2018, pending customary closing conditions. On Aug …

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UTC-Rockwell Collins Merger: New Financial Details Emerge

On Nov. 26th, United Technologies announced its move to split the company into three separate businesses following the completion of the $30B Rockwell Collins acquisition on Nov. 23rd. The move will combine UTC’s Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Aerospace Systems with Rockwell Collins to form Collins Aerospace Systems. The …

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HII Acquires Cybersecurity Firm G2; Baird’s John Song Comments

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) has purchased Annapolis Junction, Md.-based cybersecurity services provider G2 for an undisclosed amount in a move to grow its professional services business and portfolio of information assurance and cyber offerings. HII said Monday it will integrate G2 into its technical solutions division led by Andy Green. …

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Cerberus to Buy 70% Stake in Navistar’s Defense Business

New York-based private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has agreed to purchase a 70 percent controlling stake in Navistar International’s (NYSE: NAV) defense business for an undisclosed sum. Michael Sanford, co-head of private equity and senior managing director of Cerberus, said in a statement published Monday the company plans to …

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Baird’s Jean Stack: 2018 a Transformational Year for GovCon

Several top government contractors and industry experts attended Baird’s 2018 Government Services and Defense Conference. “2018 has been a transformational year of M&A at scale in the government services and defense market,” Jean Stack, managing director for global investment banking at Baird, told GovConWire. Stack added that she expects 2019 to …

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E3, Sentinel Announce Merger; Andy Maner to Lead Combined Firm

E3 Federal Solutions and Washington, D.C.-based government services contractor The Sentinel Company have merged to form a combined firm that seeks to support clients in the federal services market. Sentinel CEO Andy Maner will lead the combined entity as CEO and Everett Johnson will continue to oversee E3’s daily operations as president, the companies …

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