American Industrial Partners to acquire L3’s Vertex Aerospace business

L3 Technologies has agreed to sell its Vertex Aerospace business to American Industrial Partners for $540 million in cash. The deal is expected to close this summer. Moelis & Company LLC provided financial advice to L3 on the deal with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP providing legal advice.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 1, 2018– L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Vertex Aerospace business to American Industrial Partners for $540 million in cash. As part of the agreement, L3 will also sell its Crestview Aerospace and TCS business units, which are included in the Aerospace Systems business segment.

“We’re pleased with this divestiture process,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “This is a strategic step toward optimizing L3’s portfolio. We will use the proceeds from the sale to invest in the continued growth of L3, consistent with our capital allocation strategy and plans.”

This transaction is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The Vertex Aerospace results of operations were reported as discontinued operations beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017, and Crestview Aerospace and TCS were reported as assets held for sale in continuing operations. The company expects to record a gain on the sale of these businesses.

Vertex Aerospace provides aviation logistics services, supply chain management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul services. Crestview Aerospace provides select rotary aircraft component fabrication and assembly, and TCS provides select engineering services and logistics support. For the year ended December 31, 2017, Crestview Aerospace and TCS generated $115 million of net sales, which were included in the Aerospace Systems segment results.

Moelis & Company LLC served as the financial advisor to L3 in connection with the transaction. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal advisor to L3.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion.

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