2017 Aerospace & Defense Outlook: Mergers & Acquisitions Update

Published on: 05/30/2017

2016 saw a decline in sector Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activity, which although is still at healthy levels, showed a reversal after the escalation in component manufacturing transactions over the last couple of years. Going forward we expect this decline will be partially offset by increased activity in defense, defense IT and cyber.

Our report provides a wealth of aerospace & defense M&A transaction data and also discusses:

  • The outlook for M&A activity
  • Convergence in M&A by sub-sector
  • Contrasting activity of strategic and financial buyers
  • Company founder exits and ownership transitions
  • Differing valuation trends in public and private markets
  • Commercial aerospace outlook and potential vulnerabilities
  • Defense budget optimism and realities
  • Developments in unmanned ground systems
  • Aftermath of government IT sector realignment
  • Cybersecurity escalation​

Key Contacts

David Brinkley

Managing Director

Ian Cookson

Managing Director

Tess Oxenstierna

Managing Director