BAE Systems plc

6 Carlton Gardens,
London, SW1Y 5AD
United Kingdom,
+44 1252 373 232

BAE Systems plc is a provider of defense and security products and services. From sophisticated cyber services and military support, to mission critical electronic systems and protection equipment, BAE aims to be at the forefront of defense technology and science. BAE was formed in 1979 and is based in London, England.

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Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 14 3 - - 1 - 18
vol $5.3B $261M $5.5B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 3 - - - 1 - 4
vol $134M $134M

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Largest United Defense Industries, Inc.
$4.2B (2005-06-27)
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Largest Safariland LLC
$124M (2012-07-30)

According to our data here at Mergr, BAE Systems has acquired 19 companies, including 4 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 4 assets.

BAE Systems’ largest acquisition to date was in 2005, when it acquired United Defense Industries for $4.2B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2012, when it sold Safariland to Palm Beach Capital for $124M. BAE Systems has acquired in 8 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include aerospace (23%) and defense (17%).

When analyzing the defense sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 24 defense companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, and 2 have acquired at least 5 companies. The most prolific strategic defense acquirer over the past 3 years is American Outdoor Brands, with 2 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the defense sector over the past 3 years is Arsenal Capital Partners with 1 platform acquisition.

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