Aronson Capital Partners Interviewed – Harris makes $4.75B deal for Exelis

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Harris Corp. is buying Exelis in a $4.75 billion cash and stock deal that the company is calling transformational.

The deal will significantly increase the size of Harris, adding $3.25 billion in revenue to Harris’ $5 billion in revenue. Headcount will grow to 13,000 to 23,000. The transaction is expected to close by June.

Adding scale was definitely one of the factors the drove the deal, according to Harris executives and industry analysts.

“The combination of the two companies’ highly complementary core franchises creates a competitively stronger company with significantly greater scale,” said Harris CEO and chairman William Brown.

Much of that scale will …read more

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