Raytheon and United Technologies are in talks to merge

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United Technologies President and CEO Gregory Hayes

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Raytheon is in late-state talks to combine with United Technologies‘ aerospace unit in an all-stock deal that would consolidate the aviation and defense sectors, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The companies have a combined market value of nearly $166 billion.

The deal, which could be announced as early as Monday morning, would combine United Technologies’ aerospace business and bring the two suppliers to giants like Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin under one roof.

For Raytheon, the deal provides exposure to the booming commercial aerospace sector through the United Technologies’ unit, which makes everything from high-value jet engines and competes with General Electric, to cockpit controls, airplane seats and cabin interiors. United Technologies would gain footing in the cyber-security and defense sectors.

United Technologies in November 2018 said it would spin off its Otis elevator business and its Carrier air conditioning unit into separate companies. The remaining aerospace business would be combined with Raytheon, the person said. United Technologies CEO Gregory Hayes would become CEO of the combined company, which will be called Raytheon Technologies, and Raytheon’s CEO Thomas Kennedy would become chairman, according to the person.

The combined companies, after Carrier and Otis are separated out, are expected to have a combined market value of more than $100 billion, the person said.

The deal, a so-called merger of equals, would close before 2020, when United Technologies expects to complete the separation of the elevator and air conditioning businesses, the person said. If completed United Technologies shareholders would own 53 percent of the new company and Raytheon’s would own 47 percent, the person added.

The deal, which could still fall apart, was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.

The combined company is planned to be headquartered in the Boston metropolitan area, the person said. Raytheon is based in Waltham, Mass., a Boston suburb.

RBC and Citigroup are advising Raytheon on the deal and Morgan Stanley and Evercore are working with United Technologies, according to the person.

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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