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United Technologies said to be eying possible takeover of Rockwell Collins

A possible merger of United Technologies and Rockwell Collins would mark one of the largest ever in aerospace industry.

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United Technologies as put aside money for mergers and acquisitions

Aviation-parts supplier Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE:COL) has reportedly been approached by US industrial firm United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) about a possible takeover bid.

United Technologies and Rockwell Collins have been engaged in talks but there is no certainty that it will lead to a deal, sources told Bloomberg.

It was unclear whether the two remain engaged in discussions.

Both companies declined to comment on reports.

A potential merger could mark one of the largest ever in the aerospace industry, bringing together the biggest and fourth biggest aircraft parts manufacturers. 

United Technologies has a market capitalisation of US$97bn while Rockwell Collins has a market value of US$19.3bn.

Last year Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. completed the largest aerospace deal with the acquisition of Precision Castparts Corp. for US$37bn.

At the group's second quarter earnings last month, United Technologies chief executive, Greg Hayes said the company has put aside money for mergers and acquisitions.

“We continue to have a place holder at $1bn to $2bn for M&A this year,” he said, “but as I said before, we will be opportunistic for the right deal.”

Rockwell specialises in avionics and aircraft interiors, products that would complement United Technologies’ variety of aircraft parts.

A deal would strengthen the two companies’ position as Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) and Airbus SE put pressure on suppliers of aircraft components for price reductions amid the ramp up of production for narrow-body jetliners.

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