Textron completes acquisition of Beechcraft Textron announced it has closed its acquisition of Beech Holdings, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, and that it will bring together its Cessna business and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation. Cessna and Beechcraft together produced about $4.6B in revenues during 2013. Under the terms of the transaction, Textron purchased all outstanding equity interests in Beech Holdings for approximately $1.4B in cash. Textron financed the purchase of the equity as well as the repayment of Beechcraft’s working capital debt through a combination of available cash, the issuance of $600M in senior notes and drawing $500M under a new five-year term loan.
Aerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.