Termination of talks on possible merger of BAE Systems and EADS
Following the announcements made by BAE Systems Plc and EADS N.V. on September 12, 2012 in relation to a possible combination of their businesses through a dual listed company structure, BAE Systems and EADS announce that they have decided to terminate their discussions.
BAE Systems and EADS believe that the merger was based on a sound industrial logic and represented an opportunity to create a combination from two strong and successful companies greater than the sum of the parts. The merger would have produced a combined business that would have been a greater force for competition and growth across both the commercial aerospace and defence sectors and which would have delivered tangible benefits to all stakeholders.
Discussions with the relevant governments had not reached a point where both companies could fully disclose the benefits and detailed business case for this merger.
BAE Systems and EADS are, however, confident that these would have provided a strong case to take to their shareholders.
From the outset of discussions between the parties, both BAE Systems and EADS were clear that they would proceed with a merger of their businesses only if a transaction structure could be created that aligned the interests of the parties’ stakeholders and received their strong support. BAE Systems and EADS worked constructively to deliver such a structure.
Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems, said: “We are obviously disappointed that we were unable to reach an acceptable agreement with our various government stakeholders. We believe the merger presented a unique opportunity for BAE Systems and EADS to combine two world class and complementary businesses to create a world leading aerospace, defence and security group.
“However, our business remains strong and financially robust. We continue to see opportunities across our platforms and services offerings and in the various international markets in which we operate. We remain committed to delivering total shareholder value, including a progressive dividend policy, and look to the future with confidence.”
Tom Enders, Chief Executive of EADS, said: “I’d like to thank everybody who supported us, in particular all the colleagues at BAE Systems and EADS for all their hard work and dedication to this project in recent months. A special thank-you goes to Ian King for his trust and partnership. It is, of course, a pity we didn’t succeed but I’m glad we tried. I’m sure there will be other challenges we’ll tackle together in the future. EADS will continue on its international growth path and our shareholders can continue to expect profitable growth, excellent liquidity and programme execution based on a strong order book.”