Cobham Mission Systems to be acquired by Eaton

Posted on 5 February, 2021 by Advance 

Power management company Eaton has signed an agreement to acquire Cobham Mission Systems, a manufacturer of air-to-air refueling systems, environmental systems and actuation primarily for defence markets.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Eaton will pay $2.83 billion for CMS, inclusive of $130 million in tax benefits. Excluding the amount paid for tax benefits, the purchase price represents approximately 14 times CMS’s 2020 EBITDA and 13 times its estimated 2021 EBITDA.

“Cobham Mission Systems’ highly complementary products and strong position on growing defense platforms will enhance our fuel systems business and position our Aerospace business for future growth,” said Heath Monesmith, president and chief operating officer, Industrial Sector, Eaton. “We look forward to welcoming CMS to Eaton.”

The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the second half of 2021.

Eaton aims to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services, providing sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently and more reliably. Eaton’s 2019 revenues were $21.4 billion and it sells products to customers in more than 175 countries and has approximately 92,000 employees.