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Boeing set to acquire Spirit in $8.3 billion transaction
Wednesday, 3 July 2024
Boeing will acquire Spirit AeroSystems, while Airbus aims to bring the business's production of A350 fuselage sections, the A220’s wings and A220 pylons in-house under its ownership.

Spirit AeroSystems has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which The Boeing Company will acquire Spirit for $37.25 per share in Boeing common stock. At $37.25 per share, this represents an equity value of approximately $4.7 billion and an enterprise value of approximately $8.3 billion including Spirit's last reported net debt. It also represents a 30% premium to Spirit's closing stock price of $28.60 on February 29, 2024, the day before Spirit and Boeing issued press releases confirming they were in discussions regarding a potential transaction.

Meanwhile, Airbus SE has entered into a binding term sheet agreement with Spirit AeroSystems in relation to a potential acquisition of major activities related to Airbus, notably the production of A350 fuselage sections in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S., and St. Nazaire, France; of the A220’s wings and mid-fuselage in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Casablanca, Morocco; as well as of the A220 pylons in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

With this agreement, Airbus aims to ensure stability of supply for its commercial aircraft programmes through a more sustainable way forward, both operationally and financially, for the various Airbus work packages that Spirit AeroSystems is responsible for today.

The transaction would cover the acquisition of these activities. Airbus will be compensated by payment of $559 million from Spirit AeroSystems, for a nominal consideration of $1.00, subject to adjustments including based on the final transaction perimeter.

"After carefully evaluating Boeing's offer to combine, we are confident this transaction is in the best interest of Spirit and its shareholders, and will benefit Spirit's other stakeholders," says Patrick M. Shanahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit. "Bringing Spirit and Boeing together will enable greater integration of both companies' manufacturing and engineering capabilities, including safety and quality systems."

Shanahan continues, "We are proud of the part we have played in Airbus' programs and believe bringing these programs under Airbus ownership will enable greater integration and alignment."

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement with Boeing, Spirit shareholders will receive for each of their shares of Spirit common stock a number of shares of Boeing common stock equal to an exchange ratio calculated as $37.25 divided by the volume weighted average share price (VWAP) of Boeing common stock over the 15-trading-day period ending on the second trading day prior to the closing (the "Closing Price"), subject to a floor of $149.00 per share of Boeing common stock and a ceiling of $206.94 per share of Boeing common stock. Spirit shareholders will receive 0.25 shares of Boeing common stock for each of their shares of Spirit common stock if the Closing Price is at or below $149.00, and 0.18 shares of Boeing common stock for each of their shares of Spirit common stock if the Closing Price is at or above $206.94.

The definitive merger agreement with Boeing and the term sheet with Airbus were unanimously approved by the Spirit Board of Directors. The closing under the definitive merger agreement with Boeing is subject to the completion of the divestiture of the Airbus businesses by Spirit and is subject to other closing conditions, including approval of the definitive merger agreement by Spirit shareholders and receipt of regulatory approvals. The closing of the Airbus transaction, if a definitive agreement for the Airbus transaction is entered into with Airbus, will be subject to the substantially concurrent closing of the Boeing acquisition of Spirit and will be subject to other closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. The closings of these transactions are expected to occur in mid-2025.

In addition, Spirit plans to pursue the divestiture of certain operations. These include Spirit's business and operations in Subang, Malaysia, and Prestwick, Scotland that support Airbus programs, and Belfast, Northern Ireland other than those that support Airbus programs.

Contact details from our directory:
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Aircraft Control Surfaces, Aircraft Structural Components, Certification Services, Empennages, Engine Inlets, Engine Pylons, Engineering Design Services, Fairings, Fuselage Sections, Machining Services, Metal & Alloy Fabrications, Nacelles, Thrust Reversers, Wing Flaps, Wing Spoilers, Wings
Boeing Company
Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Spirit AeroSystems Europe Ltd Aircraft Control Surfaces, Aircraft Doors, Aircraft Structural Components, Empennages, Fuel Tanks & Systems, Paint Application, Wing Flaps, Wing Spoilers, Wings
Spirit AeroSystems Belfast Aircraft Structural Components, Composite Manufacturing Supplies, Empennages, Fairings, Fuselage Sections, Nacelles, Thrust Reversers, Wing Flaps, Wing Spoilers, Wings
Airbus Group SE Airborne Communication Systems, Laser Radar, Satellite Receivers
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Kinston Fuselage Sections, Wing Spars
Related aircraft programs:
Airbus A350
Airbus A220
Related directory sectors:
Structural Components
Airframe Assemblies