Global Defense Industry Sees Significant M&A Activity in 2012 Says A New Annual Deals Report at

"Annual Deal Report- Defense" for 2012 provides an insight into inorganic growth strategies of companies in the defense industry and competitor tracking

DALLAS, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The report provides detailed analysis on mergers and acquisitions in the defense industry in 2012 as compared to 2011. The C4ISR Electronics and IT segment led deal activity in 2012 with 267 transactions, followed by the aerospace products and parts segment with 170 transactions. Activity in these segments primarily occurred in North America and Europe. From a regional perspective, historically strong North America reported 267 deals and recorded significant deals activity in most defense industry segments.


This research provides detailed analysis on capital raising activity, including equity and debt offerings, in the defense industry in 2012, showing YOY comparisons to 2011. This provides an insight into the capital raising activity of companies in the industry, including fund raising trends from both equity and debt capital markets.

Key Highlights

The major defense companies constantly make efforts to establish an infallible and efficient base of suppliers and supply chain process to maintain or improve their position in the market. Supply chain is a decisive factor for a company's success or failure in the defense industry, owing to the stringent deadlines for government projects. These companies succeeded to a huge extent in supplying their respective clients with the ordered equipment at the right time, owing to their supply chain prowess. This trend observed during the past is expected to result in MandA deals on the same lines in the coming years.

Several governments across the world are striving to save their economies from rising debt levels and the possibility of debt default. This could lead to them prioritizing their budget spends on reviving the economy with possible spending cuts, including a reduction in defense spending. Strategic buyers and financial buyers are interested in companies that could guarantee a certain level of business stability. This has prompted the defense companies to shift their focus towards their core business areas and to divest their non-core units that render a level of instability to the business.

The global defense industry witnessed significant MandA activity in 2012. The prevalent unstable economic environment and consequent federal military budget cuts in the major spending countries of North America and Europe meant that companies resorted to consolidation as their primary growth strategy. The need to access emerging foreign markets such as India, Australia and Saudi Arabia has also driven major companies to join hands with the locally established companies. In 2013, the industry is anticipated to experience a largely similar or marginally higher MandA activity than that of 2012, due to the aforementioned persistent driving factors. Additionally, the unrest and uprisings in the Middle East and Africa will raise the militaries' weapons and equipment needs, subsequently fueling the MandA trend in the industry.

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