Lockheed buys Sikorsky


When it was selling Sikorsky, United Technology said it was looking to make $4 billion. Lockheed Martin’s acquisition at $9 billion (which works out as $6.2 billion in cash) is a fantastic result.

On a conference call, Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin, said that the price they paid reflected low oil prices. She said: “We believe these current pressures enable us to make this acquisition at a low point in the economic cycle. All of these elements indicate significant opportunities for growth in the future and value creation potential.”

Lockheed Martin was clearly most attracted by Sikorsky’s military business. “I’d like to think of this as having sort of a power and backing of a $45 million business focused on government contracting versus one which was less focused perhaps in total than just on the piece of the Sikorsky business,” said Bruce Tanner, EVP and CFO.

But, the new owners have also stressed the importance of the commercial helicopters business. “It’s predominantly in the oil and gas side which is not an area that we are in,” said Hewson. “And while we’ve got some near-term pressure there just because of what’s happened with oil prices, we see an opportunity in a few years for that to turn and so real opportunity for growth there as we move forward.”

Lockheed are hoping to make costs savings of $150 million each year, although most of these are likely to come from military helicopters.

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