Canada’s Aerospace and Defence companies have an appetite for mergers and acquisitions and certainly, the conditions are prime for making such a move
Canada's Aerospace and Defence (A&D) companies have an appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and certainly, the conditions are prime for making such a move. With the right considerations, approaches, and guidance, many stand to unlock greater potential by taking advantage of M&A as a key element of their growth strategy.
A number of factors are driving Canadian M&A interest. Broadly, Canadian firms are compelled by a stable financial market, a period of relatively low volatility (compared to UK and Europe), and a 15 percent growth in aerospace exports within the last year alone. Firms are also motivated by industry "wins" such as Bombardier's deal with Delta airlines for 75 C-Series Jets, General Dynamics Land Systems' multi-billion export arrangement, and the government's National Shipbuilding Strategy – all of which are bolstering the country's brand and economy in their unique way.
In short, Canadian A&D firms are confident in their prospects for growth and recognize the role M&A has to play in moving beyond established markets and realizing their global potential. In fact, I'm told by CEOs that the interest in buying and selling is so high – and the interest rates so low – they don't mind paying a bit more when multiples are up if the value-add benefits are apparent.
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