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Honeywell to acquire Civitanavi Systems “to increase autonomous capabilities”

Honeywell today announced its intention to acquire the entire share capital of Civitanavi Systems S.p.A.. Honeywell says it will initiate a voluntary tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Civitanavi for a purchase price of EUR6.30 per share in cash – an equity value of approximately EUR200 million at closing.

“The acquisition will further strengthen Honeywell’s capabilities to help its customers create autonomous operations in aircraft and other vehicles” according to the press release. “It also supports Honeywell’s alignment of its portfolio around three compelling megatrends, including the future of aviation and automation. Together with Civitanavi, Honeywell will be able to offer a broader set of technologies to its customers across the globe, whether they are traditional operators seeking to increase the autonomous capability of their existing fleets or are new entrants in the Advanced Air Mobility space.

“The purchase price payable at closing represents a premium of approximately 27.1% to the 30-day volume-weighted average trading price of Civitanavi’s stock ended on March 26, 2024, the last day of trading before the announcement of the transaction. Honeywell has already secured the commitment of Civitanavi’s controlling shareholder, which owns approximately 66% of Civitanavi’s outstanding shares to tender its shares.

“The transaction is not subject to any financing condition and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions, including among the others: (i) receipt of required antitrust clearance; (ii) receipt of required clearances pursuant to the foreign direct investment regulations in Italy, United Kingdom and Canada and; (iii) the tender of at least 95% of Civitanavi’s outstanding shares.

“Civitanavi is a leader in position navigation and timing technology for the aerospace, defence and industrial markets. Both Civitanavi and Honeywell have a successful history of developing innovative inertial navigation solutions, which can track the position and orientation of a vehicle by using accelerometers, sensors and gyroscopes. Civitanavi’s product offerings of inertial navigation, geo reference and stabilization systems will complement technologies in Honeywell’s existing navigation and sensors business. Civitanavi specialises in high-performance Fiber Optic Gyro technology that Honeywell has not previously offered in its navigation portfolio.”

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