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BAE Systems has now received the necessary regulatory approvals to complete the acquisition of Ball Aerospace from Ball Corporation, BAE announced on 14 February 2024.

The company had announced an agreement to acquire Ball Aerospace on 17 August 2023.

The final transaction is expected to close at a purchase price of USD 5.5 billion (EUR 5.13 billion), which will be funded through existing cash and new external debt. The transaction will be treated as an asset purchase for federal tax purposes, with an expected net present value tax benefit of around USD 750 million, making the underlying economic consideration for the business about USD 4.8 billion.

Ball Aerospace is a leading provider of spacecraft, mission payloads, and optical and antenna systems. The company is based in Colorado and has more than 5,200 employees, many of whom hold US security clearances.

BAE Systems noted in a press release that the company has “decades of proven success underpinned by world-class advanced technologies” and “has trusted customer relationships in the intelligence community, US Department of Defense, civilian space agencies, and with major aerospace and defence primes, and is well positioned in highly attractive markets, including military and civil space, C4ISR, and missiles and munitions”.

BAE Systems and Ball Corporation will be executing the plan to complete the acquisition in the coming days. The newly acquired business will be called Space & Mission Systems and will map within BAE’s Electronic Systems reporting segment.

“In recent years we’ve said that we would seek out opportunities to grow our portfolio in advanced technology areas that meet our customers’ most urgent needs, and completing the acquisition of Ball Aerospace is an example of that strategy in action,” Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive of BAE Systems, was quoted as saying in a company press release. “We look forward to welcoming the employees of Ball Aerospace to BAE Systems, bringing one of industry’s most respected and capable businesses into the Group. The addition of this quality, fast-growing, technology-focused business will significantly expand our presence in this increasingly critical space domain and further enhances our value compounding model of top line growth, margin expansion and high cash generation.”

Ball Aerospace is a leading provider of spacecraft, mission payloads, and optical and antenna systems. Its acquisition will thus expand BAE Systems’ portfolio in those domains. (Photo: Ball Aerospace)