Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the acquisition of the aerospace and defense systems company, Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA) for $9.2 billion. Shares of Orbital ATK up about 20% after the announcement. According to a definitive agreement Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Northrop Grumman revealed that the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.
"The acquisition of Orbital ATK is an exciting strategic step as we continue to invest for profitable growth. Through our combination, customers will benefit from expanded capabilities, accelerated innovation and greater competition in critical global security domains. Our complementary portfolios and technology-focused cultures will yield significant value creation through revenue synergies associated with new opportunities, cost savings, operational synergies, and enhanced growth. We look forward to welcoming Orbital ATK's talented employees to Northrop Grumman, and believe our combined strength will benefit our customers and shareholders," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman.
"We are very pleased to announce this agreement with Northrop Grumman. It reflects the tremendous value Orbital ATK has generated for our customers, shareholders and employees. The unique alignment in culture and mission offered by this transaction will allow us to maintain strong operational performance on existing programs while we pursue new opportunities that require the enhanced technical and financial resources of a larger organization. Our employees will also benefit from greater development and career opportunities as members of a larger, more diverse aerospace and defense enterprise. We will remain focused on operational excellence and execution during and after the transition into Northrop Grumman," said David Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Orbital ATK.