• Service: Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advisory
  • Industry: Diversified Industrials
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 9/15/2011

U.S. Aerospace and Defense Executives Eye M&A, Foreign Markets to Fuel Growth 

Armed with significant cash on their balance sheets, and faced with tightened federal defense budgets, stiffer competition, and a struggling economy, U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) executives cite strategic acquisitions and expansion into new markets as the highest-priority investment areas to spur growth, according to KPMG LLP’s annual Aerospace & Defense pulse survey.
Among the survey's key findings:

  • Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of A&D executives say their companies will be involved in a merger or acquisition as a buyer in the next two years
  • 70 percent indicate their companies have significant cash on their balance sheets
  • 41 percent say the highest-priority use for that cash will be a strategic acquisition, followed by expansion into new markets (19 percent)