© Reuters. Aero parts maker TransDigm to buy Esterline for $3.6 billion

(Reuters) – Aircraft component supplier TransDigm Group Inc (N:) said on Wednesday it would buy smaller rival Esterline Technologies Corp (N:) for about $3.6 billion to add expand its aftermarket spare parts business.

The deal will give TransDigm more heft to compete with planemakers Boeing Co (N:) and Airbus SE (PA:), which are pushing into the high-margin business of supplying parts and services to boost profits.

The $122.50-per-share cash offer represents a 38 percent premium to Esterline’s Tuesday close and is 62 percent more than the stock’s closing price on July 19, when reports of the company exploring a potential sale emerged.

Shares of Esterline were trading at $116 before the opening bell. The company makes cockpit parts and sensors for commercial jetliners, business jets and military aircraft such as Lockheed Martin’s (N:) F-35 fighter jets.

Reuters reported in July that Esterline was exploring a sale.

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