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Lockheed’s $4.4B Deal With Aerojet Rocketdyne Delayed

 |  October 26, 2021

Lockheed Martin’s proposed US$4.4 billion acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne is now set to take place during the first quarter of 2022, Lockheed’s chief executive announced on Tuesday, October 26, dashing plans for the deal to close this year.

“The Aerojet Rocketdyne transaction continues moving through the regulatory approval process, and we now anticipate closing in the first quarter of 2022,” said Lockheed CEO James Taiclet during an earnings call with investors.

Despite the delay, Taiclet sounded a confident note that the deal would be permitted to go through.

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“Our strong balance sheet provides us with the capability to close on the Aerojet Rocketdyne transaction, provide robust returns to shareholders and continue to invest in our portfolio to support our customers and drive future growth,” he said.

Although the Defense Department has not stated a position on the proposed acquisition, the deal has weathered scrutiny from regulators and members of Congress who question whether the largest US defense prime should be allowed to acquire the nation’s only remaining independent supplier of solid-fuel rocket motors.

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