BAE close to aerospace unit sale
New York, January 5, 2011
BAE Systems has asked three bidders for its Platform Solutions unit, including General Electric Co, to submit their 'best and final' offers this week, a source close to the British defense contractor said.
GE, diversified industrial company Eaton Corp and private equity firm Warburg Pincus all put in bids in late December for the BAE business that could fetch more than $1.6 billion, two other people familiar with the matter said.
The bidding round in December was intended to be final, but with three offers on the table, BAE Systems went back to the suitors and asked them to 'sharpen their pencils,' the first source close to the company said.-Reuters