Honeywell To Acquire Civitanavi Systems To Strengthen Autonomous Operations Offerings In Aerospace & Expand European Footprint

Honeywell have announced the intention to acquire the entire share capital of Civitanavi Systems S.p.A. (Civitanavi). 

Noteworthy, Honeywell will initiate a voluntary tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Civitanavi for a purchase price of €6.30 per share in cash (an equity value of approximately €200 million at closing).

The acquisition will further strengthen Honeywell’s capabilities to help its customers create autonomous operations in aircraft and other vehicles.

It also supports Honeywell’s alignment of its portfolio around three compelling megatrends, including the future of aviation and automation.

Together with Civitanavi, Honeywell will be able to offer a broader set of technologies to its customers across the globe, whether they are traditional operators seeking to increase the autonomous capability of their existing fleets or are new entrants in the Advanced Air Mobility space.

Further, Civitanavi’s high-precision inertial navigation and stabilization solutions will help drive long-term growth across Honeywell’s commercial and defense businesses

The purchase price payable at closing represents a premium of approximately 27.1% to the 30-day volume-weighted average trading price of Civitanavi’s stock ended on March 26, 2024, the last day of trading before the announcement of the transaction.

Furthermore, Honeywell has already secured the commitment of Civitanavi’s controlling shareholder, which owns approximately 66% of Civitanavi’s outstanding shares to tender its shares.

The transaction is not subject to any financing condition and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions, including among the others:

  • (i) receipt of required antitrust clearance
  • (ii) receipt of required clearances pursuant to the foreign direct investment regulations in ItalyUnited Kingdom and Canada
  • (iii) the tender of at least 95% of Civitanavi’s outstanding shares

Civitanavi is a leader in position navigation and timing technology for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets.

Both Civitanavi and Honeywell have a successful history of developing innovative inertial navigation solutions, which can track the position and orientation of a vehicle by using accelerometers, sensors and gyroscopes.

Notably, Civitanavi’s product offerings of inertial navigation, geo reference and stabilization systems will complement technologies in Honeywell’s existing navigation and sensors business.

Also, Civitanavi specializes in high-performance Fiber Optic Gyro technology that Honeywell has not previously offered in its navigation portfolio.

About Honeywell

Honeywell is an integrated operating company serving a broad range of industries and geographies around the world.

The company’s business is aligned with three powerful megatrends – automation, the future of aviation and energy transition – underpinned by our Honeywell Accelerator operating system and Honeywell Connected Enterprise integrated software platform.

As a trusted partner, it helps organizations solve the world’s toughest, most complex challenges, providing actionable solutions and innovations through our Aerospace Technologies, Industrial Automation, Building Automation and Energy and Sustainability Solutions business segments that help make the world smarter, safer and more sustainable.