BAE Systems and EADS end merger talks

BAE Systems and EADS announced today that they have decided to terminate their discussions regarding a possible combination of their businesses through a dual listed company structure.

Notwithstanding a great deal of constructive and professional engagement with the respective governments over recent weeks, it has become clear that the interests of the parties' government stakeholders cannot be adequately reconciled with each other or with the objectives that BAE Systems and EADS established for the merger, the companies said in a statement.

BAE Systems and EADS therefore decided it is in the best interests of their companies and shareholders to terminate the discussions and to continue to focus on delivering their respective strategies, they added.

BAE Systems and EADS still believe that the merger was based on sound industrial logic.  It represented a unique opportunity to create a combination from two strong and successful companies greater than the sum of the parts.

The merger would have produced a combined business that would have been a technology leader and a greater force for competition and growth across both the commercial aerospace and defence sectors and which would have delivered tangible benefits to all stakeholders.

As between themselves, BAE Systems and EADS had agreed the principal terms of the merger, subject to the approval of their respective Boards.

Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems, today said: "We are obviously disappointed that we were unable to reach an acceptable agreement with our various government stakeholders.  We believe the merger presented a unique opportunity for BAE Systems and EADS to combine two world class and complementary businesses to create a world leading aerospace, defence and security group."

Tom Enders, Chief Executive of EADS, today said: "I'd like to thank everybody who supported us, in particular all the colleagues at BAE Systems and EADS for all their hard work and dedication to this project in recent months. A special thank-you goes to Ian King for his trust and partnership. It is, of course, a pity we didn't succeed but I'm glad we tried. I'm sure there will be other challenges we'll tackle together in the future."

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