Since the beginning of 2007, PE investors have sold or taken public 41 U.S. companies primarily involved in either the Aerospace & Defense or Air industry, according to the PitchBook Platform. With over four months left in the year, eight such exits have already been completed in 2012, tying 2011's final exit count. Sales to strategic buyers (corporate acquisitions) have given this year's exit count quite a lift, accounting for 63% of the activity in 2012 to date.
*2012 to date
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