With talk of conflict heating up, we took to the PitchBook Platform to check on private equity deal activity in the aerospace & defense industry. Since the beginning of 2007, PE investors have backed 244 U.S.- or Canada-based companies in the industry.
2011 was the high-water mark in the timeframe at 50 completed deals, 72% higher than 2010 levels. Activity cooled a bit in 2012 to 37 deals, but 2013 is set to eclipse that mark with 32 to date. With seven deals apiece, Arlington Capital Partners and The Carlyle Group, two firms located near the capital, were the most active investors in the space in the timeframe.
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