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United Technologies buys Rockwell Collins for $23 billion

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NEW YORK - United Technologies (UTX) is acquiring Rockwell Collins (COL) for $22.75 billion in order to expand its aerospace capabilities. The deal marks the largest aerospace takeover ever.

United Tech, which makes Otis elevators and Pratt & Whitney engines, said Monday it's paying $140 per share in cash and stock for Rockwell Collins, a 9.4 premium over Tuesday's closing price, when reports of a deal surfaced.

Including debt, the acquisition is worth $30 billion.

Rockwell Collins, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, makes flight deck avionics, cabin electronics and cabin interiors for commercial and military customers.

Farmington, Connecticut-based United Technologies called the businesses complementary and expects $500 million in pretax savings related to the deal. It reaffirmed its 2017 profit estimates.

The companies expect the deal to close by the third quarter of 2018, subject to approval from Rockwell Collins shareowners and regulators. In premarket trading Tuesday morning, United Technologies shares were off 1.2 percent, or $1.80, to $117.92. Rockwell Collins was also lower, down 0.3 percent, or 45 cents, to $130.61.