Woodward Buys "Duarte" Unit From GE Aviation

On Friday, aerospace and energy control solutions provider Woodward (NASDAQ: WWD  ) announced that it has signed an agreement to buy General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) Aviation Systems' hydraulic thrust reverser actuation systems business.

The $200 million cash transaction was expected to close today.

The business in question, referred to as the "Duarte Business" because it is located in Duarte, Calif., sells primarily to commercial aircraft and engine makers such as Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) , GE itself, engine-making partner Safran, and also the U.S. government. The Duarte Business employs about 350 people.

According to Woodward, it anticipates Duarte will record approximately $150 million in sales in fiscal 2013. The company furthermore said this deal will be "slightly accretive" to its per-share earnings in fiscal 2013.

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