Rockwell Collins’s offer to buy B/E Aerospace is a pricey ploy that will take more work to bring to fruition, but it could secure Rockwell as a leading provider of aircraft content while finding a successful exit for B/E. On Oct. 23, the chief executives of both companies announced that avionics and aircraft connectivity provider Rockwell will buy cabin interiors leader B/E for $8.3 billion—$6.4 billion in stock and cash, as well as assuming $1.9 billion in B/E debt—in a ...

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