LONDON — British defense contractor Chemring will find out Sept. 14 whether U.S. private equity group Carlyle is to make a firm bid for the countermeasures, munitions and pyrotechnics maker.
Chemring issued a statement in mid-August saying Carlyle had made a “very preliminary expression of interest.” Under the British takeover code, the private equity group has until 5 p.m. U.K. time Sept. 14 to make a formal bid, withdraw or ask for an extension.
A profits warning from Chemring last month is said by analysts to have reduced the chances of a takeover bid from Carlyle.
Chemring reported sales last year of 745 million pounds ($1.2 billion). A substantial proportion of its activities are based in the U.S.
The decision comes at the end of a week that has seen proposals emerge for Europe’s largest-ever aerospace and defense merger between Britain’s BAE Systems and EADS.
In a research note on the potential BAE-EADS merger, the Lisbon-based investment bank Espirito Santo said that accelerating consolidation bodes positively for other defense-centric plays in the sector, naming Chemring along with QinetiQ and Ultra Electronics. All three British-based companies have sizeable U.S. interests.