Special Dividend Opportunity – $22 per share with 14% Dividend Yield

TransDigm Group (TDG) announced that its board of directors has authorized and declared a special cash dividend of $22.00 on each outstanding share of common stock and cash dividend equivalent payments under certain of its stock option plans.  The record date for the special dividend is July 15, 2013, and the payment date for the dividend is July 25, 2013.

TDG is trading at $158 per share following the special dividend.  Shares are up 18% in the past year and 7% in the past month.  The stock has a neutral rating according to its equity summary score of 5.9 out of 10.

W. Nicholas Howley, TransDigm Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This special dividend is part of our ongoing efforts to allocate our capital in order to create value for our shareholders.  We believe the market conditions and other factors gave us a unique opportunity to accelerate returns to our shareholders by this special dividend.  The combination of a cash balance anticipated to be over $450 million at September 30, 2013; an available revolver of approximately $300 million; additional capacity under our amended credit agreement; and expected strong quarterly cash generation in fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014, give us adequate financial capacity to meet our likely range of operating and acquisition needs.”

TransDigm Group Incorporated recently announced that it acquired the assets of GE Aviation’s Electromechanical Actuation Division for approximately $150 million in cash on June 28, 2013.  The business, which will be conducted by TransDigm through a new entity, Whippany Actuation Systems, LLC (Whippany), located in Whippany, New Jersey, manufactures proprietary, highly engineered aerospace electromechanical motion control subsystems for civil and military applications. Product offerings include control electronics, motors, high power mechanical transmissions and actuators.  Whippany’s revenues are estimated to be approximately $80 million.

TransDigm Group, is a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today. Major product offerings, substantially all of which are ultimately provided to end-users in the aerospace industry, include mechanical/electro-mechanical actuators and controls, ignition systems and engine technology, specialized pumps and valves, power conditioning devices, specialized AC/DC electric motors and generators, NiCad batteries and chargers, engineered latching and locking devices, rods and locking devices, engineered connectors and elastomers, cockpit security components and systems, specialized cockpit displays, aircraft audio systems, specialized lavatory components, seatbelts and safety restraints, engineered interior surfaces and lighting and control technology.