AAR Agrees to Divest Non-Core Composites Manufacturing Business

July 06 2020

AAR CORP. has entered into a definitive agreement to divest its aerospace composite manufacturing business after running a sale process that began earlier this year. The buyer is an affiliate of Architect Equity. The Composites business designs, fabricates and assembles composite aerospace products for customers in the commercial aerospace and defense industries.
“This divestiture is consistent with our multi-year strategy to focus our portfolio on our core services offerings. It will reduce complexity and allow us to further prioritize our efforts on our market-leading aviation aftermarket operations,” said John M. Holmes, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP.

The divestiture of the Composites business, which was unprofitable in fiscal year 2020, along with AAR’s previously declared cost reduction actions, are expected to drive meaningful margin improvement once demand recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

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