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Brooke Sutherland

Rockwell Collins Bets Big

About that other big deal announced over the weekend…

It's no $100 billion deal, but Rockwell Collins's purchase of airplane seatmaker B/E Aerospace is still transformative.

The avionics-equipment provider announced on Sunday that it's acquiring B/E Aerospace for $8.3 billion, including debt. The timing was a bit unusual considering the latter company was already slated to release its quarterly results on Monday. But perhaps the aerospace-systems suppliers just wanted their deal to be included in what will surely go down as one of the busiest weekends for M&A news, from AT&T's tiny $108.7 billion agreement to buy Time Warner to reports of TD Ameritrade and Toronto-Dominion Bank's (now confirmed) multi-billion-dollar interest in Scottrade Financial.