Exelis to spin-off military and government services business

|About: Exelis Inc. (XLS)|By:, SA News Editor

Exelis's (XLS) board authorizes a plan to spin-off its military and government services business, Exelis Mission Systems. Completion is expected in summer of 2014.

Exelis will focus future investments on strengthening its Critical Networks, ISR & Analytics, Electronic Warfare, and Aerostructures ops.

Exelis is expected to generate $3.4B in revenue in 2013 after a pro forma adjustment for the spin-off, with a "meaningful appreciation in its growth and operating margin profile" as well as diversification of non-U.S. defense customers to 50% from 30% currently.

Exelis Mission Systems' pro forma 2013 revenue is estimated at $1.5B. Division President Kennett Hunzeker will lead the spun-off entity.

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