Exclusive: Carlyle prepares to sell Arinc, hires banks - sources

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By Soyoung Kim

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O: Quote) is preparing to sell aerospace and defense company Arinc Inc and hired JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N: Quote) and Evercore Partners Inc (EVR.N: Quote) to advise on the process, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Arinc, which the buyout firm bought from six U.S. airlines in 2007 for an undisclosed sum, is expected to draw interest mostly from larger aerospace industry rivals and may fetch $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion in a sale, the three people said.

The latest attempt to find a buyer would come more than two years after Carlyle's previous efforts to sell Arinc failed over a price gap, as well as lack of interest by potential buyers in pursuing the entire company.

Carlyle, however, sold Arinc's government consulting services division to Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp (BAH.N: Quote) late last year, getting rid of a business that potential buyers found unattractive in the previous auction, the people said.

Arinc has roughly $120 million to $125 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and could be sold for more than 10 times EBITDA, the people said.

The auction is expected to be launched later this spring, they added.

The people asked not to be named because the auction is not public. Carlyle did not have immediate comment, while JPMorgan and Evercore declined to comment.

The Annapolis, Maryland-based Arinc, founded in 1929, designs systems that help airline pilots communicate with the ground.   Continued...

A general view of the lobby outside of the Carlyle Group offices in Washington, May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst