UTC Looks To Unlock Value From Sikorsky

In our view, the recent drop in oil prices, coupled with the anticipation that oil prices could remain weak for the foreseeable future, prompted United Technologies to reevaluate this business. Sikorsky had been counting on higher sales of commercial helicopters from the oil and gas sector; however, as crude oil prices fell, demand for helicopters from the sector dropped. A divestiture of Sikorsky could allow UTC to unlock value by reinvesting proceeds from the sale in its higher margin businesses.