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Honeywell to spin off businesses, create two new publicly listed companies

The move will be the first major shakeup at the company since Darius Adamczyk succeeded David Cote as chief executive in April


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Inc plans to spin off non-core assets and create at least two new publicly listed companies, as the US industrial conglomerate seeks to streamline its business, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move would represent the first major shakeup at the Morris Plains, New Jersey-based company since succeeded as chief executive in April. It comes after said in September it would raise its annual dividend by 12 percent.

The sources said on Sunday that while would defy calls by one of its shareholders, activist hedge fund Third Point LLC, to spin off its aerospace division, it would still seek to carve out assets worth several billions of dollars.

is considering placing its turbochargers business, which produces components that improve the performance and efficiency of cars and trucks, into one of the newly created companies, the sources said. lists turbochargers as part of its aerospace business.

The sources did not disclose which other assets was looking to spin off and asked not to be identified because the deliberations were confidential.

is hoping to unveil the plan as early as this week, though the announcement could be delayed, the sources added.

Honeywell, which has a market capitalization of $109 billion, declined to comment.

Honeywell's businesses include energy efficient products and solutions for homes, specialty chemicals, electronic and advanced materials, and sensing, safety and security technologies for buildings, homes and industries.

Third Point has argued that is undervalued compared to peers in industrial automation, and that spinning off the entire aerospace business would create $20 billion in shareholder value.

Honeywell's aerospace business, its biggest, also makes auxiliary power units and engines for aircraft manufactured by such as Bombardier Inc, Textron Inc and General Dynamics Corp.

Last year, approached peer United Technologies Corp to discuss a potential combination but was rebuffed. Last month, United Technologies struck a $30 billion agreement to buy avionics and interiors maker Rockwell Collins Inc. Analysts have said this deal positions United Technologies to also spin off assets down the line, though no such deal has been announced.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 08:25 IST