Honeywell Walks Away From $90B Bid For United Technologies

United Technologies rejected the offer last week, and Honeywell says it doesn't want to force a deal with an unwilling partner.

NEW YORK (AP) — Honeywell abandoned a bid worth more than $90 billion for rival United Technologies, saying it did not want to force a deal with an unwilling partner.

United Technologies rejected the offer last week, saying a tie-up of the two industrial conglomerates would never be approved by anti-trust regulators.

Honeywell said it disagreed, but that it was unwilling to go any further if United Technologies was not willing.

The two companies had held talks for some time before those negotiations became public. United Technologies had brought up the possibility of combining the companies in 2011 and 2015, Honeywell said.

During a meeting last month, Honeywell said it was told by United Technology executives that "such a combination would be fabulous" and that "they would take it very seriously."

At some point the mood soured and Honeywell says United Technologies has been unwilling to engage in negotiations.

Representatives for United Technologies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Both companies are big players in the aerospace sector. Honeywell, based in Morris Plains, New Jersey, also makes thermostats and security systems. United Technologies, of Farmington, Connecticut, also makes elevators and fire alarms.

Shares of Honeywell International Inc. rose $2.76, or 2.7 percent, to $104.11 in morning trading Tuesday. United Technologies Corp. shares fell $3.64, or 3.8 percent, to $92.98.

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