BOEING OFFERS TO BUY SPIRIT AERO FOR $35/SHR, BLOOMBERG NEWS REPORTS

(Reuters) -Boeing has offered to acquire Spirit AeroSystems in a deal funded mostly by stock that values its 737 fuselage supplier at about $35 per share, Bloomberg News reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

That offer is worth about $4.08 billion, as per Reuters calculations based on Spirit's outstanding shares as of May 7.

The per-share offer represents a premium of nearly 6% over Spirit's stock closing price on Monday and a 22.4% upside to its closing price on Feb. 29, the day before Boeing's takeover talks became public.

Spirit's shares slid 6.3% to $31.30 in premarket trading on Tuesday. Boeing's shares dropped about 1%, which would reduce the value of an all-stock offer.

The U.S. planemaker switched its offer from an all-cash one and while the final terms of the latest offer are still being discussed, it could include a small amount of cash, Bloomberg reported, adding the deal is expected to be announced within a matter of days.

Reuters reported last week that Boeing was nearing a deal to buy Spirit after months of talks.

Spirit said in a statement that it remains "focused on providing the best quality products for our customers". Boeing did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Boeing initiated talks earlier this year to buy back the Wichita, Kansas-based supplier it spun off in 2005, seeking to stabilize a key part of the supply chain for its strongest-selling jet following a mid-air blowout on a new 737 MAX in January.

However, talks hit a stumbling block over Spirit's work for Airbus, with the European group threatening to block any deal that involved Boeing building parts for its newest models.

Boeing and Airbus have broadly succeeded in dividing Spirit's programs into work that Boeing will take back, along with work that the Airbus will take, Reuters has reported.

Still, Airbus, on Monday, lowered its widely watched forecast for plane deliveries this year, which CEO Guillaume Faury blamed, in part, on the uncertain outlook for Spirit's industrial commitments.

(Reporting by Nilutpal Timsina in Bengaluru; Editing by Janane Venkatraman, Rashmi Aich and Savio D'Souza)

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