TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE: TDG), through its wholly owned subsidiaries, including TransDigm Inc., is a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components, systems and subsystems for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today.
TransDigm Group is comprised of 50 independent companies. Each TransDigm company operates its local business autonomously and realizes its own company-specific market strategy. Our companies are united in their dedication to delivering reliable, highly engineered parts efficiently and on time.
We are invested in the U.S. manufacturing base and employing thousands of Americans in the aerospace and defense industry. Across TransDigm Group’s approximately 60 manufacturing locations in the U.S., we employ about 7,000 people.
Our long-standing goal is to give our shareholders private equity-like returns with the liquidity of a public market. To do this, we stay focused on both the details of value creation as well as careful allocation of our capital. Since our founding in 1993, we have followed a consistent long-term strategy. Our business strategy is made up of two key elements. The first is a value-driven operating strategy based on our three value driver concepts – developing profitable new business, productivity and cost improvements and providing highly engineered value-added products to customers. The second element is an acquisition strategy focused on proprietary aerospace businesses with significant aftermarket content where see a clear path to value creation. The successful execution of this business strategy has enabled us to deliver consistent financial performance through all phases of the market cycle of the aerospace industry.
At TransDigm, we maintain a consistent focus on innovation to benefit our customers. We invest in our business and the businesses we acquire with clear objectives in mind to create significant shareholder value: improving product quality and on-time delivery. We deliver on those objectives by innovating not just across our product lines, but in all aspects of the business – from manufacturing equipment and processes to supply chain infrastructure to operations. Our company-wide culture of innovation drives our customers to select us when new business opportunities arise.
Our parts are designed into and sold as original aircraft equipment, and we generate recurring aftermarket revenue over the lives of the aircraft, which average about 30 years. Historically, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 55% of our revenues were generated from aftermarket sales. As a result of the steep decline in commercial air travel due to COVID-19, currently about 50% of our revenues are generated from aftermarket sales, but we expect that to increase as the commercial aerospace market recovers. About 90% of our sales are of proprietary products for which we own the design. In addition, approximately 80% of our sales are from products for which we are the sole source supplier. We provide components for a large, diverse installed base of aircraft and are not overly dependent on any single airframe.
Major product offerings, substantially all of which are ultimately provided to end-users in the aerospace industry, include mechanical/electro-mechanical actuators and controls, ignition systems and engine technology, specialized pumps and valves, power conditioning devices, specialized AC/DC electric motors and generators, batteries and chargers, engineered latching and locking devices, engineered rods, engineered connectors and elastomer sealing solutions, databus and power controls, cockpit security components and systems, specialized and advanced cockpit displays, aircraft audio systems, specialized lavatory components, seatbelts and safety restraints, engineered and customized interior surfaces and related components, advanced sensor products, switches and relay panels, thermal protection and insulation, lighting and control technology, parachutes, high performance hoists, winches and lifting devices, and cargo loading, handling and delivery systems.