March 26, 2018 / 4:45 PM / 6 months ago

Daniel Loeb's Third Point eyeing stake in United Technologies

March 26 (Reuters) - Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb's firm Third Point LLC wants to build a stake in United Technologies Corp, according to a filing here with the Federal Trade Commission, as the U.S. aero parts maker explores a breakup of its businesses.

Loeb's Third Point Offshore Fund Ltd has requested permission from the U.S. consumer protection regulator to acquire shares in the company above a certain threshold, according to the filing dated March 23 on the FTC's website.

United Tech declined to comment and Third Point was not immediately available for comment.

United Tech, which makes Otis Elevators, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and Carrier air conditioners, in February said it would decide by the end of 2018 here whether its businesses were more valuable together or better off as separate entities.

The company's shares have lagged the broader market under Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes as the company spent heavily on developing a new fuel-saving geared turbofan aircraft engine and as sales of Otis elevators were pressured by a supply glut in China.

Billionaire investor William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management is also building a position in United Tech, according to reports in February. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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