Trend: Mergers in Automation Mergers and Acquisitions in Automation Growth Despite Negative M&A Trend

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Deals, deals, deals: In 2013, the automation sector saw mergers and acquisitions worth US $ 7.36 billion – 11.1 %percent above the 2012 levels. In the same time, industrial m&a fell to its lowest value since 2009...

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Industrials deals declined in all three of the main regions in 2013 compared to 2012. However, for other countries worldwide, there was a 157% increase by value to US$ 10.8bn compared to US$ 4.2bn in 2012
Industrials deals declined in all three of the main regions in 2013 compared to 2012. However, for other countries worldwide, there was a 157% increase by value to US$ 10.8bn compared to US$ 4.2bn in 2012
(Source: Mergermarket)

Industrial mergers and acquisitions are at a minimum: In 2013, transactions of only US $ 127.4 billion were made, the lowest value since the crisis ridden year 2009. It's the second consecutive decrease in deal value, with a 20.1 percent decline compared to 2012 (US $ 159.4 billion) and down 35.9 percent compared to 2011 (US $ 198.7 billion), analysts say.

Deals in the industrial automation sector, nevertheless, grew by 11.1 percent to a total value of US $ 7.3 billion in 2013. As a result, its share of Industrials M&A went up slightly from 4.1 percent in 2012 and stood at 5.7 percent in 2013. Notable deals included the acquisition of UK-based Invensys by Schneider Electric, a France-based company, for US $ 4.6 billion. This deal contributed just over 63 percent to the sub-sector’s value for the year.

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