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