Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2016 Summary
In 2016 mergers and acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation goes into the books as the year of the big deal. While volume overall was soft (indeed back to 2010 levels), average transaction value was up substantially as the oligopolies focused on capturing market share and extending reach through large single transactions. Q3 specifically produced an absolute dearth of transactions with only three transactions. Subsequently, Q4 recovered to more normal levels (a far from stellar 11 transactions), but the damage was done, and 2016 has now gone into the books as one of the worst M&A performances in manufacturing automation in recent years, with only 37 transactions (compared to 60 in 2013) and the third consecutive year of declining transaction volume.
The following report explores the performance of the Manufacturing Automation industry during 2016, its sectors, related M&A transactions, and trends in the industry with emphasis on the most acquisitive leaders.