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Friday, February 10, 2017

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation for 2016

Mergers and acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation for 2016 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 […]

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Be the (right) buyer

“I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen; all you have to do is get in touch with it. Stop thinking…let things happen…and be…the ball.” – Ty Webb to Danny Noonan (Caddyshack, 1980) There’s a lot written on how sellers can “find the right buyer”, […]

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation H1, 2016 Update

With 2016 now underway, Mirus reaffirms its optimism about opportunities for mergers and acquisitions for 2016.  With M&A running at about the same pace as 2015, we see no reason not to finish the year strong and match 2015’s volume of transactions. But, what isn’t apparent from the base volume numbers is the overall value […]

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Answers to Questions from Middle Market C-Suite Executives: Part 2

This week Mirus partner Andrew Crain is answering questions from C-suite executives of middle market companies about investment bankers’ role advising private business owners.  Here is Part Two of the Q&A: Question:  What are the biggest mistakes a middle market company makes in engaging in its first acquistion? Underestimating the importance of company culture is […]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

INTERNET of THINGS in Manufacturing Automation

I will be the first to admit that when PTC first declared they were going after the Internet of Things market back in 2013 with their acquisition of ThingWorx for $112M, I was skeptical.  When they spent another $170M the next year to further develop the space with their acquisition of Axeda I was dumbfounded.  […]

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation – H1 2015 Update

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Manufacturing Automation industry. As it ended up 2014 was strong year for M&A in Manufacturing Automation, and Software in general.  For 2015 Mirus continues to cover the space with the release of it’s new report Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation – H1 […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 ways to maintain confidentiality when selling a business

Many business owners we work with when selling a company express deep concerns about maintaining the confidentiality of the M&A process:  “If my competitors learn that my business is for sale, they’ll tell their sales force and all my customers will know.” This is a concern with which I’m painfully familiar.When selling my family’s fifth-generation […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why take a PaaS?

Over recent years we have seen a preference of PLM and ERP suppliers to work with a few large System Integrators to implement their products within large customers who demand special attention and substantial resources, often in spikes of demand. Now, with the demand of manufacturing companies for industry specific solutions, proliferation of the cloud, […]