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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 […]

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Mergers and Acquisitions in IoT – This is just the beginning

Over the past couple of years, Mirus has become increasingly involved with the rapidly developing Internet of Things sector including advising multiple companies across a variety of application domains on their growth and M&A strategy, as well as recently completing several important sell-side transactions in the space (see Eutecus press release).  Mirus is very excited […]

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The mixed messages in US manufacturing

Recent headlines paint a mixed picture of the US manufacturing sector: “Manufacturing gauge eases in August from nine-month high” (MarketWatch, 8/23) “U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Rebounded in July, Jumping 4.4%” (WSJ, 8/25) “US manufacturing’s ills have been misdiagnosed” (Financial Times, 8/21) “U.S. Manufacturing Growth Cooled in July From One-Year High” (Bloomberg, 8/1) “Surprise! U.S. Manufacturing Jobs […]

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Selling Big

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Mirus has been our success with selling middle market companies to global strategic acquirers. In the past few years, we’ve closed nine transactions with global Fortune 500 and other large public companies for lower-middle market clients whose size averaged under $30 million in revenues. The revenues for […]

Monday, May 16, 2016

Robotics on the move in 2016

Companies in the advanced automation and robotics sector are doing deals in 2016. In addition to Mirus’ client MagneMotion, four companies: Vizient, iRobot, Hansen Medical, and Bluefin Robotics have announced deals in this sector so far in 2016.  Globally, the industry appears poised for accelerated adoption as costs have come down while technology has made significant […]

Friday, March 04, 2016

Global manufacturing struggles in early 2016

The headlines on global manufacturing in early 2016 tell a tough story… Global Manufacturing PMI Signals Stagnation (Seeking Alpha, March 4th) The manufacturing slowdown has spread to the services sector (Business Insider March 2016) Britain’s factories engulfed in global manufacturing slump (The Telegraph, March 1st) Manufacturing: A hard pounding (The Economist, February 18th) China Manufacturing […]

Friday, December 11, 2015

More on M&A and the INTERNET OF THINGS

Last month I wrote about the Internet of Things (IOT) in Manufacturing Automation, but of course this is just the one application domain that is impacted.  So what exactly is the Internet of Things and is this a real trend that will develop its own eco-system leading to significant M&A activity beyond Manufacturing Automation, or […]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Manufacturing on a roll

June’s ISM report illustrates the ongoing momentum in the manufacturing sector.  With the PMI® at 53.5%, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month. The production and employment indices were up from May. 11 of the 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in […]