Auto supplier M&A activity will likely drop by 25 percent to 180 deals globally in 2013, according to PwC Global Study

North American suppliers expected to again be the most aggressive global consolidators


DETROIT, 12 September, 2013 – Despite the growth most global automotive production markets are experiencing and automotive supply assets that remain undervalued, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is anticipated to decline by about 25 p ercent in 2013, with approximately 180 automotive supplier deals globally, according to PwC’s sixth annual Consolidation in the Global Automotive Supply Industry study. At the same time, the average deal size is likely to increase, driving the overall global deal value up to about $14 billion this year, substantially higher than in the previous two years. The study reveals that for the third consecutive year, European automotive suppliers are the key target of global automotive supplier M&A activity, and the top buyers are large North American suppliers.

“Over the past 12 months, global automotive supplier M&A activity has slowed and that trend is expected to continue as European suppliers continue to be impacted by the debt crisis and the related low vehicle sales in Europe. Additionally, North American suppliers look to the end of the growth runway for vehicle assembly growth in their home markets,” said Dietmar Ostermann, PwC’s global automotive advisory leader and one of the authors of the study. “Automotive supplier executives should take a harder look at how the industry will continue to change, and the winning suppliers should be able to support global OEM platforms and find opportunities in technology, such as increased direct injection and turbo charging in powertrain, lightweight materials in structures, and connected car technologies in the interior and electronics subsystems.”

PwC’s study also reveals that the strongest growing suppliers in 2012 were South Korean companies, with a combined average growth rate of almost 20 percent in the past year for the 46 largest South Korean suppliers, while Japanese suppliers declined at a rate of about five percent in the same period. Chinese suppliers’ profitability declined by 19 percent, as they likely underestimated the slowing of the growth curve in China automobile production.

PwC’s 2013 list of the top 10 potential consolidators within PwC’s Global 100 suppliers showcases six North America companies and only three European and one Chinese. The top 10 consolidators executed on average 11 acquisitions each in the past five years. Each of the most likely consolidators has been evaluated on their “buyer score,” a measure of their financial and operational ability to acquire other suppliers, as well as on their “buyer attitude,” a measure of their willingness to make acquisitions.

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About the Study

The sixth annual Consolidation in the Global Automotive Supply Industry 2013 study evaluates the largest automotive suppliers worldwide with respect to financial and operational performance and acquisition history. The expanded 2013 study includes 775 automotive suppliers with aggregate revenues of approximately US$3 trillion in 2012, from Brazil, China, Europe, India, North America, Japan, and South Korea.  The annual study is developed by PwC’s Global Automotive Management Consulting practice.

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