Assembling value: Fourth-quarter 2014 industrial manufacturing industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

February 2015
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Assembling value is a quarterly analysis of global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing industry. It includes a review of overall deal activity for the quarter and year-to-date and a summary of large deals.

Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:

  • Following a strong fourth quarter, the industrial manufacturing industry closed out a stellar year for M&A activity.
  • Total deal value soared in 2014, reaching $127 billion, an increase of 163 percent over the prior year.
  • Both deal value and volume spiked drastically in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Horizontal consolidation and divestitures of non-core business continued to drive robust activity.
  • Management’s attention has shifted away from headcount reduction and cost-cutting programs toward growth initiatives and filling the talent gaps.

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