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Global automotive mergers and acquisitions review

Automotive transactions and trends CY2014

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“Capital optimism in the automotive sector has never been higher. Acquisitive appetite has increased with cash-rich balance sheets, combined with easier access to debt financing opportunities. Low- to middle-market transactions, those valued up to US$250 million, will comprise the bulk of deals in the sector. The majority of acquisitive companies are now focusing on M&A to strengthen their core business, with an eye to boosting market share, managing costs and improving margin growth. The need for new market strategies coupled with increasing the mix of new products and services, are key criteria for selecting the most suitable partners for business sustainability.” - Mark Short, Global Automotive and Transportation Industry Leader, Transaction Advisory Services

The Automotive sector witnessed record deal activity in 2014, with continued growth in the developed markets and the need to penetrate emerging markets. Strong confidence in the likelihood of deals closing, and in the number and quality of acquisition opportunities. Automotive companies focused on establishing a global footprint to achieve competitive advantage.Low- to middle-market transactions, those valued up to US$250 million continue to dominate the automotive M&A space. Cross-border deals form a significant share of high-value deals driven by improving investment climate.


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Global automotive mergers and acquisitions review CY2014