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Industrial Automation Q1 2022 Report

Industrial Automation

Continued Strength In Deal Volume, Downward Pressure On Valuations

Industrial Automation acquisition numbers for Q1 2022 are similar to first quarter numbers from the previous 5 years. This is a positive trend for the industry, specifically in contrast to the slight decrease in North American acquisitions overall. 

Overall M&A activity will likely continue its strong run into 2022, but it will be difficult to top the historic levels of deal value and deal volume on the heels of pent-up demand seen in 2021. 

Highlights from the report:

  • Overall acquisition activity in North America was down some in Q1 2022.
  • The current multiples average is 6.7x EBITDA for companies with an average of $35M in revenue.
  • Inflation, broken supply chains, and war in Europe triggers extreme volatility in the public markets.
  • Major companies such as Rockwell Automation, Emerson Electric and Schneider Electric tout acquisitive growth as a key strategy in 2022.

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