Industrial Automation Q2 2021 Report

Aug 27, 2021

Completed Deal Counts Near Record Levels

Q2 2021 is the third quarter in a row showing strong acquisition activity after the dip in 2020. Climbing CEO confidence, $1.6 trillion in cash on corporate balance sheets, close to $1 trillion in Private Equity capital overhang, and record-low interest rates in several of the largest lending markets all suggest that M&A activity may hit record highs in 2021.

Highlights from the report:

  • The Industrial Automation industry in North America saw 18 completed acquisitions, with 2nd quarter numbers for the industry showing a return to levels similar to previous years.
  • Acquisition activity has generally stabilized across all industries. North America saw 2,972 acquisitions in Q2. This number is up about 30% from the 2,004 North American acquisitions in Q2 2020.
  • President Biden’s proposed tax increases would have far-reaching impacts for taxpayers who are still struggling to navigate the sweeping changes introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) and unprecedented COVID-19 legislation.

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