Industrial Automation Q4 2021 Report

Feb 10, 2022

Upward Trajectory in Q4 2021

M&A activity in the Industrial Automation sector continued its upward trajectory in the 4th quarter of 2021, when twice as many transactions closed as the same period from the year before. A 5 year Q4 comparison shows that acquisition activity in the industry continues to grow.

The strong financial performance and outlook for IA companies has caught the attention of institutional middle market investors and strategic acquirers. 

Highlights from the report:

  • Many are now seeking to deploy capital in the IA sector, fueling strong M&A activity.
  • Overall acquisition activity in North America has continued to grow quarter over quarter throughout 2021.
  • The current multiples average is 7.0x EBITDA for companies with an average of $35M in revenue.
  • The M&A market for IA companies in North America promises to remain strong, supporting strong valuations throughout 2022.

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