Global automotive M&A ends 2017 in high gear with no signs of slowing down

As seen in this recent PwC article, global automotive M&A activity was strong in 2017.  Automotive deal value increased 29.9% to $53.2b from 2016 to 2017 primarily as a result of two mega deals in the Auto-Tech sector, which PwC defines as “investments in connectivity, autonomous, electrification, ride-sharing and the software, sensors, intellectual property and other components that support these trends.”  For 2018, it is expected that investments in the Auto-Tech sector will continue to drive global automotive M&A activity. Auto-tech deals spark M&A activity Auto-tech deal value increased from $5.3b in 2016 to $26.7b in 2017. Further, deal volume increased 28% from 50 deals in 2016 to 64 deals in 2017.  The main auto-tech attractions in 2017 were driver assistance technologies and alternative powertrains, which include lithium ion battery manufacturing. Other significant investments were made in ride sharing/mobility services and online…

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