As more and more manufacturing companies take advantage of the favorable market, one trend in particular could influence the way owners evaluate and choose a buyer for their company. As it turns out, the manufacturing sector has seen the highest growth of interest from one particular group—fellow CEOs.
2014 marked an incredibly strong year for manufacturing M&A. The sector saw deal value more than double and a 40% jump in deal volume compared to the prior year. The number one destination for private equity investment, the sector inked two dozen mega-deals (those with value of +$1 billion) and activity remained robust into the end of the year even as concerns grew around the fall of energy prices.