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Automotive Technology M&A on Track For 100 Deals in 2018 as Driver Behaviour Undergoes a Revolution Says Hampleton Report

AI, AV simulation, mapping software, cybersecurity and traffic safety companies in demand as auto companies fight for future market share

London, UK – 3 October 2018, The latest Automotive M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, outlines how the world’s automotive manufacturers are competing fiercely with suppliers as well as newer market entrants, such as Waymo and Tesla, to acquire the cutting-edge auto businesses and technologies that are transforming the future of personal mobility and commercial transport.

Hampleton Partners Autotech Deal Summary 2013-2018
Hampleton Partners Autotech Deal Summary 2013-2018

Hampleton estimates that the market is on track to deliver around 100 transactions in 2018, reflecting the fast-moving changes in driver behaviour and their quick acceptance of tech innovations such as parking payment; ridesharing; carpooling and car purchasing apps and portals.

The Hampleton report reveals that deal values were up 54 percent in the first half of 2018 vs. the same period in 2017, reaching $2.9 billion – though undisclosed transactions will more than double this figure.

Jo Goodson, managing director, Hampleton Partners, says:
The autotech sector is proving an attractive investment for manufacturers who need to transform their business models to become mobility providers and for Silicon Valley startups and tech giants who are attempting to stake an early claim for market share on the roads, in a market poised for a minimum decade of growth before it hits maturity. This race for the best technology and the best teams can only boost autotech valuations even more.”

Download the full Hampleton Partners’ Automotive M&A Market Report here:

OEMs continue to buy across the entire mobility chain
OEMs such as Daimler are transitioning from being an automobile manufacturer to a mobility services provider. The company acquired six companies in the sector over the past 30 months, including Transvoco, the French ride sharing mobile app; Advanced Telematics Systems GmbH, which updates the electronic control unit (ECU) over-the-air (as part of HERE maps consortium) and Flinc GmbH, a ride sharing mobile app.

Autotech an increasing hot target industry for buyout firms
The number of private equity transactions in the autotech sector totalled ten announced deals this year, up from just a handful from the full year in 2017. This increase in investment flowed into early stage companies as well as more established business models. While the lion’s share of private equity transactions involved a US-based firm, London-based Vitruvian Partners and Verdane Capital, a Northern European private equity and venture capital firm, announced a $350 million investment into EasyPark Group in the sector’s second largest deal by a financial buyer in 1H 2018.

Largest disclosed autotech deals
The Gores Group claimed the top spot with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Verra Mobility, the traffic safety, toll and traffic ticket hardware, software and services company, a move that saw robust multiples paid at 6.6x revenue and 17.2x EBITDA. With its $500 million acquisition of KUM, the South Korean manufacturer of speciality automotive interconnect technologies, Aptiv came in second place for disclosed deals, adding significant muscle to its Asia-Pacific operations.

In addition to the two above disclosed deals, multiple transactions rumoured to be in excess of $1 billion also took place. These include DiDi Chuxing’s billion-dollar takeover of Brazil-based rival 99 Taxis, as well Stone Point Capital’s purchase of collision claims management company Mitchell International.

Traffic safety and cybersecurity
In an age of cyber hacks and vulnerabilities, with connected cars becoming a reality, companies are looking to acquire or invest in solutions that improve trust and reliability. Any technology that has the potential to improve safety on the roads in an era of autonomous vehicles is a financial target.

Examples include Stone Point Capital’s acquisition of automotive collisions claims and repair outfit Mitchell International, for a sum rumoured to be north of $3 billion, and German automotive collisions analysis outfit ControlExpert which was acquired by General Atlantic last year.

Jo Goodson concluded:
Consumers and commercial fleet managers are embracing new technologies that are being launched to help them manage their mobility in the most cost-efficient way, maximise their safety on the road and reduce their impact on the environment.”

Download the full Hampleton Partners’ Automotive M&A Market Report here:


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Note to Editors:
Hampleton Partners’ Healthtech Market Report 2H 2018 is compiled using data and information from the 451 Research database (

About Hampleton Partners
Hampleton Partners is at the forefront of international mergers and acquisitions advisory for companies with technology at their core. Hampleton’s experienced deal makers have built, bought and sold over 100 fast-growing tech businesses and provide hands-on expertise and unrivalled advice to tech entrepreneurs and companies which are looking to accelerate growth and maximise value.

With offices in London, Frankfurt and San Francisco, Hampleton offers a global perspective with sector expertise in: Automotive Technology, IoT, AI, FinTech, Hi-Tech Industrials & Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, VR/AR, HealthTech, Digital Marketing, Enterprise Software, SaaS & Cloud, E-commerce.

Download sector reports here and follow Hampleton on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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