Global industrial M&A activity has made a strong recovery in the first quarter of 2021, after the significant impact on deal volumes at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

As our first Industrials Quarterly M&A review reveals, Q1 2021 deal value and volume are on the up compared with Q1 2020, at 71% and 14% respectively, while deal multiples have also bounced back strongly, averaging 9.9x EV/EBITDA in the quarter – the highest since 2018.

This strong start to the year provides reason for cautious optimism for the year ahead, with corporate carve-outs and increased private equity - following a record fund raising year in 2020 - expected to be key deal themes for the year.

Here, in addition to downloading the full report, you can also watch our interview with Beth Michelson, Senior Managing Director at Cartesian Capital, who discusses her firm’s recent carve-out acquisition and debt raise for a leading global automotive supplier.


Additional authors: Dario DuseMichael Wabnitz, Florian Stellner and Utsav Patel .