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April M&A Roundup: Activity Ticks Up Again After March Dip

MDM reported on 40 acquisitions in April, nearly double the amount reported during a relatively slow period in March.
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Merger & acquisition activity among industrial distributors and manufacturers in the first quarter of 2023 was somewhat hot and cold. MDM reported on nearly 50 M&A deals in January before the pace started to cool to 29 reported deals in February and just 22 in March. (Read more in the latest quarterly M&A Report from Houlihan Lokey and MDM.) As the first three months of 2023 wrapped up, we wondered if we were seeing the slowdown in M&A activity that some have been predicting alongside an expected economic slowdown.

Well, the pace picked back up to start 2023’s second quarter, as MDM reported 40 deals during the month of April. Among the biggest deals of the month was Graybar announcing it had entered into an agreement to acquire Valin Corporation. Other highlightable deals from the month include BlackHawk Industrial continuing its M&A streak by acquiring Stock’d Supply, as well as Emerson Electric and National Instruments agreeing to a deal that will allow Emerson to purchase NI for $8.2 billion. Read more about April’s M&A activity below.

April M&A:

These are the M&A announcements — primarily involving distributors, but also manufacturers that sell through the channel — that MDM covered during April 2023 (click the headline for more details):

Click here to download and read MDM’s 1Q 2023 M&A Report.

Did we miss anything? Please send M&A announcements to editor@mdm.com. We also welcome suggestions for “Behind the Deal,” our occasional series that takes a deep dive into market-shifting moves in wholesale distribution.

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