December M&A Roundup: Pre-Holiday Activity Keeps Pace to Close Out 2022

Mergers and acquisitions among industrial distributors and manufacturers rebounded in December after slowing down in the latter half of November.
Mergers and acquisitions among industrial distributors and manufacturers rebounded in December after slowing down in the latter half of November.

Last month, MDM reported that the pace of M&A among industrial distributors and manufacturers slowed as the calendar crawled toward Thanksgiving. We expected to see a similar slowdown as we moved toward the December holiday season and the new year; but the pace of M&A actually held steady through the month, ending at 24 reported deals to close out 2022. And some of the biggest names in industrial distribution and manufacturing — BlackHawk Industrial, BradyIFS, Ferguson, Graybar, Imperial Dade and others — were among those announcing deals right up until it was time to open gifts. After a slow 1Q 2022, M&A activity was fairly strong and consistent throughout the rest of the year.

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Here’s a monthly breakdown showing the number of M&A deals MDM reported during each month in 2022:

  • January: 19
  • February: 13
  • March: 17
  • April: 21
  • May: 19
  • June: 26
  • July: 23
  • August: 26
  • September: 25
  • October: 28
  • November: 22
  • December: 24

December M&A

These are the M&A announcements — primarily involving distributors, but also manufacturers that sell through the channel — that MDM covered during December 2022 (click the headline for more details):

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

See MDM’s Investment Bank Directory for a rundown of the key investment banks and advisory firms in the distribution sector.

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