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2017 was a strong year for the automotive sector and related M&A activity, and we’re looking to generally continue that momentum in the year ahead. The new automotive ecosystem, in which traditional OEMs and automotive suppliers collaborate and integrate with established and emerging technology companies, continues to mature in many ways. Buyers across these sectors are leveraging strong balance sheets, relatively low borrowing costs and eager outside investors in order to participate in the…
Overview As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing, automotive appears poised to remain a leading sector for M&A activity through 2017. Prognostics for macroeconomic factors are mixed. We have now seen two interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, which all else being…