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Analysis of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Global Automotive Industry, Forecast to 2025

  • Report

  • 86 Pages
  • December 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4721294

More than 140 Active Acquirers to Target Innovative Startups in Multiple High-technology Acquisitions

The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of M&As on the overall automotive industry. It analyzes the past and current M&As and their impact on participating companies and the automotive industry as a whole.

Technological advancements in autonomous, connected, shared, and electric (CASE) vehicles are disrupting the traditional business models. M&As are utilized by both automotive and non-automotive companies to access innovation, intellectual property, and critical talent for the profitability and sustainability of their businesses.

With Apple, Google, and Uber capturing software and technology space in the automotive industry, automakers have the choice of either transforming themselves into software developers or acquiring high technology providers to compete against the disrupters. Consumer electronics companies are making their way into automotive supply chains with the acquisition of auto tech companies.

A case in point is Samsung’s strategic $8 billion acquisition of Harman to build assets in electronics to fulfill the major requirements of autonomous vehicles. Auto OEMs, acknowledging the increasing interest of tech companies in the automotive industry, are exploring acquisition opportunities to bring innovation in-house and save production costs.

As the growth opportunities and profit potential from CASE technologies is becoming clear, there will be more M&As, partnerships, and investments from industry participants to advance their market position in the new mobility landscape. The ongoing Daimler and BMW joint venture (JV) in the on-demand mobility space will change the competitive landscape in the shared mobility space.

The JV, if approved, will encourage other OEMs to experiment with this strategy. They will view shared mobility services as new revenue streams and join the market with the acquisition of e-hailing service providers.

Israel has become the most attractive market for acquiring startups, and has witnessed the acquisition of more than 105 startups in the last five years. Israel will continue to attract auto giants due to the presence of 600 auto tech startups, expertise in AI, communications, big data, and analytics. Auto OEMs, suppliers, and tech giants will acquire smaller firms with distinctive technologies to stay ahead of the competition.

The aim is to save on product enhancement R&D using the existing capacity of the acquired firm. Auto OEMs, while acquiring tech startups, will also look for mergers or JVs in their traditional vehicle manufacturing sector to increase their profit margins, market share, and strengthen their presence in emerging markets.

Research Scope

To provide a strategic overview of the current state of the industry with respect to M&As; covering major activities, focus areas, and their impact on the company’s revenue and market position.
To offer insights into the strategic initiatives taken by major companies; the ways in which they used M&As to tap into advanced auto tech and emerging business models.
To discuss the technological enhancements and their effect on business strategy ; the ways in which OEMs and tier 1 suppliers are using technology scouting centers to acquire startups in advanced auto tech.
To identify the major investment opportunities for companies, list potential startups that can be considered for acquisition or partnerships.
To understand the role of venture capitals and financial institutions undertaking M&A activity; the ways in which CVCs are used by their parent companies to acquire new business models.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Key Findings
  • Automotive M&A Global Share
  • Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric-Driving Forces behind Consolidation, 2025
  • Maximum M&A Activities from Component Suppliers
  • Automotive Technology M&A
  • Technology Companies Tapping Opportunities in Mobility
  • OEMs’ Major M&As and Investments in Ride Sharing
  • Silicon Valley and Israel Acquisitions, 2025

2. Research Scope, Objectives, Methodology, and Assumptions
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Background
  • Definitions and Assumptions

3. M&As in the Connected/Autonomous Market
  • Key Takeaways
  • Automotive Technology M&A
  • Connected/Autonomous Technology M&A
  • LiDAR Startups
  • Case Study-GM’s Acquisition Strategy for Autonomous Vehicles
  • Acquisition Opportunities

4. M&As in Shared Mobility Services
  • Key Takeaways
  • Investment and Acquisitions in Shared Mobility
  • M&As in Shared Mobility
  • How OEMs are Shifting towards Car-as-a-Service
  • Integration of Autonomous Cars and Mobility Services

5. M&As in the Electric Vehicle Market
  • Key Takeaways
  • Importance of Collaboration in the Electric Vehicle Market
  • Electric Vehicle M&A-Fuel Retailers in the EV Market
  • Electric Vehicle M&A-Utility Companies in EV Charging

6. M&As in the Aftermarket
  • Key Takeaways
  • Aftermarket M&As
  • Key Acquisitions in the Aftermarket
  • Case Study-PSA’s Multi Brand Strategy for the Aftermarket
  • Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Aftermarket M&A
  • Impact of Autonomous/connected Technology on the Aftermarket M&A
  • Benchmarked Startups in the Aftermarket Ecosystem

7. Role of Venture Capitals in M&As
  • Key Takeaways
  • Softbank-Influencer in Shared Mobility Investment
  • Consolidation in Shared Mobility Backed by Softbank
  • CVCs in the Auto Tech Market

8. Regional Focus
  • Automotive M&A-Regional Focus
  • Israel-Hotspot for M&As Activities
  • Israel-R&D and Investment Hub for Auto OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers
  • Opportunity Analysis for OEMs in Israel
  • Silicon Valley-Automakers Invest Significantly and Engage in M&As
  • Silicon Valley-Vehicle Manufacturers Challenged by High Tech Providers
  • Silicon Valley-Mobility Ecosystem

9. Expected Major M&As in the Automotive Industry
  • Merging Mobility Services-BMW Group and Daimler AG
  • Hyundai-FCA Association-Performance Comparison
  • Hyundai-FCA Association; Strategic Perspective of the Consolidation

10. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

11. Conclusion and Future Outlook
  • Key Conclusions
  • Future Outlook
  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

12. Appendix
  • Samsung’s Acquisition of Harman, 2017
  • Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, 2016
  • Tata Motor’s Acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover, 2008
  • Diversification-Volkswagen’s Multi-brand Strategy
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms Used
  • Market Engineering Methodology
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Apple
  • BMW
  • Daimler AG
  • GM
  • Google
  • Harman
  • Hyundai
  • Jaguar
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Land Rover
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • PSA
  • Renault
  • Samsung
  • Softbank
  • Tata Motors
  • Uber
  • Volkswagen