Despite the stock market melt-down, ER&D vendors have continued to make tuck-in acquisitions in the past two weeks. The acquired firms were of small size and not likely to impact the net debt of their new owners. However, should the Covid-19-China-US trade-war-Stock Markets meltdown-oil price crisis degenerate into a recession, we expect suck tuck-in acquisitions to become scarce.
The US Federal Reserve yesterday lowered “the target range for the federal funds” by 50 bps to 1%-1.25%. Although the “fundamentals of the US economy remain strong,” “the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity,” communicated the Fed.
Tech Mahindra made a surprise move in semiconductor engineering services. The company is to acquire Cerium Systems, a Bangalore-based semiconductor design and embedded systems specialist. Cerium has a headcount of 840 and revenues of ~USD 15m in FY19 (ending
AFRY, the former ÅF Pöyry, made another tuck-in acquisition, in line with its strategy to strengthen its current businesses. The company acquired Norway-headquartered One World.
Belcan strengthened its software engineering capabilities with the acquisition of Base2 Solutions, a firm headquartered in Bellevue, WA and with an office in California. Base2 has a similar client base to Belcan, with major clients including Boeing, Thales, and L3Harris in aerospace and defense.
It has been almost three years since Accenture launched Industry X.0, and we estimate that Accenture acquired nine competitors in these 36 months. The pace is accelerating with Accenture having five competitors in 2019, YTD.
AE Industrial Partners continues to scale up its investment in its various engineering and IT services units, which include Belcan, CDI, and Gryphon Technologies
We missed an important acquisition that QuEST Global announced at the end of June. QuEST has acquired Dakota Moon Enterprises (DME).
On the same week Dassault Systemes made its largest acquisition ever, PTC acquire a small Netherlands-based IT services firm that is specialized in creating AR-based use cases. TWNKLS has a headcount of 36.
We had to look back into our database to identify when Wipro had, for the last time, acquired an ER&D service vendor. In 2005-2006, Wipro acquired three ER&D services (Saraware, NewLogic, and Quantec) around semi-conductors and PLM services. And then, nothing for the following thirteen years.
AE Industrial Partners, which also owns Belcan, continues to adjust the business portfolio of CDI Corp. CDI sold its Management Recruiters International (MRI) business.
Accenture continues to deploy its M&A strategy and has made its fifth acquisition for Industry X.0. The company acquired Zielpuls, an ER&D vendor servicing the German automotive industry. Zielpuls is an embedded systems specialist.