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There were four completed transactions in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting a decrease in recent M&A activity compared to the six transactions recorded in the previous quarter, according to Lincoln International's latest EMS DealReader report. On a comparative basis, this represents a decrease from the 10 transactions reported in Q3 2015. The four transactions include Kimball Electronics’ acquisition of Aircom Manufacturing; STMicroelectronics’ acquisition of the NFC and RFID assets of ams AG; Foxconn’s acquisition of Smart Technologies; and IMI’s acquisition of VIA Optronics.
EMS consolidations were down from the last quarter, representing one transaction in 3Q 2016 compared to two transactions in 2Q 2016. On a comparative basis, this is down from the four EMS consolidations reported in 3Q 2015. There were two transactions categorized as vertical/horizontal convergences in 3Q 2016, representing the same level of activity in 2Q 2016 and a decrease on a comparative basis from the five vertical/horizontal convergences reported in 3Q 2015. Additionally, there was one reported OEM divestiture in 3Q 2016. No transactions categorized as private equity investments, diversification into EMS or EMS divestitures occurred in the third quarter.
Transactions by size for the quarter were split evenly between the Large and Mid-tier, with each tier recording two transactions.
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