Global Industrials Group Ranks #1 for Sell-Side Transactions Again in 2018

Lincoln International’s Global Industrials Group finished 2018 with 73 sell-side deals, keeping it at the top of Mergermarket’s industrials league table for a second consecutive year. The group led all firms in 2018 in both cross-border outcomes and sales to strategic acquirers.

Our global team of more than 80 professionals continues the firm’s historic and ongoing leadership in the sector. The year ahead looks equally robust as the team enters 2019 with a large backlog and plenty of positive indicators, including:

  • Underlying middle market and industrials sector fundamentals remain strong: Lincoln’s Middle Market Index continues to show increasing valuations of private middle market industrial companies while leading indicators generally remain positive. Moreover, the mid-market has, thus far, not demonstrated the instability of the public markets in recent months.
  • Macrotrends are creating disruption, yet haven’t slowed interest: Rising tariffs and trade tensions, oil price volatility and uncertainty in many global economies are demanding agility from industrial leaders.
  • Innovation revolutionizing, connecting and advancing the sector: From technology integration and autonomous vehicles to IoT and automation, the industrials sector continues to generate new products, solutions and ways of doing things.

We look forward to discussing these and other dynamics creating opportunities and complexity within the sector, and the horizon for investing in 2019.

Industrials by the Numbers:


transactions completed worldwide in the last 5 years


cross-border transactions in 2018


strategic buyer outcomes in 2018

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