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Industry Update: Automotive Industry M&A Update – December, 2016

December, 2016.

For year-to-date 2016, total announced transactions of 52 deals are on pace with 2015 record levels. There were 55 transactions during 2015.

For year-to-date 2016, strategic buyers accounted for 96% of Automotive M&A transactions. During 2015, strategic buyers accounted for 93% of the transactions.

For announced transactions, Automotive multiples saw a modest decrease from 12.3x to 10.5x Enterprise Value to EBITDA in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Many Automotive categories continue to outperform the S&P 500.

Select recent notable publicly announced M&A transactions:

– American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. for approximately $1.5 billion.

– Polaris Industries Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire Transamerican Auto Parts Company, LLC for approximately $670 million.

– Octavius Corporation entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Design RV from Summit Partners LLP and others for approximately $500 million.

– General Motors Company agreed to acquire Cruise Automation, Inc. from Signia Venture Partners, Spark Capital Partners, LLC, Felicis Ventures and others for approximately $600 million.

– Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Key Safety Systems, Inc. from funds managed by FountainVest Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Crestview Partners, L.P. for approximately $920 million.

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