3M Acquisitions and Exits, 97 Deals Between 1973 and 2019
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3M has acquired 80 companies, including 8 in the last 5 years. A total of 9 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 17 assets.

3M’s largest acquisition to date was in 2019, when it acquired Acelity for $6.7B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2006, when it sold iNova Pharmaceuticals Pty to Ironbridge Capital for $349M. 3M has acquired in 22 different US states, and 17 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include manufacturing (25%) and medical products (18%).

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3M Co.

3M Center,
St Paul, Minnesota 55144
United States,
(651) 733-1110

3M Co. is a diversified manufacturing and technology company. The Company produces a variety of adhesives, abrasives, safety products, chemicals, and other goods for consumers and businesses. 3M was formed in Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1902 and is currently headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 72 3 1 2 1 1 80
vol $5.2B $3.5B $2.0B $1.0B $6.7B $18.4B
Sell (1.6/yr) # 9 1 3 1 1 2 17
vol $434M $200M $634M

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Largest Acelity LP, Inc.
$6.7B (2019-05-02)
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Largest iNova Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd.
$349M (2006-11-09)

Diversified M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the diversified sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 85 diversified companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 9 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 3 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic diversified acquirer over the past 3 years is Spectrum Brands Holdings, with 1 acquisition. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the diversified sector over the past 3 years is WindRose Health Investors with 1 platform acquisition.

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