Ford Motor Acquisitions and Exits, 20 Deals Between 1998 and 2018
automotive Company

Ford Motor has acquired 12 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 9 assets.

Ford Motor’s largest acquisition to date was in 1999, when it acquired Volvo Car for $6.5B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2005, when it sold Hertz Global Holdings to Clayton Dubilier & Rice for $15.0B. Ford Motor has acquired in 6 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include automotive (28%) and internet software and services (19%).

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Ford Motor Co.

One American Road,
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
United States,
(313) 322-3000

Ford Motor Co. produces and sells automobiles under the Ford and Lincoln brands. In addition to the products Ford sells to dealerships for retail sale, the Company also sells vehicles to dealerships for sale to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments. Ford Motor also sells parts and accessories, primarily to dealerships and to authorized parts distributors. Through its dealerships, Ford Motor also offers extended service contracts to retail customers. Ford Motor Co. was formed in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 5 - 3 1 2 - 11
vol $8.0B $8.0B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 9 - - - - - 9
vol $19.6B $19.6B

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Largest Volvo Car Corp.
$6.5B (1999-02-04)
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Largest Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
$15.0B (2005-09-11)

Automotive M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the automotive sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 181 automotive companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 8 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 2 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic automotive acquirer over the past 3 years is Icahn Automotive Group, with 13 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the automotive sector over the past 3 years is Kinderhook Industries with 5 platform acquisitions.

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