Merck - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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Merck M&A Summary

Merck has acquired 24 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. It has also divested 7 assets.

Merck’s largest acquisition to date was in 2015, when it acquired Sigma-Aldrich for $17.0B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2007, when it sold Merck Generics to Viatris for $5.5B. Merck has acquired in 7 different US states, and 9 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include life science (42%) and chemicals (17%).

Merck Business Overview

Where is Merck headquartered?

Merck is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany.

What is Merck’s revenue?

Merck disclosed revenue of 20,993M EUR for 2023 and 22,232M EUR for 2022.

How many employees does Merck have?

Merck has 64,011 employees.

What sector is Merck in?

Merck is a diversified company.

When was Merck founded?

Merck was founded in 1668.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity31
    • M&A Buy Activity24
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 9
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10
  • M&A Advisors 6

Merck

Merck KGaA

Frankfurter Strasse 250,
Darmstadt, 64293
Germany,
+49 6151 72 0
www.merckgroup.com

Merck is a science and technology company in healthcare, life science, and performance materials. Merck develops technologies that improve and enhance life from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. Merck was founded in 1668 and is based in Darmstadt, Germany.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 20 - 2 1 - 1 24
vol $33.0B $780M $175M $33.9B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 7 - - - - - 7
vol $11.7B $11.7B
  31

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Unity Semiconductor SAS 2024-07-18 175M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, France · www.unity-sc.com
Exelead 2022-01-06 780M USD Add-on Acquisition
Indianapolis, Indiana · www.exeleadbiopharma.com
Chord Therapeutics SA 2021-12-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Geneva, Switzerland · www.chordtherapeutics.com
AmpTec GmbH 2021-01-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Hamburg, Germany · www.amp-tec.com
Intermolecular, Inc. 2019-05-06 62M USD Add-on Acquisition
San Jose, California · www.intermolecular.com
Versum Materials Inc. 2019-01-28 6.5B EUR Add-on Acquisition
Allentown, Pennsylvania · www.versummaterials.com
Merck KGaA - Flow Cytometry Portfolio 2018-10-18 70M EUR Divestiture
Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA - Consumer Health Business 2018-04-19 3.8B EUR Divestiture
Darmstadt, Germany
Natrix Separations, Inc. 2017-08-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Burlington, Ontario · www.natrixseparations.com
BioControl Systems, Inc. 2017-01-04 - Add-on Acquisition
Bellevue, Washington · www.biocontrolsys.com
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Sigma-Aldrich Corp. 2015-11-18 Sigma-Aldrich Corp - Seelze 2015-12-15 1
St. Louis, Missouri · www.sigmaaldrich.com , Germany

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Life Science 10 (42%) 17.8B (52%) 4 (57%) 6.1B (52%)
Chemicals 4 (17%) 8.7B (26%) - -
Medical Products 3 (13%) 19M (< 1%) - -
Semiconductors 2 (8%) 175M (1%) - -
Test/Measurement Equipment 2 (8%) 7.2B (21%) - -
Distribution 1 (4%) - 1 (14%) 1.7B (14%)
Building Materials 1 (4%) - - -
Manufacturing 1 (4%) 62M (< 1%) - -
Consumer Products - - 1 (14%) 3.8B (33%)
Technology Hardware - - 1 (14%) 70M (1%)
Total 24 $33.9B 7 $11.7B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 10 31.6B 2 1.9B
  Pennsylvania 2 6.5B 1 1.7B
  Washington 2 - - -
  California 2 62M - -
  Missouri 1 17.0B - -
  Massachusetts 1 7.2B - -
  Indiana 1 780M - -
  Wisconsin - - 1 275M
Germany 6 - 4 9.4B
China 2 19M - -
Canada 1 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
France 1 175M - -
Israel 1 - - -
Luxembourg 1 2.1B - -
Netherlands 1 - - -
Switzerland 1 - - -
United Kingdom - - 1 299M
Domestic 6 (25%) - 4 (57%) 9.4B (81%)
Cross-border 18 (75%) 33.9B (100%) 3 (43%) 2.2B (19%)
Total 24 $33.9B 7 $11.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Guggenheim Securities
2
J.P. Morgan Securities
1
Goldman Sachs
1
Legal Deals
Nixon Peabody LLP
2
Sullivan & Cromwell
1
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 4 $32.9B
$100M to $1B 2 $955M
< $100M 2 $81M
TOTAL $33.9B
Largest Sigma-Aldrich Corp.
$17.0B (2015-11-18)
sell # Total
> $1B 3 $11.0B
$100M to $1B 2 $574M
< $100M 2 $96M
TOTAL $11.7B
Largest Merck Generics
$5.5B (2007-05-12)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
13%
3 (13%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
14%
1 (14%)
Strategic(s)
86%
6 (86%)

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