Transactions: Automotive

The transformation within the automotive industry is in full swing. The strong international competition for customers and market share is creating new challenges for vehicle manufacturers. Electric powertrains, changes to the way people use mobility, and new technologies like autonomous driving are changing the way the automotive industry is viewed. These topics are also accelerating the transactions landscape, and transforming both car manufacturers and their suppliers. Uncertainty about how – and how fast – this industry will change, as well as the slowdown in demand, are creating additional complexity and generating restructuring requirements in many cases.

The current key M&A topics in this industry are:

  • Acquisition and integration of technology know-how in growth segments
  • Valuation of IP compared to traditional asset-based business models
  • Evaluation of the future-readiness of business models and of the remaining shelf-life of products and technologies in traditional segments
  • Adapting the company’s portfolio of products and services – separation from future non-core business activities
  • Further internationalisation of structures and buyers in M&A
  • The importance of forecasts for sales development and market development to support investment planning
  • The robustness of business models in terms of declining or unpredictable sales
  • Proactive restructuring and adaptation of cost structures and footprint

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The Automotive Deals team supports you in implementing your transaction effectively and generating added value for your company. We’re just as international as you. As your partner, we’re by your side to provide our objective view of how your markets and future sales levels will develop, and we support you by using our full expertise in strategic, tax-related, financial, operational and valuation-related topics. A transaction is only as good as its implementation: We develop customised solutions to support you in identifying and taking advantage of additional potential value even after the deal has been closed. We help you to achieve the right transaction to create a long-term increase your company’s value – and you benefit from our specific industry knowledge and our global network of experts.

An overview of our services

  • Initiating and structuring deals – from searching for a target through to conducting negotiations
  • Sector-specific and customised due diligence services, from the market perspective through to financials, tax and operations – around the world and from a single source
  • Identifying potential opportunities to create value that can further support your investment, and supporting you in optimising your tax or financing structures
  • Integrating automotive experts from our global network, and providing access to their expertise in your segment (e.g. chassis or interior) or their functional expertise (e.g. start-up management or footprint optimisation)
  • Accompanying you as a partner throughout the entire transaction cycle – from transaction strategy through to comprehensive due diligence, carve-outs or post-merger integration

“Transactions: Automotive” is part of our consulting service. An overview of all our transaction processes you can find here.

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Thomas Steinberger

Thomas Steinberger

Partner, Deals: Leader Automotive, PwC Germany

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