FirmoGraphs North American Merger and Acquisition Report, August 2020

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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Here’s our North American Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Report for the month of August.

We recorded 44 completed transactions related to the North American M&A market in 12 different industries. With ten completed deals, the Healthcare industry was once again the most active industry.

As always, our focus is on those operationally-intensive industries that are of interest to our clients (utilities, manufacturing) rather than less asset-intensive markets (retail, banking).


COVID-19 Impact On the M&A Market

One of the largest announced deals in 2020, a merger between Thermo Fisher Scientific and Qiagen, was cancelled in August. Due to the importance of this transaction, we not only wanted to find out whether this cancellation was impacted by COVID-19, but also how COVID-19 impacted other major deals. We took a look at the ten biggest deals announced in 2020 before the outbreak of the pandemic and what happened to those deals.

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Qiagen announced their $11.5 billion merger in March 2020. This was the largest announced deal FirmoGraphs recorded in 2020 just a few days before the official COVID-19 pandemic announcement. Although the global pandemic has harmed many businesses around the world, demand for COVID-19 related products and services has increased, and Qiagen has been one of the companies on the supply side of the market. That is why both companies amended the agreement by increasing the offer price. However, that was obviously not enough, and Qiagen terminated the agreement in the middle of August. At the time, the deal was worth $13.38 billion.

Another major deal was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 related market changes. Hexcel Corporation and Woodward mutually terminated their $6.4 billion merger. Their decision resulted from the crisis in the airline business and industrial production caused by a drastic decrease in demand in these industries. 

Besides these two major multi-billion deals, there were a few other smaller deals that were cancelled due to COVID-19 caused market trends. In the previous months, we mentioned that the global pandemic has heavily impacted the M&A market as a whole, and it is clear that both major and smaller deals are vulnerable to the changes caused by COVID-19.


There were seven completed transactions in the utility industry last month including two new acquisitions of American Water’s regional units. Illinois American Water acquired the Alton Regional Wastewater System, while Iowa American Water purchased the water system of the Royal Pines Village Mobile Home Park in Clinton.

Oil Industry

The oil industry had six completed deals in August. The most notable deal was ConocoPhillips’ acquisition of Montney Acreage in Canada from Kelt Exploration for $390 million.

Engineered Products

Only three completed transactions occurred in the engineered products industry. However, the most significant transaction wasn’t an acquisition or a merger. Instead, it was the division of SunPower into two separate entities, one focused on energy storage and services, and the other focused on manufacturing solar panels.


Although the healthcare industry was the most active industry with ten completed transactions, the most important event was the cancellation of $13.38 billion merger between Thermo Fisher and Qiagen. As we mentioned, the deal collapsed due to Qiagen’s owners' more optimistic views of the company’s future, which is the direct result of market movements caused by COVID-19.

Other Industries

BAE Systems acquired Collins Aerospace military GPS business from Raytheon Technologies for $1.9 billion.

Largest Transactions


Announced Future Deals

In addition to completed transactions, FirmoGraphs recorded almost 40 announced future deals, including 11 multi-billion transactions. Among the announced deals, the most notable are:

  • Siemens Healthineers’ acquisition of Varian Medical Systems for $16.4 billion;
  • Johnson & Johnson’s agreed purchase of Momenta Pharmaceuticals for $6.5 billion;
  • Aveva Group’s acquisition of OSIsoft for $5.0 billion.


Conclusion August-min

FirmoGraphs watches North American industrial news and curates a normalized version of monthly merger and acquisition information. This way, you can leverage the Merger Mart along with others (such as Power, Water) to generate your own unique observations for the US industrial market.  

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