CHART OF THE MONTH - Recent merger and acquisition activity in the water sector

This month’s chart shows M&A activity in the water sector. It reveals that 2012 was not a good year for water deals.

The biggest transaction was Pentair’s $5.3 million acquisition of Tyco Flow. This compares to the biggest deal of 2011, which was the $8.3 billion acquisition of Nalco by Ecolab. Looking forward to 2013, the most interesting deal is likely to be the acquisition of Siemens Water Technologies. This is likely to bring a new entrant into the market and provide a signal to other investors as...

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