The highly fragmented U.S. water landscape continues to evolve with investor-owned utilities scaling their positions through mergers & acquisitions (M&A). Central to this evolution are municipalities, and private water system owners seeking alternative solutions to confront rising capital and operating costs associated with tightening environmental regulations, deteriorating infrastructure, and rising demand.
So far this year, Bluefield Research’s quarterly analysis of M&A deal-flow for IOUs shows the volume and value of activity outpacing 2015. More than US$448 million of acquisitions for 25 deals have been completed through the first three quarters of this year, pushing the executed total value since the start of 2013 to more than US$988 million over 125 deals.
This Data Insight features analysis of:
- Private M&A deals, including number of completed deals by quarter, connections added, and total deal value
- Analysis of pending private water deals
- Analysis of purchasing price per connection