Hexagon yesterday commented the news that it is in early-stage talk with rivals on a potential sale (see SPR 14/6 Early Ed.), saying that it had “noted the recent speculation in media regarding a potential acquisition of the company. Hexagon regularly evaluates various opportunities to optimise the company’s positioning and shareholder value. Should these evaluations lead to concrete results, the market will be immediately informed”.
One analyst tells DI that this is nothing less than an invitation to other parties. “They’re talking to someone and want other interested parties to be aware of this.”
According to the Financial Times, Hexagon has been working with Goldman Sachs and HSBC to gauge interest from rivals such as ABB, Schneider Electric, Siemens and GE.
Daniel Djurberg, Handelsbanken analyst, believes Hexagon’s IES would suit ABB Robotics, but leans towards an American conglomerate such as Honeywell, while SEB’s Daniel Schmidt believes GE and Siemens are likely candidates.