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Emerson completes $8.2 billion acquisition of National Instruments

Emerson has closed its acquisition of NI, formerly known as National Instruments, a provider of software-connected automated test and measurement systems, at an equity value of $8.2 billion.

The acquisition of NI advances Emerson’s position as a global automation leader and expands its opportunity to capitalise on key secular trends like nearshoring, digital transformation, and sustainability and decarbonisation.

NI brings a portfolio of software, control and intelligent devices that is expected to accelerate Emerson’s revenue growth aligned to its 4-7 percent through the cycle organic growth target.

NI increases Emerson’s end market exposure in discrete markets, which will be Emerson’s second largest industry segment, and with approximately 20 percent of sales in software, NI also increases Emerson’s exposure to high-growth industrial software markets.

NI increases Emerson’s gross profit, with further adjusted EBITA margin expansion opportunities as Emerson delivers an expected $165 million of cost synergy opportunities by the end of year five through application of best practices from the Emerson Management System.

Lal Karsanbhai, Emerson president and CEO, says: “Our acquisition of NI is a significant milestone in our efforts to transform Emerson and realise our vision of increasing growth, cohesiveness and end market diversification across Emerson’s portfolio.

“We are pleased to welcome NI employees to Emerson and benefit from our shared visions and cultures, including our mutual commitment to innovation, operational excellence and sustainability.

“Together, we look forward to providing our customers more innovative and differentiated products, executing on our synergy targets and delivering increased shareholder value.”

NI will become a new reported segment within Emerson called Test & Measurement and will be consolidated into the Software and Control group. The Test & Measurement business will continue to be headquartered in Austin, Texas.

NI reported $1.66 billion in 2022 revenue and operates in more than 40 countries, serving approximately 35,000 customers across high-growth semiconductor and electronics, transportation and aerospace and defence markets.

Ritu Favre has been appointed to lead the Test & Measurement segment as Business Group President. Favre joined NI in 2019 as senior vice president and general manager of the semiconductor business and was promoted to executive vice president of business units in 2022, where she was responsible for driving growth across the semiconductor and electronics; aerospace, defence and government; transportation; and portfolio business units.

She brings more than 30 years of technology experience to Emerson, with deep customer relationships and expertise on the emerging innovations and technologies driving electronic test and measurement forward.

Favre says: “I am excited to lead Emerson’s newly formed Test & Measurement business group and build on NI’s strong foundation as we drive synergies, continue to enhance growth and profitability, and help to execute on Emerson’s strategy as an automation leader.

“With a deep bench of talent, an impressive roster of customers and our strong combined innovation engine, we are well positioned to work closely with Emerson’s broader business to enhance our ability to solve our customers’ toughest test and measurement challenges.”

As a result of the transaction’s closing, NI’s common stock has ceased trading on the Nasdaq.

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