Acquisitions and divestments

Acquisitions

During 2014, 2013 and 2012, ABB paid $58 million, $897 million and $3,643 million to purchase six, seven and nine businesses, respectively. The amounts exclude changes in cost- and equity-accounted companies.

There were no significant acquisitions in 2014 or 2013; the largest acquisition during this two-year period was Power-One, acquired in July 2013.

The principal acquisition in 2012 was Thomas & Betts, which was acquired in May 2012. Thomas & Betts designs, manufactures and markets components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. The complementary combination of Thomas & Betts’ electrical components and ABB’s low-voltage protection, control and measurement products creates a broader low-voltage portfolio (in our Low Voltage Products division) that can be distributed through Thomas & Betts’ network of more than 6,000 distributor locations and wholesalers in North America, and through ABB’s well-established distribution channels in Europe and Asia.

Divestments

During 2014, ABB divested several businesses which were primarily its Full Service business, the Meyer Steel Structures business of Thomas & Betts, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business of Thomas & Betts and the Power Solutions business of Power-One. Total cash proceeds from all business divestments during 2014 amounted to $1,090 million, net of transaction costs and cash disposed.

There were no significant divestments in 2013 and 2012.

For more information on our divestments, see “Note 3 Acquisitions and business divestments” to our Consolidated Financial Statements.