Acquisitions

During 2013, 2012 and 2011, ABB paid $897 million, $3,643 million and $3,805 million to purchase 7, 9 and 10 new businesses, respectively. The amounts exclude changes in cost and equity investments.

There were no significant acquisitions in 2013; the largest being 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.

The principal acquisition in 2011 was Baldor Electric Company (Baldor), acquired in January 2011. Baldor markets, designs and manufactures industrial electric motors, mechanical power transmission products, drives and generators. The acquisition broadens the product offering of our Discrete Automation and Motion division, closing the gap in our automation portfolio in North America by adding Baldor’s NEMA motors product line, as well as adding Baldor’s growing mechanical power transmission business.

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