Acquisitions and divestments

Acquisitions

During 2015, 2014 and 2013, ABB paid $37 million, $58 million and $897 million to purchase three, six and seven businesses, respectively. The amounts exclude changes in cost- and equity-accounted companies.

There were no significant acquisitions in 2015, 2014 or 2013; the largest acquisition during this three-year period was Power-One Inc. (Power-One), acquired in July 2013.

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 2015 and 2013.

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