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Transformative Industrial Gas Merger Takes Shape

The proposed tie-up of Praxair and Linde will result in a clear market leader.

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The proposed merger of two industrial gas giants--wide-moat  Praxair (PX) and narrow-moat  Linde--would create a clear market leader and is likely to establish the status quo for the competitive landscape for the next decade. We expect a thorough regulatory review will ultimately result in the merger’s approval, albeit with meaningful required divestitures.

Consolidation among industrial gas companies has been popular for the past two decades because it has been successful. Bidding discipline has improved and bottom-line focus has intensified.

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