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There is huge equity value locked up in traditional industry in Europe.

Traditional industry

S&P Global Market Intelligence

$8.8T
Total value by market cap of European companies from traditional industries in the S&P Global 1,200

As technology becomes an increasingly more transformative force across all parts of the economy, there is a huge opportunity to digitise and reignite Europe's traditional industries with trillions of dollars of value in play. The combined market capitalisation of European constituents of the S&P Global 1,200 equates to $8.8 trillion in just the top 10 most valuable traditional industries.

Total market cap of European public companies in S&P Global 1,200 by industry group ($B)

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S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Based on an analysis of the industry breakdown by market cap, revenue, market cap/revenue multiple and age of the 328 constituents of the S&P Global 1,200 Index from Europe. Data as of October 2018.

Those same 300 or so European companies control more than $6.9 trillion in annual revenue and represent a giant potential opportunity for any European tech companies that seek to take on those incumbent giants in their traditional industries.

Total revenue of European public companies in S&P Global 1,200 by industry group ($B)

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S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Based on an analysis of the industry breakdown by market cap, revenue, market cap/revenue multiple and age of the 328 constituents of the S&P Global 1,200 Index from Europe. Data as of October 2018.

Europe's most valuable public companies - 95% of which come from traditional industries - have demonstrated remarkable endurance until now.

Traditional industry

S&P Global Market Intelligence

102
Median age in years of the 348 European companies that are constituents of the S&P Global 1,200 index. This compares to 64 for North American companies. Do the old have the speed it takes to respond to tech-enabled change?

Interestingly, the median age of the incumbent companies in these industries is well over 100 years. In the battle of incumbent versus startup, it is not the young who beats the old or the large who beats the small. It is those who are fast that are more likely to succeed against the slow.

Median age in years of European public companies in S&P Global 1,200 by industry group

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S&P Global Market Intelligence

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  • Median Age of Companies (years)
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Based on an analysis of the industry breakdown by market cap, revenue, market cap/revenue multiple and age of the 328 constituents of the S&P Global 1,200 Index from Europe. Data as of October 2018.

Those working in tech and non-tech companies understand that stronger ties between new technologies and traditional industries are needed.

The European tech ecosystem needs stronger ties with traditional industries

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