Forging ahead: White & Case US M&A HY 2017

01 August 2017

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017, in association with White & Case. The report looks at the key factors and trends driving dealmaking in the United States, and what might be in store for the months ahead.
Though US M&A faced challenges in H1 2017, the figures show that the market is active and vibrant. There were 2,413 deals worth US$588.5 billion recorded in H1 2017, up 0.5 percent by value compared to US$585.4 billion registered in H1 2016. If activity continues at its current level, US dealmaking is on track for another strong year.
Other highlights include:
  • The consumer sector has recorded higher deal value in the first half of 2017 than in the whole of 2016, with 222 deals worth US$132.9 billion.
  •  Energy, mining & utilities took second place, with US$118.1 billion spent across 189 deals, followed by pharma, medical & biotech, with 244 deals worth US$98.2 billion.
  • Technology, media and telecommunications generated the highest number of deals (527), despite deal value dropping by 26 percent compared to H1 2016.
  •  US private equity (PE) deal activity recorded a strong first half of 2017 against a mixed M&A backdrop. PE equity buyout value reached US$99.1 billion, up 24.5 percent from the previous US$79.6 billion record achieved in the first six months of 2016. Exit value was up from US$109.8 billion in H1 2016 to US$123.6 billion in H1 2017.

Monthly M&A Insider - July 2017

28 July 2017

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Cross-border megadeals have been the main driver of global M&A activity through H1 2017, spurring an 8.4% increase in deal value compared to the same period last year. Despite this surge in value, there were 1,092 fewer deals in the market. This drop in deal count can be largely attributed to political uncertainty worldwide, particularly in the United States. Still, across all regions, North America and Europe made up 76.1% of all global dealmaking within the past six months. Overall, signs seem to be pointing towards a healthy H2 as deal activity, despite the year-over-year decline, is already ahead of 2008-13.
Highlights from this report include:
  • H1 2017 witnessed 8,077 deals worth US$1.5tn in overall global M&A activity.
  • Energy, Mining & Utilities was the top sector for H1, achieving 622 deals valued at US$267.9bn.
  • Global cross-border M&A deal value advanced by 27.7%, while overall domestic deal values fell by 4.4%.

ASEAN connections: Cross-border M&A

03 August 2017

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Mergermarket is pleased to present ASEAN connections: Cross-border M&A, published in association with Kroll.
Rich with investment opportunities and positive demographics — a young and dynamic population with growing disposable income and upward mobility — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continues to attract international acquirers.
In 2016, the region recorded 534 M&A transactions valued at US$57.9bn, and Q1 2017 sustained the momentum with 118 deals worth US$14.7bn. This was a year-on-year increase of 8% in value and 7% in volume over the same period in 2016.
Via an in-depth interview, Richard Dailly, Managing Director at Kroll, shares insights on the ways to spot and mitigate risks before entering into cross-border M&A transactions in the ASEAN.
Key findings include:
  • Intra-regional M&A: 2016 closed with 89 intra-regional deals worth US$18.9bn, registering a sizable year-on-year increase of 368% in value and 19% in volume from 2015. Whether 2017 will put on a similar performance remains to be seen, with the year beginning on a slower note with 18 deals worth US$1.5bn in the first quarter.
  • Top target countries: Thailand was the top target jurisdiction for intra-ASEAN M&A by value from 2014 to Q1 2017 with US$10.3bn from 38 deals, followed by Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Foreign inbound M&A: In Q1 2017, the ASEAN witnessed 46 foreign inbound deals worth US$10.6bn, a 130% increase in deal value compared to Q1 2016, which posted 52 deals worth US$4.6bn, in spite of a drop in volume.

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Market Spotlight: Canadian Deal-Making Outlook

01 July 2015

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Dealmakers are confident that Canadian M&A will increase in the next year, according to June’s Venue® Market Spotlight. Over three-quarters of respondents expect Canadian transactions to either significantly increase or increase somewhat.

Respondents also felt that pressure on struggling businesses will attract foreign buyers looking to purchase inexpensive assets, particularly in the energy sector.

For the report, RR Donnelley commissioned Mergermarket to interview professionals based in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific in June 2015 for their perspectives on deal-making in Canada.

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Monthly M&A Insider - July 2015

17 July 2015

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Global M&A in H1 2015 saw a continuation of last year's dealmaking enthusiasm with US$1.7tn worth of transactions, the second-highest overall deal value on Mergermarket record for a first half of the year, and only 15.4% less than H1 2007’s pre-crisis record swell of US$2.1tn. H1 2015 even beat out the first half of 2014—which by the end turned out to be a remarkable year for M&A—with deal values rising 15.2% from US$1.52tn in H1 2014 compared to H1 2015.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) was the top sector internationally for H1 2015, with three deals in the top 10 worth US$131.8bn
  • European inbound activity grew by 1.2% from US$158.9bn to US$160.9bn, slightly exceeding H1 2014. This growth was driven by Europe’s traditionally largest investor, the US, but also marked strong interest from Asia-Pacific
  • In Japan the Financial Services sector became the most targeted for outbound deals, accounting for 26.8% of total value

Market Spotlight: Pharma M&A

31 July 2015

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Pharmaceutical executives are unanimous in believing that M&A will increase over the next year, according to July’s Venue® Market Spotlight. A plurality of respondents cite consolidation as a key motivator for M&A as companies look to rationalize their offerings.

Respondents also predict that the two therapeutic areas that will be most sought after by acquisitive companies will be cardiovascular and cancer.

RR Donnelley commissioned Mergermarket to interview professionals based in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific in July 2015 for their insight on pharma M&A.

William Fry Mid-Year Irish M&A Review

05 August 2015

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the William Fry Mid-Year M&A Review. This report provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the Irish M&A market during H1 2015, and offers insight into likely trends in the year ahead.

H1 2015 saw M&A deal volume decline by 12% year-on-year (YoY) to 45 deals, while value decreased 10% YoY to €35.1bn. However, broader market factors and key trends in Irish M&A activity point to positive momentum in the Irish marketplace.

Highlights from the report include:

  • A number of sectors performed strongly in H1 2015, notably pharmaceuticals, medical and biotech (PMB), which accounted for 11% and 93% of deal volume and value, respectively. This included the arrival of a newcomer to the Irish market, Slovakia-based Saneca Pharmaceuticals, with its acquisition of Suir Pharma Ireland.
  • Among small- to mid-sized M&A deals, leisure has been a particularly active sector. Looking at leisure deals, there were eight under €100m in H1 2015 - some of the highest figures in post-crisis Ireland for this sector.
  • In the largest technology deal of 2015 to date, US-based online payment processing company Global Payments purchased Ireland’s Realex Payments for €115m.

Deal Drivers Americas Half-Year 2015

10 August 2015

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Mergermarket is pleased to release the half-year editions of Deal Drivers EMEA and Deal Drivers Americas, in association with Merrill DataSite.

These reports provide an in-depth review of M&A activity for the half-year of 2015, offering key insights into how announced deals of HY 2015 will impact M&A for the remainder of the year.

Highlights from the report include:

  • The total amount spent on Americas deals in the first half of this year was US$805bn, 26% ahead of H1 2014
  • Dealmaking in the Americas was led by the TMT sector (US$236bn), followed by Life Sciences & Healthcare (US$145bn) and Energy, Mining and Oil & Gas (US$117bn)


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