Aviation, Aerospace & Airports M&A Quarterly Q1 2014

17 June 2014

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In Q1 2014, M&A activity was up in both the aviation and aerospace sectors compared to the previous quarter, according to the third edition of Aviation, Aerospace & Airports M&A Quarterly, published by global consulting firm, ICF International (formerly ICF SH&E) in association with Mergermarket.

Highlights include:

  • A new section focused on airport transactions: Russia and Italy saw a number of key airport deals in Q1 2014
  • Drivers of aviation M&A: The proliferation of technology-related aviation deals and heightened activity in the rotorcraft industry
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) consolidation trend continues

Rebooting the deal process: How technology is changing the art of M&A

02 March 2015

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The role of technology in M&A deals has significantly increased over the years, transforming the way transactions are completed. The use of different platforms is facilitating the quick delivery of deal information to a wider group, and as a result, crucial stages in a transaction can now be done remotely and simultaneously by several deal parties. But what does it bring to the table for those involved, and how should companies manage its use? Vintage commissioned Mergermarket to look closely at this topic.
Points of discussion:
  • Tech is increasing speed and efficiency in the deal process—but is it the be all and end all?
  • How is technology enhancing value in the deal process?
  • What are the risks and challenges dealmakers face when incorporating technology into the deal process?

Business without borders: International growth at mid-cap companies

01 March 2015

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Business without borders: International growth at mid-cap companies, published in association with Mazars. The report canvasses the opinions of 150 senior corporate decision makers at global mid-market firms to discover which markets and regions they are targeting, where they are already achieving success and how they intend to finance their international growth plans.
Key findings from the study include:
  • International growth is seen as a key part of company strategy by 56% of mid-cap firms surveyed, while exactly half plan to make an acquisition in the next three years.
  • 45% of respondents generate more than half of their revenues internationally, and 47% already operate in more than 10 international markets.
  • 73% of mid-cap firms polled say access to a proven business model is a key driver of their acquisition strategy.
  • To finance their international strategy 58% of respondents are most likely to use bank debt, with 56% preferring internal profits. 31% expect private equity capital to be one of their top funding sources.

Market Spotlight: Corporate Breakups

31 March 2015

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Welcome to March’s Venue® Market Spotlight. This month’s edition focuses on Corporate Breakups.
In March 2015, RR Donnelley commissioned Mergermarket to interview professionals based in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific who predict the volume of corporate breakups will increase over the next 12 months. Breakups can serve as a way for companies to unlock value by separating out the good and the bad performers within their organization to better focus on each one’s key strengths.

Monthly M&A Insider: June 2014

20 June 2014

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Deal sizes increased again in May, continuing a trend from April. The total value of transactions the two months of Q2 2014 already reached US$623bn, exceeding the total value for the full quarter of Q2 2013 that saw US$555bn.

Highlights include:


  • May’s top deal was in the telecommunications sector with AT&T purchasing DirecTV for US$65bn
  • Bayer’s US$14bn purchase of Merck & Co.’s consumer care unit will create one of the largest global healthcare-related consumer companies
  • In the consumer sector, food-related transactions made up over a third of the top 20 deals

Monthly M&A Insider – March

24 March 2015

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Last year was clearly a landmark year for M&A dealmaking as the market saw deal numbers soar and reach pre-crisis levels. The big question for this year is whether the number of transactions will remain elevated and reach the heights that it saw in 2014. The first two quarters of this year indicate that this may not be the case. The volume and value of global deals during this period have not kept pace with last year’s Q1 2014 deal activity.
Highlights include:
  • The Consumer sector is dominating global M&A activity, followed by Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech.
  • The largest European deal for February was BT Groups US$19bn acquisition of mobile carrier EE Limited.
  • APAC activity for February remained active raking in 213 deals worth US$45.9bn; YTD figures show that Q1 has already surpassed figures for the full first quarter in 2014, exhibited by the US$137.2bn in transactions against US$123.6bn in Q1 2014

Developing Best Practices- Operational Due Diligence

25 June 2014

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Mergermarket and Toppan Vite are pleased to present the first edition of the Developing Best Practices newsletter. Focusing on operational due diligence, Mergermarket interviewed five industry experts to gain insight on why conducting thorough operational due diligence is an integral part of M&A.

Industry Professionals Discuss:

  • Commonly overlooked areas of operational due diligence
  • Risks of inadequate due diligence
  • Added complexity of cross-border transactions

Healthcare and Life Sciences M&A Outlook

30 June 2014

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The healthcare industry is ripe for mergers and acquisitions. An overwhelming number of respondents believe that M&A in healthcare and life sciences will rise over the next 12 months, according to Healthcare and Life Sciences M&A Outlook, a report sponsored by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in association with Mergermarket.

The report is based on a series of interviews with healthcare and life sciences professionals and analyzes the expected trajectory and impetus of dealmaking over the coming months and provides a detailed forecast for specific subsectors within healthcare and life sciences.

Highlights include:

  • The main driver of the anticipated rise in overall healthcare is facility and equipment improvement, according to 46% of respondents
  • Within healthcare, hospitals and healthcare providers, and healthcare IT and services, are companies respondents rank as most likely to see consolidation
  • According to respondents, the top challenges for M&A deals in the healthcare and life sciences sectors are regulatory compliance and financial due diligence

Surf’s Up – Deloitte 2015 IPO report

12 March 2015

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Australian equity market ready to ride wave in 2015
With $26 billion in equity listed through 74 floats, 2014 was truly a banner year for Australian IPOs. Value totals for the year exceeded raisings for the last three years combined as public listings made a comeback. However, on the heels of underperformance among several listings toward the year’s end, market participants are questioning whether the wave of IPOs is a sustainable trend or a temporary boom.
In this exclusive thought leadership publication ‘Surf’s up – Deloitte 2015 IPO report’ Deloitte, in collaboration with Mergermarket, explores recent IPO activity to create an outlook of trends and events in the year ahead. The report also looks at the increasing complexities of structuring an IPO, the move away from a market dominated by resources companies, and private equity exits through the capital market.
Highlights from ‘Surf’s up’ include:
  • Energy and resources IPOs declined from accounting for 30% of all IPOs in 2013 to 14% in 2014;
  • Healthcare and financial services capital raisings accounted for 59% of all listings. Interest in healthcare is being driven by Australia’s aging population, a segment with increasing medical and aged services demands;
  • Private equity made an exceptional comeback in its ASX participation in 2014 with 17 exits valued at $11.5 billion, double the value of 2013.

Market Spotlight: Cyber Security and M&A

30 June 2014

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Welcome to June’s Venue® Market Spotlight. This month’s edition focuses on Cyber Security and M&A.

Mergermarket, commissioned by RR Donnelley, interviewed US-based investment bankers who generally expect cyber security M&A activity to rise over the next 12 months. Recent data breaches bring to light the importance of companies’ cyber security systems and the need for these companies to protect themselves serves as a catalyst for M&A.


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