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Doing deals in Nigeria 2019

19 March 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Doing deals in Nigeria 2019, a survey conducted on behalf of KPMG. The survey presents key insights from 50 senior business executives, who offer their perspective on the rewards and challenges of dealmaking in Nigeria.

Key findings include:

  • 80% of survey respondents predict deal activity in Nigeria either to increase significantly (56%) or to increase to some extent (24%) over the next two years.
  • 78% predict that they are more likely to invest in Nigeria as a result of previous M&A experience in the country, with 48% saying they are significantly more likely to invest here.
  • The consumer sector led the way in terms of deal activity, accounting for 33% of activity in 2017 and 2018 combined, up from 21% in 2015 and 2016.
  • Challenges for dealmakers in the region remain in the form of economic concerns, legal and regulatory obstacles and challenging compliance requirements.

Ireland M&A Review 2018

08 March 2019

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Mergermarket and William Fry are pleased to present the Ireland M&A Review. This report provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the Irish M&A market during 2018, and offers insight into likely trends in the coming months.

Key findings include:
  • In 2018, deal volume rose to 162 deals, up 7% compared to 2017. Deal value in the first three quarters of the year was promising, with €6.7bn worth of activity. However, it then fell precipitously in Q4, to €360m in quarterly deal value.
  • The Irish mid-market continues to attract considerable attention from buyers across a good mix of sectors. In 2018, there were 65 deals with a disclosed value of between €5m and €250m, or 93% of the number of deals where pricing was made publicly available. Of these, over half (37) were in the €15m-€100m bracket.
  • A number of key sectors saw strong activity by volume – most notably Business Services and TMT, which accounted for 19% and 16% of activity, respectively. Financial Services was the standout sector in value terms with 45% of total deal value in 2018. 
  • Ireland continues to attract investment on a global stage. Nine of the top ten M&A deals by value in 2018 were from overseas buyers.

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M&A in 2030: AI's role in dealmaking

05 March 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present M&A in 2030: AI's role in dealmaking, published in association with Imprima.

As artificial intelligence (AI) tools become more widely adopted, M&A professionals must consider how the technology might change their professions and how they might take advantage of opportunities those changes will bring. To find out what market observers see as the best ways to address these matters, Mergermarket on behalf of Imprima spoke with five experts.

Points of discussion include:
  • AI and the M&A process: While the vast majority of M&A processes are still carried out in much the same way they have been for the past decade or more, many firms are seriously exploring the use of AI tools, although the level of penetration varies widely across sectors and organisations
  • Transforming skill sets: Over the coming ten years, M&A practitioners at all stages of their careers will have to learn not only how to use AI tools, but which of their other skills to hone in an evolving environment
  • Change is coming: Extrapolating into the future, it is not only work and tasks that will change, but the overall shape and culture of the profession
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Deal Drivers Americas: 2018 Full-Year Edition

28 February 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the full-year edition of Deal Drivers Americas, a report published in association with Merrill Corporation. This report provides an in-depth review of mergers and acquisitions in the Americas region, offering insights on notable deals, sector performance, and trends that impacted dealmaking through 2018.

Highlights from this report include:

• North American M&A value increased by 13.5% in 2018, while Latin America witnessed a 25.2% decline amid economic and political instability.

• Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas was the top sector by M&A value at US$388.5bn in 2018, thanks in part to two megadeals worth more than US$30bn each.

• Canada recorded 591 deals worth US$91.3bn in 2018, down 6.4% by value with 37 fewer deals compared to 2017.

Deal Drivers EMEA: 2018 Full-Year Edition

20 February 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Deal Drivers EMEA, published in association with Merrill Corporation.      

This report provides an in-depth review of M&A in the EMEA region, offering insights on notable deals, sector performance and trends that impacted dealmaking in 2018.

Highlights of the report include:

  • 2018 saw uneven progress for M&A, with a number of large deals in H1 followed by the worst H2 deal value since 2013. Nevertheless, annual total deal value was up 12% year-on-year to €837.9bn.
  • The TMT sector led the way last year, with total deal value jumping 175% year-on-year to €169.2bn. This was driven by significant transactions, with four of the top 20 largest European deals of the year being TMT deals.
  • Private equity continued to thrive in 2018, with record-high levels of dry powder driving activity. Europe saw buyout deal value reach its highest point this decade, at €170bn.
  • Challenges for the coming year reflect those of 2018, including increasing protectionism, US-China trade wars and tariffs and uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Baltic M&A Monitor 2019

21 February 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the Baltic M&A Monitor, in association with Ellex. This report provides a detailed look at M&A activity in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, along with forecasts for the year ahead.

According to Mergermarket data, the Baltic states completed a record year for M&A activity in 2018, with 74 registered deals worth €2.7bn – an increase of 43% and 320%, respectively, compared to 2017.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Estonia accounted for 43% of total Baltic deal volume in 2018, and saw a record year for transaction value, with just over €2bn-worth of deals. This included the single largest transaction in the region, the €1bn acquisition of a 60% stake in banking company Luminor Group by US-based PE fund Blackstone Group.
  • Lithuania took a 34% share of overall deal volume in the region with 25 transactions – more than double the number of deals seen in 2017.
  • Latvian deal value soared to a total of €394m, second only to the country's record of €426m, achieved in 2015. Volume remained strong, with 17 transactions, the highest since 2013.
  • The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector continued to be a major driver of dealmaking activity in the region. In 2017-2018, TMT accounted for 17% of all deals by volume, more than any other industry. The energy, mining and utilities (EMU) sector also proved buoyant, with three deals in the top 10.
  • Looking ahead, the Mergermarket Heat Chart, which logs ‘companies for sale stories’ for the past six months, shows a total of 52 stories, eight more than this time last year – a sign of the robust investor confidence in the region and a potentially strong pipeline for 2019 and beyond.

Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019

13 February 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019, published in association with Pitcher Partners.
Dealmakers in Australia were certainly busy last year, rounding out 2018 with strong deal flows that saw M&A volumes increase 5% year on year and marking the fourth year of growth for acquisitions and takeovers. With Australia primed and ready for another stellar year of M&A, we look at trends shaping the mid-market and the opportunities that are opening for domestic and foreign investors.  
In this fifth issue of the Dealmakers report, we once again spoke with 60 M&A dealmakers for their first-hand insights and expectations regarding activity in the Australian mid-market in 2019 and beyond. 
Key highlights include:
  • Deal flow in 2019: 67% of respondents expect an increase in the level of mid-market dealmaking in the next 12 months, and 33% expect it to at least remain the same as current levels.
  • Key investor groups: 92% of respondents expect increases in private equity deals in the year ahead, with 90% saying the same for foreign inbound deals.
  • Federal elections: 95% of dealmakers say that, generally, the upcoming federal election will have either no impact or a positive impact on mid-market M&A, although 30% say that a change in government could have a negative impact on this M&A.

Upward Bound

24 January 2019

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Encouraged by a stable domestic economy, relatively low interest rates and a stronger Canadian dollar, Canada’s dealmakers are optimistic about the M&A outlook for 2019. Dealmakers expect energy deals to continue to dominate activity alongside growing momentum in the mining and tech sectors. Private equity activity is also picking up pace, as dealmakers look to deploy a surfeit of dry powder into Canadian assets. These factors combined look to create a highly competitive deal environment for outbound and domestic activity in the year ahead.

Key findings include:

• 60% of respondents predict a significant increase in the number of outbound transactions by Canadian buyers, while 40% expect the volume of domestic M&A deals to go up significantly as well.

• 50% of respondents said strong IP was one of their main criteria when evaluating targets. Industry consolidation remains a key driver as well, with 42% saying it was one of the central motivations for their most recent deal.

• 34% of respondents said that attractive targets will be less available for their companies next year, as the number of buyers increases and the accessibility of deal financing remains fairly straightforward.


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