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The rise of the mega deal

23 July 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present The rise of the mega deal, published in association with Imprima.
 
2018 saw 39 mega deals globally (deals with transaction value above US$10 billion), the second highest number of such deals since the financial crisis. And while the first quarter of the year has seen a dip in M&A activity globally, there have still been 16 mega deals totalling US$535.3 billion in deal value.
 
With this in mind, we asked five experts in M&A from the fields of investment banking, technology and academia to weigh in on trends in mega deal activity and the challenges facing dealmakers at the top end of the market.
 
Points of discussion include:
 
  • Motives driving mega deals: favourable financing conditions, the need to drive growth and the desire to be transformative within their industry may be among the factors driving companies towards large acquisitions.
  • Mega deals and private equity: with record amounts of dry powder available, PEs are increasingly engaging in large deals and benefiting from cheap financing.
  • Challenges to deal activity: the complexity and volume of data involved in mega deals, coupled with competition and the uncertain global political landscape, are among the challenges facing companies.
  • Post-merger integration: company culture, communication, effective planning and a focus on technology are seen as important factors in creating synergies and successfully navigating the post-merger process.

1H19 global and regional league tables of PR advisors

15 July 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its 1H19 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals all targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical risks and rising protectionism, global cross border activity has accounted for just 33% of dealmaking this year, compared to a yearly average of 38.7% since 2010.

  • Worth a combined USD 5.9bn over 43 deals in 1H19, Chinese outbound investment into the US and Europe was particularly subdued, reaching lows not seen since 2009.
  • The US took its largest ever share of global M&A value during 1H19, with 53.2% (USD 957.3bn in total global deal value). This was as much to do with its own 14.6% increase on last year’s showing as it was the downturn in Europe and Asia –38.8% and 34.2% lower respectively.
  • Although not reaching 2Q18 record levels (USD 180.1bn), at USD 133.6bn, global private equity buyout value in 2Q19 surpassed that recorded in the previous two quarters (USD 111bn in 4Q18 and USD 111.5bn in 1Q19).
  • Three mega-buyouts have already been struck in the US so far this year - the same number as for the whole of 2018 – including two large cross-border take-private deals in 2Q19: the USD 14.2bn acquisition fiber networks operator Zayo Group by a EQT/Digital Colony Partners consortium and the USD 10.2bn acquisition of midstream oil and gas pipeline operator Buckeye Partners by Australian IFM Investors.

Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket commented: “Perhaps a sign that de-globalisation forces are starting to permeate corporate strategies, several large companies, sometimes under activist pressure, are using M&A to strengthen their grip on their home markets or focus on their core businesses.

M&A Market Briefing - Southeast Asia and India

18 July 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present M&A Market Briefing: Southeast Asia and India, published in association with Merrill DatasiteOne.

Election season has swept much of Asia this year, with vast populations going to the polls in India, Indonesia, and much of Southeast Asia. For some investors, this has meant time seated on the sidelines of dealmaking until results, and prospective leadership changes, were announced. However, even amid these uncertainties, M&A and PE/VC investment on the whole maintained much of its momentum in the first half of 2019. In markets where it has slowed, investors may now be tempted to ramp up dealmaking as the political and regulatory direction of these markets becomes clearer.
 
This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2019 unfolds:
  • M&A totals for H1 2019 in India and Southeast Asia and India
  • Foreign investment trends and the impact of the elections on inbound deal flows
  • Target sectors and the rise of financial services M&A
  • PE/VC activity in emerging markets and the outlook following election season

1H19 Global M&A Report with legal league tables

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its 1H19 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals all targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical risks and rising protectionism, global cross border activity has accounted for just 33% of dealmaking this year, compared to a yearly average of 38.7% since 2010.

  • Worth a combined USD 5.9bn over 43 deals in 1H19, Chinese outbound investment into the US and Europe was particularly subdued, reaching lows not seen since 2009.
  • The US took its largest ever share of global M&A value during 1H19, with 53.2% (USD 957.3bn in total global deal value). This was as much to do with its own 14.6% increase on last year’s showing as it was the downturn in Europe and Asia –38.8% and 34.2% lower respectively.
  • Although not reaching 2Q18 record levels (USD 180.1bn), at USD 133.6bn, global private equity buyout value in 2Q19 surpassed that recorded in the previous two quarters (USD 111bn in 4Q18 and USD 111.5bn in 1Q19).
  • Three mega-buyouts have already been struck in the US so far this year - the same number as for the whole of 2018 – including two large cross-border take-private deals in 2Q19: the USD 14.2bn acquisition fiber networks operator Zayo Group by a EQT/Digital Colony Partners consortium and the USD 10.2bn acquisition of midstream oil and gas pipeline operator Buckeye Partners by Australian IFM Investors.

Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket commented: “Perhaps a sign that de-globalisation forces are starting to permeate corporate strategies, several large companies, sometimes under activist pressure, are using M&A to strengthen their grip on their home markets or focus on their core businesses.”

 

1H19 Global M&A Report with league tables

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its 1H19 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals all targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical risks and rising protectionism, global cross border activity has accounted for just 33% of dealmaking this year, compared to a yearly average of 38.7% since 2010.

  • Worth a combined USD 5.9bn over 43 deals in 1H19, Chinese outbound investment into the US and Europe was particularly subdued, reaching lows not seen since 2009.
  • The US took its largest ever share of global M&A value during 1H19, with 53.2% (USD 957.3bn in total global deal value). This was as much to do with its own 14.6% increase on last year’s showing as it was the downturn in Europe and Asia –38.8% and 34.2% lower respectively.
  • Although not reaching 2Q18 record levels (USD 180.1bn), at USD 133.6bn, global private equity buyout value in 2Q19 surpassed that recorded in the previous two quarters (USD 111bn in 4Q18 and USD 111.5bn in 1Q19).
  • Three mega-buyouts have already been struck in the US so far this year - the same number as for the whole of 2018 – including two large cross-border take-private deals in 2Q19: the USD 14.2bn acquisition fiber networks operator Zayo Group by a EQT/Digital Colony Partners consortium and the USD 10.2bn acquisition of midstream oil and gas pipeline operator Buckeye Partners by Australian IFM Investors.

Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket commented: “Perhaps a sign that de-globalisation forces are starting to permeate corporate strategies, several large companies, sometimes under activist pressure, are using M&A to strengthen their grip on their home markets or focus on their core businesses.”

 

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Hong Kong M&A Forum

20 June 2019

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Driving forward: M&A in Ukraine

19 June 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the fourth edition of M&A in Ukraine, published in association with Aequo. This report provides invaluable insights into key trends in Ukraine’s M&A landscape and an outlook for 2019 and beyond.

Key findings include:

  • Deal value for M&A increased dramatically in 2018, up 91% to €1.05 billion. M&A deal volume also increased in 2018 with 59 deals, up 31% on the previous year.
  • Ongoing reforms are driving investor confidence, with simplified regulations, a more flexible LLC regime and additional shareholder rights among the changes in 2018.
  • The financial services sector continued to perform strongly in terms of volume during 2017-18, with 16% of the share; while agriculture led the way in terms of value, accounting for 35% of total deal value in 2017-18.

M&A Market Briefing: Japan

26 June 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present M&A Market Briefing: Japan, published in association with Merrill DatasiteOne.
Corporate Japan’s international buying spree continues unabated, with outbound M&A reaching new heights in 2018. Japanese buyers closed the year with US$174bn in deals, a staggering 119% increase from the year before and the largest on record according to Mergermarket data, as corporates search for growth and higher returns abroad. Likewise, dealmaking in Japan has increased in recent years, although foreign inbound M&A has been on the down trend since 2017.
 
This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2019 unfolds:
 
  • Cross-border M&A totals for Japan
  • Japanese outbound trends and target geographies
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions involving inbound and offshore capital flows
  • An inside look and analysis at Japan’s buying activity into the international healthcare and life sciences space

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