Prognosis positive: Pharma and biotech M&A outlook

20 March 2017

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Overall M&A activity in 2016 may have fallen short of 2015’s record highs, but dealmaking in the pharma and biotech sector remained consistent. Mid-market activity in this sector showed the most resilience last year, producing 98 deals among pharma and biotech companies in North America. Top targets included Derma Sciences at US$172m, Sentynl Therapeutics at US$171m, and Savara Inc. at US$115m. With deals already in the pipeline and a new year ahead, will the sector continue to hold its ground? Mergermarket, in association with Firmex, a virtual data room provider, interviewed four experienced dealmakers to find out the dynamics at play for North America’s pharma and biotech sector in the year ahead.
 
Points of discussion include:
 
  • What is driving the trend of buying early-stage companies and how long will it continue?
  • Is the decrease in the venture funding of life sciences companies related to the availability of venture dollars or a decline in worthy targets in the market?
  • What can the market expect from biotech IPOs in 2017?

North Asia M&A: Towards technological convergence

23 March 2017

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Mergermarket is pleased to present North Asia M&A: Towards technological convergence, published in association with Merrill Corporation.
 
Five years of roaring M&A growth may finally have found its ceiling as deal totals for acquisitions in North Asia settle into more modest territory, in a year marked by volatility and uncertainty across the globe.
 
At the close of 2016, North Asian deal values had dropped sharply from US$765bn in 2015 to US$533bn, a year-on-year decline of 30%, with a less noticeable drop of 3% in deal volume. Similar declining deal figures have become a feature of individual key economies across North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Taiwan) as the market begins to steadily rebalance toward more sustainable growth rates.
 
Via an in-depth interview, Marshall Nicholson, Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Nomura’s Asia ex-Japan Investment Banking Division, shares insights on charting a path towards deal success.
 
Key findings include:
 
  • Inbound declines: North Asia saw foreign inbound M&A continue on a two-year decline with only 180 transactions worth US$35bn in 2016, compared to 190 transactions worth US$41bn in 2015, registering declines of 15% by value and 5% by volume.
  • Outbound shopping sprees: Globally, China’s outbound acquisition push has reached new heights with 372 deals valued at US$208bn, an increase of 120% in deal value and 19% in deal volume. Japan’s appetite for outbound acquisitions remained strong in 2016, with 317 deals worth US$92.7bn, an increase of 4% by volume and 6% by value.
  • Top sectors: The industrials & chemicals and TMT sectors continue to buttress overall deal figures in North Asia, the two accounting for almost half of acquisition volumes and 40% of values.

Safe Secrets: Dealing With Data Privacy Issues In M&A

28 March 2017

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Data privacy is an important and complex factor to consider in every M&A deal. Concerns can include a lack of appropriate privacy controls on either side of the table, failure to understand the types of security programs being inherited, and specific regulations unique to different sectors or geographies. These issues, if not properly addressed in the early stages of negotiations, can delay and even determine the success of a deal.
 
In order to identify the security risks and vulnerabilities acquirers and targets face in M&A deals, Shearman & Sterling LLP, in association Mergermarket, is pleased to present Safe Secrets: Dealing With Data Privacy Issues In M&A.
 
Key discussions featured in this report include:
 
  • What are some of the most common data privacy concerns raised in M&A?
  • Which sectors pose the most complex issues?
  • How can privacy-related issues during due diligence influence the success of a deal and future integration?

Monthly M&A Insider – March 2017

29 March 2017

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January’s strong M&A record did not carry over its momentum into February as global deal values and activities fell for the month. Meanwhile, private equity buyouts and exits have slowed down when compared to the pace of Q1 2016. Energy, Mining & Utilities experienced the most activity for any sector but also faced a 27.1% decline in value.
The Consumer sector remained strong with deals such as UK-based Reckitt Benckiser’s US$17.8bn purchase of US baby formula maker Mead Johnson. Cross-border activity for February may have declined in terms of value, but still produced four out of the five top deals for the month.
 
Highlights from this report include:
 
  • February saw 843 deals valued at US$135.3bn, a 43.4% decline in value year-over-year and 591 fewer deals when compared to 2016′s 1,434 deals worth US$239.0bn.
  • The Energy, Mining & Utilities sector saw the most activity with 68 deals worth US$29.5bn, down 27.1% in value.
  • Deals in North America accounted for 56.5% of all global value, compared to 22.8% for European tie-ups and 11.2% for Asian deals (excluding those in Japan).

Market Spotlight: The New World of Energy M&A

30 March 2017

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Record dealmaking in the energy sector last year amounted to the second-highest total deal volume (1,141) and the third-highest total deal value (US$512.3bn) in history. This activity was due to a wave of consolidations as oil prices hovered around US$50 a barrel. Meanwhile, 437 transactions in the alternative energy space represented more than a third of the sector’s volume. With a solid year for M&A in the energy sector behind us, dealmakers expect that the 2017 market will continue to be just as robust.
In order to gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges within the energy sector for 2017, Donnelley Financial Solutions commissioned Mergermarket to interview global dealmakers for their insights.
 
Key findings include:
 
  • More than 80% of respondents believe energy M&A will either increase significantly (20%) or somewhat (64%) over the coming year.
  • A majority of those surveyed (76%) say that North America will experience the most dealmaking (52%) or the second-most dealmaking (24%) in the energy sector.
  • Respondents see consolidation among oil & gas majors and distressed asset purchases by larger companies as the major drivers of energy M&A this year.
  • Companies in the exploration & production segment will see the most M&A activity in the coming 12 months, according to 60% of dealmakers.
For more energy M&A insights, join Donnelley Financial Solutions at the Energy Forum.

Volatility and opportunity: Energy M&A in Asia-Pacific

10 April 2017

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Energy M&A in Asia-Pacific may not have had a record year in 2016, but it was still one for the record books. While dropping 33% in year-on-year value terms, overall announced deals maintained pace with 2015 (196 deals), closing the year with 198 transactions valued at US$77.6bn.
 
Those amounts, despite the decline, were still the second highest annual totals, according to Mergermarket data spanning the past decade. Perhaps more importantly, M&A activity for the year points to the market’s resilience, especially in the oil and gas space where price volatility has plagued national and international oil companies over the past 30 months.
 
Key highlights include:
 
  • Top subsector: Renewable energy transactions—those involving wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal power—accounted for more than half of Asia-Pacific energy M&A transactions in 2016 (52%), increasing from a 44% volume share in 2015.
  • Top Asia-Pacific markets: China maintained its spot as the top market for Asia-Pacific energy M&A in 2016, accounting for 36% of deals and 31% of value. India had the second-largest year-end totals, accounting for 18% of deals and 22% of value, followed by Australia with 11% of deals and 20% of value.
  • Expert Q&A: In an exclusive interview, Eversheds partners Charles Butcher and Jae Lemin share insights on current geopolitical and economic trends shaping Asia-Pacific’s traditional and alternative energy markets.

Asia Pacific Business Complexities Survey 2017: Simplifying Business in a Complex World

19 April 2017

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Asia Pacific Business Complexities Survey 2017, published in association with Baker McKenzie. 57% of business leaders across the Asia Pacific region see the business environment in which they operate becoming increasingly complex. Successfully plotting a way through today’s volatile business environment demands more resilience and ingenuity than ever before. New challenges arise as soon as old ones have subsided, and the ever changing nature of competition means companies must maintain a consistent, innovative edge. But what are the shared complexities that are ratcheting up the pressure on executives in Asia Pacific? Our survey of 150 senior business leaders from across the region seeks to answer several key questions around business complexity, while drawing out specific industry themes. Along with macroeconomic and geopolitical trends, survey respondents identified the need to innovate via new technology (66%), cost pressures or shrinking margins (64%), disruption via technology (62%), as well as compliance or adapting to new or changing regulations (62%) as the top challenges/complexities on the minds of key decision makers across corporate Asia.
 
Key findings include:
 
  • Addressing key complexities: According to 76% of respondents, significant time and resources will be dedicated to focusing on regulatory change, followed by optimizing tax structures (67%) and business systems innovation (67%).
  • Geopolitical turbulence: 79% of respondents said the potential collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would impact their company’s growth prospects, including a third of businesses predicting significant fallout.
  • Technological disruption: 52% said technological disruption in the financial institutions sector would be very likely in the next two years, along with 45% who said such disruption is likely.
  • Spotlight on sectors: Energy, mining and infrastructure and healthcare companies mainly face compliance/regulatory and environmental issues, ITC and financial institutions face innovation and cybersecurity complexities, and cost pressures created the most challenges in the consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.

Monthly M&A Insider – April 2017

25 April 2017

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Global M&A value for Q1 2017 rose 8.9% versus the same period last year thanks to a number of announced megadeals. Year-over-year deal volume fell by 772 deals, however, amid concerns of geopolitical uncertainty among smaller buyers. North America held pole position as the leading destination for acquirers, witnessing a 24.5% increase in value. North America, Africa and the Middle East were the only regions to see deal values increase versus last year’s Q1 activity. Most global activity in Q1 occurred in the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector, a trend driven mainly by reorganizations by midstream companies.
 
Highlights from this report include:
 
  • The first quarter of 2017 had 3,554 global deals valued as US$678.5bn, while Q1’16 had 4,326 deals worth US$622.9bn.
  • Energy, Mining & Utilities tallied 293 deals worth US$163.8bn, up 90% in value when compared to Q1 of last year.
  • Private equity buyouts mirrored the overall M&A trend, seeing deal values increase 9.2% to US$78.7bn while deal volume declined from 680 to 576 deals.
 

Market Spotlight: Corporate Governance

02 May 2017

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Activist campaigns remained steady throughout 2016, reaching the third-highest annual count since 2009. While the year’s campaigns fell short of 2015’s record-breaking totals, the number of companies facing demands continued at a steady pace, notably among European and Asian companies. In the US, 456 activist demands were made on businesses, up from the 418 made in 2015. In Europe, there have been several high-profile examples of activists obtaining boardroom seats — including companies within the FTSE 100. Finally, in Japan, a surge in activity resulted from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s support for shareholder activism as part of a plan to revive that country’s economy.
 
In order to understand 2017’s latest trends in corporate governance, shareholder activism, and M&A, Donnelley Financial Solutions commissioned Mergermarket to interview global dealmakers for their views.
 
Key findings include:
 
  • 72% of participants predict that activist-driven M&A will increase in the coming 12 months (32% believe significantly so).
  • The main drivers of increased activist activity are expected to be pressure to merge with competitors, pressure to spend cash on acquisitions, and pressure to do alternative deal types.
  • Financial services is the sector cited most likely to receive the highest amount of activist-driven M&A activity in the next 12 months.

Navigating The Modern Deal Process: Targeting

24 May 2017

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The growing availability of data, increasing globalization, and the introduction of new technologies have significantly impacted the sourcing methods and strategies of sell-side targeting. This evolution has given rise to more targeted auctions, more unsolicited bids, and more potential regulatory hurdles to overcome.
 
To better understand how the deal cycle continues to change for sell-side dealmakers, Donnelley Financial Solutions, in conjunction with Mergermarket, presents Navigating The Modern Deal Process: Targeting, the first of a three-part series.
 
Key findings include:
 
  • Some 82% of respondents said that their use of the negotiated sales process had increased in the past five years.
  • Nearly half of respondents (46%) say that the average length of time it took between deciding to sell an asset and settling on a buyer increased over the past five years.
  • Face-to-face meetings have become less frequent according to 52% of respondents, who cite the increased ease of communication and international dealmaking made possible by tools such as virtual data rooms, deal marketing solutions, and video conferencing.

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