Monthly M&A Insider - January 2019

25 January 2019

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Global deal value in 2018 climbed to the second-highest level since the financial crisis, spurred by strong economic performance in North America and soaring demand for assets by both financial and strategic buyers worldwide. North America led the way among global regions in terms of deal value, while Europe had the highest number of transactions. Energy, Mining & Utilities had the most M&A value of any sector, with four of the top ten deals of the year coming in the sector.

Key findings include:

• North America witnessed 6,324 deals in 2018 with a value of US$1.6trn, a value total that represented 46.5% of the global aggregate.

• PE buyout activity reached a new post-crisis peak with 3,599 buyouts valued at US$556.6bn.

• Cross-border dealmaking fluctuated throughout 2018, but the value total increased 6% to US$1.4trn by year’s end.

H2 2018 global and regional league tables of PR advisors

22 January 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its 2018 report with league tables. According to the new research, 2018 saw that the number of deals struck over the year fell for the first time since 2010 to 19,232, after steadily rising for close to a decade.

  • The transactions that did make it to the signing table reached USD 3.5tn worth of activity, ranking 2018 as the third-largest year on Mergermarket record (since 2001) by value. Average deal size saw its second-highest total value on record with USD 384.8m, just below the USD 400.3m peak reached in 2015.
  • Chinese buys of US firms fell 94.6% to USD 3bn from a record USD 55.3bn in 2016. Meanwhile, China’s bids in Europe increased 81.7% to USD 60.4bn from USD 33.2bn last year.
  • Cross-border count fell by 6.6% to 6,405, while valuations inched higher to USD 1.35tn from USD 1.27tn the year prior.  

“With so many market-moving factors fluctuating throughout the year, mergers and acquisitions have understandably had a somewhat ambivalent 2018. Intensifying trade tensions, political instability, and increased regulatory scrutiny took their toll on the number of deals struck over the year, though deal values remained relatively high,” commented Elizabeth Lim, Research Editor (Americas) at Mergermarket.

 

M&A Spotlight: CEE - WOLF THEISS Corporate Monitor FY 2018

21 January 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the latest edition of Wolf Theiss Corporate Monitor’s M&A Spotlight on CEE/SEE. This report surveyed 150 senior-level executives regarding their dealmaking experience in the region and offers analysis of M&A activity in the region.
 
Key findings include:
 
 
• 99% of respondents say that their past experiences of doing business in the CEE region would encourage them to invest again.
• 91% of previous investors see Hungary as the strongest area for investment, saying they would invest here again. Austria and the Czech Republic were also seen as strong areas, with 78% and 70% respectively saying they would invest here again. 
• TMT is seen as the most promising area for investment in 2019, while other strong sectors include industrials and chemicals and business and financial services.
• Economic growth looks set to remain steady in 2019, with 38% of respondents expecting the next few months to reflect the fundraising environment of the previous two years and 38% expecting an improvement.
• Potential risks facing dealmakers include uncertainty regarding the impact of Brexit, trade disputes between the US and China and political and economic uncertainty in some European countries.

Taking stock: 2019 Outlook for M&A and IPOs

18 January 2019

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The market is sending mixed signals regarding the appetite for M&A and IPOs as we enter 2019. Volatility has risen sharply in recent months, but last year closed on a high note, with global M&A value reaching the third-highest level on record at US$3.53 trillion. On the IPO front, several of the largest “unicorn” companies—including Uber, Airbnb, and Palantir Technologies—are reportedly gearing up to go public this year. Yet to start the year, the US government shutdown has temporarily frozen the IPO market, putting a damper on the enthusiasm built up in late 2018.

To understand what dealmakers expect from the M&A and IPO markets in the coming year, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Merrill spoke with six experts.

Points of discussion include:

• What are the main drivers expected to influence M&A dealmaking in the year ahead?

• After the US IPO market rebounded strongly in 2018 after several years of lower volume, what is the sentiment around public debuts for 2019?

• What are the expectations for access to debt to finance deals in 2019?

Q4 2018 Global M&A Report with league tables of legal advisors

07 January 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its 2018 report with league tables. According to the new research, 2018 saw that the number of deals struck over the year fell for the first time since 2010 to 19,232, after steadily rising for close to a decade.

  • The transactions that did make it to the signing table reached USD 3.5tn worth of activity, ranking 2018 as the third-largest year on Mergermarket record (since 2001) by value. Average deal size saw its second-highest total value on record with USD 384.8m, just below the USD 400.3m peak reached in 2015.
  • Chinese buys of US firms fell 94.6% to USD 3bn from a record USD 55.3bn in 2016. Meanwhile, China’s bids in Europe increased 81.7% to USD 60.4bn from USD 33.2bn last year.
  • Cross-border count fell by 6.6% to 6,405, while valuations inched higher to USD 1.35tn from USD 1.27tn the year prior.  

“With so many market-moving factors fluctuating throughout the year, mergers and acquisitions have understandably had a somewhat ambivalent 2018. Intensifying trade tensions, political instability, and increased regulatory scrutiny took their toll on the number of deals struck over the year, though deal values remained relatively high,” commented Elizabeth Lim, Research Editor (Americas) at Mergermarket.

 

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Mergermarket releases 2018 Global M&A report with league tables

03 January 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its 2018 report with league tables. According to the new research, 2018 saw that the number of deals struck over the year fell for the first time since 2010 to 19,232, after steadily rising for close to a decade.

  • The transactions that did make it to the signing table reached USD 3.5tn worth of activity, ranking 2018 as the third-largest year on Mergermarket record (since 2001) by value. Average deal size saw its second-highest total value on record with USD 384.8m, just below the USD 400.3m peak reached in 2015.
  • Chinese buys of US firms fell 94.6% to USD 3bn from a record USD 55.3bn in 2016. Meanwhile, China’s bids in Europe increased 81.7% to USD 60.4bn from USD 33.2bn last year.
  • Cross-border count fell by 6.6% to 6,405, while valuations inched higher to USD 1.35tn from USD 1.27tn the year prior.  

“With so many market-moving factors fluctuating throughout the year, mergers and acquisitions have understandably had a somewhat ambivalent 2018. Intensifying trade tensions, political instability, and increased regulatory scrutiny took their toll on the number of deals struck over the year, though deal values remained relatively high,” commented Elizabeth Lim, Research Editor (Americas) at Mergermarket.

Monthly M&A Insider - December 2018

17 December 2018

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Global M&A value dipped lower in November as dealmakers cope with unsteady political conditions and falling asset prices worldwide. However, despite the year-over-year drop in monthly deal value last month, the year-to-date total for 2018 — US$3.3trn — has officially exceeded the amounts seen in each of the last two years. Energy, Mining & Utilities witnessed the most value of any sector, with three of the top ten deals of the month involving energy company targets.

Key findings include:

  • Private equity buyout value fell 6.9% in November, marking the fourth month in the last five to see a decline in global PE value.
  • North America had the most deal value by region at US$121.8bn, representing a 58.4% share of the global total.
  • Global cross-border M&A value increased by 29.2% last month up to US$80.9bn.

New technology can light the way, but do you know where you're going?

08 January 2019

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The potential of digitalization can no longer be ignored in the oil and gas industry, and companies are ready to invest in areas throughout the value chain. But while many expect their investment in digital tools to increase in the coming years, determining how and when these tools should be implemented requires critical planning to justify the cost of investment.

To understand how this transformation is taking place, EY commissioned Mergermarket to survey senior oil & gas executives from across the globe for their insights. 

Key findings include:

• Nearly nine in ten respondents (89%) expect their investment in digital tools to increase over the next two years, with a quarter (25%) foreseeing a significant increase.

• Over the next five years, respondents predict that robotics process automation (RPA) (25%) and advanced analytics (25%) will have the most significant positive effect on their businesses.

• On average, respondents said they allocate nearly half (48%) of their digital technology investment to outsourcing, and a plurality of respondents (30%) said the greatest operational challenge they face is working effectively with outside firms.

Year 3 of the SEC under President Trump

04 December 2018

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Over the year ahead, the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to face a full slate of challenges related to corporate governance and financial disclosure. In particular, the Commission will be reviewing the possible regulation of proxy advisory firms and studying a switch to biannual reporting, among other issues.

To find out what market observers see as the best ways to address these matters, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Vintage spoke with four experts.

Points of discussion include:

  • Is the regulation of proxy advisory firms necessary and what effect would it have on the market?
  • What benefits and drawbacks would accompany a switch to a biannual reporting period?
  • What safeguards should companies put in place to prevent disclosure issues on social media?

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