Mergermarket releases 1Q19 M&A report with league tables

02 April 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its Q1 2019 report with financial and legal advisor league tables. According to the new research, after a peak in the M&A cycle during the first half of 2018, greater market volatility, geopolitical tensions between the US and China, Brexit anxiety in Europe, as well as strengthening economic headwinds precipitated a slowdown in M&A activity in the beginning of the year.
  • Only 3,558 transactions worth a total USD 801.5bn were registered in 1Q19, a 15% decrease in value compared to 1Q18 (5,085 deals worth USD 943.5bn).
  • Large cross-border deals, which propelled M&A activity in the past five years, have almost disappeared. Only nine mega deals (above USD 10bn) have been struck so far this year, down from 14 in 1Q18.  All but two, Newmont’s acquisition of Canada-based Goldcorp for USD 12.8bn and Saudi Aramco's acquisition of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) for USD 70.4bn were the result of US-based corporates taking out competitors in their home market.
  • Cross border M&A accounted for only 30.8% global M&A in 1Q19 (USD 246.9bn) compared to 38-40% on average between 2015 and 2018. Outbound M&A from China and Hong Kong was particularly subdued, reaching its lowest level since 3Q14, at USD 12.1bn over 56 deals in 1Q19. In Europe, only 17 deals were struck by acquirers from China and Hong Kong for a total value of USD 2.3bn, the lowest quarterly value recorded since 4Q13.
“With pockets of consolidation in some particularly hot sectors, vigorous private equity activity and a healthy domestic deal flow in the US should give hope to dealmakers for the rest of 2019,” commented Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket.

Japan M&A Forum 2019

10 April 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

Our 3rd annual Mergermarket Japan M&A Forum returns to Tokyo in April 2019 for a full day of engaging and insightful conversations on the M&A trends, challenges, and outlook shaping the corporate agenda in Japan. Expert panels and networking opportunities with M&A thought leaders make this an event not to be missed.

M&A Market Briefing: China and Hong Kong

26 March 2019

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Mergermarket and Merrill DatasiteOne are pleased to jointly present M&A Market Briefing: China and Hong Kong.
Investor confidence remains relatively strong toward China and Hong Kong. While deal values and volumes posted marginal annual declines of 1% each, both markets avoided much deeper downtrends amid China’s trade tensions with the US and economic growth uncertainties at home.
You can now download this special infographic newsletter that looks at trends and insights shaping dealmaking in the region as 2019 unfolds:
  • M&A market landscape in China and Hong Kong
  • Foreign inbound deals and the shifting interest among buyers from North America and Europe
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions and their contribution to the market
  • Healthcare spotlight: an inside look and analysis of investment trends into China and Hong Kong’s healthcare and life sciences industry

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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.


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