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?

BioFIT 2018

04 December 2018 - 09:00 am UTC

For its seventh edition, which will be taking place on December 4th and 5th 2018, in Lille (France), BioFIT will be welcoming more than 1,200 participants from 35+ countries, over 80 international speakers and hosting even more events than in previous years, widening the scope of the topics discussed.

The BioFIT partnering tool, the aim of which is to pre-organise one-to-one meetings with the participants will also for the first time be giving attendees the opportunity to find potential bioentrepreneurs with backgrounds & expertise that are particularly hard to find in this industry. Such exciting new opportunities are sure to appeal to this year’s participants!

Monthly M&A Insider - November 2018

27 November 2018

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Dealmaking continued its swift pace in October, especially in North America, despite a backdrop of political and trade disruption worldwide and volatility in commodity markets. M&A value globally reached US$3.05trn through the first 10 months of 2018, putting it on track to exceed the total of each of the last two years. Among sectors, Technology held the top position for deal value in October with US$57.4bn, followed by Energy, Mining & Utilities at US$54.5bn.

Key findings include:

  • Deals worth US$3.05trn were announced through October of this year, compared to US$3.15trn announced in all of 2017.
  • Four of the top 10 deals for October involved a target in the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector.
  • PE buyout value decreased 30% in October to US$25bn, continuing a trend of declining PE deal value also seen in Q3.

Weathering the storm: Italian M&A in 2017-H1 2018

21 November 2018

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Deal volume for Italian M&A in H1 2018 builds on record highs
Mergermarket is pleased to present Weathering the storm: Italian M&A in 2017-H1 2018, published in association with Gatti Pavesi Bianchi. This report offers valuable insights into the M&A market in Italy and the outlook for dealmakers in the coming months.
Highlights from the report include:
  • Volume and value levels this year look set to match 2017, with 286 deals worth €23.8b taking place in H1 2018.
  • M&A activity is flourishing in the region despite political and economic uncertainties, with concerns around the direction of the current government, high levels of public debt and the vulnerability of the banking sector posing potential challenges to dealmakers.  
  • MA& activity has shifted notably across sectors in terms of deal value over the past four years. with high levels of value seen across the consumer and financial services sectors during 2016/2017 and across industrials and TMT during 2014/2015. Meanwhile, the industrials and consumer sectors led the way in terms of volume over the past four years.
  • Foreign investment has driven Italian M&A in recent months, with overseas dealmakers being drawn to the country’s reputation for world-class products. However, domestic activity has also been significant, accounting for 54% of total deal volume in 2017 and 59% of total deal volume in the first half of 2018.

Investment Conference

20 November 2018 - 05:30 pm UTC

Investment Conference
Equity funding is an important element in supporting the growth of ambitious businesses. The Investment Conference organised by The Business Funding Show on Nov 13th in London provided entrepreneurs the tools to understand when to consider funding during their life cycle.

Before starting to search for funding is key to understand how much the business needs and how the funds will be used. It is also important to identify the stage the business is at in its growth cycle as this will impact the type of funding it can access. Equity financing can support a range of SMEs from start-up through to later-stage finance.

During the conference crowdfunding platforms explained how to gain traction and early customers and how crowdfunding can bring marketing opportunities.

Business angels, that are the country's largest source of investment for start-ups and early-stage businesses, discussed the right way to approach potential negotiations and to compromise between the capital and relevant expertise of an angel.
Finally, venture capital funding was debated as one of the most challenging of all equity funding options to obtain. The panellists explained how it is important to make the right pitch deck to stand out from the crowd.

Start-up and early stage businesses venture capital can help fund early growth including R&D, product development and testing or commercial trials. Once businesses has achieved profitability and cash generation, private equity firms can help drive further expansion.


Missed this event? Why not fulfil your funding wishes this Xmas and join BFS at their Christmas Networking Soiree with Funders (happening on Dec 11th at WeWork Paddington) where you can meet top investors and lenders and chat your way to business growth!
Alternatively, check out their annual flagship show BFS '19 (happening on Feb 21st at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf) – the only funding exhibition in the UK & EU – for your one-stop-shop to alternative business funding, no matter your stage or sector.


Joining forces: How to integrate start-ups into large corporates

14 November 2018

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Acquiring a start-up is becoming a popular way for large corporations to modernize internal practices, bring in technology and connect with younger customers. Integrating a start-up into a large conglomerate, however, needs to be done with care to deliver results. Corporate history is littered with examples of large corporates acquiring fast-growing start-ups, only to see them struggle post-acquisition because of misunderstandings, unrealistic expectations and cultural incompatibility.

To understand how large companies can effectively integrate fast-growing but culturally different start-ups, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Vintage spoke with three experts.

Points of discussion include:

• What are the most common points of tension between a large company and a start-up after acquisition?

• What are the biggest risks faced by both start-ups and large corporates when undertaking such transactions?

• Beyond technology, what other sectors might see start-up acquisitions in the near future?

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