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.