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Global buyout activity reaches a peak
Private equity buyout activity enjoyed a banner year in 2017. A focus on the top performers and high quality assets pushed overall value to a post-crisis record, while volume reached a record high: US$511.66 billion from a total of 3,283 deals.
TMT leads the sector league table in Q4
TMT topped the value chart for the final quarter of the year. Walt Disney’s US$68.4 billion takeover of Twenty-First Century Fox pushed up fourth quarter deal value to US$168.3 billion.
Food subsector drives consumer M&A
The consumer: food sub-sector reached its highest annual deal value on record in 2017. A total of 657 deals were recorded, while a deal value of US$98.43 billion rebounded 82 percent compared to 2016.
Industrials & Chemicals the most active sector in Q4
Technology firms are making their presence felt in the industrials and chemicals sector. A flurry of deals between the two sectors in Q4 resulted in total deal count reaching 870 deals.
Italian outbound M&A reaches post-crisis high
Italian bidders are investing their highest sums in M&A since the financial crisis. A total of US$63 billion spent across 386 deals marked a 79 percent increase compared to 2016’s value.
Chinese firms remain acquisitive despite tightened regulation
In keeping with 2016, China ranked second after the US as a global bidder in 2017, both by value and volume. However with a total deal value of US$419.9 billion, its share in global M&A value decreased from 16 percent to 13 percent year-on-year.
Energy, mining & utilities take the top spot in 2017
For the first time since 2014, energy, mining & utilities topped the sector value chart with a total of US$543.6 billion-worth of announced deals. A rallying oil price signals a bright year ahead for dealmaking in the sector.
Israel M&A hits all-time high
On the back of strong activity within the industrial and chemicals and TMT sectors, M&A deal value targeting Israeli firms soared to US$23.99 billion in 2017. Deal volume also reached a record high of 102 deals.
Global mega-deal value slides from record, yet remains high
While 96 megadeals worth US$1.2 trillion did not reach 2015’s high, it did register the fourth highest annual value for this deal bracket since 2007.
Mid-market activity remains robust
A total of 8,363 deals with a disclosed value worth US$1 trillion represent a slight 1 percent increase compared to 2016’s value.
Transportation M&A changes gear
The global transportation sector recorded both its highest deal value and volume on record in 2017, with a total of 613 deals worth US$130.6 billion recorded.
US M&A targeting Western Europe sets new record
Renewed growth and attractive valuations are attracting US firms to Western Europe. A total of 726 deals worth US$224.8 billion announced in 2017 reached the highest annual value on record.
UK deal volume steadily climbs to post-crisis high
Dealmakers looking at the UK have not let the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit deter them. Deal volume targeting UK firms has increased consecutively over eight years – since the financial crisis – to reach 1,536 deals in 2017.
Norwegian buyout activity reaches a peak in 2017
Relative political stability and a range of attractive assets across sectors is drawing buyout firms to the country. A total of 43 transactions worth US$6.22 billion represents the highest annual volume on record.
Spain delivers the highest deal value in Western Europe during Q4
A host of mega-deals caused Spain to overtake the UK in terms of deal value during the fourth quarter. Spanish firms attracted a post-crisis record value of US$55.85 billion across 93 deals over the quarter.
Energy is Q3’s top sector by value
Energy, mining and utilities beat industrials and chemicals to secure the top spot in Q3, having attracted 299 deals worth US$131.85 billion. Activity was driven by a series of bumper deals such as Sempra’s US$9.45 billion agreement to acquire Energy Futures Holdings and Total’s US$7.45 billion plan to take over Denmark's Maersk Oil
Healthcare private equity on track for record 2017
With 334 announced deals worth US$77.85 billion, healthcare private equity value in 2017 has already overtaken the previous year’s total
Transport M&A reaches post-crisis high in Q3
A flurry of summer activity resulted in the global transportation sector hitting its highest quarterly value since 2009
China outbound M&A value stages gradual recovery
Following a dip in activity in Q1, China outbound deal value has consistently increased throughout 2017. Deal value reached US$45.6 billion in Q3, up 21% from Q2