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Megadeal value and volume surge in the first quarter of 2019
The first quarter of 2019 saw a 128% quarter-on-quarter rise in deal value to US$439.2 billion and a 37% increase in volume to 26 deals.
The Middle East region had its best ever quarter on record in Q1 2019
US$92 billion in transaction value was recorded across 59 deals, 86% above total deal value in the entirety of 2018. This was mainly due to one deal, the US$70 billion acquisition of SABIC, a Saudi state-owned chemicals firm SABIC by oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco.
In Q1 2019, financial services M&A had its best quarter since the end of 2017
Registering US$102.3 billion in deal value, financial services recorded its best start to a year since 2007. This was due to larger deals being struck, as volume was substantially lower: there were only 259 deals in Q1 2019, compared to the 408 deals totalling US$148.49 billion in Q4 2017.
Brexit worries could be taking their toll on UK M&A
Anxiety around Brexit seems to be weighing on UK M&A. Only 256 deals were recorded in the first quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly volume figure since Q4 2011. Value fell quarter on quarter to US$35.2 billion, the lowest total since Q2 2016, which registered US$20 billion in deal value.
Three years of megadeals push media M&A to new heights
In the last three years, megadeals in the media industry—namely the US$105.2 billion AT&T/Time Warner deal in 2016, the USD$84 billion Disney/Fox deal in 2017, and the US$51.5 billion Comcast/Sky deal last year—have pushed total deal value in the sector to the three highest annual totals since the 2008 financial crisis. While Q1 2019 is lower, there are a number of deals in the pipeline.
Record year for private equity in the tech sector and 2019 is on course to beat it
In 2018, private equity activity in the technology sector reached its highest annual total value on record. There were 1,270 deals worth US$217.4 billion recorded, a 13% increase in volume and a 69% annual rise in value. So far in 2019, the first quarter has logged 245 deals worth US$45.1 billion, meaning value has risen 28% compared to the same period last year.
Energy, mining and utilities is top value sector in Q3 2018
The sector raised US$199.45 billion in Q3 2018—51% more than second-placed sector technology, media and telecommunications.
Industrials and chemicals is the top volume sector in Q3 2018
There were 795 deals in the industrials and chemicals sector in Q3 2018. TMT came in second with 719 and business services was third with 486 deals.
Cross-border media deals hit a record high in 2018
With a quarter of the year still to go, cross-border media deals have pulled in US$60.77 billion, the highest haul on record.
Cross-border deal value into Africa rises in Q3 2018
Inbound deal value into Africa increased by 182% quarter on quarter and 116% year on year with the industrials and chemicals and consumer sectors taking the lion share of the total.
Mining hits a rich vein with highest M&A value since 2014
With a quarter still to go, the mining sector has yielded its highest M&A value in four years. Currently standing at US$21.8 billion, the figure is 63% higher than the whole of 2017.
Canada outbound deals heat up in Q3 2018
Cross-border M&A out of Canada has hit its highest quarterly total since Q3 2016. There was US$39.7 billion-worth of outbound M&A in Q3, with much of the value concentrated in the energy, mining and utilities sector.
Cross-border insurance M&A soaring in 2018
Insurance deals between different regions have reached their highest point since 2016, with a quarter still to go. So far, 2018 has seen M&A worth US$34.5 billion, a 64% increase year on year.
Australia bids big in Q3 2018
Australia had its highest value quarter as bidder since Q1 2017. The combined domestic and cross-border total was US$32.09 billion—a quarter-on-quarter increase of 423%.
Spain reaches 10-year M&A record
After several slow years, Spain has recorded its highest value total since 2008—with a quarter of the year still to go. Currently standing at US$90.4 billion so far, the total is already 89% ahead of last year.
Private equity looks to Latin America in Q3 2018
Private equity activity in Latin America hit a peak in Q3 2018. Combined buyout and exit activity was at its highest point in two years with US$5.37 billion-worth of deals.
Global M&A soars to post-crisis high in H1
A total of US$1.01 trillion was spent across 3,934 deals in Q2 – the highest quarterly value since Q4 2016.
Private equity reaches post-crisis peak
Global PE activity continued its post-crisis bull run in Q2, with a total of US$147.6 billion spent across 728 buyouts.
TMT ranks top of global value chart in Q2
A total value of US$233.7 billion accounted for 23% of global M&A value.