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Japanese deal value reaches highest annual total on record
M&A deals targeting Japanese firms totaled US$109.1 billion in value, the highest annual value on Mergermarket record (since 2006). A large proportion of the overall deal value was due to the largest transaction of the year, telecoms firm NTT’s US$40.4 billion acquisition of a 33.8% stake in mobile provider DoCoMo¬.
Semiconductor M&A value sets record annual total in 2020
Global semiconductor dealmaking totaled US$139 billion in 2020, the highest of any year on Mergermarket record (since 2006), topping the previous record of US$129.8 billion in 2016. This massive total was boosted by the US$38.5 billion bid for ARM by NVIDIA, as well as the US$35.6 billion Advanced Micro Devices/Xilinx deal.
Latin America M&A value hits record low in 2020
A total of US$61.8 billion in M&A value was announced in 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean—the lowest annual value on Mergermarket record (since 2006). The largest deal of the region was a corporate restructuring deal that saw energy firm Cosan consolidate two of its corporate entities into one holding group in a US$10.5 billion deal.
Global middle market deal activity reaches seven-year low
In 2020, the number of deals in the middle market (between US$5 million and US$99 million) reached the lowest point since 2013. There were 7,381 deals across the year, the lowest annual figure since 2013 which saw 7,366 transactions in that size bracket.
Inbound deal value in India sets record high
There were 185 inbound cross-border transactions in India in 2020, worth US$49.1 billion in aggregate. This represents the highest total value of any year on Mergermarket record (since 2006). The two largest deals of the year were both investments in internet service provider Reliance Jio—Facebook invested US$5.7 billion in April, while Google invested US$4.5 billion in July.
Financial services strikes highest M&A value since 2015
Global M&A value in the financial services sector came to US$379 billion in 2020—the highest annual total since 2015, which saw US$488.2 billion in aggregate deal value. The largest deal of the year was a merger between two UK insurance firms. The US$35.6 billion deal, which is still pending approval by regulators, will sees Aon take over Willis Towers Watson.
German PE activity hits highest value since 2007
Germany saw its highest level of private equity deal value in over a decade in 2020. A total of US$50.4 billion in PE-related transactions were struck in 2020, more than any other year since the US$52.8 billion worth of PE deals in 2007. This total was boosted by one of the largest ever buyouts in Europe, the sale of ThyssenKrupp’s elevators unit for US$18.8 billion.
EMU M&A in China sets new quarterly value record
Chinese M&A in the energy, mining and utilities sector in Q3 of 2020 was by far the highest of any quarter since 2006, with a total of US$105 billion in activity. The largest deal of the sector was PetroChina’s sale of a number of pipeline assets for US$49.1 billion.
UAE M&A value in Q1-Q3 2020 sets new record
Deal activity in the United Arab Emirates totaled US$35.7 billion in the first three quarters of 2020. This is already higher than any annual total since 2006. This was due to a US$20.3 billion deal between ADPower and TAQA and ADNOC’s US$10.1 billion sale of a stake in its pipeline assets to a consortium of investors.
Megadeal volume reaches highest quarterly total since Q4 2015
There were 33 megadeals (US$5 billion or larger) in the third quarter of 2020. This is the highest quarterly total since Q4 2015. The largest of these was PetroChina’s US$49.1 billion sale of infrastructure assets.
Latin America and the Caribbean deal value reaches record low in Q1-Q3 2020
M&A value in the first three quarters totaled US$29.9 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean—this was the lowest total for the Q1-Q3 period of any year on Mergermarket record (since 2006).
UK M&A in the first three quarters rises YOY
UK M&A in the first three quarters of 2020 totaled US$152.5 billion. This is a 23% rise on the same period the year before, even as volume dropped 35% to 728 transactions.
Semiconductor M&A value reaches highest quarterly total in Q3 2020
Semiconductor M&A in the third quarter totaled US$62.45 billion. This is the highest quarterly total on Mergermarket record (since 2006), due in large part to NVIDIA’s US$38.5 billion bid for UK semiconductor firm ARM.
Cross-border M&A fell to the lowest quarterly volume since 2013
There were 1190 cross-border transactions in the first quarter of 2020, a 29% decline on Q4 2019. This was also the lowest quarterly total since the second quarter of 2013.
China M&A volume drops to lowest quarterly total since Q3 2013
There were 247 deals targeting Chinese companies in the first quarter of 2020, a 51% drop below the previous quarter and the lowest of any quarter in over eight years, when 246 transactions were recorded in Q3 2013.
French domestic M&A hits highest quarterly value in eleven quarters
French domestic M&A totaled US$12.7 billion, more than double the previous quarter, and the highest total value since Q2 2017. This was mainly due to a single large deal, the US$10 billion merger between payments companies Worldline and Ingenico. The deal is still pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.
US outbound cross-border PE reaches third highest value on record
The first quarter of 2020 saw US outbound cross-border private equity activity total US$50.6 billion. This represents not only a 61% quarter-on-quarter increase, but was also the third-highest quarterly value on record. The largest of these deals was the US$18.8 billion carve-out of industrial group Thyssenkrup’s elevators unit.
Telecoms M&A rises quarter on quarter
Telecoms M&A totaled US$16.1 billion in the first quarter 2020, a small 1% rise on the previous quarter—the second quarter in a row which saw an increase in value. The largest transaction of the quarter was the US$3 billion sale of internet service provider Deutsche Glasfaser to Swedish PE firm EQT and Canadian pension fund OMERS.
UK M&A reaches highest value of any quarter in over two years
M&A targeting UK companies reached US$62.6 billion in total in the first quarter of 2020, a 77% quarter-on-quarter rise and the highest total of any quarter since Q2 2018. This was mainly due to one deal, insurance group Aon’s US$35.6 billion takeover bid for Willis Towers Watson.
German M&A value reaches highest quarterly value in eleven quarters
The first quarter of 2020 saw total deal activity targeting German companies reach US$55.5 billion, the highest of any quarter since Q3 2013, which recorded deal value totaling US$63 billion. The largest of these deals was the US$18.8 billion carve-out of industrial group Thyssenkrupp’s elevators unit by a PE consortium led by Cinven and Advent.