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Indian deal volume in Q2 2022 is second highest on record
There were 173 M&A deals in India in the first three months of 2022. This is the second highest number of transactions targeting Indian firms on Mergermarket (since 2006). Only Q3 2022, which saw 199 deals, recorded more transactions.
Software PE deals hits second highest quarterly volume on record
There were 650 private equity deals in the software sector in the first quarter of 2022. This is the second highest quarterly volume total since on Mergermarket record (since 2006), after the 689 PE transactions recorded in the second quarter of 2021.
Agriculture M&A sets new value record in the first quarter of 2022
Deal activity in the agriculture industry reached US$13.3 billion in the first quarter of 2022. This was the highest of any quarter on Mergermarket record (since 2006), overtaking the prior record of US$9.7 billion in the first quarter of 2012.
Biotechnology deal activity remains strong
Although the number of transactions in the biotechnology space dropped 20% year-on-year to 97 deals, this was still well above any pre-pandemic year. Only the first three quarters of 2021 saw higher deal volume in the industry.
Canadian buyers were second most active cross-border bidders
Canadian bidders were the second biggest buyers of cross-border deals in Q1 2022. Canada was responsible for a total of US$50 billion in outbound deal activity in the first three months of 2022, more than any other country except the US.
Media PE deal value reaches highest quarterly value since Q2 2007
A total of US$20.3 billion in private equity activity took place in the first quarter in the media sector. This was the highest total value of any quarter since Q2 in 2007. This was due to the proposed US$15.3 billion acquisition of Nielsen by Brookfield Business Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital.
Q1 2022 is the third biggest quarter for Netherlands M&A in the past 10 years
There was a total of US$34.6 billion in M&A activity in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2022. This was the third biggest quarter in terms of value in the past ten years, with only Q4 of 2016 and Q3 of 2020 seeing greater total transaction value.
Global consumer M&A sets highest quarterly value record since Q1 2017
Global consumer sector M&A reached US$94 billion in Q4 2021. Not only was this the highest quarterly value since Q1 2017, but the sector was also the only one that saw total global value climb quarter on quarter throughout 2021.
Cross-border telecoms deals reach highest total quarterly value
Global cross-border M&A in the telecoms sector reached US$67.9 billion in the last quarter of 2021. This represents the highest total value of any quarter on Mergermarket record (since 2006), overtaking Q3 2020’s total of US$67.7 billion.
Mining deal value reaches highest quarterly total in nearly ten years
Deal value in the mining sector totaled US$23.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was the highest total of any quarter since Q1 2012, which saw the US$48.5 billion acquisition of Xstrata by Glencore.
Megadeal volume sets half-yearly record in H2 2021
The second half of 2021 saw 107 megadeals (transactions worth US$5 billion or more), making it the half-year period with the most deals in this price bracket on Mergermarket record (since 2006).
Outbound Australian M&A reaches highest quarterly value since Q4 2006
Outbound M&A involving Australian bidders reached US$25.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was the biggest total of any quarter since Q4 2006. The largest deal of Q4 2021 saw Australian pharmaceutical firm CSL announce a US$11.8 billion acquisition of Switzerland-based Vifor Pharma.
Chinese industrials & chemicals sector sets new volume record in Q4
A total of 173 transactions were announced in China’s industrials and chemicals sector in the last quarter of 2021, overtaking Q4 2017’s 166 deals as the strongest quarter in terms of deal volume on Mergermarket record (since 2006).
Leisure sector saw stronger M&A in H2 than H1 2021
The global leisure sector saw stronger M&A in the second half of 2021 than in the first half. A total of US$76.7 billion in deal activity was recorded in H2, compared to US$54.3 billion in H1. This was in contrast to most sectors which saw deal value drop in the second half compared the first.
Latin American M&A reaches record high volume in third quarter
M&A volume in Latin America & the Caribbean reached a quarterly high in Q3 2021. There were 239 transactions in the region over that period, overtaking the 227 deals in the fourth quarter of 2020, the previous record high (since 2006).
Global industrials & chemicals M&A value breaks quarterly record
Total value in global M&A in the industrials and chemicals sector reached US$212.4 billion. This is a new high record for the sector, overtaking the previous value record set in Q1 2019, which recorded US$208.2 billion. The largest transaction of the quarter saw Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Polestar acquired by special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Gores Guggenheim.
Domestic US M&A top previous records in just first three quarters
A total of US$1.6 trillion in domestic US M&A value was announced in the first three quarters of 2021. Already, this is more than any full-year period on Mergermarket record (since 2006). The largest transaction of the year so far has been the US$96.2 billion acquisition of Warner Media by Discovery Inc.
The UK is top target for cross-border M&A in Q3 2021
The United Kingdom recorded US$111.3 billion in inbound crossborder value in the third quarter of 2021—more than any other country or territory. The largest deal of the quarter was the acquisition of supermarket chain Morrison’s by US-based private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for US$14 billion.
Leisure sector sets new quarterly value record
Global M&A in the leisure sector set a record for highest quarterly value on Mergermarket record (since 2006) in Q3 of 2021. A total of US$61.1 billion in deal value was registered over the three-month period, topping the previous high of US$56.7 billion in Q4 2006.
Western Europe M&A value reaches decade high
A total of US$380.1 billion in M&A value was recorded in Western Europe in the third quarter of 2021, the highest quarterly value in over a decade. The last time value topped this figure was in Q2 2007 which recorded US$545 billion in total value.