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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
Singapore deal value spikes on back of mega-deal
The country attracted 26 deals worth US$18.75 billion in Q3, including the largest Asian buyout of the year in Q3: the US$16 billion buyout of Global Logistics Properties by a Chinese consortium
Consumer M&A drops following Q1 spike
The consumer sector generated 454 deals worth US$41.4 billion in Q3 – its lowest quarterly value since Q4 2013
China M&A into US drops to pre-2016 levels
Despite overall Chinese outbound M&A climbing, deal activity targeting the US remained low in Q3. Stricter regulatory controls meant that just 11 deals worth US$1.7 billion changed hands
UK retains European M&A dominance in Q3
The UK continued to lead the Western European M&A table in Q3, both by value and volume. A total of 325 deals worth US$44.2 billion were announced
Canada climbs global top bidder list in Q3
Canada secured third place in the top global bidder table in Q3, behind the US and China. Canadian dealmakers secured 80 transactions worth US$25.4 billion outside their borders in Q3
TMT value climbs in 2017 yet is unable to beat 2016’s record
Although not reaching the record value seen in 2016, TMT M&A value has steadily increased throughout the year to reach US$120.7 billion in Q3
Asia inbound M&A soars in Q3
Asian inbound M&A has reached its third highest quarterly value on record. Activity was driven by private equity deals which accounted for over a third of total value
Japanese inbound M&A value spikes in Q3
Deal value from international firms into Japan jumped to US$12.4 billion in Q3 – the second highest quarterly value on record. The increase can be attributed to Toshiba’s US$10.6 billion sale of its microchip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital - the highest PE buyout of a Japan-based target on record
Industrials and chemicals maintains its dominance by volume
Industrials and chemicals continues to generate the highest number of deals globally, with 718 deals worth US$101.6 billion targeting the sector in the third quarter. The sector has consistently led the volume tables throughout 2017