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Statistics Canada announcement fuels interest rate speculation

Statistics Canada’s June 30, 2015 announcement regarding the nation’s economic results for the month of April, measured in terms of national Gross Domestic Product, has many bankers and financial institutions predicting another Bank of Canada interest rate cut sometime during 2015. Although real GDP fell by only 0.1% in April, the decrease marks a fourth … Continue reading

Oil & gas M&A activity in Q1 2015: review and outlook

According to PWC’s First-quarter 2015 oil & gas industry mergers and acquisitions analysis report, mergers and acquisitions activity in the oil and gas industry stalled in the first quarter of 2015. The large swing in oil prices over the past 10 months has been a major factor in continued low deal volumes with 39 oil … Continue reading

Foreign investors eye Canadian companies

Canadian companies are becoming increasingly attractive to American and European companies as targets of foreign investment according to a recent article from the Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, published within the June edition of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. The Lexpert article states that both U.S. and U.K.-based investors … Continue reading

A mixed bag for global M&A activity in April 2015

Mergermarket published its M&A Monthly Insider for May of 2015 earlier this week, summarizing M&A activity around the world, and particularly in the regions of North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan. To date in North America, there have been 1,516 deals worth US $407.2 billion. April 2015 … Continue reading

Emerging opportunities in energy M&A

Duff & Phelps recently released their May 2015 Mergermarket Report entitled Energy: Turning Volatility Into Opportunity. In it, they address the elephant in the room – namely, the recent fluctuations in the oil and gas industry. Five executives from different industry sectors were interviewed about the effect of current economic conditions on their business. Although … Continue reading

M&A in Canada’s clean tech and energy innovation sector

The decrease in the price of oil and resulting available capital may create a surge of investment in cleantech, renewable energy and electricity in Ontario, and Queen’s Park appears to be doing all that it can to aid this East-bound capital flight. The Liberal government’s much publicized plan to liberalize the electricity sector and privatize … Continue reading

M&A in Q1 2015: the results are in

The Mergermarket Group has published its Monthly M&A Insider – April 2015 report outlining trends and developments in M&A activity worldwide for the first quarter of 2015. In North America, M&A activity continued on the upward trend set in 2014. The first quarter saw 1,116 deals valued at US $338.8 billion, which was a 11% … Continue reading

Corporate split-ups expected to rise

Mergermarket, in association with RR Donnelley, has recently released the March edition of its Venue Market Spotlight (VMS) publication, presenting an overview of a study conducted on market participants’ expectations for corporate breakups in the near term. Corporate breakups or demergers, usually carried out in Canada by means of a statutory plan of arrangement or … Continue reading

Positive outlook for Canadian M&A despite market volatility

The past year witnessed the highest volume of deal activity in Canada in the last five years. However, recent challenges may result in some uncertainty in the dealmaking environment of 2015. The predictions of 50 leading Canadian executives were gathered in interviews commissioned by Citi and conducted by Mergermarket. This study, entitled “Charting the course: … Continue reading

Bright future predicted for mid-market M&A

MergerMarket Group recently published a research report that presents the expectations of 50 industry experts based in the US and Canada on North American mid-market M&A activity. The report paints a promising picture for mid-market M&A opportunities over the next year buoyed by the increasing activity of private equity firms, cross-border deal flow along with ample … Continue reading

M&A trend summary: H2 2014

MergerMarket Group recently published its January edition of Monthly M&A Insider which reported on mergers and acquisitions activity around the world during the second half of 2014. Among other things, the report explains why 2014 was so hospitable to M&A activity, citing an improving economy, large cash reserves, low interest rates, and cheap financing as … Continue reading

M&A growth predictions for 2015

Forbes contributor, Michael Schwerdtfeger, recently commented that “2014’s dynamic merger & acquisition market is galloping right into 2015.” Citing various sources, he notes that 2014 was the strongest year for deal-making since at least 2008, with a 47% increase over last year. The overall value of deals in North America grew by nearly 55% due … Continue reading

Looking back on 2014: regional trends in global M&A

A look back on deal activity in 2014 undertaken by Mergermarket in its December 2014 Monthly M&A Insider reveals that North America dominated global deal value last year, hosting 48.1% of the value. Europe was next, with 27.3% of global deal value, but surpassed North America, dominating the global M&A scene in terms of deal … Continue reading

More and bigger: Global and North American M&A market update

The 2014 trend of high value deals continues, according to a recently released Mergermarket Monthly M&A Insider report on global M&A activity. Through the month of October, the aggregate value of deals worldwide for the year has surpassed the last year’s total. Volume, on the other hand, still has some way to go before matching … Continue reading

Small-cap deals will dominate as M&A in power and utilities sector reaches new heights

Increasing investor confidence is fuelling small-cap M&A activity in the power and utilities (P&U) sector, EY reports. The EY Capital Confidence Barometer Report predicts that nearly three quarters of deals taking place over the course of the next 12 months will have values below USD $250 million, and that the P&U sector will see more … Continue reading

The effect of government privatization on global M&A

RR Donnelly released the August edition of its Venue Market Spotlight, entitled Government Privatizations and M&A. In the report, a high-level summary of a survey of experts, RR Donnelly speaks to the effect that government asset sales and other forms of privatization are having on global M&A activity. The report forecasts that government privatization will become … Continue reading

M&A activity in renewable power sector signals growing optimism about viability of renewables

At the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala this past weekend, the High Commissioner of India to Canada, Nirmal Vermal spoke enthusiastically about India’s interest in promoting renewable power development, and also indicated that India would draw from the experiences of countries such as Canada to inform its renewable policy decisions. Mr. Vermal’s comments are … Continue reading

M&A 2013 trend report: into Q1 2014 like a lamb

2013 started off slowly with a downturn in Q1, and Q4 brought the year to a close with mixed results. M&A activity in Canada resulted in 567 deals valued at US $71.8 billion. The year was the slowest by deal value since 2004 (US $42.3 billion); by contrast, deal count was the highest it has … Continue reading

Making sense of M&A activity in the electricity distribution market

Ontario is experiencing a slight uptick of merger activity in its electricity distribution utilities market. In April 2013, Hydro One Inc. (Hydro One) entered into an agreement with Norfolk County to acquire 100% of Norfolk Power Inc., and now awaits a decision from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on whether the merger has been approved. … Continue reading

Q2 2013 M&A Trends

Canadian M&A Q2 2013 results have not provided the desired relief from lacklustre Q1 results. However, while not much of the lost ground was gained, the sharp decline in M&A activity experienced in the first three months of 2013 appears to have subsided. According to Bloomberg’s recently published M&A Rankings, these results are in line … Continue reading
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