Tag archives: KPMG

Trends and opportunities in InsureTech M&A

Insurance companies have increasingly looked at technological innovation as both an opportunity to increase profit margins, and as a potential disruptive force in the industry, with some insurance executives estimating that one third of their operations may be lost to FinTech. On-demand insurance that allows a consumer to purchase insurance on an as-needed basis has … Continue reading

M&A trends and how to add value in medtech deals

It is well documented that the medical technology (MedTech) industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in North America over the past several years. In Ontario alone, there are currently 24,000 employees and over 1,300 companies working in this space. While it is quite healthy (Ontario’s MedTech exports amounted to roughly CAD $1.7 … Continue reading

Technology M&A outlook

KPMG LLP’s survey predicts M&A deal levels in 2017 will be steady from 2016, with the technology industry leading expectations for high activity. This follows from 2016’s profile for tech M&A deals, which had EY’s Global technology M&A report for Q3 2016 highlighting digital technologies as driving tech M&A deals for both tech and non-tech … Continue reading

The M&A market for venture capital-funded companies in 2016

As we enter into what has been proclaimed the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by the World Economic Forum, venture capital funded companies (VCFCs) continue to disrupt traditional markets, albeit under tightening investment activity. More recent data on this trend has been made available by KPMG International and CB Insights in their quarterly global report on venture … Continue reading

Predictions for global M&A appetite

The recently published September 2015 M&A Predictor put out by KPMG uses important indices and projections to predict the global appetite for M&A in the upcoming year. Forward P/E ratios are used by KPMG as a guide for overall market confidence and net debt to EBITDA ratios are used to indicate the future acquisition capability of companies. … Continue reading

M&A success and the role of audit committee

The role of the audit committee over the last several years continues to evolve in conjunction with the risks to business and financial reporting changes.  The traditional role of overseeing financial reporting and internal and external auditing now encompasses a much broader scope.  Today’s audit committees still maintain their central mandates but they also frequently … Continue reading

Global trends in insurance M&A

As reported in KPMG’s 2015 report on trends driving the insurance M&A landscape, strong balance sheets and continued confidence resulted in a steady flow of targeted mergers and acquisitions over the past year. Another active year for insurance industry M&A is expected. The report predicts four broad drivers of M&A activity in the global insurance … Continue reading

Copper boosts fourth quarter mining M&A activity

Although the mining industry’s struggles continue to persist, Canada maintained its dominant role in mining M&A activity in Q4 2014. According to a recent KPMG Mining M&A Quarterly Newsletter, the number of mining transactions in Q4 2014 matched that of Q3 2014; however, deal value rose by 61%, due largely to a single copper transaction … Continue reading

The falling Canadian dollar: how will it affect M&A activity in Canada?

The Canadian dollar has taken a tumble in 2015 – dropping from approximately eighty-five cents to flirting around and even below eighty cents as compared to the American dollar. Analysts are blaming not only sinking oil prices, but also the Bank of Canada’s dovish monetary policy. On January 21st, the Bank of Canada cut its … Continue reading

M&A: a leading growth strategy in 2015

The economic fundamentals that drive M&A are back at pre-crisis levels, states a new survey published by KPMG. The number of acquisitions that companies will undertake is expected to increase in 2015: 82% of respondents plan at least one acquisition and 10% anticipate 11 or more acquisitions next year. Indeed, the survey suggests M&A is … Continue reading

Golden opportunity: mining sector drives Canadian M&A revival

The latest M&A trends indicate a renaissance in the mining sector with gold activity placing Canada at the forefront, both as a top acquirer and a top target. According to a recent KPMG Mining M&A Quarterly Newsletter, global M&A activity in the mining sector soared in Q2 2014, up significantly in both deal volume and … Continue reading

Havenly acquisitions: tax inversions may contribute to M&A activity

2014 is increasingly looking like a celebratory year in Canadian M&A. Despite a mild downturn in Canadian M&A deal flow in 2013, a steady increase in high-profile transactions in 2014 suggests that M&A activity continues to gain momentum, particularly in the retail and consumer product industries. The Canadian M&A market experienced a very strong second … Continue reading
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