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2019 M&A activity off to a strong start in financial services

M&A activity in the financial services sector has opened with a solid start. According to a KPMG quarterly update, the Q1 2019 report is the second highest than any other quarter since 2016 by deal volume. This positive start to the year suggests that the 11 percent increase in transaction volume last year may continue to surge. For both domestic and foreign buyers, the Canadian financial services sector continues to be an attractive investment. A robust Canadian M&A market is expected for the remainder of 2019 due to low-cost debt financing and supportive debt markets. KPMG has identified these … Continue Reading

Fintech is thriving! Global investment more than doubles in 2018

KPMG recently published its “Pulse of Fintech” report on global investment in fintech for H2 2018. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Global investment in fintech companies hit $111.8B in 2018 (with 2,196 deals), more than doubling global fintech investment in 2017. This was partly due to a small number of mega deals.
  • In the Americas, 2018 fintech investment hit $54.5B across 1,245 deals.
    • At $52.5B (up from $24B in 2017), investment in United States fintech companies made up the vast majority, mainly driven by a strong number of $100M plus mega deals.
    • Canada’s fintech market remained steady in
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Beware the zombie invasion (stock exchange edition)

On September 18, Deloitte released a new report which outlines a roadmap for the competitive business climate in Canada. Included in the report is a warning that “Canada may have a zombie problem.” Luckily, Deloitte isn’t raising concern about hordes of flesh-eating undead, but rather the relatively large number of “zombie companies” that exist on Canadian stock exchanges. The report identifies “zombie companies” as those who do not have enough earnings to cover their interest payments and found that out of the 2,274 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, 16% could be considered “zombies” … Continue Reading

Quebec opens its door to InsurTech: opportunities to grasp

The insurance industry is changing. A more digitally savvy customer base and the emergence of new technologies are reshaping the sector. Enter technology-led companies known as “InsurTechs.”

In Québec, this innovative business approach along with a substantial legislative change is expected to increase M&A transactions.

Mindful of offering a regulatory environment that is flexible and apt to respect the evolution of technologies and consumers’ needs, the province adopted Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions, on June 13, 2018. This … Continue Reading

Gauging M&A trends in agribusiness

Although the agricultural sector has largely been segmented in the past, there appears to be a continued trend of consolidation in the industry. As the global population has grown, so too has the demand for food and associated goods. But the appetite for food is changing rapidly and has fueled the rise of M&A activity. A recent report by KPMG discusses the trends driving M&A activity in agribusiness.

A notable trend involves the rise of health products, which stem from consumer desires to seek more health conscious and sustainability-focused options. The increased focus on health and sustainability has begun to … Continue Reading

Increased M&A activity predicted as insurance industry evolves

The insurance industry is an evolving landscape. The emergence of new technologies and increased competition has created pressure to innovate while casting doubt on the viability of focusing on strategies emphasizing organic growth. These factors may drive an increase in M&A activity in the insurance industry, according to a report from KPMG International.

The report, which is based on interviews with insurance executives from around the world, concludes that the majority of insurance companies are seeking M&A opportunities in an effort to deploy their capital in pursuit of transformative growth. However, these companies will likely require significant support from M&A … Continue Reading

Brace yourselves, a market crash is coming – or is it?

Global M&A activity has been off to a record start this year. The overall volume has reached nearly $2 trillion as of May 21. While some may view this increasing trend with optimism, certain investors are skeptical of its longevity.

It has not gone unnoticed that the last couple of times global M&A volume reached similar levels was in 2000 and 2007 – periods where the market cycle peaked and was followed by a crash shortly thereafter. Business Insider recently noted a consistent factor between these periods is the “overexuberance being exhibited by investors.” The market activity experienced in the … Continue Reading

Mining M&A forecast in 2018

While global economic growth has increased in the past few years, mining M&A activity has not seen a similar increase. However, a report published by KPMG on mining M&A activity during the second half of 2017 shows that business conditions appear to have improved for the mining sector. KPMG believes that mining companies’ focus on correcting their balance sheets and winning back investors have had a positive impact on their cash accounts and have given mining companies some flexibility to become more active in acquisitions. Comparing M&A activity from July to December 2017 to that of the first half of … Continue Reading

Keeping real estate on trend with RealTech

The impact of technology can be felt across virtually all sectors of the economy and real estate is no exception. In fact, technology affects all aspects of real estate from its procurement and development to its management and use. Real estate-specific technology is often aptly referred to as “RealTech”.

Explaining RealTech

The KPMG White Paper, “The Future of RealTech – Real Estate Technology: Threat or Opportunity?” defines RealTech as “technologies that impact the built environment and the real estate sector, either through business model innovation or product innovation, affecting the way we live, work and play”. The UK company, PoperteeContinue Reading

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 started to enter the marketplace. Despite market disruptions, there are a lot of opportunities for traditional insurance providers to take advantage of technological advancements

In today’s data driven world, insurance companies can use data analysis to improve operational efficiency. There is also an opportunity for … Continue Reading

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

touch-screen680x220It 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 billion), there remains plenty of opportunity to participate in the growth and unlock value.

As KMPG reports, the upward trajectory of this sector shows no signs of wilting, fueled largely by increasing healthcare costs worldwide. With this landscape in mind, Ontario presents … Continue Reading

Mining resurgence in M&A: proceed with caution

Earlier this year, KPMG released its Mining M&A Newsletter for the second half of 2016. According to the report, deal volume as well as deal value increased in the second half of 2016 due to a large North American merger. In fact, deal value more than doubled from the first half of 2016 to the second. In addition, for the first time in two years, the number of deals completed for producing assets grew significantly, also doubling its first half 2016 numbers.

For Canadian deals, it was reported that deal volume rose 16% in 2016, while deal value remained essentially … Continue Reading

Technology M&A outlook

Deal Law Wire - Norton Rose FulbrightKPMG 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 companies. Digital technologies that drove deals include internet of things (IoT), smart mobility, cloud/SaaS, big data, security, advertising and marketing technologies, connected cars, payment and financial technologies, gaming, and health care IT.

Deal value

In Q3 2016, the average value per tech M&A deal was … Continue Reading

Mining M&A for 2016: digging deeper into the numbers

As discussed in our latest update on M&A activity in the mining industry, there has been a recent and substantial rise in deal volume and value in the industry. This is exciting news for mining companies that have suffered from a sustained downward trend in M&A activity as a result of low and volatile commodity prices in addition to political and business-related barriers.

A recent report (the Report) by KPMG elaborates on this recent surge in activity, focusing on each commodity, geographical region and asset (according to their stage of development) most impacted from this increase. Certain of the … 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 capital (VC) investment trends, Venture Pulse Q4 2015. The report analyzes the latest global trends in VC investment and provides insights from both a global and regional perspective, also looking at investments in different industry sectors.

Highlights of VC investment

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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. Using these metrics, analysts predicted that the global appetite for M&A among the world’s largest companies would increase over the next twelve months, with forward P/E ratios expected to increase by 11% between June 2015 and June 2016 and companies’ capacity to transact … Continue Reading

Reflections on American M&A performance in the first half of 2015

As seen elsewhere in this blog, the volume of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2015 (H1 2015) reached near record-setting heights. According to a recent report from Deallogic, the total volume of M&A deals reached $2.28 trillion in H1 2015, second only to the $2.59 trillion recorded in the first half of 2007.

In particular, the volume of M&A deals targeting firms in the United States surpassed $1 trillion, which marks the first time any nation has eclipsed that milestone. In the second quarter of 2015 alone, the deal … Continue Reading

M&A success and the role of audit committee

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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 gauge risk in its countless forms.  With all of these changes, it was foreseeable that the scope and influence of the audit committee would expand during the M&A process and, due to the committee’s experience, would become more involved in the M&A lifecycle, from evaluating … 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 landscape in 2015:

High growth markets

Insurance M&A may get a boost from Africa, where long-term population growth, forecasted GDP growth and the potential for financial services growth through mobile technology presents opportunities.

As well, reverse deal flow (involving acquirers from high growth markets investing … 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 that accounted for 26% of global deal value and placed Canada as the top acquirer of the quarter. Gold deals also factored heavily into the last few months of 2014, followed closely by coal and iron ore.

Overall, mining M&A ended the year on … Continue Reading

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

dollar-image2The 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 rate on overnight loans between commercial banks by one-quarter of a percentage point to 0.75%. The cut was unexpected as the rate had been at 1% since September 2010, and was last cut in April 2009. The Bank of Canada said its decision … 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 an attractive growth strategy for the upcoming year since financing conditions are favourable and organic growth prospects appear to be limited. Fundamental M&A drivers such as healthy credit markets, large cash reserves and steady job growth rates are aligning and ready to light up … Continue Reading

Technology M&A on the rise in 2014

The data is in and 2014 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for M&A in the global technology sector. According to Ernst & Young, the aggregate value for technology M&A deals worldwide in the third quarter of 2014 set a new post-dotcom-bubble era record of US$73.7 billion, which is up 41% from Q2. In addition, by the end of Q3, the aggregate value for technology deals in 2014 already totaled US$192.7 billion, which is 2% higher than the total value for 2013. A new record was set since the year 2000 in Q3 for volume of deals, … Continue Reading

Mid-market deals fueling increase in Canadian M&A activity

Bureau van Dijk, a private business intelligence advisory company, in conjunction with the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, recently released its North America M&A Report for Q3 2014 which analyzed North American M&A activity valued at US$5 million to US$500 million for the period of July to September 2014. Data from the report shows that North American mid-market M&A activity for Q3 increased when compared to the same quarter of the previous year, with particularly substantial gains in Canada.

Mid-market M&A activity on the rise in Canada

Canadian mid-market M&A activity grew significantly in Q3 2014, with … Continue Reading

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