Similarly to American M&A in the first half of 2015, the first half of 2015 was remarkably active on the global mergers and acquisitions front. According to a recent Mergermarket report, total deal value topped US$1.7 trillion. This represents an increase of 15.2% over the first six months of 2014, and only 15.4% behind the record-setting first half of 2007, when US$2.1 trillion worth of deals were completed. With 7,136 transactions, it is interesting to note that total deal volume actually decreased by 15.7% compared to the same time period last year, but higher valuations explained the market’s … Continue Reading
In the month of May 2015, global mergers and acquisition activity was calm as deal value totalled US$348.1bn, which represents an increase of 14% since April 2015 and an increase of 27% over May 2014. However, total deal volume fell 8.5% since April and 30.9% compared to May of the previous year, with a total of 984 deals. Technology, Media and Telecommunications was the most active sector in terms of value and volume of transactions, accounting for 58.5% of the month’s top 10 in terms of overall value. Much of this activity was concentrated in the US, where 8 of … Continue Reading
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
E&Y has reported that the media and entertainment (M&E) industry will experience a record high number of M&A deals in the coming year.The report surveyed executives associated with film, television, gaming, and print and digital media. Forty percent of respondents are anticipating acquisitions, with more deals in the pipeline thereafter.
Inorganic growth can be a way for companies to explore opportunities related to intellectual property, technology, new geographical markets, and content. M&A is particularly attractive in the current Canadian market. We are seeing confidence in the stability of the economy; a sign that companies may be making more … Continue Reading