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U.S. retail and consumer deal insights: overview of 2014 and outlook into 2015

Deals in the U.S. Retail and Consumer (R&C) sector boasted another strong year in 2014 with an increase in both transaction volume and value over 2013 figures.

2014: a year in review

According to PwC’s recent report US Retail and Consumer Deal Insights: 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Outlook, 2014 saw a total transaction value surpassing the $100 billion mark for the second year in a row, setting a new five-year high largely due to several mega-deals and an extremely active Q3-2014.

Both deal value and deal volume exceeded 2013 values with deal volume up 13% … Continue Reading

M&A in the media and entertainment industry: going over the top

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

PWC predicts moderate growth in Canadian M&A

In its Q2 2014 Capital Markets Flash: Canadian M&A Deals Quarterly, PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts moderate growth in Canadian economy in the next year and a half. It predicts the rate of real economic growth in 2015 to be 2.5% compared to 2.2% in 2014 and 2.0% in 2013; it projects that government spending will increase 1.5% in 2015, compared to 1.0% and 0.4% in 2014 and 2013, respectively; and it anticipates that the biggest change will be in business investment growth, which is anticipated to be a significant 4%, compared to 1.5% in 2014 and 1.4% in 2013. 

In the … Continue Reading

Q3-2013 Canadian M&A activity: the results are in

The results are in for Q3-2013 Canadian M&A and the outlook is decidedly mixed. While Q3 M&A activity rose sharply on a value basis as compared to Q2-2013, Q3 volume was down from last quarter and overall 2013 M&A remains in a slump at the lowest levels in nearly a decade.

Mergermarket’s Canadian M&A trend report highlighted some less than ideal statistics for the Q1-Q3 period, stating that M&A activity during the period actually fell to the lowest levels since Q1-Q3 2004 and was down 34.6% from the same period in 2012. However, it went on to indicate that so … Continue Reading

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