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Global automotive M&A ends 2017 in high gear with no signs of slowing down

As seen in this recent PwC article, global automotive M&A activity was strong in 2017.  Automotive deal value increased 29.9% to $53.2b from 2016 to 2017 primarily as a result of two mega deals in the Auto-Tech sector, which PwC defines as “investments in connectivity, autonomous, electrification, ride-sharing and the software, sensors, intellectual property and other components that support these trends.”  For 2018, it is expected that investments in the Auto-Tech sector will continue to drive global automotive M&A activity.

Auto-tech deals spark M&A activity

Auto-tech deal value increased from $5.3b in 2016 to $26.7b in 2017. Further, deal volume … Continue Reading

M&A: the automotive industry’s new fuel?

Automotive technologies are evolving rapidly and impacting not only drivers’ automotive experiences but also, the automotive industry more broadly. From assistive technologies like bicycle sensors and back-up cameras to self-driving technologies, it appears that technological innovation will be critical in order for automotive companies to maintain their relevance and competitive edge in the marketplace. However, such innovation is complicated and largely outside of the auto industry’s wheelhouse. As a result, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity may be just the tool that these companies need for harnessing this innovation and competing effectively.

The automotive industry transformation

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M&A in Canada: industry revenue and profits

Expanding growth in nearly all sectors

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses its services on 6 key industry sectors and, according to a study released recently by the Globe and Mail on Canadian corporations, almost all of these sectors have seen an expansion in revenue and most have seen growth in profits during the period from 2011 to 2015. While such expansion does not on its own drive M&A activity, it is important factor for identifying trends. Industries with the greatest growth may see increased M&A activity in the future; likewise industries with prolonged under-performance may be primed for consolidation.

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M&A expectations on the rise

SkyscrapersEY has recently released the 12th edition of its annual Global Capital Confidence Barometer, a biannual survey of more than 1,600 executives of companies in 54 countries, assessing various metrics in global mergers and acquisitions. Although 2014 marked the single largest increase in M&A since the financial crisis of 2008, for the first time in five years, more than half of the respondents of the survey indicated that they are planning acquisitions in the next year, signalling recovered earnings and cash positions, or at the very least, increased optimism regarding the trajectory of markets. The survey points out … Continue Reading

Aerospace and defense M&A returns to cruising altitude

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CaptureFollowing a pullback in fiscal year 2013, deal activity in the global aerospace and defense (A&D) sector has returned to its former levels.

According to PwC’s Mission Control report for Q4 2014, the past year witnessed the total A&D deal value rebound from $14.3 billion in 2013 to $22.3 billion in 2014, which is on par with the 10-year rolling average.

Canada is a major player in the A&D sector: historically it is fifth, behind the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Germany in total revenue generated by A&D but second, behind the United States, in … 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. 

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