Bloomberg data show M&A up 15.9 percent
January 3, 2019

Bloomberg has this morning made available its final Q4 / FY 2018 league table reports including mergers and acquisitions. The highlights include the following.

M&A - Global

Global M&A deal volume reached US$3.9 trillion in 2018, representing a 15.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

The financial sector was the most targeted sector in 2018 with $864.7 billion in announced transactions, accounting for 22.1 percent of the total global volume for the year. AXA SA's $15.2 billion announced acquisition of XL Group Ltd was the largest deal in the financial sector this year.

Deals with announced transaction values of over $1 billion accounted for 61.2 percent of the total deal activity in 2018. The consumer, non-cyclical sector was the most sought-after for these mega-deals, contributing $548.7 billion to the total volume. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's $80.9 billion pending acquisition of Shire Plc was the largest deal both globally and in the sector.

M&A – EMEA

Deal volume for EMEA-based targets increased by 18.8 percent in 2018 to $983.8 billion year-over-year despite a decrease in deal count from the same period last year.

The financial and consumer non-cyclical sectors were the most targeted industries, accounting for approximately 42 percent of the region's overall volume. Comcast Corp's acquisition of Sky Plc for $50.7 billion was the largest deal in the region. China Three Gorges Corp's pending acquisition of EDP -Energias de Portugal SA for $28.1 billion was the second largest deal in the region.

Private Equity deals in 2018 increased by 14.0 percent compared to the same period last year with average premiums reaching 26.2 percent. The sale of Akzo Nobel NV's specialty chemical business to a consortium of acquirers for $12.5 billion was the largest private equity deal in the region.

 





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Bloomberg has this morning made available its final Q4 / FY 2018 league table reports including mergers and acquisitions. The highlights include the following.

M&A - Global

Global M&A deal volume reached US$3.9 trillion in 2018, representing a 15.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

The financial sector was the most targeted sector in 2018 with $864.7 billion in announced transactions, accounting for 22.1 percent of the total global volume for the year. AXA SA's $15.2 billion announced acquisition of XL Group Ltd was the largest deal in the financial sector this year.

Deals with announced transaction values of over $1 billion accounted for 61.2 percent of the total deal activity in 2018. The consumer, non-cyclical sector was the most sought-after for these mega-deals, contributing $548.7 billion to the total volume. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's $80.9 billion pending acquisition of Shire Plc was the largest deal both globally and in the sector.

M&A – EMEA

Deal volume for EMEA-based targets increased by 18.8 percent in 2018 to $983.8 billion year-over-year despite a decrease in deal count from the same period last year.

The financial and consumer non-cyclical sectors were the most targeted industries, accounting for approximately 42 percent of the region's overall volume. Comcast Corp's acquisition of Sky Plc for $50.7 billion was the largest deal in the region. China Three Gorges Corp's pending acquisition of EDP -Energias de Portugal SA for $28.1 billion was the second largest deal in the region.

Private Equity deals in 2018 increased by 14.0 percent compared to the same period last year with average premiums reaching 26.2 percent. The sale of Akzo Nobel NV's specialty chemical business to a consortium of acquirers for $12.5 billion was the largest private equity deal in the region.

 



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