Monthly M&A Insider – April 2017
25 April 2017
Global M&A value for Q1 2017 rose 8.9% versus the same period last year thanks to a number of announced megadeals. Year-over-year deal volume fell by 772 deals, however, amid concerns of geopolitical uncertainty among smaller buyers. North America held pole position as the leading destination for acquirers, witnessing a 24.5% increase in value. North America, Africa and the Middle East were the only regions to see deal values increase versus last year’s Q1 activity. Most global activity in Q1 occurred in the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector, a trend driven mainly by reorganizations by midstream companies.
Highlights from this report include:
- The first quarter of 2017 had 3,554 global deals valued as US$678.5bn, while Q1’16 had 4,326 deals worth US$622.9bn.
- Energy, Mining & Utilities tallied 293 deals worth US$163.8bn, up 90% in value when compared to Q1 of last year.
- Private equity buyouts mirrored the overall M&A trend, seeing deal values increase 9.2% to US$78.7bn while deal volume declined from 680 to 576 deals.