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Monthly M&A Insider – March 2017

Monthly M&A Insider – March 2017

29 March 2017

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January’s strong M&A record did not carry over its momentum into February as global deal values and activities fell for the month. Meanwhile, private equity buyouts and exits have slowed down when compared to the pace of Q1 2016. Energy, Mining & Utilities experienced the most activity for any sector but also faced a 27.1% decline in value. The Consumer sector remained strong with deals such as UK-based Reckitt Benckiser’s US$17.8bn purchase of US baby formula maker Mead Johnson. Cross-border activity for February may have declined in terms of value, but still produced four out of the five top deals for the month.

Highlights from this report include:

  • February saw 843 deals valued at US$135.3bn, a 43.4% decline in value year-over-year and 591 fewer deals when compared to 2016′s 1,434 deals worth US$239.0bn.
  • The Energy, Mining & Utilities sector saw the most activity with 68 deals worth US$29.5bn, down 27.1% in value.
  • Deals in North America accounted for 56.5% of all global value, compared to 22.8% for European tie-ups and 11.2% for Asian deals (excluding those in Japan).