February 09, 2023 | Report
In partnership with Mergermarket, an Acuris company
Warnings of a recession may yet come to pass, but 2022 delivered a softer economic landing than many commentators feared. M&A activity across the Americas – though a far cry from the 2021 boom – is sustaining pre-pandemic levels, offering some sunshine despite slower growth and high inflation.
In Deal Drivers: Americas FY 2022 we unpack the trends from this ‘aftermath’ year, to help you judge where the deal tide may turn next. Datasite’s report, produced in partnership with Mergermarket, analyzes the year’s done deals while looking ahead at opportunities in the pipeline, to give the clearest possible sense of direction.
A temperamental M&A market
The big fall has been in deal value, down 38% year-on-year – whereas volume has held much steadier, and in fact is 37% higher than in 2019. Despite a 41% decline by value, TMT remains by far the strongest sector, with Pharma, medical & biotech a distant second by value, and business services by volume. Private equity has followed a similar path, with value collapsing but volume holding up. Exits are down – and yet the three PE deals in the US were all exits – highlighting the market’s current temperamental mood.
Now that inflation seems to have peaked, and with both spending and the job market showing unexpected resilience, there are hopeful signs of returning stability. But there is still some distance to the end of the tunnel – read our full analysis to gain your own insights into what’s ahead.
Analyze the year’s deal activity across the Americas in all the major sectors:
If you like to keep track of M&A worldwide, check out our other Deal Drivers reports from EMEA and APAC for a truly global picture.
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