April 06, 2018

March 2018 M&A Insider

Merrill Corporation is pleased to present the Monthly M&A Insider for March 2018, exploring the global M&A market with respect to the numbers, movements and trends that marked February M&A activity.

Dealmaking in February saw value totals comparable to the same month last year, but far fewer deals. Overall, there were 914 deals worth US$183.7bn – but a 35.5% decline in volume year-on-year (1,419 deals worth US$186.4bn). Meanwhile, global cross-border deals in February saw a 34% drop versus the same period in 2017. However, domestic deals saw an 18.1% surge worth US$125.8bn.

Key highlights within the March 2018 M&A Insider:

  • Top sector: Energy, Mining & Utilities accounting for 15.9% of market share by value followed by the Consumer sector with 14.9% of global market share
  • Region Breakdowns: North America with the largest market share by value (45.3%), APAC (excluding Japan) posting the second-highest value on Mergermarket record (since 2001)
  • Private equity continues to post a strong performance with an increase of 68.3% when compared against the same period last year

Download your copy of the March 2018 Monthly M&A Insider today.

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