November 26, 2018

The Monthly M&A Insider - November 2018

M&A value reached US$3.05trn during the first 10 months of 2018, putting it in position to surpass the totals of each of the last two years.

  • Deals targeting companies in North America represented about 58% of the global total by value in October. That figure more than triples the percentage of any other global region.

  • Deal value in Europe represented a meager 15.8% of the global total in October, narrowly trailing Asia-Pacific (minus Japan), which had 16.2% of the total.

  • The two top performing sectors in October were Technology & Energy and Mining & Utilities. IBM’s US$32.5bn acquisition of software provider Red Hat is the year’s largest tech deal, to date.

  • The energy industry is seeing natural gas prices that have spiked to a four-year high just ahead of the winter heating season and with supplies in storage as their lowest level since 2005.

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