December 17, 2018

The Monthly M&A Insider - December 2018

With a strong 11 months behind us, 2018 is shaping up to have been one of the best for M&A activity in a decade. But with the world economy facing headwinds and warnings of risk on the horizon, it's anyone's guess what is in store for 2019.

  • North American M&A deal value has already exceeded the total from last year and is on pace to surpass the 2016 total as well. Low US unemployment levels remain and GDP grew 3.5% in the third quarter, but trade disruptions are beginning to take their toll.

  • Europe - particularly the UK - is dealing with instability, which may be contributing to relatively low M&A value. With less than half the total in APAC (excluding Japan) and less than a quarter of that in North America, the situation remains highly uncertain.

  • By sector, Energy, Mining & Utilities maintains its leading position. Deal value of US$45.8bn is up 30.4% YoY, with just over half (82 compared to 148) the number of deals.

  • Global buyout value is on pace to match or outdo that of 2017, and PE firms continue to raise record amounts of capital.

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