Mergermarket is pleased to present Monthly M&A Insider, published in association with Merrill Corporation.
2016 may not have surpassed the record highs of last year, with 670 fewer deals and an 18.1% decrease in overall value, but it did provide plenty of trends and milestones to examine for the year ahead.
North America ended its third-highest valued year on Mergermarket record (since 2001), with deals totaling US$1.5tn. Meanwhile, Europe claimed the highest volume with 6,756 deals. Energy Mining & Utilities emerged as the top sector thanks in large part to megadeals, 11 of which were worth more than US$10bn. A five-year high in private equity buyouts and US$1.3tn in announced cross-border deals were similarly noteworthy in a year marked by political uncertainty worldwide.
Key findings include:
- Biggest deal of 2016: AT&T Inc’s high-profile acquisition of Time Warner was the largest deal of the year worth US$105bn.
- Overseas interest: China’s appetite for overseas acquisitions provided one of the leading trends of 2016, as Chinese dealmakers carried out 258 transactions worth US$185.3bn.
- Global contributors: Three of the top five deals of 2016 involved companies from different countries, including: Germany-based Bayer’s US$63.4bn bid for US-based Monsanto; US-based Qualcomm’s US$45.9bn purchase of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors; and China National Chemical’s US$45.9bn acquisition of Switzerland-based Syngenta.