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M&A at a Glance (June 2015)

June 15, 2015 download PDF

Although the overall M&A market experienced mixed results in May 2015, U.S. M&A activity (measured by volume) showed great strength, increasing 54.0% to $245.07 billion, driven by marked strength in both strategic and sponsor-related volume.  Global volume also increased, driven by a 70.3% rise in global sponsor-related volume, but only by 3.7% to $439.43 billion.  Deal activity, however, as measured by the total number of global transactions, was down in May 2015; the total number of global transactions decreased 10.1% to 2,698 and the total number of U.S. transactions decreased 1.9% to 776.  Figure 1.

Telecommunications was the most active U.S. target industry by volume in May 2015 ($92.16 billion), followed by Computers & Electronics ($49.28 billion) and Healthcare ($33.81 billion).  Telecommunications volume rose primarily due to the Charter Communications/Time Warner Cable transaction.  Healthcare continues to be the most active U.S. target industry by a wide margin for the last 12 months ($445.28 billion in deal volume with Computers & Electronics the next most active U.S. target industry at $213.50 billion in deal volume).  Figure 2.

Both global and inbound U.S. crossborder activity retracted in May 2015 from their April gains.  Global crossborder volume declined by 43.4% to $123.21 billion, as did inbound U.S. crossborder volume, which declined by 76.5% to $14.87 billion.  The overall number of global and inbound U.S. crossborder deals declined by 7.9% and 9.2%, respectively, in May 2015.  Figure 1.

With respect to inbound U.S. crossborder transactions, France took the top position by deal volume ($7.86 billion), while Canada maintained its top position for the highest number of deals (34).  Switzerland took top position for outbound U.S. crossborder transactions with $48.43 billion in volume, while Canada had the highest number of outbound U.S. crossborder transactions (25).  Figure 3.
The average target and reverse break fees in May 2015 were 3.8% and 5.7%, respectively, such metrics being near to their respective annualized averages.  Figure 7.  Finally, we note that the incidence of hostile/unsolicited offers rose to 16.7% in May 2015, compared to 12.8% for the last 12 months.  Figure 12.

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