Global M&A Activity

Merrill M&A Activity ST PAUL, MN – Based on the Mergers and Acquisition activity in Europe, Asia North America, Middle East and Africa, Merrill Datasite reported:

Deal value and the number of deals both decreased in April to $71.9 billion on 233 deals.  May was up 302 deals with an aggregate value of $93.4 billion USD.  Technology Media and Telecoms (TMT) lead the deal count while Utilities Mining and Energy lead deal value.

Latin American has had 197 deals year to date accounting for $48.2 billion USD, relatively slow for mid way through Q2.  Transactions in Chile, Argentina and Brazil account for 147 deals with a value of 41.1 Billion USD.

Asia is still reeling from a slow global economy drooping deal activity by twenty eight percent since April with just 156 deals.  The value of the deals took even a bigger percent decline to $18.7 billion USD down 60%.

In Europe private equity exits look more like a jail break than orderly financial moves. Silver Lake Partners stands to collect 2.9 billion when they sold Skype to Microsoft for 8.5 billion and Avista Capital Partners sold Nycomes A/S to Takeda Pharmaceuticals with a deal value of $13.7 billion USD. The top Euro deal was VW purchase of a majority stake in MAN Truck and Bus for a cool $16.2 billion USD.

Business deal slowed for the 4th month in a row in both volume and value, in the Middle East countries and Africa. Value decreased 416% and volume 66.7% April to May with only $660 million USD across 12 deals.