PwC Capital Markets Flash

Volume 5, Issue 9 | April 26, 2012

Q1 Report: 91 days, 776 deals, $49 billion

Against a backdrop of the slowest first quarter of global M&A in ten years, Q1 2012 continued to be a busy one for Canadian dealmakers with M&A values and volumes up 24% and 7% respectively compared to the final quarter of 2011. 776 Canadian M&A transactions worth $48.7 billion were announced in Q1 2012, with domestic buying activity rising by 38%. Notable trends from the first quarter include:

  • The energy sector was the clear front runner in Canadian M&A, representing 28% of all deal value, up 90% over 2011 proportions
  • The agribusiness sector had a 15% M&A market share in Q1, placing it second among our top five targeted industries in Q1 2012
  • Activity in the real estate and mining sectors dropped when compared to 2011

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