M&A Industry trends

Forward-looking analysis of the drivers of and barriers to M&A activity

Our M&A reports in a wide range of industries are essential reading for any senior executive planning to undertake a transaction. They provide detailed analysis of the key global and regional deals in each sector, including the total number and value of those deals, their rationale and the most important changes that have taken place year-on-year. They also assess the impact of current economic conditions and sector-specific trends on the M&A market, together with the immediate outlook for deal-making within each sector.

Forest, Paper & Packaging Deals Insights Quarterly Q1 2016

PwC is pleased to share with you our quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the global forest, paper and packaging (“FPP”) industry.

Strategically picking up the pace — Global Mining Deals: 2014 report

"You will see an uptick in M&A, but it will be smarter, more conservative deals and you will start to see greater use of joint ventures and strategic alliances. You aren't going to see the big dollars in riskier jurisdictions." --Brett Mattison, SVP Corporate Development Strategy and Planning, Gold Fields

Automotive M&A Insights – 2014 Mid-Year Review

After an imposing first half of 2014 (H1 2014), PwC continues to maintain a positive outlook for Automotive M&A going forward. Global cross-sector M&A volume increased 6% in the first half of 2014 compared to 2013.

Energy Deals: Fourth-quarter 2015 oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the US oil and gas industry reached the lowest levels of fourth quarter deal activity in five-years. This release provides an overview of the current outlook for M&A in the oil and gas industry.

US Health Services Deals Insights - Q1 2016 update

The first quarter of 2016 presented mixed results in deal volume and deal size across the Health Services sectors following a record breaking 2015 for mergers and acquisitions.

Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Deals Insights - Q1 2016 update

The PLS industry saw a significant decline in deal activity and volume in Q1 2016 when compared to Q4 2015. Closed deal volume decreased from Q4 from 75 to 39 transactions, with deal value decreasing from $59.4 billion to $31.6 billion.

An Appetite for M&A: How Food Companies Can Buy and Sell Their Way to Competitive Advantage

Faced with new and challenging market forces, food companies are changing their strategic approach by focusing on capabilities to drive how they organize and operate their businesses. For winning companies, this focus on capabilities is informing their growth path, including their approach mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Assembling value: Q1 2016

Driven by substantial megadeal growth (more than 284 percent as compared to 4Q15), average deal value in the industrial manufacturing sector increased to $691 million.

Chemical compounds: Q1 2016

Despite decreased activity, deal value in the chemicals sector for the first quarter of 2016 increased by more than two and half times on a year-over-year basis, bringing the average deal value up to $1.9 billion.

Engineering growth: Q1 2016

Deal activity improved in the sector in 1Q16, as volume and value increased year-over-year for the first quarter. However, both total and average value decreased in a sequential basis, with a decline of 43% in megadeal value compared to the previous quarter.

Forging ahead: Q1 2016

Deal value increased both sequentially and year over year in the metals sector in the first quarter. This growth was driven by a substantial increase in Megadeal activity and occurred despite a decline in volume over the previous quarter.

Intersections: Q1 2016

Deal value increased by 26% in the transportation and logistics sector on a year-over-year basis (rising to $37.6 billion), despite a decline in both volume and value on a sequential basis in Q1 2016.

Mission control: Q1 2016

Despite a decline in volume, deal value in the aerospace and defense sector increased more than two-fold in the first quarter of 2016. Find out how its remarkable growth was driven in part by a $5.9 billion megadeal.

US Entertainment, Media and Communications Deal Insights: 2015

Overall deal value started strong in Q1 '15 despite volume at its lowest point in two years. Although it may be too soon to tell which direction deal volumes will trend in the remainder of 2015, we remain optimistic and expect M&A will continue to be robust for the sector. And with the abandonment of one transformative Cable deal, rumors are swirling about potential deal partners. In this issue, PwC provides a summary of first quarter 2015 deal activity, megadeal activity and an outlook for key sectors.

North American power deals: Q1 2016 mergers & acquisitions report

In this quarter’s analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the power and utilities industry, we saw a large increase in volume and value of deals greater than $50 million. Learn what drove the increase.

Evolving landscape of technology deals: Semiconductor Industry Device deal trends

The recent explosion in M&A activity in the semiconductor industry follows a larger trend of increased deals in the overall Technology sector. Many of the factors affecting the overall Technology Sector such as maturing markets and associated revenue-ASP stresses have also come into play in the semiconductor sector. But a closer look shows that the specific M&A route chosen by the semiconductor companies involved in transactions varies based on three key factors: market segment focus, the growth rate of the market segment and the size of the company.