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 — Q2, 2015

Quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the global forest, paper and packaging (FPP) industry for the first quarter (Q2) of 2015.

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: Third-quarter 2015 oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Third Quarter Energy M&A Value Skyrockets Fueled by the Ongoing Upcycle in the Midstream Segment Mega-Deals.

US Health Services Deals Insights - 2015 update

The year is off to a rapid start with deal volume and disclosed value up 19% and 92%, respectively, in Q1 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014. The most notable sectors were Managed Care, Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation, Physician Practice, and Private Equity while Home Health, Hospitals, and Labs, MRI, & Dialysis lagged behind.

Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly

Deal activity remained strong from the prior quarter as there was over $105 billion in announced and pending deals suggesting robust M&A activity may continue into 2015. As companies complete deals, integration becomes critical to achieving synergies. In this publication, we explore some of the methods being used to maximize synergies in the R&D function. Additionally this quarter's report's market spotlight looks at how Canada is essential to the development of future IP for companies within the industry. Canada has focused on becoming one of the most cost-effective countries for clinical development among the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations.

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: 2015 industrial manufacturing industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Global industrial manufacturing M&A activity shows continued strength in the third quarter.

Chemical compounds: 2015 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

The chemicals sector saw strong growth in merger and acquisition value during the third quarter of 2015 when compared to the previous quarter.

Engineering growth: 2015 engineering & construction industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Deal value increases in the third quarter for the engineering and construction sector.

Forging ahead: 2015 metals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

M&A value in the metals industry jumps in the third quarter with megadeals.

Intersections: 2015 transportation & logistics industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Despite a decline in deal volume in 3Q15 compared to the previous quarter, average deal value has continued to increase in each of the last four quarters. Both, total deal value and average deal value for the year-to-date are up over 40% and 50% respectively, compared to the prior period.

Mission control: 2015 aerospace & defense industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

2015 will be a record year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector. The announced deal value for third quarter (3Q15) alone exceeds the deal-making value for any full year on record for this sector.

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: 2015 mergers & acquisitions report

Renewable transactions drove deal activity this quarter, and continue to drive investor interest in the space, though there is broader interest in deals across the industry landscape.

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.