Analysis of deal activity in 2014 revealed a lackluster year as M&A volume and value remained near ten-year lows. Despite subdued performance, we are cautiously optimistic regarding 2015 as advanced economies continue to recover and emerging and developing economies continue to grow. Looking forward, one key driver of improved activity across modes will likely be the decline in fuel costs globally. We expect these prices to provide additional capital for more M&A.
Analysis of deal activity in 2014 revealed a significant improvement in transaction activity after a lackluster 2013, with a notable pickup in defense-related transactions. The total deal value, $22.3 billion, was slightly above the 10-year rolling average of $21.2 billion. The number of megadeals, or transactions of $1 billion or greater, doubled from 2013 and included the first defense-oriented megadeal since the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Our webcast provides insight into the impact FASB’s new consolidation standard will have on commercial and industrial companies in the automotive, communications, entertainment & media, energy, healthcare, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, retail & consumer, transportation, technology, and utility industries. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
US shale gas development continues to mature rapidly. Its momentous growth is not only altering the country’s energy mix, and impacting global energy markets. It’s also giving US manufacturing a boost through significant cost savings and job creation, according to a PwC analysis.
SEC comment letter trends for Industrial Products companies is an analysis of SEC staff comments to help executives understand key trends that are relevant to companies in the following Industrial Products sectors: Aerospace & Defense; Business & Professional Services; Chemicals; Engineering & Construction; Forestry, Paper & Packaging; Industrial Manufacturing; Metals; and Transportation & Logistics.
These webcasts will provide you with insights and analysis of recent SEC comment letter trends at an industry level. One webcast discusses trends impacting Commercial and industrial companies sectors and the other is focused on Financial services industries.
Industrial manufacturing mergers and acquisitions activity surged in the second quarter, driven by large deals. Dealmakers seeking strategic assets represented the overwhelming majority of all transactions.
The value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the engineering and construction (E&C) sector in 2Q14 surged to $67 billion from $15 billion in the prior quarter. As a result of the transactions that were involved, the average deal size rose to among the highest levels on record.
Chemicals M&A activity in the second quarter of 2014 more than doubled in value and volume when compared to the same period last year. Mid-market transactions accounted for 68% of total deal activity and over 20% of value.
The pace of transportation and logistics transactions accelerated during the second quarter, as measured by both announced value and volume. However, 2014 is not expected to set records for mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
An uptick in mega deals and the ongoing interest in divested assets and private equity backed businesses, propelled aerospace & defense M&A second quarter value to the highest quarterly total in three years.
Important megatrends, such as shifting global economic power, technological advances, and demographic changes, are identified as top-of-mind issues for global airline CEOs, according to our latest report, the 2014 Global Airline CEO Survey. As the changing balance of economic power is expected to have a drastic effect on the industry in the next five years, the report highlights three key areas in which CEOs are planning to respond: organizational structure, technology, and talent.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for aerospace and defense entities as they transition to the new standard.
Watch our webcast replay to learn what specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Aerospace & Defense industry, and download our industry supplement for examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for engineering and construction entities as they transition to the new standard.
Assessing Tax 2014 provides a detailed analysis of tax rate metrics for 324 companies and highlights tax trends for aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing and metals, and transportation and logistics companies. This issue includes a special report on the surge in international tax controversy.
Manufacturers are observing how 3D printing (3DP) could disrupt manufacturing processes, impact the traditional supply chain, and increase the demand for the talent needed to apply the technology to their operations.
Our benchmarking of some of the largest companies' conflict minerals filings provides insight into industry trends. We looked at 10 filings for each of the following industries: Aerospace & defense, Automotive, Industrial products, Retail, and Technology.
Industrial manufacturing mergers and acquisitions activity rose in the second half of the year, with oil and gas end-markets driving deals in the industrial machinery sector. Deal strategies are expected to shift to growth-oriented transactions in 2014.
Large deals continue to drive engineering and construction industry mergers and acquisitions, especially in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. Risk aversion is impacting deal activity in emerging markets.
Deal activity in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was off to a slow start in 2014. While aerospace-focused deals are expected to continue at high valuations, the defense mergers & acquisitions (M&A) market remains sluggish. Unless long-term defense priorities become clearer, a sustained increase in the overall pace of A&D M&A is unlikely.
Chemical industry mergers and acquisitions increased in advanced economies, with shale gas opportunities playing a major factor in the United States. Chemicals industry companies are pursuing a variety of deal strategies, including joint ventures, spin-offs, and complete divestitures.
Almost 9 months into the first year of compliance, where does your company stand? Do you have a clear path forward to your first conflict minerals filing deadline? Watch this webcast where we share our perspective on the latest developments (including the legal challenge), considerations as you close out your first year of compliance, what to expect in the independent private sector audit – and how to prepare, and examples of how leading companies are addressing their compliance efforts.
On August 22, 2012, the SEC approved a final rule requiring certain issuers to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals [tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold] and whether those minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") or adjoining countries (“covered countries”). This Dataline looks at the key provisions of the final rule. Also included is a supplement on frequently asked questions on conflict minerals.