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PwC's Deals Day: Year-end 2016 and Q4 industry insights

Which sectors led M&A activity in 2016? Read more of our top findings.

Will a deal-making administration be good for deals?

Hear more from Brian Levy, US Deals Industries Leader, about PwC's Deals Day: Year-end 2016 and Q4 industry insights.

PwC's Deals year-end review and 2017 outlook

From the US presidential election to Brexit to ever-changing economic data, 2016 has been an eventful year. We recap the year's top findings and discuss what lay ahead.

2016 Annual US Capital Markets Watch

A comprehensive, data-rich view of last year's capital markets highs and lows.

Megadeals transforming the EMC sector: Seven strategies for success

This new report analyzes large EMC deals, reveals the current landscape, and provides actionable steps for positioning megadeals for game-changing M&A success.


PwC's Deals Practice provides in-depth insights on critical M&A issues gleaned from advising many of the world's leading corporations and private equity firms.
 

Will a deal-making administration be good for deals?

January 2017

The waiting is over, now the wondering begins. As a new United States government gets down to business, how much campaign rhetoric and how many tweets will become policy?

Facing a restatement? Move fast to get your business back on track

November 2016

Let’s just say it: no company likes to restate its financial results, and for good reason. However, today’s dynamic regulatory environment, the growing complexity of accounting standards, and changing business activities are just a few of the factors that may increase the risk of restatement.

Top 4 findings from Deals Day Q3 2016

November 2016

Did you see our Q3 M&A and IPO findings from across industries last week? If not, check out the full reports here.

What’s Driving Deal Activity? The Opportunity to Disrupt or Avoid Disruption

October 2016

In Q3, there were a total of 2,467 deals valued at $349 billion across industries in the US. The driving force for dealmakers this year has been the opportunity to disrupt – or avoid disruption – as they are looking to long-term strategic plays.

Q3 EMC Insights: Spotlight on Sports, Live Entertainment and Streaming

October 2016

After a strong start to the first half of 2016, Q3 deal volumes in the Entertainment, Media & Communications (EMC) sector tapered to 145 deals, a 23% decline from Q2’16, the lowest volume in the last twelve months.

Cybersecurity in Deals: Q&A with Curt Moldenhauer and David Burg

October 2016

David Burg, PwC’s Global and Co-US Advisory Cybersecurity and Privacy Leader and Curt Moldenhauer, a partner in PwC’s Deals Practice and the leader of the US Acquisitions practice, shared their insights on how cybersecurity and deals professionals are working together to guide companies through challenges.

The evolving role for Corporate Development Officers

October 2016

Bob Saada, US Deals Leader recap of the third annual Corporate Development Conference.

New Mergercast episode: The Shareholder Value Triple Play

October 2016

In Mergercast 58, principals with PwC US Tom Hansson and Abhijeet Shekdar discuss the growth challenges large, well-established food and beverage companies are facing today.

Seven Strategies for Megadeal Success

October 2016

Megadeals in the Entertainment, Media and Communications (EMC) sector pose a unique set of challenges along the value chain, particularly with people, technology platforms and partnerships, often creating barriers to success that are challenging even for executives with significant acquisition and integration experience.

AICPA CPA Insider: What CFOs need to know about joint ventures and alliances

October 2016

As businesses clamor to address the challenges of growth, they’ve contributed to expansion of another kind: an increase in joint ventures (JVs) and strategic alliances. Nigel Smith featured.

Megadeals in Consumer Packaged Goods

February 2017

In response to revenue pressures, many of the biggest companies in the consumer and packaged goods (CPG) sector are scrambling to find ways of optimizing portfolios and cutting costs. While the number of megadeals remains fairly constant, there is a dramatic rise in deal value. What’s driving these souped-up deals, and what do the deals mean to the companies in the sector?

Why the Right Mix of Products, Customers, and Markets Is an Overlooked Profits Lever

January 2017

Learn ways companies can increase profits in a low-growth environment by focusing on the right combination of segments.

PwC's Deals year-end review and 2017 outlook

December 2016

From the US presidential election to Brexit to ever-changing economic data, 2016 has been an eventful year. We recap the year's top findings and discuss what lay ahead.

Seven fundamental tenets of successful integration

August 2016

Delivering deal value is far from a mystery, even in today’s dynamic deal environment. The most experienced dealmakers say they know what to do—and are reporting success. But that success is getting harder to come by.

Strategy+Business: Deals that win

August 2016

In our schema of M&A, deals fall into three categories: leverage, enhancement, and limited fit.

Charting the future: Gauging the Brexit impact on US business

August 2016

The surprise decision by UK voters to leave the European Union has triggered plenty of what-next and what-if questions in the UK and EU. But what about businesses based in the United States?

Do you know how to think like an activist investor?

July 2016

Companies that put themselves in an activist investor’s shoes, are most able to anticipate, prepare for and respond to an activist campaign.

Staying focused on solid valuation strategy in a field of unicorns

July 2016

Whether your company is a start-up or a mature business, good valuations ultimately depend on an understanding of the scope and limitations of various valuation methodologies and the ability to synthesize financial/theoretical knowledge.

PwC's 2016 mid-year deals outlook: slow start, but still active

June 2016

Can we expect a dealmaking turnaround in 2016?

New Mergercast episode: Strategy That Works – How winning companies close the strategy-to-execution gap

June 2016

In Mergercast 55 principals with PwC’s Strategy& J.Neely and Paul Leinwand, who is a co-author of Strategy That Works, discuss how winning companies close the elusive strategy-to-execution gap, and how these relate to choices about M&A.

Megadeals in Consumer Packaged Goods

February 2017

In response to revenue pressures, many of the biggest companies in the consumer and packaged goods (CPG) sector are scrambling to find ways of optimizing portfolios and cutting costs. While the number of megadeals remains fairly constant, there is a dramatic rise in deal value. What’s driving these souped-up deals, and what do the deals mean to the companies in the sector?

PwC's Deals Day: Year-end 2016 and Q4 industry insights

January 2017

Which sectors led M&A activity in 2016? Read more of our top findings.

Why the Right Mix of Products, Customers, and Markets Is an Overlooked Profits Lever

January 2017

Learn ways companies can increase profits in a low-growth environment by focusing on the right combination of segments.

US Retail and Consumer Deals insights 2016 year in review

January 2017

The retail and consumer deals market ended 2016 with an increase in deal volume and a decline in deal value when compared to 2015.

Health services: Deals insights

January 2017

PwC’s perspective on deal activity in the health services industry, including highlights of the latest quarterly deals activity and industry trends.

Banking and capital markets deals insights: Q4 2016 update

January 2017

Quarterly deal activity in the banking sector including analysis with overall highlights, key announced transactions, and the outlook ahead.

Deals insights: Pharmaceutical and life sciences

January 2017

We bring you PwC’s perspective on deal activity in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Check back each quarter to read the latest from PwC's Deals leaders.

US technology deals insights: Year-end 2016 update

January 2017

A quarterly look at trends in the Technology deals market.

The new revenue recognition standard: How will it affect Tech sector M&A deals?

January 2017

The critical questions Tech M&A dealmakers need to consider.

Why Chinese investors are on a buying spree

December 2016

What to know about inbound Chinese deals.

Alliances: Collaboration – when two come together as one

November 2016

Collaboration arrangements through alliances are increasing. What are the benefits and challenges to these arrangements?

AICPA CPA Insider: What CFOs need to know about joint ventures and alliances

October 2016

As businesses clamor to address the challenges of growth, they’ve contributed to expansion of another kind: an increase in joint ventures (JVs) and strategic alliances. Nigel Smith featured.

PwC's 2016 mid-year deals outlook: slow start, but still active

June 2016

Can we expect a dealmaking turnaround in 2016?

Seven factors for successful alliances and joint ventures

June 2016

Strategic alliances are definitely on the rise but many companies can’t achieve the growth they want without the complementary capabilities of partners. We believe there are seven factors or steps that can help position your alliance or joint venture for success.

Alliances: Planning and governance – the keys to success

May 2016

When pursuing a joint venture or alliance, establishing a proper governance structure is critical for success. Learn more in our new M&A snapshot.

Joint ventures and strategic alliances: examining the keys to success

April 2016

PwC's Deals practice reviews the landscape for JVs and alliances, factors motivating their use, associated challenges and leading practices for executing successful arrangements.

Alliances: Innovative transaction structures in a changing economic environment

April 2016

Alliance and joint ventures are on the rise. When should you consider partnering and what are the potential accounting implications? Read more here

PwC year-end deals outlook for 2016: Dealmakers are running with the bulls

December 2015

It’s full steam ahead for deals with record-breaking activity including a recent frenzy of megadeals. A low growth environment coupled with disruptive forces are fueling this hyper mega deal environment momentum going into the New Year.

Courting China Inc: Expectations, pitfalls and success factors of Sino-foreign business partnerships in China

June 2015

Forming business partnerships through joint ventures remains an attractive way to do business in China. However, establishing and operating a successful business partnership is not getting easier, and the ability to anticipate, prevent and resolve challenges associated with partnerships is more important than ever.

Deals are key to achieving your ambitions and driving your business forward.

February 2017

We can help you identify and execute on the deals that accelerate their business strategy and generate value now and into the future. Learn more about our Deals Practice.

2016 Annual US Capital Markets Watch

January 2017

A comprehensive, data-rich view of last year's capital markets highs and lows.

PwC's Deals year-end review and 2017 outlook

December 2016

From the US presidential election to Brexit to ever-changing economic data, 2016 has been an eventful year. We recap the year's top findings and discuss what lay ahead.

Capital Markets Watch weekly

October 2016

A weekly snapshot of IPO and high-yield debt market activity, including pricings, withdrawals, headlines for the week, and a look at what's ahead.

TheStreet: IPO ETFs: An Aggressive Play For Ambitious Investors

October 2016

IPO Exchange traded funds haven't had a great track record of late - but the upside could be big going forward, if investors can stomach the risk. Dan Klausner quoted.

IPOs are springing forward this fall. Is your board ready?

October 2016

IPO market is open – the broader equity markets have rebounded since earlier in the year, follow-ons have picked up substantially from 2015 lows, and profitable deals are being well received.

U.S. IPOs gain momentum after Labor Day: Q3 2016 IPO watch

October 2016

Continued low interest rates amid a low GDP and inflation environment again drove investors towards equity markets in their search for returns.

SiliconHills: The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016

October 2016

Daniel Klausner gave an overview of the market during a PwC event on September 28th at Capital Factory in downtown Austin on IPO Readiness: Going Public and Being Public.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: IPO market remains a shadow of its former self

September 2016

Investment banks have not seen initial offering revenue this low since mid-1990s.

Exploring an IPO: the 9½ questions boards should ask

September 2016

PwC's series, The board's guide to deals, tackles six issues that boards should be prepared to discuss with management.

Laying the groundwork for a complex divestiture

February 2017

A large packaged foods company conquered tough legal, tax, and financial challenges in pursuit of the optimal carve-out deal.

Achieving more with less: Lessons learned from the non-core solution

January 2017

Lessons learned from the non-core solution can help banking and capital markets firms evaluate their existing businesses and execute a successful non-core program.

PwC's Deals year-end review and 2017 outlook

December 2016

From the US presidential election to Brexit to ever-changing economic data, 2016 has been an eventful year. We recap the year's top findings and discuss what lay ahead.

5 ways to deal with separation anxiety

September 2016

With divestitures emerging as an increasingly attractive way to potentially optimize a business portfolio or even fend off an activist shareholder campaign, what can you do to ensure your separation goes smoothly?

10Minutes on hedge fund activism: Strategies for staying out of activist cross hairs

August 2016

To understand what's behind the rise in hedge fund activism, PwC has isolated six common company vulnerabilities that put a company at risk for an activist attack.

Taking a break: Megadeals and imposed divestitures in the Retail and Consumer sector

July 2016

Megadeals in the R&C sector have brought increased regulatory scrutiny resulting in many companies divesting assets. Learn about operational considerations that can help minimize complexity and accelerate the transition timeline.

3 tips to improving your options in dealmaking – Using divestitures to create “addition” by “subtraction”

July 2016

Clients need to thoroughly understand their divestiture options and realize how they play into the bigger picture of a deal or strategic direction of the business.

PwC's 2016 mid-year deals outlook: slow start, but still active

June 2016

Can we expect a dealmaking turnaround in 2016?

Divesting with style

May 2016

A multi-branded fashion retailer relied on perfectly tailored financial analysis and operational execution to sell two of its brands quickly for the most attractive price.

A billion dollar successful separation

May 2016

A multi-billion-dollar energy company successfully launches an MLP IPO and separates into two new companies that are ready to run on Day One.

Dodging the bankruptcy bullet

January 2017

When facing a challenging outlook, companies that consider potential problems early can avoid drastic decisions later.

Facing a restatement? Move fast to get your business back on track

November 2016

Let’s just say it: no company likes to restate its financial results, and for good reason. However, today’s dynamic regulatory environment, the growing complexity of accounting standards, and changing business activities are just a few of the factors that may increase the risk of restatement.

Cross-Border Insolvency: When might a debtor use a Chapter 15?

October 2016

Read more about the several reasons why a debtor might file for Chapter 15 recognition.

Did you know: We have a team of dedicated crisis, restructurings and restatements professionals

August 2016

PwC’s Crisis, restructurings and restatements PwC is a global firm that advises clients in financial and operations restructurings, both in and out of court.

PwC's 2016 mid-year deals outlook: slow start, but still active

June 2016

Can we expect a dealmaking turnaround in 2016?

The restructuring game

February 2016

How game theory is being applied in complex restructuring scenarios.

Business Recovery Services industry insights – Retail

December 2014

For many companies in the retail industry—a sector of the U.S. economy already facing significant uncertainty and growing distress—the holiday shopping season is causing anxiety.

Companies in distress - Bankruptcy process and reporting consideration

November 2014

Overview of the bankruptcy process and key financial reporting considerations in bankruptcy.

Companies in distress - A successful turnaround requires decisive decision

October 2014

Signs your company might be in distress and actions it can take to turn the business around.

Health services: Deals insights

January 2017

PwC’s perspective on deal activity in the health services industry, including highlights of the latest quarterly deals activity and industry trends.

US Retail and Consumer Deals insights 2016 year in review

January 2017

The retail and consumer deals market ended 2016 with an increase in deal volume and a decline in deal value when compared to 2015.

Global Automotive M&A Deals Insights Year-end 2016

January 2017

Global automotive M&A deal value for 2016 was down 34% from a very strong 2015. However, with 583 deals transacted, volumes were only down 1.4% indicating there is still appetite for deal activity in the sector.

US Insurance deals insights

January 2017

This publication includes the deal activity in the insurance sector such as overall highlights, key announced transactions, and the outlook ahead.

Deals insights: Pharmaceutical and life sciences

January 2017

We bring you PwC’s perspective on deal activity in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Check back each quarter to read the latest from PwC's Deals leaders.

Banking and capital markets deals insights: Q4 2016 update

January 2017

Quarterly deal activity in the banking sector including analysis with overall highlights, key announced transactions, and the outlook ahead.

Global aerospace and defense M&A deals insights: Q4 2016

January 2017

While both deal volume and value declined compared to last year, there was a 73% increase in deal activity in Q4 2016. This upswing can be an indication of positive momentum after significant political and economic changes at the end of 2016.

Global engineering and construction M&A deals insights: Q4 2016

January 2017

Global Engineering and Construction M&A activity closed the year 4% lower in total deal value but experienced a 23% increase in total deal volume compared to 2015.

Global chemicals M&A deals insights: Q4 2016

January 2017

Global Chemicals M&A closed 2016 on an upward swing. Total deal value was 128% higher than the last quarter. Deal volume was also stronger with a 52% increase from the last quarter.

Global metals M&A deals insights: Q4 2016 update

January 2017

The Global Metals industry closed 2016 with an upward trend in M&A activity. As global economies show signs of stabilization and metal prices begin to recover, we expect a continued positive trend in Metals M&A activity.