Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2016 chemicals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

April 2016

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Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2016 chemicals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

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.

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Chemical compounds is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global chemicals sector. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:

  • Deal value increased substantially year-over-year (260% growth), while Megadeal value advanced considerably (more than 418%) when compared to 1Q15
  • Two megadeals were announced, valued at a total of $53.5 billion, representing 87% of total deal value for the quarter
  • Cross-border deal volume share increased in 1Q16 both sequentially and year-over-year, driven primarily by strategic investors, seeking inorganic opportunities for growth in increasingly interconnected global chemical production chains
  • On a segment basis, 1Q16 activity was driven by the specialty chemicals segment, which accounted for half (16 deals) of the quarter’s overall deal volume, compared to 30% in 4Q15
  • Regionally, Asia and Oceania continued to be the largest acquirer region with close to 60% of all deals announced in the quarter

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