Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2014 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

April 2014
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Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2014 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

At a glance

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.

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Welcome to Chemical Compounds, PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global chemicals sector that 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:

  • Financial investors and deals in advanced economies drive an increase in M&A activity
  • Shale gas opportunities are a driving force of deals in the United States and other advanced economies
  • Divestitures, joint ventures, and spin-offs are among a range of deal strategies being pursued by the industry

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