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

February 2015
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Chemical compounds: Fourth-quarter 2014 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

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Chemicals industry M&A activity in 2014 reached the highest deal volume in a decade and the highest value since 2007.

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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:

  • Both deal volume and value improved in 2014. Deal value was the highest since 2007, while volume was the highest in at least ten years.
  • Asia/Oceania and North America remained major drivers of activity in 2014. Asia lead deal volume and North America led deal value.
  • Specialty chemical targets were a large contributor of the improved deal environment in 2014.
  • The proportion of deals involving financial investors increased slightly in 2014, aided by strong growth in the fourth quarter.
  • Stock swaps as a means for acquisition financing increased in 2014.
  • Megadeal volume and value rose substantially this year, showing an increase in deal activity as the global economy continued to recover.

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