Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2015 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

August 2015
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Chemical compounds: First-quarter 2015 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

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M&A activity in the chemicals industry remained steady in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

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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:

  • On a sequential basis we saw significant declines in both value and volume; however, when compared on a year-over-year basis there was a slight increase in both metrics.
  • Four megadeals deals in the first quarter, collectively valued at over $9.1 billion, drove more than 62 percent of the quarter’s deal value.
  • The proportion of acquisitions by financial investors so far in 2015 continued to increase, to 30.6 percent of deal volume.
  • Asia again led deal volume with 31 valued at almost $6.5 billion.
  • North America led deal value, with 9 deals valued at more than $10.7 billion.

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