Forging ahead is a quarterly analysis of global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the metals industry. It includes a review of overall deal activity for the quarter and year-to-date and a summary of large deals.
Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:
Megadeals drove M&A activity in the metals industry during the first quarter of 2015.
There was an uptick in both deal volume and value during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014.
Average deal value also increased by 38.6 percent comparing the first quarter of 2015 to the same quarter last year, driven in part by the three mega deals.
On a sequential basis, there was a decline in deal volume and value compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
The proportion of deals involving emerging and developing nations continued to grow during the first quarter. Asia and Oceania led deal volume and value.