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Power and Utilities Industry Second Quarter 2014 Deal Value Reaches Highest Level since 2011, According to PwC US - Aug 5, 2014

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the North American power and utilities industry increased significantly on a volume and value basis in the second quarter of 2014, both as compared to the previous quarter and year-over-year, according to PwC US’ quarterly deals snapshot North American Power & Utilities Deals: Q2 2014.


Industrial Products M&A Activity Surges in Second Quarter, According to PwC US - Aug 5, 2014

Average deal value rises substantially. Cross-border deals picking up as risk tolerance risesFinancial investors playing greater role in Industrial Products M&A activity


U.S. Oil & Gas Deal Value and Volume Increased Substantially in the Second Quarter of 2014, According to PwC US - July 30, 2014

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the oil and gas industry increased substantially in terms of value and volume in the second quarter of 2014 compared to both the prior quarter and the second quarter of last year, according to PwC US.


Second Quarter 2014 Retail & Consumer M&A Activity Significantly Outperforms Q2 2013, According to PwC US - July 29, 2014

U.S. retail and consumer merger & acquisition (M&A) activity during the second quarter of 2014 was driven by eight multibillion dollar transactions, anchored by the food and beverage (including alcohol and retailing) sectors, exceeding year-over-year deal value by 104 percent and volume by 52 percent, according to PwC’s U.S. retail and consumer deals insights Q2 2014 report released today.


Transformative Deals Drive Surge in Deal Value in First Half of 2014, According to PwC - July 24, 2014

Transactions valued at $10 billion or more account for approximately 50 percent of deal valueBusinesses look to align core strengths with shifting global dynamics in search for growth.


PwC Reports Robust IPO Market Surpasses $21 Billion in Q2 Proceeds, Best Quarter Volume Since 2007 - July 9, 2014

The market for initial public offerings (IPOs) finished on a strong note late in the second quarter of 2014, recording the highest quarterly deal volume since the fourth quarter of 2007.


Strong Start to 2014 Technology M&A with Uptick in Billion Dollar Deals, Says PwC US  - May 21, 2014

Technology deals for the first quarter of 2014 started strong, continuing the momentum of the second-half surge of 2013. Equity markets remained near record highs and IPO activity remained robust in an improving economy, according to PwC’s US Technology deals Insights Q1 2014 Update, released today. Software and Internet deals continue to dominate as cloud, mobile and data drive much of the industry focus today.


U.S. Health Services Total Deal Value for Q1 2014 Rose 152%, Pointing to Renewed Deals Confidence Post-ACA Implementation, According to PwC US - May 20, 2014

U.S. Health Services merger and acquisition (M&A) total deal value rose 152 percent to $12.3 billion during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, according to Q1 2014 US health services deals insights, a quarterly analysis of M&A trends and outlook for the health services sector issued today by PwC US.


Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Deal Volume Increases 53 Percent in Q1 2014; Sets the Stage for Heightened Deal Activity in 2014, According to PwC US - May 20, 2014

Pharmaceutical and life sciences (PLS) merger and acquisition (M&A) volume increased 53.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, highlighting the expected increase in deal activity from the previous year, according to Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly, a quarterly analysis of M&A trends and outlook for the PLS sector issued today by PwC US.


M&A Activity Focuses on Strategic Opportunities Spanning the Power and Utilities Industry Landscape in First Quarter, According to PwC US — May 6, 2014

Range of deals activity includes regulated utility, power generation, and retail deals.


Multibillion Dollar Deals Drive Retail & Consumer M&A Activity During First Quarter 2014, According to PwC US — May 6, 2014

More Than Half of Multibillion Dollar Deals Align to Food & Beverage SectorCross Border Activity Represents 59 Percent of Total Deal Volume.


U.S. Oil & Gas M&A Activity Reaches Highest First Quarter Volume in More than a Decade, According to PwC US — Apr. 30, 2014

Upstream and Foreign Buyers Set Precedent for Most Deal Volume in Any First Quarter Over Past Five Years


Automotive Deals Drop 5 Percent to 465 Total Transactions in 2013, According to PwC — Apr. 29, 2014

M&A Activity Likely To Be Driven by Emerging Markets and Next-Gen Technologies on the Horizon.


Smaller, Local Deals Drive Industrial Products M&A Activity in First Quarter, According to PwC US — April 28, 2014

Merger and acquisition (M&A) deal value in the global industrial products (IP) industry rose significantly on a year-over-year basis during the first quarter of 2014, according to PwC US. While the increase in deal value was driven by mega deals (transactions worth more than $1 billion) compared with the first quarter of 2013, the majority of deal volume was a result of dealmakers executing on smaller, local deals.


PwC completes its acquisition of Booz & Company — Apr. 3, 2014

PwC is pleased to announce today the successful completion of its combination with Booz & Company.


Q1 2014 IPO Watch press release — Apr. 2, 2014

IPOs Continue to Dominate the Capital Markets as Activity More than Doubles Compared to Q1 2013.


PwC’s 2014 M&A Integration Survey Report Shows That Sustained Commitment to Integration Over the Long Term is Critical to Delivering Full Deal Value — Mar. 12, 2014

Today’s deals are more complex, broader in geographic scope and far more likely to go off course than ever before, requiring a sharp focus and long term commitment to the integration process to capture the full value of the deal.


PwC’s Capital Markets Watch Finds 2013 Activity Sets Stage for Continued Growth in 2014 — Feb. 27, 2014

An improving U.S. economic environment, record low interest rates and strong equity and debt markets drove significant activity in the U.S. capital markets in 2013, according to the inaugural 2013 Capital Markets Watch by PwC US.


Strong Fundamentals Set the Stage for Technology Deals Uptick in 2014, According to PwC US — Feb. 20, 2014

With a strong finish in technology deal activity in 2013, the outlook for 2014 points towards an accelerated pace as technology M&A continues to play a critical role for companies across industries to innovate and drive growth, according to PwC’s US Technology Deals Insights 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Outlook report released today.


Industrial Products M&A Activity Rises in Fourth Quarter, According to PwC US — Feb. 13, 2014

Merger and acquisition (M&A) deal volume and value in the global industrial products (IP) industry rose significantly on a sequential basis during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a series of quarterly M&A reports released today by PwC US.


2013 U.S. Retail & Consumer M&A Deal Value Surpasses $100 Billion for First Time in Five Years, According to PwC US — Feb. 10, 2014

U.S. retail and consumer (R&C) total transaction value for 2013 surpassed $100 billion for the first time since 2008, according to PwC’s US retail and consumer deals insights 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Outlook report released today. Deals in the food and beverage sector and private equity (PE) investment in the apparel, footwear and accessories sector continued to drive activity in the R&C industry.


Strong Q4 Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences M&A Momentum Expected to Continue into 2014, According to PwC — Feb. 10, 2014

Pharmaceutical and life sciences (PLS) merger and acquisition (M&A) volume and value increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, finishing the year for deal activity on a high note, according to Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly, a quarterly analysis of M&A trends and outlook for the PLS sector issued today by PwC.


PwC’s Q4 IPO Watch Finds 2013 IPO Volume Hits Highest Level in Six Years — Dec. 19, 2013

Strong demand for initial public offerings (IPOs) continued in the fourth quarter of 2013, capping a robust year for the capital markets and setting the stage for continued growth in the new year, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US. Total IPO volume for 2013, as of December 17, reached 237 public company debuts, easily surpassing overall volume of 146 IPOs in 2012 and representing the most active environment for newly listed companies since 2007.


Third Quarter U.S. Retail & Consumer Deal Volume Marks Highest Quarter this Year, as Value Jumps Significantly, According to PwC US — Nov. 06, 2013

U.S. retail and consumer merger & acquisition (M&A) activity during the third quarter of 2013 marked the highest amount of transactions this year, as transaction value rose 112 percent from the prior year quarter, according to PwC’s U.S. retail and consumer deals insights Q3 2013 report released today.


Third quarter Technology deal activity rebounds to 2012 levels, doubling second quarter 2013, says PwC US — Oct. 24, 2013

Technology deals accelerated in the third quarter returning to 2012 levels after a dismally slow start to the year, with deal volume and value doubling that of the previous quarter, according to PwC’s U.S. Q3 technology deals insights report released today. Private equity (PE) buyers took a more active role in technology M&A during the quarter with increased deal closures and numerous new deals announced.


IPO Market Momentum Breaks Full Year 2012 Totals, According to PwC’s Q3 IPO Watch — Oct. 2, 2013

The capital markets continued to demonstrate strong momentum in the third quarter of 2013 as the volume of new public listings matched the previous quarter, and exceeded the third quarter of 2012, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US. Overall IPO volume for the first nine months of 2013 has already surpassed overall volume for all of 2012, while the high yield market saw $255 billion of issuances, exceeding 2012 issuances through three quarters.


While U.S. Retail & Consumer deal activity drops in second quarter, signs point to increased M&A for remainder of 2013, according to PwC US — Aug. 8, 2013

Despite a slowdown in U.S. retail and consumer merger & acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2013, consumer sentiment and retail sales trends remain positive, along with strong corporate balance sheets and availability of private equity “dry powder,” which should help trigger M&A activity during the second half of 2013.


Despite Deal Volume Shrinking to 2009 Levels, Second Quarter Deal Announcements Indicate Rising Technology M&A Activity, Says PwC US — July 30, 2013

While closed technology transactions in the second quarter declined both sequentially and year-over-year, the increase in announced and rumored deals point to a rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the remainder of the year, according to PwC’s US Q2 technology M&A Insights report released today. Private equity (PE) buyers took a more active role in technology M&A with deals announced across the spectrum of deal size, including some of the largest transactions announced so far this year.


PwC’s M&A Outlook Reveals Dealmakers’ Increasing Focus on Quality Execution in Competitive M&A Market — July 23, 2013

The fundamentals for strong M&A activity remain in place despite a slowdown in U.S. merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the first half of 2013, according to PwC US. Buyers remain extremely active in identifying, evaluating and competing to acquire assets in the market. Dealmakers are placing a premium on...


IPO Activity Surges in Second Quarter, According to PwC’s IPO Watch — July 1, 2013

IPO activity surged in the second quarter of 2013, as the volume of new public listings far exceeded the previous quarter, as well as the second quarter of 2012, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US.


Technology deals drop abruptly in first quarter of 2013, says PwC US — April 30, 2013

While the first quarter of 2013 saw technology M&A drop precipitously, the foundation is potentially being laid for more robust deal activity this year as political and economic uncertainties subside, according to PwC’s US technology M&A Insights report released today.


Multibillion dollar transactions drive US Retail & Consumer deals during first quarter 2013, according to PwC US — April 29, 2013

US retail and consumer merger & acquisition (M&A) activity during the first quarter of 2013 was defined by six multibillion dollar transactions, including one of the largest consumer products deals in history, and alternative deal structures employed to achieve strategic objectives, according to PwC’s US retail and consumer deals insights Q1 2013 report released today.


First quarter Industrial Products M&A activity slows as companies evaluate outlook, according to PwC — April 25, 2013

Following a modest advance in the fourth quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) in the global industrial products (IP) industry slowed during the first quarter of 2013, as companies stepped back to evaluate their growth strategies amid continued uncertainty related to the global economy, as well as potential impacts of changes to tax and budget policies in the U.S.


Foreign buyers prop up deal activity in the US Oil & Gas industry as private equity pauses during first quarter 2013, according to PwC US — April 24, 2013

The acceleration of deals at the end of last year to get ahead of the fiscal cliff and the seasonality of low first quarter deal volume resulted in a decline of oil and gas merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the first three months of 2013 compared with fourth quarter 2012.


PwC US Sees Robust Deals Outlook for Entertainment, Media & Communications Industry in 2013 — April 23, 2013

Entertainment, media and communications (EMC) sector deal activity is expected to remain active in 2013 as market players further invest to keep up with consumer demand for more bandwidth amid increasing content consumption, according to PwC’s 2013 U.S. Deal Insights for the Entertainment, Media & Communications industries released today.


PwC IPO Report and Study Demystifies Corporate Governance Planning for Companies Going Public — April 2013

With corporate governance being one item pre-public companies rarely pay sufficient attention to, PwC US today releases two new reports to help companies that are contemplating public offerings.


Q1 IPO Watch - Analysis and trends — April 2013

A very active last two weeks of March helped close out a strong first quarter for U.S. IPOs. Total IPO proceeds raised in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013 exceeded the first quarter of 2012, despite a decrease in the volume of IPOs, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly and annual survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US.


Automotive deals stall in 2012 compared to 2011, according to PwC — Apr. 2, 2013

Automotive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the first half of 2012 has given way to macroeconomic pressures, resulting in passive M&A activity in 2012 overall.


New Core of Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security to Drive 2013 Technology Deals Outlook, According to PwC US — Feb. 26, 2013

Greater private equity prominence and resurgence of divestiture-driven transactions expected for 2013


Momentum Building in US Financial Services M&A Activity in Spite of Continued Uncertainty, Says PwC US — Feb. 21, 2013

Trend toward recovery should continue in 2013


Industrial Products M&A Activity Increases Modestly in Fourth Quarter, According to PwC US — Feb. 07, 2013

Overall merger & acquisition (M&A) activity in the global industrial products (IP) industry rose modestly on a sequential basis during the fourth quarter of 2012


2012 U.S. Retail & Consumer M&A deal volume and value jump significantly, according to PwC US — Jan. 31, 2013

Increased volume of ‘mega’ deals drove deal value growthPE activity in retail approached pre-downturn levels with IPO activity on the rise.


U.S. Industrial Manufacturers express increased optimism regarding the domestic economy, according to PwC’s Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer — Jan. 29, 2013

Plans for M&A activity over the next 12 months remained consistent with 35 percent of respondents, compared to 37 percent in the third quarter of 2012. Of that number, 32 percent are looking at purchasing another business...


M&A Deal Volume in the U.S. Oil & Gas Industry Reaches Highest Level in Ten Years — Jan. 29, 2013

M&A activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry hit a ten-year high during the fourth quarter of 2012 with 75 deals, according to PwC US. A number of factors drove this activity, including...


US IPO Watch: Q4 2012 — Dec. 19, 2012

2012 IPO Volume and Proceeds Raised Exceeds 2011. Positive Returns and IPO Pipeline Fuels Cautious Optimism for 2013.


PwC Says Fundamentals are Strong for U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions Activity in 2013 — Dec. 6, 2012

Ongoing access to capital and financing, strengthened balance sheets and divestiture activity will continue to fuel deal activity in 2013, according to PwC US. An acceleration of deals taking place during the final months of 2012 may result in a lull in activity during the first quarter; however...


Technology deals level off as larger players look inward, according to PwC US — Nov. 9, 2012

More Buyers on Side-lines with Next Wave of Divestiture-driven Transactions Expected in Early 2013


PwC report finds 48 percent of CFOs don't anticipate one-time costs of going public — Sept. 10, 2012

IPO readiness assessment a crucial component to successful IPO execution


Technology deals drop but remain most active across industries, according ... — August 13, 2012

Technology deals shift toward consortium buyers with more aggressive pursuit of patent acquisitions


Smaller deals drive industrial products M&A dring second quarter, ... — August 09, 2012

Uncertain global outlook, eurozone crisis and chinas lowdown are primary factors Restraining overall volume of mega deals Strategic investors continue to drive majority of M&A activity Balance sheets remain healthy with ample liquidity


Economic and industry uncertainty stalls North American power and utilities ... — August 06, 2012

Alternative energy deals picking up; companies evaluate M&A to boost growth


Bruce Buchanan Joins PwC's Business Recovery Services — August 02, 2012

Veteran restructuring professional to support firm’s deals practice as Managing Director


Eurozone debt crisis: The impact on US businesses: PwC — July 30, 2012

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.


Technology industry merger and acquisition review: PwC — July 30, 2012

The continued decline in traditional mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry supports the trend of consortium-based minority investments and patent acquisitions. Deal activity will continue to be driven by divestitures and focusing on core business revenue generators.


Midstream sector drives deal value in US Oil & Gas Industry during second ... — July 26, 2012

Infrastructure deals around shale plays reaches $15.8 billion Private equity interest continues at brisk pace PE and MLPs make up 95% of conventional gas deal values


US Industrial Manufacturers remain largely optimistic amid weakening ... — July 26, 2012

Operational spending forecasts remain healthy; R&D plans trend down Legislative/regulatory pressures cited as biggest barrier to growth Gross margins tightening and pricing power moderating


Dealmakers in Pursuit of Strategic M&A Opportunities, Says PwC — July 18, 2012

While uncertainty over the global economic environment and volatile equity markets significantly slowed U.S. deal volume earlier in the year, an uptick in activity during the end of the second quarter, in conjunction with an active pipeline, indicates the M&A market is regaining momentum,...


After Strong Start to 2012, IPO Market Sees Pullback, PwC Says — June 27, 2012

Following very healthy levels of IPO activity during the first five months of the year, the number of IPO pricings slowed in mid-May, according to PwC US. Overall, the number of U.S. IPOs in the second quarter of 2012 declined to 27, from 44 in the first quarter.


PwC focuses on Southeast Asia in latest issue of its Marketmap series on ... — June 25, 2012

PwC's Marketmap recognizes Southeast Asia as a rising star of the global market, led by its five fastest-growing countries


Technology deals down as IPO fever lifts valuations, according to PwC US — May 16, 2012

Internet and software sectors continue to fuel deal activity triggered by an accelerating transition to Cloud Computing


Life sciences venture capital funding falls 22% in Q1 2012, according to ... — May 08, 2012

Medical device venture funding accelerates during first quarter, while biotechnology investment slows


Mega deals drive total value of 2012 first quarter Industrial Products M&A, ... — May 08, 2012

Uncertain outlook globally curtails overall volume of transactions Strategic investors drive deal activity as financial investors remain cautious


Automotive M&A activity gained momentum despite challenges in 2011, ... — May 03, 2012

M&A will be strategic tool to achieve global growth in 2012


Private equity activity in US Oil & Gas industry hits highest levels in at ... — May 03, 2012

Volume of PE deals jumps 120% over Q1 2011 as firms look to take advantage of low gas prices M&A in shale plays experiences a slowdown Activity in Gulf of Mexico gradually coming back


Optimism Regarding U.S. Economy Continues to Rise Among U.S. Industrial ... — May 01, 2012

U.S. industrial manufacturers expect continued global economic growth in 2012, with optimism regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy continuing to rise, according to the Q1 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released today by PwC US.


North American power deals continue to decline as uncertainty looms across ... — April 26, 2012

Slow economic growth, depressed natural gas prices, ongoing changes to environmental proposals and the regulatory process of recently announced transactions contribute to stalled deal activity in the first quarter


Facing new regulations and stakeholder demands, asset management industry ... — April 26, 2012

The challenges facing the asset management industry, including volatile markets, global regulatory reform and stakeholder demands for greater transparency, have been building for many years.


Venture capital investments decline in dollars and deal volume in Q1 2012, ... — April 20, 2012

Later stage investments increase; life sciences and clean tech investing falls


Litigation Comes Full Circle According to PwC’s 2011 Securities Litigation ... — April 11, 2012

Overall number of settlements decreases, while total value of settlements rises


PwC US IPO Watch Q1 2012: A buoyant first quarter produces strong IPO ... — April 02, 2012

Technology, industrial and financial services sectors lead new offerings Market volatility declines, new issuers show strong post-pricing gains


US Financial Services M&A activity likely to increase in 2012 as markets ... — March 29, 2012

Recovery possible after debt crisis with divestiture activity expected to lead the way


After a year of black swans, growth-focused private companies rethink risk — March 13, 2012

PwC's Private Company Trendsetter Barometer tracks the business issues and best practices of privately held US growth businesses. It incorporates the views of 226 CEOs/CFOs:127 from companies in the product sector and 99 in the service sector, averaging $315 million in enterprise revenue/sales...


Asset Management M&A Outlook Brighter for 2012, Says PwC — February 28, 2012

After a Disappointing 2011, Outlook for Asset Management M&A Still Uncertain, but Brighter Due to Potential European Bank Divestitures, Improving Economy, Strong Interest from Potential Buyers


2011 US Oil & Gas deals highlighted by shale plays, foreign investment, and ... — February 08, 2012

Transaction value for shale plays jumps 55% in 2011 Foreign buyers contribute over $56 billion in deal value Financial sponsors’ investment in the sector grows to over $13 billion


Life Sciences venture funding jumps 21% in 2011 but quarterly performance ... — February 02, 2012

Venture capital (VC) funding in the Life Sciences sector, which includes the Biotechnology and Medical Device industries, increased 21% during 2011, according to a new PwC US report,


Industrial manufacturing and metals deals drive 2011 Industrial Products ... — February 02, 2012

Strong focus on smaller deals in 2011 Increase in divestitures and increase in local deals gain momentum Strategic investors dominate deal activity as financial investors strive for a comeback


Short term, Clouds linger for North American Power & Utilities M&A Outlook, ... — January 25, 2012

Sector deals stall in Q4 following robust deal activity in first half 2011 Renewable deals with undisclosed value on the rise


2012 US CEO survey, global business strategies: Key findings: PwC — January 25, 2012

Our survey reveals that, despite lingering worries, US CEOs see global business fundamentals pointing to strong future growth, and they are increasingly focused on capitalizing on significant opportunities in new markets.


New market entrants exert greater influence on US Entertainment and Media ... —January 24, 2012

Abundant cash reserves and PE Investment Capital to fuel M&A Shift to digital draws greater attention to content creators Legalization of online gaming could create an untapped market for 2012


Dealmakers acknowledge inherent risks and pitfalls for executing deals in ... — January 24, 2012

Findings underscore need for rigorous diligence process to ensure successful deal completion


Highly-anticipated fourth quarter offerings provide positive IPO news ... — December 20, 2011

A Few open windows spark Q4 US IPO activity Special Focus: PwC 2025 report forecasts China’s capital markets will continue to grow in stature across the global stage


M&A Surges, Companion Diagnostics Accelerate, and Early Detection Offers ... — December 06, 2011

Investor interest in the global in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market is expected to grow in 2012-2014 following a surge in M&A deal values, an acceleration of companion diagnostics partnerships, and the emergence of new prospects for early detection testing, according to Diagnostics 2011, PwC’s...


Growing threats trigger sharp increases in M&A in the $60 billion Global ... — December 01, 2011

Deal value increased six-fold in the last year; US accounts for over half of M&A activity; Top 10 Deals Feature only US and UK companies


Lisa Pavelka McAlister joins PwC US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory ... — November 08, 2011

PwC continues to expand its transaction services and deal capabilities


Global cross-border transactions dominate third quarter M&A activity in the ... — November 03, 2011

U.S.-affiliated deals represent more than half of total volume and value Strategic investors lead activity, including the only mega deal


Return of mega deals, divestiture activity, and renewed financial investor ... — November 03, 2011

Asia and Oceania region continues to lead overall deal volume and value Steel transactions contribute nearly 68% of activity


Global Transportation & Logistics deal activity dips slightly in third ... — November 03, 2011

Emerging market deal activity slows Strategic acquirers drive majority of volume Deal multiples continue to remain high by historical standards


North American power and utility companies increased focus on merger ... — November 02, 2011

Smaller transactions constrain total deal value


Blockbuster mega deal drives third quarter Aerospace & Defense M&A value, ... — October 27, 2011

A&D mega deal activity picks up US-affiliated transactions dominate global A&D deal landscape 2011 A&D M&A volume and value on pace for record level


Mega deals drive 28% increase in Global Engineering and Construction M&A ... — October 27, 2011

Financial investors lead mega deal activity China most active country in global domestic deals


US mega deals drive third quarter Global Chemicals M&A value to $16.7 ... — October 27, 2011

Average deal value jumps 50 percent Financial investors absent in third quarter North American targets lead activity, while china deals decrease


Third quarter U.S. Oil & Gas deal value jumps 135% as foreign investment, ... — October 26, 2011

Foreign Buyers Contribute 76% of Total Deal Value Upstream-Related Deals Account for Over Half of All Activity Large Transactions Drive Increase in Overall Deal Size


Optimism for the U.S. and World Economy hits all-time low, according to ... — October 26, 2011

Positive Own-Company Revenues Forecasts and Strong Prospects for Continued International Sales Growth Shows Confidence by U.S. Industrial Manufacturers, Despite Uncertainty Plans for Major New Investments Continue to Rise Lack of Demand Cited as Biggest Barrier to Business Growth


PwC US IPO Watch: Despite Ongoing Volatility and Economic Challenges, Third ... — September 28, 2011

After a strong first half of 2011, initial public offering (IPO) proceeds in the third quarter of 2011 decreased from $11.9 billion in the second quarter of 2011 to $3.1 billion in the third quarter primarily attributable to high levels of market volatility and continued global macroeconomic...


Global automotive industry M&A activity shows significant increase during ... — September 13, 2011

Deals likely to gain momentum as the market stabilizes and industry participants vie for global leadership


Global Metals M&A Activity Increases 57 Percent in Second Quarter 2011, ... — August 18, 2011

The recovery in global metals merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, which started last year, continued with mixed results during the second quarter of 2011 with a 57 percent increase in volume of deals compared to the same period in 2010, according to Forging ahead, a quarterly analysis of M&A...


Global Industrial Manufacturing M&A Value Increases 70 Percent in Second ... — August 18, 2011

Merger and acquisition (M&A) value increased 70 percent in the industrial manufacturing sector during the second quarter of 2011, according to Assembling value, a quarterly analysis of M&A activity in the global industrial manufacturing industry by PwC US.In the second quarter of 2011, there...


Global Engineering and Construction M&A Activity Stays Focused on Strategic ... — August 11, 2011

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity remained steady in the engineering and construction (E&C) industry during the second quarter of 2011. Strategic transactions, local market M&A, and non-U.S.-affiliated deals dominated the quarter’s activity, according to Engineering Growth, a quarterly...


Divestitures Drive Global Aerospace & Defense M&A Activity in the Second ... — August 11, 2011

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector was driven by an increase in divestitures and a greater proportion of deals being announced by U.S. dealmakers in the second quarter of 2011, according to Mission Control, a quarterly analysis of M&A activity in the...


Shale Plays, Midstream Assets and Foreign Investments drive US Oil & Gas ... — August 10, 2011

Upstream-Related Deals Account for Majority of Activity Volume and Value of Corporate Transactions Steadily Increases in First Half of 2011 Over 2010 Financial Sponsors Continue Heavy Push into Energy Sector


PwC US IPO Watch – Special Focus: Recent Market Volatility Could Pose ... — August 10, 2011

The recent drop in global stock markets will put significant pressure on companies pursuing or looking to complete an initial public offering (IPO) in the second half of 2011, according to PwC US.


North American Power and Utilities Deal Value Soars 94% in the First Half ... — August 08, 2011

Continued strength in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the North American power and utilities sector helped drive a 94 percent increase in deal value for the first six months of the year, compared to the first half of 2010.


Large deals drive global chemicals M&A value to over $14 billion in the ... — August 04, 2011

Strategics Dominate Activity and Value Activity Strong in BRIC Countries


Global Transportation & Logistics M&A activity jumps in second quarter, ... — August 04, 2011

Transportation Infrastructure Deals Remain Attractive Deal Multiples Expand to 10-Year High Regional Domestic Local Transactions Account for Nearly 75 Percent of Deal Volume


2011 own-company revenue growth projections for US Industrial Manufacturers ... — July 28, 2011

Positive International Sales and Prospects Offset Continued Uncertainty about U.S. and Global Economies


Eighty-Eight Percent of Private Equity and Corporate Executives Rank ... — July 25, 2011

Environmental sustainability is an important priority with private equity and corporate senior executives, according to a recent poll conducted by PwC US. The poll, conducted during PwC’s “Private Equity and Environmental Sustainability” Webcast, found that 88 percent of the 175 participants...


PwC US IPO Watch: US IPO proceeds surpass $10 billion for third consecutive ... — June 29, 2011

77 Companies Enter IPO Pipeline in Q2. Q2 IPOs See Average of 9 Percent in First-Day Price Increases Ongoing Interest from Non-US Issuers ...


PwC US Mid-Year M&A Outlook 2011* — June 8, 2011

US M&A value increases 39% driven by larger deals, according to PwC



Older M&A Outlooks:


Strategic focus shifts from ‘recovery to growth,’ according to PwC US — December 9, 2010

Recovering capital markets promoted stabilization of M&A activity in 2010; middle market activity continues to dominate; availability of attractive debt financing and cash for equity investment yields confidence for dealmakers in 2011


Large cap transactions remain challenged - looming tax increases will ... — June 23, 2010

Strategic buyers demonstrate deal expertise in opportunistic plays


Strategic deals and “mergers of productivity” to drive M&A in 2010 — December 16, 2009

Difficulties accessing capital ease while middle market challenges accelerate


PricewaterhouseCoopers Outlook — December 22, 2008

2009 M&A activity to be fueled by 'merger of necessity'


Private Equity Firms Reinvent Themselves in Challenging Credit Environment — June 23, 2008

Inbound M&A activity recovering and getting stronger

North American power deals: Q2 2014 mergers & acquisitions report 

The number of deals valued at more than $50 million came in at 13, up significantly from the 7 deals from a year ago. Total deal value increased by 179%, and the average deal value increased by 50%.


Q2 2014 US Industrial Products mergers & acquisitions reports 

Each quarter we provide an analysis of global merger and acquisition activity in the chemicals, metals, industrial manufacturing, transportation & logistics, aerospace & defense and engineering & construction industries. Each edition includes a review of overall deal activity for the quarter and year-to-date and a summary of large deals.


Q2 2014 US technology deal insights

Extending the positive momentum from the second half of 2013, equity markets set new highs, IPO markets reached activity levels not seen in years, VC investments harkened back to 2000 levels, and economic outlooks remained modestly optimistic across sectors. Private equity (PE) continued to play an active role in technology, though challenged by strategic buyers who are able to leverage healthy valuations and substantial amounts of cash on hand.


US retail and consumer deals insights: Q2 2014 update

Eight multibillion dollar deals kept the momentum building in Q2-2014, positioning the R&C deals market to outperform last year's strong performance to date. Consumer sentiment remains tepid and core retail trade sales slightly improved through June. IPO activity surged in Q2-2014, representing the second strongest quarter the sector has seen in the last three years in terms of both number of deals and proceeds.


Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly: Q1 2014 

The volume of PLS deals closed in the first quarter of 2014 increased 53.1% to 49 deals, compared with 32 in the fourth quarter of 2013, and increased 40% from 35 deals in the first quarter of 2013. The value of PLS deals closed during the first quarter of 2014 increased 20.9% to $44.9 billion, relative to the approximately $37.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. Recent trends in deal volumes point to increased M&A activity in the coming quarters.


Q1 2014 US technology deal insights 

Technology deals for the first quarter of 2014 started strong, continuing the momentum of the second-half surge of 2013. Equity markets remained near record highs and IPO activity remained robust in an improving economy. Software and Internet deals continue to dominate as cloud, mobile and data drive much of the industry focus today.


Q1 2014 US Health Services deals insights 

In the first quarter of 2014, the total volume of deals remained consistent with the same period in 2013; however, the value of announced deals rose 152% to $12.3 billion.


US retail and consumer deals insights: Q1 2014 update 

Deal activity is off to a good start led by numerous large deals, and confirms our positive outlook for 2014. Core retail trade sales improved in March which may give some rise in optimism for the remainder of the year after a slow start. IPO activity moderates in the first quarter after coming off a strong performance in 2013. However, the R&C pipeline is the strongest the sector has seen in recent years.


Specialty third-party logistics providers: A busy market for transactions in 2014

The number of logistic transactions is on the rise and private equity and industry players continue to look for strategic purchases, particularly of specialty 3PL providers. Third-party logistics providers are becoming increasingly indispensable due to their high level of customization, service quality, or service accuracy. Because of the number of well-capitalized players and the need for this operational intelligence and sophisticated capabilities, we expect this momentum of deals to continue.


Acquiring Innovation: Strategic deal-making to create value through M&A

M&A in pursuit of innovation is a high-potential source of growth. That's what we learned in a survey of tech companies, where 76 percent of innovation-focused acquisitions met or exceeded expectations. Led by the right inorganic growth strategy and accompanied by a holistic approach to deal execution, business leaders in all industry sectors can apply key lessons learned from innovation-intensive industry sectors to their own business and accelerate growth. Read to explore the key success factors in acquiring innovation.


Cross-border acquisitions - Navigating SEC reporting requirements (M&A snapshot)

This edition of Mergers & acquisitions — a snapshot is the second in our series focused on navigating the waters of a cross-border acquisition. The series looks at various aspects along the deal continuum, including pre-acquisition due diligence and strategies, financial reporting requirements, tax implications, and post-acquisition considerations. This edition provides insights on SEC and other financial reporting requirements that may apply in a cross-border acquisition.


Game on: Private Equity Investment in Africa

Over the past several years, interest in Africa as a destination for investment has been growing at a steady clip. Private equity was the first to make serious inroads into this heterogeneous continent of 54 countries. More recently, multinational corporations and a variety of other investors have entered the fray.


M&A Integration: Looking beyond the here and now. PwC's 2014 M&A Integration Survey Report

In 2008 and 2011, our tri-annual M&A Integration survey reports underscored the need for early planning and an accelerated transition as critical factors for successful integration. This 2014 survey report confirms these factors remain in today’s deals, and offers additional insights – showing that while early planning and rapid transition remain important, the commitment to integration completion over the long-term can be the deciding factor for deal success


Observations from the front lines: Private company accounting alternatives on goodwill

Recently the FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update to permit private companies to amortize goodwill acquired in a business combination, and to apply a simplified goodwill impairment model. This change is intended to help reduce reporting complexity for private companies; however, private companies should carefully consider this alternative, especially for those considering an initial public offering.


US health services deals insights: analysis and trends in US health services activity 2013 and 2014 outlook 

In 2013, the most notable deal activity was in the hospital sector. While hospital deal volume was down, hospital deal value increased from $1.9 billion in 2012 to $18.6 billion in 2013.


US Infrastructure Deals 2013: More interest, but fewer deals

Infrastructure remains an attractive investment option, despite a dip in the number of completed deals in 2013. As interest in infrastructure assets keeps growing—along with capital available for investment—the competition is boosting prices, which is deterring some investors. The shale energy boom will continue to drive infrastructure investment in the energy and power sector, especially in terms of midstream assets. Public-private partnerships are slowly gaining momentum in a growing number of states, primarily for more politically palatable greenfield projects. Renewable energy deals proved appealing in 2013, and investors say greater certainty about continued tax incentives and a favorable regulatory environment will encourage even more activity.


Cross-border acquisitions - Due diligence and pre-acquisition risk considerations (M&A snapshot)

This edition of Mergers & acquisitions - a snapshot is the first in a series focused on navigating the waters of a cross-border acquisition. This edition focuses on the pre-acquisition phase, including how GAAP differences can impact valuation and how a company can manage the financial risk exposure that arises from a cross-border acquisition.


US entertainment, media and communications deal insights: 2013 year end update 

2013 saw several “megadeals,” with four deals in excess of $10B, compared with only one in 2012. These megadeals spanned a number of subsectors, including communications, broadcasting, and advertising & marketing.


Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly: Q4 2013 

Deal activity in the fourth quarter represented a 24% increase in volume and a 102.8% increase in value relative to the third quarter of 2013. Relative to the fourth quarter of 2012, deal volume declined by 29.5%; however, deal value represented an increase of 106.8%. On an annual basis, deal volume in 2013 represented a modest decline of 11.6%, while deal value increased 45.8% relative to 2012. The increase in deal value in 2013 is due primarily to two initial public offerings (IPOs) in the first quarter of 2013 and a particularly strong fourth quarter.


US technology deal insights - Analysis and trends in US technology M&A activity 2014 

After a 2012 filled with uncertainties, 2013 witnessed a slow rebuilding of confidence and, perhaps, the charting of a path toward growth. After a first half that saw quarterly technology deal volume drop, optimism took hold with a doubling of activity in the second half. In the end, technology deal activity finished the year 18% lower, amidst IT spending growth of less than 1%. Equity markets and IPO pricings sounded a consistently contrarian note, soaring to long-forgotten highs. These leading indicators of spending and deal growth provide promise for 2014.


US retail & consumer deals insights: 2013 year in review and 2014 outlook

Despite a lull in deal activity during Q2, total transaction value for 2013 surpassed the $100 billion mark for the first time since 2008, anchored by one of the largest consumer products deals in history with the $28 billion Heinz deal. There were several factors which challenged consumer sentiment throughout 2013, however consumer sentiment was up year-over-year driven by labor and economic improvements. We expect R&C deal activity will continue its positive momentum, but will remain challenging as supply and demand of quality assets for sale may remain divergent.


M&A Tax Recent Guidance - December 2013

Just in time for filing season, the IRS issued eagerly anticipated regulations on the 3.8 percent tax on net investment income. These regulations help clarify a number of issues that will be important for the 2013 filing season. This and the other new proposed regulations address issues that were not addressed in the 2012 Proposed Regulations and reproposed regulations with respect to sales and dispositions of S corporations and partnerships.


Q3 2013 US health services deals insights

The third quarter of 2013 realized a slight uptick over the prior two quarters in the volume of healthcare services deals with 138 total transactions. However, the value of the deals announced in Q3 2013, $15.8 billion, was up 35% over the second quarter. In both volume and value, the year-todate period for 2013 continues to lag the same period in 2012 with volume down 4.6% and value down 25%.


Automotive M&A Insights – Mid Year Review 2013

This PwC quarterly publication reviews the status of global automotive deal activity among vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, financiers, and other related sectors, as well as key trends that impacted the deal market in the first half of 2013, transaction activity by sector and region, and PwC's perspective on the road ahead.


US retail & consumer deals insights: Q3 2013 update 

Deal activity rebounded from Q2 as Q3 included six of the top ten corporate deals year-to-date and several large private equity deals. Consumer sentiment and retail sales trends weakened and suggest R&C companies will face an increasingly challenged environment through year-end. The deal environment remains challenging, given the lack of availability of quality assets for sale and a mismatch in buyer and seller expectations around price.


Q3 2013 US Technology deals insights

Technology deals accelerated in the third quarter returning to historically high levels with deal volume doubling from the previous quarter, according to PwC’s US Q3 technology M&A Insights report released today. Private equity (PE) buyers continued to take an active role in technology M&A with increased deal closures and numerous new deals announced.


Public Company Due Diligence and Talent Acquisitions

Public company due diligence and talent acquisitions were among the key topics of discussion when technology sector M&A finance professionals gathered for a roundtable dinner sponsored by PwC in March 2013. Participants responded to a survey, networked and shared unique insights on hot topics in M&A. Public company acquisitions and talent acquisitions may represent the extremes of the acquisition spectrum. With public companies, significant public financial information is readily available; therefore, there’s a perception that less financial due diligence is required. At the other end of the spectrum, with an acqui-hire, there may be little to no interest in the ongoing business and therefore little focus on the target’s financials. Both types of acquisitions, on the surface, appear to require less diligence than other kinds of acquisitions. Acquirers nevertheless should understand the trade-offs and risks associated with each type of deal.


To lock or not to lock: An introduction to the Locked Box closing mechanism 

Deal closings can be lengthy and difficult processes with many facets to consider. The Locked Box mechanism negates the need for preparing and reviewing the final price adjustments post closing. Pricing deals this way allows the buyer/seller to put resources into other aspects of the deal.


R&D Integration: Unlocking product development opportunities in M&A

Managing an R&D organization is both an art and a science with many unique considerations required for integration planning. While the R&D organization is an important source of value, broader transformational opportunities for new product development should also be evaluated to maximize value. Identifying, valuing, and pursuing R&D and product development should begin during due diligence and be an integral part of the overall integration roadmap.


Addressing corruption risk in M&A transactions: The international balancing act 

The current global economic environment has posed various challenges for US investors, including private equity firms, domestic corporations, and multi-nationals. However, we expect deal activity to intensify as companies look for new ways to grow and meet their strategic objectives. In particular, the pace of US deal activity may increase as companies seek to find value and expand through mergers and acquisitions with international targets.


Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights: Q2 2013 update 

The second quarter of 2013 showed a decline in deal volume and value in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector after an uptick in deal activity in the first quarter of 2013 driven by several large transactions. A significant number of announced transactions in the quarter and strong fundamentals suggest heightened activity in the second half of the year.


Q2 2013 US Health Services Deals Insights

Q2 2013 continues the trends started in late 2012 and in Q1 2013 with both financial and strategic buyers exhibiting cautious behaviors across all sectors. Through Q2 2013, health services deal volume has increased 3.9% from 127 deals in Q1 2013 to 132 deals in Q2 2013. The value of these transactions has also increased 151% across the same periods.


US retail & consumer deals insights: Q2 2013 update

Despite a lull in deal activity during Q2, M&A fundamentals remain strong with corporate cash availability, a favorable debt environment and continued private equity sponsor interest. Retail remains attractive for investment, particularly as businesses seek greater effi ciencies with scale as well as international expansion. Private equity activity in retail remained strong, comprising two of the top deals during the quarter.


People Integration: Engaging people to deliver deal value

The people aspects of integration cannot be managed in a silo apart from the rest of the effort. Aligning human capital with the integration strategy is a critical success factor for delivering deal value. Successful integration involves detailed planning and execution when assessing leaders, retaining the right people, designing the organization, aligning cultures, and communicating effectively. An effective change management program is vital to successfully integrating people into the business strategy. Change management increases confidence in the business direction and accelerates positive results.


M&A Communications: Communicating to engage and motivate people throughout the deal 

The need for effective communication is often overlooked or underestimated in the flurry of activity surrounding a deal. Executing a strong and clear communication strategy is critical to successful integration. Dealmakers have a choice; they can communicate honestly and transparently to manage speculation surrounding the transaction, or they can ignore the speculation and watch it turn into fear and confusion.


US Technology M&A insights: Q2 2013

While closed technology transactions in the second quarter declined both sequentially and year-over-year, the rise in announced and rumored deals point to a rise in merger and acquisition activity for the remainder of the year. Private equity (PE) buyers took a more active role in technology M&A with deals announced across the spectrum of deal size, including some of the largest transactions announced so far this year.


Q1 2013 US healthcare M&A insights

The first quarter of 2013 saw both financial and strategic buyers exhibiting cautious behaviors across all sectors. This decline may result from buyers taking time to re-evaluate the healthcare landscape as recent developments and news have led many organizations to reconsider their gateway transaction hurdles. This may have led to a slowdown in transaction activity as buyers and sellers reconcile their valuation expectations.


Facilities Integration: Leveraging facilities for deal success

Good facilities integration looks beyond the usual cost saving opportunities. The impact facilities consolidations and workplace changes can have on employee culture and productivity should not be underestimated. Decisions to outsource or centralize operations should be considered prior to adopting a facilities consolidation plan.


The importance of being financially bilingual: How financial reporting differences can affect cross-border deal value 

When conducting cross border deals, it is important to Identify potential financial reporting differences to maximize deal value and for understanding how financial reporting and regulatory requirements interact. Embedding GAAP changes and managing multi-GAAP reporting post-acquisition requires planning.


Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly: Q1 2013

Merger and acquisition deal value in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector increased in the first quarter of 2013 relative to the first quarter of 2012. The pharmaceutical segment recorded the largest gains in deal value during the quarter on the strength of several large transactions.


US Technology M&A insights: Q1 2013

While the first quarter of 2013 saw technology M&A drop precipitously, the foundation is being laid for more robust deal activity this year as political and economic uncertainties subside. Software M&A was the sole bright spot in the industry for the first quarter driven by companies across industries investing in software-driven functionality and automation in products and services.


US retail & consumer deals insights: Q1 2013 update 

This quarter saw one of the largest consumer products deals in history with the $28.0B Heinz deal along with five other multibillion dollar deals and several other significant transactions with alternative deal structures. Consumer confidence rebounded from the decline seen at the end of December driven primarily by improving household financial conditions...


2013 Deal insights for the Entertainment, Media and Communications industries

Merger and acquisition transaction value in the Entertainment, Media, and Communications sectors increased while deal volume declined in 2012. PwC has identified five key drivers of M&A activity in the sector in 2013 in their report, 2013 Deal insights for the Entertainment, Media and Communications industries.


BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - February 2013 

In this post-financial crisis environment, the mergers & acquisitions market is extremely competitive as both corporate and private equity investors have capital to invest but fewer quality deals in the marketplace to invest in. A competitive deal environment drives up bids and puts pressure on transaction timelines, increasing the potential for deal bias and conflicting interests.


Decoding key metrics in cross-border acquisitions 

US companies seeking to acquire acquisition targets headquartered outside of the United States should understand the foreign target’s financial information, including the application of non-US GAAP and the target’s accounting policies, and identify where GAAP and policy are not aligned with the buyer’s basis of preparing its financial information.


Resetting the compass: Navigating success in deal-making for mature market sellers and high growth market buyers 

The geography of deal-making is changing fast. Over the last five years we have seen more deal value flow from the largest high growth markets (HGM) to mature market economies than in the other direction. Between 2008 and 2012 HGM companies invested US$161 billion into mature market companies, outstripping the opposite flow of US$151 billion.


US healthcare M&A insights

The US healthcare industry experienced a variety of transformative pressures in 2012. Payers and provider organizations entered 2012 seeking resolution on the ultimate components of healthcare reform. And as quickly as the answers were provided with the Presidential election and the US Supreme Court decision, the industry remains on uncertain footing with potential budget cuts in 2013 and beyond and the promise of converging business models remaining unproven.


Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly: Q4 2012

Deal value in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector declined during the fourth quarter 2012, but transaction volume increased as acquiring firms looked to expand product offerings and geographic reach through M&A. Domestically, uncertainty related to the presidential election and the potential impact of the "fiscal cliff" hindered transactions during 2012.


US Infrastructure Deals 2012: A supply and demand imbalance

Demand for US infrastructure investments is outpacing the number of deals, leaving some investors disappointed but no less interested in infrastructure assets. Power and energy will continue to offer the most promising areas of opportunity, especially as shale gas reshapes the US energy market. Investors are optimistic that the number of US public-private partnerships will grow over the next few years, encouraged by recent success stories and new infrastructure initiatives in Chicago and other areas of the US.


Finance Integration: Aligning the financial compass of a deal 

Integration success is critically dependent on an effective finance function to deliver business insight, help ensure compliance and controls, and create operational efficiencies for capturing deal value across the organization. Integrating business operations and systems, maintaining common controls, providing accurate and consistent financial reporting, ensuring tax compliance, and establishing interim legal structures and business processes are common finance integration activities. In conducting these activities, newly combined companies obtain the flexibility they may need to grow and thrive.


2013 US financial services M&A insights

Financial services mergers & acquisitions (M&A) will face both uncertainty and opportunities in 2013 due to several factors including increased regulatory costs, depressed organic growth, and the greater availability of attractive financing, a new report issued by PwC US reveals today. However, while 2012 proved to be a challenging year for announced deal activity in the financial services sector, there is some cause for optimism in 2013.

US banking, insurance, asset management, and other financial services deal activity in 2012 differed very little year over year from 2011. Announced transactions rose from 756 in 2011 to 768 in 2012, but deal value fell from $72.1 billion in 2011 to $62.4 billion in 2012. Deal volume is still down from pre-financial crisis levels.


2013 US technology M&A insights 

While the pace and value of technology sector deals are expected to mimic that of 2012, the outlook for 2013 technology deals will focus on the new core of mobile, social, analytics and security. As technology companies continue to focus on core businesses, digest strategic acquisitions of the last decade, and work to scale their already acquired offerings, PwC anticipates a similarly subdued deal environment in 2013. Furthermore, private equity buyers are expected to continue to take on a more prominent role combined with a resurgence of technology divestitures.


US Industrial Products 4Q 2012 M&A reports

Despite improving economic conditions, critical industry issues are continuing to impact the demand and profitability of industrial products and services companies.


US Retail & Consumer M&A insights: 2012 year in review and 2013 outlook 

Deal activity in the R&C sector has been positive compared to 2011, particularly amongst larger multi-billion dollar deals. Consumer sentiment has been improving and approached the highest levels seen since 2008, contributing to positive underlying business performance and willingness of R&C companies to invest.


Synergy tracking and reporting

The value realized in a merger or acquisition depends in large part on how well the newly combined company identifies, manages, and executes on value creation and value capture opportunities. Having a well defined, disciplined, and transparent approach to driving value and tracking synergies both shortens the time required to capture value and increases the overall size of the value actually realized.


M&A Snapshot

The evolution of accounting guidance affecting mergers and acquisitions has dramatically changed the way companies negotiate and account for M&A, The M&A Snapshot series of publications help companies keep abreast of emerging issues and complexity resulting from the accounting guidance, as well as provide them with ideas on modifying current strategies and employing new ones for future deals.


Navigating Joint Ventures and Business Alliances

The globalization of business models and dramatic change in the way that businesses operate and compete in today's economy have resulted in a shift in M&A strategy and execution. Increasingly, corporations and investors are going beyond the traditional acquisition/disposal model, using Joint Ventures and business alliances to achieve their business development objectives.


Integration Management Office: Achieving effective integration across the enterprise

Failure to capture deal value is rarely due to a flawed strategy and most often a result of not executing the strategy in a timely way. Converting integration strategy into detailed actions that align people, processes, and systems with integration objectives requires an effective governance structure - an Integration Management Office. A well designed IMO will make sure an integration stays on course and sustains focus on the right activities at the right times.


Capturing synergies to deliver deal value

Value realized from an acquisition depends on how well the newly combined company identifies, manages, and executes on synergy opportunities. Successful integrations follow a sequence of coordinated steps to identify, prioritize, execute, and track the drivers of value across the integration continuum. This framework helps executives capture synergies and confidently communicate performance to their stakeholders.


US Retail & Consumer M&A insights: Q3 2012 update

Deal activity in the R&C sector declined from recent highs in Q2; however, the overall trend remains positive to the prior year. Consumer sentiment is improving, reflecting slight progress in household financial considerations, contributing to positive underlying business performance. R&C companies continue to divest or spin off non-core operations and low growth businesses as they focus on core operations or more profitable segments to drive overall business growth. Outbound cross border activity has been a significant factor this year as US companies continue to seek an increased footprint or access to higher growth markets.


US Technology M&A insights: Q3 2012

Once bolstered by a series of mega-deals in excess of $10 billion, technology deal value declined in the third quarter and volume remained flat. Smaller IP deals and acquisitions continued while larger technology players remained on the acquisition sideline to focus on their internal operations after substantial consolidation in preceding quarters.In the third quarter of 2012, PwC found that technology sector transaction volume was essentially flat with 59 deals closed compared to 58 deals closed in the previous quarter. While cumulative quarterly deal values have been at or exceeded $25 billion each quarter during the past two years, the total deal value for the third quarter in 2012 dropped to $20.5 billion, the result of fewer large acquisitions. A year ago, deal activity in the third quarter of 2011 totalled 78 transactions with a cumulative deal value of $26.6 billion.


Seven fundamental tenets of successful integration

Delivering deal value is far from a mystery, even in today’s dynamic deal environment. The most experienced dealmakers say they know what to do—and are reporting success. But that success is getting harder to come by and despite best intentions, acquisitions too often fall short of meeting set expectations. A disciplined approach to integration will improve a dealmaker's chance of success and keep value drivers behind the deal in focus. Dealmakers that follow a disciplined integration approach will build momentum, gain support, and instill confidence in stakeholders.


US Technology M&A insights: Q2 2012

In spite of a drop in volumes from comparable periods, technology-focused acquirers were still among the most active in the market, generating approximately 21% of total US deal volume in year-to-date 2012. A combination of factors contributed to the decline as the traditionally busiest acquirers appear to have switched gears toward integrating large acquisitions closed in the past year, increased their acquisitions of intellectual property (IP) vs. whole companies and focused on identifying potential noncore assets to shed in the coming months.


US Technology M&A insights: Q1 2012

Technology businesses continue to lead other sectors in U.S. M&A activity, generating $28.9 billion of deal value in the quarter despite lower deal volume. Lofty IPO valuations have many companies pursuing a dual track to liquidity, preparing for both a sale and IPO, with attendant increases in valuation expectations. Innovation and time to market will continue to fuel technology M&A as companies race to stay ahead of their competitors.


US Technology M&A insights: 2012

Wrenching changes across the political, natural and economic spectrums created a challenging environment for merger and acquisition activity in the technology industry. Despite challenges and a decline in deal volume, the software, Internet and semiconductor sectors saw large acquisitions which increased overall deal value for technology. Innovation and time to market will continue to provide opportunities for technology executives to acquire companies that will set them apart from their competitors in the year ahead.


US Financial Services M&A insights: 2012

A recovering financial services mergers & acquisitions market has created significant opportunities for savvy investors who have demonstrated the ability to make shrewd decisions in an uncertain economic environment. As asset valuations and deal multiples stabilize, opportunities to generate incremental investment returns will be limited to investors who demonstrate the ability to fully understand the nature and impact of critical risks and opportunities in transactions.


US technology M&A insights: Analysis and trends in US technology merger & acquisition activity 2012

Wrenching changes across the political, natural and economic spectrums created a challenging environment for merger and acquisition activity in the technology industry. Despite challenges and a decline in deal volume, the software, Internet and semiconductor sectors saw large acquisitions which increased overall deal value for technology.


How revised M&A accounting standards are impacting deals

Changes to M&A accounting standards enacted several years ago (ASC 805, formerly SFAS 141R) have caused uncertainty for companies in knowing how transactions will impact their financial statements. How have companies changed the way that they approach and plan for deals as a result of the revised accounting rules?


Understanding book versus tax valuation differences improves M&A planning and reporting

Finance, accounting, and tax professionals constantly ask whether it is appropriate to use financial reporting valuation estimates for tax purposes and whether there are parts of valuations for financial reporting or tax that are interdependent. M&A transactions trigger different rules and procedures with respect to allocations of purchase price under US GAAP and US federal tax principles. While changes to financial reporting standards have eliminated some inconsistencies, fundamental differences between the purchase price allocation rules for financial reporting purposes and tax continue to exist and best practice calls for an integrated analysis where both book and tax valuations are performed simultaneously.


New M&A insurance risk for buyers: Medicare-related settlement clawback

The US government has begun to exercise its power to recover Medicare expenditures for healthcare provided to people who suffered harm through the liability of a third party. Potential buyers should include an assessment of Medicare liability in their due diligence efforts.


Avoiding earnings surprises: Address valuation and purchase accounting impacts up front

As your company pursues acquisitions, are you confident with estimates of how the deal will impact earnings? Without the right approach, you risk misinforming investors about the deal and having to recast financial statements.


Investing in distressed: Not for all

From retail to consumer cyclical to restaurants to automotive to financial services, the number of business restructuring announcements has increased. Stock prices have plummeted. Margins are being squeezed. The signs are all around us: excess leverage, operating losses, weak management and strategy or operations not built for a downturn. Now may be the right time for investing in distressed.

Navigating divestiture challenges: Considerations unique to the power and utilities industry

Financial information is a linchpin to understanding deal value. While deal financials are critical, other financial data often needs to be front and center in divestiture planning. Preparing for a divestiture with these needs in mind can better position sellers for success.


Is the technology industry poised for a wave of divestitures?

Technology businesses are adapting to the demand for cloud-based services and consumer-oriented products while shedding non-strategic assets. With improved credit terms for financial buyers and available capital, the technology industry may experience a wave of divestitures in 2013.


Corporate exit strategies: Selecting the best strategy to generate value

Various exit structures exist to help companies achieve their objectives as they enter a transitional phase. Depending on the exit structure and approach taken, the regulatory, tax and reporting requirements can significantly vary, and the timelines for completion may differ. This practical guide describes the major types of exit strategies and the tactical differences between them.


Corporate divestitures from strategy to execution: Four guiding principles to optimize value

This paper provides sellers with guidance on how to use a successful divestiture process to prepare a business for sale. Regardless of the reason for the need to divest, by using a strong divestiture process, sellers can successfully exit their businesses in as short a timeframe as possible, avoid erosion of the sale price at the negotiating table, and ultimately maximize their sale price.


Strategies for managing a successful divestiture: roundtable

The recent trend toward separation or break-up of businesses, with a view to unlocking value or focusing on higher growth opportunities, has brought divestiture strategy and execution back into focus. An interactive roundtable of corporate business development executives discussed themes on divestitures such as: the basis for divestment decisions; structures; buyers; planning and preparation; speed vs control and key housekeeping matters to consider. A consensus was reached on the top considerations for successful divestitures.


Preparing carve-out tax provisions

The preparation of carve-out financial statements can be complex and often highly subjective. The carve-out tax provision in such statements is no exception. First and foremost, preparers of carve-out financial statements for taxable entities must comply with ASC 740, Income Taxes. Seven key principles can help preparers establish a solid foundation for building reliable tax provisions for the carve-out entity.


Preparing carve-out financial statements

Preparing carve-out financial statements can be a challenge. The need for data and numerous judgments can be a struggle, especially given scant guidance. Substantial care must be taken to confirm that all of the assets and liabilities of the separate business have been properly identified and that all relevant costs of doing business have been reflected in the carve-out financial statements. With the limited specific guidance covering carve-out financial statements, being aware of current practice will help sellers navigate the divestiture process.

Q2 2014 IPO Watch press release

The market for initial public offerings (IPOs) finished on a strong note late in the second quarter of 2014, recording the highest quarterly deal volume since the fourth quarter of 2007.


PwC and Knowledge@Wharton: Can Companies Adapt to Changes in the IPO Environment? 

At one time, an initial public offering (IPO) was considered de rigueur for growing companies — a seemingly endless availability of capital plus the panache conferred by a public listing helped to spur an avalanche of filings that swelled to more than 600 in 1996. But a spate of regulatory burdens — like the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) — raised the costs of going public, helping to curtail IPOs while spurring more interest in alternative capital sources, say experts from Wharton and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


In the loop: How new accounting elections could affect your deal or IPO strategy 

In the loop is an executive-level series addressing important financial reporting and regulatory issues. Our first edition discusses how changes in private company accounting could affect future deal or financing strategies.


Q1 2014 IPO Watch press release 

IPOs Continue to Dominate the Capital Markets as Activity More than Doubles Compared to Q1 2013.


2013 US Capital Markets watch - analysis and trends

Welcome to PwC’s inaugural 2013 US Capital Markets Watch. Reflecting the integrated nature of capital markets, we have broadened the discussion beyond Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) to include the equity follow-on market, the convertible market, debt markets, and spin-offs.


PwC’s Q4 IPO Watch Finds 2013 IPO Volume Hits Highest Level in Six Years

Strong demand for initial public offerings (IPOs) continued in the fourth quarter of 2013, capping a robust year for the capital markets and setting the stage for continued growth in the new year, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US. Total IPO volume for 2013, as of December 17, reached 237 public company debuts, easily surpassing overall volume of 146 IPOs in 2012 and representing the most active environment for newly listed companies since 2007.


Which Markets? A guide for companies considering a listing in New York, London or Hong Kong

In recent years, a number of factors have been driving an upward trend in global debt and equity issuance. As markets and businesses become increasingly global, the decision of choosing the right exchanges becomes more challenging. A number of factors must be considered to reveal the best options, and planning early can help your company comply with listing requirements and alignment of stakeholder timelines.


IPO Activity Surges in Second Quarter, According to PwC’s IPO Watch

IPO activity surged in the second quarter of 2013, as the volume of new public listings far exceeded the previous quarter, as well as the second quarter of 2012, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US.


Benchmarking analysis: Newly public and pre-IPO technology companies

Companies surveyed represent a sample of companies in the technology sector that have gone public in the past 24 months or are currently in the IPO process


Going Public? Five governance factors to focus on

This publication highlights five key governance considerations you’ll want to keep in mind as you contemplate a public offering.


Q1 2013 IPO Watch - Analysis and trends 

A very active last two weeks of March helped close out a strong first quarter for U.S. IPOs. Total IPO proceeds raised in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013 exceeded the first quarter of 2012, despite a decrease in the volume of IPOs, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly and annual survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US.


2012 IPO Watch - Analysis and trends

In a year highlighted by the much anticipated Facebook IPO, the third largest IPO in US history, a key success factor for companies wanting to IPO continued to be the ability to take advantage of windows of opportunity, and being ready to roadshow and price on short notice. Five of the ten best performing IPOs in the world in 2012 were from the US, indicating strong demand in the US for IPO stocks post-pricing. With increased momentum in 2013, we believe that the US IPO market will remain strong, and IPOs will be popular with companies and investors.


US IPO Watch: Q4 2012

2012 IPO Volume and Proceeds Raised Exceeds 2011. Positive Returns and IPO Pipeline Fuels Cautious Optimism for 2013.


Cross-border IPOs: Choice in an uncertain world 

There is little doubt that global economic uncertainty and market volatility are here to stay. The question is, how can companies integrate equity as one of their funding strategies in an unsettled environment? Increasingly, they have looking beyond their domestic markets and traditional financing centres and seeking a more diverse pool of capital to help fulfil their global ambitions.


Capital Markets Weekly

This report is a snapshot of the IPO market in the US including pricing, withdrawals, headlines for the week and a look forward to next week.


US IPO Watch: Q3 2012

Despite a marked moderation in mid-quarter IPO activity, the continued strength in the equities markets, a healthy registration pipeline, a decrease in market volatility and the second largest U.S. IPO of 2012 are all expected to support increased IPO momentum into the fourth quarter, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly and annual survey of IPOs listed on U.S. stock exchanges by PwC US.


Which market? A guide for companies considering and initial equity listing in New York, London or Hong Kong

Understanding the differences among global exchanges and determining the exchange that best fits the unique needs of your business are key aspects of a successful listing.


Considering an IPO? The costs of going and being public may surprise you

A successful IPO involves two equally important parallel work streams: going public and being public. Assess the readiness of your organization for an IPO to appropriately stage the costs incurred and to minimize unexpected surprises.


US IPO Watch: Q2 2012

Following very healthy levels of IPO activity during the first five months of the year, the number of IPO pricings slowed in mid-May, according to PwC US. Overall, the number of U.S. IPOs in the second quarter of 2012 declined to 27, from 44 in the first quarter.


US IPO Watch: Q1 2012

Technology, industrial and financial services sectors lead new offerings. Market volatility declines, new issuers show strong post-pricing gains.


US IPO Watch analysis and trends: 2011

The 2011 US IPO market demonstrated strong resilience in the face of high volatility, and the volume and diversification of industries in the IPO pipeline have sparked renewed confidence in the IPO market for 2012.


Executing a successful IPO

Achieving success in executing an IPO requires connecting many pieces of a complex puzzle, some of which are outside of the control of company management and its stakeholders. One thing companies can control is their own IPO preparation process. An IPO Readiness assessment early on, and concentrated focus on the Going Public and Being Public workstreams during the IPO process can help companies give themselves the best possible chance for success when the markets are open.


Roadmap for an IPO

Going public is a monumental decision that forever changes the way an organization does business. Once listed, a company will be under greater public scrutiny and will have to comply with a range of continuing obligations. Thinking through the requirements and developing an appropriate plan can reduce unexpected pre-initial public offering (IPO) work and post-IPO issues.


Factoring sustainability in IPO planning

Those looking to become a part of the renewed vigor in the IPO market may be unprepared for the public scrutiny they are likely to encounter. Mounting interest in companies' nonfinancial disclosures, such as sustainability and corporate responsibility, leads to a simple question: Is your company prepared?


Capital markets in 2025

In less than 15 years from now, China is predicted to be the most favored destination for companies to list - as predicted by 80% of respondents to PwC's Capital Markets in 2025 survey. Nearly 400 senior managers at companies around the world were asked for their views on which factors are shaping the development of equity capital markets. This final report presents the highlights of the survey findings, along with additional insights from industry experts and commentators.

Why economic obsolescence matters for retail companies

Economic obsolescence can become a significant issue when a company has or is acquiring assets – such as store or restaurant locations – that generate separate identifiable streams of cash flows. This publication discusses factors that typically cause economic obsolescence and the potential impact, including illustrative examples and case studies.


Financial Services industry valuation insights 

How are financial services valuation multiples and purchase allocations trending? See summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors including trends in market multiples of guideline public companies by sub-sector, related transactions during the quarter and implied market multiples and transaction benchmarking analysis summarizing the average allocation of intangible assets and goodwill observed.


Operational controllership: The quiet evolution

Today the landscape is changing, as the operational controllership function is less about technical accounting and financial reporting support (handled by specialist technical teams) and more about creating value for the company while managing risk. The operational controller roles across the companies have evolved into new focus areas, such as reducing legal entities or improving shared services or working proactively with deal and commercial teams—all designed to drive more simplifica­tion, standardization, cost savings or revenue growth.


Brands: What’s in a name?

This publication provides important guidance for consumer products companies to consider when planning a brand-rich transaction. It explains how keeping a careful eye on the valuation and purchase accounting issues can provide better insight into the potential accretive or dilutive impact of a deal, help improve and streamline post-deal accounting and even reduce the risk of impairment in some cases.


Using qualitative impairment testing for FCC licenses

Accounting Standards Update 2012-02 presents an opportunity for broadcasters to streamline their annual impairment testing on FCC licenses that are maintained as indefinite-lived assets. This PwC whitepaper discusses key variables to consider when determining if a qualitative analysis -- sometimes referred to as “Step 0” -- may be feasible for FCC licenses.


Uncovering blind spots in deal valuations

Successful deal making requires a focus on the relationship between risk and return. However, some potential "blind spots" can threaten your probability of realizing expected value from an acquisition.


Sustainability valuation: An oxymoron?

Measuring sustainability's value can pose a systematic and universal challenge. The cost of business sustainability initiatives, like most investments, are readily apparent, but some of their indirect benefits are difficult to quantify.


Valuing contingent consideration using option pricing

Including an "earn-out" or contingent consideration in an acquisition lets buyers tie payment to future performance. However, fair value accounting for contingent consideration involves significant challenges. PwC provides a comprehensive and technically detailed discussion of Valuing contingent consideration using option pricing in this informative publication.


Financial reporting in an uncertain economy: Bankruptcy & fresh start reporting

When economic conditions, industry events, or liquidity limitations force a company into a bankruptcy proceeding, financial reporting requirements and demands on the enterprise's resources increase exponentially. In this publication, we address planning and stress points for companies to consider in preparing for the financial reporting requirements associated with the bankruptcy process.


Financial reporting in an uncertain economy: How the economic slowdown leads to added financial reporting complexities

While financial reporting can be complex even in the best of times, many transactions and the attendant reporting issues can be even more daunting during troubled economic times and the recovery period that follows. Some transactions just aren't all that frequent during normal cycles. For others, the accounting is highly sensitive to market volatility and illiquidity.


Financial reporting in an uncertain economy: Determining when, what, and how much to impair a long-lived asset

Recent indicators such as ongoing and forecasted operating losses and downsizing efforts have been leading many companies to focus on asset values and whether there might be associated impairment charges. As a result, many are going beyond their annual testing for goodwill impairment to undertake processes they may not have needed during historic periods of growth and stability, such as testing long-lived assets for impairment.


Financial reporting in an uncertain economy: A closer look at income tax valuation allowances

The interpretation of accounting requirements for deferred tax assets has historically been (and continues to be) one of the most judgmental areas of accounting in practice. In today's uncertain economy, focus has heightened on income tax valuation allowance assessments by companies and their auditors, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission staff, through the issuance of comment letters. Companies need to understand the valuation allowance accounting model and consider whether updates to accounting policy disclosures are necessary in order to reduce risk and assure the quality of financial reporting.