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Global Transportation and Logistics Deals Insights - Q2 2018

Deal value and volume decline in face of uncertainty around global trade

The global Transportation and Logistics (T&L) sector saw its lowest volume quarter of the past 12 quarters, representing a 25% decline over the historical average combined with a 33% decline in deal value over the same period. This is likely attributable to regulatory risks, economic uncertainties and market volatility facing the sector due to changing global trade policies and tariffs.

While there were no mega deals announced during the quarter, the shipping sector led overall deal value mainly driven by the announcement of Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf Holdings acquisition of a stake in China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH) for $4.3 billion.

Shipping and logistics continue to drive volume across the sector, accounting for more than half of the M&A deals announced this quarter.

“While the T&L sector experienced a decline in both the volume and value of deals in Q2 2018 due to uncertainty around global trade policies and tariffs, infrastructure spending in Canada was robust in response to surging freight volumes.”

Eric Castonguay,
Partner, National Corporate Finance Leader

Trends and highlights

2017 trends and highlights

While there were no megadeals with a value greater than $5 billion announced this quarter, there were 6 transactions with a value greater than $1 billion.

Facing a weak market, the shipping industry continues to consolidate. The sector accounted for 34% of total deal value to reach $7 billion, a 25% increase over Q1 2018.

The Asia & Oceania region continues to drive M&A activity as an acquirer region and experienced a 35% increase in average deal size over Q1 2018, accounting for $13.1 billion of total deal value. Local transactions in Asia & Oceania represented approximately 52% of announced deal volume this quarter, with almost two-thirds of those deals occurring within China.

About 60% of investments came from strategic buyers as financial investors began to slow down.

Consolidation in the Shipping industry continues as companies look to cut costs and improve efficiencies while global shipping rates continue to decline. Shipping M&A activity reached $7 billion this quarter, accounting for 34% of total deal value.

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D. Scott Collinson

D. Scott Collinson

National Transportation & Logistics Lead, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 687 8188

Eric Castonguay

Eric Castonguay

Deals Partner, National Corporate Finance Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 815 5094

Anita McOuat

Anita McOuat

National Industry Leader, Technology, Media & Telecommunications & Consumer Markets, Partner, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 869 8667

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