Welcome to Chemical compounds, PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global chemicals sector that 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:
The second quarter saw strong growth in volume, however, value declined substantially.
The specialty chemical segment remained attractive to investors, accounting for more than half of the quarter’s value.
Financial investor activity once again advanced as a proportion of deal volume, representing 39.2% of deals in 2Q 2015 compared to 30.6% last quarter and 20.9% during 2Q 2014.
Megadeals had been key drivers of deal value in recent quarters and 2Q 2015 only had one, valued at almost $1.5 billion.
Asia & Oceania were most active in deal making in terms of both volume and value during the second quarter.