Intersections: First-quarter 2016 transportation & logistics industry mergers and acquisitions

April 2016

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Intersections: First-quarter 2016 transportation & logistics industry mergers and acquisitions

Deal value increased by 26 percent on a year-over-year basis (rising to $37.6 billion), despite a decline in both volume and value on a sequential basis in the first quarter of 2016.

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Intersections is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global transportation & logistics sector. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:

  • Deal value increased on a year-over-year basis by 26 percent, rising to $37.6 billion
  • 1Q16 saw strong megadeal activity, with five deals valued at almost $28 billion (more than 71 percent of total deal value for the quarter)
  • Cross-border activity in the quarter was also strong, driven primarily by strategic investors seeking inorganic opportunities to improve geographic reach
  • Despite this increase in cross-border deals, local deal value was also substantial. Four of the five megadeals were within-border acquisitions, two in China and two in Australia
  • Strategic investors showed a considerable increase in deal value, from 15 percent in 4Q15 to 33 percent in 1Q16
  • On a segment basis, 1Q16 activity was driven by the marine services and passenger ground segments, which jointly accounted for more than 52 percent of the quarter’s overall deal volume
  • While, regionally, Asia and Oceania continue to be the largest acquirer region accounting for more than half of all deals announced

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