Mergermarket research shows that global M&A has broken last year’s annual tally after another Merger Monday pushed 2015 total deal value to USD 3.29tn!
Yesterday, 28 deals worth USD 35.7bn were announced, taking 2015 above 2014 total deal value of USD 3.27tn two months before year-end. Record levels of 2007 are now clearly in sight.
Three of yesterday’s transactions broke the USD 5bn barrier with the largest being Visa Inc and Visa Europe Ltd joining hands to become a single entity in a USD 18.1bn deal. This was followed by Activation Blizzard acquiring King Digital Entertainment, which owns the popular Candy Crush game, for USD 5.9bn alongside Shire’s takeover of Ireland-based Dyax Corp for USD 5.1bn.
The year now stands just 10.7% away from breaking all annual deal values on Mergermarket record. In 2007, a total of USD 3.78tn worth of deals took place; with average monthly values as they stand and October 2015 alone recording USD 332bn worth of deals – 41% more than October 2007, the eight-year old record’s days are numbered.
Additionally, several transformational deals remain on the horizon across a variety of sectors that will continue to push values further towards 2007 levels. Let me know if you’d like to speak to a Mergermarket expert for further insight on this year’s record breaking activity and what the final two months of 2015’s pipeline has in store to most likely push us past 2007’s value.
2015 M&A Value Breaks 2014 Total – All Time Record In Sight!