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Global M&A Exceeds $500 Billion for Third Consecutive Month

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All-Time Record: $2.4 Trn YTD Levels – Global M&A Exceeds $500 Bn for 3rd Consecutive Month

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Global M&A exceeds $500 billion

Global M&A exceeds $500 billion for 3rd consecutive month to reach all-time record YTD level of $2.4 trillion

  • Highest YTD total since our records began in 1980: US$2.4 trillion worth of M&A deals were announced globally YTD
    • 158% more than the same period last year
  • Highest May total of all time & more than 4x the value recorded during May 2020: US$532.9 billion worth of deals were recorded during May 2021
    • Marked the 3rd consecutive month to exceed $500 billion – a monthly total only exceeded eight times since our records began
  • Deals involving a US target totalled US$274.2 billion during May 2021
    • 3% less than the previous month
    • 5th highest monthly total since our records began in 1980
  • All-time YTD high & more than 3x the value recorded during the same period last year: The value of US deals recorded during the first five months of 2021 is US$1.2 trillion
    • European deals increased 67% from last month to US$104.7 billion
    • M&A in Asia-Pacific declined 37% to US$81.8 billion
    • Deal making increased 58% YoY in Europe to a 3-year high of US$434.4 billion, while in Asia-Pacific, M&A announcements increased 78% to an all-time YTD high of US$433.7 billion.
  • 78 deals worth US$1 billion or more were announced during May 2021
    • 7th highest monthly tally since our records began in 1980
  • The combined value of these deals was US$416.2 billion
    • 3rd highest monthly value since our records began in 1980
  • All-time YTD high: 428 billion dollar deals have been announced so far during 2021, compared to 131 during the same period last year
    • 82 deals were valued at US$5 billion or more

Global M&A $500 billion

Media & Entertainment Sector Rise For Most Targeted Deals

Media is the most targeted sector during May 2021, pushing tech off the top spot for the first time in 10 months

  • 3rd highest monthly tally of all-time: 28 SPAC combinations were announced globally during May 2021
  • 163 SPAC acquisitions have been announced so far during 2021, compared to just 14 during the same period last year
  • All-time YTD high & almost 40x the value recorded during the first five months of 2020: The combined value of these deals is US$348 billion
  • For the first time in ten months, technology is not the leading sector in May 2021
    • More than any other sector: With the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, and Amazon’s offer for MGM, media & entertainment deals account for 29% of M&A announcements by value during May 2021
    • US$152 billion worth of media & entertainment deals were announced during May 2021
      • 2nd highest monthly total since our records began in 1980
      • Media & entertainment deals total US$252 billion so far during 2021, a figure only exceeded once during the first five months of the year, in 2000.
  • US$113 billion worth of technology deals were announced during May 2021
    • 3rd highest monthly total in the sector since our records began in 1980
    • Tech was the leading M&A sector for nine consecutive months, between August 2020 and April 2021
    • Technology deals total US$571 billion so far during 2021, more than double the previous YTD record of US$268 billion recorded in 2000
    • Tech deals account for 24% of global M&A by value so far this year, up from 12% in YTD 2020

Global M&A $500 billion

Sources: Data – “Refinitiv Deals Intelligence”

Commentary – “Lucille Jones, Deals Intelligence Analyst, Refinitiv”

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