We review global sector deal performance over the past year, focusing on key trends likely to affect the global M&A landscape. Our forward-looking M&A Predictor tool provides a perspective for predicted appetite and predicted capacity in 2017.
M&A activity in the Financial Services sector during 2016 was down marginally from 2015 in terms of the volume of deals, but is in line with the volume of deals between 2011 and 2014.
Despite the significant number of mega deals over US$10 billion in the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals sector – in fact, all the top 10 deals exceeded US$5 billion – the value of announced deals in 2016 is only a little over half that of 2015.
After a blistering 2015, the Industrial Markets sector had another very active year for M&A transactions in 2016, similar to the levels seen between 2011 and 2014.
2016 was a strong year for M&A. While the levels are below 2015, they are significantly above the levels seen between 2009 and 2013.
Although the number of deals fell in 2016, the value of Energy and Utilities transactions saw a healthy increase to pre-2007 levels, as the sector began to regain confidence.
2016 was quite a notable year in the Chemicals and Basic Materials sectors, with total deals reaching their highest value for 10 years.
The sector posted strong M&A results in 2016, despite a lower number of deals than the record 2015 levels.