2016 first quarter M&A statistics

2016 first quarter M&A Statistics

Worldwide M&A transactions totaled $699.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016, an 18% decrease compared to the same period last year, which also marked the slowest opening period since 2 years: only 22 deals with a greater value of $ 5 billion were announced with a combined value 24% less when compared to 2015 first quarter, and 9250 worldwide deals were announced, a 10% decrease from last year.

For United States targets, the activity totaled $245.7 billion during the first quarter of this year, a 38% decrease from the comparable period of 2015. On the other hand, European M&A activity registered $189.4 billion of announced deals, the strongest period in the region since 2011.

In terms of sectors:

Sector Compared to 2015 1rst quarter
Industrial Increase of 71%
Materials Increase of 41%
Financial Decrease of 2%
Healthcare Decrease of 53%
Technology Increase of 53%

For the first time, China is the top acquiring nation, with its record breaking level of outbound M&A activity where cross-border M&A deals totaled $304.6 billion during the first quarter of 2016, accounting for 44% of overall M&A volume, and an 8% increase since last year same period when they accounted for 33%. Of global M&A.


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