Monthly M&A Insider - May 2018

22 May 2018

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April witnessed three of the six largest megadeals since the beginning of 2018, fueling a 40.9% year-over-year surge in global value. The proposed merger of US mobile carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, along with Comcast’s bid for UK broadcaster Sky, helped the Telecommunications sector gain a 34x increase in total value versus April 2017, securing its place as the month’s top sector. North America remained the top destination for M&A globally in April, despite positive gains from Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central & South America.

Highlights from this report include:

  • With 343 deals worth US$174.8bn, North America was the top region for deals with a 50.4% global value share. 
  • Domestic deals increased 61.5% by value versus April 2017, while cross-border transactions saw 10.7% growth year-over-year.
  • Telecommunications witnessed a 34x value increase in April 2018 on two fewer deals compared to the same month last year.