Monthly M&A Insider - September 2018

28 September 2018

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Global deal activity remains strong entering the fourth quarter of the year, against a backdrop of robust growth worldwide. In August, deals with an aggregate value of US$258.4bn were announced, putting the year-to-date total nearly on pace to match the record reached in 2015 of US$3.9trn. Dealmakers remain determined to put capital to work, with the cycle showing no clear signs of turning. While half of the global regions saw YoY increases in total value during August 2018, including North America and Asia (excluding Japan), Energy, Mining & Utilities led all sectors in terms of value thanks to an array of megadeals.

Key findings include:

• August witnessed US$258.4bn in global deals, up 6.8% by value compared to the same month last year.

• Energy, Mining & Utilities led global sectors by value with US$109.5bn, followed by Financial Services at US$26bn and Industrials & Chemicals at US$20.3bn.

• Globally, domestic deal values rose 10.8% in August while cross-border transactions declined by 2%.