US Deals Volume Almost Doubles in a Year
The first six months of 2014 proved to be the most active for US merger and acquisition (M&A) deals since the first half of 2007, according to The Mergermarket Group.
At US$694.6bn, US M&A deals were worth 98.3% more than H113 when they totaled US$350.2bn and increased by 30% from H213 (US$534.3bn), according to the ‘Mergermarket H1 2014 trend report’.
Among other key US findings from the report:
Globally there were a total of US$1,571.2bn M&A deals over the first six months of 2014, a 56.3% increase over H113. The pharmaceutical, medical and biotech sector contributed US$258.6bn, a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 225.7%.
The H1 total for Europe was US$453.6bn and for Asia US$286.7bn, representing YoY increases of 35.5% and 56.8% respectively.