While the global market environment experienced a volatile 2015, dealmakers still maintained a record-setting pace for mergers and acquisitions in North America and Europe. As covered in our latest M&A Report, the strategic need for M&A continued to propel activity, though it appears the deal cycle is working steadily through its later stages.
We broke down the data into a few key figures:
$1.95 trillion — total M&A deal value across North America and Europe in 2015, a 21% YoY increase
58% — median debt proportion of deals in the final quarter of last year, up from 49.7% in 3Q 2015
9.5x — median valuation-to-EBITDA multiple for 4Q 2015 deals, the second-highest for a quarter since 3Q 2011
45% — percentage of take-private deals last year that were completed by financial buyers, a 6.5% jump from 2014