PitchBook's recently published 2Q 2015 M&A Report offers insight into recent trends in the M&A landscape and includes data-driven analysis on quarterly and yearly deal flow, investment trends for strategic and private equity buyers, and sector breakdowns of M&A activity. Click here to download it for free. For highlights from the report, click on the video above or read below.
The continuing uptick in total deal value helped M&A deal flow record its first increase by count since 2Q 2014, with 4,220 deals and a total value of $492 billion in 1Q.
Strategics have spent over $792 billion since the start of 4Q 2014, with over $400 billion of that coming in 1Q.
Financial buyers experienced a noticeable dip in percentage of overall M&A activity in 1Q, even as PE deal flow has remained relatively consistent over the past two years.
Led by a massive surge in the already-huge healthcare industry, the number of $5 billion+ deals has already surpassed the total of the first three quarters of 2014.
The healthcare industry saw $200 billion worth of deals in the first quarter, 41% of total deal activity.
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