When all is said and done, 2016 will go down as one of the most expensive years for M&A. Strategic acquirers spent $1.7 trillion during the year, and PE buyers, for their part, covered the balance of the more than $2.1 trillion spent on M&A. That figure will likely even surpass last year's high, despite completed transaction volume taking a significant hit during the year. What caused the dramatic rise in deal size?
The 2016 Annual M&A Report dives into M&A datasets covering North America and Europe that include more than 100,000 completed deals since 2010. The report also spotlights sectors such as B2C, IT and Healthcare, as well as taking a look at the part of M&A played by private equity.
- M&A deal value reaches high amid drop in transaction volume
- Mega-deals bring forth several of the largest deals we have ever seen
- Equity contributions remain high
- Valuation-to-EBITDA ratios at highest point since financial crisis
*Note: League tables were removed from the report in order to expand coverage and provide full year-end tables within the 2016 Annual League Tables next week.