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M&A deal volumes up 18% and deal values increase 94% in H2 2020

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

M&A dealmaking jumped in the second half of the year with total global deal volumes and values increasing by 18% and 94%, respectively compared to the first half of the year, said a study.

Besides, both deal volumes and deal values were up compared to the last six months of 2019, according to PwC's latest Global M&A Industry Trends analysis.

"M&A valuations are soaring, with rich valuations and intense competition for many digital or technology-based assets driving global deals activity," said a press note from PwC. Despite the uncertainty created by COVID-19, the second half of 2020 saw a surge in M&A activity.

The higher deal values in the second half of 2020 were partly due to an increase in megadeals ($5 billion+). Overall, 56 mega deals were announced in the second half of 2020, compared to 27 in the first half of the year.

The technology and telecom sub-sectors saw the highest growth in deal volumes and values in the second half of 2020, with technology deal volumes up 34% and values up 118%. Telecom deal volumes were up 15% and values significantly up by almost 300% due to three telecom megadeals.

On a regional basis, deal volumes increased by 20% in the Americas, 17% in EMEA, and 17% in the Asia Pacific between the first and second half of 2020. The Americas saw the biggest growth in deal values of over 200%, primarily due to some significant megadeals in the second half of the year.

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