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Global mergers and acquisitions deal value nears $1tn in Q3 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Largely supported by the tech, media, and telecom (TMT) sector, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal value came close to $1 trillion in Q3 2021, said a study.

According to the GlobalData report, TMT represented over a third of the total 8,650 M&A deals and contributed to 22% of the total transaction value.

The data and analytics company revealed that the TMT industry saw 2,958 M&A deals in Q3, largely focused around the digital media and data analytics themes.

Digital media has a special place in TMT, and is one of the most prominent themes every year in the M&A market, said Snigdha Parida, Analyst on the Thematic Research team at GlobalData.

Big data analytics is seeing rapid growth across many industries thanks to companies increasing their digitalization initiatives, as they adjust to challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Square's acquisition of AfterPay - the biggest deal in the TMT sector for Q3 - is driven by the fintech theme. This deal boosts the banking and payments sector to second place after TMT in terms of transactions value," Snigdha said.

The apparel sector registered the highest year-over-year (YoY) growth in Q3 2021, in terms of both deal value and volume. The ADS sector had the next highest growth in deal value and the healthcare sector saw the next highest growth in deal volume, after apparel.

After hitting a record-low transaction value in Q2 2020, the M&A market saw a sharp in......................

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