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A round up of key developments in corporate transactions covered by Lexis®PSL Corporate and Market Tracker this week, including highlights from the Market Tracker trend report on Public M&A activity in 2018 and a focus on recent developments in diversity.
Market Tracker has published its report on Public M&A activity in 2018, which provides an in-depth analysis of the 42 firm and 49 possible offers announcements made for companies subject to the Takeover Code in 2018. The report includes insight into public M&A trends and what we might expect to see in 2019 and beyond.
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The report includes analysis of high-profile transactions, including Melrose’s 2019 hostile offer for GKN and the competing bids for Sky by Fox and Comcast.
Public M&A deal volume was slightly down in 2018 compared with 2017. However, this was offset by a substantial rise in deal value, with aggregate deal value of £122.1bn in 2018 (2017: £45bn) and average deal value of £2.9bn (2017: £959.5m).
Of the 42 firm offers announced in 2018, 17 (40%) had a deal value of £1bn or more. The first three quarters of 2018 were particularly active, generating 36 deals with an aggregate deal value of £117.5bn. The two largest deals were Takeda Pharmaceutical’s 2019 offer for Shire (£45.6bn) and Comcast’s 2019 offer for Sky (£30.6bn).
Computing & IT was the most active industry sector, but Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Engineering & Manufacturing, and Media & Telecommunications also saw high levels of activity.
Schemes of arrangement remain the most popular choice of structure, accounting for 74% of all firm offers announced in 2018. 76% of all firm offers were cash offers and 93% included a cash element.
Private equity buyers were active, being involved in 29%
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Market Tracker is a unique service for corporate lawyers housed within Lexis®PSL Corporate. It features a powerful transaction data analysis tool for accessing, analysing and comparing the specific features of corporate transactions, with a comprehensive and searchable library of deal documentation across 14 different deal types. The Market Tracker product also includes news and analysis of key corporate deals and activity and in-depth analysis of recent trends in corporate transactions.
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