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Global M&A activity showcases improvement in September

Global M&A activity showcases improvement in September

Mubasher: The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal landscape showcased improvement in September 2020, after it was affected by the coronavirus outbreak during the third quarter (Q3) of the year, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The number of announced M&A deals decreased from 2,593 in July 2020 to 2,356 in August before increasing to 2,419 in September.

Likewise, after dropping from $305.1 billion in July to $223.7 billion in August, the M&A deal value rebounded to $325.2 billion in September.

“The rebound in deal value in September was driven by the APAC and Europe regions, which witnessed the announcement of big-ticket deals during the month such as the acquisition of the remaining 33.79% stake in NTT Docomo by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) for $40.7 billion,” said Lead Analyst at GlobalData, Aurojyoti Bose.

The number of M&A deals worth more than or equal to $100 million increased to 206 deals in September 2020 against 178 deals in August 2020.

In the North America, APAC, Europe and the Middle East and Africa regions, the number of deals worth more than or equal to $100 million increased from 71, 59, 32, and two, respectively, in August to 81, 72, 38, and five, respectively, in September.

Out of all regions, North America led accounting for 54.8% and 40.5%, respectively, of global deal value and volume in Q3-20.

The Europe, APAC, South and Central America, and the Middle East and Africa regions accounted for 26.5%, 26.5%, 3.8%, and 2.7%, respectively, of global deal volume, while in terms of deal value, they accounted for 16.9%, 25.3%, 2.1%, and 0.9% share, respectively.