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Can M&A Remain Resilient?

Global M&A activity reached US$3.2tn[1] in 2019, up from US$2.4tn in 2010, according to transaction data on the S&P Global Market Intelligence platform.

On the other hand, based on a parallel search, global IPO volume fell from US$0.3tn in 2010 to US$0.2tn in 2019.

In 2018 while global M&A reached a new high,[2] the stocks had a rough year as the S&P 500 fell more than 6%.[3] Although the M&A market slowed in 2019, its announced transaction volume remained comparable[4] from 2018.

Despite market concerns, M&A demonstrated surprising resilience.[5]

Research by BCG found[6] that downturns can be better times for deal making. Success however, requires careful preparation thorough execution and bold decision making.

Any forward-looking dealmakers will have to consider whether M&A will stay resilient in 2020?

On 4th March 2020, S&P Global Market Intelligence held a webinar reviewing the 2019 Global M&A trends. In a poll question taken during this webinar, the audience voted the biggest drivers of M&A in 2020 to be either buyers looking for growth opportunities or companies/financial sponsors seeking exits.

On S&P Capital IQ platform, S&P Global Market Intelligence offers a full suite of specialised solutions, from powerful screening tools, comprehensive data sets, to fully integrated excel models, to assist companies involved in M&A transactions to find the insights they need, build valuation models, streamline workflow and achieve success throughout the M&A lifecycle.

Chart 1: The M&A life cycle and specialised solutions from S&P Global Market Intelligence


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Chart 2: Examples of valuation tasks that can be supported by S&P Global Market Intelligence

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[1] “Q4’19 M&A and Equity Offerings Market Report.” Https://

[2] Espinoza, Javier. “Global M&A Activity Hits New High.” Subscribe to Read | Financial Times, Financial Times, 28 Sept. 2018,

[3] Foimbert. “US Stocks Post Worst Year in a Decade as the S&P 500 Falls More than 6% in 2018.” CNBC, CNBC, 7 Jan. 2019,

[4] “Q4’19 M&A and Equity Offerings Market Report.” Https://

[5] “Global M&A Demonstrated Surprising Resilience in 2019 amid Economic Caution and a Stricter Regulatory Regime.” Bain,

[6] “2019 Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Report: Downturns Are a Better Time for Deal Hunting.” Https://,

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