2018 Near Record Year for M&A

Despite stock market volatility and a troubled macro-economic backdrop, last year saw M&A activity in North America and Europe exceed $3 trillion

PitchBook 12 February, 2019 | 9:36AM

2018 M&A deals record high merger acquisition

M&A activity within North America and Europe recorded its fifth consecutive year with total deal value exceeding $3 trillion in 2018. Results were driven by a continuous flow of mega-deals, especially in the technology and media sectors.

The materials & resources sector – driven by Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto and subsequent asset divestitures – registered standout results as well. This took place despite a pullback in public equity indices on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
AT&T Inc30.02 USD0.60
Basf SE48.36 EUR-0.51
Bayer AG55.97 EUR0.07
Comcast Corp Class A42.81 USD-0.14
The Carlyle Group LP27.48 USD-0.79
Verizon Communications Inc58.53 USD1.21

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