We are in the first quarter of 2019 and deal data is now available through the end of the fourth quarter 2018. In this report, we review our region’s most active industry sectors and offer an outlook for Spring 2019. M&A Transaction Report by Sector I. Aerospace 2018 was the third highest year on record for aerospace deal value, despite the decline from year over year. The total number of deals over this period declined. Analysts believe the prospects for 2019 are positive . Increasing scale and competitive capabilities are the primary drivers of acquisition activity. The announced merger of Harris Corp and L3 Technologies impacted deal value in Q4 2018. This deal symbolizes the trend to strengthen R&D efforts and improve order turnaround through acquisition. For the year, Electronic Equipment and Software and Security Systems are the two largest contributors to aerospace deal value. This investment underscores the growing interest in digital transformation and warfare capabilities. Analysts expect this trend to continue throughout 2019. The Deal volume for the year was led by Arms and Vehicle and Aircraft and Parts. II. Chemicals 2018 was a robust year for Chemicals M&A activity. Lower corporate tax rates and access to capital helped to stabilize deal volume and mitigate the impact from trade disputes. Analysts… Read full this story
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