Last week saw the Bureau of Labor Statistics release nonfarm payroll figures that fell well short of expectations and pulled the three-month average to a 12-month low. Further, the unemployment stayed the same for the third straight month at 3.7%, and wage growth was at 3.1% for the second straight month. The total net worth among U.S. households broke to a record high in the third quarter after a 1.9% rise in net asset values. Last, the Commerce Department released October’s trade deficit report, showing the foreign trade gap widen by 1.7% to a ten-year high.
According to data provided by Pitchbook, the first week of December saw 17 M&A deals for a reported $9.5 billion in invested capital. These numbers are slightly lower than last week’s 26 deals. The largest deal this week was London-based GlaxoSmithKline’s $5.1-billion acquisition of Boston’s Tesaro, an oncology-focused bio pharmaceutical company. In the week, six of the deals were for targets from the Great Lakes region and seven companies there were purchased were direct-to-consumer businesses.
Last week, three companies made debuts on public exchanges, raising a total of $801.9 million, mostly on the back of the year’s largest biotech IPO in Moderna Therapeutics. Synthorx, a San Diego biopharmaceutical company joins Moderna as the two healthcare IPOs last week. Rounding out the three is MOGU, Inc., a Chinese online retailer of fashion and cosmetics goods.
Stocks finished strong on the last day of November, helping major indices move further into positive territory. The S&P 500 closed up 1.8% to 2,760.17, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) ended up 1.7% to 25,536.46, and the NASDAQ closed up 0.3% to 7,330.54. Rumors of easing trade tensions with China on Friday helped the NASDAQ move into positive territory for the month. Only the Russell 2000 is in negative territory for the year.
November’s final Consumer Sentiment reading fell more than expected to 97.5 points, continuing a slide off of March’s fourteen-year-high reading of 101.4. New housing starts grew last month amid rising tariff-related costs for builders, driven by new construction of multi-family housing units. Lastly, initial unemployment claims rose suddenly to a four-month high of 224,000, despite continuing claims falling to 1.67 million, a level not seen since the early 1970s.
According to preliminary data from Pitchbook, last week there were 18 M&A deals for a total of $6.94 billion capital invested. One deal, Colfax’s $3.15 billion bid for DJO Global, was for greater than $1 billion. A total of seven deals were for $100 million to $1 billion. Seven of the eighteen deals involved industrial, infrastructure, or manufacturing companies. The West Coast garnered the most attention with six deals. The following are a selection of last week’s deals within Skyline’s areas of focus.
Last week, the lone company to go public, TuanChe, a Chinese automotive e-commerce company, raised $20 million. While last week was slow for IPOs, 2019 is anticipated to be the exact opposite. A handful of Silicon Valley’s largest constituents are slated for public offerings, with a few aiming for valuations in the twelve-figure range. Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and WeWork are headlining the group of Unicorns expected to go public.
The week ending November 17 revealed Consumer Price Index data that surpassed the Fed’s 12-month 2% inflation target. Also, the Treasury Department says that the Government recorded a $100.5 billion deficit in October 2018, a 60% increase from a year before. Lastly, the New York Federal Reserve reported that U.S. household debt rose to $13.51 trillion, the 17th consecutive quarter of increasing household debt.
Last week, a total of 32 M&A deals took place, with $34.3 billion of capital invested. Six deals were worth over $1 billion, constituting 91.5% of the deal value last week. Eight of the deals were for manufacturing firms, accounting for $15.7 billion capital invested. Another eight companies acquired were information technology firms. The largest deal was a $13.2-billion cash acquisition of Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions Business by Brookfield Business Partners.
Last week, four private companies made the jump to go public, consisting of two financial companies and two healthcare companies. In total, the four companies – Eton Pharmaceuticals, Vapotherm, Weidai, and Bain Capital Specialty Finance – raised $282.9 million in financing, according to Pitchbook. Bain Capital Specialty Finance, the largest of the IPOs, raised $151.9 million in a spin-off of Bain Capital’s middle market business development division.