M&A Deal Counts Continues to Fall Along with a Slide in Business Activity
Merger and acquisition deal count figures continued to slide in March as COVID-19’s impact unfolded across the United States. During the month, deal count totaled 433, representing a 25.9% decline from February, while invested capital grew 0.6% to $96.4 billion. For the first quarter, deal count is down 3.11% compared with 2019, while invested capital is up 5.06%.
The effects of coronavirus on business and consumer activity has completely disrupted financial markets in the U.S. During March, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average indices each fell by at least 25% at one point, while the Nasdaq fell by roughly 20% at its lowest point. The Russell 2000, a small-cap index measuring market values of the smallest 2,000 U.S. stocks, lost nearly one-third of its value, representing the disproportionate toll coronavirus will have on smaller U.S. businesses. The stock market had begun to make a recovery at the end of the month, after Congress approved a $2-trillion stimulus package to bolster struggling consumers and businesses.
Morgan Stanley Continues the Brokerage Industry Shake-Up By Acquiring E*Trade While M&A Deal Counts Decline Sharply
A handful of large-scale M&A deals kept total spending levels afloat in February, despite declining deal count figures. During the month, there were 691 corporate M&A deals, 25% lower than January, and $123 billion in spending, which is 14% greater than the month before. Moreover, median deal size and post-valuation figures are up 21% and 35%, respectively, month over month.
After starting February with strong gains in the 4-6% range for the major US indices, the market collapsed from record highs and into correction territory within the last six trading days of the month. The market sustained gains during the first half of the month as government and economic officials around the globe seemed to be taking appropriate action to insulate economies from the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, by the last two weeks of February, investors were spooked by weak economic data domestically and abroad, stoking fears of a global economic slowdown.
Skyline Advisors has released its latest Capital Markets Review: Midwest Edition for 2019. The report details activity and trends for mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, and venture capital deals for both national and Midwest geographies. Key highlights include:
Skyline Advisors has released its latest Capital Markets Review: Midwest Edition for the third quarter of 2019. The report details activity and trends for mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, and venture capital deals for both national and Midwest geographies. Key highlights include:
Major stock indices fell in August for the first time since May, in which indices lost in excess of 6%. In August, the S&P 500 declined 1.8%, falling to 2,926.46, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 each declined 1.7%, 2.6%, and 5.1%, respectively. The month was characterized by excess volatility, as each index counted 10 or more days of 1%-or-greater swings.
Acquisition Investment is Lifted to a Two-Year High on the Back of Five Out-sized Deals
According to preliminary data from Pitchbook, there were 752 M&A deals worth a total of $240 billion in July, remaining relatively unchanged from the $237 billion spent on corporate acquisition and leveraged buyout deals in June. Over 60% of the deal value is comprised of the buyouts of five target companies: Worldpay, L3 Technologies, Red Hat, First Data, and Array BioPharma.
Skyline Advisors has released its Capital Markets Review: Midwest Edition for the second quarter of 2019. The report details developments on the broader economy, public markets, valuations, as well as activity and trends for mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, and venture capital deals, both at national and Midwest levels. Key highlights within the report include:
Major stock market indices advanced in July, building upon a strong year for market returns. The Nasdaq advanced the most, gaining 2.1% to 8,175.42, while the S&P 500 gained 1.3% to 2,980.38. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Russell 2000 also closed the month in positive territory. Only the Russell 2000 has a negative return through the last twelve months.