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Global M&A market endures its worst performance on record

Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor – Q3 2019

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By Jana Mercereau and Duncan Smithson | October 22, 2019

The latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) reveals there is no sign of recovery as the Global M&A market endures its worst performance on record.

Seven mega deals (value at over $10bn) closed in Q3 2019, compared to none in the last quarter

The global M&A market recorded its worst performance since the launch in 2008 of Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM), run in partnership with Cass Business School.

Based on share-price performance, acquirers have failed to add value for eight consecutive quarters, underperforming the Global Index by -6.4pp (percentage points) in the last three months, and -4.6pp over the past year, for deals valued over USD 100 million.

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