The number of mega mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals reached an all-time high for the second quarter of 2016 with 11 completions so far according to the latest Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM). This compares to five for the corresponding period in 2015 and against a backdrop of overall falling M&A volumes during the same period.
M&A quarterly analysis volumes (number of completed deals with a value of at least $100m)
The research – run in partnership with Cass Business School – also reveals that acquirers continue to achieve excellent financial performance, continuing the unbroken run of fourteen consecutive quarters of outperformance, which saw deal-makers returning a market outperformance of 5.8 percentage points (pp); compared to 5.3pp of the prior quarter.
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